Apple Stores will now pay you to sign up for Apple Pay

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Now is a good time to sign up for Apple Pay.
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The next time you make a purchase at your local Apple Store, expect to be asked if you want to buy your items with Apple Pay.

Apple is launching a new promotion for its contactless payment system this week that will emphasize paying with your iPhone or Apple Watch rather than busting out a credit card. And those that haven’t signed up for Apple Pay yet will get some free money.

Forget Pokémon Go, here are some other awesome apps of the week

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If you're appy and you know it, check our list!
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It may be hard to believe, but it turns out that there are other non-Pokémon Go apps out there — and we’ve picked out a few of the juiciest picks of the last week.

From a brand-new Batman game to a movie buff’s answer to karaoke, here are the apps you should be downloading during whichever part of your Sunday isn’t set aside for tracking down Pikachu and the rest.

Pokémon Go catches all your Google data (here’s how to stop it)

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Pokémon Go comes with monstrous security risks.
Pokémon Go comes with monstrous security risks.
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Pokémon hunters that have been running around the city trying to catch ’em all are putting themselves in danger and it has nothing to do with battling a level 50 Charizard.

By signing up to play Pokémon Go through Google, many iOS users have unknowingly exposed all of their emails, chats, calendars, documents and more to the game’s developer and third-parties.

Rodeo Stampede, Prisma, and other awesome apps of the week

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If you're appy and you know it, check our list!
'Appy weekend!
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Somehow the weekend is already half-way gone, but to help you celebrate your remaining hours of freedom we’ve combed through the week’s best apps to help you sort the wheat from the chaff.

Whether it’s a fantastic LEGO Star Wars game or a fantastic calendar app, we’re confident we’ve got what you’re looking for.

Check out our list below.