mobile payments

Apple person-to-person payments said next in wallet war

Apple person-to-person payments said next in wallet war

Apple Pay has already waged war on your credit cards; now it's said to be targeting person-to-person payments. A new service, similar in concept to PayPal's Venmo system which allows individuals to send money digitally to friends and family, is said to be the topic of discussions between the Cupertino firm and its banking partners.

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Chase Pay chases after the mobile payment dream

Chase Pay chases after the mobile payment dream

One of the side effects of making mobile payment more mainstream is that soon there will be too many players in the market than you can count. While there are of course some heavyweights like Apple Pay and Android Pay or even Samsung Pay, there will always be some who want a large share of the pie. Take for example JPMorgan Chase, whose new, somewhat aptly named Chase Pay platform promises that holy grail of mobile payment systems: convenience to customers at now extra cost to merchants.

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MasterCard wants to turn any gadget into a payment device

MasterCard wants to turn any gadget into a payment device

The number of things connecting to the Internet is growing daily. And we're not just talking about the usual culprits like PCs, smartphones, tablets, or even the so-called Internet of things. Even jewelry as well as clothes are turning into connected things as well. Trying to leverage the ubiquity of such technology, MasterCard has launched a new program that aims to turn any such object, whether they be a smartphone or a smart ring, into a device that can be used to wirelessly pay for your purchases.

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Samsung Pay brings mobile payments to Verizon

Samsung Pay brings mobile payments to Verizon

Roughly two weeks after the US carrier confirmed it, Verizon subscribers are now able to take advantage of Samsung Pay. This means Samsung's mobile payment system is now available on all of the US's major carriers, having already been available on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular since Samsung Pay first launched in September. Users with compatible Galaxy devices should now be able to download the Samsung Pay app from the Google Play store.

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LG rumored to be developing ‘G Pay,’ its own mobile payments solution

LG rumored to be developing ‘G Pay,’ its own mobile payments solution

Hope you haven't seen enough new mobile payment services debut this year, as there could be another on the horizon. According to several tips and rumors, LG is said to be working on "G Pay," a payment platform to compete with Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay. The most plausible evidence is in the fact that LG has filed for G Pay trademarks in both the US and its home country of South Korea.

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Apple Pay coming to Starbucks soon

Apple Pay coming to Starbucks soon

Starting at the end of this year, Starbucks will start a pilot program for Apple Pay in a number of stores inside the United States. While Apple Pay is available for use in some Starbucks in the UK now, the United States collection of Starbucks locations have yet to integrate the iPhone-based payment system. According to Apple's Jennifer Bailey, Starbucks will begin to roll out Apple Pay integration for Apple devices to most stores inside the year 2016.

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Samsung responds to LoopPay hacker breach incident

Samsung responds to LoopPay hacker breach incident

Samsung responds to a report about the hacking of LoopPay, a company acquired by Samsung earlier this year. According to the New York Times, LoopPay's "tech is central to Samsung Pay." According to Samsung, the NYT's assertions are not technically, completely true. According to Samsung’s Chief Privacy Officer Darlene Cedres, "The LoopPay corporate network issue was resolved immediately and had nothing to do with Samsung Pay." Cadres went on to assure Samsung Pay users that the Samsung Pay system was not impacted and that no personal payment information was at risk whatsoever.

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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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