Mike Mozart

Tap Or Scan Here To Pay: Know Your Mobile Payment Apps

Mobile wallets and payment apps: they’re supposed to make it simpler and easier to pay for stuff, or at least let us grab lunch when we’ve forgotten our wallet. Yet there’s now a wide variety of payment apps out there, including systems that are only for one brand of phone (Samsung Pay, Apple Pay) or only for one retailer (Walmart Pay). Which can you use for what purpose? Which is compatible with ancient smartphones? [More]

(USPTO)

Apple Patent Shows System Designed To Let People Pay Their Friends From Inside iOS Apps

Usually when I’m harassing my roommate via text message to pay me back for the pizza and beer I bought her the night before, I have to use another app to request that $519 (we really like pizza). Apple is thinking about offering another option, it seems, with a patent for a system that would allow iMessage users to pay each other from within the messaging app itself, as well as from within other iOS features. [More]

Samsung Offering To Pay Customers Who Sign Up For Its Mobile Payment System

Samsung Offering To Pay Customers Who Sign Up For Its Mobile Payment System

When it comes to competing in the mobile payment arena, Samsung has a plan to convince customers to pay for stuff with its technology: the company is offering up free gift cards to people who sign up for Samsung Pay. [More]

(So Cal Metro)

Chevron And Visa Try Out Mobile Payments At The Gas Pump

Mobile payment at the gas pump using NFC technology like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, or Android Pay? What is this technological wizardry? Yes, Chevron is starting to experiment with making the hottest technology of 2014 available at the pumps in its gas stations, starting with 20 stations in California. [More]

Twitter announced an expansion of its Buy Now button.

Twitter Expands Availability Of “Buy Now” Buttons

A year after Twitter began dipping its toes in the waters of e-commerce by testing “Buy Now” buttons,buttons, the company is expanding its foray into retail sales with new partnerships intended to give more businesses the ability to sell their wares directly through Twitter. [More]

Some Best Buy Stores Now Taking Apple, Android Pay

Best Buy continued its love affair with Apple this week, as several locations of the electronics retailer started accepting the tech company’s mobile payment system. Alert consumers began noticing a few days ago that some Best Buy locations now allowed customers to pay with both Apple Pay and Android Pay, just a month after the retailer’s exclusive agreement with MCX – a consortium creating payment platform CurrentC – ended. The retailer announced back in April that it would start offering Apple’s payment option at some point in 2015, but failed to elaborate on a timeline. [Apple Insider]

Macy’s Customers Will Now Be Able To Use PayPal At The Register

Macy’s Customers Will Now Be Able To Use PayPal At The Register

At one time, PayPal was the method of payment preferred by people sending money to their friends or making a quick purchase online. Now, the payment company has upped its game – and its presence in physical stores – by inking a deal that will allow Macy’s customers to use Paypal at the register. [More]

Buy Buttons Coming To A Twitter Feed Near You

Buy Buttons Coming To A Twitter Feed Near You

“Buy buttons” are all the rage right now: from Google search ads to Apple’s product pages, companies are streamlining the buying process by cutting out the need to toggle between several pages to purchase a product. Now, that simplicity can be found in your Twitter feed. [More]

(Sergio Uceda)

Poll: Most People With Digital Wallets Don’t Bother To Use Them

Many of our readers have smartphones, and you could be reading this post on a smartphone right now. While they make fine Consumerist-reading devices, we keep hearing that smartphones will become out method of choice to make in-person payments, and we won’t have to carry physical wallets around. However, while Google and Apple would love for everyone to use their respective digital wallet products, consumers simply aren’t interested yet. [More]

(Philip Taylor)

Apple Pay Now Accepts All Major Credit Cards After Finally Adding Discover

Apple Pay now supports all major U.S. credit card companies, after Discover and the payment system finally reached a deal. [More]

Facebook Launches Payments System For Messenger App Users

Facebook Launches Payments System For Messenger App Users

Facebook is dipping its toe into the pool of mobile payments, announcing this week that it’s launching a system that will allow users of its mobile Messenger app to send money to friends. [More]

Starbucks Mobile Ordering Expands To Washington And Idaho

Starbucks Mobile Ordering Expands To Washington And Idaho

If you’re dreaming of the day that you can order and pay for your Starbucks beverage with no human interaction whatsoever, you’re apparently not alone. Customers have been asking for the ability to order in advance from the mobile app for as long as Starbucks has had a mobile payment app, and the test is expanding from just one city to two states. Starbucks says that it should go national later this year. [More]

(Mike Mozart)

Burger King, PayPal Join Forces So Consumers Can Buy Whoppers With A Touch Of Their Phones

Consumers partial to using PayPal for purchases can soon take the payment system offline to buy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Burger King. [More]

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Starbucks To Add Tipping Function To Mobile Payment App

One of the knocks against Starbucks’ mobile payment app is that it doesn’t have a way for the customer to add a tip if they want to. But the coffee colossus has apparently realized the error of its ways and is working on a way to allow for tipping. [More]

Banks Working On Linking Up Their Payment Systems To Make Person-To-Person Mobile Transfers Easier

Banks Working On Linking Up Their Payment Systems To Make Person-To-Person Mobile Transfers Easier

The way younger generations are glued to their smartphones, there’s almost nothing they can’t do with the swipe of a touch screen. Old-fashioned things like writing checks or even paying a roommate with cash is such a bother to some, but yet transferring money to other people with apps hasn’t really caught on like the banking industry figured it would. That’s why the nation’s big four are discussing how they can link up their payment systems to make it easier for consumers to send money via mobile devices or even emails. [More]

Starbucks Hooks Up With Square & Hands Over $25 Million In Mobile Payment Deal

Starbucks Hooks Up With Square & Hands Over $25 Million In Mobile Payment Deal

Starbucks and Square are totally hooking up and aren’t afraid to let everyone know about it. The sprawling, ubiquitous coffee chain says it’s going to invest $25 million in Square as part of the deal, which will also have Square processing the retailer’s debit and credit card purchases. [More]

Are Mobile Payments Going To Be Bigger Than Cash Or Credit By 2020?

Are Mobile Payments Going To Be Bigger Than Cash Or Credit By 2020?

There’s no doubt that mobile payments are on the rise. But do they have the momentum and provide enough benefits to give cash and credit cards a run for their money by 2020? Yes they do, says a new survey of technology experts and stakeholders by the Pew Internet & American Life Project released today. [More]