Report: EU Antitrust Officials Are Looking Into Apple Pay, iPhone NFC Chips

Officials across the European Union have already made their thoughts on Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project clear. Now those concerns have extended to Apple Pay, with EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager’s office probing whether the company’s pre-installed mobile payments software is playing dirty with the competition, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

You’ll Probably Get Approved for an Apple Card – but Be Wary

Wondering if you’ll get approved for the Apple Card? Turns out you probably don’t have to. Goldman Sachs, the bank issuing the card, is reportedly approving applications from subprime applicants, according to CNBC. Read More >>

Soon You’ll be Able to Use Apple Pay on the London Underground Without Verifying Every. Single. Time

The great thing about London's transport network, aside from the fact it's got excellent coverage, is that you can pop in and out with contactless payments. Cards, phones, wacky overpriced wearable accessories, you name it. The issue so far is that some of them, particularly Apple Pay, are a real stickler for verification. So instead of tapping your phone on the pad, you also have to verify yourself one way or another. Read More >>

UK Government Starts Accepting Apple & Google Pay

A small part of the government, that's probably only three people sharing a 1990s Dell and operating out of a high-ceilinged room that could really do with a refurb, has started accepting the modern mobile-only contactless systems of Apple and Google when paying for services. Read More >>

Everything Apple Announced Yesterday

Apple’s highly anticipated, celebrity-studded services event didn’t disappoint in two specific regards. One, there were a lot of celebrities present. Two, there were also a lot of new services announced. It’s hard to say which was more exciting. Read More >>

What Even Is Cash Anymore?

Laundry days are the worst. Not because I hate doing laundry – I love warm, fluffy, clean clothes – but because I need cold hard cash to use the machines at my local 24-hour laundromat. Legitimately, I’ve sat here for 20 minutes trying to think of anything besides laundry that I regularly use actual cash for. I got nada. Read More >>

Banking Newcomer Monzo Now Supports Apple Pay

Monzo launched three years ago, with banking restrictions enabling the app-based company to offer current accounts last April. So it's more than fair to say they're pretty new to the whole banking scene, and have done pretty well for themselves in that time. Monzo has been offering Android/Google Pay to its customers since last October, but today it's announced that iOS customers will be able to use Apple Pay as well. Read More >>

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How to Set Up Your Phone to Buy (Almost) Everything Without Cash

Mobile payments are the future, so we’re told. Apple, Google, and Android all want you surviving on nothing but their products—your financial data safely stored on an NFC chip inside. While not every store supports it, most of them do, and more are being added regularly. Same with the banks. We’ve run though everything, from which banks and stores support smartphone pay to which app to use. So read on so you can stop reaching for your wallet every time you want a coffee. Read More >>

Rumour: Samsung Pay Will Launch In The UK This Month

Bixby isn't the only feature UK users are missing on the new Samsung Galaxy S8: we've also been waiting basically forever to get Samsung Pay. But it sounds like that wait could be nearly over. Read More >>

Barclays Customers Can FINALLY Use Apple Pay

Barclays has finally jumped on board with Apple Pay, just a cool nine months after the service came to the UK. Barclays and Barclaycard customers can start using the contactless payment service straight away -- yep, that means today -- so you can expect to see lots of people struggle to pay for goodies at the shops and journeys around the capital with their iPhones, Apple Watches and iPads over the next week or so. Read More >>

Why You Should Care if Apple Pay Comes to Websites

A report in Recode suggests that Apple is planning to bring Apple Pay to websites later this year, which will let you buy stuff online with your iPhone. An incremental change to a marginally popular payment service doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s arguably the biggest payment move Apple has ever made. Read More >>

These Banks Will Support Android Pay When it Launches in the UK

Google has announced that it will bring Android Pay to the UK “in the next few months”. The service, which launched in the US last September, is essentially Apple Pay for Android users, allowing you to buy goods with an NFC-equipped device running Android 4.4 or higher, rather than a credit or debit card. Read More >>

Why Visa Having a Developer Platform Actually Matters

A very dull press release from Visa has announced an actually important thing: the world’s largest payment processing network is opening up to developers. Yawn all you like, but this is big news. Read More >>

Barclays Customers Will Get Apple Pay By April

While most iPhone users have been able to use Apple Pay to spend their moolah since soon after it launched in the UK last July, Barclays customers have been left (quite literally in this case) twiddling their thumbs hoping for the service to be activated. Initially declining to comment on its position before settling on a vague "early 2016" launch, Barclays has now finally given more concrete information on its roll out plans. Read More >>

Apple Pay Users Get Free* London Travel For a Month of Mondays

If you happen to own an Apple Watch, iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus, you’re probably not especially short of cash, but MasterCard and Apple have teamed up to give you free travel on London's transport services. Read More >>