BofA delivers first widely available AI–driven virtual financial assistant

Bank of America is rolling out what it calls the first widely available AI-driven virtual assistant of its kind in financial services, Erica, to its 25 million mobile clients, according to a press release. Bank of America said this latest...

CanPay expands product offering with e-commerce payments for cannabis industry

CanPay, which calls itself the first legitimate debit payment product for the cannabis industry, announced it now processes e-commerce payments, according to a release. In addition to expanding payments online, CanPay has doubled the number of states it operates in...

Nuggets testing blockchain-based e-commerce mobile app

Nuggets, an e-commerce payments and ID platform, has opened up its mobile app Alpha to iOS users. Nuggets uses blockchain technology to enable consumers to make e-commerce payments, log in to services, and verify their identities without having to share...

Survey: Starbucks tops mobile loyalty apps with consumers

In what is probably not a surprise to anyone, Starbucks' mobile app is the most popular among several well-known restaurant loyalty rewards apps, according to a new survey from The Manifest. The Manifest, which is a business news and how-to-guide...

Wirecard to power contactless payments in Garmin smartwatches

Wirecard is partnering with Garmin to provide Garmin smartwatch owners a digital payment experience through Wirecard's flagship product, boon, according to a press release. As of now, Garmin smartwatch users in France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. will...

OneUnited Bank selects Speedpay as payments provider

Speedpay Inc., a Western Union subsidiary, has been selected as the electronic billing presentment and payments provider for OneUnited Bank. As part of its agreement with Speedpay, OneUnited Bank will now offer mortgage loan and secured credit card customers the...

Facebook joins FIDO Alliance board of directors

The FIDO Alliance announced Facebook has been appointed to its board of directors, according to a press release. With this appointment, Facebook joins other leading global technology, financial services and e-commerce board members in driving the alliance's strategic vision to...

Wirecard hits the high seas with cruise line to offer guests easier payments option

Dream Cruises and Star Cruises, brands under the Genting Cruise Line division of Genting Hong Kong, have partnered with Wirecard to deliver what the companies are calling a more streamlined payments process intended to enhance the guest experience for cruises....

Synchrony to acquire digital gifting company Loop Commerce

Synchrony has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Loop Commerce, a digital and in-store gifting services company, according to a press release. Synchrony said the acquisition will help diversify its business, broaden its reach, provide more strategic value and capabilities...

Study: Merchants worldwide believe real-time payments will eventually eliminate plastic cards

Nearly 80 percent of global merchants believe real-time payments will replace the use of payment cards over time, according to new benchmark data from ACI Worldwide. The benchmark, comprised of responses from executives across the retail, digital goods, hospitality, telecom...

MovoCash launches service that converts bitcoin to cash in minutes

MovoCash, the creator of the mobile-payments platform and app Movo, has launched MovoChain, a web-based service that enables owners of bitcoin and bitcoin cash to easily convert those cryptocurrencies to ready-to-spend cash in an FDIC-insured prepaid account, according to a...

Wells Fargo to enhance mobile banking app with easier access to payments

Wells Fargo has introduced a new payments feature to its mobile banking app called Pay with Wells Fargo. It brings, to the app's home screen, an option to conveniently select the most commonly used payment features (Zelle, mobile wallets, card-free...

Speedpay releases updated bill payment platform

Speedpay Inc., a Western Union subsidiary, has announced the latest release of its Next Gen bill payment platform, according to a press release. This updated version provides current and future clients across all industries with an easy bill payment product,...

Rambus intros account tokenization for real-time payments

Rambus Inc. has announced the launch of its Payment Account Tokenization product to secure account-based transactions, such as automated clearing house and real-time payments, according to a press release. Rambus said the product will enable central banks and clearing houses...

PayPal, Visa expand strategic partnership into Canada for digital, mobile payments

Visa and PayPal are expanding their strategic partnership in Canada to accelerate the adoption of secure, reliable and convenient digital and mobile payments for consumers and merchants in Canada, according to a press release. The two companies are already collaborating...

Digital gift card provider Swych acquires Indian company to boost offerings

Swych Inc., which operates a digital gifting platform by the same name, has acquired Mumbai, India-based Gift Cards India, according to a press release. Swych said that its digital gifting technology combined with Gift Cards India's south Asia expertise and...

Square serves up custom POS system for restaurants

Square is getting more involved in the restaurant space with a new point-of-sale system meant specifically for that segment. Square for Restaurants is the company's first product built to serve full-service restaurants, bars, lounges and similar establishments, according to a...

Urban Airship powers real-time mobile tickets and boarding passes with Google Pay

Urban Airship has unveiled what it calls the first digital customer engagement platform to support Google Pay tickets, a new capability Google announced at its annual developer's conference, according to a press release. Urban Airship said it worked with Google...

Deutsche Bank tests payments system with airlines trade group

Deutsche Bank announced a pilot project with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world's airlines, to test a payment model intended to reduce costs for processing payments between airline clients and airlines, according to a...

First Data enhances ISV offering with CardConnect, BluePay integration

First Data has announced the integration of CardConnect and BluePay, two companies First Data acquired last year. The strategic combination streamlines First Data's integrated software vendor offering, enabling software companies to more easily add secure payment processing within SaaS, mobile,...

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