Apple expected to face tough competition in mobile payments

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Retailers and consumers alike are overwhelmed by the choice of dozens of different competing payment options

London, UK, 18 September – This Friday the Apple iPhone 6 is set to hit the shelves in Europe amid much fanfare and media attention. As Apple’s share of the smartphone market faces stiff competition from the likes of Android and Samsung, the company has decided to enter the final frontier of eCommerce, which is mobile commerce, with Apple Pay. This bold move to enter an already crowded mobile payments market, has met with scepticism from some industry observers.

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Distracted pedestrians taking deadly toll on UK roads

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- One in seven (14%) pedestrians admit to crossing the road without looking, distracted by mobile phone usage -

 

· More than a quarter (27%) of motorists admit that they have nearly hit a pedestrian who was distracted by their mobile phone

· There were 24,033 reported pedestrian casualties on UK roads in 2013 – with the number killed increasing by 3% year on year*

· Under 18s most at risk as pedestrians death rates increase by 35% year on year**

· Nearly a third of pedestrians (31%) say their mobile phone has distracted them from looking for traffic on the roads

· More than one in 10 Brits (11%) believe there should be laws governing pedestrian’s use of mobile phones

 

We’ve all seen distracted drivers on the road, but new research from Confused.com highlights another dangerous distraction – oblivious pedestrians who are more focused on their phones than their potentially hazardous surroundings.

 

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UN must radically alter strategy in fight against Ebola, says world leading disease management expert

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· Global response to Ebola epidemic must capitalize on new technologies to save lives

· Doctors must be able to rapidly identify future spread of Ebola to tackle disease

· The worst-ever outbreak of the deadly virus has killed more than 2,400 people in West Africa, with Liberia the region’s hardest-hit country

· Emergency meeting of UN Security Council to take place on Thursday September 18th in New York

 

The United Nations will only be able to contain Ebola by adopting a hi-tech disease management system.

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BRUNEL’S ss GREAT BRITAIN NAMED IN UK’S TEN BEST RATED MUSEUM IN TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE MUSEUMS AWARDS

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Bristol home to ninth best rated museum in UK, according to millions of traveller reviews and opinions
LONDON, U.K. – 16 September 2014 – Brunel’s ss Great Britain in Bristol has today been named in the ten best rated museum in the UK in the Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Museums, announced by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*.
Brunel’s ss Great Britain, a museum ship which was once the longest passenger ship in the world is named ninth best rated museum in the UK in this year’s awards, which honour top travel spots worldwide based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers.

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Book Review – 50 Water Adventures to do before you die

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This is a book that is a challenge to review because it does several things very well. As the title suggests, it is an inspiring bucket list of marine adventures for thrill seekers. It is also a collection of amazing photographs and a description of activities that are not all in common knowledge. As a source of information and collection of thrilling marine activities from the exciting to the mind blowing, this is a book with no rival. The bottom line is – go out and buy a copy and then start to try the experiences.

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Global Smartphone Shipments to Reach 1.2Bn this year as Economy Smartphone Sales Surge, finds Juniper Research

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Sub-$150 Smartphone Sales to Drive Growth in Emerging Markets

Hampshire, UK – 16th September 2014: Leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research estimates that the number of smartphone shipments will approach 1.2bn this year, an increase of 19% from 985m in 2013. The market is expected to be driven by growth in emerging markets, due to a continued surge in sales and adoption of low-cost Economy ($75-$150) and Ultra-Economy (sub-$75) smartphones.

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IT Professionals Report a Lack of High Confidence in Preventing Cyber Attacks,

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Companies still need to get their data security houses in order

 

London – September 15, 2014 – In an era when cyber security threats are more common than ever, organisations continue to struggle to manage data securely, prepare for potential crisis scenarios, and defend against hacking and other cyber threats, according to findings from the 2014 IT Security and Privacy Survey (www.protiviti.com/ITsecuritysurvey) conducted by global consulting firm Protiviti (www.protiviti.com).

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