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What Happens Behind the Scenes When You Buy Things with Your Phone

You’ve decided to buy a new pair of shoes, and you’re going to pay for them by tapping your smartphone against the checkout stand. It’s just like using your credit card — except that it isn’t. Here’s what’s really happening to the money on your phone, when you spend it and when you are just carrying it around. » 5/20/15 4:45pm 5/20/15 4:45pm

Google Wallet Will Be the Easiest Way to Pay on Your New Android Phone

Apple has Apple Pay. If you have an iPhone 6, your mobile payments platform of choice is pretty much set in stone. But Android has no true de facto e-wallet, but Google is now making that decision much easier by working with Softcard and mobile carriers to come standard on every smartphone sold by AT&T, T-Mobile, and… » 2/23/15 1:30pm 2/23/15 1:30pm

Apple Pay Is Coming to Thousands of Vending Machine and Parking Meters

Apple Pay, and other mobile payment services like it, all share a similar vision of the future, one where people can leave their home with nothing but a smartphone and an ID (if that!), and still buy absolutely whatever they want. That dream's a little closer to reality now that USA Technologies brings NFC payments to… » 1/27/15 2:15pm 1/27/15 2:15pm

What Do Smartphones Need That They Don’t Already Have?

Welcome to the first week of September, also known as crazy-insane IFA 2014 and iPhone event extravaganza. During the next 10 days we'll see new handsets, smartwatches, and other tech paraphernalia from almost every major hardware manufacturer. So now I'm wondering, where do smartphones even go from here? » 8/31/14 4:00pm 8/31/14 4:00pm

Report: Apple Might Finally Embrace NFC With iPhone 6

After years of ignoring the promise of NFC, Apple may finally be ready to take the plunge—and one of its major applications may include mobile payments. Sources familiar with Apple's new payment plan spoke with Wired saying that the feature will be included in the new iPhone 6 when it is revealed on Sept. 9th. » 8/28/14 9:25am 8/28/14 9:25am

Google Wallet Will Let You Attach Money in Gmail

We already knew Google's got big plans to become your default money manager, killing the other contenders in the process. But now we're starting to find out just how deep the rabbit hole goes. Over the next few months, Google will be rolling out a Gmail option to attach money just like you would with any ol' file. » 5/16/13 12:41pm 5/16/13 12:41pm