Tapping this box with your iPhone could change a child’s life

lunchbox mobile contactless payment charity donation news pay terminal
We love Apple Pay and Android Pay, not just because of their convenience, but because tapping to pay for something with our phones still feels suitably futuristic. Giving money to charity is also a great feeling, and now there’s the chance to combine the two together, thanks to something called Lunchbox. Think of it as the modern, digital equivalent of dropping some spare change into a charity bucket.

The Lunchbox is a small, square contactless payment terminal designed to sit on the counter of a convenience store, cafe, local shop, or in just about any environment where people go to pay for something. It works with Apple Pay, Android Pay, and with contactless credit and debit cards, and is a super fast way to contribute to a worthy cause. Created by marketing agency Earnest Labs and payment tech company Payter, a simple tap of the Lunchbox currently donates 30 pence (that’s about 43 cents) to the charity Mary’s Meals.

What does this buy? Apparently, it’s enough for five school meals for the poorest children around the world. Mary’s Meals runs school meal programs for more than 1.1 million children in places such as India, Haiti, Malawi, and Liberia. The charity says that by providing a daily meal in school, it attracts hungry children to the classroom, where they can gain an education to build a better future. Truly life-changing.

The Lunchbox took six months to develop, according to Earnest Labs, after the question of why there wasn’t an easier way for people to do good charitable deeds when picking up lunch was posed to them. Now, Lunchbox charitable donation terminals have been placed at a series of popular lunchtime locations in London, where it’s hoped people will tap away as they grab their own food. There’s no pressure, it’s fast, and there’s no need to have any change in your pocket. It even lets us tech fans enjoy using mobile contactless payments at the same time.

Would you tap the Lunchbox if one was on the counter at your favorite lunch venue?

Product Review

Fascinating Finney phone is crypto in a nutshell: Exciting, but also terrifying

The Sirin Labs Finney phone is to cryptocurrency what the iPhone is to Apple Pay. It facilitates the payment, processing, and exchanging of cryptocurrencies on a smartphone, and surprisingly does it in a user-friendly way.

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs. S10 Plus vs. S10e vs. S10 5G: Which should you buy?

With four stunning Galaxy S10 phones to choose from, Samsung is bombarding us with choice, but which one should you buy? We compare the S10, S10 Plus, S10e, and S10 5G in various categories to find out exactly how they differ.

Don't use streaming apps? Try the best free media players for your local music

Rather than using music-streaming apps, you may want something for playing your local music. Good news! There are some good alternatives. These are the best media players you can download for free on Windows.
Emerging Tech

Of all the vape pens in the world, these 5 are the best

Vaping concentrates has become significantly more popular, especially among those that use cannabis for medicinal purposes. But don’t use just any vape pen: we found these five devices to be our favorites in 2018.

From folding phones to 5G -- here's everything we saw at Galaxy Unpacked

Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event treated us to a real parade of technological excellence, from folding phones to new fitness wearables. Here's everything we saw at Galaxy Unpacked on February 20.

Google’s radical Gmail redesign is finally rolling out on Android

Google is slowly but surely giving its apps a refresh, modernizing them and ensuring that they're easy to use. The latest app to get a redesign is the Gmail app for Android, which has been redesigned with a few tweaks.
Product Review

Galaxy Watch Active is the right size, no matter how big or small your wrist is

Launched among a massive array of other new products, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active could easily have been missed at Galaxy Unpacked 2019 -- which would be unfortunate. This is a sensibly designed, correctly sized smartwatch suitable for…

The best Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus cases to protect your $1,000 phone

Can't get enough of big phones? The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is absolutely up your alley. But it's still fragile, and damage is easily gathered through normal life. Protect it with the best Galaxy S10 Plus cases.

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy S9: How much better is Samsung’s new flagship?

You'd naturally expect the Samsung Galaxy S10 to be better than last year's S9, but just how do the two phones differ? We break down the specs and compare Samsung's flagships in various categories to pick a winner.

Protect and style your Samsung Galaxy S10 with the best cases and covers

If you've splashed the cash for a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S10, then you'll want to take steps to protect your investment. With a metal frame and glass curves, the S10 needs some cover. Check out the best Samsung Galaxy S10 cases.
Health & Fitness

Nike’s Android app is bricking its $350 Adapt BB self-lacing shoes

A firmware update for Nike's new self-lacing Adapt BB shoe appears to be bricking the $350 footwear for some owners. Android users have said the Nike app no longer pairs with the shoe, rendering the tightening mechanism useless.

You can now pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, or S10e

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is one of the most-anticipated phones of the year, offering a new chipset, beautiful display, and more. Now that the phone has been announced you might be wondering where you can get it for yourself.

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e in the U.K.

The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e have all been officially announced and can be pre-ordered right now, with deliveries expected on March 8. If you're in the U.K., this is where you need to go to buy one.

Sony partnership with Light aims to take smartphone photography to new heights

Smartphone photography is in its ascendancy, and a new partnership between Light and Sony hopes to lift it to new heights through the development of multi-image sensor solutions for smartphones. We spoke to Light to find out more.