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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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Credit card signature phase-out: 5 things to know

Credit card signature phase-out: 5 things to know

Credit card signatures in the US are finally set to retire, with the card networks putting their foot down over chip-enabled payments. While credit cards with embedded security chips - also known as EMV cards - have become commonplace, the need to still sign a paper slip or a touchscreen was a hangover from the old days of magnetic strip swiping. Now, US retailers are finally getting up to speed with the new technology, though it may not be entirely smooth sailing. Here's what you need to know...

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Venmo instant transfer suddenly stops working

Venmo instant transfer suddenly stops working

The mobile payment system just got a little bit interesting. Just a while ago, Google announced the ability to send or request for payment, via Google Pay of course, using Google Assistant. This direct peer-to-peer payment has been one of the key features of certain mobile payment systems, including PayPal's Venmo. Somewhat suspiciously, Venmo's system is now under fire after it abruptly pulled one of its most popular features, the ability instantly transfer money from Venmo to a linked bank account.

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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 Contacts can send money via Google Pay Send

Google Contacts can send money via Google Pay Send

Google Pay Send isn’t the catchiest name for a product, but don’t knock it simply for its name. It is, after all, the Google answer to Apple’s relatively new direct peer-to-peer payment option in Apple Pay. But while Google Pay Send does already let you send or even request payment directly from the Android Messages app, Google is taking half a step further but by letting you do all that from within the Google Contacts app as well.

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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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Google Pay assimilates Android Pay, Google Wallet into a single platform

Google Pay assimilates Android Pay, Google Wallet into a single platform

Google isn’t exactly known for always having a coherent product message and lineup. Just take a look at its current mess of messaging apps and services, not to mention those that it already retired. To a lesser extent, that is the same situation with its mobile payment systems, previously comprised of Android Pay, Google Wallet, and, if you’re in India, Tez. “Previously”, because Google is now combining two of those, namely Android Pay and Google Wallet, into a single “Google Pay” brand to reduce, or increase, confusion.

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You can also use your Apple Watch with Apple Pay Cash

You can also use your Apple Watch with Apple Pay Cash

After a brief hiccup due to an unplanned early update, Apple has finally flipped the switch for its much-awaited “person to person” mobile payment system. But since Apple Pay Cash transactions happen on Messages, you might presume it’s only limited to iPhones and iPads. Apple has now released the fine details of the new system and in case you missed it in beta, here’s the all-important reminder: you can use the Apple Watch to send payments, too.

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Target Wallet launched for in-store mobile payment

Target Wallet launched for in-store mobile payment

If you’ve been wondering why Target hasn’t yet adopted the use of the likes of Apple Pay in its stores, you know have your answer. Not unlike fellow retailer Walmart, Target has just announced its own Target Wallet system to enable the use of smartphones to pay at checkout counters. While this is promised to greatly speed up the payment process, it does put the burned on the customer to have yet another mobile payment system to mind.

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