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Samsung Money by SoFi lands in the US with a physical card and perks

Samsung Money by SoFi lands in the US with a physical card and perks

Things have come full circle in the mobile payments industry. What started out as a move away not just from cash but even from plastic has now embraced the latter again. Apple started out with a contact-less Apple Pay but eventually moved to releasing a physical Apple Card so it's not exactly surprising to hear that Samsung would be following suit. That's exactly what it did and now its Samsung Money, a collaboration with fintech startup SoFi, is finally arriving in the US to make plastic cards hip again.

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Samsung Pay to get a physical debit card soon

Samsung Pay to get a physical debit card soon

Mobile payment systems have more or less dropped out of the tech news headlines but that doesn't mean they've dropped out of the market. Once in a while, you'll hear about Apple Pay and Google Pay expanding to cover more banks and territories. They aren't the only options around, of course, and Samsung Pay has apparently been around for five years now. To celebrate that rather surprising length of operating time, the company is proudly announcing its next big step, which ironically goes back to giving you a plastic card.

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Google Card leaked: Contactless payments, simple digital money hardware

Google Card leaked: Contactless payments, simple digital money hardware

The Google Card was leaked today in full color, complete with co-branding with a set of bank partners. Early indicators suggest Google is working with Stanford Federal Credit Union, CITI, and other bank brands. This is not the first time Google's had plans for (or gone so far as to release) a physical, plastic card with which to pay for products and services.

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Venmo is releasing a credit card because of course it is

Venmo is releasing a credit card because of course it is

Venmo is one of the more popular mobile payment apps out there, and now it seems that it's going to take things one step further by getting into the credit card business. Today, PayPal - which is Venmo's parent company - and Synchrony announced that the new credit card will be arriving next year, with Synchrony acting as the issuing bank for the card.

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Leather and denim Apple Card cleaning guide goes viral

Leather and denim Apple Card cleaning guide goes viral

The "titanium Apple Card" is a physical object to which Apple has affixed its name - as such, it's subject to Apple's industrial design scrutiny. Apple's history with design suggests the company almost always takes care to scrutinize every detail in any product they sell - from the hardware to the software to the packaging and the in-store experience. With the Apple Card, it would seem that lengths to which Apple went to create a top-notch experience got a little... funny.

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Your Titanium Apple Card might need a screen protector

Your Titanium Apple Card might need a screen protector

The Apple Card is revolutionary in many senses. Unlike its rivals in the tech market, Apple has jumped in fully to become almost a financial institution itself. But also unlike most in the credit card market, its focus on privacy and simplicity is reflected in the card's nondescript exterior. That plain white design, however, may have come at the price of longevity and reliability, requiring a lot of care to keep it looking pristine and clean.

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Apple Card now available to everyone in the US

Apple Card now available to everyone in the US

After launching on a limited scale earlier in the month, the Apple Card is now available to all users in the US. Of course, you'll need an iPhone if you want to sign up for the card, but assuming you do, you can open up the Wallet app and apply for a card today.

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Apple Card accounts can’t be accessed or paid via web browsers

Apple Card accounts can’t be accessed or paid via web browsers

Apple is always positioning itself as one of the greatest champions of modern privacy, especially among Big Tech companies. With Apple Card, it is extending that into the financial realm and is dipping its toes into a rather unfamiliar market. Almost like any new player in the credit card market, Apple is promising no or fewer fees and greater privacy but it seems that Apple has neglected mentioning how intricately it will be tied to an iPhone.

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What banks can learn from Apple Card

What banks can learn from Apple Card

Live and breathe Apple? Here’s the latest piece of Apple tech available this month for you to flex. It’s the Apple Card – except it doesn’t flex. It’s a solid sheet of sturdy titanium that sits in your wallet with the rest of your cards. Launching Apple’s venture into the banking and finance industry, Apple Card works like Apple Pay in the form of a card. The card comes in handy at cashiers and checkouts that don’t accept mobile payment. Created with the help of Goldman Sachs and powered by Mastercard, Apple’s new venture has plenty of pedigree and should be accepted at just about any cashier.

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Apple Card shows up in the flesh with its minimalist design

Apple Card shows up in the flesh with its minimalist design

Although Apple has long been expected to make its own physical card, the timing of its arrival was still a bit of a surprise. Announced last March, the company showed off a titanium credit card that unmistakably bore Apple's aesthetics. Now we're getting a view of what the real card looks in person, or at least based on someone's brave photos of the card.

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Apple Card: The fine print Tim Cook didn’t mention

Apple Card: The fine print Tim Cook didn’t mention

Apple Card is a credit card that exists as a physical card with details on an iPhone. Today Apple showed the Apple Card for the first time ever - and made a pretty convincing case for how the card could be better than any other credit card. The Apple Card launches later this year, and we'll know more about how you'll attain said card then. For now, we're digging in to the details posted by Apple - especially where said details did not appear onstage today at Apple's event.

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The physical Apple Card is a thing of beauty

The physical Apple Card is a thing of beauty

Even though you'll mostly be using Apple's new credit card digitally through Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, there will still be times when you'll need to use a physical card. Though it probably pains Apple to say it, worldwide support for Apple Pay isn't quite to 100% yet. In addition to adding your Apple Card to your Wallet as soon as you're approved for one, Apple will also send you a physical card to use in those instances where Apple Pay isn't supported, and it looks quite a bit different from most other credit cards out there.

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