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Chrome Beta 81 brings augmented reality and NFC support to the web

Chrome 80 was just released earlier this month, which means it's time for Chrome 81 to move up to the beta channel. This update doesn't have as many user-facing changes, but there are new APIs for creating powerful web apps. Let's take a look!

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Google Pay gets initial student ID support, starting with 15 colleges and universities

Transact's main business is switching schools to NFC-based ID cards for students and faculty, with several major universities enrolled in the program. While ID cards from Transact-partnered schools can already be added to Apple's Wallet app, Google Pay didn't support them — until now.

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Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Which mobile payment provider should you use?

In years past, forgetting your wallet meant you had no hope of exchanging money for goods and services—a true crime against capitalism. Today, you've got options as long as you've got a phone in your pocket. The ever-expanding availability of NFC has made it easier than ever before to pay with mobile devices, but Samsung Pay aims to support almost all payment terminals. Neither experience is perfect, though. So, which one should you use?

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Google Pay will soon take your transit passes in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area

A number of transit systems worldwide have signed contracts with fare solutions vendor Cubic to modernize their collection methods — that includes accepting contactless payment mediums like Google Pay. But for those who rely on a weekly or monthly pass to commute on the metro, they've still had to resort to a physical Oyster or Clipper or what-have-you card. Now, Cubic and Google are working together to allow Google Pay to take in transit cards.

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[Update: Just India] Nokia 6.2 and 7.2 won't have NFC in some markets — that means no Google Pay

One significant detail regarding Nokia's newly-announced mid-range 6.2 and 7.2 slid under the radar yesterday, but it turns out the company's published spec sheets were in error. Although Nokia's website initially claimed the devices wouldn't get NFC in the US, Latin America, or India, those details were apparently incorrect. Only India will be missing NFC support.

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Samsung can now turn your phone into a cash register with SoftPOS

Money changes hands — so it goes with capitalism. But there are plenty of ways to make that happen. Square, for example, makes smartphone and tablet peripherals for businesses to take payments from magstripe cards. Other people will use the emoji-ridden Venmo service from PayPal for entirely digital transactions. Samsung, however, is testing out a way to conduct in-person payments via phone or card using its phones and it's calling this new system SoftPOS.

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Android Q officially sunsets Android Beam

Old Android hands should remember when Ice Cream Sandwich brought a brand new feature called "Android Beam" to everyone's favorite operating system. Basically, it was sort of like a much worse version of Apple's recently-released AirDrop, initiating file transfers locally via NFC. Sadly for those that enjoyed it, the feature was removed from Android Q.

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Target will soon support Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and other contactless payments at checkout

In a truly red letter day, Target has announced that it is, finally, going to support contactless payments at checkout. Long, long overdue, this news obviously means that you can use Google, Samsung, and Apple Pay, as well as NFC cards, at the payment terminals. 

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Samsung Pay can now open Favorite Cards automatically when you're near an NFC terminal

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Use Google Pay with Visa in the UK and win up to £50 or Home Mini, Aussies can win a golden KFC bucket (no joke)

Google is always keen to encourage more people to use its contactless payment service, which often means enticing promotions for us to make the most of. The latest such opportunity in the UK offers up to £50 in Google Play credit or the chance to win a Google Home Mini.

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