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Contrast, the company which just released the excellent new app Weather Up, has today pushed a major update to its popular Launch Center Pro utility. The update brings the app to version 3.0 and includes a host of new features, such as NFC Triggers, “True Black” mode, Siri Shortcuts integration, and more.

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An investigation into Apple blocking the use of rival mobile payment service TWINT in Switzerland has been resolved – though a related one is still in progress.

The company behind the TWINT app, which allows a phone to scan a QR code on a retail terminal to make a payment, had complained that Apple Pay was making the app impossible to use. Any time an iPhone user brought their phone close enough to the payment terminal to scan the code, Apple Pay would automatically launch, effectively booting the TWINT app off the screen …

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December 13

Australia’s largest bank finally announces support for Apple Pay coming next month

Apple Pay adoption has been rather slow in Australia due to disagreements between Apple and major banks over access to the NFC chip in iPhones. Today, however, The Commonwealth Bank of Australia – or CommBank – announced that it will finally support Apple Pay.

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December 10

Apple Pay not dominant enough in Europe to face regulator concerns, but that could change

In a new interview with Reuters, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager cleared Apple when asked about its mobile payment service and competitive issues in Europe … for now. In a bit of a burn from Vestager, she shared that Apple Pay doesn’t have the dominance in Europe yet that would prompt an investigation.

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