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Companies seek to take plastic to new digital heights

Rich McIver examines the different players in this unique market.

Interactive customer experience technology has to surprise and delight

Customers expect a personalized experience that surprises and delights them, and most will trade bits of information about themselves if they receive something in return.

[Infographic] Carrier Billing

Carrier Billing offers content stakeholders the opportunity to monetize consumers who do not own a debit or credit card, such as the unbanked and younger demographics, whilst also offering a simplified payment mechanism that utilizes a pre-existing, trusted billing relationship.

Sponsored by: Dimoco

Rogers expands wireless support for suretap mobile wallet in Canada

Suretap now boasts support from Bell, Telus and its subsidiary Koodo, and Virgin Mobile Canada. CIBC also will allow its customers to load their credit cards into the mobile wallet, and consumers have the ability to store gift cards from more than 30 retailers.

Interactive customer experience technology has to provide value

Consumers with a natural sense of curiosity want to engage with technology, says Eric Vazquez, project manager for Encore Event technologies, but will the technology provide value to the consumer and if so, in what form and to what end?

Mobile Payments Security 101

How merchants and mobile payment service providers can protect their users against mobile payments fraud.

Sponsored by: Mobile Payments Today

Past is prologue: Maximizing future ignition of mobile money

Dan Glessner, the chief marketing officer at Quisk, wrote a blog post about what the industry can do to help strengthen this sector.

Bitcoin 'rebittance': serving the financially underserved

With remittance fees as high as 12 percent, many migrant workers are stuck in a bind. Hence, some migrants are turning to bitcoin "rebittances" as a less expensive alternative.

A Microsoft-sized opportunity: Payment processing

The payments industry doesn't know much about Microsoft's plan for mobile payments, but Thomas Yohannan gives his take on the situation.

2015: The year of HCE?

For all the talk about third-party mobile payment providers in recent weeks, financial institutions can still have a place in the conversation going forward.

Out of Africa: AML compliance for mobile payments

John A. Cassara, a former U.S. intelligence officer, shares his experiences from his time in Lesotho.

Android Pay and banks

Martin Cox, global head of sales for Bell ID, examines how the new kid on the block stacks up against Apple Pay and Samsung Pay for financial institutions.

Interactive customer experience technology has to be natural

Technology should be used in way that's natural for consumers to interact with, and enhance the brand story, rather than be the story itself, says Ben Putland, director of software analysis and development for Grand Visual.

Apple Pay gets more 'Wallet'-like with new additions

Apple has added private-label and loyalty card support to its mobile payment system. The company also has announced that Apple Pay will launch in the UK next month.

Interactive customer experience technology has to make sense

Consumers want to interact with technology, but that technology has to make sense for both the business and its customers, says Paula Suarez, director of software analysis and development for Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants Inc.

Mobile payments from your wrist

Gemalto is working with rugby and soccer clubs in the U.K. on a contactless wristband that could eliminate the need for fans to carry cash with them on match days.

Why financial institutions need to embrace mobile commerce

By not providing a mobile point of sale application to their merchant customers, banks lose out on valuable revenues from a rapidly growing market.

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MobiKwik expands retailer network in India for mobile payments

India-based online wallet MobiKwik last week announced an agreement with retail outlet WHSmith India to enable digital payments at multiple offline outlets.

Western Union expands services to Rwanda and Ivory Coast

The new service enables MTN customers in both countries to receive a Western Union money transfer transaction in their mobile wallet.

PayPal acquires Xoom in $890 million deal

Xoom is considered one of the leading international remittance companies in the U.S. It enables consumers to send funds to, and pay bills for, family and friends worldwide using their mobile phones, tablets or computers.

RideScout buys GlobeSherpa to enhance mobile ticketing across US

With the integration of GlobeSherpa's transit mobile ticketing technology, RideScout claims it is making significant advancements to its access, booking, and payment options.

FIDO trumpets new specifications

FIDO U2F is appropriate for mobile and wireless applications and devices that do not have a USB port.

Moki to manage PayPoint's POS deployment

The agreement covers deployment of Moki software to outlets in PayPoint's 37,000-store retail network that need standalone terminals.

Yandex Money app coming to Nokia Lumia smartphones in Russia

Yandex said in the announcement that Microsoft will make the app available on Nokia Lumia smartphones this summer after a Windows Phone update.

Study: As smartphone use increases, so does mobile banking

Bank of America's Trends in Consumer Mobility Report examines Americans' smartphone habits.

MeaWallet preps mobile payments in the Philippines

ValueCard and MeaWallet have agreed to a strategic partnership to deliver open and closed loop mobile payment services to bank, retailers and MNOs.

UK to get its first branchless bank

Atom Bank will not have its own ATMs, but said it will provide access to cash through ATM networks in the U.K. and Europe.

Inside Secure launches new product to meet cybersecurity demand

Inside said the joint product with Trustonic can provide payment, IoT, enterprise and other mobile product providers to meet market demands for government-grade security.

Minecraft teaches children how to use bitcoin

Popular video game Minecraft has revealed a new server that lets children learn how to use and spend bitcoin on in-game items.

Cellum to supply mobile wallet tech to Indonesian smart device-maker

Cellum will develop and operate ECPAY, a mobile wallet that enables consumers to use it for bill payment, prepaid phone account top-up, peer-to-peer funds transfers, QR-code payments and online checkout.

PayRange raises $12 million in funding to expand digital payments

PayRange uses a small device that plugs into the back of a vending machine and a customer-side mobile app to enable any vending machine to accept all forms of payment in less than 30 seconds.

Groupon Apple Watch app lets users buy deals

Consumers can also discover Groupons from nearby local businesses.

Alibaba going mobile to reach consumers no matter where they're shopping

A new shopping and dining service called Koubei promises to speed up online retail delivery services for China’s biggest e-commerce player.

Prairie Cloudware raises funds to advance digital payments

Company's plan is to enable financial institutions to provide secure digital payments no matter what device or mobile wallet the consumer selects.

Study: Most smart card holders clueless about EMV

A new study by Javelin reveals that EMV card distribution does not necessarily equate to EMV cardholder awareness.

FBI issues ransomware warning, offers tips for prevention

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center says that ransomware continues to spread, posing a threat to individuals and businesses alike.

Report: Africa leads the way for mobile money services

Several African mobile operators — such as Vodacom Tanzania and MTN Uganda — are now generating more than 10 percent of their revenues from mobile money.

Singapore telco launches mPOS product with CIMB, MasterCard

The M1 mPOS also enables the merchant to track and view all transactions through the mobile app and online Web portal.

Westpac to deploy Verifone's handheld terminal in Australia

The VX 690 can accept contactless payments, including NFC-based mobile wallet and EMV cards.

Australia's Commonwealth Bank launches tablet-only banking app

The app features a refreshed visual display intended to give customers a better view of their finances.

Dunkin' Donuts integrates Visa Checkout into mobile app

Users get a new way to reload their prepaid account.

Starbucks expands mobile ordering, national rollout continues through the year

As of early June, the mobile ordering system is available at 3,400 locations.

Revel opens NYC office to give retailers closer look at iPad system

The space will allow customers and prospects to view and interact with Revel’s iPad POS platform and work with sales representatives to select the best POS setup for their specific business needs.

Orange chooses Danal for mobile ID services

Danal will provide services such as auto form-filling/checkout and registration, ID check and localization services.

BofA begins offering merchants First Data's new Clover Mini POS system

Clover Mini is intended to replace the single-use terminal with an "all-in-one" business management system.

Study: Most US consumers favor bio ID to prevent financial fraud

One in four US consumers would even be willing share their DNA with their bank to secure financial and personal information, a new report reveals.

Centili signs agreement with Algerian MNO for carrier billing

Ooredoo Group is a leading international communications company with a customer base of more than 93 million worldwide.

'Dope' movie to accept bitcoin for tickets

An indie film with a bitcoin-based plot, will be the first movie to accept bitcoin as payment.

Banks officially launch clearXchange real-time payments

Bank of America, Captial One, JPMorgan, US Bank and Wells Fargo own the network and will bring bank-to-bank payments to more than 100 million account holders.

MasterCard announces tokenization support for private-label cards

BJ's Wholesale Club, Kohl's and JCPenney will be among the first retailers to bring mobile payments to their private label cardholders later this year.

Verifone to help power Apple Pay rewards acceptance

Verifone will enable six national and global retailers to be the first to accept NFC loyalty transactions on Verifone’s MX 915 and MX 925 terminals.

GoGoin, Ziftr announce merger plans to compete with bitcoin processors

The companies plan to integrate to provide a platform that offers incentives for buyers to use virtual currency.

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