G&D, Caixabank outfit Mobile World Congress visitors with payment wristbands

Giesecke & Devrient, in collaboration with CaixaBank, is giving out contactless payment wristbands to Mobile World Congress 2017 attendees. The G&D-manufactured wristband is lightweight, submersible and ergonomically designed, according to a press release. The device, which operates much like a...

Visa expands QR code mobile payments to more countries

Visa has announced that mVisa, its QR-based payment service, is now live in India, Kenya and Rwanda, and will soon be available to merchants and consumers in Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Vietnam, according to a press release....

Run the jewels: Barclaycard to embed payment technology in jewelry, watches

Barclaycard's contactless payments technology, bPay, will now find its way into watches and jewelry thanks to a new partnerships with DCK Group and Tappy Technologies. Barclaycard said it will work with the DCK Group to embed bPay into jewelry, and...

Mobile Payments Today seeks editorial contributors, bloggers

Mobile Payments Today is seeking editorial content in 2017 from industry thought leaders in the form of contributed articles and blog posts. We're looking for high-level thought leadership pieces that are free of a marketing pitch. Submissions should be between...

India's Vijaya Bank launches QR code payments

First Global Data has announced that the Vpayqwik service launched in partnership with Vijaya Bank is now accepted nationally across India at all retail locations. According to a press release, Vpayqwik is one of a select few mobile wallets in...

Cayan gives merchants more payments flexibility with new device

Payment technology company Cayan has introduced their new Genius Handheld, a first-of-its-kind, semi-integrated, EMV-enabled mobile payment device in the U.S., according to a press release. Cayan said Genius Handheld enables sales associates to get out from behind the counter and...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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....

Vantiv partners with CardFlight to offer EMV mPOS

CardFlight, a mobile point-of-sale technology provider, and Vantiv, a provider of payment processing services and related technology products for merchants and financial institutions of all sizes, announced Vantiv will offer the CardFlight SwipeSimple mobile POS product to its merchants. SwipeSimple...

Square helps small merchants push Apple Pay

Square has announced a limited-time program that will allow small businesses to process more than $12,000 in Apple Pay payments for free (a $350 value) as an incentive for them to encourage their customers to use the payment method, according...

Tech firm preps payment system for Chicago Skyway

LocoMobi, a provider of parking and transportation technology, has announced plans to provide a payments system for tolls at the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge, according to a press release. LocoMobi said its license plate recognition technology will be the backbone...

BMO Harris expands mobile wallet options

BMO Harris Bank has announced that its customers can now add the bank's payment cards to Android and Samsung wallets, and that the bank is launching its own BMO Harris Bank Masterpass Android app, powered by MasterCard. "We are constantly...

Alipay expands in-store mobile payments to North American retailers

Alipay has announced the expansion of its in-store mobile lifestyle and payments service to the North American retail market, enhancing the shopping and travel experience of Chinese consumers visiting the U.S. and Canada, according to a press release. In time for the Chinese New Year, which this year falls on Jan.

Walgreens links rewards program with Android Pay

Walgreens is linking its rewards program to Android Pay with the help of point-of-sale terminal provider Equinox Payments, according to a press release. Equinox claims to be the first terminal provider to implement the Android Pay reward-tracking technology across all...

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