Apple Pay to gain speed boost with Mastercard

Apple Pay MasterCard

Apple Pay transactions are set to get faster thanks to changes afoot at MasterCard. Anyone using a MasterCard with Apple Pay will no longer have to worry about a signature for transactions over $50. This will make using Apple Pay even faster for those MasterCard holders who have linked their cards to their accounts.

iOS App of the Week: Nude -- Keep your intimate photos and videos safe

Nude iOS App

Just ask any victim of the celebrity nude hack in 2004 about iCloud and iPhone security. While it turned out that no one was actually hacked, the event did highlight the importance of password security. Nude is a new app that aims to help iPhone and iPad owners keep their more intimate photos safe from hacks, phishing schemes or nosy peepers.

Report: Apple to cut iPhone 8 production in half ahead of iPhone X launch

iPhone X

A new report in the Taiwan-based newspaper Economic Times (via Reuters) claims Apple plans to cut iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus production by nearly 50 percent in November and December. Cutting production of its latest flagship iPhone before the holiday shopping season would typically be a bad sign, but Apple is most likely preparing for the launch of the iPhone X.

Analysts believe that Apple plans to focus on the iPhone X which delivers a radical new design and new Face ID feature. However, Apple shares still "fell 1.5 percent in premarket trading on Thursday as brokers and traders speculated over poor demand and cuts in production of the iPhone 8," according to Reuters.

New puzzle game Campfire Cooking makes for a nice October treat

Developer Layton Hawkes is known for his candy filled puzzle title Puzzlepops and its Halloween-inspired sequel Puzzlepops Trick or Treat. His latest game is another treat filled title called Campfire Cooking.

Campfire Cooking includes over 100 camping related cooking challenges. Players must twist and turn skewers to roast marshmallows and push pots of vegetables to cook over open flames. As with any puzzle game, there are plenty of obstacles to make your task of cooking meals harder than normal. You will have to maneuver your food around burned-out logs, and use switches and magnets to pull your pots across your campfire.

Mmm Fingers 2 coming to App Store this week

Noodlecake Studios and No Monkeys have teamed up once again to release Mmm Fingers 2. The follow-up to the unique obstacle game is set to land on the Apple App Store this Thursday, October 19th.

The goal of Mmm Fingers 2 is that same as the original -- keep your fingers glued to your device's display while avoiding colorful monsters. The sequel includes plenty of new obstacles and 75 different challenges. It also comes with two new game modes: Daily Challenge and Challenge Mode.

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