mobile payments

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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Apple Pay, Discover cards will work together this Fall

Apple Pay, Discover cards will work together this Fall

On launch, much of the attention paid to Apple Pay was in regard to which cards you could (or couldn’t) use with the mobile payment processing service. Discover was completely left out of the fracas, apparently waiting for the service and user base to ‘mature’. Now that Apple has shipped well over 75 million Apple Pay-ready devices and is taking the mobile payment landscape by storm, Discover will let their customers join in on the fun, all without losing any benefits Discover offers.

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Jawbone UP4 puts American Express on your wrist

Jawbone UP4 puts American Express on your wrist

Jawbone is taking on mobile payments, with the fitness wearable firm partnering up with American Express to show Apple Pay and others how the cashless society should go. Based around a new flagship wristband, the Jawbone UP4, the payments system embeds NFC into the strap for frictionless transactions across any wireless-capable cash register where a regular American Express card could be used. I caught up with Jawbone and AMEX to find out why UP4 is special.

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Report: Jawbone, AmEx will challenge Apple Pay, Google Wallet

Report: Jawbone, AmEx will challenge Apple Pay, Google Wallet

Paying for things without getting your wallet out is uniquely satisfying. Doing so with a wearable is even more intriguing. Those who aren’t interested in a smartwatch may still be able to pay for goods digitally, as a new report suggests Jawbone and American Express will partner for a mobile payment solution. Though the talk only suggests your American Express card will work with a Jawbone band, they don’t say which one. The latest Jawbone product, UP3, has NFC built in, but won’t be part of this mobile payment method.

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Apple Pay has new partners, including T-Mobile & Gamestop

Apple Pay has new partners, including T-Mobile & Gamestop

Apple Pay is about as easy as it gets when you want to make a quick purchase. Bring your phone up to the payment terminal at the store, and an NFC connection just takes your cash. Since launch, Apple Pay has found favor with folks like me who just don’t want to bust out a credit card for a $7 meal. The problem is Apple Pay isn’t as widely available as many would like, but with new merchants (and another NBA team) signing up for Apple Pay, it’s getting better.

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Google Wallet users can now buy donuts much faster

Google Wallet users can now buy donuts much faster

In the wake of Apple Pay, Google began getting serious about Wallet. The mobile payment solution for Android users has fast become much more powerful, and in buying IP from Softcard (read: Google bought Softcard), Google eliminated a big competitor and garnered support from carriers for Wallet. The next phase is partnerships, where Google has made important strategic alliances. Today, they’re announcing a few more. Android users will now have closer checkout integration with food delivery service Seamless, sites that use Shopify for their payment processing, and yes, Dunkin' Donuts. Finally.

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Microsoft might be working on its own payment system

Microsoft might be working on its own payment system

Apple Pay. Samsung Pay. Android Pay. Pretty soon, there might even be a Microsoft Pay. Or "Microsoft Payments" rather. Some evidence have surfaced pointing to Microsoft's intention to become a money transmitter in the US as well as the country's current and former territories. Although it is still in the extremely early stages of preparing the legal foundations of such an enterprise, Microsoft could very well be planning to take on the still nascent and somewhat unproven mobile payment industry, pitting it against Apple, Google, and Samsung who already has a head start.

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Google faces potential class-action lawsuit over Wallet privacy

Google faces potential class-action lawsuit over Wallet privacy

Google is about to face the music about Wallet. A district court denied Google’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that the company shared too much of a customer’s personal information with a Developer. Lead plaintiff in the case, Alice Svenson, says Google sent “unnecessary” info about her to YCDroid, whom she paid $1.77 to for an email app. Filed in September of 2013, the lawsuit is seeking up to $1,000 per incident and class-action status so others can pursue litigation.

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Google reportedly working on Gmail bill payment system

Google reportedly working on Gmail bill payment system

Google is continuing their email experiments, it seems. The latest isn’t a new way to get through your mail, as ‘Inbox’ is, but a method for making you stay put in your email app. A new report suggests Google is readying an in-email bill paying service named ‘Pony Express’ (hopefully just a code name), wherein Gmail users would be able to pay a bill electronically without ever leaving Gmail itself. If Google gives it the green-light, we’ll reportedly see Pony Express in the last quarter of this year.

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