LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–September 12, 2014

Apple Pay Could Make you Poorer The new Apple payment system has extraordinary promise. With Apple Pay, you might not need a wallet, and you can leave your credit and debit cards at home. In terms of ease and convenience, … Continue reading

Could Apple Pay Be the End of Data Breaches?

Apple's announcement of a new payment system, Apple Pay, could not have come at a more opportune time.Consumers have been shell-shocked by the number of data breaches that have taken place at well-known stores: Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, P.F. Chang's, … Continue reading

Apple’s Introduction May Lead to the End of the Plastic Credit Card

The date of September 9, 2014 may very well be the beginning of the end of the physical credit card. As we forecasted in June, there is a good chance Apple will announce a watch and/or phone on Tuesday that … Continue reading

Mobile Wallet Isis Changes Name to Softcard to Avoid Association with Terrorist Group

The mobile wallet formerly known as Isis has rebranded its product to Softcard in order to avoid any association or confusion with the violent Islamic militant group with the same name. "We have no interest in sharing a name with … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 30, 2014

Correcting Your Credit Report Gets Easier You just got more of a say in fixing errors on your credit report. Pushed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, major credit reporting companies Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion have changed their complaint systems … Continue reading

Will the Apple iWatch be a Revolutionary New Payment System?

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco begins on June 2 and everything from Apple TV to the Beats acquisition for $3.2 billion has been mentioned as possible groundbreaking announcements. One of the latest rumors has an Apple iWatch with … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 2, 2014

After Data Breach, Target Plans to Issue More Secure Chip-and-PIN Cards Still pushing to right itself after an enormous data breach by cybercriminals, Target announced that it would switch its debit and credit cards over to a more secure technology … Continue reading

Apple Primed to Become Mobile Wallet Leader

Apple published its quarterly earnings last week, a few hours after we published our original story "The Mobile Wallet Battle Heats Up". Apple CEO Tim Cook took the earnings call as an opportunity to tell everybody about his war plan … Continue reading

iPhone Users Gain Access to Isis Mobile Wallet

iPhone users no longer have to miss out on the convenience of the Isis Mobile Wallet, thanks to a new case offered by Verizon Wireless. Isis has long been available on select Android devices, but iPhones lacked the chip necessary to … Continue reading

Washington Metro to Launch Pay-by-Phone Program in 2014

The Washington DC Metro has been discussing a pay-by-phone option for some time, and authorities announced that the system should be in place later this year. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, known as Metro, awarded the $184 million contract for the … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 10, 2014

Target: Up to 70 Million More Customers Were Hit by December Data Breach Target said Friday that the massive cyber attack it suffered during the height of the holiday shopping season may have affected an additional 70 million customers and … Continue reading

The History of the Credit Card

Technology, innovation and social media are bringing changes to credit card payments. Consumers have been slow to adapt to these changes, but that should not come as a shock. History shows that methods of payment change and evolve slowly. Until … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–September 27, 2013

Google Wallet Arrives on iPhone Google introduced the Wallet app to the iPhone, a move which will hasten the replacement of cash and credit cards. The iOS app will allow users to store gift and loyalty cards and send cash … Continue reading

MasterCard To Introduce New Mobile Wallet in Japan

MasterCard has announced it will soon launch a contemporary mobile wallet in Japan that utilizes near field communication. This combines their digital service PayPass with DNP's mobile wallet and C-SAM's mobile transaction software. The new program will allow users to pay … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–April 26, 2013

U.S. Amasses Big Data on 10 Million People, Banks Protest The CFPB is working towards monitoring how millions of Americans use credit cards, take out mortgages, and overdraw their checking accounts, but bankers aren't happy about it. The CFPB wants access … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–April 12, 2013

Analysts See Steady Credit Card Use, Despite Fears of Consumer Cutbacks Analysts expect upcoming earnings from American Express, Visa and other large credit card companies to show that shoppers continued to swipe their credit cards at a healthy clip in the … Continue reading

MasterCard, Visa Take Major Steps in Digital Payment Industry

Visa and MasterCard both made significant moves in the digital payment markets this week. MasterCard introduced MasterPass, a digital service that allows customers to purchase items from wherever they are and with any mobile device. Consumers can use any payment … Continue reading

Another Advancement in Mobile Payments

After months of delays, mobile payment took another step forward this week with the launch of the Isis system in Salt Lake City and Austin. Isis allows consumers to make payments with their smartphone by waving it at a check-out … Continue reading

LowCards Weekly Credit Card Update August 10

U.S. Consumers Cut Back on Credit Card Use in June Americans cut back on credit card use in June, a sign that high unemployment and slow growth have made some more cautious about spending. Still, total consumer borrowing increased as … Continue reading