mobile payments

Microsoft confirms untapped Windows Phone NFC support

Microsoft confirms untapped Windows Phone NFC support

Windows Phone 7 already supports NFC technology, Microsoft has confirmed, but it remains the decision of handset manufacturers whether to activate the short-range wireless or, indeed, if there's a use-case for it. "As far as I'm aware, NFC is supported by [Windows Phone], but needs to be enabled by the OEM" Will Coleman developer evangelist and product manager at Microsoft UK, told TechRadar. "So, if any OEM wants to enable it, that can be done by all means." So far, no Windows Phone device offers NFC support.

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Verizon denies blocking Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus, blames hardware

Verizon denies blocking Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus, blames hardware

Verizon has issued a statement today denying claims that it is intentionally blocking support for the Google Wallet mobile payment app on the upcoming Galaxy Nexus. The response comes after a Google spokesperson confirmed yesterday that Verizon's Galaxy Nexus would not support the company's NFC-based payment app, spurring rumors that rivalry from Verizon's own NFC payment system was in play.

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Square launches Card Case app for hands-free iPhone wallet

Square launches Card Case app for hands-free iPhone wallet

Square has a new app out of the iPhone users out there called the Card Case digital wallet app. The new app allows the user to complete purchases at participating stores without having to pull the smartphone out of the case. The version of the app available now is 1.1. It opens up a tab with the merchant for payments automatically when the users is close to a store that uses the service.

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NetSecure Kudos takes on Square in mobile payments

NetSecure Kudos takes on Square in mobile payments

Mobile payments system Square has another new rival in the shape of NetSecure Payments' Kudos, another smartphone-based credit card reader option targeting small businesses and traders. Consisting of a simple swipe reader - either a USB model for your PC, or one that plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android device - together with an app that allows you to process payments, you can pick up a Kudos kit from $79.99.

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PayPal to open pop-up store next month in NYC, showcasing new mobile payment options

PayPal to open pop-up store next month in NYC, showcasing new mobile payment options

Paypal is all set to open a new pop-up store in the trendy streets of downtown Manhattan, New York, to announce and showcase their new payment options and point-of-sale features that are coming soon. PayPal plans to invite local merchants to visit the store, located at 174 Hudson, to experience and see real-time demos of the company's payment processing technology for retail stores, and see it in action how they intend for it to be at brick and mortar stores nationwide.

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Google Wallet worries: NFC stickers MIA

Google Wallet worries: NFC stickers MIA

Google Wallet may have launched yesterday, but with only one handset, the Nexus S 4G, supported at launch and no mention of the NFC sticker system revealed last May, it's unclear how fast the payments system will spread. Both Google's Wallet site and the official announcement are conspicuously vague on the stickers - which were, it was originally suggested, intended as a workaround for those without the WiMAX Android phone - and there's extra emphasis on the Secure Element system the search giant uses to lock up customers' credit card details.

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