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Last week, U2 released their new album "Songs of Innocence" on iTunes, and gave it, for free, to everyone with an iTunes account.  With about a half-billion iTunes accounts out there, not surprisingly, there were one or two people who didn't appreciate the gift and tried to remove it from their library.  They were unsuccessful.  The album or the songs could not be deleted...until now.

Monday, Apple released a removal tool.  

To remove the album from your iTunes library, go to itunes.com/soi-remove.  You will be asked to confirm your decision, then enter your AppleID and password.  That's all there is to it.

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After introducing the new iPhone 6, 6Plus and the Apple Watch, this week, Apple announced Apple Pay, a digital wallet, integrated into the new devices that will let you use your phone to pay for purchases online and at the register. Like some credit and debit cards are already doing, the technology uses near-field communications. While pressing your fingerprint to the phone's screen, hold the phone near the credit card keypad at the register and your payment will be accepted. Macys, Walgreens, McDonald's, Subway and Staples are already on board and planning to participate with the service rolls out in October.

Online, Apple Pay will act like PayPal, where you pay for goods by entering your Apple Pay account information, not your credit card number.

The service is free...but the iPhone 6 will set you back $299 (with a two-year carrier contract)

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Never miss a bill payment again!  From Intuit, the makers of Quickbooks, comes this app that keeps track of your bills and your account balances, and pays your bills for you, automatically and on-time.  Get reminders when bills are due and either pay them immediately with the push of a button or schedule a payment.  You also receive alerts when your balance is low so you don't get hit with overdraft charges.  You can also pay with a credit or debit card, though there is a fee associated...direct account payments are free.  The app works even if your bank doesn't offer its own mobile banking app.

 

Check is free on GooglePlay and in the AppStore.

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Yesterday, Instagram announced the release of their new app that allows you to take high-quality, time-lapse video with your phone. It also takes the “bounce” out of your footage, making it look like you shot it with a Steadicam. No Instagram account required, by the way.

So far, Free in the AppStore

An Android version is in development.

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