Apple to Add Near Field Communication (NFC) Payments to iPad 2 and iPhone 5?

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SOURCES: iLounge, Bloomberg, Pad Gadget, Mashable, MacRumors Talking about the “power wallet”, according to Bloomberg news today, Apple Inc. plans to introduce services that would allow customers to use their iPhone or iPad to make retail purchases, said Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group. The services are based on “Near-Field Communication,” . . . read more

Apple Profits Surge 77% on Record Sales of 4.1M Macs, 16.2M iPhones, 7.3M iPads

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SOURCES: iLounge, iPhoneHacks, Macworld, Boy Genius Report, Ars Technica, SoftPedia, World of Apple, Pad Gadget, Redmond Pie, Gizmodo, AppleInsider, The Loop, Geek.com, AppleTell, Edible Apple, MacGasm, Electronista. As reported in numerous Apple news websites and blogs throughout the internet, Apple’s just-announced quarterly report is in short … stellar.  A record . . . read more

Is a Cloud-based OS X coming?

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Greetings fans – here’s an interesting patent that is coming out of Apple headquarters today, as revealed by AppleInsider, relating to the possibility of a “cloud-based” OS X operating system of the future.  We’re not exactly what this all implies, but the concept is indeed intriguing. The abstract for this patent reads: “A method and apparatus . . . read more

Virgin Mobile Launching $20/month Mi•Fi

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Virgin Mobile to offer MiFi for $20 per month without a contract As reported in 9 to 5 Mac today, the dramatic upsurge in popularity of mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch and most recently the iPad, as well as more traditional items such as laptops and netbooks, data carriers such as Verizon, AT&T and now Virgin Mobile are trying to promote sales of Mi-Fi (mobile Wi-Fi) . . . read more

White iPhone 4 Kit Seller Investigated

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A 17-year-old high-school student and entrepreneur Fei Lam is now in some tepid water – perhaps even hot water if the authorities have their way.  Apparently, he has reported that he is presently being scrutinized by an independent investigator representing, quite possibly, Apple Inc. Fei had purchased white iPhone parts directly from Foxconn, the Chinese factory in Shenzhen . . . read more

Apple Launches Online Store in China

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Apple has launched its online store for Chinese customers. The store offers the iPhone 4, iPad, iPod and Mac computers, together with options such as custom configuration for the Mac, free personalized engraving on any iPod or iPad model, and free shipping.  The Chinese Apple store is the only place online where you can buy the iPod nano’s (PRODUCT) RED variant. This is another . . . read more

Might Apple purchase Facebook?

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Tell us what Steve Jobs should do with $51B (bazillion) in CA$H? Would it be wise for Apple to say … buy Facebook for about $30B? That’s what Peter Kafka of ‘All Things Digital’ is proposing … after all, Steve (Jobs) had Mark (Zuckerberg) over for dinner a week ago to “chat” … and what better way to fend off Google than by integrating . . . read more

It’s ‘Back to the Mac’ time … October 20th

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Apple will hold a special media event next Wednesday to reveal its latest offerings in the Mac space, which may include new MacBook Airs, a preview of Mac OS X 10.7, and an unveiling of iLife and iWork ’11. Set to kick-off at 10:00 am Pacific time on Wednesday, October 20th in the Town Hall on Apple’s Cupertino Campus, the event doesn’t come as a surprise. Just . . . read more

Target will be selling iPads in early October

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New evidence from AppleInsider suggests that Target’s U.S. stores may start offering the iPad on October 3, expanding the retail presence of Apple’s touchscreen tablet. A source with the retailer provided evidence to Engadget that Target is set to launch an unnamed product on Oct 3. The product will be available at six price points — the same prices of the iPad, . . . read more

Refurbished iPads now available online

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Apple, for the first time since the iPad went on sale, is now offering the hardware refurbished with a $50 discount from its online store, as availability of the product continues to improve. Currently, just refurbished Wi-Fi-only iPad models are available, though all capacities can be purchased, with a shipping time of between one and three days. The 16GB model sells for $449, . . . read more