mobile payments

Wells Fargo likes Apple Pay so much, it’ll pay you to try

Wells Fargo likes Apple Pay so much, it’ll pay you to try

Retailers may be in a quiet NFC war with Apple Pay, but banks are - perhaps unsurprisingly - just keen for people to start spending more money. Wells Fargo isn't leaving it to chance that its customers try Apple's mobile payments system, and is instead offering a kick-back for those who not only add a credit or debit card to the system, but make a payment using it. Up for grabs is up to $20 back from the bank, though you'll need to make an NFC payment in-store rather than an app-based payment.

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NY Times invests in Blendle for pay-as-you-go reading

NY Times invests in Blendle for pay-as-you-go reading

There is one thing that may dissuade you from reading an article on a website run by traditional print media websites. If you’ve ever run into a paywall, you know how frustrating it can be. Even though they’re not asking much, sites like The New York Times or Wall Street Journal still want you to pay for their content. A recent $3.8 million investment by The New York Times suggests they aren’t interested in moving away from that pay-to-read model, and might even be expanding on it.

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Apple Pay your train ticket and office ID tips report

Apple Pay your train ticket and office ID tips report

Apple Pay may already be getting into some scraps with retailers wary of the Cupertino behemoth doing for mobile payments what it did with music downloads, but the system's reach could increase exponentially according to new leaks regarding Apple's broader plans. Over the weekend, reports circulated that CVS, Rite Aid, and others were disabling NFC-equipped registers in an attempt to block Apple Pay altogether, but according to a fresh report Apple's goal is to expand the NFC system to cover access security and public transportation.

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CVS joins Rite Aid in dropping Apple Pay, all NFC support

CVS joins Rite Aid in dropping Apple Pay, all NFC support

It's only been a little over a day since internal documents revealed that pharmacy chain Rite Aid was discontinuing support for Apple Pay at its stores' registers, and now it appears that fellow pharmacy outlet CVS is doing the same. As of Saturday, a number of Twitter and forum users have posted about going to CVS stores and finding that all NFC payment functions have been turned off.

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Leaked Rite Aid docs say Apple Pay may never come

Leaked Rite Aid docs say Apple Pay may never come

Earlier today, we told you about Rite Aid disallowing Apple Pay from their point of sale terminals. At the time, it seemed to be an NFC issue, wherein Rite Aid was simply not prepared to accept any form of NFC payment (news of Google Wallet not working at Rite Aid bolstered that suspicion). Via leaked documents, we learn that Rite Aid has no technical issue with NFC payments, but Rite Aid’s involvement with a competing platform is to blame for your inability to use Apple Pay at their stores.

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Apple Pay news: Amazon in, Rite Aid out

Apple Pay news: Amazon in, Rite Aid out

All the excitement over Apple Pay doesn’t reach as far as some would have hoped. Previously, we told you about Amazon’s reluctance to allow their Amazon Rewards Visa — issued by Chase, a day-one partner for Apple Pay — into your digital wallet. There is relief on that front, but Apple Pay has lost a retail partner in the mix of it all. Rite Aid is no longer accepting Apple Pay payments, but it seems to be more an NFC issue than one with Apple Pay.

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iPad Air 2 registers with “secret” NFC? Not so fast…

iPad Air 2 registers with “secret” NFC? Not so fast…

Signs of NFC hardware in the iPad Air 2 have prompted speculation that Apple could turn the tablet into an Apple Pay cash register replacement, though it's almost certain not to be something the company could enable in this generation. A recent teardown of the new 9.7-inch tablet found that it contains the same NFC chip as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Since Apple doesn't list NFC among the iPad Air 2's connectivity options, that has led to chatter that it's a feature-in-waiting; however, it's unlikely to pan out that way.

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Some Apple Pay users being charged twice for transactions

Some Apple Pay users being charged twice for transactions

If you’ve been all over town slapping your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus on the point-of-sale terminal at the stores you frequent, you might want to take a breather and check your bank statement. If you’re using a Bank of America card, you might have been overcharged. Double charged, really. It seems some back-end problems have caused some to see their Apple Pay purchases be charged twice. If you notice a double-charge, Bank of America will refund you, though.

Apple Pay: Your full list of stores, apps, and banks supporting it

Apple Pay: Your full list of stores, apps, and banks supporting it

Now that iOS 8.1 is here, so is Apple Pay! The update, which launched about 90 minutes ago (at the time we publish this article), brings in Apple Pay. For those with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you’ll get the ability to make purchases at several point-of-sale terminals via a myriad of banks (likely yours). For those without an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, Apple Pay is still usable. To help, we’ve put together a list of apps and stores where you can use Apple Pay.

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Could a thumb-scanning MasterCard sideline Apple Pay?

Could a thumb-scanning MasterCard sideline Apple Pay?

Apple Pay isn't the only next-gen payments system hoping to use your thumbprint to authorize spending, with MasterCard and Zwipe teaming up on a new credit or debit card that has an integrated fingerprint scanner for more security contactless payments. Set to launch in 2015, the Zwipe MasterCard looks at first glance like a regular slice of plastic as you probably already have in your wallet, but rather than demanding you punch in a PIN code or even do something so archaic as put your signature on a receipt, the system instead automatically scans your fingerprint and uses that to authenticate that the right person is making a purchase.

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