Facebook May Be Considering Changing Course as Libra Crypto Project Sails Towards Disaster

Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project has been heading full steam at a global financial regulatory system-sized iceberg for a while now. But it might be trying to change course after finally realising that the iceberg will win. Read More >>

Church of England Accepts Cashless Donations From the Clued-Up Elderly

The Church of England has done something very modern, announcing that it's now accepting contactless payments from today's bewildering array of digital accounts and providers should you wish to give thanks, financially speaking, when the man up front has finished spelling out his metaphor for being good and everyone's had a good old go at When A Knight Won His Spurs. Read More >>

Co-op Plans Self-Scanning Smartphone Shopping This Year

The Co-op supermarket chain is about to put an awfully large amount of trust into the hands of its customers, as it's testing a self-scanning smartphone shopping system that could be launched across the country this year. Read More >>

Barclaycard Trials Bill-Free Amazon Go-Style Restaurant

Barclaycard is having a go at making spending money seem like the right thing to do again, with a trial seeing it test out a bill-free payment option for a restaurant where you just... walk out. No bill, no awkwardness, no social contact, no joking about doing the washing up. Read More >>

Sainsbury’s Tests Shopper Honesty With DIY Checkout App

Sainsbury's is combining the two things we love -- looking at mobile phones and buying doughnuts -- into one convenient product. It's testing an app that lets shoppers pay for their goods entirely by smartphone, skipping the hellish world of the supermarket checkout system altogether. Read More >>

Costcutter Trials Vein-Reading Biometric Payment System

You might soon be able to pay by scanning some sort of veiny part of your body in at the supermarket till, with a trial backed by supermarket chain Costcutter using a bizarre gadget known as Fingopay to scan the veins of a... finger. Other body parts TBA. Read More >>

Payments Processor Square is now Live in the UK

People with small businesses in the UK now have another way to process credit card payments alongside options from Paypal and iZettle, with celebrity Tweeter Jack Dorsey's Square now out of beta testing and live for UK purchase and use. Read More >>

Contactless Payments in Danger of Actually Taking Off

The years of relentless pressure to slightly change our shopping habits appears to be working, at last, with stats showing that contactless payments are on the up by quite a margin. Read More >>

Banks to Ask for Recipient Name Confirmation Before Sending Money

The UK's banks will soon update their antiquated payment systems, adding in a new confirmation step that should cut down on cases of money being erroneously wired to wrong accounts due to number typos. 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 >>

Contactless Shopping Payments Triple in 12 Months

After numerous false starts involving unfriendly digital wallets it would appear the UK is finally embracing the world of the contactless payment, with those in charge of monitoring its adoption saying use of the tap-to-pay concept has tripled in the space of a year. Read More >>

Contactless Payment Cards are Perhaps Not as Secure as You Hoped

If you're a fan of discovering new anxieties that you didn't even know you had, then consumer group Which? has some good news: It turns out that the contactless payment card in your pocket might not be as secure as you assumed. Read More >>