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Microsoft has just released a bunch of productivity apps for wearable devices — nope, not for the Band, but for Android Wear smartwatches and the Apple Watch. First for the Apple Watch is Outlook, which allows you to read full emails and respond with either canned replies or your own through voice dictation. Cupertino’s wearable also gets to-do app Wunderlist and will soon be able to install private social network Yammer, which will be able to take advantage of iOS 8’s Handoff feature with an iPhone.

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Apple Pay Launches In The UK

Apple Pay’s UK launch was spoiled earlier this month by lacklustre support from some of the nation’s most popular banks. HSBC and First Direct were among the notable omissions, but today they’re stepping up and giving customers the option to link their debit and credit cards. That means you can start using your iPhone or Apple Watch for contactless payments in Starbucks, Nando’s and the London Underground, as well as inside apps like Domino’s and Just Eat. Lloyds, meanwhile, has promised to support Apple Pay this autumn, but we’re still waiting on dates from Barclays, Halifax, M&S, TSB and Bank of Scotland.

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Banking is a bit of an old boys’ club dominated by a few huge, lumbering corporations, but up-start Atom thinks it’s time for a new player with a different approach. Atom wants to take mobile banking seriously; so seriously, in fact, that it aims to exist almost solely as a mobile app. The company has just been granted a UK banking licence and plans to launch later this year, first using mobile apps to offer its services before graduating to desktops in due course. Atom will have a 24-hour support team available by phone, email, webchat and social networks, but the idea is you can do everything, even open an account, from within the mobile app.

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Apple iOS 9

Don’t like having to wrestle with pop-up ads and similar intrusions when you’re browsing the web on your iPhone? You might not have to when iOS 9 rolls around. Apple has quietly let slip that the operating system’s version of Safari includes support for content blocking extensions, much like its Mac counterpart — in other words, it can block ads. You only have to install an app with the right Safari extensions to make cookies, images, scripts and other unwanted material disappear. It’s not certain how Apple will police apps with these add-ons, but it’s feasible that at least some ad blockers will get approval.

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Now that electronics manufacturers are releasing more and more smartwatch models, you might be wondering what the authorities’ stance is on using one while driving. Well, this clears things up a bit for our Canadian readers: a man named Jeffrey Macesin was recently pulled over and fined $120 for using his Apple Watch behind the wheel. Macesin told CTV News Montreal that the watch was inside a bag, and that he was only changing songs on it at that moment, since it was plugged into the car radio. He thought the cop only wanted him to get out of the way when he turned the cruiser’s lights on, but the officer obviously thought the device was a cause of distraction.

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