Apple Pay swipes Starbucks’ long-held mobile payments crown

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The coffee chain has been the benchmark for m-payments success but no longer has the most users. For the first time, a general purpose mobile payments app has become more popular than Starbucks’ own as Apple Pay climbs to the top spot. The Seattle-based coffee company has been the gold standard for mobile payments success. New eMarketer Inc. data showed that Apple Pay now has more users than the Starbucks mobile payments service. Never before has a general purpose payment app been more popular than that of the coffee retailer.…

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JCPenney Apple Pay option removed from stores without warning

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The American retail chain has surprised customers by dropping the popular mobile payment method. JCPenney Apple Pay support has been dropped this month, surprising many of its customers who use the payment method. What makes the removal of support for this mobile wallet so surprising is that the company didn’t give its customers any warning that it would no longer be a payment option. JCPenney first rolled out Apple Pay as payment option to all its stores in 2016. Following JCPenney Apple Pay testing, which occurred in select stores in…

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New QR code user ID system to be launched by SafeWallet

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The cryptocurrency wallet is upgrading its user identification security. SafeWallet, a decentralized cryptocurrency wallet app operated by China-based Cheetah Mobile, has announced the release of a new QR code user ID system. The major security update will fully replace private keys and mnemonic phrases. The new system is the first of its kind. Until this most recent update, cryptocurrency wallet users have had to use long private keys and mnemonic phrases to back up their crypto-assets, according to a press release from Blockchain Wave Lab. These private keys and mnemonic…

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New Shell QR code makes it easier to pay for gas

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Customers using the stations in Thailand can scan quick response codes for a cashless fueling experience. The Shell Company of Thailand (SCOT) recently held a press event in which it announced its new Shell QR code, allowing consumers to fuel up without the need for cash. This represents the first time this type of mobile payments service has rolled out in the country’s gas stations. The press event came with a “Making Life’s Journey Better with Cashless Stations” theme. At the event, the company told the press that its Shell…

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Alphabet streamlines its mobile wallet app for improved offering

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Android Pay and Google Wallet will soon be combined into a single Google Pay service. Alphabet Inc. has announced that its mobile wallet app offerings will soon be streamlined into a single service. It will be bringing its Android Pay and Google Wallet into a single brand, which it will call Google Pay. The goal is to make it easier for users to make mobile payments using information saved into their Google Account. “With Google Pay, it’ll be easier for you to use the payment information saved to your Google…

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