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Walmart's response to displeasure over dropping NFC and Apple Pay payments is laughable

There's been a bit of a tizzy recently after several US retailers dropped support for NFC payments in an effort to thwart Apple Pay, and the nation's largest retailer has chimed in with their own explanation as to why they did so. The retailer is Walmart, and they're the leading force behind the competing CurrentC payment system developed by the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX). Our own Nick Arnott did some digging into what the CurrentC app transmits and came away unsettled. To recap, CurrentC cuts out the credit card company, instead linking directly into the checking accounts of users and offering a QR code to scan at participating retailers. Apple Pay, meanwhile, uses a combination of NFC, Touch ID authentication, and a tokenized one-time-use card number generator hooked up to the user's credit card accounts to make payments.

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Walgreens takes advantage of mobile payment debacle, says #ChoiceIsEverything

Sometimes it's nice to watch from the sidelines as your rivals are beaten up, and Walgreens is doing just that as CVS and Rite Aid take heat for dropping support for Apple Pay. On the company's twitter account tonight, Walgreens addressed iPhone owners by saying "Hey, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users! The choice is yours: Use #ApplePay today at any of our stores!"

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Apple expands iAd to 70 new countries

Apple announced today that its iAD platform is now available in 70 more countries. This brings the total number of countries covered up to 95, which equates to a pretty aggressive expansion for Apple's iAD platform.

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iOS 8 now installed on 52 percent of devices

iOS 8 is now installed on over 50 percent of iOS devices and claims a 52 percent market share. With the new stats reported by Apple, iOS 7 is now installed on 43 percent of devices and prior operating systems to iOS 7 claim 5 percent of the install base.

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Apple chases quality, not quantity, Greg Joswiak reveals

Apple product marketing exec Greg Joswiak says that Apple isn't chasing market share driven by low price points. With the products that Apple delivers, including the iPhone and the Mac, Apple will be after a better customer experience and delivering more value to the consumer. Joswiak says that he isn't concerned about Android beating Apple in terms of market share because there is always a healthy market for quality products.

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Class action suit filed against Apple for 2011 MacBook Pro GPU defects

Washington DC-based law firm Whitfield, Bryson & Mason announced that it had filed a class action lawsuit against Apple over widespread graphical issues encountered on 2011 MacBook Pros with AMD GPUs.

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HTML5 specs finally finalized

The World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, has announced that it has finally finalized the specs for the HTML5 standard after almost eight years of work. This should allow rich content to work seamlessly across desktop and mobile platforms. Though parts of HTML5 have been used by web developers over the years, the final W3C recommendation is now ready.

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Audio Hijack Pro update now allows you to record iPhone call audio

Rogue Amoeba released an update today for Audio Hijack Pro, the Mac software that allows users to record their Facetime audio, that extends the program's recording capabilities to phone calls made with your iPhone.

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Apple's Greg Joswiak: Apple SIM not coming to iPhone

The quietly introduced Apple SIM feature alongside the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 debuts caused a sensation on how Apple may be able to once again transform the wireless and mobile industry with one SIM card to potentially rule all carriers. At this time, it seems that the Apple SIM would be an iPad-only feature and Apple VP of iPhone, iPod, and iOS product marketing Greg Joswiak tells the audience at the Code Conference to not expect it for the iPhone.

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Sprint flips the switch on Spark in 17 new markets

Sprint announced today that it has flipped the switch on Spark in 17 new markets. Spark is the branded name of Sprint's enhanced 4G LTE service, which the carrier says can currently bring wireless speeds of 50-60 Mbps.

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