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Google Pay Makes Tardy French Debut

Google Pay Makes Tardy French Debut

“The French launch of Google Pay also comes after a major extension of its support in the US, with Google announcing in late summer that 111 additional banks and credit unions were supporting the platform.” Google’s mobile payments platform has finally arrived in France, long after its major rivals. Six banks and credit card companies – Boon,…

Bixby to Start Trading Stocks in 2019

Bixby to Start Trading Stocks in 2019

Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant will soon be able to buy and sell stocks via voice command. The functionality is currently being developed by DeepSearch, a Korea-based data analytics service whose platform is designed to deliver important information about publicly traded companies to end users. Accordingly, as the Korea Herald reports, the new Bixby capability will…

Competition Commission Raids Swiss Banks Over Alleged Collusion Against Apple Pay, Samsung Pay

Competition Commission Raids Swiss Banks Over Alleged Collusion Against Apple Pay, Samsung Pay

Switzerland’s Competition Commission, WEKO (for “Wettbewerbskommission”), has raided the offices of Credit Suisse, UBS, TWINT, and other domestic financial services providers in a probe concerning unfair business practices toward mobile payments platforms including Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. WEKO says it is investigating the possibility that these organizations have organized a boycott of the mobile…

IDEMIA Helps JCB to Enable Google Pay for Customers

IDEMIA Helps JCB to Enable Google Pay for Customers

“…IDEMIA technology is playing a vital role in the process of converting real payment cards into virtual Google Pay payment cards, not just for JCB but also its issuing and processing partners.” IDEMIA is going to help deliver Google’s mobile payments platform to Japan in collaboration with JCB, the company has announced. The Google Pay…

Student IDs Go Mobile in Apple Wallet

Student IDs Go Mobile in Apple Wallet

Apple is now bringing university student cards into its digital wallet platform, announcing that it has teamed up with multiple schools to enable students to use their iPhone or Apple Watch as a student card. Such functionality is now available for students at Duke University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Oklahoma. According…

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…

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…

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…

Visa Opens Payments Network to Developers

Visa Opens Payments Network to Developers

Visa has opened up its payment processing network to IT developers. Now, using the company’s Visa Developer platform, other companies can access key tools to help integrate Visa payment processing directly into their own applications and products. Essentially, the platform is a web portal for developers offering code, supporting documentation, and access to what Visa…

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