mobile payments

Apple Pay tipped to launch October 18

Apple Pay tipped to launch October 18

It appears as though Apple is planning to launch its Apple Pay wireless payment system in the U.S. on Saturday, October 18th. What appears to be a leaked internal Walgreens memo was sent to MacRumors, and seems to explain to company employees how the NFC payment method will work in stores, as well as how to be prepared.

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Could psychic coffee make you use mobile payments?

Could psychic coffee make you use mobile payments?

Mobile payments systems like Apple Pay promise to make your time at the checkout briefer, but what if they could even further accelerate the most important purchases: like that first cup of coffee in the morning? Square's new Square Order system aims to do just that, using a personalized favorites list and geolocation so that cafes and restaurants not only know what you want, but when you'll be stopping by to pick it up so that it can be ready and waiting on the counter.

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Square Cash lets you find friends to pay via Bluetooth

Square Cash lets you find friends to pay via Bluetooth

The point of Square is simple: transferring money from one place to another. They intend to let you do that any way you like, it seems, as a myriad of features have been rolling out all year. The latest, this time for Square Cash, allows you to send friends money via Bluetooth.

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Forget Apple Pay: Plastc wants to make your wallet smarter

Forget Apple Pay: Plastc wants to make your wallet smarter

Does the world need another alternative payment method? Plastc believes so, promising the most security as well as the most convenience with its touchscreen-blessed credit and debit card replacement. Capable of switching between a traditional payment card, a loyalty or gift card, or even an access card to your office, Plastc has a magnetic strip that can be re-written on the fly so as to change its identity depending on where you're using it and what you want to use it for, all controlled with an app on your smartphone and an E Ink panel on the card itself.

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PayPal is getting its own turn, spinning off from eBay

PayPal is getting its own turn, spinning off from eBay

Although rumored to still take place next year, eBay has now made the expected announcement. The online retailer will be spinning off PayPal into its own independent company. This is being poised as a strategy to keep the two brands separate and more lucrative in 2015, when its board predict that the association between the two would start to become a liability rather than a benefit.

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Next Samsung smartwatch: fingerprint sensor, mobile payment

Next Samsung smartwatch: fingerprint sensor, mobile payment

It's still months away, but rumors about Samsung's next smartwatch are already surfacing. Features expected to debut on this wearable include a fingerprint scanner, which would in turn enable secure payments from the smartwatch. And the timetable for this gadget? MWC 2015 in February next year.

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Samsung/PayPal may battle Apple Watch/Apple Pay in 2015

Samsung/PayPal may battle Apple Watch/Apple Pay in 2015

Samsung has a lot of wearables on offer, and a good number of them are smartwatches. Like any other smartwatch, theirs primarily serve as a notification center on the wrist. Now that Apple Watch is out, Samsung may be following suit with a new wearable tied directly to mobile payments.

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iPhone 6 NFC will only work with Apple Pay

iPhone 6 NFC will only work with Apple Pay

What's Apple's is Apple's, and Apple tends to keep it that way. Mobile payment businesses, like the renamed Softcard, looking forward to a flood of iPhone users will have to wait a bit longer, or maybe even forever. An Apple spokesperson has just confirmed that the NFC on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will work with Apple Pay and only with Apple Pay.

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Here’s how Apple Pay was kept a secret

Here’s how Apple Pay was kept a secret

21 months of planning and negotiations, a "code name frenzy," and clandestine signaling to executives with real pieces of fruit: turns out, getting Apple Pay off the ground without letting the cat out of the mobile payments bag wasn't easy. Details of the cloak of secrecy used to keep hundreds of people across eight different financial institutions from spilling the beans on Apple's big cashless announcement this week have emerged, and it's just as obsessive as you might have expected.

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Apple Watch authorized for payments only while wearing it

Apple Watch authorized for payments only while wearing it

One of the bigger mysteries surrounding Apple's new wireless payment system, and in particular its smartwatch, may have just been solved. Apparently, the Apple Watch will remain authorized to make such transactions while its worn on your wrist and will be deauthorized the moment it is taken off.

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Apple Pay will give Apple cut of transaction fees

Apple Pay will give Apple cut of transaction fees

Apple Pay is Apple’s answer to mobile payments, in which they aim to have us leave the plastic at home and use an iPhone for all our payments. To wit, it’s pretty profound; transaction tokens instead of card info flying around, info housed in a secure element within the phone — it’s great. A new report tells us just how Apple will make sure it’s good for them, too.

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Apple Pay hands-on: Goodbye Wallet

Apple Pay hands-on: Goodbye Wallet

Encouraging money out of your wallet has seldom been an issue for Apple Stores, but Apple Pay is hoping to make it even easier, streamlining the mobile payments process and eventually making credit cards something you leave safely at home. Launching on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as on the Apple Watch, the new payments system slips its way into your Passbook while borrowing Touch ID for security. We grabbed some hands-on time to see just how easy it could really be.

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