mobile payment

Google Hands Free sounds like Android Pay sans Android

Google Hands Free sounds like Android Pay sans Android

Google has just formally announced Android Pay over at I/O 2015, so imagine our surprise and bewilderment when it rather revealed another wireless payment scheme simply called "Hands Free". While it does sound like something you'd associate with cars, but this mobile payment system is more about keeping your hands free even from your smartphone. With Google Hands Free, all you need is to say is that you'd like to pay with Google and the deed is done. You don't even have to pull out your smartphone.

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Android Pay hands-on: Google wants your money

Android Pay hands-on: Google wants your money

Android Pay is coming, and it's impressively streamlined compared to the overly-complicated and feature-bulging Google Wallet. Officially revealed alongside Android M at Google I/O today, the mobile payments system supports both NFC for dropping virtual cash out in the wild, and in-app integration for retailers wanting to enable easy payments. I grabbed a Nexus 6 and a Nexus 5, both equipped with pre-release versions of Android Pay, to go shopping on Google's dime.

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Mobile Payments heat up: Android Pay coming, Apple Pay growing

Mobile Payments heat up: Android Pay coming, Apple Pay growing

In less than a day, Google I/O will commence, and with it, the expected full announcement of Android Pay. A few weeks after that, Apple is also expected to reveal improvements to its own Apple Pay system. The mobile payment competition is about to get heated and the market even more crowded. But even with two, or three if you count Samsung, industry giants paving the way, analysts foresee substantial bumps in the road for the payment system that is sometimes described as a solution in search of a problem.

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Samsung Wallet folds June 30 for mobile payments reboot

Samsung Wallet folds June 30 for mobile payments reboot

Samsung is preparing to pull the plug on Samsung Wallet, warning users and vendors that the service will be axed ahead of its second attempt at mobile payments. Launched back in 2013, Samsung Wallet was not only to be a digital locker for credit and loyalty cards, but a place to collect coupons and in which vendors could push their brands and products. However, as Samsung Pay arrives, the old Wallet is being ditched.

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Starbucks blames poor passwords for app hack

Starbucks blames poor passwords for app hack

I’ve ordered coffee via the Starbucks app — even paid for it without so much as showing the barista my phone. Some unlucky souls are buying more coffee than they bargained for, as the Starbucks app has been outed as vulnerable to hackers. Starbucks has confirmed some users of their mobile app had funds from a linked card taken without their knowledge, which were then sent to a mystery recipient in the form of a gift card. Starbucks has yet to issue a fix for the problem.

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Jawbone grabs ex-Google Shopping exec to make new products

Jawbone grabs ex-Google Shopping exec to make new products

Jawbone has found itself a new president, with former Google exec Sameer Samat joining the wearables company just as it wades into mobile payments. Samat was, most recently, Vice President of Product Management at Google where - among other things - he was responsible for Google Shopping and Google Express. That focus on digital retail doesn't seem accidental, either, given Jawbone's UP4 and its partnership with American Express.

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Apple Pay adds 24 new banks, Home Depot soon

Apple Pay adds 24 new banks, Home Depot soon

Apple Pay has more bank partners, but may have lost a major retail presence. The mobile payment solution from Apple now has 24 additional banks and credit unions whose cards will work with your iPhone 6, bringing the total number of banking institutions well over 200. Earlier today, reports claimed Apple Pay had lost Home Depot as a partner. The DIY project supply chain was apparently just updating their system to accept Apple Pay, as a separate report notes Apple Pay is incoming.

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MCX’s new mobile payment app CurrentC aims to challenge Apple Pay

MCX’s new mobile payment app CurrentC aims to challenge Apple Pay

Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) announced that it plans to launch CurrentC, its very own mobile payment app, sometime in the middle of this year. The new mobile payment platform is an attempt by a band of merchants to find a new way around the dreaded "swipe fees" associated with credit cards. Even retailers accepting Apple Pay have to succumb to swipe fees when the payment is tied to a credit of debit card. MCX will create a private pilot program to test the app in a mid-sized market. Later this year, the group plans to rollout CurrentC nationwide.

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Apple Pay, Discover cards will work together this Fall

Apple Pay, Discover cards will work together this Fall

On launch, much of the attention paid to Apple Pay was in regard to which cards you could (or couldn’t) use with the mobile payment processing service. Discover was completely left out of the fracas, apparently waiting for the service and user base to ‘mature’. Now that Apple has shipped well over 75 million Apple Pay-ready devices and is taking the mobile payment landscape by storm, Discover will let their customers join in on the fun, all without losing any benefits Discover offers.

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Rooting the Galaxy S6 unsurprisingly disables Samsung Pay

Rooting the Galaxy S6 unsurprisingly disables Samsung Pay

Rooting in the Android world is common place, even among less seasoned users. The reasons for this usually unauthorized process are myriad, but it all boils down to getting more control and sometimes removing the cruft left by OEMs and carriers. Normally, there are very little adverse side effects to rooting an Android device, but there are a few gotchas as well, especially when it comes to Samsung's devices. The latest word is that rooting your fresh new Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge will lead you to lose out on Samsung Pay.

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