Tag - Mobile payments
Apple Pay will be in more countries as soon as possible, the head of the mobile payments platform has advised. Speaking earlier this week, VP of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey claims the team is trying hard to get the service operational in more markets in Europe and Asia, following after its recent expansion in Singapore, with Bailey also providing hints at how Apple decides which markets to launch in, and how successful some of the launches were.
Walmart has started to make its attempt at a mobile payments service available for customers to use, with close to 600 stores in two states set to start offering payment of groceries via an app. More than 480 Walmart stores in Texas and over 110 retail locations in Arkansas are now able to use Walmart Pay, updated in the retailer's iOS app last month, to make payments at the checkout without having to access cards from a wallet or purse.
On Tuesday, Apple updated its Apple Pay partner site to add another 33 US banks and credit unions to its list of financial institutions supporting Apple Pay, the iPhone maker's mobile payments technology. Notable among the latest crop is the addition of Barclays US, following in the footsteps of its UK parent bank. Apple's total number of US banks supporting Apple Pay has now topped 1,153 (not including two "loyalty card" issuers, BJ's Wholesale and Kohl's).
Users of Apple Pay will be able to make payments to mobile websites in the future without having to enter their credit card information, with a report claiming Apple is expanding the mobile payments platform's reach later this year. As well as making payments in retail outlets and within mobile apps, the expansion will apparently allow customers using web stores to complete their purchase using a fingerprint via Touch ID and process the payment itself through Apple Pay.
On Friday, Apple added another 48 US financial institutions on its Apple Pay partner site who are now supporting the company's mobile payments technology, notably including Ally Bank (which we previously covered in a briefly item), one of the last major national US banks that had not supported the mobile wallet technology. In addition, Apple posted that it has expanded Apple Pay in China to another three banks there. Apple now boasts at least 1,120 US issuers that support its mobile-payment technology (not including two "loyalty card" issuers, BJ's Wholesale and Kohl's).
On Friday, Apple added another 27 US financial institutions on its Apple Pay partner site who are now supporting the company's mobile payments technology, notably including a now-rare major multi-national institution, in the form of PNC's Global Investment Servicing division. Most large US and multi-national US-based banks added support for Apple Pay early on in the technology's history, leaving PNC's GIS division as an "odd man out."
On Friday, Apple added another 45 US financial institutions on its Apple Pay partner site who are now supporting the company's mobile payments technology, bringing the total in the United States up to approximately 1,045 (not including two "loyalty card" issuers, BJ's Wholesale and Kohl's). The news comes following reports that Apple Pay is now active in China, and that more US merchants are able to use the technology, thanks to a move to frequently NFC-friendly EMV-compatible card reader point-of-sale terminals.
Apple Pay is now available to use in China, with the mobile payments system now operational in the market two months after Apple reached an agreement with major Chinese bank card provider UnionPay to bring the service live in the major market. The latest market to be supported by the payment platform, the launch in China has been confirmed by the Apple developer portal, and follows after a recent leak detailing the timing of the launch.
On Friday, Apple added another 32 US financial institutions on its Apple Pay partner site who are now supporting the company's mobile payments technology, bringing the total in the United States up to an even 1,000 (not including two "loyalty card" issuers, BJ's Wholesale and Kohl's). The news comes following reports that Apple Pay is now accepted at over two million terminals worldwide and further reports that a number of name-brand chains is set to expand significantly across 2016.
Barclays, one of the last major banks and financial institutions in the United Kingdom that still does not offer Apple Pay to its customers, now aims to begin supporting the mobile payments service in the next few month. An email sent from an executive at the bank to a customer advises it is still holding to its previous claim of a launch early this year, and anticipates it will do so "within the next 60 to 75 days."
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Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu