22 more banks and credit unions now support Apple Pay

Apple announced today that its mobile payment service Apple Pay has added 22 new banks and credit unions to the list of financial institutions that support the service. This comes after 26 new banks and credit unions were added to the rolls on February 7th. Besides the domestic expansion into more financial institutions, the tech giant continues to rollout the payment service to more countries. In the beginning of the month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during a conference call that Brazil will be getting Apple Pay sometime in 2018.

Half of the retail stores in the U.S. now support Apple Pay, …


Twitter is finally ending support for its unpopular Mac desktop app

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On Friday, Twitter announced that it would be shutting down work on its Mac desktop app, to the dismay of, err, no one.

Users have 30 days, starting on Feb. 16, before the app will no longer be supported, Twitter said.

“We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms,” Twitter Support wrote in a tweet. “So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30 days will no longer be supported.”

The app hadn’t exactly been flourishing in recent years, scoring a dismal 1.7 out of 5 in the App Store. Twitter had outsourced the development of the app to a studio in Seattle called Black Pixel. Read more…

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All aboard the notch train! Apple mandates that all new apps support the iPhone X display

If anyone needed further proof that Apple is all aboard the notch train, its latest memo to developers should suffice. As if to corroborate the supply chain findings of its most reputable analyst, Apple is now demanding that all new apps submitted from April onwards, should natively support the screen cutout of the iPhone X, and it says so explicitly in an email distributed to developers.
In other words, the notch is here to stay, and this jibes with KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo numeorus memos to clients that Apple will issue three iPhones …

Android P features leak, notch support incoming

Despite the fact the latest major Android version – Android 8 Oreo – is present on little more than 1% of all Android devices, we’ve already got some details on the next big Android update – Android 9.0 P, having the internal code name ‘Pistachio Ice Cream’.

According to insider sources, Google has already laid out the main goals of Android 9.0 P. One of them is said to be a visual overhaul of the OS to make the software more appealing. Reportedly, Google is aiming to draw the attention of iOS users with this move, hoping to make them switch over to Android. As part of the …

Apple Pay update adds support for 26 more banks and credit unions in the US

Apple Pay works with most of the major credit and debit cards from the top banks in the United States, but there are still financial institutions in the country that don’t offer support for the mobile payment service.

Today, Apple added support for 26 more banks and credit unions, all from the US. You can find below the names of the new banks and credit unions that now support Apple Pay:

ACIPCO Federal Credit UnionArthur State BankBank of Eastern OregonBlue Federal Credit UnionCapital Credit UnionChoice One Community Credit UnionCity BankCommunity Powered Federal Credit UnionDedham …

Apple's iPhone 9 and Xs to only come with Intel modems, dual SIM support in the cards

Amidst reiterating that the rumored 6.1″ LCD iPhone 9 will account for 50% of Apple’s 2018 iPhone crop sales, famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo added a few more notable details about this year’s portfolio in three memos to clients of its research shop KGI Securities.

First off, Apple is apparently done with Qualcomm for good, and all three upcoming new iPhones this year will be equipped with Intel modems. Thus, unless Qualcomm wiggles back in the supply chain due to some patent suit agreement, there won’t be the differences in download speeds and signal strength that we are witnessing …

Galaxy S9 to support the S8's LTE bands, have the same 'tuned by AKG' headphones

We just dove in the FCC’s Galaxy S9 filings, and, among wireless testing equipment lists and frequency distributions, a few tidbits of info flesh out the S9 a bit more for us end users. First off, the FCC lists that the phone, codenamed SMG960U (for US carriers), will support no less than 24 LTE bands.

While that’s just a band short from the current record holders – Apple’s iPhone crop, whose Japanese models support 25 – it’s still the same number of bands listed for the S8 as well. This generous number of LTE frequencies that the S9 will support means that the unlocked …

Apple iPhone support app will reserve the iPhone battery you need, and alert you when it's in stock

Ever since Apple disseminated its apology last month for slipping in software under iPhone owners’ noses, which was used to throttle the CPU speed of certain models, Apple Stores around the world have been mobbed. Here’s why. Apple said that it had to slowdown the processor on certain handsets since these units no longer had the battery strength to handle complex tasks, without the risk of shutting down the phone. Fixing that requires Apple to swap out the weaker battery for a brand new fresh one. To get back into good graces with its customers, Apple cut the price to replace the battery on select …

Samsung Germany's Galaxy S9 support page hints that Dual SIM feature is coming to Europe

Some models of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge came with Dual SIM capabilities. This was offered in the form of a hybrid SIM tray (pictured above) that allowed users to employ the second SIM card holder for a microSD card instead. In 2016, the Dual SIM variation using the hybrid SIM tray was available in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Last year, the hybrid SIM tray was again offered in select markets on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. 

What about this year? Thanks to Samsung Germany’s early posting of its support page for the Samsung Galaxy S9, we can tell …

Google updates Files Go file manager with support for tablets and SD cards

Google has just announced its new file manager for Android devices, Files Go has been updated with a few new features. First off, the app now features support for tablets, so if you’ve wanted to use Files Go on a larger screen, you’ll be able to do that after updating to the latest version.

Then, SD card support has been added as well, which means you’ll now be able to see files stored on your SD card if you’re using one. Another new feature included in the update is the option to open files in other apps.

With the latest version Files Go, users can customize which apps open their …