The romance between hotels and mobile technology has now blossomed into a full blown raging love affair.
This week, Marriott International was the latest to be struck by Cupid’s mobile payments arrow, becoming the first global hospitality company to offer Apple Pay.
According to an announcement from the hotel giant, this represents the latest step in Marriott’s creation of a complete mobile-powered travel experience.
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Gaming and electronics retailer GameStop is the latest prominent brand to adopt Apple Pay.
On Tuesday, the company announced that customers can start using Apple Pay to make payments with a single touch.
GameStop is bringing Apple Pay to its more than 4,200 U.S. video game stores this month.
Posted in iOS, iPhone, Mobile Payments, NFC, Platforms
Motorists in Toronto are gaining a new mobile convenience.
The Toronto Star reports that Canadian smartphone users can capitalize on a new app to pay for parking in Toronto’s outdoor Green P lots.
“City-owned Toronto Parking Authority unveiled a free app and said that, by the end of spring, motorists should be able to use it to pay to park — and remotely extend their time if needed — at all outdoor Green P lots that currently use ‘pay and display’ machines,” the report reads.
Around the world today, cities and municipalities of all shapes and sizes are deploying everything from mobile apps to iBeacons. Helping local residents find places to park or even pay parking tickets, mobile technology is now being used to make countless familiar chores more convenient.
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Google made big news in Barcelona on Monday, as the Internet search giant looked to make waves right out of the gate at Mobile World Congress 2015.
Speaking to his company’s latest announced plans, Sundar Pichai says Android Pay is on the horizon and will serve as a mobile payments offering to challenge Apple Pay, the hugely popular mobile money platform launched by the iDevice maker last year.
But can Android Pay make up for the epic failure of Google Wallet?
Posted in Android, iOS, Marketing Strategy, Mobile Devices, Mobile Payments, Platforms, Technology
We’re half there … but half may not be good enough.
According to financial professionals at work on necessary conversions, a mere 50 percent (approximately) of the 12 million merchant payment terminals in the U.S. will meet mandates to accept more secure smart credit and debit cards and NFC-ready smartphones by the end of 2015.
The need to convert to more secure systems is due to the high rate of fraud associated with the old magnetic stripe credit card technology still rampant in the U.S.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Devices, Mobile Payments, Near Field Communication, News, NFC, Platforms, Smartphones, Technology
Western Union, perhaps the most recognized name in global payment services, announced this week that it will offer the red-hot Apple Pay mobile payment solution at Western Union’s flagship locations.
With the stated goal being to provide consumers yet another way to fund global money transfers and bill payments in the United States, Western Union says consumers making Western Union transactions at kiosks in over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide also have the ability to utilize the Apple Pay service.
“Innovative payment options are a strategic focus for Western Union, and starting to accept Apple Pay is in keeping with the company’s blueprint for the future,” said Odilon Almeida, Western Union President for the Americas and European Union. “Our customers’ needs and preferences are top of mind,” he added.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Devices, Mobile Payments, News, Platforms, Smartphones, Technology
Twitter is still one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, but the competition is fierce. For this reason Twitter is actively searching for ways to stay relevant, and ways to further monetize their microblogging platform.
In a recent announcement chronicled by MCD, a Twitter executive shared that part of their 2015 strategy will be to begin processing mobile payments. However, Twitter’s goal is not to create a mobile payment platform but to allow a new advertising option for movie theaters and concert venues to sell tickets.
The software is still in its testing phase and the rollout date for the “Buy Button” that will allow Twitter users to purchase movie and concert tickets through Twitter has not yet been determined. But it’s coming.
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