Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rite Aid Not Accepting Mobile NFC Payments Anymore

Causing the biggest geek riot against a company since Fitbit announced that they won't support HealthKit, Rite Aid has stopped accepting mobile payments from Apple Pay and Google Wallet after accepting them initially. Josh Hundall notes that the terminal specifically said that Apple Pay wasn't support. This means that it is intentional that Rite Aid isn't accepting Apple Pay anymore.
Today, Allison asked me to pick up a few things on my way home from the office, and I’m a major nerd, so naturally I was all too happy to oblige. I was equally disappointed, then, when my transaction was declined with a message on the terminal informing me that Apple Pay was not supported. The terminal mentioned Apple Pay by name. So the system is smart enough to know about Apple Pay and to decide not to take it.
- Josh Hundall 
Rite Aid hasn't commented on the matter, making it seem like an intentional removal instead of an accident. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite tweets on the matter.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How To Expand Windows in OS X Yosemite

In OS X Yosemite, the green "expand" button is replaced by a green button that makes the window go full screen. But what if you don't want full screen (Like I have to ask...)? Simple! Just hover over the green button in the top right corner of any window and hold the alt (option) key down when you click on the button. This allows you to expand the window instead of going full screen. I hope this helps!

Green Button Without Alt (Option) Key (Left) / Green Button With Alt (Option) Key (Right)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple Pay at a McDonalds

Here's a cool video of a man using Apple Pay at McDonalds. This is one of the first examples of how Apple Pay works. After ordering, the man taps his iPhone 6 to the credit card reader (but the cashier forgets to press a button) and the transaction is securely processed. Check it out in the embed below!

To use Apple Pay at a physical store, you must have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8.1 installed.

Monday, October 20, 2014

How To Setup SMS Relay on iOS 8

With iOS 8.1 available today, one of the main features (especially if you don't have an iPhone 6) is SMS Relay. This allows your other iOS devices and Macs to send and receive SMS (which is different from iMessage). Here's how to set it up.

You'll Need:

  • An iPhone (Running iOS 8.1)
  • Someone to text who doesn't have an iPhone
  • An iOS device (NOT an iPhone; Running iOS 8.1) and/or a Mac (Running OS X Yosemite)
The Procedure:
  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding
  2. Change one of the switches next to your device from grey to green.
  3. Pick up the device you picked and look for a code.
    1. If this doesn't happen instantly, go back to Settings > Messages on your iPhone and toggle iMessage off and turn it on again.
    2. If this still doesn't work, be sure that the two devices are on the same WiFi network.
  4. Enter the code on your iPhone.
  5. Celebrate with cake!
  6. Realize that the cake was a lie.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Get Favorites Bar Back in Safari in OS X Yosemite

In Yosemite, Safari automatically disables the Favorites Bar by default. Want it back? Just open Safari, right click (or press control and click) on the toolbar and select "Customize Toolbar...". Add "Favorites Bar" in your toolbar somewhere and click "Done". Press "Favorites Bar" and then right click (or press control and click) on the toolbar again. Drag the "Favorites Bar" icon out of your toolbar and click "Done". There you go! If you've followed this procedure correctly, you should have your Favorites Bar back in your browser. I hope this helps!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Photo Booth is Back in OS X Yosemite!

After being removed in public betas and developer previews, Photo Booth is back. Users of the beta and preview were worried the picture taking application would be removed by Apple. This caused many to be disappointed as kids and new OS X users loved the cool effects you could add. Anyways, it's back. It's not know why the app was gone in the previews and betas. It may have been because Apple didn't have an icon and design ready at the time or because Apple may have been considering removing it but changed its mind after the response from users.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pre-Order Your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 Today!

Today, the new iPads are available. Be sure to pick up yours as soon as possible if you want one. Also, there are new prices for these iPads. You can pickup a shiny, new iPad for the low, low price of $249 (for a 16 GB iPad mini). Take it a step up for an additional $50 for an iPad mini 2 (16 GB). Another $100 ($399) will get you an iPad mini 3 (16 GB) or an iPad Air (16 GB). Finally, another $100 will get you a 16 GB iPad Air 2. Head on over to the Apple Online Store to get your iPad by the end of next week.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Apple Pay, and New Macs: The Scoop

Today, Apple announced a bunch of new stuff. Let's do a quick review, shall we?

iPad Air 2

iPad Air 2
The new iPad Air 2 is 18% thinner and features Touch ID. The display has the least reflective display of any tablet in the world and has a resolution of 2048 by 1536. This iPad also has a 64-bit architecture and an A8X chip. The camera also has a long overdue update with an 8 megapixel camera and burst mode.

iPad mini 3

The iPad mini 3's spotlight is on Touch ID. While it has a 64-bit architecture, it only features an A7 chip. In addition, it still has a 5 megapixel camera. A small update for the iPad mini 3, but it's not like the camera is an essential feature on the iPad anyways. Try it if you just want to browse and shop on the web.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay will come out on Monday (along with iOS 8.1). More vendors have been added along with more banks and compatible apps.

iMac with Retina 5K Display

iMac with Retina 5K Display
Wow. Where to begin? This makes the Mac Pro look "so five minutes ago." 5K! That's a lot of pixels. About 14 million pixels. But this Mac isn't just focused on looks. It can have up to 4 gigahertz with your i7 processor, 3.5 teraflops of computing power, and 20 gigabits of speed with Thunderbolt 2.

Mac mini

This Mac mini costs $100 less than its predecessor. It's now $499. It has some minor tweaks including new Intel Core processors, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt 2 ports, and all that good stuff.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What I Could Dig Up: iPad, Apple Pay, and New Macs

Tomorrow, Apple will announce some iPads, the release date for Apple Pay, and some updated Macs. Here's a quick roundup of what we should expect to see tomorrow.


  • Touch ID
  • Apple Pay for apps
    • Not available in stores
  • A8X Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • New Gold Color

Apple Pay

  • Some form of release date
    • Release will be very close to event date


  • 27" iMac expected to come with Retina Display
  • OS X Yosemite expected to be released soon
    • Price: Free
    • Available on Mac App Store
    • iOS 7 for the Mac (Yay?)
The event starts tomorrow morning at 10 AM (PDT) and is available for streaming on Apple's website.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Quickly Mark iMessages As Read From Lock Screen

If you're like me, then you hate having to unlock your phone to end up locking it two seconds later just to have your recipient know that you read the message. In iOS 8, this is much quicker to do. Just swipe from right to left on the notification on the lock screen (when you get an iMessage) and click the little "x" to dismiss it. This marks the message as read and doesn't badge your messages app. I hope this helps!