mobile payments

Apple Pay to debut in Japan, New Zealand, Russia this fall

Apple Pay to debut in Japan, New Zealand, Russia this fall

At the big iPhone 7 event yesterday, Apple revealed that mobile payment system Apple Pay would finally be coming to Japan later this year. As was reported recently, the latest iPhones for the Japanese market will include support for Sony's FeliCa tap-to-pay technology, meaning Apple Pay will be compatible with the train and subway transit cards across the country, as well as with vending machines and retailers.

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Apple Pay may finally debut in Japan with Sony partnership

Apple Pay may finally debut in Japan with Sony partnership

The iPhone's mobile payment system Apple Pay has expanded to many more countries and regions over the last year, but it has yet to make an official debut in Japan. That may soon be changing, however, as following last month's news about a future iPhone including Japan's domestic tap-to-pay technology comes word that a partnership with Sony may result in the Apple Pay service rolling out in the country in full.

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Future iPhone said to feature tap-to-pay chip for Japan’s trains

Future iPhone said to feature tap-to-pay chip for Japan’s trains

Next generation iPhone models in Japan may be getting an exclusive new feature that makes it easier for residents to pay for rides on the country's extensive train-based public transportation system. A new report from Bloomberg says that Apple is working to add Sony's FeliCa tap-to-pay technology to its devices sold in Japan, allowing iPhone users to quickly pay for train rides in a way that's even faster than the NFC-based Apple Pay.

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CVS Pay officially unveiled, dashing Apple Pay rumors

CVS Pay officially unveiled, dashing Apple Pay rumors

We've known for a few weeks now that CVS Pharmacy has been working on making mobile payments available in its stores, and all signs pointed toward those mobile payments involving Apple Pay. While CVS had confirmed in a roundabout way that it was looking into mobile payments, it didn't specify platforms one way or the other. Now, it turns out via an official announcement, CVS wasn't planning to launch Apple Pay: it was developing its own mobile payments platform called CVS Pay.

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Apple Pay goes live in France and Hong Kong

Apple Pay goes live in France and Hong Kong

Apple Pay is now available in France and Hong Kong, allowing Apple users in both countries to use the company’s mobile payment system. As with Apple Pay in other supported countries, those in France and Hong Kong can use certain banking cards to make payments using their Apple Watch or iPhone; in France, MasterCard and Visa debit cards can be used, while in Hong Kong some MasterCard and Visa payment cards are supported, as well as American Express credit cards.

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iPhone Touch ID ATM withdrawal coming to 70,000 locations

iPhone Touch ID ATM withdrawal coming to 70,000 locations

ATMs are about to become a lot more convenient for iPhone users with Touch ID on their device. FIS and Payment Alliance International, two companies in the ATM market, have announced a partnership that will allow Apple's Touch ID to be used to make cardless withdrawals at over 70,000 ATM locations across the US, including gas stations, stores, restaurants, and shopping malls.

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Android Pay is now available in Australia

Android Pay is now available in Australia

Last month, Android Pay broke into Asia by launching in Singapore, and today the service is turning its sights south and launching in Australia. Android Pay will be launching with support from 28 banks across the country, but of the largest four banks in the region, only the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group is supporting the roll out from the beginning.

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Apple Pay now available in Switzerland

Apple Pay now available in Switzerland

Apple Pay is the mobile payment service that Apple is pushing in an effort to get folks to buy things in stores using iPhone and Apple Watches. Apple Pay is currently available in several countries and the latest location for Apple users to get support for Apple Pay is Switzerland. Now the Swiss can pay for items in stores or via apps without having to dig out there credit cards or wallets to pay.

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Android Pay begins its Asian expansion with Singapore

Android Pay begins its Asian expansion with Singapore

On the heels of Samsung launching its own Samsung Pay system in Singapore, Google is now announcing the availability of Android Pay in the same city as well. Largely considered to be tech capital of Southeast Asia, Singapore enjoys being usually the first target of new technologies and platforms in the region. Now Android users in the country will be able to test the promised hassle free benefits of not having to get out your wallet to pay for your next coffee or next McDonald's buy.

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Samsung Pay launches in Australia partnered with Citibank and AmEx

Samsung Pay launches in Australia partnered with Citibank and AmEx

Samsung has announced that Samsung Pay has now launched in Australia with partners American Express and Citibank. The launch happened as of today and aims to bring the ability to pay using your smartphone to Aussies. Samsung says that its mobile payment service will work in just about any location where you can pay with a participating credit or debit card.

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Apple Pay for the web rumored for announcement at WWDC

Apple Pay for the web rumored for announcement at WWDC

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is less than two days away, but that's still plenty of time to speculate on rumors and tips about what will be announced during the Monday morning keynote presentation. The latest such news includes a report that Apple Pay could make its way to the web, integrating with select retailers' website to allow quick and easy mobile-based payments.

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Visa payment ring makes wireless NFC payments at Rio Olympics

Visa payment ring makes wireless NFC payments at Rio Olympics

We've seen several tech-enabled rings in the last few years, from failed attempts at turning them into gesture motion controllers, to new ones that prevent a partner from streaming a new TV show episode without you. But now Visa is taking a stab at it by turning the ring into a contactless payments device. Just like you'd swipe your smartphone over a terminal to make a payment, Visa's ring puts your credit card directly on your finger.

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