mobile payments

IDEMIA Recognized for Wearable Payments Solution

IDEMIA Recognized for Wearable Payments Solution

“The PayWear solution essentially revolves around a small chip called the “PayWear Card”, which can be inserted into a wristband or a small silicone token called the PayWear Keeper.” Australian bank Westpac has bestowed IDEMIA with an innovation award for its efforts with PayWear, a wearable payments solution that bank offers to its customers. The…

Costco Support Points to Growing Legitimacy of Apple Pay

Costco Support Points to Growing Legitimacy of Apple Pay

Costco shoppers can now use Apple Pay to make their purchases across the US. The support applies to all 750 of the bulk retailer’s outlets across the country, and Costco says it’s also planning to enable Apple Pay support at its gas stations. It’s the latest big breakthrough for Apple in terms of getting major…

At 3-Year Anniversary, Samsung Pay Reaches South Africa

At 3-Year Anniversary, Samsung Pay Reaches South Africa

Samsung Pay has now reached South Africa, the company has announced. Samsung’s mobile payments platform arrives in the country with the support of domestic banks Absa and Standard Bank, as well as Visa and Mastercard. Other partners for the launch include Virgin Money, British Airways, and the Avios airfare rewards program. In a post on…

Google Pay Support Sees Big Expansion

Google Pay Support Sees Big Expansion

“…the new Google Pay supporters are mostly small and mid-range in size, with examples including the Bank of Colorado, Freedom Northwest Credit Union, and The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod.” Google has dramatically extended its Google Pay payment platform’s base of support in the US, with the addition of 111 banks and credit unions to…

Apple Pay Has 252 Million Users And Counting: Loup Ventures

Apple Pay Has 252 Million Users And Counting: Loup Ventures

About 31 percent of active iPhone users are also using Apple Pay, Apple’s biometrically secured digital payments platform, according to a new estimate from Loup Ventures. And the firm predicts this number will rise substantially. In a new post on its website, the investment firm says Apple will lead the charge for digital wallets more…

Chase, Samsung Pay Join Forces

Chase, Samsung Pay Join Forces

“…Samsung Pay’s MST technology will allow them to use their Chase Pay accounts to make purchases at virtually any point of sale using their phones, even those that would seem to only support swipe-based payments.” Samsung and Chase Bank have teamed up to integrate the latter’s mobile payments platform into the former’s. That means consumers…

Apple Pay Swoops In as eBay Begins Transition Away from PayPal

Apple Pay Swoops In as eBay Begins Transition Away from PayPal

“…evidently the time has come for eBay to offer its end users more options for paying for their purchases, and that’s good news not only for Apple but for the likes of Samsung and Google, which may very well also seek to get their digital wallet platforms integrated into eBay’s system.” eBay is starting to…

Samsung Drops Payments Platform from Budget Phones

Samsung Drops Payments Platform from Budget Phones

Samsung is no longer including its mobile payments platform in budget-friendly devices. Whereas budget devices like the Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 launched with Samsung Pay last year, in 2018 only three of 10 Samsung smartphones featured the payments app – the new Galaxy S9 devices, and the A8. According to new reports, the strategy…

Apple in Talks to Bring Payments Platform to Austria

Apple in Talks to Bring Payments Platform to Austria

Apple’s biometrically secured mobile wallet may soon be in the pockets of many Austrians. The company is now in talks with Payment Services Austria (PSA), which is reportedly negotiating on behalf of all of the country’s banks. An Austrian launch would represent Apple Pay’s continuing march across Europe, with the platform having recently gone live…

P2P Transfers, Virtual Tickets Come to Google Pay

P2P Transfers, Virtual Tickets Come to Google Pay

“Google Pay can now support digital concert tickets and boarding passes in its virtual wallet.” Google continues to refine its mobile payments platform as its confusing rebranding effort starts to smooth out, announcing new features to improve the user experience. Perhaps the most important one is the integration of peer-to-peer payments into the Google Pay…

Fit Pay Prepares for Mass Production of Bitcoin Payments Device

Fit Pay Prepares for Mass Production of Bitcoin Payments Device

Fit Pay has completed testing of its bitcoin payment device, and plans to start shipping the solution soon, the company has announced. Dubbed the Flip, the device can be loaded with US dollars exchanged from the user’s Bitcoin account. In appearance it looks almost like a large poker chip, but in function it is essentially…

Biometrics a Key Topic at U.S. Payments Forum Event

Biometrics a Key Topic at U.S. Payments Forum Event

Biometrics and other innovative methods of authentication will be a key topic at the July Member Meeting of the U.S. Payments Forum, a non-profit cross-industry alliance that encompasses the whole payments ecosystem. Organizers have announced the agenda for this year’s event, and it’s going to kick off with a plenary panel entitled, “Next Generation Consumer…

Fit Pay Celebrates New Integrations, Promises More Big News

Fit Pay Celebrates New Integrations, Promises More Big News

NXT-ID subsidiary Fit Pay is on a roll, according to its President. Speaking on the Investorideas.com podcast, Fit Pay President Michael Orlando pointed to new fitness tracking products that feature Fit Pay contactless payments technology, and hinted at new developments to come. The recently launched products are both from Garmin. One is the Vivoactive 3…

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