Use Your MasterCard with Apple Pay for a ‘Priceless Surprise’ at the World Series

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Yesterday was the first game of the 2014 World Series of Major League Baseball (MLB). It was also the first full day that Apple Pay was available on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The MLB media department (MLBAM) announced that Apple Pay would be available in both AT&T Park in San Francisco and Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City for this year’s World Series games.

Today, MasterCard followed up with two new commercials announcing its collaboration with Apple Pay. The series of commercials is dubbed “Priceless Surprises,” and shows cardholders being awarded special gifts and prizes that they win just by making purchases with their MasterCard. “Use your MasterCard with Apple Pay for a chance at Priceless Surprises like tickets to the World Series.”

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Apple Agrees to Settlement with Sapphire Glass Supplier, GT will Sell Furnaces to Payoff Debt

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Yesterday, GT Advanced Technology and Apple, Inc. met in court to decide what to do with regards to the former’s sudden bankruptcy filing earlier this month. The two companies have agreed to dissolve the partnership with GT Advanced required to sell off its production furnaces in order to pay back the $440 million it owes Apple for the equipment loan.

According to the Wall Street Journal, GT Advance’s attorney Luc Despin described the split as an “amicable parting of the ways.” In the court hearing, Despin noted that the settlement between his client and Apple, Inc. allows GT Advanced to sell more than 2,000 furnaces at the Mesa, AZ sapphire manufacturing plant and give the money to Apple. “GT Advanced would surrender its claims against Apple, under the deal, and agree not to disparage the technology giant,” Despin was quoted as saying.

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Avi-on Labs Launches the First Ever Movable Light Switch, Powered by Bluetooth

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In my rental house, there is a light switch by the front door that turns the porch light on and off. If I want to light the living room, I have to walk all the way to the farthest corner where the floor lamp is. There is no other switch in that room. It would be nice if there were a switch by the front door so I could turn on the light right when I walked into the room.

The Avi-on Switch is a moveable Bluetooth powered light switch that can be placed anywhere without having to gut the wall and redirect the wiring. With it, you can put a light switch by the front door without permanently damaging your landlord’s wall.

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Apple iPad Air 2 Benchmark Proves to be the Fastest iOS Device

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Primate Labs recently released a new Geekbench report via Twitter showing the performance of the A8X processor chip housed inside the iPad Air 2. According to the results, Apple’s latest tablet is the fastest iOS device around. Plus, the iPad Air 2 is faster than any other tablet on the market by a significant amount, including the Android-based Nvidia Shield Tab, which previously held the crown.

What is probably the most interesting revelation with Primate Lab’s report is that it shows the iPad Air 2 actually houses three cores, and the best news of all, 2GB of RAM. These additional tech specs on top of the faster A8X processor chip push the iPad Air 2 into desktop computer performance arena.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Kids’ iPad Costume for Halloween

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Halloween is only about a week away. By now, most people have already, at least, figured out what their costume will be. If you are still trying to figure out what your youngling should wear, how about decking him out in the latest iPad Air 2 fashion?

This project for a child-sized iPad Halloween costume comes from Kids Activities Blog. It is completely DIY and even comes with a template for Halloween-themed apps to compliment your spooky tablet.

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IBM’s ‘Mobile First’ iPad Apps for Enterprise Set to Launch Next Month

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Yesterday, Apple held its quarterly earnings meeting where the company’s CEO and CFO told investors how things are going. CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri gave additional details as to why the iPad is not a sinking ship and basically said the media should stop making up tales of the apocalypse when it comes to Apple’s tablet line.

In the quarterly earnings call, Cook noted that IBM’s Mobile First iPad apps are on schedule to launch as early as next month. This new line of enterprise apps will be a big boost for Apple’s push to capture the corporate market.

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Tim Cook Says Recent iPad Sales Drop is Simply a ‘Speed Bump’

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The iPad is an amazing product! New models are more powerful and have additional bells and whistles, but even the original iPad is still so revolutionary that people continue to use it for surfing the web, checking email, and reading books. My new iPad Air 2 is arriving on Friday and yet most of my tech friends are surprised I upgraded at all. Tim Cook calls the decline in iPad sales only a ‘Speed Bump’ but I call it the result of Apple making a product that is too good and they haven’t created an intense need to constantly buy the latest model.

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Hackers May Have Found a Way to Infiltrate Apple’s iCloud in China

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Just as Apple launches their new mobile payment service, a news report comes in that a group of hackers in China may have figured out a way to gain access to personal log in credentials for iCloud. Chinese research firm Greatfire.org claims that the “man-in-the-middle” (MITM) attack comes from the Beijing government.

According to Reuters, Greatfire.org recently published information that hackers have put up a false website on China’s Internet that redirects iCloud users to a false page where passwords, messages, photos, and contacts could potentially be accessed and collected without user knowledge. Greatfire.org also claims that the government is involved in the attack, stating that it resembles previous attacks on Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft.

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WritePad for iPad Can Now Be Used as a Default Keyboard for iOS 8

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With the launch of iOS 8, users were finally able to take advantage of third-party keyboard apps as the default on their iPad. I’ve tested about a dozen of them and love all of the special features they come with. The connection is still a bit buggy and needs some polishing, but it is still a lot of fun to use these colorful and unique keyboards.

WritePad is a note-taking app that allows users to scribe notes in their own handwriting. Previously, the handwriting feature was only available when using the app. However, PhatWare has just updated WritePad to allow users to set the handwriting feature as the default keyboard on the iPad in iOS 8.

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Major League Baseball Parks to be First Stadiums to Accept Apple Pay

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Yesterday, Apple rolled out iOS 8.1, which included such features as OS X Yosemite Continuity, iCloud Photo Library, and the much talked about Apple Pay. The reviews are trickling in from tech writers that have tested it in the wild. Although there have been a few expected hiccups, the overall consensus is, “wow.”

The next question is, which retailers will participate in Apple Pay? Apple has about a quarter-of-a-million stores on its list of participating retailers, including the likes of Macy’s, McDonnalds, Chevron, Office Depot, and more. We’ve also recently learned that Apple Pay will be available to MasterCard users at the 2014 World Series.

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