mobile payment

Apple Pay formally and finally launches in China

Apple Pay formally and finally launches in China

The long awaited and delayed, and by that we mean a week or so, big event for Apple's Chinese faithful has finally arrived. Apple Pay has finally launched in one of the world's biggest mobile market. Given that market size, it will be no small boost to Apple Pay usage, especially considering how more advanced the country is when it comes to adoption of contactless, mobile payment systems. That said, because of that, Apple might also have a tougher time competing with older, more established systems.

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LG Pay might not debut at MWC 2016 after all

LG Pay might not debut at MWC 2016 after all

Based on recent leaks and official announcements, LG has a lot to showcase at MWC 2016 next week. Ironically, one of the perhaps most interesting product it has won't actually get any stage time at all. Korean media are reporting that LG officials revealed that LG Pay, the company's upcoming mobile payment system, won't actually be unveiled and demonstrated at the event. The reason, at least say the officials, isn't because the product is going to be delayed but because they want to give more focus on the LG G5 instead.

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Apple Pay leaked to land in China this week, France, Canada soon

Apple Pay leaked to land in China this week, France, Canada soon

While Apple might be biding its time for its own huge March event past MWC 2016, it might not exactly be sitting still as far as expanding its products goes. A trio of leaks and sightings have revealed which countries Apple Pay will be hitting next. Earlier hinted for an "early 2016" launch, it seems that Apple Pay will really be rolling out in China on February 18. And although no date or even month has been given, France and Canada might soon join that so far exclusive list as well.

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Pagare smartstraps turn Pebble Time into payment machines

Pagare smartstraps turn Pebble Time into payment machines

Despite the now ubiquitous Android Wear smartwatches and Apple Watch timepieces, Pebble still has a strong and loyal following, thanks to its simplicity, battery life, and being so far one of the few truly cross-platform smartwatches in the market. Simplicity, however, sometimes has a price to pay, like in the form of features that are also becoming more prevalent on more mainstream smartwatches. Like contactless mobile payment systems. Pagare, however, has found a way around that, to deliver the same convenience as Android Pay or Apple Pay on Pebble Time, without having to swap out smartwatches.

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PayPal’s Venmo now lets you pay inside apps

PayPal’s Venmo now lets you pay inside apps

Apple was rumored to enter into the peer-to-peer payment market, potentially taking a bite out of PayPal's pie. But now PayPal is, though indirectly, taking a bite from Apple first. Venmo, the mobile payment system that PayPal now owns, has a new "Pay with Venmo" program. What it does is allow both consumers and businesses to connect to Venmo to pay for products and services inside mobile apps. In short, pretty much what Apple Pay, and Android Pay as well, does for some in-app purchases.

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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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