Apple

Leave the quarters at home

Add another 200,000 locations to the list of where you can use Apple Pay. USA Technologies announced Tuesday a national rollout of Apple Pay support on “coffee brewers, vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment, parking pay stations and other self-serve appliances” that the company provides payment technologies for in the U.S. Apple Pay is rolling out at a fast pace, helped in large part of course by the many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones that the company has sold since September. Later today we’ll know how many handsets Apple sold in its most recent quarter, but I’ll place my guess now: around 68.5 million of them, with most of them sold in China, even though Apple Pay isn’t yet available there.

No more "the dog ate it"

Google Chromebooks aren’t the only devices finding strong demand in the classroom; the company knows that kids and teachers have smartphones, too. On Wednesday, Google launched a Classroom app for both Android and iOS phones to further help reduce paper and bring new ways for educators and students to work together. Students snap photos from their phones and use Classroom to attach the images to homework assignments, for example. Or if the homework was left at home, a parent or sibling can snap a photo of it for submission. Other objects can be shared as well within the app, making it easier to use PDFs, web pages and content in the classroom.

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