Limit on Apple Pay and other contactless payments rises to £30 in the UK

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UK residents can now make contactless payments of up to £30 without the need for a PIN. The increase from the prior limit of £20 means that people will be able to use phone-based payment services like Apple Pay, as well as contactless cards, for a wider range of transactions across the country. The UK Cards Association, which decided on the change, says that £30 covers common usages like an average supermarket spend, as well as most payments made in pubs, cinemas, gift shops, and elsewhere.

The question remains how long this limit will last. Apple Pay has no transaction limit in the US, the only other country where it’s available, but the iPhone guarantees an extra layer of security. In the UK, many people also use contactless cards…

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Grand Theft Auto 5 modders add Star Wars speeders and Star Destroyers

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Superimposing Star Wars‘ biggest spaceships over cities is apparently a hot new trend. First we saw Darth Vader’s Super Star Destroyer Executor hanging over real-world Manhattan, now, thanks to a mod for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5, you can fly another Imperial capital ship over the game’s Los Angeles analog, Los Santos. The mod changes GTA 5‘s blimp, re-skinning it to appear as a classic Imperial Star Destroyer — the same ship that chases Princess Leia’s Tantive IV in the opening shot of Star Wars: A New Hope.

Modders have also inserted landspeeders into the game

That’s not the only way you can Star Wars-ify the latest Grand Theft Auto. Industrious modders have also inserted a set of landspeeders into the game, tweaking the…

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Apply to the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London NOW

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cratewins Vacation month is coming to a close in Europe and not a moment too soon. Applications are now open for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London. If you’re new to the whole “Battlefield” thing, let’s clear a few things up. The Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premiere startup competition.Three times per year, the Battlefield takes place at TechCrunch Disrupt, where… Read More

Halo 5’s intro looks like a Linkin Park video from 2002

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Halo 5 isn’t out until late October, but as one of the biggest video game franchises on the planet, it has to keep fans happy. That presumably explains why Microsoft decided to release the introductory cinematic for the Xbox One exclusive in early September, a slick three-and-a-half minute cut-scene that tracks Mike Colter’s Spartan Locke and a CGI version of Nathan Fillion with a strangely shiny face as they leap out of a spaceship and battle through a vanguard of covenant forces. The action is fast, fluid, and not at all indicative of what you’ll be doing in the actual game, but particularly striking is how much it resembles the video for Linkin Park’s song “Pts.OF.Athrty.”

There’s the same golden sunset, the same snowy setting, and…

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