USAA testing Amazon Alexa skill

USAA is testing an Amazon Alexa skill that will enable its customers to get answers to some of the most frequent and basic questions fielded by service representatives answering member phone calls, according to a press release. The San Antonio-based...

EMVCo releases QR code payment specs

EMVCo, the global technical body that manages EMV specifications, has released QR code payment specifications that support use cases for both merchant- and consumer-presented QR codes. The technical documents define QR code payments in a manner that simplifies the development...

Domino's makes using Alexa to order pizzas even easier

Domino's Pizza is expanding the Amazon Alexa ordering platform added last year to include customized ordering without customers needing to have a saved account or previous order history, a news release said. "Now it's as simple as asking Alexa to...

Crane Co. acquires payment solutions maker Microtronic AG for $18 million

Crane Co., parent company of Crane Payment Innovations and Crane Connectivity Solutions, has acquired Microtronic AG, a manufacturer of closed-site and mobile payment solutions, for approximately $18 million, according to a press release. With operations in Oensingen, Switzerland, Microtronic develops...

Report: Online payment fraud detection spend to hit $9.3B by 2022

Spending on online fraud detection and prevention products will hit $9.3 billion by 2022, an increase of 22 percent over this year's anticipated spend, according to a new Juniper Research study. The research reveals perceptions of high software costs, alongside...

MasterCard puts more stock into QR code mobile payments

MasterCard has outlined plans for greater choice in retail payments through the planned expansion of its QR-based programs, according to a press release. Beginning this month, the company will broaden its products to offer QR codes that can be scanned...

Study: UK consumers begin to prefer smartphones for mobile shopping

The smartphone will soon blow past the tablet in the U.K. when it comes to mobile shopping, with smartphones grabbing 51.5 percent of spend next year. The big reason is consumers are loving smartphones more than tablets and using them more, according to the new GlobalData research.

Voice-controlled devices playing bigger part in consumer purchasing

Just about one in three shoppers will make a purchase through a voice-controlled device in the next year, and nearly one in five, 19 percent, made a voice purchase in the past year. Those statistics, according to the latest Walker...

Visa turns to QR codes in Taiwan for mobile payments

Visa plans to introduce a new QR code-based mobile payments system in Taiwan, according to local reports. The company said that it is using QR codes in the hope that the universal platform will attract larger numbers of users than more limited platforms offered by Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

Study: Nearly 1 in 3 merchants can't identify international transactions

While merchants have made a lot of progress when it comes to mobile security, they have a long way to go in order to minimize fraud risk, with 28 percent of merchants still not able to identify whether a mobile...

Dutch bank tests wearable payments

ABN Amro in the Netherlands is testing wearables technology that would enable its customers to make payments directly from their current accounts using such devices, according to a press release. A select group of users is currently testing various wearables,...

Verifone reveals 2 new POS terminals

Verifone has launched two new portable and mobile point-of-sale products that are meant for on-the-go businesses, line-busting scenarios and pay-at-the table for restaurants, according to a press release. Verifone released the products at the annual Money2020 Europe show in Copenhagen....

Danal secures strategic funding for mobile identity platform

Danal Inc. has closed a strategic investment round with Orange and Bangkok Bank to accelerate its mission of expanding global coverage of its mobile identity platform, according to a press release. "The investments expand the company's footprint in a number...

Australian payments provider brings Samsung Pay to 38 FIs

Australian-based payments provider Cuscal has struck a deal with Samsung to help link 38 financial institutions with Samsung Pay, according to multiple local media reports. Banks such as Credit Union Australia, Teachers Mutual Bank, People's Choice Credit Union and Bank...

Report: Worldwide spending on the IoT could to reach some $1.4T in 2021

Worldwide spending on the Internet of Things is expected to grow 16.7 percent year-over-year in 2017, reaching just over $800 billion, according to a new report from from IDC. By 2021, global IoT spending is expected to total nearly $1.4...

Diebold, Samsung demo mobile-based biometric ID for cardless ATM transactions

Diebold Nixdorf and Samsung SDS America have partnered to demonstrate how integrating advanced mobile technology — such as facial recognition and the self-service channel can lead to enhanced security and an improved consumer experience. The mobile-based transaction uses Samsung SDS...

Visa kicks cash to the curb at FIFA event

Visa is implementing 1,600 point-of-sale terminals and deploying 120 mobile concessionaires throughout the stadium concourses that are hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup, according to a press release. Visa is also collaborating with Russia-based Alfa-Bank, the official European Bank of the...

Visa expands global network of providers to drive IoT payments

Visa has signed 13 new partners to participate in its token service provider program, according to a press release. The company said that it has built out a global network of partners to offer secure, digital payment token services and...

Online payments provider adds Apple Pay integration to merchant services

BlueSnap, an online payments technology company, announced that it is bringing Apple Pay integration to its customers through the firm's Powered Buy platform, according to a press release. With a single integration to the platform, merchants can add Apple Pay...

Report: Apple, Xiaomi lead the way in wearables

The worldwide wearables market maintained its upward trajectory during the first quarter of 2017 with Xiaomi and Apple leading all companies and multiple products, experiencing double- and triple-digit growth, according to a new report from IDC. Companies shipped a total...

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