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Android winning war with Apple – London buses allow NFC payment – Pope sends first tweet

Google Chairman declares victory over Apple

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has spoken out confidently on the battle for supremacy with Apple, stating: "We're winning that war pretty clearly now."

He believes that Android is widening the gap over Apple, evidence supported by research which shows there are 900,000 Android activations every day.

It is estimated that over 70 per cent of mobile devices worldwide are now running Android, far outperforming every other system. Meanwhile, just 14 per cent of this number belonged to Apple's IOS. While Apple enjoyed another successful year, there was a mixed reaction to the release of the iPhone 5, and the failure of Apple Maps has further cemented the position of Google and Android as the market leader.

Schmidt also spoke on a variety of other subjects this week, saying he still believed Google + was a viable rival to Facebook and the service had over 100 million active users. He concluded by hitting back at criticism at the amount of taxes paid by Google, commenting: "We pay lots of taxes; we pay them in the legally prescribed ways."

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London buses introduce NFC payment

Near Field Communication (NFC) payment has taken another step towards becoming the norm, as users of London buses gained the ability to pay for tickets using this method.

The software used to read Oyster Cards was updated from Thursday, giving public transport travellers a further payment option. This is the end of a long process to introduce NFC payment to the famous red buses, with plans first suggested in 2009.

NFC payment on London buses is expected to increase the popularity of this method of payment. Windsor Holden, research director at Juniper Research commented: "Projects like this bus scheme are absolutely critical if the public is to be educated about the use of these cards".

Holden continued by saying that over 23 million people in the UK had NFC enabled cards, but many of these people were unaware of this fact or were unclear on how they could be used. Transport for London introducing NFC payment could well prove to be the decisive moment in establishing the system in other areas and increasing the popularity of contactless payment.

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Pope sends first tweet

After Pope Benedict XVI joined Twitter last week, he has now started tweeting to his audience of over a million followers.

He sent his first seven messages on Wednesday, with the first tweet by the Pope thanking users for following him and saying he "[blessed] everyone from his heart".

In further tweets sent by the Pope, he asked followers about how they celebrated their faith, as well as asking for suggestions on "how to be more prayerful when we are so busy with the demands of... the world."

The Pope's tweets caused a significant reaction on the micro-blogging website, with his messages receiving a combined total of 116,000 retweets in 24 hours. There was much debate from Twitter users about someone in the Pope's position using Twitter, with a wide range of messages which were supportive, mocking or insulting.

A Vatican City spokesman said that further tweets will be written for him by others, but they were "always going to have his engagement and his approval."

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