Paypal Stories November 6, 2015

Instagram reportedly testing ads with 3D Touch & Apple Pay integration & other Apple Pay news

Update: An Instagram spokesperson has reached out with following statement:

“Mobile commerce is definitely a space we are looking at closely. However, this isn’t something we are testing at this time”

Instagram is reportedly testing new ads that will take full advantage of being integrated with Apple’s platforms including the new 3D touch pressure sensitive touchscreen feature and its payments service Apple Pay, Digiday reports.

The integration of Apple Pay and 3D Touch, a new feature introduced with the iPhone 6s that allows pressure sensitive touchscreen interactions, is reportedly being tested as an expansion of Instagram’s recently launched “Shop Now” feature:

It has even run tests with restaurants to sell menu items right from the Instagram feed, without the need to click off the app’s main feed, said an ad agency source familiar with the test.

Some of the shopping tests incorporate features like Apple’s force touch screen feature, which lets consumers apply pressures in their clicks to switch among multiple product options in the images, the source said.

In other Apple Pay news, MacRumors notes that Wegmans will be one of the next major retailers to roll out its rewards card program but that it’s only in a piloting phase ahead of a full roll out next year. Yesteday, Walgreens became the first retailer to offer its rewards cards through Apple Pay.

And possibly related to Apple’s overall rollout of its own payments service, the site noticed Apple appears to have quietly dropped support for PayPal credit payment plans in its US online store. It is, however, continuing to offer Paypal as a financing option in the UK and as a payment option in its online stores there.

Paypal Stories November 3, 2015

With Apple Pay, Google Wallet and other services transforming the way people carry out transactions, Apple has joined forces with four other companies to ensure that lawmakers don’t end up ‘inadvertently’ stifling innovation in the financial services field.

Technology industry leaders Amazon, Apple, Google, Intuit and PayPal today announced the formation of Financial Innovation Now, a coalition that will promote policies to help foster greater innovation in financial services.

While the new organization uses relatively diplomatic language, it’s pretty clear that the aim is to ensure that politicians don’t screw things up by introducing poorly thought-out legislation, like the infamous example proposed by Democratic Rep. Joshua Peters …  expand full story

Paypal Stories September 24, 2015

You can now pay your Netflix membership via iTunes including discounts and credits

Netflix today has announced an update to its iOS app that ads the ability for users to subscribe to the service from within the iOS app itself. The change was announced in a new advertisement from Netflix that stars two characters from its hit show Orange is the New Black talking to an iPhone using Siri for the first time, which can be seen below. PayPal is holding a sale on iTunes Gift Cards that makes subscribing to Netflix via in-app purchase even more tempting…

Paypal Stories September 9, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: 15″ Retina MacBook Pro $1,700, iPad Air 2 128GB $590, Anker iPhone 6 battery case $27, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (newest version) 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB: $1,700 (Reg. $1,999)

iPad Air 2 is still Apple’s latest 9.7-inch tablet, get the 128GB Wi-Fi model for $590 shipped (Reg. $699)

Anker iPhone 6 3100mAh MFi Apple-Certified Battery Case: $27 Prime shipped (Reg. $70)

More new gear from today:

Jawbone reformulates its UP2 fitness tracker with a new fashion-forward design

Daily Deals: Omaker Bluetooth Speaker $19, HP Envy 5660 All-In-One Inkjet Printer $65, more

More deals still alive:

Radiation Island for iOS goes free for the first time as IGN’s Game of the Month ($3 value)

New products & more:

The Raspberry Pi touchscreen display we’ve been waiting for is now available

Review: JBL’s new Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker slims down for an ultra-portable form factor

 

Paypal Stories August 5, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: $50 iTunes gift card for $40, 256GB Retina MacBook Pro $1,280, iPhone 6 battery case $30, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

DJI reveals a new Phantom 3 for beginner pilots loaded with specs

$50 iTunes gift card for $40 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GBL $1,280 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

11-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (newest): $750 shipped (Reg. $899)

Lenmar MAVEN Apple-Certified MFi 3000mAh iPhone 6 Battery Case: $30 shipped (Reg. $62+)

The coolest Apple-certified MFI Lightning cables you can buy for your iPhone, iPad and iPod

More new gear from today:

Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2: $80 shipped (Orig. $130) or QODE Ultimate Pro: $100 (Orig. $150), more

The Lexus Hoverboard is here: watch as it flies around a skatepark and over water

  • Games/Apps: Aspyr Mac sale – Beyond Earth $20, Metro Redux (PS4/Xbox One) $20, more
  • Daily Deals: Logitech Harmony Keyboard $70, JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speakers $30, more
  • PreSonus Ceres 3.5-inch Powered Speakers w/ Bluetooth streaming $100 shipped (Reg. $230)

More deals still alive:

Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB in all colors: $590 shipped (Reg. $699)

Two Philips Hue connected light bulbs (multiple styles) for $100 shipped (~$120 value)

New products & more:

Xbox One announces new Halo 5 Limited Edition Console, DVR functionality, games and more at Gamescon 15

Epson’s new EcoTank printers have enough ink for “two years” right out of the box

 

Paypal Stories June 29, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: $50 iTunes Gift Card for $40, Owen & Fred giveaway, M-Audio Monitor Speakers $80, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

$50 iTunes gift card for $40 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)

Giveaway: Owen & Fred’s Desk Essentials collection ups your work game while looking good, $250+ value

M-Audio Studiophile 4-inch Powered Monitor Speakers $80 shipped (Reg. $149)

Quick Review: Eton Scorpion II is a rugged solar electronic survival kit for $50

11.6-inch MacBook Air (previous gen) 1.7GHZ/8GB/512GB + freebies: $1,000 shipped (Reg. $1,200+)

More new gear from today:

JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones for $110 shipped (Reg. $170)

Daily Deals: Sony Cyber-shot 20MP Camera $600 w/ Free $50 Gift Card, iPhone 6 sweat-proof armband $7, more

More deals still alive:

App Store Free App of the Week: Halftone 2 Comic Book Creator ($2 value)

Free McGraw-Hill educational iOS apps for your kids: Monster Squeeze, Beat the Computer, more (Reg. $2 ea.)

New products & more:

Molson and Google team up on voice activated fridge that dispenses free beer

Amazon’s Treasure Truck brings daily deals to the streets

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