Apple Pay could arrive in Czech Republic this month

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Apple Pay could be about to land in its next market.
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Apple Pay could launch in the Czech Republic as soon as February 19, a new report claims.

According to sources “familiar with the developments on the banking market,” a number of banks will soon offer the service. These include Air Bank, Komercni bank, Monet, mBank, and Twisto.

Target stores now accept Apple Pay in the U.S.

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Apple Pay is now available with one of the top U.S. retailers.
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Target has started rolling out Apple Pay support at all its stores across the United States. The stores’ upgraded NFC-enabled payment terminals mean that the retail giant now accepts Apple’s mobile payment solution, along with Google Pay, Samsung Pay and contactless credit and debit cards.

It’s certainly big news for any retailer with 1,821 stores to hop on the Apple Pay bandwagon. But this is especially significant since Target was previously a notable holdout to this technology.

Everything you need to know about Apple’s disappointing holiday quarter

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Apple says its playing the long game.
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Tim Cook sounded confident about Apple’s future when he got on today’s Q1 2019 earnings call with investors this afternoon. Despite slumping iPhone sales and declining revenues, Cook told investors that his company is being managed for the long-haul instead of short-term gains.

Wall Street is already responding positively to Apple’s earnings report with shares trading up in after-hours trading. The company has 1.4 billion active Apple devices in the world, positioning Apple to continue raking in money as no other company can. However, today’s call revealed some new challenges Apple faces going forward.

Latest Apple Pay promo gets you 20% off at Fanatics

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Don’t forget to use the promo code.
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This week’s Apple Pay promotion will save you 20 percent on sports goods at Fanatics.

You’ll need to spend $25 or more and will obviously need to use Apple Pay to qualify for the discount. You will also need to remember to enter a promotional code at checkout.

Quirky Apple Pay videos urge iPhone users to text cash

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Pay for your doughnut dash with help from Apple Pay.
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It’s been a banner week for Apple Pay with big new retailers adopting this payment service. And now the company is piling on with a trio of short videos urging users to send money via the Messages app with Apple Pay Cash.

Like many  of this company’s videos, the entries in “They send, you spend” are both funny and informative.

Watch them now:

Apple Pay finally available through Australia’s largest bank

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It only took a few years!
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Australia’s largest bank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (abbreviated to CommBank), has announced that Apple Pay is finally coming to its customers.

The bank previously promised that Apple Pay support was coming soon, although it did not give an exact date. “Thanks for all your gentle prompts,” it stated in a tweet sent today. “We read them all. Now you #CanApplePay.”

Apple Pay expands its reach to Target, Taco Bell, other top retailers

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Start using Apple Pay in Target today.
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Apple Pay is now rolling out in Target stores throughout the United States, and will soon be available at Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, and other top retail locations.

The expansion means that 74 of the top 100 merchants and 65 percent of all retail locations in the U.S. now offer support for Apple’s mobile payment platform.

Apple Pay could hit Czech Republic and Slovakia soon

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Apple Pay is continuing its march to global dominance.
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Apple Pay could land in Slovakia and the Czech Republic over the next couple of months, a new report claims. A local news source suggests that Apple’s mobile payment service is likely to launch in either late February or early March.

This could make the markets the 33rd and 34th locations to receive Apple Pay, after it launched in Germany back in December.