Apple And Google Explore Blockchain To Roll Up Their Wallets, Credit Cards Under Threat

Apple And Google Explore Blockchain To Roll Up Their Wallets, Credit Cards Under Threat

Wallets of various descriptions have come into vogue of late. Some of these wallets are run by large IT companies like Apple and Google, whilst others are run by financial institutions such as the banks. Then there are the likes of Paypal who also have a stake in the whole wallet business. These wallets exist in different forms and shapes and while some are only payment apps, others feature contactless payment technology which allow people to pay for things at shops. The underlying technologies for these wallets range from QR, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth etc. Surge in payment apps. According to....


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