American Express today announced plans to eliminate signature requirements when customers make credit or debit card purchases, joining both Mastercard and Discover.
All three companies plan to stop asking customers to provide a signature when making a purchase in the United States and Canada starting in April of 2018. The change is designed to allow for a more consistent, streamlined, and speedy checkout experience for both merchants and cardholders.
Credit and debit card companies have long required signatures for purchases as an added security measure, but with technology improvements that include contactless payments and the adoption of EMV chip technology, [...]
Starting in early 2018, Apple users in Brazil will pay for purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store using Brazilian reals instead of dollars. Reals will also be used for Apple Music subscriptions and iCloud storage charges.
Apple began notifying users about the change from dollars to reals in emails that were sent out today.
Apple says that once the currency change happens, all new purchases and subscriptions will be charged in reals rather than dollars.
Since the iTunes Store became available in Brazil in 2011, customers have been required to pay in dollars using an international credit or debit card payment.
At one point, [...]
Apple today updated its Apple Store app to version 4.4, introducing iOS 11 enhancements and a new scanner feature for quickly adding your credit card information at checkout.
According to the release notes, the app update also allows customers to bypass pre-authorization and activate later on full price purchases of iPhones, a purchasing option that has been available for the iPhone X on the Apple Store website since November. What’s New in Version 4.4 – iOS 11 enhancements – Scanner now available to easily add your credit card information at checkout – Customers now have the option to bypass pre-authorization and activate later on full price [...]
Google today announced that it will acquire part of HTC’s mobile division in a deal that’s worth $1.1 billion.
Under terms of the agreement „a team of HTC talent“ will join Google’s hardware organization. The HTC employees moving to Google worked as part of the „Powered by HTC“ unit that developed the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Google also gained a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.
„These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team,“ said [...]