PayPal is Done Protecting the Crowdfunded Garbage You Keep Backing

Backing items on crowdfunded sites is almost always a pretty bad idea. That’s not to say that there haven’t been some good ideas and products come through your favorite host – like Kickstarter or Indiegogo – over the years, but the true success stories are few and far between. In many situations, products are delivered late, arrive as something far inferior to what you expected, or never materialize at all, leaving you wondering if you’ll even get your money back. Because of the uncertainty and risk, PayPal has decided that it is no longer willing to protect your funds if they are used to back crowdfunded items.  (more…)

PayPal App Gets Major Redesign, Simplified Features, More

The PayPal app received a major redesign this morning that takes it from an outdated, often confusing mobile payment experience, to a slick, modern, and easy to use application. PayPal claims that the new experience is supposed to “make it simpler and more personal for you to move and manage your money.” After using it for a few minutes, I would tend to think they succeeded.  (more…)

BBM Gets PayPal Integration for Device-to-Device Payments

If you are still hanging on to your BBM PIN and are a fan of that Priv thing, we have good news for you! Blackberry’s BBM got a big update today on a variety of platforms, but on Android we care about the fact that it now has PayPal integration. So, as the feature rolls out to all, you will be able to easily share funds from your PayPal account to friends. It’ll look like the image above.

Also in the update, you can subscribe to the BBM Sticker Club for use of hundreds of sticker packs and customize the font used within your BBM conversations. That’s neat.

The full list of newness across platforms is below.  (more…)

eBay Tells Users to Change Their Passwords Following Cyber Attack

eBay has suffered a “cyber attack.” Through a brief note originally posted to PayPal’s press site this morning, password changes are being recommended, thanks to the attack which “compromised an eBay database containing encrypted eBay passwords and other non-financial information.” eBay took a while to confirm the news, but has now confirmed the attack and that its users should change passwords immediately.  (more…)

Download: Google Play 4.8.19 With PayPal Support, Other Tweaks

Earlier today, Google announced that it was finally bringing PayPal payments to Google Play purchases of apps and other media in a new update to Google Play. That update is slowly, but surely rolling out, which means you can sideload the apk this very minute if you would like to.

We should point out that the update isn’t only bringing PayPal support. Google has fine-tuned the appearance of the app in general, by including bigger buttons on app pages, changing up hero pages with bigger imagery and subtle animations, making the permissions pop-up much easier to read, and changing things like the review pop-up for the better.

The update is v4.8.19. It should install right over the top of your current Google Play build. Enjoy!  (more…)

PayPal Finally Becomes a Payment Option in Google Play

I know this might be tough to believe, but yes, PayPal support has finally been added to your Google Play purchase payment options. Starting today, with rollout happening over the next few, PayPal will show up as an option to purchase goods when shopping on your Android device.

In order to add PayPal as your payment option, you will need to touch the drop down arrow from the purchase pop-up of an item, then click “Add PayPal.” Once you tap that, you will be asked for login credentials.

Initially, 12 countries will see support, including the Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States, and the United Kingdom.

According to Google Support, PayPal can’t be used to purchase devices or accessories. (more…)

How to: Setup Paypal Fingerprints on the Verizon Galaxy S5

Remember how on launch day of the Galaxy S5, we realized (to no one’s surprise) that Verizon had completely disabled one of the phone’s better features, Paypal fingerprint support? Well, some things appear to have happened behind the scenes with the apps required to make this work, so you can now at least register your fingerprint to login to the payment app. It takes the sideloading of the Samsung Apps store, since Verizon doesn’t preload it, along with the a couple of app installs from there.

I should point out that this method enables Fingerprint logins for the Paypal app, but that could be it. I have not been able to test whether or not you can actually verify payments too.

Ready to do this?  (more…)

Verizon Disabled Paypal Fingerprint Payment Support on the Galaxy S5, Google Wallet Works Though

What’s that? You thought Download Booster was the only feature that a U.S. carrier would remove from the brand new Samsung Galaxy S5? Silly, you. I’d imagine Download Booster is only the first of many. After spending only a few minutes with the Verizon variant of the GS5, we have already discovered that Big Red has pulled Paypal payments authorized with your fingerprint, another of the major features promoted by Samsung for their 2014 flagship. It was also announced this morning by Paypal. (more…)