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Apple Pay’s first week reminds us that Apple’s secret sauce is in driving adoption

Ask ten people to answer the question, “What sets Apple apart from other consumer electronics and technology companies?” and you’re likely to get twenty different answers. Some point to its design sensibilities, others its savvy branding and marketing. Some might even cite supply chain mastery (architected in no small part by Tim Cook). Fewer still will likely [...]

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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? Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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Google Wallet update lets you scan cards to enter them

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Google Wallet got itself a nice little update today that allows you to scan your credit card to enter some of its information, instead of worrying about hitting all those numbers yourself. You’ll still have to add your name and CVV on your own.

Google also mentions the new Google Wallet Card in the changelog, as well as bugfixes and performance improvements.

    



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Google Wallet Card now available to order, ships in 10-12 days

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One card can be used to access funds from a variety of other cards and accounts

While the NFC-based Google Wallet payment system may not have taken off, Google is taking another swing at things with a physical Google Wallet Card. Yes, this is actually a physical credit card that basically fills the same role as the Google Wallet app tried to do previously, acting as a prepaid debit card that then pulls funds out of any connected account.

The Google Wallet Card is a physical prepaid debit card that allows you to access your Wallet Balance in the real world, at ATMs, banks, and wherever MasterCard® Debit is accepted.

If you’re in the U.S. and have the option to get a Google Wallet card, you’ll be prompted in the Google Wallet app or on the Google Wallet website, where you’ll then have to verify your identity and request the card. Verifying your identity is as simple as giving your name, address, birth date and social security number, but Google already had the necessary information from previous purchases for us to order with just two clicks.

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No, Google, thank you — Nexus 5 retail launch as smooth as you’d expect

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Before we go any further today, we do need to mention just how smooth Thursday’s launch of the Nexus 5 appeared to go from a retail standpoint. Google Play appeared to stand up to the nerd crush. Google Wallet — which in the past has been the bottleneck — handled the transactions as well as we could expect.

And phones are already shipping.

So kudos to the men and women behind the scenes — whose names and faces we never hear or see and who don’t get anywhere near enough credit from an all-too-often ungrateful public — for keeping the wheels turning better than they have in previous launches. You made a lot of nerds happy this week.

    



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Google Wallet ‘tap and pay’ can work on any Android 4.4 device, but still requires a U.S. SIM

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Giving hope for the future of NFC payments rather than notably changing the way anything works today

Changes in Android 4.4 KitKat are going to open up the possibilities of using NFC payments through Google Wallet, but it may not go as far as we would hope. Although the Google Wallet app itself has been opened to install on any device, the ability to use it for NFC payments (aka “tap and pay”) at physical stores has been dramatically limited by carriers and manufacturers. Responding to a post by Michael Bond on Google+, the official Google Wallet account gave us a bit of info today on the status as of Android 4.4:

If you have a Nexus 5 device, you can now use Google Wallet to tap and pay in stores with any carrier. We look forward to bringing NFC tap and pay functionality to more Android phones soon.

Now that doesn’t exactly mean every device running Android 4.4 — it specifically refers to the Nexus 5. And in that respect, nothing has really changed just yet. The Google Wallet support page, which has been updated to reflect the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 announcement, currently lists every device that is able to use Google Wallet tap and pay and the caveats associated.

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