mobile payments

Fitbit Pay adds 7 transit systems to its list

Fitbit Pay adds 7 transit systems to its list

Fitbit has always been a contrarian. When people said smartwatches are on the way out, it launched its own smartwatches. When the market seemed to coalesce around Apple watchOS and Wear OS by Google, it struck off on its own with its own wearable OS. And despite the handful of mobile payment systems competing in the market, it jumped into the fray with its own Fitbit Pay, an investment that may be paying off now that you can pay for your rides in seven systems around the world.

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Apple Pay can now be used to pay for Apple digital content

Apple Pay can now be used to pay for Apple digital content

Yes, it does sound a bit ironic. Although Apple has had its own mobile payment system for quite a while now, you couldn't use Apple Pay to buy stuff from Apple's digital stores. That has silently change now and it seems that Apple has flipped the switch for some markets. Users in those select countries will now, if not soon, be able to use their Wallets associated with their Apple Pay account to buy apps, ebooks, and music from Apple's iTunes and App stores.

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Apple Pay won’t need apps to work with some NFC stickers

Apple Pay won’t need apps to work with some NFC stickers

Contactless technology like NFC conjure up images of simply and lightly tapping on surfaces to initiate an action, be it authentication or even payment. What those scenarios don't often include is the initial setup that has to be done beforehand, like downloading an app and signing into a service. Apple, however, seems to be leading the way towards that the true realization of that fantasy with NFC tags that trigger Apple Pay, all without setting up anything other than Apple Pay first.

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Apple Card will make you spend even more money

Apple Card will make you spend even more money

Apple’s event on Monday signaled a new strategy: in addition to tech and products, its new baby would be services. Movie streaming, publications, and perhaps most curiously, banking. It’s called Apple Card, a new credit card linked to Apple Pay that's built into the Wallet app.

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Target finally accepts Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung payments

Target finally accepts Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung payments

This week the folks at Target announced they'd be bringing multiple new payment types to their stores. That'll include Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and contactless cards from Discover, American Express, Visa, and Mastercard. This comes ALL AT ONCE this year after Target's early attempts at creating their own payment solution in the Target App, started in 2017.

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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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eBay Apple Pay support arrives later this year

eBay Apple Pay support arrives later this year

Earlier this year, eBay announced plans to begin changing the way it handles payments on its marketplace. As part of this plan, it dropped PayPal as the primary payment processor for purchases and announced its intention to begin managing end-to-end payments itself. While it won't be ready to flip the switch on that initiative until later this year, we now know that eBay will begin supporting Apple Pay when it does.

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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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