Apple Pay used by estimated 127M users globally, but analyst claims only 16 percent of iPhones used for payments

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Apple Pay is continuing to grow year-on-year, according to research by Loup Ventures, but while the adoption rate for Apple Pay by its users has reportedly jumped, it is claimed the mobile payments service is still being used by a relatively small proportion of iPhone users.
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Smart speaker satisfaction at 89 percent, HomePod adoption hits 3 percent, survey finds

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A new survey from Gene Munster’s Loup Ventures found 89 percent of smart speaker owners are satisfied with their device, but despite coming packed with virtual assistant technology, most use the to play music or check the weather.
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T-Mobile’s new Apple deals include $200 off iPhone X, 50 percent off Apple Watch

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If you’re in the market for a new Apple device on T-Mobile, you’re in luck.

T-Mobile is kicking off two Apple deals this Friday, February 23. First, customers can get $ 200 off the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, or iPhone 7 Plus when they trade in an eligible device. The $ 200 is in addition to whatever trade-in credit you get for your device and comes in the form of a prepaid MasterCard card.

The list of devices that are eligible for trade-in with this offer is:

  • Apple iPhone 7
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
  • Apple iPhone 6s
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
  • LG V30
  • LG V30+
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

To get this deal, customers must have or activate at least one voice line. This offer is available to all new and existing T-Mobile customers in stores and online.

T-Mobile is also planning an Apple Watch deal. Customers who buy an Apple Watch Series 3 can get a second for half off, which is a savings of up to $ 215.

Both of T-Mobile’s new offers will be available for a limited time, so you’ll want to act fast if either of them pique your interest. – Latest videos, reviews, articles, news and posts

Bitcoin prices are back up 30 percent over the last week

South Korea’s finance regulator said the country would support “normal” cryptocurrency trading.

Bitcoin prices are back up to more than $ 11,600 today after South Korea’s finance regulator said the country would support “normal” cryptocurrency trading. That’s the highest it’s been since the country’s regulators said they would ban cryptocurrency traders from using anonymous bank accounts last month.

The price of the cryptocurrency is higher on South Korean exchanges, where a relatively large share of the world’s bitcoin trading volume occurs, driving overall prices up.

Today, Bitcoin prices have risen 5 percent, and about 30 percent in the last seven days, according to data from digital currency publication CoinDesk.

Bitcoin prices had declined from their December peak of nearly $ 20,000 amid uncertainty about increased government regulation on cryptocurrencies. At the beginning of February, bitcoin went below a daily price of $ 7,000, the lowest it had been since November.

However, looking back to last February, the price of bitcoin has risen nearly 1,000 percent.

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The Amazon Prime credit card will start giving 5 percent back on Whole Foods purchases

And non-Prime members with the regular Amazon Rewards Visa card will earn 3 percent back.

The Amazon-ification of Whole Foods continues.

Starting on Tuesday, Whole Foods shoppers who pay with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card will earn 5 percent back at the grocery chain’s U.S. stores.

Amazon customers who aren’t Prime members, but who pay with the regular Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card, will earn 3 percent back.

When Amazon purchased Whole Foods for $ 14 billion last year, it promised that the Prime shipping and entertainment membership program would become the loyalty program of Whole Foods, too.

Earlier this month, it started delivering on that promise by offering free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods to Prime members in four cities. This week’s announcement marks another big step, and likely not the last.

The company is hoping that the perks will get more Prime members shopping from Whole Foods, and get existing customers to shop more frequently. Amazon also likely saves some money on credit card fees when Whole Foods customers pay with one of its branded cards than with another credit card.

Amazon has made some other moves since the takeover. In August, Amazon cut prices of some Whole Foods bestsellers by as much as 43 percent. But by December, there were reports of some prices inching higher. The e-commerce giant has also started selling Amazon Echo devices inside Whole Foods stores.

It has also faced challenges. Whole Foods stores have faced food shortages that employees blame on a new inventory-management system.

Amazon cardholders who earn rewards at Whole Foods stores can choose to convert them into a statement credit or can redeem them online to make purchases on Amazon or on other eligible sites.

Amazon customers who have the Amazon Prime Store Card — not the Amazon Rewards Visa credit card — won’t earn money back at Whole Foods. The company would not say why.

Some other credit cards — such as the American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card — give as much as 6 percent back for grocery store purchases. But that one, in particular, comes with a $ 95 annual fee.

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