Alipay app for tourists: foreign visitors in China can now use popular mobile payments

Alipay app for tourists - Shanghai

Alipay and WeChat pay are widely used in China and now travelers to the country can use them, too. Taking a trip to mainland China? You might be glad to know that there is a WeChat pay and Alipay app for tourists now available. Alibaba and WeChat announced that travelers to the country will be able to link their international cards to their payment apps. This move will make it more convenient for tourists to buy goods in China. Prior to the roll out of these mobile payment options for…

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Beauty filters to be added to Alipay’s facial recognition payments system

Facial recognition payments - Woman with mobile phone

Alipay is catering to China’s beauty culture. Alipay, a Chinese third-party mobile and online payment platform, recently announced that it would soon add beautifying filters in its facial recognition payments systems at retail locations across China. A survey revealed that those who use facial scanning tech to make payments feel ugly when doing so. The announcement, which was made on July 2, comes after the results of a recent poll conducted by Sina Technology. The tech news portal surveyed over 40,000 people, who were asked if scanning their faces when…

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Digital QR code ID cards headed to China

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The country’s e-governance is using a combination of quick response codes and smartphones for identification. China is launching a new type of QR code ID cards for its citizens to use, provided they don’t mind a digital facial scan. This marketplace is known for the success of its mobile payments and m-commerce systems. The popularity of mobile payments has reached the point that it is driving the country forward into becoming cashless. This has been a goal for many nations around the world, but China is doing it successfully. It…

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QR code payment fraud in China’s radar with new caps

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As popular as the mobile transactions may be, the country’s central bank is issuing new security regulations. China’s central bank is rolling out new regulations to help prevent QR code payment fraud. Quick response codes have become exceptionally popular in the country but have exposed consumers to fraudulent activities from criminals. Some of the most popular mobile payments apps in China currently use the barcodes to complete transactions. Both WeChat and Alibaba’s AliPay – two of the largest mobile payments apps in the country – use QR code payment technology…

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Starbucks mobile payments to launch in China

Starbucks mobile payments card

The coffee giant has finally announced its intentions to expand its smartphone based experience in China. The Seattle-based coffee giant will finally be launching its Starbucks mobile payments in China. This expansion of its digital features has been long anticipated within that tremendous market. This will make it possible for customers to pay for orders using their smartphones. They will also be able to collect My Starbucks Rewards. The company announced the availability of this mobile commerce experience for over 2,200 Chinese locations. In a press release, Starbucks China president,…

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