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EU may force Apple to share its Apple Pay technology

  • The EU is considering forcing smartphone manufacturers to share information about their wireless payment technology, according to a report seen by Bloomberg.
  • The proposed laws wouldn’t specifically target Apple, but the report mentions an ongoing antitrust investigation into Apple Pay.
  • Apple Pay and other wireless payment services rely on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
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Apple may be forced to open up the technology that powers its Apple Pay contactless payment service to other companies, according to an EU report obtained by Bloomberg.

The report is due to be put forward next week, and proposes new laws which would stop smartphone manufacturers from concealing information about wireless payment technology in both smartphones and wearable devices.

The upshot is that banks and other providers would be able to offer contactless payment services via their own apps using payment tech currently inside smartphones.

The report doesn’t

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Tech sparks sell-off as Apple, Amazon pace drop

equity markets declined on Thursday as tech stocks bore the brunt of the selling a day after the Federal Reserve said its policy would remain loose for the foreseeable future.” data-reactid=”17″U.S. equity markets declined on Thursday as tech stocks bore the brunt of the selling a day after the Federal Reserve said its policy would remain loose for the foreseeable future.

Investors rotated out of momentum players pushing the Nasdaq down 1.27% as Apple Inc., Amazon Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Tesla Inc., which have steered the market, fell.

The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average were lower by 0.84% and 0.47%, respectively.

Looking at the economy, initial claims fell to 860,000 in the week ended Sept. 12 but were slightly above the 850,000 that analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were anticipating. Continuing claims, meanwhile, dropped to 12.628 million and were below the 13 million that was expected.

Additionally, housing starts,

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Apple iOS 14 bug resets default apps to Safari and Mail on reboot

In iOS 14, Apple finally gives you a decent variety of options for your default browser and email apps. 

However, a software bug resets those apps back to Apple’s Safari and Mail after every reboot. 

The bug was discovered by a number of users who voiced the issue on Twitter, and Apple confirmed it in a statement to CNET. 

“We are aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. A fix will be available to users in a software update,” the company said. 


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Best Apple Watch 6, SE, 2020 iPad Deals on Release Date

Now that the new Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE and 8th Generation iPad have officially been released, we’ve compiled the best deals on the new hardware.

Where to save on new Apple hardware

Top Apple resellers are offering shoppers a variety of ways to save on the newly released hardware. From 5% off with this store card to free Apple Fitness+ with Apple Watch Series 6 styles, we’re rounding up the most aggressive deals.

Price Guides

Save 5% at Adorama

Shoppers can save an additional 5% on purchases at Adorama with the Adorama Edge Credit Card. Considering an Apple Watch Series 6 starts at $399, shoppers can save at least $20 on the new models.

Get a sales tax refund at B&H

Another option to save on the latest hardware is to grab an instant sales tax refund on orders shipped to select zip codes with B&H’s Payboo

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Dow closes more than 100 points lower, Apple and Microsoft drag down tech

Stocks fell in volatile trading on Thursday amid renewed pressure in shares of major tech companies. Conflicting messaging on the coronavirus vaccine front and uncertainty around further stimulus also weighed on sentiment. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 130.40 points, or 0.5%, to 27,901.98, snapping a four-day winning streak. The 30-stock average fell as much as 384.45 points, while briefly turning positive during the wild session.

The S&P 500 dropped 0.8%, or 28.48 points, to 3,357.01. The Nasdaq Composite fell 1.3%, or 140.19 points, to 10,910.28. The tech-heavy benchmark briefly dipped back into correction territory, down 10% from its all-time high. 

“The market had gone up too much, too fast and valuations got to a point where that was more noticeable than before,” said Tom Martin, senior portfolio manager at GLOBALT. “So now you’re seeing the market correct a bit.”

“The question now is whether this is the kind of

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WatchOS 7 is here, so update your Apple Watch. Here’s how to do it

Apple ‘s latest wearable operating system WatchOS 7 arrived on the Apple Watch  this week, following an announcement at the tech giant’s virtual event on Tuesday. Also announced at Apple’s “Time Flies” September event were two new smartwatch models, the Apple Watch Series 6 and the more affordable Apple Watch SE. Originally revealed during its WWDC keynote earlier this summer, the WatchOS 7 update has been available as a public beta since August. Its new features include four new workouts within its Workout app, the ability to use Siri to translate several languages directly from your wrist, an automatic motion-sensitive hand-washing timer, expanded and sharable Watch face options from third-party developers, and a sleep tracker that lets you know when it’s time to wind down for your best rest. 

a clock in the middle of a watch: WatchOS 7 is available to download Wednesday, with new watch faces and complications. Screenshot/Apple

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WatchOS 7 is available to download Wednesday, with new watch faces and complications. Screenshot/Apple

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Apple issues first iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1, tvOS 14.2 betas to developers [u]

Apple on Thursday issued the first round of beta releases for iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1 and tvOS 14.2 to developers for evaluation.

The releases come one day after the next-generation iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7 and tvOS 14 operating systems were pushed out to users around the world, offering access to a slew of new features, performance enhancements, bug fixes and more.

It is not clear what changes the new beta variants contain. In past years, Apple has rapidly deployed iterative point updates to squash bugs and other problems discovered following major public releases. There is also a possibility that new features will roll out as part of the update group.

News of the pending updates were first outed in an Xcode 12.2 beta earlier today, though the developer tool offered no clues as to what issues the new versions address.

It can be surmised that Apple

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Apple is making Shazam a bigger part of your iPhone

Apple bought music recognition app Shazam in 2018, and now it’s integrating it into iOS in another big way — a new Music Recognition feature can identify songs playing around you as well as in apps on your phone. And it even works when you’re listening to music on your headphones.

The new feature is available as a toggle in Control Center, but it does require a developer beta of iOS 14.2 if you want to try it right now. That toggle will look like a little Shazam icon, and you just need to tap it for your iPhone to start listening.

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You could already use Siri to summon Shazam and identify songs playing around you, but being able to identify music in your apps could be handy too — if, say, you’re wondering what song that creator picked for their TikTok or YouTube video.

Interestingly, Android users

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Watch: Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE Unboxing Videos

Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE unboxing videos and first impressions have hit the web.

Apple Watch Series 6 is the new high-end model with blood oxygen tracking, a faster S6 chip, a brighter always-on display, a next-generation always-on altimeter, and new casing options like blue aluminum and graphite stainless steel. Pricing starts at $399.

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Starting at $279, the lower-cost Apple Watch SE features the same design as the Series 6, but with some features missing, including an always-on display, blood oxygen tracking, and the ECG app for detecting atrial fibrillation. Apple Watch SE is also powered by the previous-generation S5 chip from the Apple Watch Series 5.

Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE share a handful of features, including fall detection, a compass, an always-on altimeter, Emergency SOS with international emergency calling, high and low heart rate notifications, irregular heart rhythm

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Apple Watch SE’s lack of always-on display actually isn’t a deal breaker: Our first impressions


The Apple Watch SE.

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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Featuring WatchOS 7, water resistance and a proprietary dual-core S5 processor, the Apple Watch SE serves as a cheaper option to the flagship Apple Watch Series 6. The Apple Watch SE starts at $279 (£269, AU$429). It will come in cellular and Wi-Fi-only variants, and ships out Sept. 18.

Though it doesn’t have all the same high-end features as the Series 6, such as blood oxygen level measuring and an electocardiogram (EKG or ECG) sensor, the Watch SE still has some features that are new to WatchOS 7. That includes new watch faces and Family Setup. Staple features such as sleep tracking, fall detection and messaging are also built into the Watch SE. 

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