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French bank partners with Twitter to allow mobile payments

Published by on Oct 14th, 2014, No Comments


if you needed any more proof that social networks are quickly entering the realm of mobile, peer-to-peer payments, then you need not look further than this latest partnership.

The world’s second largest social network, Twitter, has partnered with France’s second largest bank – Groupe BPCE – to essentially allow users to transfer money through their tweets.

BPCE made an announcement last month, saying that they will be partnering with Twitter in a new mobile payment service, but that details of how the service will work will all be revealed when it is launched.

And today is that day. At a press conference this morning, the social giant and the bank unveiled how their new service ill work and what it means for French Twitter users.

Firstly, the new service will tie in with BPCE’s existing mobile payment system called S-Money. Before the Twitter integration, S-Money allowed users to send money to their peers via text message. Now that service is essentially getting an upgrade with the Twitter integration.

The service is currently only available for users with French cellphone numbers and bank accounts, but is not limited to those who have a bank account with BPCE.  (more…)

Google service to connect patients with doctors over video chat

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Many people have fallen into the same trap that the internet so devilishly sets. You are supposed to get every small bit of information you are looking for, right? Unfortunately, because the internet is open to all, it’s also open to abuse. It isn’t always intentional, but a lot of false information is floating around – especially when it comes to medical advice. (more…)

113 year-old lies about age to join Facebook

Published by on Oct 14th, 2014, 3 Comments

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It seems that Mark Zuckerberg and friends over at Facebook may have made an oversight that no-one thought would ever be a problem when creating an account on Facebook. It is a known issue that very young people join under the pretense of being older than they actually are, as Facebook has a minimum age restriction of 13 years old. (more…)

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus SA launch date confirmed

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Finally, we have confirmation from Apple about their plans for further roll out of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. On Monday, 13 October Apple announced a further 36 countries that will be receiving the latest blockbuster from Apple, with South Africa one of them. (more…)

Apple slaps leaking suppliers with $50 million fine

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apple-gavel-600x318With the recent wave of patent wars and the secrecy behind new technology we have seen more and more legal challenges as companies seek to protect their IP which will give their products the advantage in the market. Recently Apple has also imposed tight restrictions on what its suppliers can say. This move came in an effort to stop smaller leaks within the Apple production line which has many moving parts. Any company that leaks a product, or starts boasting about being a component producer for Apple will be slapped with a $50 million fine. (more…)

“Apple killed our two biggest industries” – PM of Finland

Published by on Oct 14th, 2014, 2 Comments


My first reaction when reading about the Finnish Prime Minister saying that Apple has killed off the Scandinavian county’s two biggest industries was “What is the second?” Of course, Apple had a big role to play in the downfall of Nokia (although it wasn’t the only contributing factor), but in my ignorance I couldn’t think of another industry Apple could affect so adversely. (more…)

Oppo reveals the N3’s swivel camera

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October is shaping up to be a big month for mobile. Last week we saw two interesting new devices from HTC, the HTC Desire Eye and the HTC Re. We will also see the release of at least one new iPad this week, but we are expecting at least one more as well. We shouldn’t forget the Chinese counterparts, though. (more…)

Apple Watch covers Vogue; cements itself as fashion accessory

Published by on Oct 13th, 2014, No Comments

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Many a fashion accessory got its ‘big break’ from gracing the cover of a high-end fashion magazine. The Birkin Bag, the Chanel clutch or the Burberry trench coat – all of these can thank magazines for tirelessly pushing them as the next big ‘it’ item.

And now, for the first time, a tech product has been treated the same way – say hello to the next must-have fashion accessory, the Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch doesn’t launch until next year (and the official date is still undisclosed), but the device has already made its debut on the cover of the world’s so-called fashion Bible, Vogue.

On the cover of the November issue of Vogue China, you will notice something shiny on the arm of the model – an Apple Watch. The device immediately catches your eye not only because its a smart watch on the arm of a model, but because it actually looks damn good paired with high end fashion.

Inside the mag, the watch also features in the editorial spread, where it can be seen paired with different outfits. It shows the watch with different straps, each matching the outfit – which, of course was one of the main pulls of the watch, that you can choose your own strap from the various one’s on offer, to fit your own personal style or match it up with your outfit for the day.  (more…)