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Apple Pay set to launch in UK next year

Monday 22 December 2014 - 10:00
Apple Pay set to launch in UK next year

Apple is expected to bring its mobile payment service to the UK and further abroad in 2015, according to a job advert posted on their website.

The advert on Apple’s recruitment site, which has since been removed, said that it was hoping to expand Apple Pay outside of the States.

The posting read: “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 c ...read more

Amazon Fire Phone 2 planned for 2016 release

Monday 22 December 2014 - 08:00
Amazon Fire Phone 2 planned for 2016 release

After Amazon’s Fire Phone failed to set the market alight with its release earlier this year, it’s been announced that the online retailer has scheduled Amazon Fire Phone 2 for release in 2016.

According to recent reports, Amazon is looking into making some iterations to its smartphone – however, it remains unknown what new features Amazon Fire Phone 2 is likely to contain. With less than 35,000 Amazon Fire Phones sold in the UK, this has forced Amazon to go “back to the drawing board”, de ...read more

Amazon Prime Now offers one-hour delivery in Manhattan

Friday 19 December 2014 - 10:12
Amazon Prime Now offers one-hour delivery in Manhattan

Amazon has launched a service in New York City that sees a selection of items delivered within a one-hour window – exclusively for Prime members.

While this doesn’t apply to all goods, Amazon will deliver what the company labels as ‘daily essentials’ (such as food), but it is expected that books and other small items will soon be available as part of this delivery service.

Prime members can enjoy free delivery in two hours, or pay $7.99 for th ...read more

Online food shopping up by 100 per cent

Friday 19 December 2014 - 09:54
Online food shopping up by 100 per cent

One in five consumers carry out their shopping online on a daily basis, according to research from mobile advertising network, BuzzCity.

Researchers noted that online food shopping experienced a 100 per cent increase, using data taken from 4700 shoppers across 25 countries. This is a leap from eight per cent who regularly shop online for food in 2012 to 16 per cent this year.

Additionally, it was found that more shoppers are enjoying ...read more

Money-saver Lewis offers tips for safe deliveries

Thursday 18 December 2014 - 12:04
Money-saver Lewis offers tips for safe deliveries

Money-saving guru Martin Lewis has issued five “must-know” tips in his weekly newsletter to help everyone ensure the goods they order or send for Christmas arrive safely.

Among the most important points he makes is that, when an order is placed with an online store, the buyer’s contract is with that store, and not the delivery company which transports the goods.

So if there are problems with goods, it should be the first port of call, Lewis (pictured) advises. & ...read more

Bebo relaunched as a messaging app

Thursday 18 December 2014 - 11:14
Bebo relaunched as a messaging app

Bebo – the social network which once dwarfed Facebook and had 40 million worldwide users – has been relaunched by its original founders as a mobile app.

The husband and wife team who originally launched it in 2005, and then sold it to AOL for $850million (£540million) three years later have returned with a new messaging app which will go under the same name.

This comes after Michael and Xochi Birch bought back the Bebo.com domain name for $1million ( ...read more

Amazon beats Google as source of festive gift ideas

Wednesday 17 December 2014 - 11:40
Amazon beats Google as source of festive gift ideas

Amazon has been brought some early Christmas cheer this morning, with news that it has been named the favourite source of festive gift inspiration, beating arch-rival eBay and search giant Google.

More than six out of 10 buyers in the UK will have used Amazon to research their presents before buying, according to global online search behaviour specialist Searchmetrics.

The company polled 1,000 adults about their online shopping activity, and found that half of them took to Google to help with ...read more

Data show Black Friday now a firm e-shopping event

Wednesday 17 December 2014 - 11:36
Data show Black Friday now a firm e-shopping event

Online sales in the UK leapt by 37 per cent in November over the previous month, the biggest spike recorded in the 14-year history of one of the most influential measures of e-commerce activity.

The compilers of the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index estimate that £12.1billion was spent online during the month.

They say that a 44 per cent spike in sales in the week from 23 November over the previous week – with sales up by 135 per cent on the day itself over the equivalent in 2013 – also sh ...read more

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