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Mobile news: what happened this week?

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We’ve made it to the end of another working week, which can only mean one thing – it’s time for our mobile news! This week, you can spend even more money on Apple thanks to its partnership with PayPal, and KFC isn’t just about making chicken anymore. Intrigued? Then, let’s get started.

Kentucky Fried… Mobiles? KFC is launching a phone

No misleading title here, folks. This one shocked us as much as it has you. Apparently, KFC has such a delicious and popular selection of chicken that they thought, ‘Hey, let’s try our hand at phones.’ The reality of the story is that the global fast food brand is partnering with Chinese manufacturer Huawei to introduce a KFC-branded mobile to celebrate 30 years of business in China.

The device will even include K-Music, a feature that will let you DJ your meal with your pick of music whenever you hit one of the chain’s locations. Anybody heading to China this summer and want to bring back a truly unique souvenir?

The iPhone 8 could have everything… including lasers

Strictly, rumours aren’t considered news but there’s so much speculation regarding Apple’s iPhone 8 that we can’t help but report. Last week, we heard of the device possibly featuring 3D sensors for facial recognition and in conjunction with that, there is talk of iLasers (not an official name) being thrown into the mix. We’d like to reiterate that the iPhone 8 is, in fact, a phone, but these extra technologies are driving Appleheads wild and making us all consider how full of wonder this device could be.

The newest iPhone will allegedly feature a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (or VCSEL) system, intended to enhance its camera’s autofocus and depth perception for higher quality AR experiences. Will the iPhone 8 be the smartphone that is actually smarter than us? Only time will tell.

Facebook Messenger is adding ads

Whenever a new app or feature of an existing technology does particularly well, it’s not surprising to see an ad or two pop up during usage. It can be annoying but at the end of the day, the revenue helps companies improve their apps or build whole new ones for you to enjoy. Facebook Messenger has become a phone staple with around 2 billion messages sent per month, and after trialling ads in Australia and Thailand, the social media giant is sold on incorporating them into your chat.

Fear not, you won’t be in the middle of typing only to see that an ad for doggy mittens has prevented your message from going through. Ads will only appear in your inbox in between messages, that way you can talk and buy washing up liquid at the same time. Thanks, Facebook!

PayPal and Apple will finally support mobile payments

What do you do if your customers want to spend more but would like additional payment options? It’s pretty much a no-brainer that Apple and PayPal are extending their partnership to let UK customers make purchases using the latter in iTunes and the App Store.

To make things even more convenient, you’ll have the option to use PayPal’s One Touch purchasing feature to quickly make transactions, even in Apple TV. Let the spending sprees commence!

That’s all the mobiles news we’ve got for you this week, folks! Be sure to join us again next time for another jam-packed edition.

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