mobile payments

Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google Wallet has a long, intriguing past as a mobile payments provider. Recent news that Google was purchasing ‘technology’ from Softcard, a mobile payments startup founded by carriers to combat Wallet, only made their option more interesting to us. Though we’re not privy to the ins and outs of what the deal entails, we are learning that Windows Phone wasn’t invited to the party, as Google/Softcard have dropped the platform. There’s no evidence iOS is affected in any significant way, so this is an offensive on Windows mobile.

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Apple Pay lands support for 20 more banks and credit unions

Apple Pay lands support for 20 more banks and credit unions

Apple Pay is an interesting service that allows consumers to carry their credit cards inside their iPhone and use them without actually having to pull out a physical credit card. So far, there has been a good response to the service from consumer, banks and credit unions. Apple has announced that Apple Pay has recently landed 20 additional banks and credit unions expanding support.

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Samsung buys LoopPay — goes after Google Wallet, Apple Pay

Samsung buys LoopPay — goes after Google Wallet, Apple Pay

Two weeks ago, a report emerged that Samsung was looking to work a mobile payments processor into the Galaxy S6. LoopPay was alleged to be the system Samsung was leaning on. At the time, we collectively logged it into the memory bank as something that was plausible, and smart, but ultimately needed confirmation from Samsung before it was truly believable. Though we obviously don’t know what the Galaxy S6 has in store for us, Samsung just announced they purchased LoopPay.

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Tim Cook talks security, Apple Pay hits national parks

Tim Cook talks security, Apple Pay hits national parks

According to Tim Cook, Apple has been working with the United States government to get Apple Pay working in national parks across the nation. Starting in September, you'll be able to work with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to pay your way in to national parks - and probably pay for hotdogs, too. News of this update comes from Tim Cook speaking at a White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. This should go a long way to proving to companies of all sorts that Apple Pay is here to stay.

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Cook says 2015 is ‘year of Apple Pay’, and he’s right

Cook says 2015 is ‘year of Apple Pay’, and he’s right

Tim Cook expects 2015 to be “the year of Apple Pay”. Saying thier mobile payment option is “off to a very strong start”, the Apple CEO noted that 750 banks and credit unions are Apple Pay partners, now. Cook also let loose another bombshell statistic: Apple Pay accounts for two-thirds of all contactless payments using Visa, American Express, or MasterCard. Furthermore, mobile payments at Whole Foods have increased 400% on the back of Apple Pay. Other retailers are experiencing similar success with the platform.

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Apple Pay deal will bring mobile payments to vending machines

Apple Pay deal will bring mobile payments to vending machines

Apple Pay is coming to the vending machine. In a deal struck with USA Technologies, Apple Pay will be available for around 200,000 self-serve payment terminals, including vending machines. Among the things you might find Apple Pay used with are coffee brewers, unmanned kiosks, laundry machines, pay-to-park terminals, or “other self-serve appliances”. The feature will be immediately available on machines running USA’s ePort cashless payment point-of-sale system, while others will need to be retrofitted with the proper hardware to accept Apple Pay.

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WePay integrates Google’s Wallet API for online payments

WePay integrates Google’s Wallet API for online payments

Though Apple Pay has captured much of the attention surrounding the space, Google Wallet is still the mobile payment leader. Google’s mobile payment solution is about to get a lot more exposure, too, as the Search giant has struck a deal with WePay, who will integrate the Google Wallet Instant Buy API into various websites they process payment for. The deal could have a big impact for Google Wallet, too; WePay has major sites like GoFundMe and Constant Contact listed as clients.

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Apple Pay comes to the PGA this weekend in Phoenix

Apple Pay comes to the PGA this weekend in Phoenix

Apple Pay has a growing legion of users thanks to the rise of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. the NFC chipset found inside those devices is there solely for use with Apple Pay, where iPhone owners can simply tap and pay using credit cards associated with the service. You’ll find it used at stores like Whole Foods or Walgreens, and now Apple Pay is hitting the links. At this weekend’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, Apple Pay can be used at various concession stands.

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Proposed law requires Apple Pay users show photo ID

Proposed law requires Apple Pay users show photo ID

Apple Pay, Apple's new wireless, NFC payment method, is a clear step towards a future where customers no longer have to deal with pulling a card out of their wallet, typing PIN numbers, or signing receipts when making payments. We just tap/swipe our phones and we're done. But one lawmaker doesn't like that idea and still wants us to continue digging in our wallets at the register. Missouri's Joshua Peters (D) from the House of Representatives has proposed a law that requires a photo ID be shown by anyone making a smartphone-based payment.

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Google may buy Softcard, use patents for Google Wallet

Google may buy Softcard, use patents for Google Wallet

Google Wallet was an early lesson in mobile payments. You could even say it’s where Apple learned how to make Apple Pay so good. In the early days of Wallet, a challenge came from carriers who wanted a piece of the mobile payment pie. That scheme was called Isis, later re-named to Softcard to distance the service from Middle East politics. Softcard was integral in freezing Wallet out on your Android phone, but the tides may be turning; a new report says Google is looking to buy Softcard.

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