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On Friday, Apple added another 32 US financial institutions on its Apple Pay partner site who are now supporting the company's mobile payments technology, bringing the total in the United States up to an even 1,000 (not including two "loyalty card" issuers, BJ's Wholesale and Kohl's). The news comes following reports that Apple Pay is now accepted at over two million terminals worldwide and further reports that a number of name-brand chains is set to expand significantly across 2016.
Apple is among a clutch of tech companies in negotiations with the National Football League (NFL) for the nonexclusive digital (streaming) rights to Thursday Night Football, a report from Variety has revealed. While the NFL has said only that it is in "active discussions with prospective digital partners" on the matter, Verizon's Go90 service, Amazon, Apple, Google, and others are involved in negotiations. CBS and NBC, who have the television rights, will also be able to stream the games in the US.
Previously, we've enthused about the Logitech K380, mostly enthused about the Create, and generally enthused with some caveats about the K400r -- and what do you mean, you're getting these names mixed up? Logitech took some steps toward making things clearer with this, the Logitech K400 Plus keyboard. That doesn't sound like a giant leap forward for keyboard naming, but in all other ways the firm markets this as being for use with your "smart" HDTV -- sort of.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all things that can help give your devices more power when you need it most, including one for making the most of a power outlet, two to give your smartphones and tablets some extra charge, and another that gives MacBooks more juice.
A new report from industry analyst Canalys reports that the Apple Watch has established itself as the industry leader in smartwatches, shipping around 12 million units since its debut last April and accounting for two-thirds of all smartwatch shipments. In part the confirmation of what many analysts already suspected came about because of a strong holiday quarter, with Apple selling around five million Apple Watch units during that period. Separate from full-blown smartwatches, basic fitness bands exceeded 37 million units for calendar 2015.
Apple is apparently trying to help people with a tendency to crack or smash their iPhone display, with two initiatives to help before and after the screen is damaged. It is claimed Apple will soon provide credit for iPhone trade-ins with cracks or damage to the screen or buttons, while some Apple Store outlets in Japan are apparently offering the installations of screen protectors onto devices on behalf of the customer.
Prominent journaling app Day One has received a significant upgrade on both Mac and iOS, reaching version 2 on each platform. Named Day One 2, the latest iteration of the app from Bloom Built updates the interface on all versions, with new features including the ability to create up to ten journals with unique colors and names, add up to ten inline photographs into each entry, and a single synchronization option that spans both versions called Day One Sync 2.0.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the staff of MacNN sometimes finds an offer deserving enough to have its own Big Deals post. Today's find is the Otterbox Defender Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s from our own MacNN Deals store, a case that claims to provide superior protection to your precious smartphone from the elements, falls, and other hazards of an active lifestyle that would normally damage or break unprotected mobile devices.
It's like the mostly-fictitious parable that NASA and its contractors spent billions of dollars developing a pen that can work in space where the Russian space agency just bought some pencils -- a moment ago we signed a form and we did it using an Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro, where in the past it would've been a ballpoint pen that cost 5 cents. You will never spend the money on all this Apple gear in order to sign forms, but if you have the iPad Pro and you have the Pencil, you will never sign anything any other way ever again.
The App Store is a constantly-changing place, with new apps joining the catalog, while others adjust their prices to encourage some new sales. App Deals for iOS aims to point you in the direction of apps for your iPhone or iPad that have been reduced in price, making them an essential purchase, or in some cases, even free. Highlights from today's list include Voice Keyboard Pro going free, as well as sales on Worms 3 and Earth 3D.
Every so often, people browse the Internet and the Mac App Store to try and find useful things to add to their app arsenal, but sometimes it's hard to find discounted apps that you really want to get. For App Deals for OS X, the MacNN staff has compiled a list of apps for your Mac that are either a great bargain, or even free for a short while. Today's assortment of Mac apps includes an exclusive discount on client management tool Studiometry, plus discounts on Sega Superstars Tennis and Aurora HDR.
Late on Thursday, Apple quietly updated its Mac App Store listings for Final Cut Pro X and its subsidiary programs -- Motion and Compressor -- to add support for 4K exporting to Apple's own devices that can display UHD files, such as the iMac line. The update also introduces new sharing options along the same lines, adding the fourth-generation Apple TV, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and support for multiple YouTube accounts to the Sharing window's options. The update also adds a new AVC import option, and offers numerous bug fixes.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, 22cans pushes out Godus Wars as an update to Godus, Nintendo dates Miitomo and hints at a second mobile game, Bethesda reveals when the Doom reboot is shipping, and Glu Mobile signs a multi-year game deal with Taylor Swift.
Conversions are always tricky things to work with. Sure, there are workarounds, little tricks to estimate how many centimeters in a foot, or how to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit or vice versa, but these aren't precise, and thus aren't perfect for every situation. That's where Convertizo 3 comes in, a sleek, easy to use app that's got your back when it comes to converting just about anything.
At a "Town Hall" meeting with employees following the company's Q1 earnings report, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly rejected the notion -- long favored by analysts -- that Apple needs a "pared down" and inexpensive iPhone model in order to attract buyers in developing or "emerging" markets like India. While most of the meeting dealt with a rehash of information given during the analyst call, some was concerned with employee matters like retention incentives, as well as saying the Apple TV and tvOS both have "bright" futures.
If you were worried the change in design of MacNN meant the end of Daily Deals, don't worry, as it's here to stay, providing you with more bargains, offers, and discounts on hardware, software, gadgets, and games. The still-active deals from yesterday have been carried over to today, with the new batch including the Canon Pixma MG2920 wireless inkjet all-in-one printer for $30, the refurbished Logitech X100 mobile wireless speaker for $9, and the Proscan Premium 43-inch 1080p HDTV for $230.
Logitech has added another gaming-focused keyboard to its peripherals range, this time a new full-size mechanical keyboard with color-changing LEDs and high-specification internals. The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is claimed to offer customizable lighting, dedicated media controls, and mechanical switches that can give optimum performance and durability to players during gameplay.
Neither William Gallagher, nor Malcolm Owen, would describe themselves as corporate types -- or even really what you might call intense businessmen. Consequently, they're not sure that you should listen very closely to their news or observations about big business this week, but there is also Billy Mays, there are dead cats -- and there is Steve Jobs.
It's a funny world where we believe we live a fast-paced, instant online life -- yet we're willing to wait days for packages to be delivered, and we used to just drive straight to the store. Maybe we're just addicted to the thrill of having to guess when our parcels will arrive, but if so, Deliveries 2.0 for OS X and Deliveries 7.0 for iOS remove that.