New iPhone app Yallo lets you record your conversations

When I first became a reporter, I bought one of those little mics you could suction-cup to a telephone to record interviews. That was some gadget, except for having to tape it to the handset because the suction cup sometimes popped off. You can still buy this kind of microphone or use your smartphone with […]

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Caseology review: Testing 4 of the nicest iPhone 6s cases available

Caseology is a fairly new smartphone case brand and the company was kind enough to send Cult of Mac four different cases from its iPhone 6s lineup to test out. With the vast majority of Caseology cases on Amazon receiving 4-star and 4 and a half-star reviews, I was eager to see if they lived […]

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Can iPad Pro really replace your Mac? We discuss (and argue), on The CultCast

This week: can the new iPad Pro really replace your Mac? Apple seems to think so, but we’ve got a Pro in-hand and we’re not so sure. Plus: Apple may soon offer us all a simple way to pay each other; and stick around for another classic El Kahney rant—zombie edition—on an all new Stuff […]

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Apple Working on Mobile Person-to-Person Payment Service

Apple is in talks with U.S. banks over a potential person-to-person mobile payments service, reports The Wall Street Journal. Such a service would perhaps be positioned as an expansion to Apple Pay, and it would allow people to send each other payments, much like PayPal’s Venmo or Square’s Square Cash service.

Little is known about the talks at this early date, but The Wall Street Journal says communication between Apple and the banks is ongoing and it’s not known if Apple has inked any concrete deals. Apple is said to be speaking to Chase, Capital One, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bank, but key details „remain in flux“ and the technical details still need to be worked out.

It isn’t clear how Apple intends to make money from the service. Indeed, the company may view a person-to-person offering mostly as a way to get more consumers to convert to its phones.

Under the current discussions, Apple wouldn’t charge the banks for participating in its person-to-person payment service, said the person familiar with the talks. That is different from Apple Pay in which the banks pay Apple for each transaction

Person-to-person services like Venmo and Square Cash are used for personal payments and are useful for things like paying back a friend who bought dinner or splitting a rent payment. With Apple’s system, iPhone and iPad owners could perhaps use Apple Pay to send secure payments to one another from a checking account.

A launch date for the service is unclear as of yet, but Apple may be targeting a 2016 debut.

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Sharing your Touch ID is a big no-no, say banks

Banks may refuse to refund disputed transactions, or help customers who are victims of fraud, if the person in question has their fingerprints stored on a phone or tablet that does not belong to them. According to a new report, several banks in the U.K. are making the decision now that fingerprints are used to […]

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Gorgeous Apple Watch stand may be more than you need

It’s hard to resist the allure of a fancy Apple Watch stand, especially if you want to take advantage of watchOS 2’s awesome Nightstand Mode. Sena’s Travel Case and Stand is one such premium accessory, and how useful it’ll be to you depends on what kind of relationship you have with your smartwatch. It looks […]

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Cult of Mac Magazine: We ❤ emojis

It’s emoji time, thanks to fresh iOS 9 and OS X updates that bring a ton of new pictograms to the Apple universe. In this week’s edition of Cult of Mac Magazine, we’ve got great emoji how-tos, Apple news, and product reviews, plus the story of a Mac developer who schemed up a brilliant way […]

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iPad Pro Hands-on Makes the Case for Productivity Uses, Apple Pencil Is Excellent

With the launch of the iPad Pro coming up shortly, technology and education expert Fraser Speirs got some hands-on time with the device at an invitation-only event in London yesterday. Speirs has been sharing his thoughts from his one-hour session with the iPad Pro and its accessories and answering questions on Twitter, offering an interesting perspective on the user experience.

Overall, Speirs was impressed by the iPad Pro, finding it most ideal for productivity tasks in noting the device „is expansive where the Air 2 is intimate. It definitely has a ‘work’ feel to it, although photos/media are fantastic.“ Multitasking in particular is „a whole different thing“ on the iPad Pro with a true feeling of „two iPads stuck together,“ an experience that makes it „a great device for serious work and creativity.“

Speirs is a bit less enthusiastic about other use cases, noting that „if you just use it to browse and Netflix“ there may not be enough benefit from the iPad Pro to make it worth the increased size and weight compared to iPad Air 2. For reading, he feels „it’s not a device to snuggle up with“ but would be solid for reference work.

Turning to the Apple Pencil, Speirs calls it „extremely impressive“ and „certainly the best iPad stylus I have used by a country mile.“ Palm rejection is described as „near-perfect“ and the „best I have ever seen on iOS,“ making for a smooth experience with writing and drawing apps.

Speirs was less impressed with the Smart Keyboard, calling it „a bit fiddly“ due to its size and complexity but a „decent enough“ keyboard. As far as the keyboard feel, Speirs compares it most closely to Logitech’s Keys-to-Go among accessories iPad users might already be familiar with.

For more of Speirs’ thoughts on the iPad Pro and its accessories, check out his Twitter timeline, which is full of tidbits and other impressions.



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High expectations: Best weed apps for your iPhone

Where can you buy weed legally? What kind of marijuana is best for you? What are the laws concerning pot use in your neck of the woods? Potent new marijuana apps make it easy to answer all your sticky weed questions. We’ve harvested the best marijuana apps so you don’t have to pick through the […]

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Woz admits Steve Jobs wasn’t always a nice guy

Steve Jobs will be remembered as much for his negative personality traits as for his marketing genius, says Steve Wozniak in a new featurette for the upcoming movie, Steve Jobs. The Woz waxes nostalgic about his friend and co-founder of Apple as his own recollections are interspersed with scenes and quotes from the movie. “Steve […]

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