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A few notes from American Express on Pay

A few things to note about Apple Pay:

When you turn over your Card in Apple Pay, you will see two different sets of numbers. One will be the last 5 digits of your American Express Card number. The other is the Device Account Number, which is a unique number assigned to this Card on your Phone. If a merchant asks for the last 5 digits of your Card after you’ve made a purchase with your American Express Card in Apple Pay, please use the last 5 digits of the Device Account Number. There are no changes to your American Express Card or account. You can continue to make purchases with your American Express Card, even if you lose your phone.

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In most tool bags, screwdrivers are stored tip down for easy access, but it can make identifying them a guessing game. Mark a “+” or “-” on a phillips or slotted screwdriver for easy identification.

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A few thoughts about today’s Apple keynote

iOS 8.1 comes out Monday. OS X Yosemite released today. ApplePay starts Monday (with the release of 8.1) and they [Apple] have numerous banks and retailers partnered with it. This will be telling to the success of the service. I look forward to trying this and hope more retailers hop on this.

iPad mini 3’s update was lackluster. It’s basically the 2 (formerly known as the iPad mini with Retina Display) with Touch ID. iPad Air 2 got an expected update… Now we have 3 model iPhones (5s, 6, and 6 Plus) and model iPads (iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2) with Touch ID. It’s worth nothing the iPad’s won’t have ApplePay.

iMac has been updated to have a Retina Display. Not just any display… No, not 4K. They went with 5K. Starting price is a reasonable $2499. Considering the price of a similar size (27”) 4K screen, this isn’t crazy.

Mac mini also got a nod. It’s been updated with the latest CPUs, 2 Thunderbolt ports, and a few other things. If you’re in the market for a new desktop, they also cut off $100 of the starting price - starts at $499 now. Worth noting that the base model is 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB spinning HDD.

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The best third party reddit client gets acquihired by reddit. Good for Jase (the developer) who is now at reddit.

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And there was an additional complication. In my house, I can enter through the front door or through the garage. When I come in through the garage, I pass by the front door — and my August unlocked it for me, even though I was already in the house. This left my door unlocked, and it would stay that way until I manually locked it.

This is a problem.

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Interestingly, people who took samples were less likely than non-samplers to have graduated from college.

Interesting finding in this survey.

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At Facebook:

Couches in the casual areas are often replaced with no advance warning. Similarly, design changes to Facebook’s home page are known as “moving the furniture around,” something that initially annoys consumers but pays off over the long haul, the company has found. People get used to change when change is expected.

Huh. So you can expect the unexpected.

At Google:

"The harder we work,” he said, “the more important it is to have space to get away from the chaos for a while."

That’s a great idea. If you’re going to drive every ounce of performance from your employees, give them a place to unwind for a few minutes.

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1. Infinite. Loop.  (at Apple Inc.)

1. Infinite. Loop. (at Apple Inc.)

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In a nutshell…

In a nutshell…

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After getting my iPhone 6 Plus, I didn’t reinstall this app. Waking up was a struggle.

Prior to the app and after not installing it, I had 1 alarm to knock me out of sleep and another to tell me to get out of bed. Now with the app, the app wakes me up at the moment I’m in the most shallow sleep (i.e. not a deep sleep) and I have a single alarm afterwards to make sure I’m not late.

Feels good to be back.

I’d like to know if the app plans on being integrated into the Health app on iOS 8… Seems like a great fit.