Sunday, April 17, 2011

Apple launches Apple Support Communities with question asking, tracked responses

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Apple took their support discussions website down this morning and now it is back up. It’s not back up as support discussions, though. Apple has finally replaced their aging support discussions board website with Apple Support Communities. Products and services from Apple are now arranged by “community.” If you have questions, answers, or issues with a particular device, service, or anything Apple just find the related community and start doing whatever you came to do.



Within each community is a set of responses akin to those in Apple’s old discussion forums. Instead, now, there is a quick answer feature that lets you quickly reply to any post. Additionally, you will recieve any email when your topic is replied to (if you wish). Users will also be able to assign responses as “correct answers” – similar to what Yahoo Answers offers.



Tracked responses are now also present and this makes it easy to keep track of all replies directed to your issue/community post. Apple Support Discussions also includes a widgets feature that allows you to create a personalized community homepage. You can organize tabs where you like them. Widgets include: popular tags, newest members, popular discussions, unanswered questions, announcements, communities, places, and more.



*thanks 9to5Mac*




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Square credit card readers now sold through Apple: online now, stores next week!

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The popular Square credit card reader system is now available through the Apple online store. The card reader costs $9.95 and ships in either black or white and includes a $10 redemption code. To set up Square, just grab their free application from the iOS App Store and create a free account. Square takes a flat rate of 2.75% per transaction with any approved card (when swiped) and the system works with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4, and the 4th-generation iPod touch.

TechCrunch reports that the Apple + Square retail collaboration isn’t stopping at the online store. Apple Stores are expected to sell the small iOS credit card readers at their Apple retail stores. Maybe one day Apple will replace their thick EasyPay sleds with some Squares.

Square is the simplest way for individuals and businesses to accept credit cards. Just plug the reader into your iPod touch (4th generation), iPhone 4, or iPad and use it in conjunction with the free Square app you can download from the App Store.

*thanks 9to5Mac*




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