Square arrives in the UK

Square has announced its launch in the U.K., marking the fifth country where it is available, along with existing markets Australia, Canada, Japan and the U.S. "We founded Square to empower small businesses with tools to accept all forms of...

Smart Card Alliance reveals new name and focus

The Smart Card Alliance, a nonprofit long known for its advocacy of smart card technology, is expanding its charter to include a broader range of security and privacy-enhancing technologies. Reflecting its expanded mission, the Smart Card Alliance is changing its...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Visa-branded chip card total tops 408M in 2016

The number of Visa chip cards issued as of the end of 2016 grew 92 percent over year-end 2015, to a total of 408.1 million, according to a company blog post this week. The San Francisco-based company also said that...

42 pct. of card-present transactions worldwide now EMV-compliant

EMVCo, the technical body that manages EMV specifications, has published transaction data detailing year-over-year growth in the volume of card-present payments using EMV chip technology. The data shows that from July 2015 to June 2016, 42.4 percent of transactions globally...

AmEx chimes in with EMV delay at US fuel pumps

Visa, MasterCard, Discover … and now American Express has announced it will extend the effective date of its EMV fraud liability shift for U.S. fuel merchants by three years to October 2020. According to a press release from the company, "The extension will give U.S.

First Data's Clover devices arrive in the UK

First Data has announced the expansion of its Clover platform with the official launch of Clover Mini and Clover Mobile in the U.K., according to a press release. "We have been impressed with the popularity of both Clover Mobile and...

Card networks bump liability shift date for fuel dispensers, leave ATM deadline unchanged

MasterCard and Visa announced on Thursday that they will move their EMV fraud liability shift dates for automated fuel dispensers from October 2017 to October 2020. Visa released a press release outlining the reasons that prompted the three-year delay: The...

Verifone brings emerging payments options to Japan

Verifone has partnered with Vesca, a Japan-based payment and marketing product provider, to offer enhanced and secure payment services and products to merchants in the country, according to a press release. Verifone said in the announcement that the partnership will...

Shipments of NFC-ready POS terminals to surpass 16M in 2016

The market for NFC-ready POS terminals continues to show strong momentum in 2016 with annual shipments anticipated to reach an estimated 16.1 million units worldwide, according to a new report from analyst firm Berg Insight. The attach rate for NFC...

US Payments Forum broadens focus on mobile payments

The U.S. Payments Forum has formed a Mobile and Contactless Payments Working Committee to explore the opportunities and challenges, identify possible approaches, and develop practical implementation guidance and best practices for the variety of mobile and contactless payments product being...

Wine on the go: CardFlight partners with Traveling Vineyard for mPOS service

CardFlight, a mobile point-of-sale technology provider, has announced that Traveling Vineyard, a direct marketer of wines through in-home wine tasting events, will use its services to enable Traveling Vineyard distributors to accept payments from chip cards and mobile devices, according...

CardFlight, Security Card Services enter mPOS partnership

CardFlight, a mobile point-of-sale technology provider, and Security Card Services, a bank-focused merchant services provider based in the Southeast, have announced their partnership to offer CardFlight SwipeSimple to Security Card Services merchant customers, enabling them to accept EMV payments on...

FIDO Alliance links with EMVCo to develop new security standards for mobile payments

FIDO Alliance, the industry consortium developing open, interoperable authentication standards, announced this past week that it will work with EMVCo to add convenience and security to in-store and in-app EMV-compliant mobile payments, according to a press release. The FIDO Alliance...

Study: Mobile payments awareness grows, cash use declines

Sixty percent of consumers in North America use cash at least weekly to make purchases at a merchant location, down seven percentage points from 2015 – the most significant decline in use of traditional payment methods over the past year,...

First Data intros new, smaller Clover Go POS

First Data is adding an updated version of Clover Go to its Clover point-of-sale product line. The standalone device accepts EMV, mag stripe and contactless transactions, which includes NFC-enabled mobile payments. The device processes EMV transactions in less than 3.5...

US Payments Forum sums up EMV migration progress, resources

The U.S. Payments Forum has released its fall 2016 market snapshot of the status of U.S.

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