Brian Tong here back from my vacation and yes I actually take a break once in a while but I always bring something for you the Apple byters like last week's music video.
And yeah we are gonna talk about that later.
But first, the stories of the week.
Now Apple Pay finally rolled out.
I've only been able to use at an Apple store so far and it worked like a charm at an Apple store.
But something this big wasn't going to have the smoothest launch.
Now a number of Bank of America customers said they were double charged using Apple Pay.
It affected about 1000 transactions, and yes, it's going to be fixed.
But then there's another issue.
Retail merchants who originally supported Apple Pay like CVS Pharmacy and Rite-Aid have decided to pull out and disabled all NFC payments completely preventing Apple Pay and even Google Wallet customers from paying by phone.
Now why would they do this?
Well that's where it gets fun and messy.
You see CVS and Rite Aid belong to a group of retailers that also include Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Gap in a coalition called the Merchant Customer Exchange or MCX for short.
Now these retailers are backing their own mobile payment platform called CurrentC.
[LAUGH] Get it?
CurrentC, like currency, which is money.
So they shutdown NFC for any mobile payment competitors to CurrentC because that's obviously smart and good for the consumer and it got many people angry with more than 2,000 comments across several Reddit threads to boycott the stores.
Now, the program is just in its pilot phase.
But the story isn't over after MSC was recently hacked with the data breach involving the theft of customer's emails, again this is a pilot program in its pilot phase, what a great start.
Now Apple Pay is already over one million active users since it's been activated and yes the mobile payments battle still has a long, long ways to go but can we do an over under for when write in and CVS.
Will allow NFC payments for competitors again.
I'm gonna say three months.
Oh, and before I forget Rite Aid and CVS and current C welcome the show because I'm giving you all bad apples.
All right the rumor mills have been actually quiet this weekend.
I'm thankful for that.
So let's just throw it out there.
When do you guys think we'll actually hear the first iPhone 6S rumors?
Yeah, probably next week.
. Well, in Eyewatch News as part of an interview with WSJD Live, Tim Cook dropped very little new information for Apple's plans overall.
But he did mention that Apple Watch users will likely need to charge the device daily.
Because they will use it so much.
See, if Apple was smart, they would've told us the same thing about our iPhones.
Now, Cook was tight-lipped about specifics for the watch.
But he did say that he believes it will last about a day.
And if you're itching to play with the Apple Watch interface on your phone, well, you can.
Kind of, sort of.
Thanks to a new jailbreak tweak called WatchSpring that brings those circular icons that can be zoomed in or out.
It looks fun for 30 seconds and then it just really makes it impossible to find really anything on your phone.
So jailbreakers, you can all have at it.
And third-party stands for the Apple Watch are already being made before it even comes out.
So check this out, this one from DODOCase, which incorporates the magsafe charger.
And actually looks pretty sweet.
It sells for around 60 to 80 bucks right now.
Or if that's not your flavor you can lay it flat with composure dock from Rest or check this one out.
My favorite looking one, the 29 dollar [UNKNOWN] from Howard Electronics.
Yes, the Apple watch thirst is real my friend.
Let's talk about last week.
It might have come out of nowhere but you should know by now.
When there's a new iPhone that comes out, we're working on a music video.
Now a lot of you loved it and I mean loved it and some of you had no idea what the heck was going on.
So, here's what some of you had to say, pulling from YouTube, Brian Agulera writes, "This is way better than 90% of the music out today".
Atosh Ismail said, "Better than Justin Bieber" and that got 55 thumbs up.
Now, Claude Pierre disagrees.
This music video should get a bad apple.
Now, Segun Olaoye said, anyone have a neuralyzer?
Like, this needs to get out of my memory.
Omer Sadek, WTF!
Liton Rahman, WTF!
Martin Ruiz, WTF!
And Josh Swayze sums it up the best for me.
CNET does things other tech reviewers just won't do.
And I completely agree with that one.
Now the YouTube comments, I gotta say, alone made my day.
And we're just having some fun, guys.
Don't take things so seriously.
And let's be real here.
If you were born after 1995.
I know there's a lot of you.
It's probably why you don't get this at all.
But just imagine for a second the 90's.
go to the time when everyone actually sang all of their own songs.
Except for Milli Vanilli.
All right guys and gals that's gonna do it for this week's show.
You can email me a firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @briantong.
And I'll respond to you after my five layer jello recipe sets.
Thanks so much for watching we'll catch you all next time for another byte of the apple.
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