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How will HCE affect mobile payment security

Simon Keates, principal consultant for mobile security at Thales e-Security, discusses some of the challenges involved with this technology.

Square rounds into form with an EMV mPOS reader

The company will make a new chip-and-signature-enabled dongle available before the October 2015 U.S. merchant liability deadline.

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

Ukrainian company wants patrons to Settle bill with new mobile app

Advice Wallet Inc. is set to test a mobile payments service that will enable users to pay their restaurant check without waiting for the wait staff to arrive.

Twitter for mobile marketing and payments

The social network give brands the opportunity to spread their message and even the ability to nab some sales in the process.

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

Mobile wallets: Moving from early adopters to followers

Kristen Gramigna, CMO for BluePay, examines the consumer mobile wallet adoption problem.

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.

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.

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.

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Blackhawk Network adds its gift cards to the Amazon Wallet

Blackhawk Network Inc., a prepaid and payments network, this week announced consumers using gift cards from its merchant partners can now store the cards, redeem them and check balances in the new Amazon Wallet app. "We are happy to be...

BitPay offers merchants free, basic payment processing

Bitcoin processor BitPay this week announced it is offering merchants free, basic payment processing, the company wrote in its blog. "Our free processing allows merchants to use any plugin, API or app from BitPay's library and grants them access to...

Survey participants wanted for 2015 Mobile Payments State of the Industry Report

Mobile Payments Today has released its latest survey for the upcoming 2015 Mobile Payments State of the Industry Report, which will be available for purchase in September.  Survey participants have a chance to win an iPad mini for completing the questionnaire as one person will be randomly selected for the contest.

Minnesota Twins partner with US Bank for mobile app credit card promotion

The Minnesota Twins and U.S. Bank are testing a new mobile app that enables fans to apply for a Minnesota Twins Rewards MasterCard by snapping a photo of a driver's license with the camera of an Apple iPad, according to a press release.

PayByPhone adds parking app to Amazon Appstore for Fire phone

PayByPhone announced this week its mobile parking payment app is available in the Amazon Appstore for Amazon's new Fire phone, as well as Kindle Fire devices, according to a press release. The Fire phone's NFC capability will work with PayByPhone's...

Boku launches direct carrier billing connections in India

Boku Inc. said in an announcement that it has developed technology and mobile network operator relationships that make advanced mobile payments technology available in India.

LevelUp intros physical and digital gift cards

Mobile payments company LevelUp today announced the launch of a gift card feature, according to a press release. Businesses can enroll in the program starting today.

First Data to acquire gift card platform Gyft

First Data has announced the acquisition of Gyft Inc., a digital platform that enables consumers to buy, send, manage and redeem gift cards using mobile devices. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fresh To Order intros mobile payments, loyalty app

Fresh To Order has introduced a new mobile app that allows guests to pay for their meals and earn rewards. The Fresh To Order App is now available through the Apple App Store and Google Play for iOS and Android platforms. For a limited time, guests can get a $3 credit at sign-up and earn an additional $2 credit by referring a friend.

Mobile game publisher enables DOB through Neomobile partnership

Onebip by Neomobile, a mobile payments service, today announced it has partnered with Goodgame Studios, a browser and mobile publisher games, to offer Onebip mobile payments for its games in key markets in Europe and Latin America including Spain, Italy,...

Nintendo gives Japanese gamers a chance to use NFC payments

Nintendo last week finally made use of the NFC feature on the Wii U game console and began enabling Japanese owners to purchase items in its digital shop using contactless public transportation cards. Japanese gamers can use Suica, Pasmo Kitaca,...

Blazing Onion Burger partners with eTouchMenu for order and payment app

Blazing Onion Burger will partner with eTouchMenu to launch an iPad app for guest-initiated order and payment. "We have been searching for a company that will work with us on our vision," Blazing Onion CEO David Jones said in a...

Lord & Taylor deploying beacons in North American stores

HBC Department Store Group today announced it is deploying the Swirl in-store beacon marketing platform to deliver digital experiences to consumers' smartphones while they shop in the company's department stores in Canada and the U.S.

Amazon set to launch Square-like mPOS device

Amazon is reportedly about to launch its own mobile point-of-sale device, similar to Square and PayPal, according to a report from 9to5 Mac. The publication got its hands on an internal Staples document that showed an "Amazon Card Reader" that...

Study looks at opportunities for payments industry to migrate to digital payments

New research from Mercator presents case studies that illustrates best practices for transitioning into digital distribution. The competitive landscape for payments is rapidly changing with the emergence of new technologies and consumer preferences for virtual, digital, and mobile products. Companies...

London opens transit fares to contactless cards and mobile

Transport for London today announced that starting Sept. 16 it will enable commuters to pay for fares with any U.K.-bank-issued contactless credit, debit or prepaid card as well as through NFC-enabled Android handsets through the Cash on Tap app from...

Latest Apple rumor has company in talks with Visa, others

Expect Apple mobile wallet rumors to come fast and furious over the next six weeks as the iPhone 6 (and iWatch) approach on the horizon. The lastest rumor is from The Information, which reports Apple is discussuing a mobile payments...

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.

German Bitcoin ATM-maker will go big in the US with 1,000 deployments

By bringing its product into the U.S. market, BitXatm hopes to demonstrate stability of the Bitcoin system and stimulate mass adoption of cryptocurrency.

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...

Target app uses image recognition to speed mobile purchases

Earlier this week, Target unveiled its new iOS app "In a Snap," which lets users scan images of products in an advertisement and either purchase them or save them for later.

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...

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