mobile payments

Barclays likely next on Apple Pay’s to-do list

Barclays likely next on Apple Pay’s to-do list

While Apple's keynote at WWDC 2015 included an expansion to the UK for Apple Pay, one omission was a bit more glaring than most: Barclays. Not long after the keynote was complete, Barclays UK took to Twitter to rectify the situation. Not with confirmation that they'd be coming forward with Apple Pay, but with word that they were, indeed, in talks with Apple. Of particular interest is the fact that while Barclays does support a mobile payment service on smartphones with phone numbers, they do not yet support NFC-based connections as of yet.

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Apple Pay hits UK in July for your Cheeky Nando’s

Apple Pay hits UK in July for your Cheeky Nando’s

Apple Pay will launch in the UK in July, with over 250,000 locations supporting Apple's wireless payment service including London's Tube and bus network. Eventually fourteen banks will support Apple Pay in the UK, including NatWest, Santander, HSBC, Nationwide, and American Express. As for stores, Apple says that there will be more locations available at the UK launch than there were at the US launch.

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Apple Pay might be UK’s first big mobile payment run

Apple Pay might be UK’s first big mobile payment run

In less than a day, Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference or WWDC will commence. Of course, that means there's time for a last minute flood of what may or may not be revealed at the event. This latest one is quite some big news for Apple's fresh new mobile payment system. Sources claim Cupertino is ready to announce that Apple Pay will be landing in the UK this summer. While mobile payment in the US isn't exactly new, this is very big news for those across the pond.

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Samsung Pay won’t be coming until September

Samsung Pay won’t be coming until September

There might be a small hiccup in Samsung's mobile payment plans. Originally intended to launch next month, company EVP Rhee In Jong revealed in an investor call that Samsung Pay will actually launch in September in the US and South Korea. This is to align the inauguration with the announcement of Samsung's next high-end model, the Galaxy Note 5. While that might make sense from a marketing standpoint, it does mean that Samsung will be very late in the mobile payments game against Google and Apple.

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Google Hands Free sounds like Android Pay sans Android

Google Hands Free sounds like Android Pay sans Android

Google has just formally announced Android Pay over at I/O 2015, so imagine our surprise and bewilderment when it rather revealed another wireless payment scheme simply called "Hands Free". While it does sound like something you'd associate with cars, but this mobile payment system is more about keeping your hands free even from your smartphone. With Google Hands Free, all you need is to say is that you'd like to pay with Google and the deed is done. You don't even have to pull out your smartphone.

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Android Pay hands-on: Google wants your money

Android Pay hands-on: Google wants your money

Android Pay is coming, and it's impressively streamlined compared to the overly-complicated and feature-bulging Google Wallet. Officially revealed alongside Android M at Google I/O today, the mobile payments system supports both NFC for dropping virtual cash out in the wild, and in-app integration for retailers wanting to enable easy payments. I grabbed a Nexus 6 and a Nexus 5, both equipped with pre-release versions of Android Pay, to go shopping on Google's dime.

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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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