Good last minute gift for far away family members 

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These digital photo frames from nixplay have a twist – they’re cloud enabled so friends and family can send photos to you from anywhere in the world.

They’re pretty simple to setup on WiFi and you approve who can send you pics, through their mobile app or by emailing.

A good gift to stay connected to family with what you’ve been up to.

When you send a picture to it sends a nice notification on the screen saying Ben just sent you 5 photos when you’re next in the room – there’s a motion sensor that can turn the screen off when you’re not around. If you’re classy you’ll leave the transitions off.

AirPods are going to great for podcasters

I’ve been using the great sounding AirPods, Apple’s new wireless earphones, for the last 24 hours. With no controls other than Siri, you’re destined to double tap either AirPod to ask to skip tracks or change the volume – things previously possible with the in-line remote.

For podcasters – less people will be bothered to skip ads.

Having to tap and talk to skip a one minute ad really isn’t worth it, it takes around 15 seconds to complete a Siri command if you get the double tap right. Siri isn’t ready as instantaneously on the phone (which is listening even before you speak), you need to wait for the Siri ba-dunk before the mics on the AirPods activate.

For those worrying about volume, it’s easy enough to squeeze the up / down buttons on the iPhone through your pocket. If it’s not in your pocket – it’s a faff.

p.s. they really don’t fall out.

p.p.s. I generally only skip podcast ads when it’s from a sponsor I’m already familiar with.

Apple Pay on vending machines increases sales by 36.5% 

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Digital advertising on USAT’s ePort Interactive platform that highlight Apple Pay availability at point-of-sale resulted in a:

  • 36.5% increase in overall sales
  • 44.6% increase in total transactions
  • 6% increase in total contactless average ticket; 18% at week 20
  • 55.5% increase in revenue through contactless purchases, including Apple Pay; 121% at week 20
  • 135.2% increase in overall mobile payment usage

A report at Business Wire highlights how simply mentioning Apple Pay at an already contactless vending machine increases sales.

With fewer and fewer cash payments, vending machines where beginning to take the path of phone boxes. Contactless payments through your phone make them feel useful again.