MyAppleMenu - Sat, Jun 6, 2015

Sat, Jun 6, 2015The Tokenization Edition

Now That Apple Showed Us The Way, We Will Change The Rules

Google Misses Out On Apple’s Slice Of Mobile Transactions, by Alistair Barr and Robin Sidel, Bloomberg

Google isn’t getting transaction fees from bank issuers, said people familiar with the situation. That is because Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., which operate the dominant payment networks, recently standardized their “tokenization” card-security service and made it free, preventing payments services from charging fees to issuers.

The rules may prompt changes in Apple’s agreements with banks. Some bank executives said they are unhappy with sharing fees and may use Google’s no-fee arrangement to try to persuade Apple to alter its deals. One possible leverage point: As Apple Pay expands outside the U.S., Apple may need to negotiate terms again. The bank executives didn’t want to be identified.

In 'Year Of Apple Pay', Many Top Retailers Remain Skeptical, by Nandita Bose, Retuers

The top reasons retailers cited for not accepting Apple Pay were insufficient customer demand, a lack of access to data generated in Apple Pay transactions and the cost of technology to facilitate the payments. Some merchants said they were holding out because they plan to participate in a new mobile payment system to be launched by a coalition of retailers later this year.

Merchants Aren't 'Skeptical' Of Apple Pay, They're Just Self-Serving, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

Don't Profit On Something We Give For Free

Apple Reverses Course, Will Allow AltConf To Stream WWDC Keynote, Mark Gurman

Originally, Apple Legal chose to pursue the matter with AltConf after they believed that the alternative conference was charging people directly to watch the Apple stream. After receiving clarification that this was not the case, Apple continued to prohibit AltConf from showing the stream until now. Apple will continue to not allow AltConf to stream individual developer sessions at WWDC through the week.

Are You A Tech Blogger?

be a tech blogger for a few years and you accumulate 15,000 photos of your struggle to take a photo of a phone

— Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston) June 4, 2015


Can't Code? This iPad App Will Easily Let You Make Your Own Video Game, by Andrew Liszewski, Gizmodo

There’s no shortage of nit-picking gamers who feel they could easily make better video games than what’s being released every week. And thanks to a new iPad app called Toy Engine, they can put their money where their mouths are and design their own side-scrolling video game, even if they’ve never written a single line of code.

Dropbox Adds New Enterprise Class Features As It Tries To Attract Big Businesses, by Nathan Ingraham, The Verge

Popular SwiftKey Third Party Keyboard Adds Diverse Emoji, Performance Improvements, More, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Hands On: MindNode (OS X, iOS, Apple Watch), by William Gallagher, MacNN

The Official Pebble Time Companion App Arrives For iPhone Users, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice


Why Google And Apple Made Their Own Programming Languages, by Matt Weinberger, Business Insider


How Many Steps A Day Should You Really Walk?, by Jesse Singal, New York Magazine

If you pluck someone off the street, whether in New York or Wichita or Seattle or Sacramento, and ask them how many steps people should aim for per day in order to get enough physical activity, they’ll probably tell you 10,000. In an age in which pedometers are cheaper, more accurate, and more feature-rich than ever, this number has taken on almost mythical proportions — a lofty-sounding goal (in reality, it’s approximately five miles, and a reasonably active person can pull it off fairly easily) that separates the active-lifestyle haves from the slothful have-nots.

But is there any medical reason to embrace this number? Not really. That’s because the 10,000-steps-a-day recommendation has nothing to do with sedentary, fast-food-drenched circa-2015 America. Rather, the recommendation first popped up in a very different food and environment: 1960s Japan.

Apple Music And The Terrible Return Of DRM, by Nilay Patel, The Verge

Yahoo Axes Maps, Pipes, Other Services As It Narrows Focus, by Ian Paul, PCWorld

Apple's Pushing To Complete Streaming Music Deal Before Event, by Lucas Shaw and Tim Higgins, Bloomberg

Parting Words

who else looks up "mac keyboard symbols" on the regular because they don't speak fucking elf

— hellninjasatancrying (@jennschiffer) June 5, 2015

Thanks for reading.