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Mobile Shopping on Thanksgiving Takes Bite of Black Friday Sales

December 1, 2014 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As retailers increasingly push sales and deals on Thanksgiving Day, IBM reports that mobile browsing on smartphones and tablets accounted for...                     

Apple Now Accepting China's UnionPay for App Store Purchases

November 17, 2014 10:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Eddy Cue, Apple’s...

Study: U.S. Mobile Payments to Hit $142B by 2019

November 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"The adoption of...

PayPal’s Not Worried About Apple Pay

November 12, 2014 10:47 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking at the...

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Review: Is the Mobile Wallet Just A Pipe Dream?

November 11, 2014 10:11 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Attempt at your own risk: For an entire week, I left all my cash and credit cards at home to see how well wallet-free...                          

Why Apple Pay IS All That!

October 30, 2014 3:05 pm | by Kasey Panetta | Blogs | Comments

Early reports are mostly saying that the app is great, but companies are still catching up to learn the technology. It will get better with time and as people begin to adopt the technology. It’s only been a few days and hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

MCX Denies Fines for Members Accepting Apple Pay

October 29, 2014 4:35 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

MCX was formed by a group of major U.S. retailers here in the United States and has made news this week as member companies such as...                    

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Poynt Eyes Point of Sale with New Terminals

October 29, 2014 9:54 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup is hoping an upcoming transition to smarter credit and debit cards will persuade millions of U.S. merchants to buy...                    

Tim Cook: Apple Pay Card Activations Top 1M in 72 Hours

October 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Cook called the intial resistance from retailers a "skirmish" and went on to tout how quickly iPhone users are...                               

Apple Pay Rejected by Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, 7-Eleven

October 27, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to multiple reports, major retail chains such as CVS, Rite Aid, and Walmart are disabling their contactless payments systems to thwart...                                

Is Apple Pay Really All That?

October 22, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

I'm generally not impressed when Android users scream from the mountaintop that they've had this or that feature for years...                               

Chinese Mobile Wallet Alternative Comes to U.S.

October 15, 2014 10:50 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The move will let U.S. retailers tap into the estimated 500 million Chinese online shoppers who spent $298 billion online in 2013.                                                                                

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Review: Is Paying by Phone Really Easier than Plastic?

October 2, 2014 9:40 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

In theory, mobile-payment services such as Google Wallet are easy to use. You simply download an app and enter your card information. With Apple Pay, you can even snap a picture of the card or use the one you already use with Apple's iTunes.

Getting Mobile Right for E-Commerce Retailing

September 29, 2014 10:07 am | by Deepak Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of nomorerack | Articles | Comments

Online retailers are trying to harness this accelerating mobile trend to capture a huge growth opportunity. But to do so, they must engage buyers with desired services and content at the precise moment of need. That’s causing more “e-tailers” to deploy...                 

Amazon Goes After Mobile Payments with 'Local Register'

August 13, 2014 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Called Amazon Local Register, the payment solution consists of a secure card reader and mobile app that will allow local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their business. Amazon Local Registers sees the online retailers directly competing with payment providers like PayPal, Square and others. 

BlackBerry Moving into Mobile Payments with EnStream

June 12, 2014 10:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Under the agreement, EnStream will leverage BlackBerry’s infrastructure to enable financial institutions, including Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank Group, CIBC and Desjardins, and mobile operators to securely provision sensitive payment card credentials into any smartphone capable of near field communication (NFC).

Square to Offers Financing to Small Businesses

May 28, 2014 11:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The company conducted a pilot produce where thousands of sellers used Square Capital to buy equipment and inventory, hire more employees, and add new stores. Many neighborhood businesses with access to alternative funding sources chose Square Capital for the simple and fast process.

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Intuit Buys Mobile Bill Pay Service Check

May 27, 2014 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Check has a mobile app that automates and consolidates the bill-pay process all in one place, which it says reduces complexity for consumers. Check customers can monitor bills and accounts, receive alerts when bills are due or funds are low, and pay bills automatically.

Mobile Wallet Solutions Get Mixed Grades in Muddled Market

March 5, 2014 4:54 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The mobile wallet is an idea that seems to eternally be 12 to 18 months out, but not for lack of interest. According to a recent Yankee Group report, fully two-third of consumers surveyed are interested in mobile wallets. However, just 16 percent of mobile device owners have used their phone to make an in-store payment in the past three months.

MWC: Will Incentives Drive Adoption of Mobile Payments?

February 26, 2014 3:23 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Many people use their smartphones to watch video, play games and wake them up in the morning. Some even use them to generate digital boarding passes to fly. So why not use phones to buy stuff at retail stores as well? A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form...

Review: LoopWallet Bests NFC Alternatives, at Least for Now

February 19, 2014 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The introduction of any new technology is almost always fraught with quirks and rough edges. When VHS and BetaMax first came out, snarled tape and long rewind times were to be expected. When CDs were first released, skipping on the new players was par for the course. Such is the case with mobile payments. 

Visa, MasterCard Offer More Phone Payment Options

February 19, 2014 10:09 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Visa and Mastercard announced separately on Wednesday, that they will give merchants and banks more options for incorporating NFC payment systems into their mobile apps. The hope is that the move will make it easier for more people to use their phones to pay for things. 

T-Mo Goes After Banking Fees with Mobile Money Product

January 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile Wednesday announced a new side project with the launch of a personal finance and mobile payments service. The company calls the new project Mobile Money by T-Mobile. The service includes a combination of smartphone money management applications designed for use with a re-loadable T-Mobile Visa Prepaid Card.

Flurry: Turkey Day Gives App Use a Boost

December 6, 2013 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sitting around at home over the holidays is no longer about playing pinochle with Aunt Gertie. People now have smartphones, and a bevy of time-killing apps installed on them to while away the hours.App analytics firm Flurry today released...

Apple Guides Shoppers Inside Stores with iBeacon

December 6, 2013 9:18 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On Friday, Apple Inc. will begin using iBeacon technology at its 254 U.S. stores to send you messages about products, events and other information — tailored to where you are inside, provided you have downloaded the Apple Store app and have given Apple permission to track you.

Apple's iOS Accounts for 28% of Online Traffic on Black Friday

December 2, 2013 9:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

What would a Black Friday report be if it didn't compare iOS and Android? According to IBM's Black Friday Benchmark report, Apple iOS traffic reached 28.2 percent of all online traffic, compared to 11.4 percent for Android, and iOS sales reached 18.1 percent of all online sales, compared to 3.5 percent for Android.

Groupon Trims 3Q Loss, Revenue Lags Street View

November 8, 2013 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Groupon Inc. whittled its losses during the third quarter, but weak revenue growth underscored the challenges facing the online daily deal service as it tries to morph into a more comprehensive destination for Internet bargain hunters. As part of its expansion efforts, Groupon announced Thursday...

Holiday Season 2013: Capitalizing on Mobile and the Cloud

November 6, 2013 11:13 am | by Michael Masterson, Director, Solution Strategy, Compuware APM Business Unit | Articles | Comments

As consumers flock to the mobile web en masse over the next few months, not only will companies — particularly those in online retail and travel — experience more mobile web traffic, but traffic spikes will also become more unpredictable.

MobileCon Panel Wonders If NFC is For Real

October 17, 2013 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon CEO Dan Mead encouraged a “really candid” discussion when he hosted a Mobile Commerce Panel Wednesday at MobileCon. Joining him onstage was Isis CEO Michael Abbott CEO Isis, American Express Group President for Enterprise Growth Dan Schulman and Jamba Juice CEO James White.

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