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This Week's Chitter Chatter - Apple Pay, New Sony Phones, How Your Smartphone Can Spot When You're Bored
Good news to start this week - at the beginning of this month the limit for buying goods and services using contactless payments including Apple Pay was increased from £20 to £30. This means that you can use your new iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for more things.
The reasoning behind the new £30 limit is that it should be enough to cover smaller purchases such as some grocery items, a round of drinks in a bar and a couple of cinema tickets.
Fashion retailers could also benefit as customers could be tempted to pick up a new top or a piece of clothing on the high street and pay for it in a matter of seconds. Ideal for that last minute bit of shopping before your commute home or if you're pushed for time in your lunch hour.
New Smartphones From SONY
Last week Sony unveiled three great new smartphones - the Sony Xperia Z5, the Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium. The premium Sony Xperia Z5 smartphone is Sony's new flagship handset and it has an impressive array of specs which include a stunning 5.2-inch Full HD Triluminos display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution which gives it a pixel density of 428 pixels per inch.
Dust and water resistant, the Xperia Z5 also comes with a fingerprint scanner located in the home button, a powerful 23-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megaixel snapper on the front. Powered by an octacore Snapdragon 810 processor, the Z5 has 3GB of RAM and an excellent 32GB of onboard storage which is expandable up to a whopping 200GB.
With the Xperia Z5 Compact, Sony as usual have packed some high quality specs into a smaller smartphone. The Z5 Compact features a 4.7-inch display, the same top quality rear and front facing cameras as the full-sized Xperia Z5, the same Snapdragon 810 processor, 32GB of built-in storage as well as 2GB of RAM and a 2700mAh battery which compares favourably with the 2900mAh battery in the Z5.
Both the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will be available next month whereas the larger Xperia Z5 Premium is expected to be released in November. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium boasts an incredible 5.5-inch 2160 x 3840 resolution display which means it offers an amazing 806 pixels per inch. Like it's two siblings, it's water and dust resistant and features a fingerprint scanner. Again Sony have gone with the Snapdragon 810 processor together with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable onboard memory. As you would expect from a bigger smartphone, the battery in the Z5 Premium is bigger at 3430mAh and comes with faster charging meaning it can achieve 60% of full charge in just 30 minutes.
Your Mobile Knows When You're Bored!
We always knew that smartphones were very sophisticated devices but we have to say that we were suitably impressed by the revelation that smartphones can tell when you're bored! Researchers in Barcelona have come up with an algorithm which can deduct this by looking at patterns of activity on your smartphone. It takes into account how often you're using your phone, the time of day and how long has passed before you made a call or sent a text.
Using mobile phone activity data, the results were around 83% accurate. Smartphones may be able to tell when your bored but will they be able to suggest ways to break your ennui? We're sure they'll be an app for that soon....