Microsoft showcases Windows 10 in retail, including vending machine with 40in touchscreen

Microsoft has highlighted examples of its products driving new retail experiences, including the ‘Diji Touch’ vending machine with a 40-inch touchscreen, powered by Windows 10, Kinect and Azure IoT. Read more…

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Apple TV app will wow you with stunning live shots of Earth

I’ve always wanted to go into space. The now-familiar view of our “big blue marble” have always fascinated and entranced me, even as a young boy. With Earthlapse TV, I can stare out of a virtual window from the International Space Station to watch the coast of Northern Australia spin past my high viewpoint, see […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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Facebook’s Instant Articles Feature Now Rolling Out to All iOS Users

Several months ago, Facebook announced „Instant Articles,“ a new platform for publishers that aimed to speed up the loading times of articles when browsing on the Facebook iOS app, but it was limited to a small number of iPhone users. As of today, Facebook’s Instant Articles are rolling out to all iOS users and should be showing up in Facebook timelines starting now.

With Instant Articles, publishers are able to host their posts and stories on the Facebook servers, which are able to load linked articles up to 10 times faster than a separate web app. The platform also includes several interactive tools like photo zooming, maps, auto play videos, audio captions, comments, and more, plus it lets publishers access analytics tools to measure article traffic.

According to Facebook, its users are more likely to read and share content that loads instantly, and content that gets a lot of shares is beneficial to publishers as it ranks higher in the Facebook News Feed.

Several major publications have signed up to use Facebook’s Instant Article platform, including The New York Times, National Geographic, BuzzFeed, NBC, The Atlantic, The Guardian, BBC News, Spiegel, Bild, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Business Insider, Fox Sports, MLB, Hollywood Reporter, The Onion, The Verge, TIME, and more.

Instant Articles are highlighted in the iOS Facebook feed with a lightning bolt icon, letting users know which content has the special formatting.

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Facebook Instant articles now available to all iPhone users

After five months of beta testing its fast-loading ‘instant’ articles, Facebook is rolling out the feature to all iPhone users starting today. Instant articles load 10 times faster than normal shared links and rank higher in News Feed. Facebook has enlisted a number of top publishers to create content for the new article format with […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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Inside iOS 9: Apple News Delivers the Latest Stories to Your Device

Apple News is an all-new app on iOS 9 that aggregates stories from several sources into one mobile-friendly format for reading on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app is very similar to existing news apps such as Flipboard and Zine, displaying a list of news articles and personalized stories based on publications that interest you.

International readers should note that Apple News is currently available in the U.S. only.

Apple allows publishers of all sizes to sign up to be included on Apple News using News Publisher, ranging from traditional publications such as The New York Times, CNN, ESPN, The Atlantic, The Daily Mail and Slate to independent blogs such as MacRumors, TouchArcade and Daring Fireball.

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During setup, you can choose news publications and topics that interest you, including business, technology, fashion, sports and more. You can also choose to have news stories emailed straight to your inbox.

News stories are displayed in a scrollable grid and have interactive layouts accompanied by photo galleries, videos and animations, and content can be shared for offline reading. Apple News Format is also coming soon, which integrates with a publisher’s existing content management system and provides access to a rich suite of tools to measure user engagement with published content.

Apple News is split into five sections:
For You: A continuously updated feed of personalized stories based on your likes and interests
Favorites: The latest news from your favorite publications, magazines and blogs
Explore: Recommended topics and channels that you are not following yet
Search: Enter keywords to discover and add specific topics and channels
Saved: Save articles into a list that supports offline reading and syncs to your other iOS devices through iCloudBe sure to add MacRumors to Apple News for the latest news and rumors delivered right to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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Apple Pay Adds 46 More Banks and Credit Unions in U.S.

Apple has once again updated its list of participating Apple Pay issuers, adding 46 more banks and credit unions to the list of institutions whose customers can set up credit and/or debit cards with the service. The new additions increase the number of banking institutions in the U.S. supporting Apple Pay to over 425, and just last month the service expanded to the United Kingdom, where most of the country’s major banks are already on board.

1st United Services Credit Union
Align Credit Union
Atlantic Regional FCU
Bank of Marin
Bank of Oklahoma
Central Pacific Bank
Community & Southern Bank
Countryside Bank
Dominion Credit Union
DuPage Credit Union
Dutch Point Credit Union
Electro Savings Credit Union
First Bank of Dalton
First Clover Bank
First Collinsville Bank
First County Bank
First Midwest Bank
First National Bank and Trust
First National Bank of McGregor
First State Bank Nebraska
Greater Iowa Credit Union
Gulf Coast Educators FCU
HarborOne Bank
Horizon Bank
Illinois National Bank
Jax Federal Credit Union
LGE Community Credit Union
Meadows Credit Union
Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union
Metro Health Services FCU
MidFirst Bank
Northwest Federal Credit Union
Premier Bank
The Bank of Commerce
The Cooperative Bank
The Paducah Bank & Trust
Thomaston Savings Bank
TTCU The Credit Union
UniBank for Savings
United Bank
US Community Credit Union
USE Credit Union
USF Federal Credit Union
West Alabama Bank & Trust
Westerra Credit Union
With most of the largest financial institutions in the U.S. already supporting Apple Pay, most of the recent additions to Apple’s list are community banks and credit unions with relatively small numbers of customers. But for those who do bank with these institutions, Apple Pay support will be a welcome addition as merchant support for the contactless payments service continues to grow.

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