It is, or at least should be, obvious that making purchases at retail stores with your mobile device, while bypassing store personnel altogether, is going to be the norm at some point in the future. When this will be is the mystery. The technology is already widely used in Japan, South Korea and many countries in Europe. In America however, no clear leader has emerged and things are moving at a much slower pace, but progressing nonetheless. Google has been experimenting with Google Wallet and NFC (near field communication) technology on its Android handsets for some time. Apple has also been gradually building the groundwork for its own mobile payment system and yesterday, according to the Wall Street Journal, there was another development in its endeavor.
On Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior VP of Internet and Software Services, Eddie Cue, met with other technology industry executives to discuss their interest in making mobile payments for goods and services from mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad. The WSJ also reported that Apple has charged executive Jennifer
Here's a quick look at some of the noteworthy apps, games and jailbreak tweaks released to the Apple App Store and Cydia this week (01/19/14 to 01/25/14). Apple's Free Game of the Week is Where's My Mickey. It will be free on the App Store until 01/30/14.
Beats Music: Free to download, requires $10 monthly membership (Requires iOS 6 or later) Rated 12+
Beats' new music streaming service for iOS, Android and Window devices is for music lovers who don't mind paying $10 a month instead of listening to ads. Beats Music biggest selling point is its recommendation engine comprised of real people, and its fill in the "Sentence" feature that allows users to get suggestions based on what they're doing and who they're with. The Sentence has already spun a meme where users share their most ridiculous answers to the fill in the blank option: "I'm ___ & feel like ___ with ___ to ___".
Both Where's My Mickey and Carmageddon are currently free on the App Store for a limited time.
Where's My Mickey is a lot like Where's My Water. It is a physics-based game where you must help Mickey Mouse complete puzzles by using wind, clouds and rain. The game includes 5 episodes starring popular Disney characters, 6 bonus Goofy puzzles, plus more. It supports all iOS devices running iOS 5 or later and it is rated 9+. The app will be free until Thursday as part of Apple's Free App of the Week promotion.
Griffin Technology is offering $20 off its FastClip Armband for the iPhone 5/5s and iPod touch (5th generation). The armband is normally $20.99 meaning you can nab it for only $9.99 until February 2, 2014. Just use the promo code GETFIT at checkout to take advantage of the deal.
The FastClip is more than just an armband, it is also a hard case and features a built-in stand. The band itself is made from breathable stretch fabric and fits arms up to 19 inches. The FastClip also includes a clip so you can attach it to your belt or bag when you're not working out.
Instead of our normal App of the Week, I would like to highlight the jailbreak tweak Controllers for All. This is one of the most innovative iOS 7 tweaks released to Cydia since evasi0n7 was released. It is also in the running to be one of the best jailbreak tools of the year.
Currently the cheapest iOS 7 controller on the market is the SteelSeries Stratus Wireless for $79.99. Most of the other MFi (Made for iOS) controllers on the market, like the Logitech PowerShell, are retailing for around $100. That's a lot of money for an accessory to play a $3 game. This is why Controllers for All is one of the most useful tweaks out there. It allows anyone with a jailbroken device to add iOS 7 support to an old PlayStation 3 controller.
According to The Wall Street Journal, anonymous sources have indicated that Apple plans to discontinue production of the iPhone 5c and launch two new iPhones with larger displays sometime in late 2014.
There has been much talk about the iPhone 5c sales coming in well below Apple's expectations. This cannot be confirmed however, as Apple does not disclose sales based on iPhone model. Analysts point towards ineffective pricing strategy - the colorful, plastic-backed 5c starts at $100 with a two year contract ($550 without
Navigating the Apple App Store can be tough for parents. It is full of "free" apps that trap you into spending additional money, and it is hard to know what paid apps are safe without testing them first. Duckie Deck Development's new Family Photo game for toddlers aims to deliver a safe app for kids by delivering an in-app purchase and ad free experience.
The game allows children to create personalized, funny family portraits by choosing from a variety of colorful face shapes, facial features and accessories. The user interface is simple to use and it offers a lot of combinations for children to choose from. The best part is all the items are unlocked, meaning there are no additional faces or accessories to purchase.
It looks like the launch of Beats Music was a success. The company announced on its blog yesterday that is has stopped accepting any new subscribers due to some users "experiencing issues." New users who download the free app and reserve a user name this week will be contacted by Beats when registration is reopened. You will also receive 7 additional days on your trial for the inconvenience.
Beats Music was released to the Apple App Store earlier this week. It is a subscription-based music streaming service that offers a library of around 20 million songs curated by "music experts".
There has been no shortage of varying rumors about the design of Apple's next incarnation of the iPhone lately, but analysts seem to agree that one change is almost certain - the display will be bigger. According to AppleInsider, Cowen and Company analyst Tim Arcuri issued a note to investors on Wednesday claiming that the iPhone 6 design has been finalized.
Arcuri, who derived his information by checking on companies within Apple's supply chain, believes that they will follow the trend of larger smartphone displays by designing the next generation iPhone with a 4.8 inch screen. This would be a twenty percent increase in size over the 4 inch displays of the the iPhone 5c and 5s. He also
T-Mobile is quickly becoming the Troll Carrier instead of the Uncarrier. After a very successful CES where John Legere was kicked out of an AT&T party, the T-Mobile CEO has taken to Twitter to post images of customers breaking up with their carriers.
T-Mobile has entered phase 4 of its Uncarrier movement by paying the early termination fees of customers who ditch their current carrier contracts and trade in their devices. This new deal has spawned a hilarious Twitter campaign where Legere (@JohnLegere) has been re-tweeting photos of customers breaking up with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.