Android Pay Is Coming To The UK

These days your phone can replace a lot of things, from your contact list to your camera, they do it all. With thanks to Android, you may get to tick another thing off your list with several major banks in the UK starting to accept Android Pay.

Currently, the financial institutes that support Android Pay are the following:

  • Bank of Scotland
  • First Direct
  • Halifax
  • HSBC
  • Lloyds Bank
  • M&S Bank
  • MBNA
  • Nationwide

It won’t stop there with Android’s blog posting that the list will grow thanks to “new banks being added all the time”. Android pay will be accepted anywhere in the UK that supports contactless payments, meaning your weekly shopping trip or even your lunch treat could soon be provided by your mobile phone.

If that wasn’t enough the feature will also be supported in several apps, such as Kickstarter, JD Sports and Deliveroo while other the API that lets developers add the feature has been adjusted to make it easier to include the feature in any app’s that want you to pay for with your phone.

With 1.5 million registrations happening in the US each month for Android Pay, the success of the system could only grow by adding it to other countries and it looks like Apple Pay and other contactless systems may have a fight on their hands for which phone you use to pay your lunch bill.

PayPal’s One Touch Feature Expands to Other Non-US Markets

PayPal introduced the One Touch feature last year when it first rolled out to mobile devices in the US. Retailers who already had a PayPal payment feature could switch automatically and allow customers to make payments without the need of entering their passwords again. This was ideal for people who wanted to quickly check out their products, but it was available just for mobile.

A month ago, PayPal launched the feature for the web in the US. This meant that you could log into a website, place everything you wanted in your basket and then quickly make a PayPal One Touch check-out. While no official stats have been disclosed, the feature seems to be so popular that PayPal now wants to make it available in other markets too.

The company said that it will make their One Touch feature for web available for Canada and the UK at first, but more countries are on the list. The mobile version is said to also be live in Australia, France, Italy, Sweden and Spain, with more countries being considered for the near future.

The move also comes after Apple announced that it is expanding the Apple Pay feature to the UK, so it’s likely that PayPal wants to join its service with Apple’s own payment feature once it gets released in other countries. Still, I think we will have to wait a bit longer for people to actually get comfortable with paying in stores with their iPhones.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information

Apple Pay Will Be Available in the UK Sooner than Expected

Apple is going to announce something the UK will look forward to at its WWDC, among other annual things the company usually reveals each year. But seeing how digital currency is favourable in both US and UK, we might see Apple announcing the introduction of Apple Pay in the UK.

It is said that there have been multiple attempts in introducing the latter technology, but so far it was met with conflicts within the industry or lack of interest from consumers. But Apple is not about to back down from a 40% smartphone market dominance in the UK just yet.

The company has been in talks with banks and retailers to kickstart the Apple Pay feature release in the country and we might see it in action this summer. It would make sense for them to force Apple Pay into consumers’ lives given that the UK has a big market for digital purchases.

Statistics show that iPhone users are big spenders and prefer digital currency compared to paper money. Last year, £2.3 billion digital purchases were recorded in the country and the number is likely to increase this year. But we also like to hear your opinion. Are you an iPhone user? How likely are you to use the feature once it is available?

Thank you The Telegraph for providing us with this information

Is Touch ID Headed to MacBooks and Mac Mice?

A new rumour from Taiwanese site Apple.club.tw says that Apple is to bring Touch ID to its MacBooks and computer mice. Touch ID is the fingerprint scanning technology the company has included with the iPhone and iPad beginning with the iPhone 5s.

They say that scanner will be included above the trackpad on MacBooks and included on Apple’s Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. It’s suggested that this would allow users of Apple’s Mac desktops and MacBook laptops to take advantage of increased security, but more importantly it will bring Apple Pay to the Mac. Now many of you will envisage Apple Pay as a contactless payment system to be used in stores, however Apple Pay is also for use online, offering users the ability to simply tap the fingerprint scanner to allow them to make an online payment at participating sites.

Whether this rumour is true or not, it certainly seems like a logical and useful step for the implementation of Touch ID – it’d sure be nice to use it for password entry too.

Source: Apple.club.tw Via: MacRumors

MasterCard Teams Up With… Gwen Stefani for Apple Pay and ‘Priceless Surprises’

I don’t even know how to feel about this after Paul McCartney was singing as a hologram for Destiny, the game, but here we are – Gwen Stefani has teamed up with MasterCard to show off Apple Pay and MasterCard’s latest technology. You can check out the ad below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QNZszaW27s

To kick things off, MasterCard will debut a new 30 second TV spot today featuring Stefani who, with the help of a “Surprise launcher,” sends Priceless Surprises to cardholders paying with their MasterCard with Apple Pay. The spot features Stefani’s new song, Spark The Fire.

Surprises include everything from handbags and golf experiences to concert tickets, and even a chance to hang out with Gwen Stefani herself. The spot, directed by Sophie Muller of Wondros, exemplifies what the MasterCard platform is about: surprising cardholders with unbelievable prizes while also inspiring them to give, and share their own Priceless Surprises whether they’re paying with traditional credit, debit or prepaid cards or using innovative new payment options like Apple Pay.

Source: MacRumors.

iPhone 5c to be Discontinued Next Year

A report from Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times has confirmed that Apple’s vibrant iPhone 5c is to be discontinued next year. The iPhone 5c is Apple’s budget iPhone model, with its plastic case, selling for around $299 in a series of vivid colours.

The move has been rumoured since earlier claims from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst from KGI Securities, earlier this week. Kuo mentioned that the iPhone 4S is also to cease production next year.

The iPhone 5c is notable for not featuring a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a feature that is integral to Apple’s Pay plans, which may have contributed to the decision to abandon the handset.

Source: BGR