In September Square introduced the “Cash Virtual Card,” letting users of the Square Cash app create a virtual Visa debit card that allows them spend their Square Cash anywhere Visa is accepted online. Today at the Code Conference in San Francisco, CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the Virtual Card now works with Apple Pay, reports Recode. Image via Recode The move gives the Cash Virtual Card a physical presence, allowing users to…

While speaking at the Code Conference today in San Francisco, Apple Pay vice president Jennifer Bailey announced that 35% of U.S. merchants now accept Apple Pay, reports The Verge. She said that only 4% of merchants accepted the payment option two years ago when it debuted. Bailey says the new EMV chip cards are annoying customers and have helped drive adoption. “Once you figure out you have to chip, you wait a while,…

Apple today published its top 2016 content picks for the iTunes Store and the App Store, choosing the best apps, music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and books of the year. “One Dance” from Drake was named Apple’s Top Song of 2016, while Drake’s “Views” Album was named the Top Album of the Year. Other top songs, which are available via an Apple Music playlist, include Rihanna’s “Work,” Flo Rida’s “My House,” The…

Apple today announced that Apple Music has surpassed 20 million subscribers, reports Billboard. The service crosses the mark as it turns a year and a half old. Apple Music had 15 million subscribers on its one-year anniversary in June aand notched 17 million subscribers a couple months later in September. Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, tells Billboard that 60% of Apple Music subscribers have not bought content from…

Earlier today data from market research firm IDC said that Apple Watch’s share of the wearables market fell to 5% as fitness trackers “reigned supreme.” In an email responding to a Reuters inquiry about the report, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple Watch’s sell-through rate hit a new high recently. “Sales growth is off the charts. In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater…

Apple’s iCloud service appears to be down or working slowly for many users, according to reports sent in by MacRumors readers and comments on Twitter. Customers who are affected by the outage are not able to log into the iCloud website and are receiving server error messages. iCloud features like Calendar and mail are also not working for users in areas where iCloud is down. Apple’s System Status page is not currently…

Apple today shared a new iPhone 7 ad on its YouTube channel, which is designed to highlight the video recording features of Apple’s latest device. In the ad, entitled “Romeo and Juliet,” two children are shown acting out Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in a realistic setting, with the camera panning out to show that it’s actually a father recording a school play with the iPhone 7. A caption underneath the video reads…

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of the upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update to developers and public beta testers, one week after releasing the fourth 10.12.2 beta and more than a month after the public release of macOS 10.12.1. The fifth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 is available for download through the Apple Developer Center or through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store. macOS Sierra 10.12.2 includes new emoji,…

A subset of users who purchased a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar claim to be experiencing shorter than expected battery life. In particular, some users claim to be getting as little as 3 to 6 hours of battery life on a single charge, or between 30% and 60% of the up to 10 hours advertised. MacRumors forum member SRTM said: Currently I’m powering a 1080p external monitor and casually browsing with…

Google this week began rolling out the latest update to its desktop Chrome web browser ahead of schedule, with Chrome 55 fixing multiple security vulnerabilities and defaulting to HTML5 on the majority of websites. Google Chrome has been phasing out Flash support since September, when version 53 of the browser started blocking Flash-based page analytics and background elements. Version 54 brought a YouTube code rewrite that forced YouTube Flash players to switch…