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...

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