The Simply-Walking Edition Thursday, January 9, 2020

Apple Pay Glitch Saddles NYC Straphangers With Accidental Charges, by David Meyer, New York Post

Apply Pay users have been getting charged by the MTA’s new fare readers — for simply walking by them, angry customers claim.

The OMNY tap-and-go fare readers have been taking a $2.75 charge from people with the passcode-skipping Apple fare service — which allows straphangers to enter the subway with just a swipe of their device at the turnstile — even if they don’t actually swipe.

Apple Announces Night Mode Photography Contest, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The five winning photos will be announced on March 4th on the Apple Newsroom. Apple says the images may also be used in digital campaigns, at stores, on billboards, and in photo exhibitions.

The Concept Electronics Show, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Either it can be made, or it can’t. If it can, show it when it’s real.


Luminar 4 Review: AI Brings Huge Creative Possibilities To Affordable Image Editor, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

Artificial intelligence is the heart and soul of several incredible new Luminar 4 features, including the eye-popping standout AI Sky Replacement which demonstrates the full potential of what the technology has to offer.

LaunchCuts Review: A Better Way To Organize Your Shortcuts With Folders, Advanced Search, And Custom Views, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

LaunchCuts’ sole purpose is to offer an alternative view for your shortcut library with folders and powerful search filters. If you have less than 20 shortcuts installed on your iPhone or iPad, you’re likely not going to get much benefit out of LaunchCuts’ advanced organizational tools; but if you’re like me and use hundreds of different shortcuts on a regular basis, and especially if your library has grown out of control over the past few years, you’re going to need the assistance of LaunchCuts to make sense of it all.

TiVo Says Its Promised Apple TV App Is ‘In Limbo’ Due To Business And Technical Challenges, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Why is TiVo backing off of its promise for an Apple TV app? Putting it bluntly, Malone said that such an app is unlikely to “move the needle” for TiVo’s business.


Apple's Story Is Shifting Thanks To The Massive Success Of AirPods, by Steve Kovach, CNBC

Even though the Apple story has been tied to services for the last couple of years, a lot of the attention has actually shifted to the company's wearables business, which includes AirPods, Apple Watch and the lineup of Beats headphones.

Apple’s Cook To Receive Irish Award After Years Of Tax Disputes, by Dara Doyle, Bloomberg

Cook will receive an award from Varadkar on Jan. 20 in recognition of the iPhone maker’s 40 years of investment in Ireland, according to IDA Ireland, the country’s investment agency.