Starling Bank is a "fintech business with a banking licence" in the UK, that operates as a mobile-only bank with no brick-and-mortar facilities. Today, Starling Bank announced that it's not only providing its customers with Apple Pay, but that it will provide "in-app provisioning" so that customers can begin to use their contactless payments even before receiving a physical MasterCard Debit Card.Read More
Siri is an AI with a lot of talents, and it teamed up with Roman, a 4-year-old boy in the UK, to help him get help for his mother. While kids in the UK are taught to dial 999 to summon emergency services, Roman used a different method to call: he unlocked his mother's iPhone by pressing her thumb to her iPhone's Touch ID home button, then asked Siri for help. Here's a recording of the complete conversation between Roman and an emergency services operator on March 7:Read More
TGIF! We have some fascinating stories about the world of Apple to get your weekend started off right:
- A UK insurance company that offered a discount on Apple Watches in return for customers being more active finds that its app isn't making those customers happy
- One of the hackers caught in connection to a 2014 iCloud data theft was sentenced to jail yesterday
- We tell you what Apple's doing around the globe to help celebrate this weekend's Chinese Lunar New Year festivities
We end this week's string of podcasts with a shorter episode than yesterday's marathon, but throw a bit of opinion into the mix:
- We take Bloomberg to task for putting all of the blame for price increases in the UK on the Brexit, when it appears that most of the increase is an adjustment for the 20% VAT in the country
- Apple is officially out of the monitor business
- Opinion: 16GB of non-expandable RAM in a "creative pro" MacBook Pro is insane
One of the first apps powered by Apple's ResearchKit was Asthma Health, providing a way for asthma sufferers to track their symptom patterns and triggers. The results of the study, which is run by Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine, will be used to develop better and more customized treatments for the respiratory ailment. Now the study has expanded outside of the United States, with the app available for download and use in Ireland and the UK.Read More
BBC fans in the UK can now watch BBC programming any time they wish with the new iPlayer app for Apple TV.
The app is the portal to a vast library of on-demand programming, featuring shows like The Graham Norton Show, Sherlock, and Doctor Who. The app will also let users watch BBC channels live, and it's possible to check out different popular shows, show categories, and highlights with iPlayer.Read More
Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales can be rather outspoken at times when it comes to the subject of personal privacy, and his latest public statement is classic. Wales tweeted his distaste for the Investigatory Powers Bill introduced in Parliament today, which would completely ban the type of end-to-end encryption that Apple builds into the iPhone, iMessage, and FaceTime. The Independent reported on Wales' tweet:Read More
Welcome to November, everybody. Today's news update is all about Big Brother, rumors that are really rumor-ish, and little cellphone towers inside your house.
- A bill to be introduced in the UK would force a government back door on several Apple products and services
- Personal Pickup may or may not be expanded internationally in the near future
- Sprint will let its customer roam in Cuba
- T-Mo has little 4G LTE CellSpots to give you if your signal isn't the best.
Just nine months after Apple Pay shook up the mobile payments world in the US, another country has been added to the payment service. Starting today, users of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch can pay for goods and services at more than 250,000 locations in the United Kingdom.Read More
Engage Customer reported an astonishing statistic last week -- 54% of all email in the UK is opened on an Apple device, while only 8% is opened on Android devices and that number is falling quickly. The data comes from SendGrid, which analyzed millions of emails opened during 10-day periods at the start of 2014 and 2015.Read More