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What Android Pay means for Canadians

Once again, there’s a new mobile payment solution coming to smartphones and, once again, Canadians are not part of the initial public release. That’s OK, though, because today’s announcement of Android Pay isn’t something most people should take lightly. It’s a vast, sprawling attempt to consolidate the many, many disparate elements of mobile payments into…

Samsung paid $250 million to compete against Apple in the mobile payment space

According to a new report from Recode, Samsung paid $250 million USD to acquire Massachusetts-based LoopPay. Samsung acquired the company earlier this year to enable its entry into the mobile payments space. The acquisition promises to give Samsung a possible edge over competitors when it decides to enter the mobile payments space. The technology PayLoop…

LG Watch Urbane costs $399 CAD, now available through the Canadian Google Store

The Watch Urbane is now available to purchase from the Google Store. This is LG’s premium smartwatch and it comes in priced higher than its previous Android Wear-powered device at $399 CAD. The Watch Urbane is LG’s second round smartwatch, but the first to be available to Canadians. As for specs, the wearable features a…

WhatsApp calling officially comes to BlackBerry 10 devices

WhatsApp’s new calling feature has officially arrived on BlackBerry 10 devices with update 2.12.1.2 of the popular app. Technically, this much hyped feature has been available in past beta updates, but this is the first time those sticking with the app’s mainline releases can try it out. Moreover, as the fine folks at CrackBerry note,…

TELUS announces in-store appointment service for customers in Ontario

Over the last decade or so, we’ve grown used to the instantaneous service offered by online shopping. Compared to ‘add to cart’ and ‘Checkout with PayPal,’ actually going to the store and waiting in line to talk to a real person seems so archaic. Alas, there are some situations where this cannot be avoided and…

Frank & Oak’s new reality: stores, stories, brands and beards

Frank & Oak is in a good place. The Montreal-based men’s clothing ecommerce site has expanded beyond the border, opened retail “experience” stores in six Canadian cities, and is well on its way to becoming the de facto omnichannel clothier for the “creative professional.” That surfeit of quoted words comes from the fact that Frank & Oak…

Calgary Public Library launches smartphone app to replace library cards

Calgary Public Library is preparing to launch a smartphone application that can replace your old fashioned library card. The app doesn’t officially launch until January 2nd but will reportedly still rely on a barcode system for identifying users and checking out books. It will just be a barcode on your phone as opposed to one…

MasterCard thinks Apple Pay will normalize mobile payments in Canada

When MasterCard got too big for New York City it moved to the sleepy town of White Plains, 45 minutes from the bustle of Manhattan. Here it underwent its change, over the last five or so years, from what people believed to be a credit card company into something more ephemeral. In fact, MasterCard, like…

Visa just made it easier for the next iPhone to become a payment platform

Visa today announced a consolidation of its disparate payments solutions into Visa Digital Solutions, a suite of products, services and developer tools aimed at bringing payments to smartphones and wearables. Last week, the company launched Checkout, a multi-screen solution for online payments. But omitted from that announcement was an explanation of how Visa plans to…

SyrupCast Episode 5: Culture Club Sandwich

This week on the SyrupCast, we’re joined by new MobileSyrup member, Jane McEntagart, whose seven years of industry experience makes us look like a bunch of newbs. We dive into important mobile payment news from Visa, some unfortunate layoffs from Microsoft and Rogers, an important regulation that will affect both Google and Apple’s app stores,…

Twitter acquires CardSpring to help fulfill ‘in-the-moment commerce’ dreams

Twitter probably isn’t the first company that comes to mind when you think of mobile payments, but the company has just made a big play in the mobile commerce space. The microblogging site today announced the acquisition of payments infrastructure company CardSpring to help with “the future of commerce on Twitter.” CardSpring gives developers the…

Pebble says there is ‘breathtaking demand’ for Pebble Steel, now back in stock

Pebble has become one of the pioneers in the smartwatch space. The company has only been in operation for a few years, created and led by Canadian-born Eric Migicovsky. Pebble announced in March that its sales exceeded 400,000 Pebble smart watches since January 2013 and revenues hit $60 million. In addition, Pebble has seem to…

Shopify launches mobile card reader for Canadian retailers

Despite being an Ottawa-based company, Shopify has tended to try new things south of the border first before bringing them back home. Such is the case with the company’s mobile card reader that turns an iPhone into a point-of-sale (PoS) solution — a device that is also given away for free to clients who want to…

Update: Bell puts the Galaxy Gear on clearance for $100 (Out of Stock)

A fire sale is happening for the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Recently the price of Samsung’s first smartwatch dipped to a respectable $200, but now Bell has completely slashed this number and dropped it down to $99.97 a clearance price. There is ample inventory in all colours (ivory, orange, black) but they’ve limited the checkout to…