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Teacher, writer, composer, and family man. Maker of delicious Halušky. Contact me via Twitter: @Sam_Denver

Chase Dangles David Guetta Album to Cardholders Who Adopt Apple Pay

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Chase is encouraging iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to adopt Apple Pay by giving away David Guetta’s newest album Listen. This is exactly the type of promotion that is important for Apple Pay to inevitably conquer the mobile pay industry but there is a little bad news. If you plan on using a Chase card with Apple Pay on your iPad Air 2, you wont be able to take advantage of the free album.

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iOS to Add Beats Music to Bundled Apps in 2015

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After spending an extremely large sum buying Beats Music, Apple has been running its new streaming business without making any substantial changes. The Financial Times is reporting that Apple is finally going to up its efforts to grow subscriptions by including the service in the default iOS bundle of included apps in 2015. We’ll also be able to find out if Apple will be keeping the Beats Music brand active or moving it under the iTune brand, which has been the source of speculation in recent months.

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Apple Pay is a “rising tide that has lifted all boats.”

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It has only been a few weeks since Apple Pay went live, but it appears that it is making waves in the mobile payment arena on a scale that no other company has been able to accomplish. The very early numbers seem to suggest that Apple is doing well with Apple Pay, but also that other services have seen an increase in usage. Sure, Apple Pay seems to work well, but it is Apple’s success in driving a marketing engine that is perhaps the most important element to creating a new payment infrastructure.

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Microsoft Updates Visual Studio – Now Allows Developers to Build iOS Apps

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.NET and Visual Studio have been exclusive Windows development tools for many years, but everything is about to change. In an announcement by S. Somasegar on his blog, the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft laid out a plan to expand the developer tools across various platforms, including an expansion to mobile systems. The tech world continues to change and mobile technology is clearly here to stay.

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Tim Cook Discusses Apple Watch, Apple TV and iPhone in Latest Interview

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We all know that Apple has changed in the Tim Cook era with greater press accessibility, increased openness with customers, and the release of products which Steve Jobs had openly criticized. In a new conversation with Cook, The Wall Street Journal discussed many of the recent hot topics with Apple and he displayed a sensitivity to the appetites of consumers that is something Apple users aren’t always accustomed to.

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iPad Still Dominant Tablet When it Comes to Web Surfing

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Sales numbers rise and fall depending on product releases and price schemes, but after all is said and done the iPad is clearly the most used device when it comes to tablet web traffic. Online advertising giant Chitika tracks millions of visits from tablet users and no other tablet comes even remotely close to the traffic generated by iPad users.

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Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre Profile Showcases Their Innovative USC Academy

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The Wall Street Journal just published a profile of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre in which the powerhouse duo discussed their new endeavor called the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. While modesty didn’t play a huge part in naming the new academy, the WSJ profile is an opportunity to see inside these efforts and I believe that the program is going to produce some excellent students.

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Starwood Hotel Rooms Go Keyless with iPhone and Apple Watch App Rollout

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I don’t travel that much, but when I do I prefer to spend as little time as possible in line at the hotel desk and I find it annoying to keep track of my room key. Starwood Hotels and Resorts have announced a bold new program called SPG Keyless which allows guests to have keyless entry to rooms using an iOS or Android app on their mobile device. Touted as the first of its kind, the app notifies you when your room is ready, allows you to check in, and uses a Bluetooth key code to unlock your door. Let’s hope this expands to additional hotels across the globe.

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Apple Pay’s Biggest Competitor and Retailer Backed Payment System CurrentC Hacked

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If Apple Pay users were told their financial information was going to be stored on iCloud servers I’m pretty sure that Apple Pay would be dead in the water after the recent iCloud security breach. If the day comes when there is a break of trust with Apple Pay, then people will likely stop using it and that is a reputation which would be hard to rebuild. CurrentC is building a smart phone commerce system which bypasses credit cards and uses the cloud to store personal information, and they have announced that a hacker accessed customer email addresses.

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Latest Teardown Reveals Apple Able to Keep Manufacturing Costs Steady for iPad Air 2

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Research firm IHS shared its component cost analysis of the newly released iPad Air 2 with Re/code and it clearly shows that Apple has maintained a very similar profit margin to the original Air in spite of updating multiple components. The net change in cost to build the base model is $1 from $274 to $275, which means on hardware alone Apple is earning $224 per device and after all of the other associated costs is probably still earning a substantial profit.

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