mobile payments

Samsung Pay launches September with a magnetic wildcard

Samsung Pay launches September with a magnetic wildcard

Samsung Pay, the company's mobile payments response to Apple Pay and Android Pay, launches in the US this September, the company announced today. A feature of select Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, the system allows users to load their credit and debit cards to their smartphone and make cashless payments. Though it's not the first mobile payment system to reach the market, Samsung is confident that it has a wildcard advantage that alternatives from Apple, Google, and others can't match.

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Nymi Band testing heartbeat-authenticated mobile payments

Nymi Band testing heartbeat-authenticated mobile payments

With Apple Pay gaining popularity, and more mobile payment systems like Android Pay and Samsung Pay in the pipeline, fingerprint authentication is quickly becoming the new security standard when it comes to making payments without a credit card. But the Nymi Band is testing something said to be even more secure than fingerprints: heartbeat authentication. The band uses a sensor to track and identify the electrical activity in the owner's heart, a biometric that can't be copied or stolen.

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Apple Pay to be accepted at Rite Aid starting August 15

Apple Pay to be accepted at Rite Aid starting August 15

Well, it looks the Rite Aid company has made a drastic 180-degree turn in its contactless mobile payments policies. The pharmacy and drug store chain has announced it will be accepting Apple Pay and Google Wallet at its 4,600 locations across the US starting Saturday, August 15th. Those who've been following Apple Pay since its debut last fall now that this comes as a surprise, as roughly 10 months ago the company abruptly dropped support for the payment system, instead focusing on pushing the heavily criticized CurrentC.

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Square credit card reader can be hacked into card skimmer

Square credit card reader can be hacked into card skimmer

As a credit card payment-related device, the Square Reader accessory for iOS has maintained a decent track record in not falling victim to malicious hacks. Unfortunately, that might be about to change. A group of security researchers have revealed how they were able to hack the Reader, which is used to turn iPads and iPhones into mobile point of sale terminals for merchants, making it capable of stealing credit card information from customers.

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Apple Pay now supported by UK’s HSBC and First Direct

Apple Pay now supported by UK’s HSBC and First Direct

If you're a UK resident and were disappointed by the launch of Apple Pay about two weeks ago and the lack of support from more than a few major banking institutions, good news is finally here. Today HSBC and First Direct have announced they've rolled out support for Apple Pay, allowing customers to link their credit and debit cards from the banks to Apple's mobile payment system. A large number of UK merchants are already supporting payments via iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch.

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Apple Pay starting to be accepted at Chevron gas stations

Apple Pay starting to be accepted at Chevron gas stations

Apple Pay can now check off another type of merchant where it's accepted. Chevron has announced that its beginning to roll out support for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and Apple Watch-based mobile payment system at its gas stations. Unfortunately, there's one catch at this point: Apple Pay can only be used at one location in the entire country. The gas company made its announcement on Twitter, saying the station across the street from its San Ramon, California headquarters will now take NFC payment methods.

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Apple Pay reportedly going live in UK on July 14

Apple Pay reportedly going live in UK on July 14

While Apple announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last month that Apple Pay would be launching in the UK this summer, it looks like we finally have a specific date: Tuesday, July 14th. This will be the first time Apple's new mobile contactless payment system will debut outside the US, and it's expected to be supported at over 250,000 locations, including London's bus and subway networks, major retailers, and a number of banks and financial institutions.

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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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