Bitcoin’s price gains pull along other virtual currencies

Bitcoin's recent price surge has pulled along other cryptocurrencies with it, according to figures from CryptoCompare, reported MarketWatch. Ark Invest, an investment management firm with virtual currency holdings, and Ethereum, a virtual currency, have been among the winners. Chris Burniske,...

Fortumo provides Google Play direct carrier billing to Vietnamese MNO

Vietnamese mobile operator Vietnamobile (part of Hutchison Asia Telecom Group) and direct carrier billing company Fortumo have announced the launch of direct carrier billing in the Google Play app store. Thanks to the partnership, more than 10 million Vietnamobile subscribers...

3 companies join forces for contactless payments in wearables

STMicroelectronics, Giesecke & Devrient and FitPay have joined forces to "overcome traditional barriers to OEMs implementing payment applications on wearable devices," according to a press release. The companies are using STMicroelectronics' security chip to create what they're calling the first...

Honda, Visa demo in-vehicle payments at CES

Honda is conducting the first proof-of-concept demonstration of in-vehicle payments for parking and fuel at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, according to a press release. The demo is part of the auto-maker's ongoing partnership with Visa Inc....

Shoppers are loving mobile messaging apps, claims new study

Retailers may want to consider bolstering mobile messaging communications with consumers as a new study reveals 51 percent of messaging users view it more immediate and 48 percent consider it less annoying than voice communications. The key to grabbing consumer...

USA Technologies to integrate rewards with Apple Pay

USA Technologies, a provider of payment technologies for cashless and mobile transactions in self-serve retail, has announced plans to integrate its More loyalty and payroll deduction platform with Apple Pay for use at up to 300,000 machines nationwide, according to...

Europe embraces mobile payments, but isn't ready to oust cash

Across Europe, consumer adoption of mobile banking, shopping and payments is gaining momentum, according to a new study by the European financial institution ING. The report, "ING International Survey – Mobile Banking 2016," shows that 47 percent of mobile device...

Mitek, American Cancer Society make collecting check donations a snap

The American Cancer Society has integrated Mitek Mobile Deposit and MiSnap technology into its mobile fundraising app for iOS and Android platforms. According to a press release, the app is used by tens of thousands of participants in the American...

Volkswagen Financial Services acquires PayByPhone

Volkswagen's financing arm last week acquired PayPayPhone, a Vancouver-based company enables that drivers to pay for parking spaces via mobile apps, phone calls or texts. Several media outlets reported about the sale late last week. "It is important to make...

Bitcoin on the rise again

Bitcoin's price topped $1,000 on Monday for the first time since 2013, marking a comeback that could see it gaining further acceptance, according to CBS News.  The price of a bitcoin rose to $1,008, short of the $1,125 peak hit in late 2013, but a vigorous rebound from its three-year low of $210 in January 2015.

Retailers embracing mobile but conversion rates sluggish

More retailers are embracing mobile and are making mobile device sales a priority in the new year. Yet retailers are struggling to convert mobile device users, who tap smartphones for browsing, into bonafide shoppers, according to a new Shopgate study....

Ok, Google: Talk to Domino's

Domino's Pizza recently added Google Home ordering to its lineup of AnyWare ordering capabilities, according to a press release. Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant, similar to the Amazon Echo. "We're proud to once again...

Sweetgreen salad restaurant chain doesn't want your 'lettuce'

Fast casual restaurant and hipster haunt Sweetgreen will go cashless at its 64 locations in 2017, following a limited year-long test of the policy. Co-founders Jonathan Neman and Nicolas Jammet, in an interview with Fast Company, offered several reasons for...

WorldRemit, Xpress Money partner on instant money transfer project

Digital money transfer service WorldRemit and global money transfer brand Xpress Money are partnering to open up new remittance routes to Jordan, according to a press release. Through Xpress Money’s agent partner network, WorldRemit customers will be able to make...

Credit, debit payments continue upward trend in US

Credit and debit (including prepaid and non-prepaid) card payments continued to gain ground in the payments landscape, accounting for more than two-thirds of all core non-cash payments in the U.S., according to a Federal Reserve study of U.S. non-cash payments....

Report: India mobile wallet market on the rise

The India mobile wallet market is forecast to reach $4.4 billion in transactions by 2022, with a CAGR of over 148 percent during 2017-22, according to a new report from Research and Markets. India has already become the world's second...

Mahindra Comviva adds chat bot assistance to mobile wallet

Mahindra Comviva recently announced the newest version of its mobile mobiquity Wallet, which now includes a chat bot to assist users with digital payments. Mahindra said in a press release that the mobile wallet can now provide chat bot-based registration...

Boku expands carrier billing to Windows 10 devices on Orange France

Boku has extended an agreement with Microsoft to bring direct carrier billing to all Windows 10 devices on Orange France, including Windows phones, Surface tablets, PCs and laptops, according to a press release. As part of the expanded integration with...

Brits continue to rely on contactless payments

Contactless payments in Great Britain continue to increase; a new report from Barclaycard shows year-over-year spending is up 166 percent from a year ago. Barclaycard based its findings on a study of 2,001 adults conducted Sept. 23–26 by Opinium Research.

WorldRemit launches cash pickup service in Lebanon, Algeria

Digital money transfer service WorldRemit has launched a new cash pickup service in Algeria and Lebanon, according to a press release. In Lebanon, funds recipients can collect cash from more than 130 branches of Wings International. Algerian recipients can collect...

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