Samsung Pay Adds Eight More Credit and Debit Cards

On Monday, Chase Visa credit, debit and Liquid cards joined the line of cards supported by Samsung Pay. A number of MasterCard issuers have also joined Samsung Pay, including Citizens Equity First Credit Union, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, Security Service Federal … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–November 20, 2015

First U.S. Debit Card Ready for Use in Cuba Americans visiting Cuba can finally put away their cash and pull out their debit card. MasterCard and Fort Lauderdale-based Stonegate Bank announced Thursday that their cards are now active for use … Continue reading

Slow EMV Readers May Spur Mobile Payment Usage

Adoption of EMV card readers has been slow. In September, only 22% of small retailers were ready for the October 2015 transition deadline. As more and more businesses switch to the microchip reader, though, they may be making credit cards … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–November 6, 2015

How Your Voice Can Protect You from Credit Card Fraud That call to your bank is being recorded for more than just "quality assurance purposes." Some banks are using voice biometrics and other technology to help determine who is calling … Continue reading

Amazon Discontinues Its Mobile Credit Card Reader

After only a year on the market, the mobile card reader known as "Amazon Register" is being pulled from the virtual shelves. Amazon announced it will be discontinuing its mobile payment processor as of February 1, 2016. Amazon Register was introduced … Continue reading

Visa Brings Token Technology to eCommerce

Last week, Visa announced that it was bringing token technology to Visa Checkout, the online service that allows customers to store shipping and payment information without having to re-enter their information. The token service replaces the sensitive information on payment cards, … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–October 30, 2015

Walmart Exec Predicts New Credit Card Chip Technology Will Cause Black Friday 'Anarchy' A Walmart executive is predicting "anarchy" this holiday shopping season due to new rules in place requiring retailers to accept chip-embedded credit cards from consumers. The exec … Continue reading

JP Morgan to Launch Chase Pay to Compete with Apple Pay

In an effort to compete with other digital wallets such as Apple Pay, PayPal and Android Pay, JP Morgan Chase will introduce Chase Pay in the coming year. The company plans to make it easier for its users to make purchases … Continue reading

Over 70 Million U.S. Adults Now Use Mobile Payments

According to a new survey from Mercator Advisory Group, 71.5 million adults in America used mobile payments in 2015, up from 61 million last year. A staggering 42% of smartphone owners have used their phones to pay for items in … Continue reading

Chase Replaces Square as the Payment Processor for Starbucks

Starbucks will soon be partnering with JPMorgan Chase to handle non-mobile payments for the coffee chain. Currently, this task is performed by Square, the company known mostly for its mobile credit and debit card readers. Square has processed payments for … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–October 23, 2015

Will Retail Shops be the New Bank Branches? There are a variety of visions for what the bank of the future should be—a coffee shop, a digital destination accessible mainly from a smartphone—but for the good folks over at Number26, … Continue reading

Users Want More Security Before They Switch to Mobile Payments

Awareness and knowledge about mobile payments are increasing rapidly but usage is relatively stagnant, according to Accenture's 2015 North America Consumer Digital Payments Survey. Accenture surveyed 4,000 smartphone users in the United States and Canada, and found knowledge about mobile payments … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–October 16, 2015

Target Converts to Credit Cards with PINs, Not Just Signatures, for Security Reasons Two years after its catastrophic data breach, Target has become the first major credit card issuer to convert to cards that contain a PIN. The department store--which … Continue reading

Apple Pay to Expand to Starbucks, KFC and Chili’s

In the minds of some analysts, Apple Pay has been somewhat slow in catching on with retailers and consumers. On Thursday, Apple Pay made some significant inroads, announcing it will be an accepted mode of payment in 2016 at Starbucks, Kentucky … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–October 9, 2015

Expect More Online Fraud as New Credit Cards Arrive The new chip credit cards that shoppers are getting in their mailboxes may prevent criminals from stealing from stores, but many thieves are expected to move their operations online. Small businesses … Continue reading

Mobile Payments Coming to Chevron Gas Stations

Visa and Chevron have joined forces to bring mobile payments to the pump. Today, the two companies announced they are launching a payment program at 20 Chevron stations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley later this fall. Consumers can pay for … Continue reading

Samsung Pay Available on TSYS Terminals

On Monday, TSYS, a credit card processing company, announced it would accept Samsung Pay, allowing their clients and merchants the ability to offer and accept mobile payments using nearly any terminal where you can swipe or tap your card. To use this … Continue reading

Shopify’s New Card Reader Accepts Apple and Android Pay

Last Friday, Shopify, a cloud-based payment platform for small and medium-sized businesses, announced it was introducing a new credit card reader that will accept “contactless” payments. These payment types include Apple Pay, Android Pay, and tap-to-pay credit and debit cards. The … Continue reading

Barclays and Verifone Team Up to Simplify Mobile Payments

On September 23, Barclays announced it would be partnering with Verifone to improve mobile commerce transactions. Retailers using Verifone’s m-commerce gateway will now be able to join the 70,000 businesses that are already using Barclays Pingit app. Consumers will be able … Continue reading

Security Still a Concern for Mobile Payments

The security of mobile payments remains a very big concern for cybersecurity experts. ISACA, a global nonprofit information systems organization, surveyed over 900 cybersecurity experts about mobile payments. These experts are excited about the convenience of mobile payments, but there … Continue reading

Best Buy Accepting Apple Pay and Android Pay

Best Buy now has the ability to accept Apple Pay and Android Pay in some of its stores. On September 16, GuruAidTechSupport posted a video on YouTube showing that at least some California Best Buy locations are now accepting Apple Pay … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–September 17, 2015

Bank of America Reveals Details of Biometric Smartphone App Bank of America has launched a mobile banking app which uses fingerprint and Touch ID sign-in. The bank says its new fingerprint and Touch ID sign-in capabilities provide eligible Android, iPhone … Continue reading

Study Reveals What Consumers Want from Mobile Payments

A first-of-its-kind global study reveals what consumers want from the mobile payment market. According to the survey, consumers are seeking out newer, more convenient ways to pay for items. What makes this study rather unique is the methodology used for gathering … Continue reading

Apple Pay to Accept Discover Cards Beginning Wednesday

Starting this Wednesday, September 19th, Apple Pay will be accepting Discover cards on its mobile wallet. Discover It cardholders will soon be able to pay for transactions with their phones, thanks to the near field communications technology that makes Apple … Continue reading

Google Finally Launches Android Pay

After much anticipation, Android Pay is finally here. Google launched its mobile wallet yesterday, starting with a small group of Android phones running on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system at a minimum. The NFC payment system is scheduled to … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–September 11, 2015

Consumer Credit in U.S. Increased More Than Forecast in July Consumer credit in the U.S. rose more than projected in July, boosted by bigger credit card balances and loans for automobiles. The $19.1 billion increase followed a $27 billion gain … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–September 4, 2015

Credit Card Fraudsters Pump Gas Stations for Profit As motorists head out on the last big driving weekend of the summer, the credit card industry and gas-station owners are deploying everything from sophisticated software to heavy-duty padlocks to combat an … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–August 28, 2015

Banks Offering Mobile Banking But Consumers Slow to Adapt Financial institutions are offering mobile banking faster than consumers are adapting to it, according to a recently published survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Banks and credit unions are … Continue reading

Smart Vending Machines Will Become the Norm

Mobile payments are no longer reserved for restaurants and retailers. Through recent technological innovations, smart vending machines are making their way across the country. Vending machines are becoming just as cashless as the rest of society. Many units now come equipped … Continue reading

Visa Checkout Expands to 6 Million Users

Visa Checkout, Visa's mobile wallet, continues to undergo substantial growth. Introduced just over a year ago, Visa Checkout now claims to have over six million registered users, up 92% from the beginning of 2015. In addition, Visa Checkout has experienced … Continue reading

MasterCard Tests ‘Selfie Pay’, Facial Recognition Technology

MasterCard is testing new facial recognition technology that would allow users to verify payments with a quick photo. Dubbed "Selfie Pay," this new system will soon be tested in the United States and the Netherlands. To use Selfie Pay, an account … Continue reading

PayPal Acquires Modest Mobile Commerce Startup

In its first big transaction after cutting ties with eBay, PayPal has acquired mobile commerce startup Modest for an undisclosed amount of money. Modest provides innovative mobile solutions for merchants and retailers, including the ability to incorporate a buy button … Continue reading

Merchants Still Not Saving after Durbin Amendment

Nearly four years after the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act went into effect, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has released a study assessing the impact the changes have had on merchants. Though the amendment was designed to save … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–August 21, 2015

Mobile Banking Usage to Double in Four Years Mobile banking usage throughout the world is expected to double in less than four years, according to a new study from KPMG and UBS. In 2014, the number of mobile banking users … Continue reading

Mobile Payments Projected to Double by 2017

Mobile payments taking place throughout the world are expected to reach $1 trillion in 2017, twice the current transaction volume of $500 million. According to the research from International Data Corporation, the growth is largely due to an increase in … Continue reading

Mobile Banking Usage to Double in Four Years

Mobile banking usage throughout the world is expected to double in less than four years, according to a new study from KPMG and UBS. In 2014, the number of mobile banking users was close to 800 million, but that number … Continue reading

Rite Aid Stores Now Accepting Mobile Payments

After rejecting the idea of mobile payments, the national drug store chain Rite Aid announced it is now accepting Apple Pay, Google Wallet and the upcoming Android Pay as of this past Saturday, August 15. The change most likely came from … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–August 14, 2015

Samsung Enters Mobile Payment Wars With Samsung Pay Samsung is taking on Apple and Google with its own mobile payment system. At a press event in New York Thursday, the company announced Samsung Pay, a new contactless payment system that … Continue reading

New Device Authenticates Mobile Payment Using Your Heartbeat

Wearable biometrics provider Nymi has teamed up with TD Bank and MasterCard to create the world's first wearable mobile payment solution. Backed by biometric technology, this wearable uses a person's heartbeat to verify identity and authorize contactless credit card payments. … Continue reading

Outback Steakhouse to Launch Pay-at-the-Table Mobile App

Outback Steakhouse is taking the "smart" approach to customer payments with its new smartphone app that lets diners pay for their meals from their phones. Using the app, customers can cover their tab without waiting for a server to come … Continue reading

American Express Corporate Cards Now Support Apple Pay

Today, American Express announced they are giving their corporate cardmembers the ability to make transactions with Apple Pay. In a press release, American Express says it is the first major corporate card to be integrated with the Apple Pay mobile … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–August 7, 2015

Using a Digital Wallet May Cost You in Credit Card Rewards Mobile payments are surging as an alternative payment method, with Forrester Research estimating that the industry will nearly triple in terms of transactions by 2019. Digital wallets are typically … Continue reading

MasterCard Partnership to Bring Samsung Pay to Europe

Samsung's highly anticipated mobile wallet, Samsung Pay, is expected to launch in America this summer, but an expanded partnership with MasterCard will now allow the digital wallet to reach Europe as well. MasterCard and Samsung have an existing partnership for the wallet … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–July 31, 2015

Could Mike Tyson Become The New Face For Bitcoin? Although bitcoin has taken some major steps toward mainstream adoption over the past year, the cryptocurrency's user base is still largely dominated by tech-savvy individuals who see digital currencies as an … Continue reading

PayPal Added to Subway’s Mobile Payment Options

Today, Subway announced an expansion of their mobile payment platform. Their 27,000 sandwich locations in the United States will take PayPal by the end of the year. Subway also introduced an updated app which allows their customers to choose a … Continue reading

Prepaid Mobile NFC Payments to be Introduced

Prepaid card provider InComm and digital security firm Gemalto plan to team up to provide NFC enabled prepaid cards in the near future. The partnership will allow prepaid cards to work through mobile technology to create a contactless payment solution, … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–July 24, 2015

Adultery Website Hack Could Expose 37 Million Cheaters Ashley Madison, the adultery website which uses the tagline "Life is short. Have an affair," confirmed that it suffered a "criminal intrusion" into its system which could expose private details of as … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–July 17, 2015

Credit Cards are the Preferred Payment Method It's all in the cards--the days of cash and carry are long gone. When consumers pay for purchases today, whether in person or online, the overwhelming majority prefer to use a debit or … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–July 10, 2015

Meet AmEx's PayPal Competitor, Express Checkout As the war to own the digital wallet continues, American Express is joining the battle with Express Checkout, a new way to pay using your AmEx card online. AmEx Express Checkout is similar to … Continue reading

Apple Pay to Make Its UK Premiere in July

Apple Pay is finally making its way to the European market. Apple announced it will be launching its mobile payment service in the UK in July, and it will be available at more than 250,000 locations. Apple Pay was initially launched … Continue reading