mobile payments

  • Plastc Launches A Coin Competitor As The Smart Card Market Heats Up

    Plastc Launches A Coin Competitor As The Smart Card Market Heats Up

    Two serial entrepreneurs have launched Plastc, a competitor to the digital smart card Coin, as the market for new payment technologies gets increasingly crowded. The two companies are vying for market share just as the Apple Pay release casts a huge shadow over the entire payments industry. But can one consumer technology company really change user behavior so drastically and so completely on… Read More

  • Boku Buys Germany’s Mopay In Carrier Billing Consolidation, Covering 5B Users

    Boku Buys Germany’s Mopay In Carrier Billing Consolidation, Covering 5B Users

    Boku — the U.S.-based startup that enables consumers to pay for goods on their phones by charging directly on to their phone bills or deducting from available phone credits — is today announcing it is acquiring Germany-based Mopay, one of its biggest competitors. The companies are not disclosing the financial terms of the purchase — we are still trying to find out and… Read More

  • After Quietly Acquiring SnapSaves, Groupon Launches Snap, Paying You To Shop

    After Quietly Acquiring SnapSaves, Groupon Launches Snap, Paying You To Shop

    Groupon continues apace with its plans to evolve from an online daily deals giant into a wider e-commerce player, with an emphasis on mobile and local purchases. Today the company is launching a new app called Snap — which provides iOS and Android users with a set list of products, and gives you money back when you purchase them, by way of a photographed and uploaded receipt. Snap… Read More

  • Capital One Debuts A New Mobile Wallet App, Designed To Work With Apple Pay

    Capital One Debuts A New Mobile Wallet App, Designed To Work With Apple Pay

    Just ahead of Apple Pay’s public release, a top credit card provider, Capital One, has rolled out a new mobile wallet app for cardholders that will work with Apple’s forthcoming mobile payments platform to provide users with detailed information on their Apple Pay transactions, in addition to balance rewards access, and other features. The app was soft launched on iOS earlier… Read More

  • PayPal Here Arrives On Android Tablets

    PayPal Here Arrives On Android Tablets

    PayPal Here, the company’s dongle-based mobile payments solution, is now available for Android tablets, the company announced this afternoon — a move that will address a large and growing swath of the tablet market. According to Gartner, PayPal notes, 62 percent of tablets sold last year run Android. The PayPal Here application allows users to accept credit card and debit card… Read More

  • Apple Pay Demo

    Here’s Apple Pay In Action

    Apple has revealed its mobile payments play, and it features NFC and Touch ID, as many expected. The system works as fast as they joked it did on stage – which is why in our demo we ran through a number of different payment scenarios. Read More

  • Apple Announces Mobile Payment Solution Called Apple Pay

    Apple Announces Mobile Payment Solution Called Apple Pay

    Confirming rumors and leaks, Apple announced this morning that the new iPhone 6 devices will support mobile payments. The feature, which also uses Apple’s Touch ID, will take advantage of NFC technology. That means users will be able to pay for goods and others services in the real world using the payment information already associated with their iTunes accounts. That, in fact, is… Read More

  • iWatch’s Killer Feature Could Be Two-Factor Authentication For Payments

    iWatch’s Killer Feature Could Be Two-Factor Authentication For Payments

    How will Apple make us desperate to buy its smartwatch? By taking the risk and clumsiness out of mobile payments. Imagine if your iWatch could recognize that your iPhone is within range as a pre-payment security check. The two could then connect to a retailer’s point of sale via Near Field Communication (NFC), and a “Pay $20 to Starbucks?” confirmation could pop up on… Read More

  • PayPal Expands Further Into Offline Retail And Mobile Payments With New PayPal Here SDK

    PayPal Expands Further Into Offline Retail And Mobile Payments With New PayPal Here SDK

    PayPal this morning is rolling out a new product designed to help its business move further into offline retail. The company is launching the PayPal Here SDK (software development kit), which will help online merchants sell their products offline, while also allowing brick-and-mortar merchants a new entry point into the world of mobile commerce. PayPal Here, as you may recall, was introduced… Read More

  • Isis Mobile Wallet Rebrands To Softcard To Distance From Militant Terror Group

    Isis Mobile Wallet Rebrands To Softcard To Distance From Militant Terror Group

    Isis, the mobile wallet platform backed by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, is rebranding. “In a few weeks, Isis Wallet will become Softcard. It’s a different name for the same great way to pay,” the company notes on its homepage. The move comes about two months after Isis announced that it would change its name, to distance itself from any association with the hardcore… Read More

  • Three Trends That Will Make A Difference In Mobile Payments

    Three Trends That Will Make A Difference In Mobile Payments

    In the summer of 2008, I was in Paris delivering a mobile payments presentation to the CEO of a French bank. At the end of the meeting, he asked me when we would see more than 50 percent of retail payments transactions in developed markets go through mobile. With unbending confidence, I responded that within the next five years the majority of consumer transactions in developed markets… Read More

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