Barclaycard has unveiled a new app to bring check-out free shopping for those using mobile phones.
The app works with shopper snapping an image of the barcode and their credit card being charged automatically which means they do not have to queue to check out.
The new app is currently being trialled at shops within the company’s HQ and will be piloted in the UK in early 2018.
Barclaycard says that while they are focused on their own app, they could integrate the technology with a retailer’s current app for wider take-up.
The retailer would also be to monitor transactions in real time and there is also access to a virtual receipt to deter shoplifters.
The announcement follows news from Amazon that it’s also trialling checkout free shops that will facial recognition cameras on a shelf to determine what customers are buying.
Most apps trade personal data with third parties
Fears over the loss of personal data have been underlined with news that seven in 10 smartphone apps are sharing the user’s data with a third-party service.
Among the services accessing data are Facebook and Google.
The findings from the US-based research firm reveal that when users install an app on Android or iOS, it will ask for their permission to access personal information.
The researchers say that because apps do not have to tell users which software libraries they are going to use, the user will never know what data is being handed over.
Google unveils 12 best apps
Of the millions of apps and games available in the Google Play Store, the firm has unveiled the 12 best ones.
The list was unveiled at the latest Google IO event in May with the focus on what makes its Android platform more popular.
They include Mushroom 11, Hooked, Runtastic Running & Fitness – which is also the winner of the best Android wear experience award – Red Bull TV, for offering the best TV experience.
The list also features IFTTT, Woorld, ShareTheMeal, Animal Jam – Play Wild!, HearthStone while the best game award went to Transformers: Forged to Fight.
Winner of the best app in Google’s awards is Memrise which offers users an advanced form of flashcards to help studying.
In other Miratrix mobile phone news …
Adobe has unveiled an app that enables a smartphone to be turned into a document scanner. The Adobe Scan app will take images of paper documents and then turns them into PDFs. In addition, the app also turns the page’s text into searchable digital text automatically which users can then edit and annotate as well as highlight and upload to a document cloud.
Sony PlayStation has made waves by announcing its first mobile game aimed at Android and iPhone smartphones with the first one being ‘Everybody’s Golf’ which is coming to Japanese smartphone users soon. The app itself will be free to download.
Users who have the Alexa app installed on their Android or OS device can use the new Amazon function to call and message people via its Alexa platform. The calls will be free since the feature utilises mobile phone data and Wi-Fi so users do not need to have a mobile data plan. The Alexa Calling app is available now.
Industry watchers say that Asia will be the main area for mobile banking. That’s down to the high economic growth being predicted and the growing use of mobile phones from people living there. Apparently, there is a big market for apps to fill too.
Researchers have revealed that Brits believe that apps are as important as eating and breathing and many cannot live without them. The findings from A10 Networks also show that British employees are the largest users, it is 41%, of non-sanctioned apps at work in Europe. Worryingly, 24% say they have had their mobile device hacked which is more than any other country in the world.