Tech Bytes: Apple Pay to launch in China next year

A photo illustration of China UnionPay cards held in front of a computer screen showing Apple's website in China on Dec 18.
A photo illustration of China UnionPay cards held in front of a computer screen showing Apple's website in China on Dec 18. PHOTO: EPA

Apple Pay to launch in China next year

Apple will launch its mobile payment system in China early next year. The company has partnered with ubiquitous Chinese bank card network China UnionPay to bring Apple Pay to users of China's 15 leading banks.

Apple Pay works with a number of Apple devices, including the latest iPhones and the Apple Watch.


New Kojima game exclusive to Sony PS4

The first game from Kojima Productions, a new studio created by Metal Gear Solid developer Hideo Kojima, will be exclusive to the Sony PlayStation 4.

Mr Kojima did not give any details on the PlayStation game. He recently left video game publisher Konami on an acrimonious note after working at the company for close to 30 years.


FB launches Instant Articles on Android

Facebook users on Android can now read thousands of stories from over 350 publications around the world, including The Straits Times.

These stories, known as Instant Articles, are shown in a user's News Feed and are quicker to load because they are hosted by Facebook. This feature was first introduced to iPhone users in May.


Sony working on sulphur batteries

Sony is working on new sulphur-based batteries that could last up to 40 per cent longer than current lithium-ion batteries, according to Japanese daily Nikkei. Even as smartphones become more powerful, battery technology has seen little improvement. Sony hopes to introduce its new batteries in 2020.

Compiled by Vincent Chang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 23, 2015, with the headline 'Tech Bytes'. Print Edition | Subscribe