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Nintendo is ditching 2 of its biggest mobile games in Belgium


Nintendo introduces 2 paid subscriptions for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Recent Nintendo games have embraced in-app purchases.
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Two of Nintendo’s top mobile titles will vanish from the App Store on August 27. Well, in Belgium at least.

Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem Heroes have been big cash generators for Nintendo since launching on iOS. Unlike previous Nintendo titles like Super Mario Run, both these games rely on a freemium business model. And, in Belgium at least, they’re being punished for it.

Apple Pay goes live in Belgium and Kazakhstan


Apple in talks to bring Apple Pay to Israel
Belgium will be the 30th market to get Apple Pay.
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Apple Pay has gone live in Belgium. It is supported by BNP Paribas, Belgium’s most popular major bank, and its brands Fintro and Hello Bank. Online services and apps such as Deliveroo, Taxi.eu and Booking.com also accept Apple Pay.

Apple’s contactless payment system has also apparently gone live in Kazakhstan. The two countries are the 30th and 31st to offer Apple Pay.

Apple Pay could land in Belgium next month


doxo Apple Pay
Apple Pay is gradually expanding its reach.
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Apple Pay is coming to Belgium in November, Belgian newspaper De Tijd reports. It will supposedly be available initially as an exclusive for customers of BNP Paribas Fortis, Belgium’s most popular major bank.

The country already has widespread usage of contactless payments, and has been using Android Pay since early 2017.

Belgium’s first Apple Store will open this month


Barricades have already been erected for the big day.
Photo: Apple Nieuws Vlaanderen

Good news Belgian Apple fans! The country’s first brick-and-mortar Apple Store will open later this month on Saturday, September 19.

For those keeping track at home, that’s right around the time the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will arrive in stores — perhaps increasing the chance that the opening will be attended by a big-name Apple employee or two.

Belgian Judge Almost Blocked Apple’s Website Over Misleading Warranty Options



An investigative magistrate in Belgium reportedly considered forcing Internet service providers to block Apple’s website, after claims that the company is misleading customers over warranty options.

Apple has been involved with a long-running dispute with the European legal system over its one-year limited warranty, which it offers as standard to consumers around the world — but which is in conflict with European regulations that allows buyers a minimum of two years’ free protection.

Apple Starts Work On First Belgian Retail Store In Ghent


The Veldstraat in Ghent, the location of Apple's first Belgian retail store.
The Veldstraat in Ghent, the location of Apple's first Belgian retail store.

Apple has reportedly started work on its first retail store in Belgium, which will be located in the city of Ghent in the Veldstraat shopping center. The store is expected to open in late 2012 — in time for the holiday season — or in early 2013.

The iPhone 4S Goes On Sale In 22 More Countries Today



Although we Yanks and select Euros already have iPhone 4Ses in our pockets, the iPhone 4S launch is hardly over. Far from it.

Today, Apple started selling the iPhone 4S in twenty-two other countries. Those countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Any Liechtensteiners care to report on how the lines are looking over there?