ONLINE SPENDING OPTION PayPal has added support for Siri, the Apple thing that people talk to and tell to do things. This means that you can tell your iOS device to spend your money without lifting too many fingers, let alone go into a shop, and actually look at and consider your purchase as a physical thing.
PayPal thinks that this is wonderful, particularly when you consider that the holiday season is upon us when people lose all sense of the value of money and humanity.
"Sending and receiving money from friends and family has long been one of the most popular activities on PayPal. In fact, last year we did $41bn in peer-to-peer [P2P] volume across PayPal, Venmo and Xoom," PayPal said in a blog post.
"And with the holidays around the corner, PayPal predicts more than 17 million P2P transactions in the month of December alone.
"With so many P2P transactions happening during such a busy season, we're excited to give our users an early holiday present: starting November 10, Siri will be integrated with PayPal.
"For iPhone and iPad users running iOS 10, making a payment has never been easier. Simply say ‘Hey Siri, send Bill $50 using PayPal'. Voila! One less thing to check off the to-do list this holiday season."
We do not know who Bill is, but the post is written by Meron Colbeci, PayPal's senior director for core consumer products. So if you know a Meron Colbeci, and are called Bill, we reckon you might as well start spending that $50 now.
PayPal is making this available in 30 countries, and if you want it you should get the latest app from your chosen application store.
It works (deep breath) in the UK, the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel (Hebrew), Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
"We hope you're as excited as we are about making sending and receiving money even easier," added Colbeci.
We aren't, but then we rarely are. µ
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