mobile payments

Verizon confirms Samsung Pay support is on the way

Verizon confirms Samsung Pay support is on the way

Good news for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 5 owners on Verizon frustrated by the carrier's lack of supporting Samsung Pay: those customers will soon be able to use the new mobile payment system. Unfortunately, Verizon didn't give any specific timeframe the feature will be available, instead simply posting on Twitter that Samsung Pay would be coming in a "future software update."

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Samsung Pay rolls out across the US today

Samsung Pay rolls out across the US today

Following a US beta program and full debut in Samsung's native country South Korea, mobile payment system Samsung Pay is now live in the US. The feature aims to rival similar mobile payment tech like Apple Pay and Android Pay, but in addition to the expected NFC-capable payments, Samsung Pay can also be used at sale terminals that accept magnetic stripe cards. Because of this Samsung's solution can already be used at a wide range of merchants across the country.

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Here is PayPal’s answer to your digital wallet

Here is PayPal’s answer to your digital wallet

Having been available overseas for some time now, PayPal is finally bringing its advanced payment card reader, "Here," to the US. The device is aimed at making point-of-sale terminals able to accept the new EMV cards that rolling out across the country. EMV cards offer more security due to storing data on an embedded chip instead of a magnetic stripe. PayPal's Here will be able to accept not only EMV and magnetic stripe cards, but it also support NFC payments including Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay.

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Google Wallet for iOS updated with quick & easy money transfers

Google Wallet for iOS updated with quick & easy money transfers

The Google Wallet app for iOS has received a substantial update this week, introducing not only a refreshed UI design, but also the ability to make peer-to-peer payments to "anyone in the US with an email address," as Google puts it. Accompanying the release of Android Pay earlier this month, the same features were added to Google Wallet for Android devices. The new version of the iOS app is available now on the App Store.

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PayPal.me offers personal URL for collecting quick payments

PayPal.me offers personal URL for collecting quick payments

PayPal has just launched a new feature aiming to both simplify and quicken online payments from person to person. Dubbed PayPal.me, the service provides users with a personalized URL that they can provide to people who need to send them a payment. Both parties still need to have their own PayPal accounts, but those making a payment no longer have to log in, navigate to the payment menu, and enter someone's email address. They can simply visit a PayPal.me link, sign in, choose the amount to pay, and hit send.

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University of Oklahoma begins accepting Apple Pay campus-wide

University of Oklahoma begins accepting Apple Pay campus-wide

As a new school year is kicking off in the US, the University of Oklahoma seems to be appealing to new and returning students that use an iPhone 6 or Apple Watch. As of this week, the school has become the first university to begin accepting Apple Pay at point-of-sale locations campus-wide. Apple users can take advantage of the new payment system at places such as bookstores, restaurants, and coffee shops.

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Coin 2.0 adds NFC but there’s a catch

Coin 2.0 adds NFC but there’s a catch

Would-be payments disrupter Coin has announced Coin 2.0, the second generation of its connected card, adding NFC but potentially pushing back deliveries for some still waiting on the first. As before, Coin 2.0 can register multiple credit, debit, and other cards, and has a built-in display to cycle between them while in the store. However, whereas swiping to pay through a magnetic reader was the only way to actually complete the transaction before, now contactless payments are supported.

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Android Pay launch this week tips McDonald’s leak

Android Pay launch this week tips McDonald’s leak

Android Pay looks set to launch this week, with leaks from fast food retailer McDonald's tipping August 26 for the public switch-on of Google's mobile payments platform. Announced at Google I/O earlier this year, Android Pay uses NFC for cardless transactions just like Apple Pay, though the search giant wouldn't be drawn at the time on when it would begin showing up in the wild. Now, thanks to some whispers from McDonald's staff, it looks like we know the details.

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What you need to know about Samsung Pay

What you need to know about Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay is coming, but how do you know whether the content of your wallet is about to get a Note 5 upgrade? The launch partner list for Samsung's response to Apple Pay and Android Pay has some of the biggest names in banking, card providers, and carriers, but all the same there are some notable omissions which could put a hold on your mobile payment plans.

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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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