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Company behind new ICO says increased regulation is a 'positive thing'
A Hong Kong-based fintech firm is launching an initial coin offering as part of its plans to revolutionize how payments are conducted. Octo3 Group is a start-up that currently sells a range of financial...
Samsung Pay syncs up with PayPal to give you another easy way to pay
Samsung Pay is syncing up with PayPal, giving you one more way to pay when you make your next purchase. First rolling out to users in the US and then other countries, the team up combines Samsung's tap-to-pay...
UK and Aussie iPhone owners can now buy apps, games and more with PayPal
In an effort to provide customers with more choice when it comes to buying digital goods, Apple and PayPal have announced an expansion of their existing US partnership that will bring the trusted online...
Airbnb is trialling split payments so you don’t lose friends over your booking
Airbnb has started introducing a new feature that allows payment for a property to be split between as many as 16 different accounts, which will be a welcome addition for anyone planning a getaway with...
Hacking for cash: Ransomware threats on the rise
Quite simply, ransomware locks or encrypts files or documents and demands payment to regain access.The user is usually met with a basic screen that explains what is going on and instructions on how much...
The biggest regrets people have after buying a home
[...] nearly half of homeowners said they wish they had done something differently, according to a survey of more than 1,400 homeowners released by NerdWallet this year. [...] before you take the jump,...
A ride on Indonesia's first and only 'unicorn'
CNBC recently tested out the service on the Indonesian island of Bali. The 10-minute ride on a motorbike, cost the equivalent of about 30-cents. While cash payment was accepted, using payment platform...
Samsung Pay is coming to a mid-range phone near you
Samsung could soon be rolling out its mobile payment platform to more of its handsets as it looks to take on the likes of Apple Pay and Android Pay - so you won't necessarily have to buy a top-of-the-range...
The world’s first contactless payment ring is now ready to buy
You can now buy the world's first contactless payment ring so you can pay for your shopping directly from your finger.Kerv will allow you to pay for public transport, your shopping or even unlock your...
Mobile Wallets Offer Consumers Safety, Other Benefits
Smartphones have replaced lots of other accessories — cameras, flashlights, calculators. But many people are still reluctant to swap the wallets in their pockets for their digital counterparts. A key reason...
Hands Free, the Google app that let you pay with your voice, goes quiet
Google's Hands Free app is coming to an end, with the experimental mobile payment method shutting down February 8.Announced last year, Hands Free allowed customers to check out at stores using a voice-activated...
Ant Financial CEO apologizes following backlash over explicit social network groups
BEIJING (Reuters) - The CEO of Ant Financial Services Group, the payment affiliate of Alibaba Holdings Ltd, apologized on Tuesday following backlash from Chinese netizens over a social feature in the company's...
Souped-up SIM allows mobile payments where there’s no network
Another way to payNoor Khamis/ReutersBy Hal HodsonMoney may soon become even more mobile. A fresh project allows people to make mobile payments even in areas where their cellphone is unable to connect...
Vera Bradley says payment system hacked, sales could be affected
(Reuters) - Handbag and accessories maker Vera Bradley Inc said on Wednesday hackers may have accessed customer data from payment processing systems in its stores, causing a delay in an upgrade of its...
Alibaba's new payment system lets virtual reality shoppers pay by nodding
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holdings' finance arm on Wednesday demonstrated a payment service that will allow virtual reality shoppers to pay for things in future just by nodding their heads. ...
Apple launches Apple Pay payment service in Russia
MOSCOW Apple Inc launched its Apple Pay software in Russia on Tuesday as the U.S. technology firm extends the global reach of its payment service.Russia is the 10th country where Apple Pay has been made...
Square offers contactless payment
Everyday Coffee owner Mark explains how the new Square reader for contactless payments has helped his business. Square is launching a new contactless and chip reader payment device in Australia. AUSTRALIANS...
Chinese wanderlust drives rapid growth for payment platform Alipay
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Alipay payment platform has inked deals with 10 overseas airports as it looks to expand on the back of Chinese consumers' growing appetite for travel, and has already signed...
FairWare Hackers May Take Ransoms, Keep Stolen Files
The latest ransomware intrusion that targets Linux servers, dubbed "FairWare," may be a classic server hack designed to bilk money from victims with no intent to return stolen files after payment in bitcoins...
Earnings: A tale of two beaten-down tech stocks
This week we get earnings reports from a Q2 straggler and an early Q3 release from names in the tech space. Verifone and Box have seen their stocks suffer in 2016. While Box is beginning to show improvements...
New Mastercard App Streamlines Purchase Process
Retail and financial companies are rapidly creating new tools to manage the mobile cashless society. As these ideas spread worldwide, financial companies will be challenged by the need for accuracy and...
Android Pay launches in Australia
Google has launched its mobile payment platform, Android Pay, in Australia, allowing phone users to make at the register by tapping their phone against the credit card reader. INTERNET giant Google joined...
Posing as ransomware, Windows malware just deletes victim’s files
Scammers, via Cisco Talos Ranscam's "ransom note": Pay us and then we'll make everything better. Scammers, via Cisco Talos Ranscam's "ransom note": Pay us and then we'll make everything better. Cisco...
Wal-Mart mobile pay service rollout complete, repeat usage jumps
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday it has completed the rollout of its Wal-Mart Pay mobile payment service across the United States and that 88 percent of transactions on the payment...
What VW drivers should know about the giant emissions settlement
What VW drivers should know about the giant emissions settlement Under the largest automotive class-action settlement in U.S. history, people who own or lease about 475,000 Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter...
The campaign to trash your wallet
Samsung launched its payment service, Samsung Pay, in Australia today, allowing smartphone and smartwatch users to pay for goods by tapping their devices on a credit card reader. THE WORLD’S leading smartphone...
Forget your phone, Visa just put a ring on mobile payments
Anyone who has watched TV or an Apple or Google keynote event within the past year knows that paying for things with anything but your credit card is all the rage. Visa, not to be left out being a leader...
AT&T is cutting down its payment plan options, and that's a good thing
Navigating AT&T's payment schemes is about to get easier as the telecom company is cutting its Next plans by half.AT&T will simplify its program from four different payment schedules to two - one...
Android Pay wants to streamline Web payments and customer signups
Example of Android Pay in PaymentRequest.Today at Alphabet's annual developer's conference, the company announced a host of new tools for developers working with Android Pay—including support for Android...
Pay for groceries with your Fitbit? Could happen before long
The deal includes "key personnel and intellectual property specific to Coin's wearable payment platform," according to Coin's statement. Fitbit also said that the acquisition does not include Coin's smart...
Paytm bank coming in August, says CEO Vijay Shekhar
Comments Written by Shruti Dhapola | New Delhi | Published:May 3, 2016 4:57 pm Paytm, India’s leading mobile wallet, will launch its payment bank by August this year. (Source: Screenshots of the Paytm...
Telenor asks DoT to retain TRAI suggested payment terms in auction
Comments By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:May 2, 2016 5:40 pm Telenor has asked the Department of Telecom (DoT) to retain the option of deferred payment suggested by the regulator Trai. Telecom operator...
Google Offers Guidelines for PCI Compliance on Its Cloud Platform
The guide offers information on how administrators can take advantage of Google technology to deploy secure, fully compliant payment applications in the cloud. As it does relatively frequently with other...
Mobile giants bust into Singapore e-pay market
"There are quite a few systems out there...but there isn't one which has quite yet made big inroads into the payments scene," said Yeo. This was largely "due to the siloed nature and incompatibilities...
HTC responds to Vive launch problems
Following hundreds of reports of missing orders that have ruined the launch of HTC Vive for many, the makers of the virtual reality headset have finally responded.In a post on the HTC Vive blog last night,...
Samsung Pay: What you need to know (FAQ) - CNET
Samsung's mobile payment system Samsung Pay is now available in the United States after an earlier deployment in the electronic giant's home country of South Korea. It works in almost all stores -- including...
Google announces Android Pay launching in the UK in the coming months
CNET/CBS Interactive After launching Android Pay in the US six months ago, Google plans to launch the mobile payment service in the UK. ANDROID SECURITY Google has an Android security problem Security...
Google to launch Android Pay in UK; will compete with Apple Pay
Comments By: Reuters | Published:March 23, 2016 4:48 pm Alphabet Inc’s Google unit said on Wednesday its one-touch payment app for Android devices, Android Pay, will be launching in the UK in the next...
Android Pay is coming to the UK, Google’s first market in Europe
Now signing up 1.5 million users each week in the U.S., Android Pay, Google’s payment platform and mobile wallet for Android devices and apps, is coming to the UK, with dozens of partners including...
Thai top three mobile firms' shares surge after Jasmine misses 4G license payment
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Shares in Thailand's top three mobile telecoms operators surged 5-10 percent on Tuesday after broadband Internet firm Jasmine International missed a deadline for an initial payment...
Castle is a drag-drop account takeover protection solution
You probably have your credit card and other payment information keyed into at least ten different services right now, all of which are likely based over a mobile app or website. For a long time,...
Allied Wallet Launches API-Powered Payment Gateway To Drive Next-Gen Payment Processing Models
Allied Wallet’s Next Gen Payment Gateway relies on API-driven integration to provide a one-stop online payment processing solution to merchants and partners using online and mobile point-of-sale...
Messaging app WeChat is becoming a mobile payment giant in China
WeChat, China’s smash hit messaging app, has long been a bellwether for the future of mobile messaging. It was first to popularize putting brands in chat and integrating third-party services,...
Microsoft quietly drops bitcoin support from the Windows Store
Microsoft has quietly stopped supporting bitcoin payments just over one year after it added support for the crypto currency within the Windows Store. Software encyclopedia Softpedia first noticed the...
Tech Five: Square, Box to report earnings
ORG XMIT: GH 42174 Mobile Payments 7/26/20 7/26/12 12:40:11 PM -- Crystal City, VA, U.S.A Andy and Uyen Nguyen (pink dress) are co-owners of the lemon grass truck. -- MOBILE PAYMENTS: The wireless industry...
Paying with your face and car is the new paying with your phone - CNET
Just as we're getting to grips with buying our morning coffee by waving our phones near the register, the finance and mobile worlds are planning how one day we may eventually pay with our refrigerator,...
What's the best mobile card payment reader for your business?
Introduction and payment choicesBusiness is now transacted on the move. According to the latest figures from the UK Cards Association, total spending on payment cards in November 2015 reached £53.2 billion...
IRCTC announces tie-up with mRUPEE for easy payment
Comments By: Tech Desk | Bangalore | Updated: February 15, 2016 1:54 pm mRUPEE has announced its tie-up with IRCTC for one-tap payment solution for rail ticket bookings. mRUPEE has announced its tie-up...
Payment Security Issues Worry Retailers
The ACI Worldwide survey found 75 percent of respondents prioritize payment security as the most important feature of a mobile wallet offering. Payments security is a core area of concern for retailers,...
LG's new mobile payment idea is actually pretty old-school
While new mobile payment solutions are coming out every few months to compete with the likes of Apple Pay and Android Pay, LG may introduce a more old-school option.Instead of throwing the payment solution...
LG plans to unveil 'White Card' for universal payments: report
(Image: LG) read this Banks must move past PIN, OTP to ensure mobile security PINs and one-time passwords should be abolished as a form of authentication. Read More LG Electronics plans to unveil a universal...
Eat at Wendy's? Check your credit card bill
Wendy's says it is investigating reports of "unusual activity" on payment cards that had been used at some of its restaurants. The company says it learned from payment industry contacts this month of...
IBM alters severance terms
The separation allowance payment available under the Individual Separation Allowance Plan, regardless of the circumstance under which ISAP is offered, is one month of pay.For employees covered by IBM's...
250 Hyatt hotels infected last year with payment data stealing malware
The Hyatt hotel chain has revealed that almost half of its properties were infected with malware last year and customer financial data may have been stolen. According to the company, 318 hotels out of...
IBM acquires payment fraud fighter IRIS Analytics
IBM has acquired IRIS Analytics, a company which applies cognitive computing models to combat payment fraud. Announced on Friday, Big Blue said the acquisition will boost the firm's analytics and counter...
Hyatt names hotels hit by malware
The Hyatt hotel chain has posted a global list of hotels hit by malware that was found on its customer payments system last year. The list includes Hyatt premises in Canada, the US, the UK, Jordan, Chile...
Hyatt says data breach started in August
Hyatt Hotels Corp said a previously reported malware attack on its payment processing system occurred between August 13 and Dec. 8. The hotel operator said on Thursday it identified unauthorized access...
Indians want flexibility in payment options for online services: survey
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:January 12, 2016 4:11 pm Indians want more payment options when it comes to digital subscription services. Indian consumers are signing up for digital services but want...
CES 2016: Coin wants to replace your wallet with your wrist
After a botched early pre-order program that created customer outrage, Coin, the digital payment company that wants to reinvent your wallet with a single credit card that can be controlled from a smartphone...
Hungryhouse adopts Braintree payments
Online takeaway service Hungryhouse has added the Braintree online platform to the choice of payment methods it offers customers. Hungryhouse wanted to make customers’ payment experience as easy as possible...
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