Mobile Phone Apps for Banking Use Soar

More bank customers are switching to accessing their account information with mobile phone apps rather than using desktop computers.

According to the British Bankers’ Association (BBA), customers were logging onto banking websites from their desktop computers, on average, 4.3 million times every day last year, that’s down from 4.4 million in the year before.

Meanwhile, the use of apps on tablets and mobile phones rocketed to 11 million logins every day last year – up from 7 million logins the year before.

The BBA’s chief executive, Anthony Browne, said that customers are loving the new technology that enables them to do banking around the clock.

The report from the Association also reveals that customers who make payments are still preferring to use their computer rather than a mobile app.

Last year, customers made 417 million payments on the Internet compared with 347 million payments made via a mobile phone app – though the number made by phone rocketed by 54% last year.

There’s also a slew of new app-based banks which make it easier for customers to carry out a range of transactions while they are only move and they include Tandem, Starling and Atom.

Mobile phone app stops Uber

While Uber continues its march to dominate the world’s use of taxis, it has spectacularly failed to launch in one British city after local cabbies launched their own mobile phone app.

Taxi drivers in Oxford responded when Uber announced it would launch a service in the university town.

The firm applied to set-up its service there and said more than 50,000 people had tried to access its service from Oxford even though there was no service available.

However, private hire firms and licensed taxi drivers rallied and in a bid to block the firm, they developed their own mobile phone app which enables users to request a car.

Uber’s bid to set up a service in the city has now been rejected after it failed to submit details in time.

Firms clamour to join Pokemon Go

The world has apparently gone mad for the phone app Pokemon Go and now it’s been revealed that restaurants and pubs in the UK are paying £100 every day to become Pokemon Go destinations.

The idea is they will lure gamers into their premises as they hunt for the game’s characters.

Indeed, Maxwell’s burger restaurant in London says it has boosted its revenues by 26%.

The trend has been dubbed ‘Pokemonomics’ as businesses pay for virtual creatures to be found.

A social club in Reading says its revenues grow by 10% after it paid to become a destination.

Launched on 13 July in the UK, it has been downloaded more than 5 million times and now has more than 21 million users around the world.

However, one leading psychologist says playing the game is bad for people’s health and warned parents to restrict the time their children play Pokemon Go on their mobile phones.

John Oates, a lecturer with the Open University, says the craze will prevent young people from developing their social skills and that no one should play for more than two hours a day – and then only six days a week.

China is new big player in mobile gaming market

Research has revealed that China has now gone past the United States as the leading generator of iOS game revenue.

App Annie says the surge is probably the result of a huge growth in multiplayer collaborative games and these have contributed around 75% of the App Store’s revenue.

Most of the top revenue earning mobile phone games in China are generally developed locally and include Hero Moba.

Now experts say that the huge earning potential in China will boost Western mobile phone app developers to enter the Chinese market.

Free app allows people to donate food

A new app has been unveiled for people living in Cardiff that allows them to give away food rather than waste it.

The app connects neighbours, cafes and independent shops to encourage them to share their surplus food instead of binning it.

Called Olio, it is the first ever food sharing app in the UK and aims to combat food waste in Cardiff.

Described as being the Freecycle for food, smart phone users can share food that is close to its use by date from markets, cafes and shops and also pick up vegetables from allotments as well as cakes from bakers.

Users simply take a photograph of their food, place it on the app and they can also put a price on it but they must tell people when to pick it up. The system then sends an alert out to all nearby users and also reminds them in future when more food is put up for offer.

In other Miratrix mobile phone app news…

The US Congress has released a long delayed report asking what can be done to plug the gap between privacy protection and the use of health gadgets including mobile phone apps. While the report says the law is failing to keep up with the pace of progress, it offered no solutions as to how to protect privacy.

Popular pub chain Wetherspoon’s has launched its ‘Order and Pay’ mobile phone app which enables users to browse its menu and select food and drink items without leaving their table.

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