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Skype for Mac updated to 7.1, brings Yosemite support

After receiving a quick design update just a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft has just released another update for Skype, bringing the program up to version 7.1 with support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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CurrentC could switch to NFC, Bluetooth LE tech in the future

It looks like Apple Pay and Google Wallet rival CurrentC, which is backed by some of the largest leading retailers, is looking into NFC for the future. In its current implementation, CurrentC converts banking information into a scannable QR code for payment at the register, and the group said that it could change and quickly pivot to an NFC-based payment system if the market demands it.

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GT Advanced COO blames Apple for bankruptcy in detailed court declaration

In a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for GT Advanced Technologies, the company's chief operating officer Daniel Squiller gave some explanation in a Supplemental Declaration to provide information about what went wrong in the deal that would have GTAT produce sapphire for Apple. Citing changes in specs later in the negotiation period leading to higher than anticipated manufacturing costs, an obligation to produce solely for Apple whereas Apple doesn't have to buy any of the sapphire produced by GTAT, and GTAT's inability to take control of the fabrication process from Apple, Squiller said that GTAT had no other choice but to file for bankruptcy.

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Apple reportedly in early talks to bring iPhone to Iran

Apple is reportedly looking into selling the iPhone in Iran. The company is supposedly already in preliminary talks with possible distributors in the country, with the primary obstacle being the economic sanctions imposed on Iran due to its nuclear program. Apple is said to be discussing the possibility of selling the iPhone through local retailers, instead of Apple selling in the country directly, according to the Wall Street Journal:

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Yosemite adoption does in four days what took Windows 8 two years

Cloud backup company Backblaze recently ran some numbers comparing adoption rates between OS X Yosemite and Windows 8, and they came out with some astounding figures. Within just four days of its release, OSX Yosemite had reached a 21 percent adoption rate among Backblaze users. As for Windows 8, the company reports that it took nearly two years to reach the same figure.

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CurrentC notifies users of breach, only email addresses were taken

Members of the CurrentC pilot program are receiving a notice today that the service has been breached, with an unspecified number of user email addresses having been compromised. MCX says that no other information was taken. The group reminds to avoid phishing scams, saying that they will never be contacted by CurrentC or MCX for their financial information over email.

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CurrentC group says exclusivity is required, but no fees for leaving

Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), the group behind mobile payment system CurrentC, has confirmed that retailers supporting CurrentC must support it exclusively, rather than in addition to something like Apple Pay. However, they have also addressed a recent report regarding possible penalties for leaving. MCX insists that there are no fines for members that decide to pull support for the system, according to a post on the MCX blog:

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Reported archaic CurrentC contract is holding back its member partners

The battle mobile payment systems Apple Pay and CurrentC, developed by the Merchant Customer Exchange group, has been heating up quite a bit over the last week or so, and the New York Times has just revealed why certain retailers are unwilling to support Apple's offering: they face hefty fines for supporting competing payment solutions.

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LG announces new Thunderbolt-compatible 4K display

LG has announced the new, 31-inch, 31MU97 4K display, and the good news for Mac users is that it's Thunderbolt-ready. Priced at $2,499, the display is just as expensive as the starting price of the newly announced iMac with 5K Retina display.

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Demand for iPhone 6 boosts iOS market share in Europe

The latest data from Kantar WorldPanel shows that the recent launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has boosted Apple's sales numbers, with iOS now accounting for 15.4 percent of the market share in the five big European territories. Android still accounts for a majority of the market share at 73.9 percent, with Windows Phone coming in third place at 9.2 percent.

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