mobile payment

Plastic beware: NFC-equipped ATMs coming this year

Plastic beware: NFC-equipped ATMs coming this year

Mobile payment systems, even with giants like Google, Apple, and Samsung behind them, haven't completely taken the country by storm. The inconvenience of whipping out and using your smartphone sometimes outweighs the benefits and security of the new payment method offers. There might, however, be a new use case that could make the benefits outweigh inconvenience: getting money from ATMs. At least three banks, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase, have more or less confirmed that they will be rolling out later this year machines that can accept wireless, mobile payments like Android Pay or Apple Pay.

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LG Pay White Card leaks with LCD strip, buttons

LG Pay White Card leaks with LCD strip, buttons

When LG revealed that it was indeed preparing a payment system to take on Samsung and Apple, it was said that it would be different. And by different, it apparently meant it would be different from wireless, mobile payment systems and, conversely, similar to physical payment cards. At least to some extent. Leaked photos from a Korean news site revealed what is supposed to be the LG Pay "White Card", a credit card like plastic that can actually contain multiple cards and then be used normally like any other card.

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Samsung Pay to get online payment support next year

Samsung Pay to get online payment support next year

When it comes to mobile payment systems, you might immediately think of Apple Pay or Android Pay, mostly because of the brands behind them. But Samsung Pay might actually trump both when it comes to wider merchant support, and it won't be stopping there. Samsung plans to expand the service's coverage next year by also including paying for goods purchased online, taking Samsung Pay dangerously close to PayPal's and Amazon Payments' territory.

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Stratos responds to rumors, partners with Ciright

Stratos responds to rumors, partners with Ciright

Yesterday we brought you the news that Stratos, the all-in-one card maker had gone radio silent. Between the lack of interaction on social media, silence from the support team, and the fact that their office has been put up for lease, things were looking pretty grim. Today, we have an official word from the company about what's going on.

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Apple Pay competitor Stratos Card looks to be closing up shop

Apple Pay competitor Stratos Card looks to be closing up shop

Earlier this year we introduced you to the Stratos Card. This new card let you store the information from your other payment and loyalty cards, for easy access. After all, why carry three cards when you could just carry one? Well, don't throw away those other cards just yet.

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Target tipped in plan to launch mobile payment system

Target tipped in plan to launch mobile payment system

Target is looking into launching its own mobile payment system, according to sources. The company is tipped in the early stages of its effort, and sources indicate the service could launch in early 2016; however, because the project has only just started, it is possible the launch could be later in the year. While sources say the mobile payment system hasn’t been tested in any stores yet, the company has reportedly partnered with some credit card companies.

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Android Pay now covers in-app purchases, coming to Australia

Android Pay now covers in-app purchases, coming to Australia

When Google first announced Android Pay, it didn't hide the fact that the mobile payment system would be used for two different types of purchases. One for on the spot buying of stuff right where you stand, and another for delayed purchases via digital means. The first one has more or less settled down in the market, so now Google is announcing the second. Starting today, you can use Android Pay to buy stuff inside apps. Of course as long as the app supports that method of payment.

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Samsung adds 50 gift cards to broaden appeal in US

Samsung adds 50 gift cards to broaden appeal in US

The mobile payment wars are definitely on. Although it has actually been in existence for quite a while now, Apple's formal entry into that budding market gave it an air of legitimacy and, to some extent, urgency. Samsung, of course, is trying to leave its mark there as well, especially in the ripe market that is the US. Today, it is again trying to widen the gap with its competitors by announcing the addition of 50 popular merchant gift cards to its Samsung Pay platform.

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Google Wallet will now let you send money via SMS

Google Wallet will now let you send money via SMS

The arrival of Android Pay meant that Google Wallet's existence has become redundant. But rather than retire an already existing, not to mention already used, brand, Google decided to give Wallet a different raison d'etre. It has repurposed it to become a peer to peer money transfer platform, something that, to be honest, could have also been part of Android Pay anyway. Now Google is expanding its capabilities and ease of use even more by allowing people to send money to anyone who has a mobile phone number.

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This holiday season, Android Pay becomes charitable

This holiday season, Android Pay becomes charitable

The holidays are coming, and for some, especially these next few days, that means lots of food and lots of shopping. But for some, it is also a season for giving and for giving back. Google wants to be identified with this latter group and so it is kicking off a new charity program that starts November 24th all the way until the end of the year. And Android Pay will play a major role in it too. Proceeds of this campaign will go to supporting the eduction of children with special needs.

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Apple Pay tipped to launch in China February 2016

Apple Pay tipped to launch in China February 2016

It seems that Apple is ready to one up Google once again, this time in China. While the search giant is still just preparing its re-entry into the Chinese market via Google Play Store, Apple will already be leading the race when it comes to mobile payments. Insider sources claim that the Cupertino-based company has already struck deals with the country's four largest state-run banks, opening the possibility of Apple Pay launching as early as February next year, just in time for the Spring festival.

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Apple Pay’s peer-to-peer feature might use iMessage

Apple Pay’s peer-to-peer feature might use iMessage

Need to send money to a friend to pay for that small debt? Just send him an iMessage and it's done! That could very well be the scenario of the future if the rumors about Apple's venture for Apple Pay are indeed true. It has already been said that the company is looking into a peer-to-peer (P2P) payment system ala PayPal and Venmo but now it seems it might veer only so slightly away from Apple Pay app itself. Instead, Cupertino might opt to use iMessage as the vehicle for sending money directly to others.

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