mobile payments

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 11, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 11, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. It's 7/11 and here are the stories that made news in the world of tech today. First off, this is cool, even if you don't live in New York City - NYC payphones begin transition to Wi-Fi hotspots. Admittedly, if you're not in the NYC area, that's not super relevant, but gamers from all areas will appreciate this one - Mass Effect 3 Earth DLC officially confirmed by Bioware. And speaking of gaming, Marvell and OnLive team up to bring game streaming to Google TV.

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Starbucks launches Android app in UK and Canada

Starbucks launches Android app in UK and Canada

Coffee addicts in the United States have been able to pay for their fix using Starbucks’ mobile application for quite some time, but now the same functionality has been extended to customers in Canada and the UK with the launch of an Android app. Anyone who downloads the Starbucks Android app will be able to pay for their orders using a linked Starbucks Card, and also check their balance, locate stores, and transfer balances.

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Best Buy considers in-store competitor price streaming

Best Buy considers in-store competitor price streaming

If you hear an analyst talk about the state of Best Buy these days, you'll no doubt hear stories about how consumers now walk into the store with the sole purpose of scanning items with their phone to see what the price is at places like Amazon or Walmart. A lot of people like to talk about the phenomenon of customers using Best Buy as nothing more than a "showroom." Some experts will tell you this phenomenon is blown way out of proportion, and Best Buy could have its own way of fixing that.

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MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom reveal Euro mobile payment plans

MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom reveal Euro mobile payment plans

Another day, another mobile payments system, and this time it's Deutsche Telekom and MasterCard inking a deal to roll out first a card/tag approach, followed by a true mobile wallet. The deal will see Poland get the system initially, later this year, followed by Germany; the initial system will use cards and tags for more low-tech payments, but in early 2013 that will be joined by a smartphone-based system.

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Square’s newest competitor is mPowa

Square’s newest competitor is mPowa

It seems like in this current environment, there is a brand new entry in the mobile credit card payment market every day. It started with Square, and now everyone wants a piece of the action. The latest one to enter the fray is mPowa, which admittedly does bring some functionality and accessibility that Square and others have failed to offer. It's also cheaper.

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VeriFone’s mobile credit card reader comes to Android

VeriFone’s mobile credit card reader comes to Android

After what one would assume was a successful launch on Android last month, VeriFone has decided to bring its mobile point-of-sale credit card swiper to Android phones. It marks the first truly established player in the retail point-of-sale world to launch a device for small businesses for the mobile Google platform and will compete directly with Square.

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Girl Scouts who used mobile payments sold more cookies

Girl Scouts who used mobile payments sold more cookies

Usually when there is an emerging advancement in the world of mobile technologies, young adult females isn't exactly the demographic that comes to mind. But the Girl Scouts of America are apparently doing pretty well with adopting mobile payment technologies, allowing scouts with the knowhow and resources to sell more cookies than their cash-only counterparts. That correlation is to be expected, but what's surprising is that girl scouts are actually using mobile payments.

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PayPal increases bug bounty pay rates

PayPal increases bug bounty pay rates

If you manage to find a security flaw in any of PayPal's products, you may be entitled to a cash reward. And now, that reward is bigger than ever. The alternative payment processor has followed in the footsteps of companies like Mozilla and Google, both of which offer similar "bounty" programs and have also recently increased the money they pay to honest hackers.

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AppCharge is the newest mobile credit card reader

AppCharge is the newest mobile credit card reader

If for whatever reason you aren't happy with Square - maybe you find its credit card reader to be too small or...well, surely there must be other reasons - another company has decided to step into the woodwork and offer the exact same service but with no name recognition and hardly anything to differentiate itself. At least, we couldn't find much in its press release.

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