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Google Hands Free mobile payments go live in South Bay

Google Hands Free mobile payments go live in South Bay

During its I/O 2015 conference last year, Google introduced a mobile payment platform that is similar to Android Pay, and it’s called Hands Free. As the name suggests, Hands Free allows a payment to be made hands-free — all users have to do is announce they’d like to pay with Google. There have been few mentions about it until today, with Google announcing that Hands Free is expanding to people living in the South Bay region of San Francisco,

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MasterCard’s about to roll out selfie and fingerprint payments

MasterCard’s about to roll out selfie and fingerprint payments

MasterCard is about to change the way you authenticate your mobile payments, and it’ll simply require the hardware your phone (probably) already has: a front-facing camera and/or a fingerprint sensor. The company has announced a newly developed mobile technology that, once launched, will allow customers in North America and parts of Europe to authenticate their payments by snapping a selfie or scanning their finger, eliminating the need for PINS, passwords, and other more vulnerable codes.

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Apple Pay hits 2 million accepted locations worldwide

Apple Pay hits 2 million accepted locations worldwide

It may have started off a bit slow, with only a few select retailers offering support, but Apple's mobile payments system Apple Pay has reached acceptance at 2 million worldwide locations. That is a lot of places for users to make payments on the go with their iPhone 6, 6s, and Apple Watch, and it's well beyond the company's own goal of reaching 1.5 million retail outlets before the end of 2015.

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Target tipped in plan to launch mobile payment system

Target tipped in plan to launch mobile payment system

Target is looking into launching its own mobile payment system, according to sources. The company is tipped in the early stages of its effort, and sources indicate the service could launch in early 2016; however, because the project has only just started, it is possible the launch could be later in the year. While sources say the mobile payment system hasn’t been tested in any stores yet, the company has reportedly partnered with some credit card companies.

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Samsung Pay is heading to China in 2016 too

Samsung Pay is heading to China in 2016 too

Right on the heels of the announcement that Apple Pay is launching in China in early 2016, Samsung has done the same, revealing that its own mobile payments system will be available in the country at around the same time. Similar to Apple, Samsung Pay has reached a deal with China UnionPay, the nation's bankcard association, allowing its cardholders to user their compatible Samsung smartphone to make NFC-based payments at QuickPass point-of-sale terminals.

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Walmart announces Walmart Pay for QR code-based mobile payments

Walmart announces Walmart Pay for QR code-based mobile payments

Having resisted the growing presence of mobile payment systems from Apple, Google, and Samsung, retail giant Walmart today announced its own solution called — wait for it — Walmart Pay. The system is actually rolling out as an update to the existing Walmart app for both iOS and Android, and is set to be accepted at select Walmart stores starting on Thursday.

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Apple Pay enters testing at JCPenny, scheduled for spring 2016 rollout

Apple Pay enters testing at JCPenny, scheduled for spring 2016 rollout

US department store chain JCPenny is about to become one of the latest retailers to begin accepting mobile payments via Apple Pay. While a full nationwide rollout of the payment method is said to be in the works for spring of 2016, a limited test program has been launched that allows shoppers to add their JCPenny store credit cards to their iPhones to use with Apple Pay.

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Square launches new NFC reader with Apple Pay support

Square launches new NFC reader with Apple Pay support

Square, the mobile payment company behind the iconic little card readers that plug into smartphones and tablets, has just introduced its first NFC reader, taking a step towards contactless payment methods including Apple Pay. The small, white reader is shaped like a (wait for it) square, and the company has made it available first to 100 small businesses across the US, giving them the ability to accept payments from iPhone and Apple Watch users.

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LG makes LG Pay official, will be South Korea-only for now

LG makes LG Pay official, will be South Korea-only for now

As was first rumored just over a month ago, LG has made it official that it's jumping on the mobile payments bandwagon. The Korean manufacturer will be going toe-to-toe with Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay with the totally original-named "LG Pay." While it was first tipped to be called "G Pay," due to trademark filings, what the rumors were correct about is that the mobile payment system is being developed for a rollout in South Korea first.

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Apple Pay comes to Canada this week with American Express support

Apple Pay comes to Canada this week with American Express support

It seems the US's northern neighbors will soon finally be able to make use of mobile payments with their iPhone 6 or Apple Watch. That's right, Apple Pay is expected to launch in Canada on November 17th, as in, this Tuesday, complete with support for American Express cards. This news comes from the blog iPhone in Canada, which adds that the date of launch was confirmed by American Express representatives.

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Apple person-to-person payments said next in wallet war

Apple person-to-person payments said next in wallet war

Apple Pay has already waged war on your credit cards; now it's said to be targeting person-to-person payments. A new service, similar in concept to PayPal's Venmo system which allows individuals to send money digitally to friends and family, is said to be the topic of discussions between the Cupertino firm and its banking partners.

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Chase Pay chases after the mobile payment dream

Chase Pay chases after the mobile payment dream

One of the side effects of making mobile payment more mainstream is that soon there will be too many players in the market than you can count. While there are of course some heavyweights like Apple Pay and Android Pay or even Samsung Pay, there will always be some who want a large share of the pie. Take for example JPMorgan Chase, whose new, somewhat aptly named Chase Pay platform promises that holy grail of mobile payment systems: convenience to customers at now extra cost to merchants.

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