iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 pre-orders start delivering tomorrow

The iPad mini 3. Photo: Apple

The iPad mini 3 will be in hands this week. Photo: Apple

Apple mysteriously didn’t mention an exact launch date for the iPad Air 2 or the iPad mini 3, but if you pre-ordered your new tablet last week, it could be on your doorstep as soon as tomorrow.

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Dark Sky is the best weather app for iOS 8


This morning I woke up and slide my finger down my iPhone’s lockscreen to see the weather. With a single line of text, Dark Sky told me what it felt like outside and that it would be overcast for at least the next hour. No need for sunglasses then.

There are a lot of weather apps out there to choose from, and I’ve tried a lot of them. But in terms of features, design, and actual usefulness, none comes close to being as good as Dark Sky.

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T-Mobile’s iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 preorders kick off tomorrow

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Apple’s best tablet(s) yet? Photo: Apple

We’re almost able to get our hands on Apple’s brand new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, and to make it all seem that bit tantalizingly closer, T-Mobile has announced that it will officially start taking preorders for both devices from tomorrow.

There are 24 month pricing plans for both tablets, which break down as follows:

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Camp Pokemon puts monsters in your pocket

Gotta catch 'em all. Photo: The Pokémon Company International

Gotta catch ‘em all. Photo: The Pokémon Company International

The Pokémon Company International just took another step towards iOS domination with its free-to-play game, Camp Pokémon, now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. This new game will let children of all ages explore Camp Pokémon, learning to become a Pokémon trainer.

This is a big step in the right direction for Pokémon video game players, since Nintendo has as yet refused to put it’s incredibly lucrative Pokémon RPG games on any platform besides its own. However, The Pokemon Company owns the rights to the card game; they can put it on any platform they choose.

“Kids will have a blast exploring Camp Pokémon as they immerse themselves in the Pokémon universe in a fun, interactive setting,” said The Pokémon Company’s J.C. Smith. “Parents will love watching their little campers participate in fun activities and create memories at the virtual Pokémon island.”

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How to find stores near you that support Apple Pay

Apple Pay. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple Pay. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple Pay launched yesterday with dozens of official partners supporting Apple’s mobile payments solution out of the gate, but even though participating stores are listed on Apple’s website, there are tons of other contactless payment vendors in your city that can use Apply Pay, and you don’t even know it.

Many of the 200,000 contactless NFC payment terminals across the U.S. can accept Apple Pay, whether it’s a Coca-Cola vending machine, or your local car shop. Finding those business using contactless payments is the biggest challenge, but thanks to a couple of websites and apps, you can locate your next Apple Pay destination in seconds.

Here’s how to find Apple Pay merchants near you:

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Get exclusive gamer swag with a 3 month discounted subscription to Loot Crate [Deals]

Do you love yourself some video games? Like brain teasing science fiction tales? Do you fearlessly wear your Starfleet uniform to the grocery store like it was Comic Con?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Loot Crate was designed for you. Right now, you can get 3 months of Loot Crate at the discounted price of just $47.99 for a limited time at Cult of Mac Deals.

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Apple Pay works abroad if you have a U.S. credit card


While Apple Pay is technically limited to the United States, iPhone owners around the world are having luck using the service with cards issued in the U.S. Reports out of Australia show Apple Pay working like normal at NFC terminals down under.

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Apple may have significantly underestimated the popularity of iPhone 6 Plus

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Everybody wants an iPhone 6 Plus. Who would have guessed? Photo: Apple

Cupertino is once again shifting supply ratios of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus due to higher-than-expected demand for the larger handset, according to a new report.

The source of the increased demand this time? China, where the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus recently went on sale following a massive 20 million reported preorders.

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MLB stadiums become first sports venues to accept Apple Pay

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Baseball fans will be able to buy peanuts, Cracker Jack and garlic fries with Apple Pay. Photo: Andrei Niemimäki/Flickr CC

iPhone 6 owners who happen to also be fans of Major League Baseball have a treat on their hands, courtesy of a new deal that will see Apple Pay added at several stadiums in time for the 2014 World Series.

San Francisco’s AT&T Park and Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium support the contactless NFC payment system, which will allow World Series ticket holders to pay for food and beverages using their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices.

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Apple says all apps must support iOS 8 and 64-bit from February

Craig Federighi has bragged about iOS 8's adoption, even though it's considerably slower than Apple's used to.

Craig Federighi has bragged about iOS 8’s adoption, even though it’s considerably slower than Apple’s used to.

iOS 8 has only been out a short amount of time, but Apple’s already keen that it takes over as the company’s go-to mobile OS.

In a new posting on its developer portal, Apple announced that starting February 1, 2015, all new iOS apps uploaded to the App Store must include 64-bit support, and be built using the iOS 8 SDK, included in Xcode 6 or later.

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