digital wallet

Iowa’s digital ID app sounds great, but there are big problems

Iowa’s digital ID app sounds great, but there are big problems

Today, Iowa announced that digital ID “cards” would be officially allowed for use. An “official” app housing your driver’s license is being released by the Department of Transportation in Iowa, and protected with a PIN. The move is lauded by many as our first official move into a digital realm, where we can finally shed ourselves of those pesky wallets we’ve dreaded for decades. Digital ID cards are fun, but major glaring issues persist. When you weigh the benefits against the potential problems, digital isn’t (yet) all it’s cracked up to be.

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Google closing Wallet API for website payment processing

Google closing Wallet API for website payment processing

In the mobile payment space, Apple Pay dominates the headlines lately, but Google Wallet has been riding its coattails admirably. Via the web, there are even more big players, with Amazon and PayPal dominating the online transaction game. Though they don’t specifically note why, Google is taking Wallet out of the hands of many Developers, and will be discontinuing its use for digital goods in March of next year. This definitely affects those who use Google as a payment service via their website, but doesn’t affect Google Play at all.

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Isis Mobile Wallet launches nationwide with three carrier support

Isis Mobile Wallet launches nationwide with three carrier support

Coming off a rather long testing phase, Isis Mobile Wallet has launched nationwide today. The digital wallet service is arriving with support from three of the big four US carriers and basically means users will be able to make mobile payments with their NFC-equipped smartphone. The catch of course, having a supported device and finding a location that will accept mobile payments.

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Google Wallet comes to Gmail with money attachments

Google Wallet comes to Gmail with money attachments

No longer are email attachments only limited to files. Today, Google announced that Gmail will be getting Google Wallet integration, where users will be able to send money to recipients by attaching a Google Wallet payment to an email. A new money icon will appear in the compose toolbar next to the Google Drive icon where you'll be able to attach money to your message, giving an all-new to "penny for your thoughts."

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Samsung announces new Wallet app to take on Apple’s Passbook

Samsung announces new Wallet app to take on Apple’s Passbook

During a developer conference at Mobile World Congress today, Samsung announced Wallet, an Apple Passbook-style ticket and coupon management app that looks to compete against Apple's own offering. Samsung has already launched the open API to the app, and the tool will allow users to save tickets, boarding passes, coupons, and other paperwork to a central hub on their mobile devices.

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Apple courts The Fancy CEO: Pinterest challenge imminent

Apple courts The Fancy CEO: Pinterest challenge imminent

When you pick up a next-generation iPhone this Autumn, you may very well be working with a brand new integrated system for online sales of all things fancy - and not just digital media. It's been tipped to Business Insider writer Owen Thomas that Apple's meeting between their own CEO Tim Cook and startup The Fancy CEO Joe Einhorn earlier this year started something beautiful between the two companies. Now we're to understand that The Fancy is at a point in its development - 20 employees strong, earning $10,000 USD a day in sales from products promoted on their network - that Apple will be prepared to pick them up. Acquire them, in other words.

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