West Yorkshire train services to trial smartphone ticketing

West Yorkshire train services to trial smartphone ticketing
West Yorkshire train services are to trial technology that enables passengers to use their smartphone as a ticket. A small test group of West Yorkshire Combined Authority staff will be using smartphones as a replacement for their ticket starting in the autumn. Near Field Communication (NFC) technology has been used to make this possible, in addition to Host Card Emulation (HCE) technology developed by Itso,…

BlackBerry outsources smartphone design

BlackBerry outsources smartphone design
Smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has announced that it is outsourcing production to newly formed joint venture PT BB Merah Putih. As a result of the move, BlackBerry will no longer be designing its own handsets, having fallen behind major rivals Apple and Samsung. The Canadian firm helped to pioneer the smartphone market and was once famed for its tiny physical keyboards. However, the growing popularity of…

Mobile phone seen as future of payments by UK adults

Mobile phone seen as future of payments by UK adults
Growing numbers of UK adults see the smartphone as their preferred method of payment over the traditional credit or debit card, according to a new study. Research carried out by Mastercard specified that 41 per cent of UK consumers now hold this view. The Impact of Innovation study from the financial provider explored the attitudes to technology among 23,000 consumers in 23 different countries across…

Innovative coding app Swift Playgrounds comes to App Store

Innovative coding app Swift Playgrounds comes to App Store
Swift Playgrounds is an innovative new iPad app from Apple that is intended to make it fun and easy for everyone to learn how to code. Real coding concepts are brought to life in an accessible way thanks to an interactive interface that allows students and beginners alike to explore working with Swift. This is a programming language from Apple used by professional developers to…

Apple launch: Dual-lens camera and water resistance key features of iPhone 7

Apple launch: Dual-lens camera and water resistance key features of iPhone 7
Apple officially introduced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at a keynote event held at its Cupertino headquarters last night (September 7th). For many, this is the consumer technology event of the year and it put to rest months of rumours and speculation as to what new features and innovations would be incorporated into the marquee device. Among the many improvements on previous versions of the…

Super Mario heading to the iPhone in December

Super Mario heading to the iPhone in December
Super Mario - arguably the most iconic video game character of all time - is heading to iOS devices later this year. A full-sized Super Mario Bros action platformer titled Super Mario Run has been developed specifically for mobile and will be available first on the App Store this December. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto revealed all in an announcement at the same keynote event in San Francisco…