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Apple Pay's latest US bank additions bring the total number to nearly 300

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Apple Pay's latest US bank additions bring the total number to nearly 300

The list of US banks that support Apple Pay has increased once again, with 30 more additions to Apple's list, bringing the total number of banks that support the company's payment service to nearly 300.

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I'd love it if iOS 9 brought 'complications' to the iPhone lock screen

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I'd love it if iOS 9 brought 'complications' to the iPhone lock screen

Complications are what I miss most when not wearing my Apple Watch, especially when I'm looking at my iPhone lock screen.

I've been thinking about this for a while, but I became acutely aware of it this weekend when I took my Apple Watch off for a couple of hours to see what, if anything, I'd miss. I expected primarily to be annoyed by the iPhone's notifications, having to reach for my phone at every buzz and beep like it was 2014 again. But after repeatedly glancing at my wrist and seeing nothing but wrist, I realized how much I'd come to depend on the highly accessible, hyper-dense information provided by the Apple Watch's clock face complications.

"Complications" refer to any feature on a watch beyond showing the time in hours and minutes. With the Apple Watch, however, they've come to mean something more. That's the advantage of taking wearables from analog and digital to computational. Almost subconsciously, I'd gotten used to subtly turning my arm and remaining almost passively, constantly aware of the weather, my activity progress, my calendar, and more. Then, when I did reach for my iPhone 6 Plus to check a notification, the lack of similar information on my lock screen was notable. That's why I'm hoping Apple considers adding complications to the lock screen in iOS 9.

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How to stream from a Mac to an Apple TV with no Wi-Fi

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How to stream from a Mac to an Apple TV with no Wi-Fi

iOS 8 introduced peer-to-peer AirPlay streaming between iPhone, iPad, and third-generation Apple TVs. What about the Mac?

The Apple TV is capable of streaming video content over the Internet or content that's stored locally on host Macs or Windows PCs connected to the same Wi-Fi network. But what if there is no local Wi-Fi network? Well, this week, I'm actually coming to you with a question, because I'm stumped.

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Here are the new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad and $1999 Retina 5K iMac

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Here are the new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad and $1999 Retina 5K iMac

Apple has released an updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and $1999 entry level iMac with Retina 5K display.

The 15-inch MacBook update not only brings Apple's new Force Touch trackpad to the bigger, more powerful model, but faster flash storage, longer battery life, and a faster AMD Radeon R9 M370X discreet graphics option. The new, lower price point on the Retina 5K iMac makes Apple's latest all-in-one desktop more accessible, and a price-drop on the higher-end model to $2,299 makes the entire lineup more affordable as well.

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Deezer prepares to battle competitors by adding podcasts and radio shows

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Deezer prepares to battle competitors by adding podcasts and radio shows

Deezer, the popular destination for those who enjoy streaming music, is adding podcasts into the mix to better position itself against the competition.

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Comic: The Mystery of Windows X

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Comic: The Mystery of Windows X

Ed: Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. Today: The Mystery of Windows X

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Oculus Rift: Another example of the Mac's gaming deficit

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Oculus Rift: Another example of the Mac's gaming deficit

Surprised Oculus punted on Mac support? You shouldn't be. The Mac has a huge gaming deficit. And it's getting worse.

Last week Oculus VR chief architect Atman Binstock said that the company put the brakes on Mac and Linux development in favor of focusing on Windows. Oculus is the maker of the Rift, a forthcoming VR headset expected to ship in the first calendar quarter of 2016.

Oculus is focusing on Windows initially for the same reason that legendary thief Willie Sutton supposedly targeted banks: Because that's where the money is. But this underscores an important point. OS X has always been at a disadvantage compared to Windows when it comes to gaming, and efforts like this underscore just how much of a disadvantage Macs continue to have against Windows PCs.

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Vodafone shares financial results for Q4 2014, returning to quarterly growth

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Vodafone shares financial results for Q4 2014, returning to quarterly growth

Vodafone today published the company's earnings for Q4 2014, ending the financial year for the UK-based global network operator. The company has reported a return to growth as it started reaping the benefits of 4G network investment.

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Apple's TV set plans were reportedly shelved over a year ago

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Apple's TV set plans were reportedly shelved over a year ago

Apple's been rumored to be working on a Apple television set for years. But according to a new report, they put the project on hold over a year ago, facing the dual challenges differentiation and a cutthroat retail market dominated by Samsung.

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On the Apple Watch and Morse code

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On the Apple Watch and Morse code

We communicated across wires in dits and dahs, once. Why can't we use it to communicate across Apple Watches?

When I first learned you could transmit taps on the Apple Watch, I immediately started to wonder about its potential as a device for sending Morse code. My grandfather was (and my dad still is) a longtime ham radio operator, and while I never learned Morse to either of their satisfaction, I've always had a fascination with the dots and dashes of years past.

After spending some initial time with it, I'll admit: The Apple Watch isn't a perfect device for communicating in Morse code. The taps you can send are limited to short "dit" buzzes, with no proper way to send the lengthier dash "dah". But I still love the idea of using tap-based communication — and it makes a whole lot more sense to me to try playing with Morse's pre-established taptic language over trying to re-invent the wheel, so to speak.

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Rising Tide expansion coming to Mac this fall

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Rising Tide expansion coming to Mac this fall

Aspyr Media will publish the Mac version of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth Rising Tide, the first expansion pack for the sci-fi turn-based strategy game. It's due out later this fall.

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Mercedes-Benz will launch its own Apple Watch app this fall

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Mercedes-Benz will launch its own Apple Watch app this fall

Mercedes-Benz has plans to launch its own Apple Watch app sometime this fall. It will allow owners of certain Mercedes-Benz car models to offer users walking directions from the vehicle to their final destination

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You can now play your SoundCloud stream right from your Apple Watch

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You can now play your SoundCloud stream right from your Apple Watch

SoundCloud for the iPhone and iPad has been updated, adding an app for the Apple Watch. It lets you swipe through your stream and like your favorite tracks without pulling your phone out of your pocket.

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StarDrive 2 lets Mac gamers build a space empire for $29.99

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StarDrive 2 lets Mac gamers build a space empire for $29.99

Developer Zero Sum Games and publisher Iceberg Interactive have released the Mac version of StarDrive 2. The sequel to the turn-based space strategy game is available in the Mac App Store for $29.99.

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President Obama's first personal tweet sent from his iPhone

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President Obama's first personal tweet sent from his iPhone

U.S. President Barack Obama just sent his first tweet, from his first personal account, and he did it from his iPhone.

The President's new account is as personal as anything named after an office can be — @potus, an acronym for President of the United States. But it's an account that will have tweets posted exclusively by the President, which is different than the long-running, team run, @BarackObama account. The interesting thing for all of us here, of course, isn't so much the first tweet as the first Twitter client: Twitter for iPhone.

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