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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 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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Android Pay launches today: here’s how to get it

Android Pay launches today: here’s how to get it

Today Android devices everywhere* will begin to gain access to Android Pay. Just so long as those devices have NFC. *And just so long as they're inside the United States. Android Pay is a sort of re-branding of Google Wallet, a system where Google's devices handled your money from a variety of sources, allowing you to pay for items both in the physical world and digitally. Now with systems like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay on the rise, Google has changed the name.

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Sony WENA watch hands-on

Sony WENA watch hands-on

Today we've gotten he opportunity to get a hands-on look at the WENA watch from Sony. Sony suggests that WENA stands for "wear electronics naturally", showing this watch as one that incorporates smart electronics - NFC for mobile payments, for example - with a standard watch face up front. This means the watch won't need to be charged all the time while the back of it - the strap - will allow smart contact.

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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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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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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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Apple Pay now supported by UK’s HSBC and First Direct

Apple Pay now supported by UK’s HSBC and First Direct

If you're a UK resident and were disappointed by the launch of Apple Pay about two weeks ago and the lack of support from more than a few major banking institutions, good news is finally here. Today HSBC and First Direct have announced they've rolled out support for Apple Pay, allowing customers to link their credit and debit cards from the banks to Apple's mobile payment system. A large number of UK merchants are already supporting payments via iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch.

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Apple Pay starting to be accepted at Chevron gas stations

Apple Pay starting to be accepted at Chevron gas stations

Apple Pay can now check off another type of merchant where it's accepted. Chevron has announced that its beginning to roll out support for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and Apple Watch-based mobile payment system at its gas stations. Unfortunately, there's one catch at this point: Apple Pay can only be used at one location in the entire country. The gas company made its announcement on Twitter, saying the station across the street from its San Ramon, California headquarters will now take NFC payment methods.

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