mobile payments

Target promises Apple Pay support after payment terminal overhaul

Target promises Apple Pay support after payment terminal overhaul

Target, one of the US's largest retail outlets, has been one of the odd outliers when it comes to merchants who jumped at supporting Apple Pay. While a change won't be happening overnight, the company has promised that Apple Pay will be accepted in the future, once stores finish an update to their point of sale terminals. Target's CEO Brian Cornell made the statement this week, adding that he'd "love to have Apple Pay today," but that they needed to be up to date with current security standards.

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Swatch confirms payment-capable smartwatch is on the way

Swatch confirms payment-capable smartwatch is on the way

Swatch, the world's biggest watch-making group, has come a long way since last year. First they had no interest in making watches of any smartness, then they revealed a touch-screen watch specifically targeted at volleyball (but still with limited smarts), and now they're promising a full-on smartwatch with internet connectivity and payment functions. Oh, and it's going to see its first release sometime this summer, says Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek.

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Apple to announce Apple Pay rewards program at WWDC

Apple to announce Apple Pay rewards program at WWDC

As the battle over mobile payments between Apple Pay and Google's Android Pay is predicted to heat up in the near future, a new report from the New York Times says that Apple will use next month's WWDC event to announce a new rewards program for its payment system. The program is described as a way to offer "perks" to users who regularly pay for purchases using Apple Pay. This would not only encourage users to continue using Apple Pay, but also lure those who haven't used it yet but might consider Android Pay.

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Apple Pay begins rolling out at Trader Joe’s

Apple Pay begins rolling out at Trader Joe’s

As Apple Pay continues to become accepted at more and more retailers across the U.S., popular grocery store chain Trader Joe's is one of the latest, with Apple's payment method beginning to appear at a number of locations. With over 400 locations, Trader Joe's is starting to add touchscreen payment terminals from VeriFone at its checkout registers. Trader Joe's is not yet listed as an official Apple Pay partner on Apple's website, yet it seems they are in the process of becoming one, as a number of locations have said that while they don't yet support the payment method, they will sometime soon.

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Samsung Wallet folds June 30 for mobile payments reboot

Samsung Wallet folds June 30 for mobile payments reboot

Samsung is preparing to pull the plug on Samsung Wallet, warning users and vendors that the service will be axed ahead of its second attempt at mobile payments. Launched back in 2013, Samsung Wallet was not only to be a digital locker for credit and loyalty cards, but a place to collect coupons and in which vendors could push their brands and products. However, as Samsung Pay arrives, the old Wallet is being ditched.

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Uber wants help testing its cash payments for rides feature

Uber wants help testing its cash payments for rides feature

One thing that is welcome by most consumers is more options for paying for the things you want to buy. When it comes to paying online and for many things in the digital world it's either PayPal or credit cards. One of those things that you have so far had to pay for with credit is rides in Uber cars. Uber is getting ready to change that and is calling for riders to help it test the new payment system in Hyderabad.

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Jawbone grabs ex-Google Shopping exec to make new products

Jawbone grabs ex-Google Shopping exec to make new products

Jawbone has found itself a new president, with former Google exec Sameer Samat joining the wearables company just as it wades into mobile payments. Samat was, most recently, Vice President of Product Management at Google where - among other things - he was responsible for Google Shopping and Google Express. That focus on digital retail doesn't seem accidental, either, given Jawbone's UP4 and its partnership with American Express.

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Apple Pay to be accepted at Las Vegas casino this summer

Apple Pay to be accepted at Las Vegas casino this summer

As Apple Pay continues to be accepted by more and more retailers across the country, the contactless payment method will soon be accepted at a new location: the casinos of Sin City. The Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas is aiming to be one of the first such establishments to accept Apple Pay, allowing it to be used at their hotels' front desks, restaurants, and bars by June. It's not clear just yet if or how the payment system will be used on the casino floors, where there's a potential for gambling enthusiasts to blow through chips with just a swipe of their phone.

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Apple Pay adds 24 new banks, Home Depot soon

Apple Pay adds 24 new banks, Home Depot soon

Apple Pay has more bank partners, but may have lost a major retail presence. The mobile payment solution from Apple now has 24 additional banks and credit unions whose cards will work with your iPhone 6, bringing the total number of banking institutions well over 200. Earlier today, reports claimed Apple Pay had lost Home Depot as a partner. The DIY project supply chain was apparently just updating their system to accept Apple Pay, as a separate report notes Apple Pay is incoming.

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Wocket Smart Wallet to start shipping pre-orders in May

Wocket Smart Wallet to start shipping pre-orders in May

Almost all mobile payment systems, perhaps except for Samsung, have one critical flaw. Most of them require the use of new NFC-enabled terminals to work. But what if you only have access to ye olde magnetic stripe PoS? What if you're stuck with old fashioned swiping systems but still want to benefit from the conveniences of the modern world. Enter Wocket, advertised to be the only wallet you'll ever need. Why? Because it can absorb all the cards you have in your wallet right now and even have spare room for physical cash.

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