mobile payments

Square launches Order for the dangerously under-caffeinated

Square launches Order for the dangerously under-caffeinated

Square Wallet was never widely used or appreciated, leading to the company officially ditching it this morning. Order, a new (or revamped version of Wallet, depending on your take) app aims to bring much of the same functionality as Wallet, but gives you a head start on your purchases. You can now pre-order many items, and pay for them ahead of time.

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Domino’s Pizza adds Google Wallet to Android app

Domino’s Pizza adds Google Wallet to Android app

Domino's Pizza has added Google Wallet support to its Android app, allowing hungry users to get an Ultimate Pepperoni Feast headed their way even quicker than before. The updated app now supports Google's mobile payments service - which many Android users will have set up already, to use the Play store - rather than requiring credit card details be entered each time an order is place.

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Facebook wants you to trust it with your money

Facebook wants you to trust it with your money

Facebook is preparing to challenge PayPal and Google Wallet as an electronic payments service, reportedly expecting imminent regulatory approval that would enable it to operate a money transfer system in Europe. The social networking behemoth is said to be in the midst of approval proceedings from Ireland's central bank that, if secured, would allow it to issue its own currency equivalent that would be valid across European countries.

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Nod to Pay turns Glass into mobile Bitcoin wallet

Nod to Pay turns Glass into mobile Bitcoin wallet

A Dutch start-up wants to make Bitcoin payments as easy as nodding your head, with EAZE revealing "Nod to Pay" using Google Glass, the virtual currency, and QR codes. Triggered by the voice command "OK Glass, make a payment" and then finalized by a simple nod gesture, the system makes payments a completely hands-off process.

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SQUA(RED) Square special edition dongle helps AIDS research

SQUA(RED) Square special edition dongle helps AIDS research

Mobile payments provider Square has launched a charitable version of its dongle to help AIDS research, with the SQUA(RED) Reader coming in bright red as its name suggests. Offered as an alternative to the regular white dongle, the SQUA(RED) version costs $10, of which 97.25-percent goes to the Global Fund for AIDS research.

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Amazon Coins virtual currency spreads to regular Android devices

Amazon Coins virtual currency spreads to regular Android devices

Amazon has opened up its virtual currency, Amazon Coins, for use across all Android devices, having originally limited it to its own Kindle Fire tablets. The digital cash, launched back in May 2013 as a way for Kindle Fire users to buy apps, media content, and in-app purchases, Coins can now be used in the Amazon Appstore in the US, UK, and Germany, hoping that Coins' rewards system will persuade people to skip other payment types.

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Square Cash makes requesting payments foolishly simple

Square Cash makes requesting payments foolishly simple

Square Cash has added a payment request option, allowing users to prompt a virtual cash collection simply by sending an email. Square launched Square Cash in October last year, as a way for friends and family to send each other money, but the app required proactivity on the part of the person paying. Now, though, the recipient can trigger a request themselves.

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Apple iPhone payments system reportedly in works

Apple iPhone payments system reportedly in works

Apple is building a comprehensive mobile payments system that would turn iPhones and iPads into ubiquitous credit card replacements, sources familiar with the scheme claim, taking on Google, PayPal, Square, and others in the process. The rumored system would build on Apple's existing EasyPay option in the Apple Store app for iOS, which allows shoppers to charge products in Apple Stores directly to the payment method associated with their iTunes account, by offering the same functionality to third-party retailers and those offering services within apps.

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T-Mobile launches Mobile Money to help do away with excessive fees

T-Mobile launches Mobile Money to help do away with excessive fees

It seems almost ridiculous that people have to pay others just to use their own money, but that is how the world currently turns. T-Mobile, however, is of a different opinion and is introducing Mobile Money as a way to keep those check cashers, payday lenders and withdrawal fees at bay.

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Amazon reportedly acquires startup Gopago amidst “ambitious” project

Amazon reportedly acquires startup Gopago amidst “ambitious” project

A couple of Italian newspapers are reporting that Amazon acquired a mobile payment startup, Gopago, something reportedly taking place amidst work on an "ambitious project". What this project is wasn't detailed, but it reportedly is the basis for Amazon's interest in Gopago -- namely, in the startup's technology. Amazon and Gopago haven't announced the business move, but it seems founder Vincenzo Di Nicola has spoken with Italian newspaper Repubblica.

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Square Reader v.2 gets slimmer with boosted swiping

Square Reader v.2 gets slimmer with boosted swiping

Mobile payments provider Square has updated its Square Reader dongle, slimming the card-swipe attachment by 45-percent, and supposedly improving performance to increase the chance of a successful scan first time. The new reader, which will be offered free to businesses using Square to process their credit and debit card transactions, makes use of a custom-designed magnetic stripe reader-head, of Square's own creation rather than an off-the-shelf component.

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Square to make mystery announcement, prompts speculation

Square to make mystery announcement, prompts speculation

Square, the service that lets individuals and retailers accept credit card payments on your mobile device with a branded card reader, is set to make an announcement tomorrow (Monday, Dec. 9), but we don't yet have a solid idea of what it might entail. There are guesses, mind you -- as there always are. The mysterious tease photo came by way of Vine today.

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