Square system will now accept payments from Cash App mobile wallet

Mobile wallet - Square In-Store Payments

This feature is rolling out for merchants using the checkout system for in-person transactions. Square Inc (NYSE stock symbol SQ) has announced that it intends to allow CASH APP mobile wallet users to make purchases with the application when shopping in-person with merchants using its payment processing technology. The company is seeking to boost integration between its consumer and vendor business sides. The company has announced that users of the mobile wallet will be able to make in-store payments with their application either by scanning the merchant’s Square QR code…

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Mobile commerce is particularly strong among Android users throughout pandemic

Mobile commerce - Android shopping

App Annie, Liftoff and Poq data showed a spike in shopping app use as shoppers avoid in-person stores. It doesn’t come as much of a shock to anyone at all that mobile commerce exploded in popularity as the pandemic set in, and consumers sought to avoid contact through in-person shopping. That said, what is interesting according to recent data, is that it took off among Android users in particular, surpassing iOS users. Worldwide, there was a 49 percent increase in the amount of time using of shopping apps as of…

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Police use of Australian QR code check-in system skyrockets controversy

QR code check-in - scan qr code

Police forces are seeking use of the quick response codes intended as COVID-19 contact tracing. Australia’s privacy watchdog has called for a ban on the use of QR code check-in data by police forces. Law enforcement agencies in the country have been seeking to obtain the data collected through the COVID-19 spread control system on at least six occasions in efforts to solve unrelated crimes. The QR code check-in system had already been controversial, but this trend spiked with the news. The privacy watchdog has been joined by civil liberties…

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QR code menus are a restaurant trend not a short-term fad

QR code menus - scanning quick response code menu

The quick response codes started being used because they are contact-free, but restaurants love them. The pandemic brought about many changes to keep interactions contact-free, to say the least, but the QR code menus are among the tweaks that are likely to stick around well beyond the end of the health crisis. The quick response codes made it easier for restaurants to keep shared surfaces sanitized. Bars, restaurants and cafes have broadly replaced their printed offering lists with QR code menus. They allow diners to use their own phones to…

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HSBC Qatar announces launch of mobile payments services

Mobile payments service - HSBC Building

The financial institution is debuting the transaction and collection service for corporate customers. HSBC Qatar has announced the rollout of a new mobile payments service that it is making available to its personal and corporate customers. The company explained that the feature was launched as a part of the payment digitizing effort. The new mobile payments service will also be simplified in order to target the country’s unbanked sector in addition to visitors to Qatar. This will align the bank’s strategy with the country’s regulator’s ambitions. The second part of…

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