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UK opening up payments via mobile numbers this month

The Payments Council, which supervises banking transactions within the UK, has today announced ‘Paym’. This new service will enable account-holders to pay friends, family or other parties without having to abstract bank details and other personal information. Simply using a mobile number, UK consumers can wire funds in no time at all. Think of it as a unique account number all your contacts already have noted.

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Nest launches in the UK today for £179

Soon after the Nest Learning Thermostat launched in the U.S., demand began to rise in the U.K. for the now Google-owned company to bring the rather expensive product across the Atlantic. And today Nest has officially launched in the UK and is ready for order, with prices starting at £179.

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Spotify launches new dark design in refreshed apps

Today the Spotify team announced a revamped interface, which has begun rolling out across various platforms. The new UI for the social music streaming service will hit iOS, the desktop and web today, with other platforms following suit in the near future. Say hello to the dark side of music with new typography and rounded iconography, giving Spotify something of a facelift.

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Pictured: First Turkish Apple Store in Istanbul

Ahead of its expected opening on April 5, we're starting to see the first photos of Turkey's first Apple Store, located in the Zorlu Center in Istanbul. The shots posted by Instagarammer orbaygumus show a unique all-glass shell in what seems to be a central plaza.

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T-Mobile backtracks on removal of corporate discount for existing customers

We may have had to deal with the usual April articles yesterday, but one that stood out from all the jokes was T-Mobile’s plans to scrap corporate discount from Simple Choice plans. The mobile network has today confirmed a partial reversal, allowing only existing customers to retain their discount. Sorry, new subscribers.

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Dish Network signs deals with ESPN, Disney to enable mobile content streaming

Using apps found in Apple's App Store, Google Play, the Amazon Appstore and the Windows store, viewers will be able to watch live programming from ABC Family, Disney Channel and Disney XD, as well as live network streams of ABC, which are currently available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Fresno, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham.

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iMore at WWJC 2014!

Once a year members of the jailbreak community from around the globe congregate at WWJC, better known as JailbreakCon. It's a great place to learn more about jailbreak itself, to listen to the pioneers and the developers speak, and to network with other jailbreak enthusiasts. This year WWJC takes place April 12th and 13th at the South San Francisco conference center, and I'll be there!

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iWork for iCloud updated with fresh design, Mac and iOS apps updated with new features

Apple has updated the iWork suite today on both the Mac and iOS. The iCloud versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote now have Retina display support, a new design in the editor tab, and better sharing that allows for a "view-only" state to keep unwanted changes from happening. Also, documents can be opened directly via iCloud mail.

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Anyone with an Apple ID can now create iAds

If you’re reading this, you probably have an Apple ID. And that means you can now open an account with iAd Workbench. You, too, can be a digital Mad Man! Before today, you had to be a registered mobile app developer to take advantage of Apple’s iAds. By lowering the barrier to entry, Apple falls more in line with the likes of Facebook and more recently Twitter in competing for advertising dollars. Only question now is what do you have to sell?

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Apple expected to purchase stake in LCD chip manufacturer Renesas

Apple is reportedly in talks to buy a majority stake in Renesas SP Drivers imaging chips firm. The firm has been designing LCD display chips for Apple for some time, and Apple is prepared to pay ¥50 billion (US$483 million) to buy the 55% stake of the company currently held by Renesas Electronics Corp. According to Nikkei.

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