Walmart, a.k.a. the world’s largest retailer, has announced the launch of its new Walmart Pay service — a mobile payment service for both Android and iOS, designed to work with all major credit, debit, and Walmart gift cards in the retailer’s U.S. stores. The service, which launches in select stores this month, will be fully […]
Let’s face it: Online shopping is amazing. Given the choice of shopping from home while relaxing in their PJs or fighting crowds and dodging overbearing salespeople, we bet most people will choose to shop online. But shopping online has some drawbacks as well. Mainly, those drawbacks come in the form of having to sift through […]
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Apple has added a new shopping category to the App Store today, bringing with it a collection of apps that cover everything from auctions, product reviews, price comparisons, Apple Pay apps, and more. App Store users will begin seeing the new category on the App Store today. It may end up on the tvOS App […]
Apple today updated its Maps app for Mac and iOS with new Flyover locations in number of cities and „Nearby“ location listings in Australia, Canada, France, and Germany. Introduced in iOS 9, the Nearby feature displays restaurants and stores that are located close by. When searching in the Maps app, Nearby shows up as a list of categories like Food, Drinks, Shopping, and Fun.
Nearby was previously available in the United States and China, but today expands to Australia, Canada, France, and Germany for a total of six locations of availability.
Apple has also added several new Flyover locations, highlighting landmarks and features in several countries in Europe, North America, and Asia. The new Flyover locations are listed below:
– Basel, Switzerland
– Bielefeld, Germany
– Gorge Du Verdon, France
– Hawaii (Big Island), US
– Hiroshima, Japan
– Kyoto, Japan
– Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
– Leon, Spain
– Nagoya, Japan
– Okayama, Japan
– Osaka, Japan
– Porto, Portugal
– Prague, Czech Republic
– Sendai, Japan
– Tulum, Mexico
For those unfamiliar with the Flyover feature in Apple Maps, it lets users take photorealistic 3D tours of select areas, which can be navigated through to display close ups of notable landmarks and points of interest.
Flyover was first introduced alongside iOS 6 in 2012, and over the course of the last few years, Apple has been steadily adding new Flyover locations to the Maps app, with a full list available on its iOS 9 Feature website. As of February, some Flyover locations have also been updated with real-time animated landmarks, making the Flyover experience even more immersive, and many Flyover locations also have an additional City Tour feature that walks users through a series of landmarks in each city.
If you’re even slightly interested in having smart lighting for your house, the new Philips Hue bridge, which supports Apple’s HomeKit automated-home framework, should be in your shopping cart right now. Controlling your lights from your phone is one level of crazy future-stuff, but doing it with your voice drops you into an episode of […]
The busier my life gets, the more disorganized I become. I fumble for a notepad when I’m out and want to get someone’s phone number. I think of get short story ideas when I’m in the shower, and I have tons of books and movies I want to get (usually when I’m broke). Don’t get […]
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Apple made a significant change to its online presence today, merging its Apple.com website with its once-separate online store, to create one main website. There is no longer a standalone store.apple.com website that is used for making purchases, and the „Store“ tab that was once at the top of Apple.com has been removed.
Instead, there’s a universal shopping bag icon that displays products in the shopping cart, past order information, account details, and favorites. Purchasing an item is now done by clicking the „Buy“ button on each individual product page, which links to the same purchasing menus that were present in the online store.
Apple’s main site includes direct links to Mac, iPad, iPhone, Watch, Music, and Support. Despite the major integration, Apple’s main site is largely unchanged, as are the product pages. Locating accessories is somewhat more difficult, however, with the removal of the central store site and the lack of dedicated store sections. Accessing accessories is largely done by visiting the main product sections and clicking on banners like „Accessories for Apple Watch“ and „Accessories for iPhone.“
Apple’s integrated online store streamlines the shopping experience. Instead of viewing information about a product on the main site and then having to click over to the store, everything is now done in the same place.
In a statement given to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson said the change was done in an effort to create a simpler site for customers to learn about and shop for products.
„We redesigned Apple.com knowing that our customers want to explore, research and shop in one place,“ said an Apple spokesperson in a statement. „The new Apple.com takes the very best of our existing site and our online store to give customers one simple destination to learn and buy without navigating between two different sites. We’ve also improved several of the site’s features to make shopping easier than ever for our customers.“
The changes to the Apple.com site were made this afternoon and are live in the United States and several additional countries.
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A Marine widow has had her stolen iPhone returned to her after revealing that it contained the text message and photos from her late husband, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Nepal. “This is probably the happiest I’ve been in the last three months,” said Haley Johnson after she recovered the handset. Johnson’s […]
Apparently, it isn’t enough that our phones, appliances, TVs, thermostats, and light bulbs are getting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections so that we can control them remotely and teach them our habits. No; some enterprising souls are looking at their stuff and just gasping at how dumb all of it is. And so, things that we […]
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