Paypal (PYPL) has added the ability for iPhone and iPad users to send and receive money by using Siri. As noted on PayPal’s official blog, the new PayPal app with Siri integration lets iPhone and iPad owners send and request money using nothing but their voice. The company offered a number of example command strings that invoke the new feature, including, “Hey Siri, send Bill $50 using PayPal,” “Use PayPal to send $125 to Jenny for groceries,” and “Request $20 from Dad with PayPal.” Whether the feature is compatible with Siri’s new neural network-powered capabilities, like contextual replies and enhanced comprehension of long-tail Click Here to Read more
At opening on Wednesday, Walmart announced that it has expanded its Walmart Pay to all 4,600 stores in the United States. Walmart Pay transactions are completed by opening the app and taking a picture of a unique QR code generated by a point of sale terminal. The code triggers the app to deduct the purchase price from a credit card, debit card or preloaded gift card linked to a user’s account. Customers have the option of using Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint recognition module for added app security.
During last week’s WWDC, Apple quietly revised its App Store rules to allow BitCoin payments to be accepted within its apps. The company had removed the option earlier this year for unknown reasons.
Back in 2009, PayPal was the first financial company to open up its payments APIs for developers around the world. However, our tools haven’t kept up with the bleeding edge of innovation that the industry expects of us. As our President David Marcus remarked a few months ago, there is a “massive culture change” happening at PayPal, and we are at SXSW this week to ask our developers to take another look at the tools we can offer them. Developers should have the freedom to focus on innovating for their customers, not spending time worrying about handling the complex task of payments. Click Here to Read more