How to opt out of Apple Card arbitration (and why you should)

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Opting out of Apple Card Arbitration is easy.
Opting out of Apple Card arbitration is easy.
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The Apple Card is now potentially available to anyone in the U.S., so you’ll soon be able to use your (tough titanium) credit card to defeat locks, scrape paint, and open beer bottles. But it’s not all good news. Your Apple Card contract includes something called arbitration, and that’s a very bad thing. The silver lining is that you can easily opt out. Here’s how to opt out of Apple Card arbitration, and why you definitely should.

Apple Card is as friendly as a credit card can be [Review]

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Everything about the Apple Card is well designed, even the package it comes in.
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A credit card is a departure from Apple’s usual computers and accessories, but the Apple Card is just as gorgeous and the associated software every bit as easy to use as an iPhone or Mac.

I’m among the first cardholders, so here’s what it’s like to carry an Apple Card.

Customers rage after JCPenney drops Apple Pay [Updated]

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JCPenny offered no reason for dropping its support for Apple Pay.
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Struggling retail chain JCPenny has dropped support for Apple Pay according to a message from the company’s Twitter account.

JCPenny, which rolled out Apple Pay to all its stores two years ago, made the announcement in response to a customer’s query and complaints about removing “a very secure form of payment.”

People can’t wait to get their hands on Apple Card

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So far, Apple Card seems to be generating more excitement than this company’s TV service.
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Apple unveiled four new services last week, including its much-anticipated lineup of TV shows, but the Apple credit card apparently stole the show.

A survey found that a whopping 85 percent of iPhone users are at least somewhat interested in this card, which is an adjunct to Apple Pay.

Earn discounts off Apple products with Chase credit card rewards

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You could get a discount on your next iPhone with credit card rewards points.
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Chase credit card holders can now redeem reward points to cover some or all the cost of Apple products.

Spending money to save money — which is how credit card rewards programs work — isn’t always the best way to pay for expensive gadgets. Still, those who are already Chase card members shouldn’t waste their points.

Square Terminal could increase Apple Pay availability

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Square Terminal could help more businesses accept Apple Pay.
Square Terminal could help more businesses accept Apple Pay.
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Square got its start by letting businesses take credit cards with just an iPhone or Android, and the company now offers multiple payment methods. Today it launched Square Terminal which accepts credit cards and Apple Pay, and can even print  receipts.

This could help spread the availability of Apple Pay, as this new point-of-sale card reader is intended to replace older, simpler ones that can’t accept the iPhone’s payment system.

iPhone could double as driver’s license

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One state is testing replacing drivers licenses with a mDL app.
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iPhones already replace credit cards, and a pilot program is exploring the next logical step: a digital drivers licence.

Delaware just began testing a mobile driver license (mDL) with some state residents, checking if a smartphone application can be kept secure while offering real advantages over plastic cards.

Scammer used closed accounts to spend thousands at Apple Stores

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A Florida man has been charged with federal wire fraud for racking up $309,000 in illegal credit card transactions, with many of them carried out at Apple Stores.

Sharron L. Parrish Jr. visited different Apple Stores — including those in Brandon, Boca Raton, Millennia and Wellington Green — and spent up to $7,400 in each one; adding up to a total of 42 purchases.

Add Credit Card Info To Safari AutoFill With Mavericks Beta [OS X Tips]

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AutoFill is a boon to those of us who have a ton of forms to fill in, and these days, who doesn’t?

One of the cool new features of Safari in OS X Mavericks beta is the ability to store credit card info, so you never have to pull that card out of your wallet at work while you buy giraffe statuettes from eBay again. Ahem.

Here’s how to get the credit card info into the AutoFill feature of Safari.