3 reasons why blockchain lacks mainstream attention

3 reasons why blockchain lacks mainstream attention

There are three major problems that are keeping the blockchain out of the mainstream: poor reputation, lack of education and lack of full solutions.

Blockchain 101: Mobile payments

Blockchain 101: Mobile payments

Let's take a look at the what blockchain is, and how it can help transform the mobile payments industry.

Mobile Payments Today: August's top reads

Mobile Payments Today: August's top reads

It's time for a look back at last month's most-read content on the site.

Mobile Payments Today: July's top reads

Mobile Payments Today: July's top reads

It's time for a look back at last month's most-read content on the site.

World of Money to bring readers the latest news about financial tech

World of Money to bring readers the latest news about financial tech

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Mobile Payments Today: May's best reads

Mobile Payments Today: May's best reads

It's time for a look back at last month's most-read content on the site.

Mobile Payments Today: April's best reads

Mobile Payments Today: April's best reads

It's time for a look back at last month's most-read content on the site.

Mobile Payments Today: March's best reads

Mobile Payments Today: March's best reads

It's time for a look back at last month's most-read articles and blog posts on Mobile Payments Today.

Payments companies make it easier for consumers, merchants to embrace cryptocurrencies

Payments companies make it easier for consumers, merchants to embrace cryptocurrencies

While most consumers today likely view bitcoin, bitcoin cash and alternatives such as Ethereum and Litecoin as assets, some payments companies in the past couple of months have announced plans for consumers to more easily use cryptocurrencies as payment, and merchants to accept them.

Mobile Payments Today: February's top stories

Mobile Payments Today: February's top stories

It's time for a look back at last month's most-read articles and blog posts on Mobile Payments Today.

How financial services will change in the next era of human-machine partnerships

How financial services will change in the next era of human-machine partnerships

Mark Baunach, global financial services consulting industry leader at Dell EMC, discusses how blockchain and emerging technologies will reshape the financial services industry over the next decade.

Does it matter that bitcoin's lost its way?

Does it matter that bitcoin's lost its way?

And would Satoshi Nakamoto ever emerge to save it?

How bitcoin and blockchain can be a financial services phenom or meltdown

How bitcoin and blockchain can be a financial services phenom or meltdown

Are these technologies here to stay, or are they just a passing fad? Do these technologies really have the potential to transform the financial services industry, as some are claiming?

Venmo, Zelle among trending topics in 2017

Venmo, Zelle among trending topics in 2017

Mobile Payments Today takes a look at the top blog posts in 2017.

Best of 2017: Did those predictions about mobile payments come true?

Best of 2017: Did those predictions about mobile payments come true?

Mobile Payments Today takes a look back at the top features on the site throughout the past year.

Deciphering the value of cryptocurrencies

Deciphering the value of cryptocurrencies

Understanding the potential of blockchain and decentralized applications begins with asking the right questions about what they're for and what gives them value.

Mobile Payments Today: October's top reads

Mobile Payments Today: October's top reads

It's time for a look back at October's most-read articles and blog posts on Mobile Payments Today.

Will Trump's White House embrace the blockchain?

Will Trump's White House embrace the blockchain?

The Trump administration has expressed interest in using blockchain technology. Could this signal upcoming developments in blockchain regulation and government use?

Is blockchain for banking hype or opportunity?

Is blockchain for banking hype or opportunity?

The banking industry has always tended to be conservative and extremely cautious with any kind of experimentation. This is certainly true with blockchain. But it's also true that banks realize the technology does have applicability, and cannot be ignored.

Russians 'have it their way' with Whoppercoin

Russians 'have it their way' with Whoppercoin

The Burger King franchise in Russia has rolled out a loyalty program built around the 'Whoppercoin.' It's a cryptocurrency that customers can traffic in online or trade in for free burgers. Could it also be a signal that Russia is softening its hostile stance toward virtual currency?

Mobile Payments Today: July's best reads

Mobile Payments Today: July's best reads

It's time for a look back at July's most-read articles and blog posts on Mobile Payments Today.

Bitcoin's place in the fintech conversation

Bitcoin's place in the fintech conversation

Fintech isn't just the new kid on the block anymore; it's got some serious dough behind it. But does it mean that fintech companies are the future?

What do financial executives need to know about the blockchain

What do financial executives need to know about the blockchain

Blockchain continues to win mindshare among fintech executives. The naysayers' position is starting to soften, and the viability of blockchain as a means to exchange information between untrusted parties has begun to receive recognition from major banks.

The current state of blockchain regulation

The current state of blockchain regulation

With new technologies, it takes a while for regulation to catch up. Blockchain technology is no exception. While we are slowly beginning to see standards emerge, the reputation of blockchain is still marred by the criminal aspects of bitcoin.

Mobile Payments Today: April's best reads

Mobile Payments Today: April's best reads

It's time for a look back at last month's most-read articles and blog posts on Mobile Payments Today.

How Chinese exchanges influence bitcoin

How Chinese exchanges influence bitcoin

Bitcoin was designed to be free from control by any one institution. But as mining and buying activity become concentrated in China, a country whose government wields absolute power, it's getting harder to argue that bitcoin is decentralized and borderless.

Is the blockchain overhyped?

Is the blockchain overhyped?

Major financial institutions such as JP Morgan are finishing up blockchain technology pilot tests and other businesses are starting to jump on board, as well. But is blockchain tech worth the hype?

Mobile Payments Today: March's best reads

Mobile Payments Today: March's best reads

It's time for a look back at last month's most-read articles and blog posts on Mobile Payments Today.

Mobile Payments Today: February's best reads

Mobile Payments Today: February's best reads

It's time for a look back at last month's most-read articles on Mobile Payments Today.

How much more will the internet change financial services?

How much more will the internet change financial services?

One area that has lagged in innovation is financial services. While money is inherently a conservative market, many predicted that providers would innovate quickly or be replaced.

Mobile Payments Today: 2016 in review

Mobile Payments Today: 2016 in review

Was 2016 the year of mobile payments?

Can Twitter make bitcoin easier to use?

Can Twitter make bitcoin easier to use?

It is no secret that bitcoin has problems gaining a mainstream audience, but one company has attempted to solve the issue by allowing users to send bitcoin via Twitter.

Bitcoin and mobile payments share some growing pains

Bitcoin and mobile payments share some growing pains

Bitcoin and mobile wallets have the same issue essentially. While they are interesting tools, most consumers don't see a reason why they need to use them.

The great debate: Executives discuss the pro and cons of a cashless society

The great debate: Executives discuss the pro and cons of a cashless society

It wasn't Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, but six payments executives took the stage last week in Chicago at Networld Media Group's Bank Customer Experience Summit to engage in a friendly debate about cash versus electronic payments.

Banks and the blockchain: Do they fit together?

Banks and the blockchain: Do they fit together?

Banking giants are moving toward the blockchain at an increasingly aggressive pace. But, are they right for the blockchain? Will their efforts translate into apps? What does it mean for the bitcoin industry?

March mobile payments 5 for 5: Mobile World Congress in focus

March mobile payments 5 for 5: Mobile World Congress in focus

It's time for a look back at the most-read articles on Mobile Payments Today in March, and what we can learn from them.

What might be ahead for virtual currency in 2016

What might be ahead for virtual currency in 2016

Bitcoin recently celebrated its seventh birthday. It has come from humble beginnings, but this year bitcoin prices and blockchain tech are ready to explode.

How can virtual currency help the financially underserved?

How can virtual currency help the financially underserved?

Virtual Currency Today, a sister publication of Mobile Payments Today, recently spoke with Bryne Reese about his money transfer company Uphold and what role bitcoin can play with today's financial services.

Bitcoin could be a life saver for financially underserved in Africa

Bitcoin could be a life saver for financially underserved in Africa

Zimbabwe residents recently went through horrific hyper inflation, which eventually led to the abandonment of their national currency altogether. Bitcoin could be the solution not only to Zimbabwe's problems but those of financially underserved populations in Africa.

Mobile payments set to dominate discussions at Money 20/20

Mobile payments set to dominate discussions at Money 20/20

EMV and bank innovation also should be hot topics next week in Las Vegas, writes Mobile Payments Today Editor Will Hernandez.

Bitcoin brings the blockchain, and regulation, to the forefront

Bitcoin brings the blockchain, and regulation, to the forefront

The annual ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C., included discussions about virtual currency and the role it might play in financial services.

The blockchain's future opportunities

The blockchain's future opportunities

Bitcoin has an aura of rebellion, danger and newness that gets much of the media attention. However, the technology powering bitcoin has remained in the background until recently.

Preview: 2015 ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit

Preview: 2015 ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit

Technology offers new ways for consumers to hold, control and spend their money. This summit promises to help execs get their arms around the former and meet the expectations of the latter.

Bitcoin's place with restaurants

Bitcoin's place with restaurants

Do food and bitcoin mix? What does the virtual currency offer to restaurants specifically?

New York's BitLicense in review

New York's BitLicense in review

When the New York BitLicense landed last month, it created a massive storm of protests. It brought the debate on virtual currency regulations front and center.

Bitcoin 'rebittance': serving the financially underserved

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.

Does virtual currency's past dictate its future?

Does virtual currency's past dictate its future?

Excerpted from the author's opening remarks at the Virtual Currency Today Summit last week in Boston.

States still wrestling with virtual currency regulation

States still wrestling with virtual currency regulation

Last week at the Virtual Currency Today Summit hosted by Networld Media Group, representatives from the Massachusetts government and the FTC discussed their views on the virtual currency regulatory landscape from the state and federal level.

Bitcoin, mobile payments share some consumer adoption problems

Bitcoin, mobile payments share some consumer adoption problems

Executives from across the bitcoin ecosystem gathered in Boston last week for the first Virtual Currency Today Summit.

So, what is this bitcoin thing?

So, what is this bitcoin thing?

Bradley Cooper, who is the Technology Editor at Networld Media Group, takes a dive into the cryptocurrency and offers a high-level view of the market.

5 major misconceptions about cryptocurrencies

5 major misconceptions about cryptocurrencies

With all the heated rhetoric surrounding the topic, we thought it would be helpful to reach out to people who work with cryptocurrencies on a daily basis to get to the bottom of the most common misconceptions.

The bitcoin-ISIS connection

The bitcoin-ISIS connection

An analyst says he has found proof that the terrorist organization is using virtual currency to fund its operations.

Payments in 10 years: Very different

Payments in 10 years: Very different

If the last 10 years has taught us anything, it's that disruptive technologies can shift the course of events in a way few would expect.

Circle adds NFC functionality to Android mobile bitcoin wallet app

Circle adds NFC functionality to Android mobile bitcoin wallet app

Company is cautiously optimistic it might be able to attract new customers thanks to the recent buzz around contactless payments.

Andreessen: Bitcoin's viability not based on day-to-day value

Andreessen: Bitcoin's viability not based on day-to-day value

Investor defends cryptocurrency in a series of tweets after 72-hour price drop happened over the weekend.

The Kessler Effect and today's crowded payments ecosystem

The Kessler Effect and today's crowded payments ecosystem

Dan Kramer, the senior vice president of marketing and merchant services for SHAZAM, wrote about how new entrants in the marketplace can be successful.

2014 in review, part II: Security, bitcoin, carrier billing, and mPOS

2014 in review, part II: Security, bitcoin, carrier billing, and mPOS

Data breaches were a hot-button topic in 2014, maybe even more so than Apple Pay.

Lawsky announces changes to proposed bitcoin regulations

Lawsky announces changes to proposed bitcoin regulations

"In a new area like this, with very complex issues, it's very important for regulators to listen and see where the regulations makes sense -- and course-correct where necessary."

The retailer side of the bitcoin equation

The retailer side of the bitcoin equation

Three merchants discuss why they began accepting virtual currencies for payment – and how accepting bitcoin has changed their business.

Virtual currencies: bitcoin and beyond [infographic]

Virtual currencies: bitcoin and beyond [infographic]

An array of virtual currencies are making their presence known.

BitPay preps Florida city as bitcoin haven as bowl game approaches

BitPay preps Florida city as bitcoin haven as bowl game approaches

As the lead sponsor for the St. Petersburg Bowl, the processor wants the area's merchants to be able to accept the cryptocurrency at their stores.

Respatialization of currency: Cryptocurrencies & mesh networks

Respatialization of currency: Cryptocurrencies & mesh networks

Thomas Yohannan examines a possible future link between bitcoin and proximity payments involving mobile devices.

Virtual currency dominates day one of Money 20/20 conference

Virtual currency dominates day one of Money 20/20 conference

Ben Lawsky, New York's superintendent of financial services, addressed the status of the state's controversial BitLicense regulatory framework.

Virtual currencies are very much a global reality

Virtual currencies are very much a global reality

Mark Ranta from ACI Worldwide believes bitcoin and its alternatives are here to stay, but how can they be regulated?

#FutureofPayments: In defense of Bitcoin (and its cousins)

#FutureofPayments: In defense of Bitcoin (and its cousins)

A closer look at why virtual currencies can be beneficial to the financial system.

Bitcoin has advantages over traditional banking services

Bitcoin has advantages over traditional banking services

Experts weigh in on virtual currencies during a panel discussion at the ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit.

Governments worldwide continue scrutiny of virtual currencies

Governments worldwide continue scrutiny of virtual currencies

New York's proposed BitLicense regulatory framework is one of several current initiatives developing around the globe.

CashStar lights the path with digital gifting

CashStar lights the path with digital gifting

CEO Ben Kaplan discusses the role gift cards can play in mobile payments.

Jumio brings Bitcoin startups together to boost platform's legitimacy

Jumio brings Bitcoin startups together to boost platform's legitimacy

BISON intended to help companies self-regulate.

Bitcoin: The Future of Currency? [infographic]

Bitcoin: The Future of Currency? [infographic]

Top bank industry executives are all talking about Bitcoin’s threat to legacy payments systems, once they understand how it works. Will Bitcoin be the future of currency?

Agenda: ATM and Mobile Innovation Summit 2014

Agenda: ATM and Mobile Innovation Summit 2014

Kurt Helwig, CEO of the Electronic Funds Transfer Association, and Tom Harper, president and CEO of Networld Media Group talk about points of focus — innovation, regulation and security — for this year's ATM and Mobile Innovation Summit. The two-day...

Preview: ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit 2014

Preview: ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit 2014

Tom Harper, president and CEO of Networld Media Group talks about what to expect from this year's ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit and why executives should consider it imperative to attend and hear what high-level presenters and panelists have to say about the future of payments.

Why payment providers need to embrace Bitcoin

Why payment providers need to embrace Bitcoin

The cryptocurrency presents a better technology for mobile payments.

Bitcoin gets all the attention at CoinSummit

Bitcoin gets all the attention at CoinSummit

Virtual currency backers gathered in San Francisco to discuss everything from mainstream acceptance to regulation.

Royal Canadian Mint conducts crypto-currency trial

Royal Canadian Mint conducts crypto-currency trial

Participants encouraged to use government-backed virtual currency for low-value and P2P payments.

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