mobile payments

Apple Pay, Google Pay now accepted at 7-Eleven

Apple Pay, Google Pay now accepted at 7-Eleven

It’s a long time coming, but 7-Eleven shoppers can now take advantage of the convenience of not having to bring cash with them to buy at stores. Instead, they can simply tap their smartphones on terminals and that’s that. Digital payments at 7-Eleven just got an upgrade with the addition of Apple Pay and Google Pay to its list, ensuring that three of the biggest mobile payment systems in the US are now all accounted for.

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Apple Pay expands to CVS, 7-11, and Germany

Apple Pay expands to CVS, 7-11, and Germany

Mobile payment systems might not yet be as common as, say, credit cards, but their silent and steady growth is like a stealthy invasion that will suddenly take us by surprise. Apple Pay, in particular, claims to have already surpassed market leader Square in terms of transaction numbers. Now Apple is moving to cement its position and show its strength by announcing Apple Pay’s upcoming appearances in, among other places, CVS Pharmacy and 7-11 stores.

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Chase Pay app now links with Samsung Pay

Chase Pay app now links with Samsung Pay

In the years since the debut of mobile-based tap-to-pay systems like Apple Pay and Google Pay, a number of financial institutions and retailers have tried to implement their own quick-pay services, often lacking in conveniences. It seems Chase is coming to this realization with its own Chase Pay app, which continues to rely on using QR codes. Fortunately for those users with Samsung devices, Chase Pay can now be directly linked to Samsung Pay.

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Snapchat Snapcash is shutting down to no one’s surprise

Snapchat Snapcash is shutting down to no one’s surprise

Snapcash may have been ahead of its time. Launched in 2014, it got a head start on peer-to-peer payments via social networks. now that the feature is more common, Snapchat will soon be shutting it down. Because while it called dibs on that feature, it hasn’t exactly taken off the way other payment options have. More importantly, it has even become more of an embarrassment to the social network, having become a method to pay for less than innocent content posted on Snapchat.

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Google Pay embraces tickets, peer-to-peer payments

Google Pay embraces tickets, peer-to-peer payments

Although no longer in the spotlight, mobile payment continues to grow at a steady, though maybe slower, pace. In addition to adding new banks and merchant partners, they’re also adding new features here and there. Once two separate apps and services, Google Pay is now embracing features from its parents, allowing you not only to store tickets but to also send money to your contacts. Or nudge them to pay you back.

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Venmo debit card is a physical option for real world payments

Venmo debit card is a physical option for real world payments

Digital payment platform Venmo has announced plans to release its own physical debit card, making it easier for users to buy things at the gas pump and other places where digital transactions may be problematic. The debit card is issued by MasterCard and, as such, can be used just about anywhere in the US and many other countries. The card is only available as a limited release right now; here's how to get your own.

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Google Pay spreads: Browser, iOS and Mac payments supported

Google Pay spreads: Browser, iOS and Mac payments supported

Google Pay is expanding, breaking out from Android and arriving in browsers both on the desktop and on iOS. The payment service was launched back in January 2018, bringing together Android Pay and Google Wallet into a single platform.

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Google Assistant adds Google Pay voice-control on iOS and Android

Google Assistant adds Google Pay voice-control on iOS and Android

The Google Assistant is getting a new job as debt enforcer, with new integrations with Google Pay that allow you to simply ask to send and receive payments. The new functionality is aimed at further reducing the headache involved in settling IOUs in an increasingly cashless environment, not to mention encouraging more Google Pay users.

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Google Pay transit tickets makes Android a better wallet

Google Pay transit tickets makes Android a better wallet

With numerous mobile payments systems out there to choose between Google Pay is making another attempt to be the most essential in your pocket by promising to absorb your transit tickets too. A new update to Google Pay is adding the ability to not only purchase tickets for travel but save them to the Google Pay wallet, and then use them completely paper-free.

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Google Pay gives Android Pay a new wallet

Google Pay gives Android Pay a new wallet

A little over a month ago, Google revealed its plans to unify all of its different payment services under one name: Google Pay. Today, we're seeing the end result of those efforts, as the new Google Pay app has officially launched on the Play Store. Say goodbye to Android Pay, because mention of it has been wiped from the Play Store and - once you update the app - from your phone as well.

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Tim Cook talks Apple Pay and wearable growth at shareholder meet

Tim Cook talks Apple Pay and wearable growth at shareholder meet

Apple CEO Tim Cook has conceded that Apple Pay hasn't replaced cash payments as rapidly as he predicted, but a significant increase in Apple Watch sales could help accelerate that process. Cook was speaking today at the Apple shareholders' meeting, which was held for the first time at the company's new Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park.

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LG Pay US launch date confirmed

LG Pay US launch date confirmed

On the heels of Google merging Android Pay and Google Wallet into one Google Pay to rule them all, another mobile payment system looms over the horizon. While CES was ongoing half a world away, over at Korea LG revealed its plans to bring its existing LG Pay system to the US by the middle of 2018 but with a confusing name change. If and when it does, it will be directly competing with Samsung Pay in features.

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