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Users can pay for items online using MasterCard's PayPass Tap & Go feature right on their Ultrabook

A popular feature that has entered the world of smartphones and tablets is mobile payments, or near-field communication (NFC), and Intel is now showing off such technology in Ultrabooks.

At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2012, a mobile payment-enabled Ultrabook was demonstrated using Mastercard's PayPass. Up until now, PayPass was mainly used at certain retailers where shoppers could tap their credit card against a sensor for complete payment.

Now, this technology has been brought to Ultrabooks. At IDF 2012, a mobile payment-enabled Toshiba Satellite U925T was set up for demo purposes. I decided to give the system a try for myself, which I've documented in the following photos.


Step One: The page was set to the Toshiba Satellite Ultrabook on TigerDirect.com. I acted like I was going to purchase it by clicking the green "Buy With PayPass" button.

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Step Two: PayPass wallet comes up, giving me the option to sign in for PayPass Wallet or the PayPass Tap & Go. I'm opting for the Tap & Go option to see what this thing can do.

[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]
 

Step Three: I'm instructed to tap the reader, located on my palmrest.

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Step Four: Place the card on the reader like so.

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Step Five: All of my credit card and billing/shipping info (or rather, MasterCard executive Gary Flood's info) is automatically filled in.

[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]
 

Step Six: Submit order and I'm all set to go.

[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]
 
The PayPass NFC swipe really just save you from having to enter your PayPass password (for non NFC-enabled Ultrabooks, you'll just have to type your password in. Billing, shipping and credit card information is usually pre-saved in most e-tailer sites). Intel mentioned that the system is safe, since the e-tailer doesn't receive your credit card number -- just verification from MasterCard.

According to Intel, the Toshiba U925t is the only Ultrabook to offer built-in NFC technology. However, this will change in the near future, as more Ultrabooks will start featuring the new tool.




"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook



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