The launch of Apple Pay
For a long time: four years ago, Apple Pay had its premiere in the USA, meanwhile the payment service works in 33 countries worldwide. And now Germany is one of them. After a long wait and many rumors Apple Pay today at 4.49 clock also started in this country. Anyone who is a customer of one of the first 15 participating banks (including Deutsche Bank, HypoVereinsbank and Comdirect) can now pay in the shop or online with iPhone, iPad, Watch, Mac and Apple TV. How it works, explains LEAD here. In retail, Aldi, Lidl, Netto, dm and Kaufland will also be offering Apple Pay in the future. The prominent fashion chains H & M and Zara are also there. Among the gas stations, Aral, Shell and Avia accept Apple Pay – and in the Food category, they make Backwerk, McDonalds and Starbucks. The BVG, Foodora, Cyberport and Zalando are among the online ones.
Because the iPhone’s wallet app will also be used as an entry ticket to the FC Bayern stadium, Apple will be celebrating its start today in Munich’s Allianz Arena. LEAD is on site and reports.
PlayStation Classic – already hacked
In early December, Sony released the PlayStation Classic, a smaller version of the first PlayStation from 1995 with 20 fixed games installed. Among them are hits like Grand Theft Auto, Tekken 3 or Metal Gear Solid. The hardware of the 99-euro retro console convinces, the thin selection of games less. But that should change now. Because hackers have already found a way, as well as other games for the original PlayStation on the new Classic console run. According to The Verge, they can be started from a USB drive. This could be the Sony quite poorly secured PS Classic to the ultimate retro console.
Google+ will be buried sooner
From dead to dead: Google buries its weak social network Google+ four months ahead of schedule. Instead of in August, it should now be finally over in April. The developer access will be closed even within the next 90 days. The reason, according to The Next Web, is another massive security breach. According to Google manager David Thacker, an update in November caused a leak that endangered the data of 52.5 million users. Google closed the hole after six days. But in this period, app developers could (at least theoretically) tap a variety of user data. To avoid further mishaps, Google pulls the plug now earlier.
Instagram with walkie-talkie
Now Instagram is not only for watching – but also for listening. In her direct messages Facebook’s daughter has launched a new feature called Walkie-Talkie. Users can use it to add voice messages to their pictures. The audio messages can be up to a minute long and remain preserved, so do not disappear automatically. They work in both individual and group chats, TechCrunch reports.
Germany in the package crisis
How attractive is online shopping in 151 UN member countries? The United Nations investigates this in an e-commerce index called UNCTAD. For the first time this year, Germany is no longer in the top 10 and has dropped from 9th to 16th place. The main reason are the problems with parcel deliveries, which in Germany, according to the UN, are too unreliable and too slow. Germany only gets 83 points here, while Ireland and Singapore reach 100 points. Overall winner of the UN ranking, which also rates factors such as product range, reliable servers and secure payment, was the Netherlands, which finished fourth last year.
The end of LEAD: The Kramp-Karrenbauer-Challenge
The Great German Tonguebreaker continues to frighten and frighten news anchors around the world. The ARD World Mirror shows in a clip how the colleagues in France, Russia or China master the Kramp-Karrenbauer Challenge.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer aka “AKK” is the new CDU chairman. Maybe also the next chancellor. A nightmare for foreign media. Why? Tone on! #Akk # kramp-karrenbauer #tapebreaker #outdoor #china #france #russia #challenge #name #tale #media #cdu pic.twitter.com/icp2ONIXMK
– Weltspiegel (@Weltspiegel_ARD) December 10, 2018
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