Cashless Britain advances as contactless and debit cards thrive
Less than half of consumer payments were cash in 2015, while direct debits were worth £1.22tn
Britain has passed another milestone on the path to a cashless society, with 2015 the first year that cash was used for less than half of all payments by consumers.
Cash usage will be eclipsed by debit cards and contactless payments by 2021, according to Payments UK, which represents the major banks, building societies and payment providers.
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Nokia returns to the phone market as Microsoft sells brand
Phone brand is back after being bought by Finnish company HMD and iPhone manufacturer Foxconn. But can it win back those nostalgic for the 3310?
Soon, you’ll be able to buy a Nokia again, 18 months after Microsoft quietly killed the name, seemingly for good.
Microsoft has sold the brand, which was worth $300bn at its height, in two parts for a total of just $350m. The brand name was sold to a new company called HMD, formed by former Nokia employees in Finland. Meanwhile, the manufacturing, distribution and sales arms of Nokia have been bought by iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, which has also agreed to build the new Nokia phone for HMD. Continue reading...
Iraq shuts down the internet to stop pupils cheating in exams
The Iraqi government cuts off fixed-line and mobile broadband services to discourage children from smuggling mobile phones into state tests
Iraq has been turning off the internet across the country to stop children cheating in exams.
Three separate three-hour disruptions to Iraqi internet services, were spotted by content delivery network Akamai and internet performance analysts Dyn Research, which coincided with the country’s school exam periods. The blockade, which affected fixed-line and mobile broadband, was mandated by the Iraqi ministry of communication.
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How can I provide guests with Wi-Fi without giving them my password?
Noel intends to register on AirBnB and wants to offer porn-free internet access without giving away all his security details
I intend to register on AirBnB and I’d like to know how to share my fibre optic internet connection safely, without giving out the main Wi-Fi password. I believe some routers have guest access features, but not the one I use: a BT Home Hub 3. I am also thinking about OpenDNS as an additional option to screen out pornography etc. I am open to buying another router if necessary. Noel
This is a topic that should interest people renting out their homes and small businesses that want to offer clients free Wi-Fi access – I wish my dentist did, for example. Continue reading...
Barclays to launche contactless payment app for Android
Bank’s payment system, expected to start in June, is a direct rival to Google’s Android Pay and arrives 12 months after Apple Pay
Barclays is launching the UK’s first Android contactless payment service, which will allow customers to use their smartphone to “wave and pay” in shops, restaurants and across the London transport network.
Hot on the heels of Apple Pay, and offered as a direct rival to Google’s Android Pay which launches in the UK this year, Barclays’ Contactless Mobile will enable customers to pay with their Android handset in the same way as a contactless bank card. The service is expected go live in June. Continue reading...
BT to spend £6bn on superfast broadband and 4G rollout
At least 10m homes and firms to get ultrafast broadband as BT hires 1,000 new engineers and pledges improved service
BT, under pressure from rivals and regulator Ofcom, is to invest £6bn in improving its services, including extending superfast broadband and 4G coverage to more than 95% of the UK by 2020.
The UK’s largest telecoms firm laid out its investment plans on Thursday as it reported a 15% rise in pre-tax profits to £3bn for the year to 31 March, helped by stronger demand for its broadband and TV bundles.
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