Barclays confirms Apple Pay rollout in late March

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2016

Barclays, a large British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London, has confirmed that it will be rolling out support for Apple Pay sometime in late March.

In an email dated January 12 and sent to customer Oli Foster-Burnell, a copy of which was shared on Twitter and obtained by Engadget, Barclays CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking Ashok Vaswani said they will launch Apple Pay “within the next 60 to 75 days”. Read More

 

MasterCard now offering free public transit to Apple Pay users in London

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2015

As part of its Fare Free Mondays promotion, global financial services corporation MasterCard is now offering Apple Pay users free public transit in London for a limited time. The promo starts today, November 23, and is valid over the next four consecutive Mondays ending December 14, 2015.

During those Mondays, customers in London can take advantage of Apple Pay on their iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch to use London’s public transit network at no charge. That is, up to £27.90 in daily fares per customer is included in the form of refundable funds. Read More

 

UK’s TSB and Tesco Bank now support Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

In addition to adding Canada as the third country where Apple Pay is available (limited to American Express cardholders at launch), availability of Apple’s mobile payments service in the United Kingdom, where Apple Pay launched this summer, increased today with financial institutions TSB and Tesco Bank now supporting the service. This leaves Barclays as the last UK major bank without support for Apple Pay. Read More

 

Samsung tries to troll iPhone 6s launch outside Apple’s flagship London store

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 25, 2015

Here we go again…

In what could only be described as a continuation of its miserable anti-Apple advertising campaign, Samsung has hired people to wear backpack-mounted banners advertising its Galaxy smartphones to folks who queued up for iPhone 6s launch this morning outside the Apple Store in London’s Regent Street, The Inquirer reported.

The banners promote Samsung’s latest Galaxy S6 edge and S6 edge+ flagships and carry the provocative tagline “The itch to switch just got bigger.” In addition, International Business Times is reporting that Samsung even gave queued customers bright blue pillows and bottles emblazoned with the hashtag #NextIsNew.

But wait, there’s more. Read More

 

Apple Watch availability expands to UK’s John Lewis and Currys department stores

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2015

The Apple Watch world tour continues unabated with confirmation that the wearable device is slated to go on sale this week at John Lewis, the department store in the United Kingdom, Wearable reports.

Currys, another mainstream UK-based department store, also announced on its website that it would be selling the Apple Watch “soon.”

Both John Lewis and Currys will provide online support for Apple Watch sales as well. Read More

 

Apple Pay transaction limit in UK raises to £30

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2015

When Apple Pay launched in the United Kingdom in mid-July, it was limited to transactions up to £20 without entering in a PIN number or signature, a cap imposed on almost all contactless payments in the country. Tuesday, the cap rose to £30 per touchless payment without entering a PIN number or providing your signature.

As noted by The Verge, the new £30 cap is applied to all contactless payments in the United Kingdom, including those made via contactless cards that work without any other authentication. Read More

 

Gorgeous floral installation comes to life in London to promote Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2015

Apple Watch advertising has been amped up quite a bit with news of a remarkable eye-candy floral display which promotes the wearable device at Selfridges, a chain of high end department stores in the UK founded by Harry Gordon Selfridge.

According to design outlet Wallpaper, two dozen floral displays that wrap around Selfridges’ flagship store in London sport blooming flowers and other floral motifs directly inspired by the Motion face on the Apple Watch. Read More

 

HSBC and First Direct customers in the UK can now use Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

Two weeks after Apple Pay launched in the United Kingdom, HSBC and First Direct customers can now use the service. Both banks were originally supposed to support Apple Pay at launch, and were even mentioned in Apple’s support document listing participating banks, but were delayed due to “some issues” until late July.

Apple Pay in the UK imposes a £20 transaction limit as a security measure due to outdated POS terminals. Apple said the £20 limit will increase to £30 in September. The cap will go away once retailers roll out more modern contactless payment terminals. Read More

 

Athlete shows off Apple Watch with custom red Sport Band and folding charging plug

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

With such a high-profile launch of a new-category (fashionable) gadget on its hands, little wonder Apple is admittedly enlisting help of the world’s top fashion editors, celebrities and athletes in an unprecedented attempt to position the gizmo in the public’s consciousness.

The latest in celebrity Watch signings came via British professional rugby player and captain turned cyclist, Will Carling.

Earlier today, Carling on Twitter showed off his stainless steel Apple Watch sporting what appears to be a bespoke red Sport band. Read More

 

Court rules UK users can sue Google over Safari privacy breach

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015

Things could get ugly for Google as the Internet giant lost a UK appeal in the Safari cookie tracking case, potentially opening the door to litigation from the millions of British users, BBC News reported Friday.

The case revolves around Google’s practice to continue tracking users of Apple’s Safari browser via cookies even after they had changed their browser settings to block cookies, in order to target them with advertising. Read More

 

Apple institutes app price hikes in Europe, Canada and Russia as iPhones get more expensive in Brazil

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2015

As reported by AppleInsider, Apple has raised minimum prices of iPhone and iPad applications in the App Store in Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway and in the European Union.

As a result of the changes, customers in Canada will now see a minimum app price raised from $0.99 (USD$0.83) to $1.19 (USD$1.01). In the United Kingdom, the new minimum tier has gone up from £0.69 ($1.04) to £0.79 ($1.19) and €0.99 ($1.17) in the European Union, up from €0.89 ($1.05) before.

In addition, smartphones, tablets and other gadgets Apple sells in Brazil saw their prices skyrocketing by an average of 10 percent due to the steady devaluation of the country’s currency, real. Read More

 

US/UK Online Apple Store now accepting PayPal

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 12, 2014

For the first time since its inception, the Online Apple Store is now accepting PayPal as a payment method in both the United States and United Kingdom, Re/code said Friday.

The change is newsworthy in light of PayPal’s reluctance to join Apple’s mobile payment solution, Apple Pay, and refusal to update its app with Touch ID authentication. Read More

 

O2 customers can now purchase iTunes credit and have it charged to their wireless bill

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2014

Telefónica-owned UK carrier O2 announced via a press release on Monday that its customers can now buy iTunes credit and have the purchase charged directly to their monthly wireless bill. Furthermore, customers can also purchase iTunes credit by taking it out of their Pay & Go phone credit.

The development is part of Charge to Mobile, an alternative method of payment already used by over a hundred merchants in the United Kingdom through O2’s online and mobile channels. Folks can use Charge to Mobile to pay for digital content, with O2 claiming that its customers have made over ten million transactions to date. Read More

 

Entertainment and Sky Movies monthly passes now available to Apple TV users in UK

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 24, 2014

Owners of the Apple TV media-streaming box in the United Kingdom can now take advantage of both Entertainment Month Pass and Sky Movies Month Pass via an expanded NOW TV channel by UK home entertainment and communications provider Sky, technology website Engadget reported and Sky confirmed Wednesday.

These two new options are in addition to the existing £9.99 (US$16.5) Sky Sports day pass which launched on NOW TV in December 2013. Read More

 

Check out cheeky newspaper ad by British carrier O2 that hints at iPhone 6

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2014

Cat humor is making the jump from the Internet to print in a cheeky new newspaper advertisement by Telefónica-owned British carrier O2. The ad amusingly teases the next iPhone, which will be announced next Tuesday.

A quick photo of the advertisement has been shared on Twitter Monday morning by Tom Warren, Senior Reporter for the technology website The Verge.

“Our O2 Gurus can help you master your smart devices,” reads the ad’s copy. “Unless it’s the new … as it’s not out until … / …. / …”.

Jump past the fold for the full scan of the advertisement. Read More

 

Apple drops Apple TV price to €99 in Europe and £79 in the UK

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

Boy, Apple surely seems laser-focused on making its products more price-competitive. Minutes after releasing a $200 cheaper baseline 21.5-inch iMac model, now starting at just $1,099, word comes that its set-top box, the Apple TV which retails for $99 in the United States, has been discounted in the United Kingdom and across the European Union markets…. Read More

 

iTunes Radio expanding to UK soon, iAd director meets with UK ad agencies

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2014

More signs are pointing to an imminent iTunes Radio launch in the United Kingdom. The company recently banned London-based music streaming service Bloom.fm from advertising on its iAd platform citing competitive reasons and now Apple’s iAd director is meeting with the country’s ad agencies, seemingly in preparation for iTunes Radio roll-out in the 63 million people market of United Kingdom… Read More

 

Apple bans UK’s iTunes Radio competitor from iAd

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2014

Bloom.fm, a London-based music streaming service, on Friday made it known on Twitter that Apple’s blocked it from advertising on its iAd platform, citing competitive reasons.

“Apple just banned our ads because we’re ‘a competitive service to iTunes Radio and it is against Apple policy'”, reads the tweet.

The service has a catalog of 22 million tracks that can be streamed for as low as £1 a month (about $1.67).

It’s easy to see why Apple has taken a stance against the service: its own iTunes Store sells individual song downloads for the price of a month’s worth of unlimited streaming on Bloom.fm. The development has prompted Bloom.fm to boast that “We must be big time now”, adding the team was surprised to learn that Apple even noticed what such a small company was doing… Read More

 

8GB iPhone 5c only available in UK, France, Germany, Australia and China

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2014

Apple’s newly launched cheaper iPhone 5c model with eight gigabytes of storage is only available in select few markets, a spokesperson for the company confirmed Tuesday. The device is available in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and China. It is not, however, on sale in the United States, for the time being.

By comparison, the relaunched fourth-generation iPad with Retina display is available across all territories because that device is a replacement for the company’s phased-out iPad 2 and now represents the new entry-level, full-size iPad offering. The introduction of the entry-level 8GB iPhone 5c is largely viewed as an effort to help boost the device’s lagging sales… Read More

 

AT&T and UK’s EE sign LTE roaming agreement

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2013

After announcing last week it’d become the first major U.S. wireless carrier to offer international roaming through a new partnership with Canada’s Rogers Communications, the nation’s second-largest carrier, AT&T, today announced another global LTE agreement, this one with the United Kingdom’s top 4G LTE network, Everything Everywhere, or just EE.

The deal makes EE UK’s first domestic wireless provider to offer inbound 4G LTE roaming for travellers on international networks visiting the UK. AT&T’s customers traveling abroad will be able to hop over to EE’s fast 4G LTE network some time in the first half of next year, EE said Tuesday… Read More

 
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