Apple Pay now in Spain, planned Nokia revival, Android virus spreads


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Apple Pay now available in Spain — Apple kicked off December by launching its Apple Pay secure mobile payment service in Spain. As first reported yesterday by Spanish website Applesfera, today’s rollout makes Spain the 13th country to support Apple Pay. Apple customers in Spain with Mastercard credit cards issued by Banco Santander, Carrefour, and Ticket Restaurant can use Apple’s popular service to quickly and securely pay for goods and services in person via their iPhone or Apple Watch, or quickly checkout online with their Mac or iPad. Apple Pay is available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Switzerland, Russia, Singapore, New Zealand [so far for ANZ iPhone users only], Hong Kong and China.

HMD Global aims to reclaim Nokia’s lost cellphone glories, will fight Apple and Samsung — After Microsoft’s throwing away of the Nokia brand name, a company called HMD Global has licensed the brand and is planning on tackling Samsung and Apple’s on the smartphone field of battle after an initial wave of feature phones.

Gooligan malware roots 1M Android phones in “largest Google account breach to date” — A new strain of Android malware called Gooligan, thought to be “the largest Google account breach to date,” is already in active circulation and three-fourths of the Android installed base is vulnerable. Once infected, devices give hackers access to the users’ Gmail, Google Photos, Docs, Drive and other Google services accounts. [Hey, Google, who cares about privacy anyway, right?]

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