Apple Pay Express Transit en route to London

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It couldn’t be faster to pay for your ride.
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Apple Pay Express Transit is on its way to London, giving travelers a quick and easy way to pay for rides.

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed it is working closely with Apple to enable the feature “in the coming months.” It promises more information will be available at a later date.

Apple exploring options in case its proposed U.K. campus is delayed

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Apple's proposed U.K. campus will be located in the iconic Battersea Power Station.
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Apple is making contingency plans in the event that its proposed giant U.K. campus in London’s iconic Battersea Power Station is delayed.

According to a new report, Apple is coming up with backup options “just in case” it is impossible to realize the creation of the new campus by December 2020, as planned.

Google’s $1 billion London HQ is absolutely ostentatious

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Google's new London HQ will be a behemoth.
Google's new London HQ will be a behemoth.
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Google has no plans to move out of London following Brexit. In fact, the search giant is building a brand new headquarters in Kings Cross that’s going to cost well over $1 billion.

It’s no Spaceship campus, but under renders suggest it will be incredibly ostentatious, with its own swimming pool, basketball court, running track, and more.

WhatsApp faces new encryption challenge after London attack

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WhatsApp users have been waiting for better notifications.
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WhatsApp is under new pressure to provide a government backdoor following the recent terror attack in London.

U.K. home secretary Amber Rudd said it is “completely unacceptable” that law enforcement agencies are unable to read messages and conversations that are secured by end-to-end encryption.

Apple gives early glimpse of redesigned Regent Street store

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The Regent Street store looks all new on the inside.
The Regent Street store looks all new on the inside.
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An early preview of Apple’s redesigned London store reveals lots of new plants, simplified shelves and tables, as well as untethered iPhones and iPads that visitors can pick up and carry around the store.

Apple’s flagship Regent Street store, closed since June for the major remodel, is set to reopen Saturday. Early photos and a video tour show off the retail outlet’s uncluttered new look.

Apple poaches top talent from iPhone 7 GPU chipmaker

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Custom graphics chips could be Apple's next big move.
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Apple is siphoning talent from one of its key partners, Imagination Technologies, which makes the graphics chip for the iPhone 7.

The British chipmaker was rumored to be in acquisition talks with Apple earlier this year. Apple told the press it wasn’t interested in buying Imagination Technologies, but based on a slew of recent hires, the iPhone-maker does want its employees.

Apple’s massive new U.K. campus is a pop culture landmark

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Apple's new London office will be based in this iconic location.
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Apple’s circular “spaceship” campus in Cupertino isn’t the only fantastic new location where the company is setting up shop. The tech giant is opening an impressive new London headquarters at the iconic Battersea Power Station.

With its four gigantic chimneys, the complex should strike a chord with pop culture fans: The station is a true pop culture landmark most famously seen on the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album, Animals.

London asked Apple to sponsor Garden Bridge

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The Garden Bridge, brought to you by Apple?
The Garden Bridge, brought to you by Apple?
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London Mayor Boris Johnson asked Apple to help him build the city’s controversial Garden Bridge, according to a report that reveals the politician flew to Cupertino in February of 2013 to pitch the company on becoming the project’s corporate sponsor.

Apple executives met with the mayor to hear about the ambitious pedestrian bridge project that will stretch across the River Thames. Also present in the meeting was British architect Thomas Heatherwick who designed the Garden Bridge.