mobile payments

Galaxy S8 to use face recognition for payment, 1000fps slo-mo

Galaxy S8 to use face recognition for payment, 1000fps slo-mo

Usually, at this point in time, rumors and leaks about the Galaxy S8 should have, more or less, settled down and have been whittled down to a few consistent points. And yet there are now last minute details attempting to still provide some substantial new perspective into the smartphone. “Perspective” is probably apt, considering this is about the Galaxy S8’s imaging capabilities. According to sources, Samsung intends to use a still underutilized facial recognition technology to authorize mobile payments. On the opposite side of the phone, the camera is leaked to be capable of a mind-breaking 1,000 fps slow motion video capture.

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Visa sunglasses prototype uses NFC for mobile payments

Visa sunglasses prototype uses NFC for mobile payments

There’s no doubt payment at the register is changing, but how ordinary payments will look in the future is still anyone’s guess. Smartphones are currently the most popular method for making mobile payments, but smartwatches and wristbands can also be used. Visa previously showed off an NFC-based payment ring at the Olympics last year, and now it is back with another product, this one in the form of sunglasses.

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Samsung Pay tipped inbound for maker’s non-premium handsets

Samsung Pay tipped inbound for maker’s non-premium handsets

Samsung is planning to launch its mobile payment system on all of its non-premium smartphones, according to a new report, expanding the service’s presence in the market. The sources claim Samsung Pay will be brought to the maker’s non-premium phones including its budget offerings in emerging markets, starting with India. The move, it seems, will apply to the phones going forward, as they’ll be made with the necessary hardware to support the payment system.

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Samsung Pay early access arrives in India ahead of full launch

Samsung Pay early access arrives in India ahead of full launch

We’ve known for a while now that Samsung Pay is inbound for India, and now it looks like users in the nation are able to sign up for early access to the mobile payment platform. It’s still not clear when exactly the service will be available in India, but the early access registration is a reassuring sign that it must be inbound, at least for those who own a Galaxy A5, A7, S7, S7 edge, or Note 5.

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Google shutting down Hands Free next week

Google shutting down Hands Free next week

With so much attention given to Android Pay, you'd be forgiven if you forgot about Google Hands Free. Hands Free, which was announced back in 2015, was meant to take the idea of mobile payments one step further by making them, well, hands free. It seems that the idea never really took off, though, and as a result, Google has announced plans to shut it down.

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Fifth Third Bank now supports Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet

Fifth Third Bank now supports Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet

U.S. company Fifth Third Bank (53rd) has announced support for Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet, bringing the total number of mobile payment platforms it supports up to five. Customers with a Fifth Third Bank account can use, in addition to the two above, Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, and MasterPass to make payments using the app and their phone instead of their debit or credit card at supported stores.

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Samsung Pay Mini for iOS won’t launch following Apple rejection

Samsung Pay Mini for iOS won’t launch following Apple rejection

We’ve been hearing for months that Samsung planned to launch a version of its mobile payment app for iOS, but now it seems those plans have been scrapped. According to a new report, Apple rejected Samsung's mobile app from its App Store, the reasons for which aren't clear, and the South Korean company doesn't plan on resubmitting the app. Samsung will instead double down in its focus on Android.

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Apple Pay debuts in Spain with support for Mastercard and American Express

Apple Pay debuts in Spain with support for Mastercard and American Express

Apple Pay officially launched in Spain this week, making it the latest European nation to accept Apple's contactless mobile payments service. It also comes shortly after similar debuts in Japan, New Zealand, and Russia. Using compatible iPhone models or an Apple Watch, Apple Pay will allow users to make fast and easy payments at 27 Spanish retailers simply by holding their device over an NFC terminal.

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Samsung Gear S3 supports Samsung Pay on any Android phone

Samsung Gear S3 supports Samsung Pay on any Android phone

The Samsung Gear S3, Samsung's latest smartwatch device, is now available in the US and UK, and, as you'd expect, it features support for Samsung Pay, the company's own mobile payments service, along with features including LTE connectivity, GPS, and a heart-rate sensor. But it seems Samsung has been saving a little surprise for the Gear S3's launch: the watch will support Samsung Pay even if it's paired with a non-Samsung Android smartphone.

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Apple Pay updated to support non-profit donations

Apple Pay updated to support non-profit donations

Giving Tuesday is coming up at the end of the month, and today Apple Pay is making it a little easier to donate. Apple announced today that Apply Pay now supports donations to non-profit charities, removing some barriers to contributing money. There's no waiting between the announcement and roll out, as Apple Pay's donation functionality is live from today.

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McDonald’s will soon offer in-app food orders and payments

McDonald’s will soon offer in-app food orders and payments

Over the last few years, a number of fast-food and take-out restaurants in the US have launched smartphone apps that allow customers to not only place their order ahead of time, but specify a location for pick-up and even pay in advance. This includes places like Taco Bell, Starbucks, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Now the biggest fast-food franchise of them all, McDonald's, is finally catching up.

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MasterCard selfie payments are rolling out in the US and Canada

MasterCard selfie payments are rolling out in the US and Canada

MasterCard showed off ‘selfie pay’ and fingerprint payment technology several months ago, and now the services are rolling out in the United States and Canada. Called Identity Check Mobile, this new technology uses both biometric data varieties to authorize online payments. The idea is that using fingerprint or facial images is safer than current options, and you won’t have to remember a password to log in.

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