American Express, Facebook to offer Amex bots on Messenger

News: Real-time notifications on Facebook Messenger will offer product and service notifications and helpful reminders to card members. American Express has announced its plans to give customers receive real-time notifications via Facebook Messenger. According to the plan, when American Express Card Members sign up for notifications they will be notified about their purchases and important information about card benefits and services related to those purchases through an Amex bot for messenger. A card member buying an executive class airline ticket could receive information about the presence of a lounge in the airport or recommendations of restaurants or hotels at the destination, for example.

American Express Digital Partnerships & Development vice president Dave Wolf said: “As a long-time partner of Facebook, we’re thrilled to be working together to create an innovative experience for our Card Members on Messenger.

“We know our Card Members appreciate the convenience of receiving information from Amex on digital platforms where they’re already spending time. The concept demoed today shows how we could help them stay on top of their purchases and take advantage of their Card benefits.

“The scale and flexibility of the Messenger platform makes it a powerful channel for us to explore new ways to connect with Card Members.”

American Express has plans to launch a pilot Amex bot for messenger in the coming months for eligible card members in the US.

Facebook Messaging Products vice president David Marcus said: “We’re delighted to welcome American Express to the growing group of businesses and brands exploring bots for Messenger and creating concepts that show how they can enable their customers to experience seamless communication in Messenger threads.

“We believe that people will value the ease and convenience of being able to view their purchases and key benefits associated with them and we look forward to sharing how American Express is bringing this innovative new experience to life.”

How to watch Euro 2016 football matches live on iPad or iPhone, for free

Can I watch England vs Iceland, Wales vs Northern Ireland and France vs Republic of Ireland in the European Championships on my iPad or iPhone? What’s the best free app for streaming live football coverage at Euro 2016?

The Euro 2016 football tournament started on Friday 10 June and will carry on until the final on Sunday 10 July, and football fans will be desperate to watch every match… or at least every match featuring England, Wales, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland or the team they drew in the office sweepstake. But if you can’t reach a TV, you may want to know how to watch Euro 2016 football matches on your iPad1 or iPhone2. Here’s how to do it. There are 52 matches3 to watch – that’s 4,680 minutes of sheer hell4, not counting injury time, extra time and penalties – with the rights to show each game spread across various broadcasters in each country (the BBC and ITV are splitting the matches here in the UK). But there are also online and app alternatives. This makes things potentially complicated, but we’re here to explain the options for watching live European Championship football on your iPad or iPhone. In fact, watching Euro 2016 on your iPhone or iPad – and particularly England vs Iceland, Wales vs Northern Ireland and France vs Republic of Ireland, at least for the totally unbiased football fans here at Macworld UK – is reassuringly easy. First of all, you’ll need find out which channel the match you want to watch is on. Here’s the split of the matches5 between ITV and BBC. Then you’ll need to pick the right app. In this article we explain how to watch live video of every Euro 2016 game on an iPad or iPhone, for free.

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How to watch Euro 2016 football matches live on iPad or iPhone, for free: England vs Slovakia (and other matches on ITV)

Mon 20 June: England vs Slovakia. 8pm UK time. Shown live on ITV

England vs Slovakia kicks off today – 20 June 2016 – at 8pm UK time, or 9pm if you happen to be in France. It’s easy to watch ITV matches live on your iPad or iPhone: it’s the same routine as for the BBC matches, except these ones are on the ITV Hub app (formerly ITV Player7). This allows live streaming of programmes on the various TV channels to iPads and iPhones, via both Wi-Fi and 3G.

(The ITV Player app was launched just a week before the start of the Euro 2012 football tournament, incidentally, so the makers know how big a part of its demand is down to international football coverage.)

How To Watch Euro 2016 Football Matches Live On IPad Or IPhone, For Free

How To Watch Euro 2016 Football Matches Live On IPad Or IPhone, For Free

Download the ITV Hub app8 – it’s free – and select your chosen channel from the list along the top. You want ITV, in this case. Hit the turquoise play button in the middle of the screen to start live-streaming whatever’s on right now. You can see what’s playing now and next in the labels below the main screen. Alternatively, you can tap the Live TV button at the top right, to see what’s playing on each of the ITV channels. Tap one to jump to that channel.

Read next: Best TV guide apps for iPad & iPhone | How to watch Game of Thrones on iPad or iPhone in the UK910

How to watch Euro 2016 football matches live on iPad or iPhone, for free: Russia vs Wales

Mon 20th June: Russia vs Wales. 8pm UK time. Shown live on ITV4

Russia vs Wales is being broadcast live on ITV4, so use the same method outlined above for the England vs Slovakia game.

How to watch Euro 2016 football matches live on iPad or iPhone, for free: Northern Ireland vs Germany (and other matches on BBC)

21st June: Northern Ireland vs Germany. 5pm UK time. Shown live on BBC1

Northern Ireland vs Germany is on BBC1, so the BBC iPlayer app is your friend. Download the app11 if you haven’t got it already.

How To Watch Euro 2016 Football Matches Live On IPad Or IPhone, For Free

How To Watch Euro 2016 Football Matches Live On IPad Or IPhone, For Free

To stream coverage of the match live, tap the Menu button at the top-left and select ‘one’, under Channels. You’ll see what’s on now and next. Tap the red ‘i’ icon to start it playing. It’s also easy to catch up with games afterwards. Major matches are likely to be shown prominently on the home page, and you’ll just need to tap the image and then tap the ‘i’ to start it playing. If you can’t see the match you want, use the search function at the top-right of the screen.

How To Watch Euro 2016 Football Matches Live On IPad Or IPhone, For Free

How To Watch Euro 2016 Football Matches Live On IPad Or IPhone, For Free

(iPlayer can stream video live over 3G/4G or Wi-Fi, but bear your data limits in mind. The best option is to stream the coverage over Wi-Fi if possible.)

How to watch Euro 2016 football matches live on iPad or iPhone: Italy vs Republic of Ireland

22nd June: Italy vs Republic of Ireland. 8pm UK time. Shown live on ITV

Italy vs Republic of Ireland is being shown live on ITV, so use the same method outlined above for the England vs Slovakia game.

How to watch Euro 2016 on iPad or iPhone: Second round/last 16

We’re now into the second round – the last 16. Amazingly enough, England, Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland all made it through from the group stage. Here’s how to watch Wales vs Northern Ireland, France vs Republic of Ireland, England vs Iceland and the rest of Euro 2016’s second-round matches on your iPad or iPhone.

Saturday 25 June: Switzerland v Poland. 2pm UK time (Saint-Etienne). Shown live on BBC1

Switzerland v Poland is being shown live on BBC1, so use the same method outlined above for the Northern Ireland vs Germany game.

Saturday 25 June: Wales v Northern Ireland. 5pm UK time (Paris). Shown live on BBC1

Wales v Northern Ireland is being shown live on BBC1, so use the same method outlined above for the Northern Ireland vs Germany game.

Saturday 25 June: Croatia v Portugal. 8pm UK time (Lens). Shown live on ITV

Croatia v Portugal is being shown live on ITV, so use the same method outlined above for the England vs Slovakia game.

Sunday 26 June: France v Republic of Ireland. 2pm UK time (Lyon). Shown live on ITV

France vs Republic of Ireland is being shown live on ITV, so use the same method outlined above for the England vs Slovakia game.

Sunday 26 June: Germany v Slovakia. 5pm UK time (Lille). Shown live on ITV

Germany v Slovakia is being shown live on ITV, so use the same method outlined above for the England vs Slovakia game.

Sunday 26 June: Hungary v Belgium. 8pm UK time (Toulouse). Shown live on BBC1

Hungary v Belgium is being shown live on BBC1, so use the same method outlined above for the Northern Ireland vs Germany game.

Monday 27 June: Italy v Spain. 5pm UK time (Saint-Denis). Shown live on BBC1

Italy v Spain is being shown live on BBC1, so use the same method outlined above for the Northern Ireland vs Germany game.

Monday 27 June: England v Iceland. 8pm UK time (Nice). Shown live on ITV

England v Iceland is being shown live on ITV, so use the same method outlined above for the England vs Slovakia game.

How to watch Euro 2016 on iPad or iPhone: Quarter-finals

Since Wales are playing Northern Ireland in the last 16, we know that at least one Home Nation team will make it through to the quarter-finals. Here’s when those matches will take place. The allocation of these matches to the TV broadcasters will be made after the last-16 matches are completed. We’ll update this article as soon as we know which channel you’ll find these matches on.

Thursday 30 June: QF1 (Switzerland/Poland v Croatia/Portugal). 8pm UK time (Marseille)

Friday 1 July: QF2 (Wales/Northern Ireland v Hungary/Belgium). 8pm UK time (Lille)

Saturday 2 July: QF3 (Germany/Slovakia v Italy/Spain). 8pm UK time (Bordeaux)

Sunday 3 July: QF4 (France/Republic of Ireland v England/Iceland). 8pm UK time (Saint-Denis)

How to watch Euro 2016 football matches live on iPad or iPhone: Future England, Wales, Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland matches

Any further participation in Euro 2016 is obviously dependent on results going their way, but in theory the Home Nations sides could be in action right up to and including the final. God willing, here’s when you’ll be able to see them play:

Semi-finals: 6 & 7 July
Final: 10 July

All of these games will be shown live on either the BBC, or ITV, or both, so you’ll be able to use the techniques outlined above to watch the games live on your iPad or iPhone.

How to watch Euro 2016 online for free

If you’d rather watch England vs Wales on your Mac or PC, it’s easy to get a lifestream of the game online. Our colleagues at PC Advisor have a guide here: How to watch Euro 2016 online for free12.

How to watch Euro 2016 football matches live on iPad or iPhone: Radio options

If a match is going on while you’re supposed to be working, or you can’t give the game your full attention, or you just don’t like the ITV commentators, consider following the game on the radio. The BBC iPlayer Radio app13 is a good option here, although there are solid alternatives such as TuneIn Radio Pro14.

How to watch more sporting events on Apple devices:

How to watch Ashes cricket on your iPad or iPhone15

How to watch Rugby Six Nations on iPad or iPhone16

How to watch the Super Bowl on iPad, iPhone or Apple TV17

How to watch Wimbledon on iPad or iPhone18

and don’t forget festival season: How to watch Glastonbury 2016 on iPad or iPhone19

Read our feature on using iOS apps to enjoy films, TV shows, home movies and web video on your iPad or iPhone20

How To Watch Euro 2016 Football Matches Live On IPad Or IPhone, For Free

How To Watch Euro 2016 Football Matches Live On IPad Or IPhone, For Free

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iPhone 7: Apple to release ‘iPhone Pro’

More and more iPhone 7 rumours are pouring in as we close in on an expected September reveal for the next Apple handset. The latest leak hints at what you’ll pay for it.

Chinese social media site Weibo, picked up by dedicated Apple websites such as 9to5Mac1, gives potential prices for the iPhone 7 but also hints at new phones with huge storage capacities and even a top end iPhone Pro. According to the leak, a 256GB model will replace the 128GB iPhone at the top of the heap and will be available across every iPhone 7 handset. The 16GB version, which is regarded by many smartphone reviewers as obsolete, looks set to be dropped, with 32GB becoming the smallest model you can buy. The prices quoted are in renminbi and show that in the Chinese market at least, there will be very little change, despite the larger storage capacities, 9to5Mac says. Interestingly, the leak suggests three iPhone 7 handsets are on the cards in September, raising once again the prospect of a range-topping iPhone 7 Pro sitting above the standard 4.7ins phone and the 5.5ins Plus.

However, AppleInsider2 warns the tip is sketchy and says only a handful of previous leaks have pointed at a Pro model and that most of them feature an iPhone sporting a dual camera system, which is hotly anticipated to be coming on the Plus, alongside the Smart Connector from the iPad Pro range. As such, TechRadar3 says it is unclear how a Pro would differ from the rest of the range. It also warns that that based on the prices outlined in the leak, the potential range-topper would be very expensive the figures roughly translate to 730.

iPhone 7: Will tiny design changes make you buy expensive accessories?

23 June

A new iPhone 7 rumour from Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara4 forecasts two new potential design changes coming, albeit minor ones on the surface. While many leaks have focused on the back of the smartphone – with a dual camera expected on the iPhone 7 Plus, a larger single sensor on the standard handset and repositioned antenna bands – there could be some very subtle tweaks to the phone’s front panel.

Firstly, the earpiece cut-out could be bigger, a move TechRadar5 says would theoretically improve the volume and quality of calls. Secondly, the ambient light sensor will also change places, moving to the opposite side of the earpiece. In the grand scheme of things, these design tweaks don’t seem very major. However, they could have a huge impact on the accessories users buy, especially if they plan on carrying over products from the iPhone 6 and 6S.

MacRumors6 says the tweaks could add up to a phone that while looking vastly similar to its predecessor, with the same form factor and overall dimensions, will now require new cases and screen protectors for the slightly tweaked sensors and cut-outs, as well as the cameras. It adds that 2017’s iPhone is the one to keep an eye on for big design changes. The phone is already tipped by analysts to boast a curved OLED display and a new look, wrapped up in an all-glass casing.

However, Apple fans have begun to speculate just why the company is going to the trouble of moving the ambient light sensor to the opposite side of the device. One user on the MacRumors7 forum speculates the firm could be upgrading the sensor to introduce a True Tone display – the automatic colour-balance feature found on the iPad Pro.

iPhone 7: Big features ‘not ready’ for this year’s model

22 June

A new report backs up rumours that the iPhone 7 won’t offer many new features or design changes over its predecessor.

“New technology in the pipeline will take time to implement,” the Wall Street Journal8 reports an Apple official as saying. It all points towards the Cupertino tech giant shaking up its usual release cycle and delaying introducing a new iPhone with massive changes until 2017, when it will celebrate ten years of the smartphone. It’s not known if this will lead to Apple permanently ditching its every-other-year design refreshes or if this is a one-off.

MacRumors9, picking up the report, runs through the list of subtle changes coming to the iPhone 7, as well as what big changes may arrive on future handsets. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are expected to stay the same shape and size – 4.7ins and 5.5ins respectively as the iPhone 6, it says.

However, its look may change a little: one of the only design alterations consistently touted is a repositioning of the white antenna bands that currently loop around the back of the iPhone 6. That seems set to be tidied up into a neater package. The WSJ backs up rumours that Apple is to do away with the headphone jack and make the smartphone thinner. MacRumors notes that the reduction won’t be huge word from respected leaker Ming Chi-Kuo has pegged it at a mere 1mm (0.03ins). The report makes no mention of changes to the camera, despite strong rumours that the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual-lens system and leaks hinting at the standard handset getting a larger sensor. It does mention that the next iPhone will come with improved water resistance, but it is unknown if it will match the IP68 rating attained by its main rival, the Samsung Galaxy S710. As for iPhone of the future, 2017 could bring about the major changes that usually come every two years, featuring a curved OLED display with a fingerprint scanner embedded underneath it, allowing Apple to eliminate the home button and create a phone with a true edge-to-edge screen.

Sources told the WSJ these type of features “weren’t ready for this year’s models”. However, TechRadar11 says the report, despite coming from a reliable publication and corroborating what has been leaked before, cannot be taken as fact.

“If no one can say for sure what’s being planned for the iPhone 7, there’s surely a lot of wiggle room about iPhone 8 rumors,” it says. The iPhone 7 is expected to be unveiled in September.

iPhone 7: Could an adaptor save your headphones?

21 June

Whispers that Apple could ditch the headphone jack on its next iPhone are firmly back on the agenda. A new report from the often-reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara12, reported by MacRumors13, says the new smartphone will, as usual, come with a pair of EarPods – and a Lightning port adaptor to connect them.

The information comes via sources at Computex Taipei 2016, one of the tech trade’s largest expos. However, MacRumors says the “unusual” move seems out of character for Apple. The site adds that despite the rumours that the jack will disappear from the iPhone 7 being among the most long-standing and controversial, very little information has leaked regarding the headphones Apple is expected to include with its phone, making for an unclear picture. Adding to the confusion, Mac Otakara has previously reported that Apple will ship the iPhone 7 with EarPods that connect directly via the Lightning cable or Bluetooth. Gordon Kelly on Forbes14 interprets the report in a different way and says it could hint at a huge Apple U-turn, with headphone jack appearing after all.

“Given the company tests multiple variants of its upcoming iPhones each year it can t be ruled out that models with and without the headphone jack are still being put through their paces,” he writes.

However, he adds, iPhone 7 production should now be underway and a definitive answer could appear from the supply chain next month. The new report also suggests two other hardware additions: the idea of the iPhone 7 having a dual speaker has been floated again and it is tipped to have a huge 256GB option. It’s thought that alongside the larger maximum storage, Apple will finally ditch 16GB capacity iPhones with the arrival of its new model, which is expected in September.

iPhone 7: Headphone jack could stay and be joined by a dual SIM tray

20 June

One of the most consistent – and most controversial iPhone 7 rumours may have been debunked, according to a new leak doing the rounds. Photographs posted on Chinese social media site Weibo15, where pre-production iPhone parts have been pictured before, suggest that Apple’s next flagship handset won’t make you do away with traditional headphones after all.

The images, picked up by Engadget16, are alleged to be of internal components and include a Lightning cable assembly with a headphone jack attached to it. Rumours that Apple will drop the port on the iPhone 7, which is expected to be released in September, have been doing the rounds for months. It would not be a new move – the company has a history of dropping support for certain connectors on its devices. It was thought that Apple was ditching the jack so it could make the handset thinner than the iPhone 6 generation phones, but recent rumours have suggested that a form factor change is not on the cards. While the leak hints that the component is staying, other parts photographed by the tipster suggest new hardware additions.

The biggest news on this front is a dual SIM tray. Apple has yet to make a dual SIM-compatible handset, so it would mean big changes in how the iPhone 7 works as a phone.

Softpedia17 is sceptical, however, and doesn’t believe the tech giant plans to take its smartphone line in this direction. The site says to take the leaks with a large grain of salt. Other pictures show that a 256GB iPhone 7 could be on the cards and the dual-camera module heavily rumoured to be coming on the iPhone 7 Plus has been pictured. Screen panels in both the 4.7ins and 5.5ins sizes round up this leak. There’s news on the production front too. As TrustedReviews18 points out, noted smartphone leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer19 says Apple has already begun to manufacture the 4.7ins iPhone 7.

Leaked photos show re-designed home button for iPhone 7

17 June

Recently leaked images suggest that the iPhone 7, expected this autumn, will have a touch-sensitive home button. The blurry photos were given to MobiPicker20, which admits that they should be taken “with a grain of salt” but says the “probability of a touch-sensitive home button is high”. The site claims a flat, touch-sensitive button might make the device “significantly smoother and faster” to operate. Users would tap and hold for Siri, double-tap to see running apps and so on. The photographs show a slightly re-positioned front camera and proximity sensor and narrower lower and upper bezels on the handset.

Forbes21 says there are three good reasons to believe Apple will make this change. First, the existing physical home button wears out, so much so that iPhones come with a software back-up.

Second, removing the button will make the handset easier to waterproof it’s rumoured that Apple is working towards an iPhone which can be dropped in water without risk of damage. Third, Apple has been granted a patent for something called a “bulk amorphous alloy pressure centre” which looks very much like a touch-sensitive home button in the patent description, even down to the illustrated finger pushing it. Last year, Digitimes22 reported that Apple was developing technology which would allow it to dispense with the home button altogether and expand the screen of the iphone to fill the entire front of the phone. Forbes says LG is developing similar technology, which would mean the entire screen could be used as a fingerprint reader, adding security to the design and hopes that Apple will make use of it, or its own version.

iPhone 7: Has Apple killed off the home button?

16 June

The iPhone 7 may lose one of its regular features, according to a new leak. A grainy image said to be of Apple’s next handset suggests that the traditional home button has been replaced by a touch-sensitive pad. The photo, which has emerged via Mobipicker23, shows the front of the device missing the circular metal ring seen on the current generation. In its place is a control which sits flush with the case.

The pictures should be taken with a grain of salt, continues the site, which goes on to spell out how such a change would affect the way the iPhone is used and why Apple may eventually remove the feature. A physical button is a part susceptible to breaking, says Mobipicker, and given that new iPhones now have a fingerprint scanner embedded into the button, replacing it can be costly. With a new pad, users would have to tap, swipe and hold to carry out actions, rather than pressing down on a part of the phone.

9to5Mac24 adds that a touch-sensitive button would probably integrate Apple’s 3D Touch capabilities, too, to allow it to distinguish between light and soft touches. Dropping the physical button would also pave the way to make the iPhone waterproof, something already boasted by key rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S7.

However, it’s strongly rumoured that this year’s iPhone won’t represent a major design overhaul compared to the Phone 6 generation and that Apple is waiting until 2017 to unleash a heavily revised device, marking ten years since the iPhone’s introduction.

Rumours stretching back as far as October suggest that the physical button’s days are numbered, as Cult of Mac25 points out, although word has been quiet on this front for some time.

Mashable26 says that alleged photographs of the iPhone 7 up to now have only shown the back of the handset. The lack of images of the front means a home button change this September isn’t “completely implausible”.

However, Phone Arena27 thinks it has comprehensively de-bunked the leaked image ‘ ‘ the site has unearthed an Android-powered phone strongly resembling the handset pictured in Mobipicker’s scoop.

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