Mobile marketing company Vibes expands to the UK

Vibes, a Chicago-based mobile engagement company, has launched in Europe. The company's mobile engagement platform will first be available to merchants in the U.K. "Entering the European market enables us to bring Vibes' technology and expertise to a wide new...

Starbucks gets fashionable in Japan with contactless keychain

Starbucks' Japanese operations has teamed with a local fashion label in the country to create what's essentially a contactless key chain that coffee lovers can use to pay for their drinks. The device, known as "Starbucks Touch the Drip", features...

Virtual Piggy preps mobile payments for kids

Virtual Piggy is working with Univest Bank & Trust Company to provide the payment rails for its child-focused payment application and services to accommodate the company's mobile payment platform. Virtual Piggy said the payment system is aimed at 80 million...

Norwegian banks band together to fight off mobile wallet competition

More than 100 Norwegian banks have come together with the DNB Group to take a stake in a P2P mobile payments app called Vipps, according to a press release. The move is reportedly meant to battle competition in the region...

New Zealand bitcoin exchange to close, cites uncooperative banks

A New Zealand bitcoin exchange, BItNZ, has announced on its website it will close Apr. 15 since banks in that country will not allow accounts to trade bitcoins.

Apple Pay leads the way in merchant acceptance

Apple Pay can boast the highest merchant support of all mobile wallets currently on the market, according to a report from Boston Retail Partners. Apple Pay is accepted by 36 percent of U.S. merchants, followed by PayPal at 34 percent,...

Report: 20B connected devices by 2020

Gartner Inc. forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017 — up 31 percent from 2016 — and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion...

Mobile wallet spend expected to rise in 2017

Global mobile wallet spend is expected to rise nearly 32 percent this year to $1.35 trillion, according to a new Juniper Research study. The report, "Mobile Wallets: Service Provider Analysis, Market Opportunities & Forecasts," says spending via mobile is concentrated...

Chase Pay adds two new partners to expand acceptance

Chase customers will soon be able to use Chase Pay while on the go with two new merchants: global restaurateur HMSHost and Parkmobile. HMSHost is a food and beverage provider for travel venues; Parkmobile enables users to pay for parking...

NCR Silver lands in the UK

NCR Corp. has launched the NCR Silver family of point-of-sale products in the U.K., according to a press release. NCR Silver is a cloud-based payment, marketing and business management product that operates on iOS and closed Android devices.

Whole Foods, Duane Reade popular with Apple Pay users

When it comes to where Apple Pay credit card transactions are happening most, retailers Duane Reade and Whole Foods are first and second place respectively, according to a new TXN data analysis insight. Canteen Vending, Peet's Coffee & Tea and Firehouse Subs fall in line behind Whole Foods.

Mobile Payments Today publishes new mobile app guide

One of the bigger trends to emerge in 2016 was how payments became a larger focus for retailers as they attempt to keep customers within their app for the entire shopping experience. To that end, Mobile Payments Today is proud...

Amazon Payments finds success with mobile purchases

In 2016, 32 percent of Pay with Amazon transactions came through a mobile device, Amazon announced Tuesday in a press release. Overall, more than 33 million customers have used Amazon Payments to make a purchase.

Mitek launches UK office

Mitek, a company that specializes in mobile capture and identity verification software products, has launched in the U.K. with an office in London. The U.S.-based company works with more than 5,500 organizations that provide its technology to 70 million consumers...

Samsung Pay Mini set to debut in South Korea

Samsung plans to launch Samsung Pay Mini, a system that will enable online payments for all Android smartphones, according to multiple media reports. Android smartphone owners using Android 5.0 Lollipop or later, and whose phones have at least an HD (1280 x 720) display can use Samsung Pay Mini.

Google to drop Hands Free mobile payments app

Google is ending the pilot for Hands Free, a product that combines a standalone app and Bluetooth technology to allow users to make and confirm purchases at participating retailers, according to multiple media reports. The pilot will end Feb. 8....

Barclaycard to work with merchants to accept VocaLink Pay by App

Barclaycard is partnering with VocaLink to enable its U.K. merchants to accept mobile payments through the Pay by Bank app. The Pay by Bank app will enable shoppers to pay for goods and services on a mobile device without having to enter credit or debit card details.

MasterCard expands Masterpass with Sage partnership

MasterCard has announced that its digital wallet, Masterpass, is now accepted at more than 10,000 small and medium-size merchants that use Sage Payment Solutions, a value-added payment product provided by Sage North America. The companies said in a press release...

California Pizza Kitchen gets into mobile rewards

California Pizza Kitchen has launched its CPK Pizza Dough Rewards mobile app which enables diners to both pay and be paid by phone, according to a news release. The new phoned-based loyalty tool offers guests the ability to pay and order by phone, then track their food as it's prepared.

Sionic Mobile launches rewards platform for merchants

Sionic Mobile has announced the launch of a fully digital mobile rewards marketplace for small to medium-size merchants and large chain retailers, according to a press release. The Atlanta-based company said that the marketplace, which is powered by the Sionic...

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