mobile payment

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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Pagaré smartstrap gives Pebble Time wireless payment powers

Pagaré smartstrap gives Pebble Time wireless payment powers

Last March, Pebble revealed its smartstrap idea and platform that would allow developers and accessory makers to add functionality to the Pebble smartwatches indirectly through smartstraps. While the idea definitely has benefits, few have jumped on the opportunity to take Pebble beyond to new heights. That long wait might be over, at least to some extent. Fit Pay and ConnectedDevice, two companies heavily invested in the wearable market, are announcing Pagaré, a smartstrap that would usher the Pebble Time into the young but fast growing world of contactless payments.

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Apple person-to-person payments said next in wallet war

Apple person-to-person payments said next in wallet war

Apple Pay has already waged war on your credit cards; now it's said to be targeting person-to-person payments. A new service, similar in concept to PayPal's Venmo system which allows individuals to send money digitally to friends and family, is said to be the topic of discussions between the Cupertino firm and its banking partners.

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Apple, AmEx taking Apple Pay to 5 more countries by 2015

Apple, AmEx taking Apple Pay to 5 more countries by 2015

As exciting the technology behind mobile payment systems may be, their limited availability, mostly to the US and the UK, makes them less interesting for people who live and travel abroad. While the US is mostly the litmus test of such nascent trends, when it comes to money and transactions, you'll need to cover the whole world. Or at least most of it. That is probably one of the reasons why Apple and American Express are expanding their operations to bring Apple Pay to five new countries by next year.

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