Grocery chain Meijer breaks with other CurrentC retailers to accept Apple Pay

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At least one member of the Merchant Customer Exchange — a coalition of retailers that are blocking Apple Pay and other mobile payment systems in order to promote their own option — seems to have broken from the group. Michigan Live reports that regional grocery chain Meijer has decided to keep accepting mobile payments besides MCX’s app “CurrentC,” letting customers tap their NFC-enabled phones to pay for things like groceries and gas. “We don’t plan to remove or disable these systems,” said spokesperson Frank Guglielmi.

That decision separates it from companies like Walmart, Rite Aid, and Best Buy, all of which disabled their mobile payment systems over the weekend. That meant shutting out not just Apple Pay, but older and more…

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Eco-Conscious Water Filter Company Soma Goes Back To The Well For $2.2 Million

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kPJOHcfKd0cquugO73YfwcfrLYyr48hpq-1ClQwcAC4 Since the close of its $3.7 million seed round last July, business has been flowing smoothly for the Warby Parker of water filtration, Soma. The company will be selling its sleek, environmentally friendly water carafes and filters in Williams Sonoma, and has raised another $2.2 million in financing as it rolls out across the U.S. The round was led by Crosscut Ventures and included all of… Read More

Q3 Tablet Shipments Up 11% to 54M, Samsung Closing In On Apple’s iPads

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ipad-glare-compare Tablets — once thought of as the great disruptor to PC sales with their lighter form factor and cheaper price — continue to grow in sales, but at a far slower pace than in quarters past. IDC today published its Q3 numbers for tablet sales, and its analysts estimate that globally there were just under 54 million tablets shipped — 53.8 million to be exact — working out… Read More

Tackling The Crowdfunding Credibility Gap: A Q&A With Dropkicker

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dropkicker-tilt As crowdfunding has scaled up so too have some of the problems inherent with firing unconditional cash at people whose main selling point might just be their madcap idea. The big names of the category, the Kickstarters and Indiegogos, would argue that’s the beauty of crowdfunding. People donating unconditional cash to someone else’s dream, however incredible (or otherwise) it may be. Read More

Productivity Startup Any.do Rolls Out A Business-Focused Upgrade, Subscription Pricing

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all-devices Any.do, a productivity startup with apps for calendaring and task management which claims a reach of over 11 million users, is today expanding beyond its earlier consumer focus with a new set of features – and pricing plans – aimed at businesses. In the Any.do 2.0 release out today, colleagues and teams can now use Any.do’s task list application to collaborate on tasks,… Read More

Mixify’s Clubcast Service To Live Stream DJs Goes Global With Indian Launch

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mixify Mixify, the live streaming service connecting big-ticket DJs to clubs around the world, is seeing its Clubcast service take off with DJs like Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke, and Q-Tip from Tribe Called Quest joining the platform. It’s the low-end theory writ large, with the company’s Clubcast service now also breaking beats for dancers from Miami Beach to Mumbai with the launch of… Read More

Messaging App And Voice Calling Provider Viber Is Now Blocked In China

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viber-blocked According to a number of reports out this morning, the latest service to become blocked in China is Viber, the free service that lets users make calls, text and share photos with friends, family and others. When reached for comment, the company told TechCrunch that it’s looking into the matter and doesn’t have an additional comment at this time. The news was reported earlier today… Read More

Elimi Turns Dating Into Truth Or Dare

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ddd Hey, are you interested in ladies or men? Do you like to flirt with a capital F? Then Elimi is for you (or perhaps not if you prefer to meet potential partners at the church, club, or local rendering plant). Created by Adam Labedzki and Sebastian Brzuzek, the app allows you to enter into a sort of flirtatious version of truth or dare without the dare part. It’s a cute idea. Users… Read More

Google Play Books Updated To Make It A Better eReader For Students, Chefs, And Others Who Read Huge Books

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books-looped Most eReader apps tend to be built for reading something from start to finish — which makes sense, given that that’s how about 99 percent of fiction works are meant to be read. But what about non-fiction stuff? The research documents, the textbooks, and the cookbooks of the world? In books of that sort, the reader often needs to flip back and forth between opposite ends of the… Read More

Cookies Are Dead: User-Based Attribution Models Are The Only Way Forward

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halloween cookies Cookies are the base tracking mechanism for most companies running online marketing initiatives, yet cookies are dying out rapidly because mobile usage is increasing and most mobile browsers don’t support third party cookies. In fact, cookies simply don’t work across all mobile devices, and multi-device usage is no longer the way of the future, it is what is happening right now.… Read More

Ezra’s Craft Liquor Marketplace Helps You Understand All The Subtle Notes Of Your Drink

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Screenshot 2014-10-30 11.02.33 At some point in most everyone’s life, alcohol consumption goes from a sport wherein players try to get pounded in the most efficient way possible to an activity all in itself, where people actually enjoy the taste, the flavors, and the experience of drinking a fine liqueur. But going from ordering a “Jack and Coke” or tequila shots to buying top-shelf spirits can be a… Read More

Apple No Longer Rejecting Calculator Widgets From The App Store

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pcalc-widget The maker of a popular iOS app and widget, PCalc, which took advantage of iOS 8’s support for Notification Center Widgets, was recently told by Apple that his handy app would be pulled from the App Store due to the fact that “widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations.” The app’s creator, James Thomson, took to Twitter to inform users and respond to inquiries about… Read More

Synology DS415+ Review: DSM on Intel Rangeley

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Synology recently launched the DS415+, their first Intel Rangeley-based NAS. This 4-bay NAS, targeted towards SMBs and SOHOs, finally brings about hardware accelerated encryption capabilities to DSM in the desktop tower form factor. The Rangeley platform also provides a host of other advantages in a storage device. Read on for our review of the DS415+ to identify what Synology’s DSM can do in conjunction with one of the latest Atom-based storage platform SoCs from Intel.

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