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This week: the war on Apple Pay has begun.  Well tell you why some of the biggest retailers are moving to block it, and all about the ridiculously dumb app they want you to use instead.  Plus, our 72-hour review of the iPad Air 2; the FTC sues AT&T for throttling your data; Christian Bale is your next Steve Jobs; and we pitch our favorite tech and apps then vote on which is best—it’s an all-new Faves ’N Raves. And Faves N Raves.  And….
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FTC finally sues AT&T for throttling unlimited data plans
  • FTC is  going after AT&T for throttling customer’s data speeds, by filing an official complaint that the company has lowered speeds on LTE up to 95% on unlimited data plans.
  • FTC also alleges that AT&T engaged in unfair or deceptive acts and practices that affected commerce. And they’ve got the numbers to back up their lawsuit, with claims that AT&T illegally capped users’ data speeds at 128 Kbps
  • AT&T’s response
    • “The FTC’s allegations are baseless and have nothing to do with the substance of our network management program. It’s baffling as to why the FTC would choose to take this action against a company that, like all major wireless providers, manages its network resources to provide the best possible service to all customers, and does it in a way that is fully transparent and consistent with the law and our contracts.”
Inside the war on Apple Pay that’s doomed to fail
Why Christian Bale will play an amazing Steve Jobs
Direct download: CultCast_151_-_Payment_Wars.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56pm PST

This week: the iPad Air 2 reviews are in, and not everyone’s in love; Cult of Mac spends a day with Apple Pay; Yosemite and iOS 8.1 Continuity blows. our. minds; a potential cure for the painful #6PlusPinch; some welcome changes rumored for Beats Music; and we wrap with our favorite movie trilogies of all time in an all-new Get To Know Your Cultist.

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Links to this week's stories

Early reviews of latest iPads praise new hardware, but wish for more 


  • Malt Wossberg "They are, in most respects, the best iPads ever made. But for average users, they represent only a modest evolutionary improvement over last year’s models, not the kind of big change that the first iPad Air or the Retina display iPad mini did last year.”
  • The Verge called the iPad Air 2 “a monumental achievement in the field of iterative improvement,” 

Cult of Mac’s day with Apple Pay

  • Leander will be shopping around San Francisco. Alex is testing Apple Pay in the backwoods of Kentucky. Buster sputterered around Phoenix in search of a burrito shop with Apple Pay

Everything you can buy with Apple Pay starting today - buster

Continuity features we love

  • Sms relay
  • Call relay
  • Hotspot
  • iCloud Photo Library

New iOS 8.1 features you need to know

This store will enlarge your pockets to fit your new iPhone 6

Apple and GT Advanced Technologies amicably part ways

  • GT Advanced Technologies and Apple have reached an agreement that will see the two companies amicably parting ways,
  • GTAT filed for bankruptcy and that it would work to preserve the sapphire plant in Arizona and the jobs it created, but lawyers for GTAT say the deal allows it to wind down operations at the plant and pay incentives to employees

Apple aiming for $5 Beats Music streaming subscriptions - luke

  • Having helped pioneer the concept of the $0.99 music track on iTunes, Apple is now trying to bring down the price of streaming music.
  • According to a new report published by Re/code, Apple is pushing music labels for extensive price cuts that would bring the cost of a Beats Music subscription from its current $10 price point all the way down to $5.

Learn our favorite movie trilogies of all time in our new Get To Know Your Cultist! 

Direct download: CultCast_150_-_Wham_Rappin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45pm PST

Fresh off the Apple event, our impressions of iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, the big beautiful iMac with 5K display, and the updated Mac Mini.  Plus, our favorite Continuity features of Yosemite and iOS 8.1; and HBO makes a move to offer all us cable cutters the a la cart TV we’ve always wanted.

Boom.  CultCast 149. Now ready for your listening pleasures.

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Direct download: CultCast_149_-_Chairman_Honeycrisp.mp3
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It’s official, friends: on October 16th, Apple will hold yet another hardware event, so ready your wallets, cause another round of gadgets is headed our way…  we’ll run through our list of iPad and Mac expectations.  Plus, ever wonder what it’s like to have a brand new iPhone 6 Plus stolen right out of your hands?  Well we can tell you first hand, and we want your help to catch the crooks.  All that and this week’s best Apple stories on our newest CultCast!

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This week's stories

It’s been way too long: Apple sends invites to October 16th event


iPad Air 2 dummy unit reveals upcoming design changes 


Full iPad Air 2 details allegedly leak ahead of big reveal 


Crazy rumor claims Apple’s 12-inch iPad will run iOS and OS X 


iPhone 6 Plus proving more popular than even Apple expected


Visiting the cemetery where Steve Jobs was laid to rest


iPhone prototype seller can’t wait for Apple to squash $100K eBay auction 



Direct download: CultCast_148_-_Broke_But_Blingin_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13pm PST

This week: it’s no coincidence—your love for Apple and their pretty gadgets was Steve Jobs' master plan... Then, Bendgate might seem overblown, but where there’s smoke there’s fire; we love our iPhone 6 Pluses, but dear lord, they’re huge…  And finally, Jony Ive gains a counterpart in Apple's newest Industrial Designer.

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Direct download: CultCast_147_-_Extra-Gadgetal_Affairs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07am PST