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The Starbucks mobile wallet: Will fantasy become reality?

Mobile Payments Today Editor Will Hernandez believes robust rewards could help such an initiative take off.

App overload: mobile payments adding convenience or confusion?

Ron Herman, Founder & CEO of Sionic Mobile, urges mobile-payment app providers to focus on the customer experience first.

Infographic: BLE, NFC QR - Oh My!

This infographic, helps to demystify three of the key technologies used in facilitating mobile payments: BLE beacons, NFC tags, and QR codes.

Sponsored by: Cellum Group

Governments worldwide continue scrutiny of virtual currencies

New York's proposed BitLicense regulatory framework is one of several current initiatives developing around the globe.

Isis needs a phoenix-like reincarnation for its mobile wallet

Shaunt M. Sarkissian, Founder & CEO of mobile payments technology company Cortex MCP, believes Isis can change the conversation for the better about mobile payments despite unfortunate circumstances.

Selecting the Right Mobile Device for Your Retail Store

This white paper will reveal why enterprise class devices are the clear winner by examining all three device options, their differences and how those differences impact performance, productivity and cost.

Sponsored by: Motorola Solutions

Apple in payments: Bluetooth edition

Cherian Abraham from Experian Global Consulting examines how Apple might enable payments at the point-of-sale in the next iPhone.

LevelUp gives startups a break with new enrollment program

Loyalty and mobile payment provider continues focus on QSR sector.

Mobile wallets: will value actually drive adoption?

Consumer adoption of mobile wallets continues to be held back by legacy point-of-sale systems and competing payment standards even though they provide an excellent payment experience for consumers.

Alipay's mobile ticketing plans could have an impact outside the Far East

Alibaba's payments arm is involved in a transit pilot in 30 cities across China.

Consumers want three main things from mobile payments

Kristen Gramigna, chief marketing officer for BluePay, gives some insight into what she believes works at the point of sale.

Isis looks to reposition mobile wallet brand in aftermath of unavoidable situation

The joint venture between AT&T; Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless will change its name to avoid any perceived connection with extremist militant terrorist group.

Leave my physical wallet at home? No thanks

Mobile Payments Today Editor Will Hernandez addresses one particular marketing issue that is backfiring on mobile wallet providers.

The overlooked mobile payment: direct carrier billing

Technology is giving this corner of the payments market renewed energy.

Apple in payments: a disruptor's dilemma

Cherian Abraham, who is the mobile commerce and payments lead at Experian Global Consulting, dives into what we could see happen in the next iPhone.

Banks lag behind retailers, telcos in providing mobile wallets

The trade group Mobey Forum advises financial institutions to reconsider the role prepaid plays in mobile financial services.

Mobile is threatening to end POS terminals at restaurants

Noah Glass, Founder and CEO of Olo, believes mobile ordering will one day change this particular industry.

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NEWS


Starbucks continues mobile payments growth

Mobile payments accounted for 15 percent of Starbucks' total U.S. revenue, the coffee giant said Thursday during its third quarter earnings call. CEO Howard Schultz told investors during the call that there are 12 million mobile app users in the U.S.

LoopPay secures investment from Visa

LoopPay, a mobile wallet platform provider, today announced it has received an investment from Visa, according to a press release. The investment is part of a larger strategic funding round for LoopPay, announced earlier this month, which includes Synchrony Financial...

Visa launches new tools to secure payments from Internet-connected devices and wearables

Visa Inc. today announced the creation of Visa Digital Solutions, what the card company said is a comprehensive suite of offerings that facilitate secure payments across a broad range of Internet-connected devices and wearables. Visa in the press release cited...

Risk management company expands coverage of AML product for cryptocurrencies

IdentityMind Global, a provider of risk management and payments products, announced today in a press release the international expansion of its anti-money laundering solution for Bitcoin and altcoins, including their low-cost Ignite program for Bitcoin startup companies. With its newly...

Consumers recognize mobile wallets, but security concerns prevent widespread use

The majority of U.S. consumers recognize digital wallets as an alternative to cash-based transactions, but use remains at less than one-third thanks to security concerns, according to a new study from Thrive Analytics.

Bango enables direct operator billing for Samsung Galaxy Apps with Etisalat

Bango announced Wednesday that it has enabled one-click direct operator billing for Samsung Galaxy Apps with Etisalat, a telecoms company with operations in 19 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, according to a press release. This marks Bango's...

Amazon sneakily introduces barebones mobile wallet app

Amazon Wallet appeared on the Amazon Appstore and Google Play store late last week, but a number of Android fan blogs are just noticing it exists. Amazon's new app, which is a beta version, does not support mobile payments, but...

Westpac tests NFC-enabled mobile payments using HCE in New Zealand

Westpac is trialing Host Card Emulation (HCE) mobile payments and is the first bank in New Zealand to do so, according to an announcement from the financial institution. Westpac is using Carta Worldwide's HCE technology during the three-month trial, which...

Staples Europe to sell payleven mPOS terminals

Staples Europe today announced it has entered into a distribution partnership with mobile point-of-sale provider payleven. The payleven chip-and-PIN card reader is now available in all Staples stores in Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands, and in respective Staples online...

BritCoin the latest virtual currency to make its debut

There's a new virtual currency on the market and it's called BritCoin. William Thomas, who is BritCoin's creator, told the International Business Times in an interview that this new virtual currency is meant to correct some inherent flaws with Bitcoin...

Software developer releases mPOS product exclusively for Microsoft tablets

ARBA Retail Systems, a point-of-sale software developer for retail and food services industries, has announced the launch of a new mobile point-of-sale product built specifically for the Microsoft Surface tablet series, according to a press release. The company said in...

Coinbase makes it easier to refill bitcoin wallet

Bitcoin digital wallet provider Coinbase over the weekend introduced a way for users to refill their account after a purchase, according to a blog post on the company's website. Users can immediately restock their bitcoin wallet from the checkout page when they click the "Repurchase" button after completing an order.

ACI Worldwide to acquire Retail Decisions to boost CNP fraud prevention

ACI Worldwide, a global provider of electronic payment and banking products, and Retail Decisions (ReD), a fraud prevention company, today announced that they have entered into a definitive transaction agreement, according to a press release. Under the terms of the...

IBM and Monitise expand product relationship, includes mobile banking

IBM and Monitise today announced an expanded, multi-year global alliance to deliver cloud-based mobile commerce products to help financial services institutions embrace the mobile channel and better engage with customers, according to a press release. As part of today's news,...

Dell to test bitcoin acceptance

Yet another computer hardware provider is accepting bitcoin as payment. Dell Friday announced on its community blog that it has partnered with Coinbase to accept the virutal currency on its website for both consumer and business purchases. Dells calls this...

Mobile payments coming to Snapchat?

Photo messaging mobile app Snapchat earlier this week filed two trademarks around processing peer-to-peer payments, funds transfers and online payments, according to an article from TechCrunch. The tech site reported that one of the trademards is for "computer application software...

Payments Council report claims UK leads the world in mobile payments

Following the April launch of Paym, a person-to-person mobile payment service, the U.K. Payments Council Thursday launched a research paper comparing mobile payments markets on an international basis.

Twitter acquires payments company CardSpring

Twitter Thursday announced on its blog that it has acquired CardSpring, a payments infrastructure company that helps merchants work with leading publishers to create online-to-offline promotions. CardSpring also announced the acquisition on its blog. "We see the intersection of payments...

CashStar intros digital gifting product for Google Wallet

CashStar, a digital gifting company, Thursday announced that its real-time digital gifting platform is now fully integrated with Google Wallet. The integration enables brands on the CashStar platform to offer digital gift card recipients the ability to save their eGift...

Sionic Mobile enables e-donations through online and smartphone portals

Sionic Mobile and Ching Thursday launched Shop2Give, a fundraising product that enables non-profit organizations to make the most of e-donations at no extra cost to supporters.

CU Wallet continues growth 9 months after launch

Some 65 credit unions have agreed to offer the company's mobile wallet to their customers.

Ztar Mobile sign reseller pact with CorFire for mobile payment services

CorFire, a mobile commerce technology provider, and Ztar Mobile, a provider of private branded wireless services and solutions that enable retailers to deliver private branded wireless services to their customers, Wednesday announced a reseller agreement so Ztar Mobile can resell...

Star Micronics pairs iZettle's mPOS offering at British Racing Drivers' Club

International POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics announces this week that its latest Bluetooth desktop printer, the TSP654IIBTi, was successfully deployed with iZettle's chip-and-PIN solution at Silverstone's 50th Grand Prix this month, according to a press release. The mobile payments kit...

New York releases proposed BitLicense regulatory framework for virtual currency firms

Benjamin M. Lawsky, superintendent of financial services, today announced that the New York State Department of Financial Services has issued for public comment a proposed "BitLicense" regulatory framework for New York virtual currency businesses.

Australian supermarket chain intros mobile sticker

Australian supermarket chain Coles is giving banks in the nation a run for their money with its latest investment in financial services, a mobile sticker and loyalty app. Coles also announed a pending joint venture with GE Capital for consumer...

Mercury assists small merchants with mobile loyalty program

Mercury Payments Systems, which Vantiv recently acquired, this week launched a product called StoreCard that enables merchants to offer their customers a gift, reward, mobile payments and promotions card all in one product, according to a press release. Mercury said...

Visa introduces Visa Checkout to replace V.me

Visa today announced the launch of Visa Checkout, a payment service that replaces V.me and enables consumers throughout the United States, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device, in just a few clicks, according to a...

Cardfree, Xpient form omnichannel partnership for restaurant customers

Cardfree, a mobile commerce provider, has announced its partnership with Xpient Solutions, a POS and technology provider used by 17 top QSR brands. According to a news release, the companies will offer omnichannel, end-to-end services for restaurants, including CRM, loyalty,...

Zooz closes $12 million investment round

Zooz, a smart payment technology provider, today announced that it has closed a $12 million round of investment. The round was led by Blumberg Capital, with participation by existing investors including XSeed Capital, lool ventures and Rhodium, as well as new investors Access Industries and Camp One Ventures.

First Data introduces mobile loyalty program for SMBs

First Data Corporation Tuesday announced the commercial integration of its Perka mobile loyalty product. Its apps are now available through First Data distribution systems, according to a press release. Perka is a cloud-based customer loyalty product that connects businesses to...

Is Japan getting a preview of Apple's mobile wallet plans?

Without any warning or fanfare, Apple today launched a service in Japan that enables iPhone and iPod Touch users to add funds to their Apple ID account without the need for a physical card. Reports later surfaced that the service...

Standard Bank launches MasterPass-enabled app in South Africa

MasterCard today announced Standard Bank will be the first South African financial instiution to offer its digital wallet service, MasterPass. "The world we shop in is constantly evolving and the ways we pay should keep pace. With a single click,...

Australian credit union launches NFC payments using HCE tech

Australian credit union CUA Monday launched its Redi2PAY app, which enables users to make NFC-enabled mobile payments thanks to Host Card Emulation technology. "Unlike other mobile apps in the market, the CUA technology requires no tag or sticker to be...

Powa Technologies opens software developer program to ISVs

Powa Technolgies this week announced the completion of its Alpha program and rollout of its advanced PowaPOS Software Developer Program to independent software vendors (ISVs) globally, according to a press release. Developers can access the portal today, via the PowaPOS...

Mexican mPOS provider raises $1 million in latest seed funding round

Sr. Pago (Señor Pago), one of the two largest mobile point of sale services in Mexico, today announced the closing of a seed round of $1 million in funding that includes Silicon Valley tech veterans Jay Adelson and Barrett Lyon, according to a press release.  The company's latest round of funding comes after last month's launch of the Sr.

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