mobile payments

Fitbit’s Coin acquisition paves way for fitness band mobile payments

Fitbit’s Coin acquisition paves way for fitness band mobile payments

Coin, a four-year-old company that has developed technology for making mobile payments, was acquired by Fitbit this week. The acquisition will give Fitbit access to Coin’s intellectual property pertaining to its wearables payment platform, and will also bring some of Coin’s ‘key personnel’ to Fitbit. The deal spells the end to Coin’s payment products, but opens the door to mobile payments for Fitbit’s own customer base.

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How to use Walmart Pay (hint: it’s really simple)

How to use Walmart Pay (hint: it’s really simple)

Walmart Pay, the retailer's alternative to Android Pay and Apple Pay, just made its first big rollout, arriving in all of the company's stores in both Texas and Arkansas. Given how big Texas is, it's not surprising the rollout encompasses nearly 600 stores -- that's a lot of stores, yes, but also a lot of customers who have a new-fangled way to pay. How do you use Walmart Pay? It's pretty easy.

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Walmart Pay arrives in 590 stores across Texas and Arkansas

Walmart Pay arrives in 590 stores across Texas and Arkansas

Walmart Pay is finally starting its grand rollout, giving the retailer’s hoard of shoppers a mobile way to pay in-store that doesn’t involve Android or Apple. The rollout is starting with Arkansas and Texas, but not in a trickling fashion — all the stores in both states are getting support for the mobile payment option, amounting to 590 locations. Walmart Pay was first announced this past December.

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Kohl’s now lets you earn loyalty points through Apple Pay

Kohl’s now lets you earn loyalty points through Apple Pay

Technology is supposed to make things easier, but sometimes having an app for everything can be more of a pain than it's worth. That's why it seems so strange that so far when you use Apple Pay, you still have to use a separate loyalty card or app most places. You'd think that with all of our technology, we could do both things with the same app. Well one retailer is getting on board with this idea.

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Chinese customers can pay for Uber rides with Alipay app globally

Chinese customers can pay for Uber rides with Alipay app globally

Uber and Alipay have announced a tie up that will make it easier for Chinese Uber users to pay for rides. Under the new agreement Chinese travelers can pay for rides using either the Uber or the Alipay apps in all 400 cities where Uber operates. Alipay currently boasts over 450 million active users.

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Walmart Pay is arriving soon as iOS app updated with support

Walmart Pay is arriving soon as iOS app updated with support

Walmart Pay, the company’s own mobile pay alternative to Apple Pay and similar mobile payment systems, was announced late last year with the promise of coming to both iOS and Android. Though the payment option isn’t live in stores yet, it has made its way to the company’s iOS app, showing up in version 6.8 released this week. With it, users will be able to pay at the register with their phone, will receive a digital receipt in the app, and more.

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Verizon offers users 2GB of data to try Android Pay

Verizon offers users 2GB of data to try Android Pay

In this age of smartphone dominance, data caps from mobile carriers can be a real pain. Anytime a large chunk of free data is offered, customers should take notice. This is exactly the case for Verizon users, as the company just announced a promotion that will reward them with 2GB of free data at no charge. It's available to anyone with an Android device that supports Android Pay, and all they need to do is try out the contactless payment system three times.

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Facebook Messenger code hints at in-store payment feature

Facebook Messenger code hints at in-store payment feature

Facebook is quietly working on a feature that will allow its users to make in-store purchases using its Messenger app, according to a new report. The feature and others were spotted in the app’s code, with other possible future features including “secret conversations” perhaps akin to what WhatsApp recently rolled out. Facebook is tipped to have a large team working on the new buying feature.

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Android Pay to finally debut in UK in coming months

Android Pay to finally debut in UK in coming months

While Google's Android Pay and its rival Apple Pay have had a fairly comparative start in the US, Apple's mobile payments system has had a big head start in the UK. It seems Google has been aware of this fact as well, as the company has announced that Android Pay will finally be coming to the UK, with a timeframe promise of within "the next few months."

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ExxonMobil rolls out Apple Pay at 6,000 locations

ExxonMobil rolls out Apple Pay at 6,000 locations

Someday, the debit and credit cards that you carry in your wallet will hardly ever need to come out of your pocket. Instead, you'll be able to pay for practically everything using just your phone. And today, you'll have around 6,000 new places to pay with your iPhone.

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Google Hands Free mobile payments go live in South Bay

Google Hands Free mobile payments go live in South Bay

During its I/O 2015 conference last year, Google introduced a mobile payment platform that is similar to Android Pay, and it’s called Hands Free. As the name suggests, Hands Free allows a payment to be made hands-free — all users have to do is announce they’d like to pay with Google. There have been few mentions about it until today, with Google announcing that Hands Free is expanding to people living in the South Bay region of San Francisco,

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MasterCard’s about to roll out selfie and fingerprint payments

MasterCard’s about to roll out selfie and fingerprint payments

MasterCard is about to change the way you authenticate your mobile payments, and it’ll simply require the hardware your phone (probably) already has: a front-facing camera and/or a fingerprint sensor. The company has announced a newly developed mobile technology that, once launched, will allow customers in North America and parts of Europe to authenticate their payments by snapping a selfie or scanning their finger, eliminating the need for PINS, passwords, and other more vulnerable codes.

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