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The Apple Pay Challenge: Hey, This Thing (Mostly) Works!

fastcompany.com — When I resolved to leave my wallet at home and spend a week buying only those things I could pay for using my iPhone 6 and Apple's new Apple Pay service, I was prepared for the worst. I thought it might not work reliably--or at least turn out to be enough of a hassle to make me pine for my plastic.

iPad Air 2 And iPad Mini 3 Review: The Best Tablets, Made Slightly Better

fastcompany.com — Let's make this simple: If you already own last year's iPad Air, you probably don't want to buy an iPad Air 2. The new version's improvements, though noticeable and welcome, are too minor to make the tablet you bought less than a year ago feel obsolete.

The Apple Pay Challenge: Can I Spend A Week Without A Wallet?

fastcompany.com — A couple of years ago, for an article in Time magazine, I left my wallet at home for a week and only bought stuff which I could pay for using my Galaxy Nexus phone, using either Google Wallet or Square's since-discontinued Pay With Square app.

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fastcompany.com — Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco; in past lives as a tech journalist, he was editor at large for Time...

At Apple's October Event, Specs Mattered More Than Usual, And That's O.K.

fastcompany.com — Far more than your average maker of computers, tablets, and smartphones, Apple likes to position itself as being disinterested in the dreary matter of technical specifications. If it can talk up something else at one of its events--industrial design, software, services, or, especially, the overall experience of using one or more Apple devices--it usually will.

A First Look Deep Inside Amazon Game Studios

fastcompany.com — To trace the beginnings of Amazon's interest in the game business, you need to go back a long way--at least to the holiday season of 1999. That's when the company, best known at the time as "Earth's largest bookstore," began offering video games for then-popular machines such as the Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, and Neo Geo.

The News According To Nuzzel

fastcompany.com — If you want to find news articles worth reading, you could do a lot worse than to simply check out what your friends share on Twitter and Facebook. That isn't exactly a revelation. It's closer to a self-evident statement of fact. Trouble is, finding those recommendations can be surprisingly tough.

Quip's Cool, Collaborative Word Processor Is Now A Spreadsheet, Too

fastcompany.com — Quip--the collaborative word processor for iPads, iPhones, Android devices, and the web--is expanding into spreadsheets. But it isn't becoming a suite à la Microsoft Office or Google Apps. Quip tends to do productivity in its own contrarian way, and it's putting spreadsheets inside its word processor.

Join Us For Live Coverage Of Apple's October Product Event

fastcompany.com — It's been a a month since the epic media event at which Apple unveiled the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch. Today, it confirmed the recent report by Re/code's John Paczkowski that it's going to hold another event next Thursday, October 16.

With Its New Gizmo, Highfive Wants To Democratize Business Videoconferencing

fastcompany.com — I've spent roughly half of my career working in branch offices. That means that I've devoted thousands of hours to trying to participate in meetings being held on the other side of the country from wherever I was.
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Oct 25, 2014

@jsnell It will be a great day when the only difference between Gmail and Google Apps Gmail is the domain name.

Oct 25, 2014

Setting things up so I can get to work email from Google's Inbox, which I'm pretty smitten with at the moment.

Oct 24, 2014

@rjp1208 Almost everybody seems to be confused about that.

Oct 24, 2014

Sounds like buying an iPad with Apple SIM and then putting it on AT&T negates any benefits of Apple SIM. macrumors.com/2014/10/24/att…

Oct 24, 2014

@rjp1208 Apple's list is of companies they've partnered with, not everybody.

Oct 24, 2014

@BelkinCares There's really nothing to check, but it's a Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air. Thanks!

Oct 24, 2014

@jlgolson No, I bought Jamba with Google Wallet a couple of years ago, so I decided to try Apple Pay.

Oct 24, 2014

Jamba Juice, though not on Apple’s list, is Apple Pay-ready. pic.twitter.com/FVR2fCMEPY

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