Apple Pay Coming To A Transit System Near You

One hassle that people experience riding the public transit system is having the exact change to pay the transit system or having the right amount of money in their pockets to pay for a ticket, token, or card. Of course, this depends on the part of the country that you live in too. Some transit systems make it easy for you to pay your transit fare, while others are still in the stone ages. You walk up to a booth and must pay cash for a transit ticket. This involves waiting in long lines and usually missing your train or bus. However, Apple pay would like to make riding the public transit system much easier.


Apple Pay Coming To A Transit System Near You

The fact is that we are a mobile society. People are far more attached to their smart-phone than you might think. People stay in contact with others via their smart-phone. They check their email, surf the Internet, check web pages, check their social media page, or search for information via their smart-phone. Certainly, the smart-phone is a modern convenience. Wouldn’t it be great, if one could use their smart-phone to make a purchase or even pay for a ticket on the transit system? Well, Apple Pay might be coming to a public transit system in your town. A large number of public transit systems have decided to add mobile pay to their system.


Japanese Railway Goes Mobile

The idea of mobile payments on the public transit system is very exciting for people that are regular commuters on public transit systems. They no longer have to worry about having the required fare on hand for transit fare. Instead, they take their mobile device and swipe. Japanese railway JR East is going to start mobile payments with Apple Pay later this month through their Suica payment system. The upgraded Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and Apple Watch support the system. Meanwhile, New York commuters now have the ability to use the Apple Pay system with their MTA e Tix app.

Apple Says Either Taxes Or Jobs To The EU

Apple has made a statement towards the EU that stood against the tax arrangements. Apple has told the EU that they could either have taxes or jobs. Apple is not going to give them both. This came after Apple learned that the EU is expecting 13 billion euros from Apple in back taxes. Apple’s response is that paying that kind of money is going to be very harmful to the prospects of job development in Europe. While it is not meant as a threat, it will be seen as one by the politicians in the EU. After all, they are trying to get new companies into their country.

Back in the beginning of the 90s, Apple has made a deal Ireland that it would pay some low taxes if the operations were based in Ireland for Europe. Thousands of jobs have been created in Ireland for the 25 years that it has lasted. 2015 saw a total of 5,000 employees. There were plans for up to 1,000 more jobs when they were hit with the dilemma. As of right now, there is a plan to open a new site in Athenry. This would result in as much as 200 jobs for people in the ocuntry.

When Apple has made its statement to the EU about taxes or jobs, it was in fact honoring the original agreement about low taxes and jobs. Also, the taxes actually make it harder to hire people since jobs cost money. It is definitely not a threat, it is a limitation that they see in their budget. As of right now, Apple pays the largest amount of taxes in Ireland. Therefore, it can make the negotiations needed so that it can get what it asks for. Also, these arrangements were agreed to over and over by the Irish Government. Therefore, it is only expected that they will honor the agreement. This is actually a very sound move for companies. If they are taxed, they are not as able to offer jobs.

Apple’s New iOS 10 Lockscreen Has New Focus on Notifications

The beta version of iOS 10 was released this week, and there are some rather exciting developments to note. While the beta is still full of bugs, it offers benefits such as a redone messaging system, 3D touch actions, and the ability to delete some of those annoying pre-installed apps, and a Universal Clipboard feature which will allow you to copy text on one connected device and paste it on another.

The lockscreen has also received an upgrade, and the complete redesign is going to be one of the most immediately noticeable changes to your phone. With a new “Raise to Wake” feature, the phone is now designed to wake up as soon as you pick it up.

Swiping left-to-right no longer serves to unlock your phone–instead, it’ll bring up a new page of widgets giving you details such as weather, events, and nearby locations. Swiping in the other direction will open your camera, and to unlock your phone you’ll need to press the home button, which will either read your fingerprint with the TouchID sensor, or prompt you to enter your pin security number.

In the past, it was easy to totally miss your lockscreen, waking your phone and unlocking it in a single step. Because the phone now wakes as soon as you pick it up, those notifications on your lockscreen are a lot more likely to be noticed and grab your attention.

Whether you like notifications or not, this update essentially forces you to look at them, at least for the brief moment between picking up your phone and unlocking it.