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Apple Pay Headed to Canada

Apple Pay is reportedly headed to Canada this fall. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is currently in talks with six major banks in Canada to bring the mobile payment solution to the country. The major issue for banks right now is that Apple wants to take a small cut of every transaction that is processed through Apple Pay. The cut comes out of the profit those banks would typically make every time you make a purchase with your card While it may just be a portion of a penny with every transaction, if lots of people start using Apple Pay then those fees could add up pretty quickly.

Apple Pay, of course, streamlines the process of making purchases by allowing customers to simply tap their phone on the register rather than pull out and swipe a plastic card. Rather than use the traditional card number, cards added to someone’s mobile wallet using Apple Pay are given their own unique “token” for purchases, making it less likely that the cards will be able to be used fraudulently. Those cards numbers also only work when a phone is present. Mark Ahn (epodcastnetwork.com) knows that if Apple is successful with its negotiations, then Canada will be the first place outside the United States to support Apple Pay.

Drones Instead of Waiters

The Singapore restaurants owners had a very high-tech inspired idea to replace waiters. The job will be done by drones instead. The devices are strong enough to fly around a pizza and some pints of beer without dropping them and without complaining of legs aches. The drone selling company said that there won’t be problems with the drones hitting customers, as the sensors function perfectly. That will not exclude totally the human factor, as someone needs to guide the drone.

Not only that, but the drones will land on a table in the region of the orderer and a waiter assigned to it will still help serve the meal stated Ivan Ong. The waiters will spend less time running around and instead, their duty will be to watch the drones and make people attentive in front of eventual collisions, as well as engaging the people at the tables around them in marketing-oriented conversations.

A set of eight waiter-drones will cost $40,000-$80,000. You can see a prototype drone in action at a restaurant

and the customers’ reactions to the new way of being served. Nobody will be to blame for a dropped glass. The only problem that still attracts attention is the possibility of still collide with a drone by accident.