July Round-Up: What’s Been On Our Radar

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We’re well into July, and the plethora of tech and retail news hasn’t gone un-noticed. Here’s our top 5 for the month.

John Lewis to charge for click & collect

Citing the ‘huge logistical operation’ involved, and declaring their current free model ‘unsustainable’, John Lewis’ MD Andy Street has confirmed that customers will be charged £2 to pick up their online shopping – whether at a John Lewis, Waitrose, or Collect Plus store.

Amazon turns 20, celebrates with exclusive ‘prime day’ of offers

But the move might not have gone as well as Amazon expected. While they made big bucks – shifting 398 products per second through an own-brand holiday – they earned a backlash of complaints for not having enough stock, or high-end deals, to satisfy consumer crowds – though they drew a laugh through Buzzfeed.

Robots score big at football match

China’s Hefei hosts a yearly competition to find the planet’s greatest robot footballers – with an eye to beat human players of the future. Although a little-known event, 45 countries participate, with robots varying from human-sized, to simulations.

You can now use Apple Pay on the tube

Contactless payments are gathering momentum – and Apple Pay, rolled out this month, is pushing the boundaries, as it allows you to pay for London transport through NFC (Near-Field Communication) alone. It’s not clear, however, how you’ll be able to prove payment for travelling if your device runs out of battery – perhaps TfL should invest in charging docks on all transport methods?

Shenmue continues to kick up a fuss

The kickstarter campaign for one of the most expensive video games franchises has finally come to an end, but not before it more than tripled its original goal of $2m. Part of the success came from the developers pushing for monetary targets, the biggest of which was set at $11m, using them as incentives for donations.