Bill-paying service doxo adopts Apple Pay


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Apple Pay with doxo may not take the pain out of bill paying. The two could make it easier.
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Doxo, an online bill-paying service for more 2.5 million people announced today its users can now pay bills Apple Pay.

Most of its users pay bills with a mobile device using the company’s app. More than half, according to a written statement, use an iOS device.

Wall Street Journal reportedly signs on for Apple News subscription service


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The Wall Street Journal would be a great launch partner for the service.
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The Wall Street Journal has reportedly agreed to participate in Apple’s paid news subscription service. Apple should offer details on the new service during the “It’s show time” media event.

News of the WSJ’s participation comes shortly after reports that The New York Times and Washington Post both opted out.

iCloud problems make some Apple services shaky [Updated]


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It’s a bad day to be in Apple IT.
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Update: The problems have apparently been fixed, as all the indicators on Apple’s System Status page are now green, and there are no outstanding issues listed.

If you’re having difficulties with some feature of iCloud, don’t reboot your computer or network because it’s not just you.

Apple’s official System Status page has lit up with a rash of yellow icons indicating problems.

Stream Apple Music on Amazon Fire TV starting today


Your Amazon Fire TV can stream Apple Music.
Your Amazon Fire TV can stream Apple Music, not just Game of Thrones.
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In what would have been radical change a few years ago, your Amazon Fire TV can now stream songs from the Apple Music service.

This is the latest move from the iPhone maker to allow users to access its services on hardware made by rival companies.

What to expect from Apple’s ‘show time’ event on March 25


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Apple is expected to launch a number of new services this spring.
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The first Apple event of 2019 is nearly here. Tim Cook and friends are set to take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater on March 25 to unveil the company’s newest goodies, only instead of unveiling some shiny new gadgets you can buy, Apple is supposedly going to bust out some services you can subscribe to.

The Apple rumor mill has been working in overdrive leading up the event, so we have a pretty solid idea of what we’ll see.

If you hate Apple keynote spoilers, stop reading now.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren thinks the tech industry would be more competitive if some big companies were divided up.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren thinks the tech industry would be more competitive if some big companies were divided up.

Apple Pay adoption soars, but still lags in U.S.


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Target stores are now accepting Apple Pay.
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The number of Apple Pay users continues to climb, but the country with the slowest adoption is the United States.

Year over year figures show a 135 percent increase in Apple Pay users, a meteoric climb likely fueled when Apple added peer-to-peer payments at the beginning of 2018.

Apple’s TV offering may struggle due to revenue-split demands


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Apple's TV service could cost $15 per month.
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Jefferies analyst Tim O’Shea foresees big challenges ahead for Apple’s planned video subscription service.

In a note to clients, O’Shea suggests that Apple will struggle to get studios and networks on board for its plans. He also thinks Apple’s original content may run into problems compared to Netflix’s most established offerings.

Hollywood stars tapped to attend Apple’s March event


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Reese Witherspoon is playing a huge role in Apple's original content creation.
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Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are coming to Silicon Valley for Apple’s first big event of 2019.

Apple is rumored to be planning a late March keynote where a slew of new services will be unveiled. To help with its pitch to customers, Apple reportedly asked some of the stars from its original TV shows to join the festivities.