mobile payments

Facebook Pay QR Code to target contactless in-person payments

Facebook Pay QR Code to target contactless in-person payments

Facebook's ambition knows no bounds. Even while its core business is social networking, it isn't opposed to expanding what constitutes "social" to justify its other endeavors. It acquired Oculus, for example, in order to make virtual reality into a social space and it has set up its own Marketplace to put a social spin on e-commerce. One of its more recent tricks was to make paying a social activity and it's now expanding that for physical person-to-person money transfers.

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Clubhouse Payments just fired shots at its big rivals

Clubhouse Payments just fired shots at its big rivals

Budding social network Clubhouse is almost in danger of being displaced even before it could get a wider rollout. Its popularity has caught the attention of the likes of Facebook and Twitter who, rather than just gobble up the young network, have started to create their own audio-centric platforms. The competition is forcing Clubhouse to step up its act in return and its latest new feature makes it potentially more profitable, not to mention more enticing for anyone still interesting in buying the startup.

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Old Google Pay in the US will become useless in April

Old Google Pay in the US will become useless in April

It isn't exactly out of the ordinary that Google retires an app or service in favor of a new one. Often, but not always, it waits for the new version to at least be ready for the all old users to switch to. That didn't actually happen smoothly in the transition to YouTube Music but hopefully, Google Pay will be a different story. No, users are just being pushed to a new version of the Google Pay app and the company will be forcing users' hands by making the old one practically useless in April.

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Google Pay adds digital wallet parking fee and transit options

Google Pay adds digital wallet parking fee and transit options

This week Google Pay added a new wave of options for paying for parking fees and transit around the world. While it's likely Google had connections with the transit industry and local governments for parking fees in the works already, now (more than ever) it's high time these and other transactions moved away from the transfer of paper and metal money. With Google Pay on both Android and iOS devices, all the payments are digital.

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Galaxy S21 heralds Samsung Pay MST demise, S Pen expansion

Galaxy S21 heralds Samsung Pay MST demise, S Pen expansion

There's a lot to talk about the Galaxy S21 series, mostly because of how much Samsung packed into the phones. That includes price tags that are almost too good to be true if you know Samsung. That said, there are also things that Samsung removed, the most notorious of them being the charger in the box as well as the microSD card slot. That's not the end of the story, of course, and Samsung still had a lot to reveal off-stage.

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Chrome seamless payments and password management near release for all users

Chrome seamless payments and password management near release for all users

Google's at a point where they're confident in Chrome to an extreme degree. Today's news makes that point in a promise that Chrome's seamless payments and password management systems will be active for all signed-in users in the coming weeks and months. These systems were made available to some users over the past year - now they'll be ready to roll for everyone. If you've not used one or both of these features, now's the time to take a peek at what you've been missing.

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Samsung Pay in Germany launches with a unique feature

Samsung Pay in Germany launches with a unique feature

Apple Pay still has the majority of the mindshare when it comes to mobile payment but Google Pay is closely catching up. Samsung Pay, on the other hand, seems to have fallen by the wayside but still has a trick or two up its sleeve. Aside from the MST tech that makes it compatible with even traditional magstripe terminals, Samsung is launching the service in Germany with a feature it has not made available anywhere else, making it practically possible to link any bank account to Samsung Pay.

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Google Maps and Passport lets you pay for parking in Austin

Google Maps and Passport lets you pay for parking in Austin

The fewer things you touch with your hands these days, the lower the chances you have of contracting something. That's especially true in public places where you have very little control over who last touched what. Just yesterday, Amazon rolled out a way to pay for your Exxon or Mobil gas just by telling Alexa. Although less hands-free, this new collaboration between Google and Passport will at least let you pay for your parking spot with just a few taps.

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Amazon Alexa can now pay for gas at Exxon and Mobil

Amazon Alexa can now pay for gas at Exxon and Mobil

You can do a lot of things these days without even tapping on your phone but there are still quite a lot that requires some good, old-fashioned manual work. That doesn't always have to be the case, especially these days when people have to be extra careful what they put their hands on. Following up on a promise it made earlier this year, Amazon is finally rolling out Alexa's skill to pay for your gas with just a voice command. There are, however, quite a number of caveats users have to keep in mind when using this new convenience.

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Google Pay steps up digital banking plans for 2021 with new partners

Google Pay steps up digital banking plans for 2021 with new partners

We are living in an increasingly online and mobile world but even if we are able to buy our foods and supplies online, sooner or later all of us will have to make our way to a bank for some face to face transactions. Given today's global situation, however, that has also become increasingly risky and people have started looking into online and digital banking solutions. Presuming we make it that far, Google Pay will be offering one such alternative next year.

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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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Apple Pay QR code support could be coming soon

Apple Pay QR code support could be coming soon

Apple's mobile payment has been around for more than half a decade now but its primary interaction with the physical world has been through NFC. While more convenient and more secure than the likes of Bluetooth or RFID, that convenience requires both the phone and the terminal to have the hardware necessary to enable it. Now it seems that Apple is working on adding support for scanning QR codes and barcodes that could open the system to more users and potentially make it safer given today's health situation.

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