Stop Carrying Credit Cards With This Fob That Can Fake Them

George Costanza would love the Loop: it's a tiny device that stores all of your credit card information, lets you pay at any terminal, and guarantees you'll never live with the threat of your wallet exploding again. And you can buy it right now. » 2/19/14 11:40am 2/19/14 11:40am

Google's New Wallet Card Brings It One Step Closer to Being a Bank

Over a year after rumors first surfaced, Google has finally unveiled the Google Wallet Card, a physical debit card that you can use to spend money from your Wallet account. The Mastercard-powered piece of plastic works just like a regular debit card and is available right now. » 11/20/13 2:45pm 11/20/13 2:45pm

OpenTable Wants to Fix the Single Most Annoying Thing About Eating Out

You just finished a delicious meal. You're itching to move on to the next spot to get more drinks. Or you're hoping to wrap up your meal so you can pay the sitter. Or maybe you just want to get the hell out of the restaurant just because. Whatever it is, you spend a snail's lifetime trying to flag down the waitress to… » 7/30/13 9:00pm 7/30/13 9:00pm

You Won't Need a PIN When You Pay for Everything with Your Face

Imagine a world where your debit card stays in your pocket at all times, and you never have to touch cash. This is a place where you don't have to remember your wallet, or even phone, when you run down to the corner store. It's a future well off in the distance, to be sure, but dozens of companies are taking the first… » 7/18/13 6:10pm 7/18/13 6:10pm

We're This Much Closer to Replacing Our Wallets With Phones

It sounds boring, but one of the most important frontiers in technology right now is how mobile can make paying for stuff easier. And while this year's Mobile World Congress might have been a little lacking in four-star hardware, there were some serious steps taken towards replacing your wallet with your smartphone. » 2/27/13 12:00pm 2/27/13 12:00pm

What Is Isis Mobile Payment?

Today, Austin and Salt Lake City are getting the first Isis-enabled phones from Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. It's a test program for the NFC-based payment system before it gets released to everyone else. But what is Isis, exactly, and how is it different from the dozens of other mobile payment techs? » 10/22/12 2:20pm 10/22/12 2:20pm

How to Ditch Cash and Pay for Everything Electronically

It's 2012, and we're still fussing with paper currency. Why isn't everything electronic? Or at the very least, exclusively utilizing magnetic strips on plastic rectangles? Where are those ID/Passport/money-replacing cards we were promised in the 90s? » 9/29/12 11:00am 9/29/12 11:00am

Why NFC-Enabled Computers Will Usher in the Future of Online Shopping

Today at the Intel Developer Forum, MasterCard joined the chipmaker onstage to talk about electronic payments. Beneath all the marketing speak and generic statements however was a wonderful revelation: the two companies are going to partner up and give merchants and laptop makers the necessary technology they need to… » 9/11/12 4:40pm 9/11/12 4:40pm

Why Isn't There Just One Way to Pay For Things With My Phone?

A bunch of big retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, 7-Eleven, and Sunoco are supposedly getting together to launch a joint mobile payment system called Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), the WSJ is reporting. But seriously, why another network? Google Wallet is promising, but it's not on many devices, nor is it… » 8/15/12 11:40am 8/15/12 11:40am

Will You 'Pay With Square?'

With the big push behind Pay With Square (including the recent addition of deals), the announcement of Apple's Passbook, and the looming mobile payment war, digital wallets are about to rise up in a big way. But without NFC, I just don't see myself using any of them. Do any of you use 'Pay With Square' now? (Or do you… » 6/26/12 3:20pm 6/26/12 3:20pm

Is Sprint Ditching Google Wallet for Its Own Mobile Payment System?

Google Wallet hasn't exactly grown into the beast Google probably wanted it to, but it at least had a major carrier—Sprint—in its backpocket. But now, as recent rumors and leaks suggest, Sprint is now working on a NFC-based mobile payment system of its own. » 6/12/12 10:44am 6/12/12 10:44am

Verifone Sail Wants to Make the Square Card Reader Irrelevant

Verifone is a company which many people probably don't know buy name, but use on a regular basis: a large number of credit card terminals you swipe away at everyday are powered by Verifone technology. Then Square popped up few years ago, turning any iPhone or Android device into a credit card terminal, gaining public… » 5/07/12 3:00pm 5/07/12 3:00pm

Now Android Users Can Pay For Their Venti Soya Mochaccino-Whatevers…

Joining the iPhone app, Starbucks now allows customers to pay for their beverages and calorie-laden baked goods with a QR code-creating app. It only works on Android 2.1+, and in the 6,800 national stores that support phone payments. [Android via Engadget] » 6/15/11 7:00am 6/15/11 7:00am