0 2h ago

UK crests one billion contactless payments, Apple Pay well-positioned

The latest data from the UK finance sector shows that over one billion transactions were made with contactless technologies, reports The Guardian. As the country edges towards becoming a cashless society, 2015 marks the first time that cash was used for less than half of all payments. If the trend continues, cash usage will be overtaken by debit cards and contactless payment systems like Apple Pay by the year 2021, suggesting that Apple has made the right move by integrating contactless payments into its iPhone and Apple Watch.

Posted in: Apple
0 2h ago

Productivity shoot-out: Galaxy Tab S2 versus iPad Pro 9.7

With a recent analysis of the tablet market showing that "detachables" are growing in popularity, Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 and Apple's iPad Pro 9.7-inch represent two of the best alternatives on the market. Head to head, which one comes out on top?

1 3h ago

OLED equipment maker sees orders ramp due to future iPhone

Companies in Apple's supply chain are already reaping the benefits of Apple's rumored plans to switch to OLED display panels for its 2017 iPhone line up, reports Bloomberg. Upstream supplier Applied Materials last week reported a close to four-fold increase in orders for its equipment, which is used to manufacture OLED displays. In putting place orders for this equipment now, OLED display manufacturers like Samsung are said to be positioned well to ramp up OLED production for the fall of 2017.

Posted in: iPhone, Apple
0 3h ago

Apple Music-exclusive album charts on Billboard 200 by streaming alone

An album recently launched exclusively on Apple Music has reportedly become the first to enter the top ten spaces on a major albums chart from streaming alone. The Coloring Book album from Chance the Rapper debuted on the Billboard 200 at position number eight, and it is the only one to have earned its place as a streaming-only release, without any traditional album sales counting towards the album's ranking.

Posted in: audio, Apple
1 3h ago

Hands On: RapidWeaver 7.0 (OS X)

Real men and women fashion websites with their bare hands, CSS and Javascript in their teeth, the wind in their hair, and probably a client looking at his or her watch a lot. At the other end of the scale, we've seen people knock up websites in WordPress in under two minutes. In between comes RapidWeaver 7.0 which speeds up the chores in website design but gives you far more control over its appearance and features than limited pre-built templates can.

Posted in: software
0 3h ago

The Big Deal: Last chance to get the MacUpdate Spring Bundle for $50

Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the writers of MacNN occasionally find offers that are interesting or major enough to warrant their own Big Deals post. Extended in duration, today is your reminder to check out the MacUpdate Spring Bundle, a collection of productivity and creative apps for your Mac, before the bundle ends later tonight.

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Now AAPL Stock: 97.51 ( + 1.08 )

QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping

Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu

Software  1h

Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks

Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z

Computers  1h

Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker

On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z

Accessories  2h

Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs

Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn

Gadgets  2h

Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock

Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ

Peripherals  19h

Spotify deploys new $15 family plan

Spotify has today launched a new family program. Up to six family members can have individual accounts for $15 per month for the group. All current "Premium for Family" members will be migrated to the new program. The new plan is available today globally, minus Canada. http://spoti.fi/1OSJrCK

Audio  1d

Speck CandyShell Clear with Glitter case

Speck today announced CandyShell Clear with Glitter. Thousands of tiny pieces of glitter are embedded within the case, with what the company calls "military-grade drop protection in a slim profile." CandyShell Clear with Glitter is available now on Speck's website for $40 and up. http://bit.ly/1OSHIgM

Accessories  1d