Mobile payments

Galaxy Z Flip 3 FCC filing reveals surprising Samsung Pay feature

Galaxy Z Flip 3 FCC filing reveals surprising Samsung Pay feature

When rumored devices pass through the FCC, it is often a sign that their arrival in the US market is nigh. Of course, that only confirms the earlier launch dates rumored for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 as they make their way through the certification process. While the former got some of its features confirmed, the filing for the Galaxy Z Flip 3 reveals one feature that is both unexpected yet surprising at the same time.

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Facebook Messenger update makes money transfers easier

Facebook Messenger update makes money transfers easier

Facebook is primarily a social networking platform but it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone these days that it has grown far past that narrow definition. The tech giant has its hands in pretty much anything that can be associated with being social, including virtual reality or even money. Going beyond the usual culprits of product ads and purchasing stuff on Facebook, it has turned its Messenger platform into a P2P money transfer service of its own, one that may have just become easier in Facebook's latest update.

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Apple Card outage confirmed: “All users are affected” [Update: Fixed]

Apple Card outage confirmed: “All users are affected” [Update: Fixed]

If you're struggling to use your Apple Card, you're not alone, with Apple confirming this morning that it's seeing a widespread outage for its iPhone payment system. The Apple Card outage began at 9:17am ET, the Cupertino company confirmed, and "all users are affected."

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LG Pay shuts down this year as mobile business winds down

LG Pay shuts down this year as mobile business winds down

As one of Samsung's eternal rivals, it wasn't really a surprise that LG would also roll out its own mobile payment system with almost similar capabilities as Samsung Pay. Of course, LG wanted LG Pay to be able to do more but the system's rather troubled beginnings seemed to prefigure its untimely demise. Although less than four years in the US, the company announced that it will be shutting down LG Pay in stages, which isn't exactly surprising since it is also shutting down its mobile business anyway.

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Google Pay international send money feature launches with limited reach

Google Pay international send money feature launches with limited reach

Google recently retired its old Google Pay app and with it the ability to send and receive money, at least on that old app and website. To make up for that, Google is announcing a new feature in Google Pay that expands that money transfer feature beyond the borders of the US. Unfortunately, as it stands, it's a one-way street that has very limited availability, at least as far as this first phase of the rollout goes.

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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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