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Apple Pay deal will bring mobile payments to vending machines

Apple Pay deal will bring mobile payments to vending machines

Apple Pay is coming to the vending machine. In a deal struck with USA Technologies, Apple Pay will be available for around 200,000 self-serve payment terminals, including vending machines. Among the things you might find Apple Pay used with are coffee brewers, unmanned kiosks, laundry machines, pay-to-park terminals, or “other self-serve appliances”. The feature will be immediately available on machines running USA’s ePort cashless payment point-of-sale system, while others will need to be retrofitted with the proper hardware to accept Apple Pay.

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WePay integrates Google’s Wallet API for online payments

WePay integrates Google’s Wallet API for online payments

Though Apple Pay has captured much of the attention surrounding the space, Google Wallet is still the mobile payment leader. Google’s mobile payment solution is about to get a lot more exposure, too, as the Search giant has struck a deal with WePay, who will integrate the Google Wallet Instant Buy API into various websites they process payment for. The deal could have a big impact for Google Wallet, too; WePay has major sites like GoFundMe and Constant Contact listed as clients.

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Apple Pay comes to the PGA this weekend in Phoenix

Apple Pay comes to the PGA this weekend in Phoenix

Apple Pay has a growing legion of users thanks to the rise of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. the NFC chipset found inside those devices is there solely for use with Apple Pay, where iPhone owners can simply tap and pay using credit cards associated with the service. You’ll find it used at stores like Whole Foods or Walgreens, and now Apple Pay is hitting the links. At this weekend’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, Apple Pay can be used at various concession stands.

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Proposed law requires Apple Pay users show photo ID

Proposed law requires Apple Pay users show photo ID

Apple Pay, Apple's new wireless, NFC payment method, is a clear step towards a future where customers no longer have to deal with pulling a card out of their wallet, typing PIN numbers, or signing receipts when making payments. We just tap/swipe our phones and we're done. But one lawmaker doesn't like that idea and still wants us to continue digging in our wallets at the register. Missouri's Joshua Peters (D) from the House of Representatives has proposed a law that requires a photo ID be shown by anyone making a smartphone-based payment.

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Google may buy Softcard, use patents for Google Wallet

Google may buy Softcard, use patents for Google Wallet

Google Wallet was an early lesson in mobile payments. You could even say it’s where Apple learned how to make Apple Pay so good. In the early days of Wallet, a challenge came from carriers who wanted a piece of the mobile payment pie. That scheme was called Isis, later re-named to Softcard to distance the service from Middle East politics. Softcard was integral in freezing Wallet out on your Android phone, but the tides may be turning; a new report says Google is looking to buy Softcard.

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Chipotle ‘very interested’ in implementing Apple Pay

Chipotle ‘very interested’ in implementing Apple Pay

You can use Apple Pay in a lot of locations, with Walgreens, Whole Foods, and McDonald’s all comprising the bulk of sales. There are still a large number of places you can’t use Apple Pay, unfortunately. Partners of competing platforms like CurrentC notwithstanding, plenty of stores and restaurants don’t accept the mobile payment method Apple bought forth with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, if they accept any at all. That is likely to change in 2015, and at least one major restaurant chain is very interested in Apple Pay.

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Verifone PAYware Mobile e355 goes for one size fits all

Verifone PAYware Mobile e355 goes for one size fits all

Mobile payments aren't exactly new, even if Apple has just recently joined the game. Adoption and support, however, have been slow and one reason for it is the cost of maintaining and upgrading both hardware and software to support a fast-moving smartphone industry. That is why Verifone is coming up with a new mobile Point of Sale system (mPOS) that not only supports multiple mobile payment types, it can also support different device form factors as well as different mobile operating systems.

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Apple Pay could hit Canada in March, sources claim

Apple Pay could hit Canada in March, sources claim

Apple Pay is handy, but limited. Not only does the mobile payment system work at a limited number of stores (convenient places like Walgreens and Whole Foods, but still not as widely accepted as we’d like), it’s US-only. A previous report pegged Apple Pay as headed overseas, but hey — what about Canada?! Good news, Canada; Apple Pay is reportedly headed your way. A few “sources close to the situation” are saying Apple is in talks with partners north of the border to bring Apple Pay to Canada.

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Apple Pay glitch prevents adding cards on reset

Apple Pay glitch prevents adding cards on reset

Restoring your iPhone to factory settings is helpful for a lot of problems you might have, but it’s also causing a significant one. Those with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus will want to resist the urge to revert to factory settings for now, as a glitch is keeping Apple Pay from adding cards after a reset. The Apple Support forums have several pages of complaints about this action, and it’s leading Apple to replace devices, as they’ve got no solution for the issue right now.

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Apple Pay to hit the gas pump via Chevron in 2015

Apple Pay to hit the gas pump via Chevron in 2015

Chevron is reportedly working to bring Apple Pay to the pump in early 2015, setting a standard for mobile payments outside of retail shops. Chevron already supports Apple Pay in their Extra Mile convenience stores, but payment at the pump is still done via a card swipe. The move will likely cover Texaco and Caltex stations at some point, considering Chevron owns those companies. Chevron gives Apple a huge reach at the pump in California, and sets a precedent for others to follow.

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Apple Pay data demands add tension to UK launch

Apple Pay data demands add tension to UK launch

Apple Pay is set to launch in the UK in the first half of 2015, but banks are concerned as to how much data Apple demands as part of its contactless payment service, insiders claims. Revealed as a feature of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this year, Apple Pay - which uses a combination of NFC and a secure digital wallet chip on the smartphones - has already gained traction in the US, with everything from grocery shopping through clothes and even hotel rooms and Disney trips now supporting the service. However, although the spread of Apple Pay to other countries is effectively inevitable, Apple is said to be still facing some push-back from its banking partners over the fine print.

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Starbucks chooses their own payment solution over Square

Starbucks chooses their own payment solution over Square

When Starbucks teamed up with Square for their payment processing, it was seen as a big win for the mobile payment space. If Square could compete with traditional payment processors, it stood to reason any startup could. Over time, the relationship began to fracture, and now the mobile payment angle to their partnership is done. Square is shuttering Wallet and rolling it into Order, which lets you order ahead and pay for items before you get to the store. Starbucks won’t be accepting Order, instead concentrating efforts on their competing proprietary product.

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