mobile payments

Zelle, the U.S. banks’ Venmo rival, will launch its mobile app next week

Zelle, the PayPal rival backed by more than 30 U.S. banks, is preparing to launch its standalone mobile app on Tuesday, September 12th. The move is meant to give the U.S. banking industry a foothold i

Alibaba debuts ‘smile to pay’ facial recognition payments at KFC in China

China is streets ahead when it comes to digital payments. The latest leap is facial recognition technology that allows a customer to pay by literally flashing a smile. Alibaba’s Ant Financial af

Beijing’s public transport system gets an app for paying fares — but Apple isn’t invited

Apple continues to be locked out of China’s massive mobile payments space. The latest reminder came this week when Beijing’s transportation system opened up to smartphone payments… v

Baidu teams up with PayPal to take its Chinese mobile wallet global

PayPal has continued its strategy of expanding its presence on mobile after it revealed a tie-up with Baidu. The arrangement will allow the Chinese firm’s 100 million mobile wallet users to make

Shake Shack’s CEO is joining Square’s board of directors

Square just announced that Randy Garutti, the CEO of Shake Shack, is joining the payment company’s board of directors. Garutti has been with Shack Shack since before they opened their first location

Amazon Pay Places lets you pay for real-world shopping using your Amazon info, starting with TGI Fridays orders

Amazon is today introducing a new feature called Amazon Pay Places, that allows customers to pay for in-store and order ahead shopping experiences using their Amazon app. That is, instead of using cas

UK’s digital-only Starling Bank adds Apple Pay support

Digital-only UK "challenger" bank, Starling Bank, has added support for Apple Pay -- meaning its customers can now add their Starling debit card to their Apple Wallet and make contactless payments dra

PayPal to become a payment option in Samsung Pay, including in-app, online and in-store

Samsung users will be able to choose PayPal as their preferred method of payment in-app, online and in retail stores through the Samsung Pay mobile payments platform, the companies announced today. Th

Worldpay, valued at $10B, confirms JPMorgan and Vantiv are trying to buy it

Some consolidation is underway in the world of payment processing: Worldpay — the giant company that says it processes 31 million mobile, online and in-store transactions daily and competes agai

There’s a war brewing in Japan, and the banks should pay attention

People often use the term “time machine model” in Japan. It refers to the lag with Silicon Valley when it comes to startups and innovation. When a time machine model gains momentum locally, usuall

Zelle, the real-time Venmo competitor backed by over 30 U.S. banks, arrives this month

The U.S. banking industry’s answer to Venmo has now arrived. Starting this month, a new, person-to-person payments network called Zelle will roll out to the over 86 million mobile banking custom

Target and Cartwheel apps to merge starting this summer, mobile payments and improved maps to follow

Target’s mobile app strategy will undergo a significant change, starting this summer. The retailer announced this week it will soon combine the functionality of its Cartwheel savings app with it

Apple Pay now supports higher value transactions at most UK contactless tills

If the UK's £30 contactless payment limit was holding back greater adoption of Apple's biometric contactless payment tech, Apple Pay, the company should expect to see uplift in usage as it believes t

Android Pay to expand to new markets, add improved loyalty card features

Yesterday at Google’s developer conference I/O, the company announced upgrades to its Payment API that will make it easier for end users to switch between their multiple payment cards when chec

MasterCard trials biometric bankcard with embedded fingerprint reader

MasterCard is trialling a Chip and PIN bankcard that includes an embedded fingerprint reader, introducing a biometric authentication layer for card payments -- and taking a leaf out of the book of App

PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments

PayPal is joining forces with Google’s Android Pay mobile payments platform, the companies announced this morning – an effort aimed at allowing PayPal to expand its footprint both within m

Android Pay now works in Bank of America, USAA, Discover & other mobile banking apps

Android Pay, Google’s answer to Apple Pay and other mobile payment technologies, today unveiled new partnerships with a handful of banks from around the world, who will integrate the service in

Samsung is aiming to widen access to contactless payments

While Samsung's most high profile contactless payment push is the eponymous Samsung Pay -- aka its mobile payments product, which competes with the likes of Apple Pay and Android Pay -- the company is

McDonald’s begins testing Mobile Order & Pay ahead of nationwide launch

McDonald's began testing mobile ordering and payments on Wednesday in select U.S. markets -- the first to receive the technology as part of a pilot test aimed at working out the kinks ahead of a full

You can now send and request money in Gmail on Android

Google Wallet has been integrated into Gmail on the web since 2013, but today Google is rolling out a new integration on mobile. Starting today, users of the Gmail app on Android will be able to send
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