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Apple Store workers are reportedly ditching lanyards and switching shirt colors for holiday shoppers

Apple Stores are once again gearing up for the holiday season, and this year that reportedly includes not only red shirts and gold, silver, and space-grey gift cards, but a few new twists as well.

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Uber teams with Spotify to let you ride with your music

Spotify has teamed up with Uber to let you ride with your music. Now rolling out in beta, Uber will let you choose what music you listen to during your ride when you connect your Spotify account. Because it's in beta, the service will only work in certain cities with select drivers.

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Apple reportedly strikes new processor supply deal with Samsung

Apple has reportedly cut a deal for Samsung to provide the vast majority of its A-series chips, like the A8 found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the future. Samsung is said to have a contract for 80 percent of Apple's supply, but delivery is not supposed to being until 2016. A major factor in this supposed deal is the Samsung's ability to mitigate capacity risk, according to The Korea Times:

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Alibaba exec sheds more light on possible Apple partnership over payments in China

After announcing an intent to work with Apple over payments processing in China, Alibaba Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai shared further details over the discussions currently underway between both companies. Talking to the Wall Street Journal, Tsai said that Alipay providing the back-end services for Apple Pay in China would be the "obvious possibility."

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Chinese App Store now accepts payments from UnionPay

Apple's Chinese App Store now accepts UnionPay, the tech giant announced today. According to the press release, UnionPay, which is China's inter-bank and clearing settlement system, has issued a total of over 4.5 billion cards to date. Furthermore, the network extends through all rural areas and cities in China, in addition to being accepted in more than 140 countries around the world.

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Unable to log into Box? You're not alone - (Update!)

Update: According to Box's status page, it looks like the issue has been resolved. Carry on!

Are you amongst the many using Box for additional cloud storage on your iPhone? If so, have a look at your account and see if it's logged in right now. Many have noticed their accounts have automatically logged them out and when attempting to log back in, the 'Grant Access' button no longer works, leaving them unable to log into their accounts. Box has now updated their status dashboard indicating they are aware of the issue and are working on it.

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Verizon's new contract terms make it more expensive to defect early

Verizon Wireless has updated its terms of service, which could increase the amount you're paying in early termination fees, or ETF, depending on when you wish to defect and leave the carrier. According to the new terms, if you sign a new two-year contract with Verizon and decide to leave towards the beginning of the contract term, you'll be out more money as your early termination fees do not see any reductions until eight months into your contract.

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Razer launches iPhone apps for its still unreleased Nabu smartband

The long awaited Razer Nabu smartband, which was first announced at CES 2014, recently passed inspection by the FCC. Now, Nabu mobile apps made for the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone have all been published ahead of the device's official launch.

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Aaron Sorkin says a casting announcement for his Steve Jobs movie is 'imminent'

A new interview with movie and TV writer Aaron Sorkin claims that the official announcement for who will take on the title role in his biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is "imminent". It also reveals some new details about what we can expect to see in the Sony Pictures film.

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Retailers see surge in mobile payments in wake of Apple Pay launch

It looks like Apple Pay is ushering in a new era for mobile payments, if reports from retailers are a sign of things to come. The New York Times is reporting today that many retailers have seen a substantial increase in mobile payment traffic in the three weeks since Apple's mobile payment platform launched.

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