A round-up of the top stories to pique my interest over the last seven days:

New iPad set to break operator stranglehold with software-based sim card

Apply Pay to hit the US. Interesting to see how this impacts consumer mobile payment adoption

New research from eBay finds two thirds of the UK’s biggest high street retailers admit to under-investing in multichannel technology

Increasing maturity of voiceprint technology gives rise to privacy concerns

3D printing app stores could become as big as Apple stores

Almost nine in 10 US firms prioritising Big Data analytics, however, predictive analytics lags behind   

Australian scientists develop the first silicon chip capable of holding quantum data