How To: Enable Dark Mode in Yosemite (OS X 10.10)

Yosemite has a lot of great features.  But some of the major features seem to hide from users.  Even though this may be obvious for some, it took me a while to find how to enable one of OS X’s newest features – how to enable (or disable) dark mode:

1.  Go to Finder > System Preferences > General.

2.  Put a check mark in the use dark menu bar and dock.

3.  That’s it.


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So, who’s using Apple Pay – Or can you even USE it?

ApplePayLogoBy: Dan Uff, Senior Editor

It’s been a few weeks since Apple announced Apple Pay.  During the Keynote, Apple made it sound like major Credit Card companies would be offering the service.

So, when I finally got my iPhone 6 Plus, I tried inputting my Visa, MasterCard and Discover into the phone.  Call me skeptical, but I opted to manually inputting the card information.

Much to my surprise, none of my cards worked.  So, after doing some research, I came up with the below conclusion.

Each card has its own representative.  For example, AT&T may be a representative of VISA.  Juniper Bank may be a representative of MasterCard, and so on.

So, in turn, the companies that ISSUE THE CARD has to be able to accept the Apple Pay, NOT the actual Card company.

What has your experience been like?  Comment below.

Why do Walmart and others HATE Apple Pay? They cannot track your Buying habits

ApplePayLogo“We asked why Wal-Mart didn’t accept Apple Pay, which is a pretty elegant solution to mobile payments. An iPhone owner simply holds his or her phone to a payment terminal, then uses his or her fingerprint to confirm payment,” Jay Yarow reports for Business Insider. “Here’s what we were told.”

There are certainly a lot of compelling technologies being developed, which is great for the mobile-commerce industry as a whole. Ultimately, what matters is that consumers have a payment option that is widely accepted, secure, and developed with their best interests in mind.MCX member merchants already collectively serve a majority of Americans every day. MCX’s members believe merchants are in the best position to provide a mobile solution because of their deep insights into their customers’ shopping and buying experiences. – Wal-Mart spokesperson

“Our emphasis is added in there. These are mega corporations fighting for billions of dollars — Apple, the banks, Wal-Mart, etc. — so it’s hard to know whom to really trust,” Yarow reports. “But we would trust that Apple is working with consumers in mind. And we would guess that Wal-Mart is less concerned about consumers and more concerned with eliminating the 2% fee that comes with purchases by credit card. CurrentC bypasses credit-card fees, which will save Wal-Mart money in the long run.”

Read more in the full article here.

Target starts selling iPad Air 2

TargetLogoEarly Thursday, U.S. retailer Target announced that the Apple iPad Air 2 is now available for pickup or online ordering.  The device has a price range from $499.00 – $629.00 depending on gigabyte and features.

For more information, click here.

Apple CEO “Comes Out” in an Interview with Bloomberg Businessweek


Apple CEO Tim Cook came out Thursday, acknowledging publicly for the first time that he is gay.
“Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” he wrote in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek.

In his column, the Apple (AAPLTech30) chief said that he had tried to maintain “a basic level of privacy.” But he said he decided that desire for privacy was stopping him from working for the benefit of others.

“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others,” he said. “So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.”

Cook, who grew up in Alabama, said he has long been open about his sexual orientation, but had just not previously discussed it publicly.

“Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me,” he wrote. “Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.”

There have been some rumors and speculation that Cook is gay. Out magazine had previously named him as the most powerful gay person on its Power 50 list.

But there are no other publicly gay CEO’s at the 700 largest corporations. John Browneserved as CEO of BP (BP) from 1995 to 2007, and acknowledged he was gay after he was forced to leave office. He resigned when an former boyfriend outed him. He has since written a book “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business.”

A year ago, Cook announced support for a federal law which would have protected workers from facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation.

“For too long, too many people have had to hide that part of their identity in the workplace,” he wrote at the time.

And in December at an event organized by his alma mater Auburn University, he spoke of dealing with discrimination in his life.

“I have seen and have experienced many types of discrimination, and all of them were rooted in the fear of people that were different than the majority,” he said in that speech.

How To: Get the Volume ‘Clicker’ back in Yosemite (OS X 10.10)

MacVolumeIndicatorIf you’re a long time Mac user, you know when you press the volume button, that a Volume “click” comes on letting a user know about how loud the sound is going to be.

But people who have upgraded to Yosemite may have noticed that the feature has suddenly disappeared.  After searching high and low, here’s how to get it BACK.

1.  Go to System Preferences > Sound.
2.  Select Sound and make sure that the Sound Effects tab is selected.
3.  Put a check in the option that says Play Feedback When Volume is Changed.

That’s it.


Apple Pay Competitor, CurrentC, HACKED. Alerts Program testers

CurrentC, a mobile payment system that has found itself at odds with both Apple Pay and Google Wallet, announced on Wednesday that it has been hacked and that some users’ email addresses may have been obtained.


Ever since Apple Pay was rolled out, some retailers have been discontinuing it in favor for the above service, which is still in beta testing and may not be fully available for months.

Wells Fargo will pay $20.00 for using Apple Pay


Wells Fargo Bank has announced that those customers with a Wells Fargo credit card and try Apple Pay will receive $20.00 when making their first purchase with the new option.

For more information, click here.


(Video): CVS and Rite Aid turn Apple Pay OFF

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