iTunes allowance is a service that allowed parents to place money into their child’s iTunes account on a monthly basis. No need to allow them to borrow your card or even for you to type into or access their account, preventing you from hundreds of pounds of charges to your card you never expected. Come next month though and the service will be shut down.
In an announcement, Apple has stated that after April 13th users aren’t able to create new iTunes allowance setups, with all current allowance setups being shut down as of May 25th. If you are one of the many who already has a system in place, don’t worry any unused allowance will remain in the account until it has been used, while Apple is keen to stress that similar effects can be achieved using different schemes they provide.
If you are looking to provide for your family, you can share your purchases through the family sharing feature while if you are looking to take sole control of the system then using the iTunes gift system would be ideal. With no reasoning behind the removal of the feature, people are left wondering if the new systems will teach the same values about money and the consequences of spending an allowance.
Facebook let you send money to friends through the Facebook Messenger app at the moment, but you could end up being able to spend money in the messenger app as well with some news that the messenger could soon have in-store purchases.
The new feature would be included in a variety of updates and new features that could soon be making their way to the Messenger app. As a result details are scarce, but from what we can gather Facebook’s app would let you pay for goods in person, meaning it would offer the same mobile payments that Android, Apple and Samsung currently offer.
Alongside the payment feature, there is a reference to “secret conversations”, ending unfortunately at just a reference. Initial speculation states this could be a way to hide conversations within the app or even a higher form of encryption that rival apps like WhatsApp offer. The latter would make sense given the current global focus on information security and privacy.
With code further referencing syncing calendars and selective streaming of news feed statuses to groups of friends, the ability to organise and control who sees what could see the app become a go-to for organising your day-to-day life. With no official word yet we have to take these with a pinch of salt, but the payment sending ability was hinted at in a similar fashion months before Facebook officially announced it.
Would you store your payment details on Facebook? How about organising your everyday life with Facebook’s calendars?
Amazon is known for their increased use of technology. Keen to use drones in their delivery process and even leasing out a new set of jets in order to speed up their delivery processes, the company seems to be stopping at nothing to control the delivery market. The next step may be something a little closer to home though with the pay-by-selfie technique to introduce selfie-pose authentication.
The new patent filed by the company reveals a process in which shoppers would be able to forgo the use of their password to instead have them take a photo or video of themselves. The technology would use a similar system to the MasterCard selfie system which means that you would be prompted to perform an action, such as blink or pose in order to confirm that it isn’t just a photo being held up by someone else.
Can you see yourself buying a product and then paying by blinking at the camera on your phone? While it stops you from having to remember your password or getting your phone and laptop from saving them, am I the only one who suddenly see people in public winking at their phone every five minutes in order to purchase that new DVD you’ve wanted to see for so long?
Remember the days when you handed over coins and pieces of paper to buy everything from sweets to a new car. These days it’s all done via virtual currencies like bitcoins and small pieces of plastic that we keep in our wallets, or even our phones. You will soon be able to pay for your taxi without even handing over a single coin, so is it any surprise that the UK saw a boom in contactless payments in 2015?
According to UK Cards Associated, the UK conducted over one billion transactions using contactless technologies, with the total amount spent using this method totaling more than the past seven years combined!
With one in 13 payments being made using contactless, and the limit being increased to £30 from £20 per contactless payment it comes as no surprise that this technologies use has boomed since its adoption a few years ago. With contactless transactions totaling over £7.75 billion, you may see more and more people choosing to use this technology with Apple being one of many companies adding it to their phones.
Do you have contactless payment on your card or phone? If so do you prefer using it or are you one for the good old-fashioned cash and coin?
Eight months ago we started discussing a new system the credit card company MasterCard were looking to trial. Now it would seem that the system is going live with MasterCard confirming the new system will be used in the future.
The new system in question is a way to do away with the age-old hassle of passwords, saving you from remembering that 8-16 digit and character password that you have to create every time you sign up for a new site or service. The new service will be rolled out in the UK, the U.S, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
When you make a payment, if there may be something up with the payment, something unusual or maybe it’s a little more than you normally spend, you could be asked by your phone to provide either a scan of your fingerprint or a selfie. Now I know what people are thinking? Well if it’s a selfie I can just hold up my friends photo and get them to pay for me. Sorry but they’ve thought about this and if you are taking a selfie for your ID, you have to blink into the camera to prove that you are a real person.
While no security measures are perfect, forcing someone to try copy your face or your fingerprint is a little harder than guessing your mothers maiden name or your favourite pets name.
Under Paypal’s Acceptance use policy states that it cannot be used to send payments “for items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy, or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction”. UnoTelly offers smartDNS and VPN access, techniques which have been used to remove geo-blocks from websites, a technique that lets you watch or use sites that are often blocked in particular areas of the world. Copyright holders have often argued that VPN networks could be used to bypass copyright, enabling you to access and watch videos through services like Netflix in regions where the show is blocked.
The problem with this decision is that a lot of people, such as large businesses, use VPN’s for legitimate reasons and putting a blanket ban on VPN users making purchases through Paypal would surely only end with the services use declining.
Last year there was a rather large issue in the US when Mr William Merideth fired his shotgun at a drone flying overhead. After the resulting crash, he was charged with a crime and the drone (or what was left) returned to its owner. In his court date, Meredith claimed that the drone was flying overhead while his daughters were outside and he acted in defence, a verdict that the judge seemed to share as he ruled the drone invaded his privacy. Now the law turns the other way, with David Boggs, the drone owner, filing a federal lawsuit.
The lawsuit is focused in two areas, the $1,500 in damages that the drone was estimated to cost and a ruling on if his flight back in July 2015 did actually constitute trespassing. In a civil complaint, Bogg’s lawyer references a section of the U.S. code stating that “The United States Government has exclusive sovereignty of airspace of the United States.”
With the laws regarding drones becoming contested and argued on a daily basis, it could be an interesting case to keep track of. The U.S. code mentioned above goes on to state that “The airspace, therefore, is not subject to private ownership nor can the flight of an aircraft within the navigable airspace of the United States constitute a trespass.”, raising the question that with the older laws, does a drone constitute an aircraft?
Ryan Calo spoke to Ars Technica regarding the matter and mentioned the legal concept of “ad coelum et ad inferos”, translated as “to the heavens and to hell” meaning that a land owner controls everything above and below the earth. This concept is normally applied to items underground such as minerals, oil or gas so is rarely used in regards to the skies, an area that the Federal aviation authority would argue with in its recent claims that it is responsible for everything that flies.
First it was pay as you go, with people topping up an amount and fearing that text telling them that they would soon be unable to text. Then came the contracts, offering you the ability to pay a monthly fee in order to get a set amount of minutes and texts before being charged additional amounts. The third stage to this evolution was phone subsidies, similar to contracts but at a greater cost, these contracts came with a mobile phone offering you the chance to get the latest phone at a slightly higher cost but with monthly payments. An alternative to this third method was to pay a small fraction upfront for your device while you had a contract. Seems like AT&T is just one of many looking to stop this process.
By paying a fraction of the price upfront, you could walk away with a brand new model on a contract, however if you wished to leave the contract or upgrade to a new model and keep the original handset you were expected to pay for the remainder of the phone.
With companies like T-mobile and Verizon Wireless already stopping the up-front payment method AT&T customers will either have to bring their own phone, pay full price upfront or pay monthly for the device in a separate device payment plan.
The LG G3, G4 and Flex 2 are some of the best handsets on the market and cost significantly less than devices from HTC, Apple and Samsung. Only recently, LG’s flagship, the G4 was on offer for around the £300 mark and features an optional leather back and a stunning specification. Although, LG’s skinned version of Android is prone to some slowdown. Despite this excellent array of handsets, LG is struggling financially in the mobile sector and recorded a loss of $68 million. As a result, LG has decided to re-double their efforts in this area and launched their own mobile payment system.
LG Pay, in theory, offers a similar service to Apple, and Google’s mobile payment technology. Sadly, there’s no information at this time regarding which devices are supported, and if the payment system will be implemented worldwide. Clearly, Apple’s payment system has encouraged other manufacturers to enter this market. I’m not convinced this is going to dramatically alter LG’s fortunes in the mobile market, though. It’s an incredibly difficult sector to be successful in given the brand loyalty of Apple, and Samsung as well as the huge array of cheap Android handsets available.
Despite this, if you’re looking for a new handset which doesn’t break the bank, the LG G4 is an exceptional choice.
Ransomware is a particularly nasty piece of malware that has become even more popular in recent years. Initially, malware was designed to just disrupt or damage a person’s computers or files. Then came ransomware, designed to benefit the creator by either disturbing or denying access to their files the ransomware then offers to decrypt any nastily encrypted files using the only available key online by a set date if you pay them. It would seem that Linux users are the latest target with Linux.Encoder.1 targeting the operating system.
Targeted at a vulnerability in the Magneto CMS system, popular amongst e-commerce sites, and then once run with administrator-level privileges, will encrypt the user’s home directories and any files that could be associated with websites and hosting websites on the system. This is particularly lethal to stores which make their living through online selling, potentially knocking the site offline and costing them hundreds in one fell swoop.
After encrypting a directory, the system leaves a readme file, stating the terms for payment and offering a link to the Tor-protected gateway to make the payment of one bitcoin (a digital currency that comes in at around £250).
Once it has received the payment the malware will then decrypt the files, deleting both the readme file and the encrypted files during the process.
We would like to remind people to be careful when running any software or opening files sent or downloaded from the internet. Ransomware use is on the rise and we wish that our readers (and everyone else) never has to deal with being one of its victims.
How often do you use your card? When you pop down to the shop and breaking that ten-pound note will result in too many coins to carry back? How about when you’re buying things online? Finally, how many have used their cards to book hotels? If you’ve stayed at a Hilton hotel recently and used your card to pay at one of their Point of Sale (POS) terminals, you may want to double check your cards not got anything suspicious on it.
Hilton Hotels has stated they are investigating the possible security breach reported by Brian Krebs, an investigative journalist, who traced a collection of misused cards and found a common source in the till’s that are located in one of the many restaurants and gift shops located in Hilton Hotels located in the US.
Sadly this is not the end of the story, the security alert that Visa released for this flaw was made in August, with the malware apparently being active between April and July this year. Given the number of hotels, and the ease at which people can pay for things using their cards, the number of potential cards that have been affected by this issue is surely only going to rise as more and more people become aware of it.
As with all cards, credit or debit alike, you should always keep an eye on it and raise any concerns regarding payments that you don’t recall making, or seem to be to companies you’ve never heard of, to your bank/building society.
First you paid in coins, then you paid in notes, then you swiped your card and put in some numbers, now you don’t even swipe your card to pay with it. So what could be next for paying for everything? With the recent release of Apple Pay, the answer seems to be simple, your mobile phone.
Apple pay uses the same technology as NFC (Near field communication) based cards, this means that you can swipe your phone/card/tag and the card reader will receive the information from it, after just a few seconds of being in contact with each other. This means you can pay very quickly but it has raised some concerns, such as the fact that there is no check on who is using the card. Apple Pay addresses this by asking that when you swipe your phone you simply place your thumb on the fingerprint reader and it checks that you are authorized to use that card.
When money is involved people want to be safe, and during its trail run in South Korea Samsung Pay has given a few users a problem. The people involved all have one thing in common, their phones are rooted, a technique where you modify the operating system the phone uses, this means you can gain access to new features which are blocked by the system normally. Samsung pay doesn’t seem to like this and has been throwing up messaging warning users that they can’t use the app because “the system has been modified”. NFC payment systems, such as Google Wallet, tend not to care about rooting because they never physically handle the information about the payment, they just use tokens to point and share the required information.
Samsung Pay looks to accelerate the pace that Apple Pay has set, with not only the ability to pay in an NFC manner but also featuring another three letter acronym technology, MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission). MST enables you to use your phone to act as if you have swiped your card on a magnetic card reader, such as those found on a lot of payment terminals, this means that you could use Samsung Pay on devices and terminals which don’t support NFC, allowing stores all over to benefit from the latest addition to the payment methods roster.
You may have noticed that in the UK contactless payment is becoming a large thing, with many shops now allowing you to use the system to pay for items if their value is under a set amount (normally around £20). This means that in order to pay for your sandwich at lunch all you need to do is hold your card against the card readers top and after the lights are all green you’ve paid for your food without a single button press. Apple’s answer to this system has just been released live in the UK, ingeniously named Apple Pay.
Apple Pay uses not only your card but also your iPhone or Apple Watch (iPhone 6 or 6 Plus required). This means that after you’ve linked your credit/debit card to your apple account all you need to do is tap your phone against the card reader and provide it with your thumbprint. This gets over one of the biggest worries, in that the near field communication (NFC) used by contactless payments doesn’t require any verification, that is that you don’t need to confirm your identity when you use it. This means as long as all I buy is something to drink and some food that comes in under £20, there is nothing stopping me from using another contactless card. Apple Pay uses your thumbprint to confirm your identity and that you have the permission to use the card you’ve selected to pay for the items.
The system has also been taken up by other companies alongside retailers, Transport for London has stated that you can use the system of readers already installed for Oyster card readers to pay for your bus, tube or train tickets. Argos, Dominoes, Just Eat and even British Airways have also said you will be able to use Apple Pay within their apps.
With a rise to £30 for contactless payments in September, more and more people are being drawn towards using this system as a way of shopping every day. The extra security provided by Apple Pay can’t hurt, it barely adds any time to the experience and keeps your cards safe, just hope you don’t run out of battery while shopping.
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.
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Scammers will never stop finding ways to try to steal your accounts and money. The latest points to a method involving Facebook messages sent out to random users, stating that their account will be disabled if they don’t log into their account and re-enter their payment information.
Clicking the link provided will inevitably redirect users to a scam web page that looks similar to the look and feel of Facebook’s theme, but as far as I’ve seen, it is easily distinguishable by its link. I mean Facebook staff will never ever ask for your login information and payment credentials in the first place and secondly, the page has a lot of grammatical errors.
As you can see from the pictures below, someone with more advanced experience of Facebook or websites in general will clearly identify the pages as being fake. However, there are still inexperienced users out there who might fall for this scam.
Even if the pages are not clearly recognizable as being fake, though they are at first sight, another key element is the bad English. I mean who expects a company such as Facebook to allow such bad grammar to be used on their official web pages? Would you fall for it?
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When was the last time you pulled out some cash from your pocket to pay for something? I think my last time was around 3 weeks ago when I played poker with some friends; all my other purchases are by my debit card and mainly contactless.
It has now been revealed that most of UK are in a similar sort of position, in 2014 it was found that 52% of purchases were made by methods other than cold hard cash; with 24% being made by debit cards.
With the fast paced society that we are, new payment methods such as contactless and Apple Pay are growing exceedingly quick. With that in mind, the number of free to use ATM’s is growing; so we aren’t expected to go completely cashless, but we should see the number fall from 52%.
One of the newest payment method, contactless, will be having a universal limit boost from £20 to £30 in September; this could make more consumers use this method over cash. Some are still reluctant to take up the banks offer on contactless payment due to some security flaws, but there are security flaws with all forms of payments.
Are you one of the 52% who use card over cash? Let us know in the comments.
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Free internet is something that everyone wants nowadays, and for good reason too. Where do you go when you want to read the latest news, speak to friends or check your email account? This is why Facebook plans to bring free internet to Europe soon.
Zuckerberg was present in a Q&A recently and divulged its plans to connect countries with limited access to the Internet. He stated that there are a lot of people who are still not connected to the internet today and he wants to change all that.
“Yes, we want to bring Internet.org [everywhere] where there are people who need to be connected. We’re starting off by prioritizing the countries with the most unconnected people and by working with network operators and governments who are most excited about working with Internet.org to get everyone online in their countries.”
The company also launched a feature that provides basic mobile internet in countries such as Kenya, India, Tanzania and Columbia. Though it won’t bring Google Fiber to your doorstep, it still provides some way to stay connected with the changing times.
Zuckerberg seems to have disclosed some other information regarding his company’s future plans with the latest Facebook Messenger payment feature and that Oculus is going to go well beyond the boundaries of gaming.
“Our mission [is] to give people the power to experience anything,” he wrote. “Even if you don’t have the ability to travel somewhere, or to be with someone in person, or even if something is physically impossible to build in our analog world, the goal is to help build a medium that will give you the ability to do all of these things you might not otherwise be able to do.”
Facebook has quite a lot planned for the future, from connecting everyone and bringing them together with free internet and its social media platform, to digging into future technologies such as Oculus and attempting to exploit it to its full potential. What are your thoughts on the matter?
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It looks like Facebook has brought its Messenger counterpart to web browsers. Though users can chat with their Facebook friends inside Facebook.com as they did up until now, the Messenger.com looks to work and look like a mobile version of Facebook’s Messenger, but for the Web.
A Facebook representative told Re/Code that the Messenger for Web is dedicated towards messaging, having it not display all other News Feed distractions that you would have in the Facebook.com page. The company also does not have plans on removing the messaging feature from Facebook.com, at least for now.
The chat feature was previously removed from the mobile Facebook app and wired to work alongside it with the help of Messenger app in order to add more features, according to Facebook. Since then, the Peer-to-Peer payments feature and a new Developer Platform have cropped up for the messaging app.
It turns out that Messanger.com will include support for all the features available in the mobile version, as well as multiple languages. However, the Web variant of the Messenger currently has support for the English language, with more to come in the near future.
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At least two vendors on the dark web marketplace named AlphaBay are allegedly selling Uber accounts. The accounts are said to let buyers order trips using whatever payment method attached to the accounts, while also providing them with the full trip history, email addresses, phone numbers and even location information of people’s home and work address stored on the accounts.
The price for such an account is said to be as low as $1, but it could get to $5, a price that won’t even get you around the block with a taxi. One of the sellers is said to have sold over 100 accounts to other buyers, but a lot more accounts are estimated to have been sold by now.
“We investigated and found no evidence of a breach,” a Uber spokesperson told The Verge. “Attempting to fraudulently access or sell accounts is illegal and we notified the authorities about this report. This is a good opportunity to remind people to use strong and unique usernames and passwords and to avoid reusing the same credentials across multiple sites and services.”
The method used to acquire the accounts is not yet clear, but this comes after Uber disclosed the information about 50,000 of its drivers had been accessed by a third-party in May. The latter might indicate that a security breach might have been found in the company’s system and exploited to get access to user’s account credentials.
However, Uber stated that the breach did not affect user names and suggested that the information leaked to the third-party is unrelated to the stolen user credentials currently selling on the dark web.
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Companies encourage more and more customers to switch to e-billing in order to cut down on the amount of paper used for bills. However, even if bills come in your email, you still have to go out to pay them or use an online payment system to do so.
Google apparently is said to be working on an alternative to the above, in an attempt to make life easier for people. The company is planning to add a new feature to its Gmail that would allow users to receive and pay their bills directly from Gmail itself.
The service, dubbed Pony Express, is said to provide Gmail users with a separate dedicated folder which would help sort out the bills from the rest of the emails in the account. Also, the company is said to provide a way to share bills with another Gmail account, a good feature to have if you are living with roommates and need to split the bill.
While Google has the same features present in its Google Wallet, the project wouldn’t seem too complicated to achieve for its Gmail service too. The new billing and payment system is rumored to roll out in the fourth quarter of this year.
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There have been a lot of talks about Apple’s latest gadget that would bring the company further into the wearable market. In a latest statement to The Telegraph, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, stated a number of things the Watch can do, one of them being the ability to unlock your car.
It seems that Apple is looking to “convert” people in using their smartphones and traditional payment methods less by adding a lot of features to its wearable. However, its latest addition might get people into the habit of using their car keys less as well.
The Watch is set to replace key fobs used by many automobile security systems as well, making it a handy multi-purpose gadget that people can rely upon on a daily basis. Apple is said to release the watch this April.
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A new job posting discovered by iClarified suggests that Apple is hard at work on expanding Apple Pay across Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa. Apple Pay is currently only available in the United States, with Apple saying that they are “working hard” to bring it to more countries.
The job posting details that there is now a team in London working on bringing the NFC service to more countries.
“Apple Pay is a new and exciting area in Apple that is set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. Apple Pay will change the way consumers pay with breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into their iPhone 6 or Apple Watch to pay in an easy, secure, and private way. The new London-based Apple Pay team will work to drive the roll-out of this technology across EMEIA by working with a variety of internal and external partners, including teams in the US where the product will first launch and the EMEIA organisation, as well as Issuers, payment networks and merchants across Europe.”
The service was introduced in the US to great acclaim, with users finding the system easy to use, efficient and secure. Oddly, it also brought praise from users and supporters of Google’s Android as Apple’s efforts to get the service accepted by banks and merchants has led to the wider use of NFC-compatibale readers that are of course compatible with any type of NFC payment system, including Google Wallet.
We’ve recently reported on Apple Pay coming to your mobile phone through their technology advancements, now news has come to light that a credit card processing service for small firms called Square is looking to bring it to the wider audience. The original list of participating Apple Pay stores was completely dominated by big names, leaving the small fish in some hot water.
In basic terms, Square is described as a mobile credit-card reader that allows a small business to process payments without needing a terminal. Originally seen as a competitor to Apple Pay, Square’s founder Jack Dorsey has publicly stated that his companies service is designed to function as “a [cash] register, and this register accepts all these forms of payments”, not a competitor to Apple’s newly announced technology. Adding to this, he is planning to integrate Apple Pay compatibility into his existing model with development said to commence in 2015.
CNN reported that this change will require a hardware update into Square’s existing technology, which currently serves as a module that plugs into smartphones. However, we’ve come to learn that most smartphones with NFC capabilities will quite possibly allow Square’s Apple Pay integration to work flawlessly without touching any hardware upgrades. If you’re a small business and are planning to use Apple pay, it’s about time you grabbed yourself a Nexus 5 or later model phone.
This is some good news for small business owners for sure, once again opening up another portal for their customers to pay with ease. We’re waiting with baited breath to see if, when and how Apple Pay takes off in the mainstream market.
In another example of the increasing number of subscription over ads services, Google has announced ‘Google Contributor’, a new system that allows you to pay your favourite websites in return for the removal of ads.
By participating in the service, you can choose to pay between $1 and $3 a month to see sites part of the Contributor programme without advertising.
Sites that have partnered with Google include: Imgur, The Onion, Mashable, Science Daily, Urban Dictionary and WikiHow. Those sites involved with Contributor will remove ads completely whenever you visit, so long as you’re paying the monthly fee.
Google hasn’t yet made it clear whether you need to pay for individual sites or whether the money you pay covers all sites part of the programme. They also say that there are more sites involved, but haven’t revealed any others apart from those listed here.
In a bizarre move for the usually private Apple Senior Vice Presidents, the company’s SVP for Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, was seen in a local news report demoing Apple Pay yesterday (Monday).
The very open report focuses on the new payment system, with Eddy and the reporter going on a shopping trip together. Apple Pay was first released in the US last month to good reviews, with some suggesting that the new system could be the death knell for credit cards. Although NFC systems such as Google Wallet have existed before it, Apple’s force in negotiating agreements with banks has meant big changes have come rapidly to US merchants, leading to a significant number of stores that previously didn’t accept NFC payments now doing so, at the benefit of all NFC services.
Uber, the app that lets you hail a cab from your smartphone, has announced the addition of a new Business feature aimed at employees who are travelling on business trips a lot.
The app is said to now allow companies pay for their employees’ travel expenses by adding the option to pay with a company card, instead of having them pay for the trip and expense it on their own.
Employees whose company uses Uber are said to already have noticed a second payment option inside the app, allowing them to quickly switch between the personal and business payments on the fly. Uber is also said to be teaming up with Concur, the expensing service, to automatically file receipts for those who use the service.
The Uber for Business feature is said to work best for small companies, since the app requires each employee to be added to an account manually. However, Uber has stated that it will add a feature this summer which will help activate business expensing company-wide.
It is said that various analytic features are included in the app in order to help companies see how many trips are being taken and how much they are spending, as well as allowing companies view the information for each employee’s individual trip.
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As more and more small businesses start to accept cryptocurrencies as a recognised form of payment, many large companies are now looking towards the world of digital currencies to draw customers towards them as the world moves forward in its digital ways.
Dell are the latest name to jump on the Bitcoin bandwagon as they announce the start of a pilot scheme in the US for both consumer and business users in partnership with Coinbase. During the checkout stages users will be able to select Bitcoin as a payment method after which they will be taken through to a special payment area where you can transfer funds from your Bitcoin Wallet through to Coinbase after which Dell receives payment in Dollars.
As an incentive for users to adopt Bitcoin as their method of payment, a special offer on Alienware systems has been setup, with 10% savings on a number of systems to be made (up to a value of $150) , simply by paying in digital.
Availability of Bitcoin payment in other regions has not been announced as of yet, although we can imagine the services will be rolled out to other regions following a successful pilot scheme in the US.