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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.

Harry McCracken | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

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.

Steve Jobs, Apple Co-Founder, Found Success in Stubbornness

content.time.com — Many famous Steve Jobs moments involve him speaking before enraptured audiences. One of my most vivid Jobs memories is of the time I saw him standing quietly at the back of one. I attended the Siggraph computer-graphics conference in Boston in 1989 and was trapped in a throng on the show floor watching one of Pixar's short cartoons.

Remembering Steve Jobs, Apple Founder and Tech Innovator

content.time.com — Steve Jobs, whose death was announced Wednesday night, Oct. 5, 2011, wasn't a computer scientist. He had no training as a hardware engineer or industrial designer. The businesses Apple entered under his leadership - from personal computers to MP3 players to smart phones - all existed before the company got there.
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Oct 21, 2014

Apple Pay worked fine at McD's. So far, only trouble I've had is verifying credit cards in order to add them.

Oct 21, 2014

@ampressman I may be able to use it at Jamba Juice. I've paid with Google Wallet there.

Oct 21, 2014

@dcseifert @ampressman Someone needs to do a story on the best meals you can buy with Apple Pay.

Oct 21, 2014

@csciria I think the romance between McRib and me is over.

Oct 21, 2014

@ultramagnus_tcv Unless Apple is being really misleading, Apple Pay security is better than using plastic.

Oct 21, 2014

Probably going to have lunch at the nearest establishment which accepts Apple Pay. I'm afraid that's a McDonalds.

Oct 21, 2014

And I'm still waiting for the text message from Citi I need to approve my card for Apple Pay.

Oct 21, 2014

Weirdly, Wells Fargo now says my card is approved for Apple Pay, even though I was never able to complete the approval process.

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