Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

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HomeSend and Vodafone Launch M-Pesa Remittance

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] HomeSend has expanded its global framework agreement with Vodafone Group for M-Pesa, including the launch of remittance services into five new markets during 2016. The two companies will work together to enable the real-time, mobile receipt of remittances by M-Pesa users in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique and…

Moneris Solutions Accredited to Self-Certify EMV

Moneris Solutions Accredited to Self-Certify EMV

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Moneris Solutions has been accredited to self-certify EMV-chip and PIN, and chip and signature terminals for five major credit card brands. With this authorization, Moneris is the only processor in North America with the ability to perform self-certification for merchants on behalf of American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and Union Pay.…

CreaCard for a MasterPass Wallet in France

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] For the occasion of Mobile World Congress 2016 (22nd – 25th February in Barcelona), MasterCard announced today the launch in France of a new MasterPass service fully dedicated to CreaCard PCS, the Prepaid leader on this market. This innovative digital and safe payment method will revolutionize online transactions for MasterCard cardholders.…

International Bank of Azerbaijan to start accepting JCB cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., has started JCB merchant acquiring operations with the International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA). JCB cards will be accepted at all of IBA’s acceptance locations throughout the country by the end of February 2016. JCB has more than 91…

Special Breaking News Mentions in Today’s CardFlash

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Breaking News: DRA (licensing); PARKMOBILE (NYC); CARDFELLOW (Indigo); and THREATMETRIX (Fuji Soft). DRA – Canada-based Digital Retail Apps (DRA) will begin licensing its purchase verification technology to merchants and partners. As well, the company has earned an additional patent on its system and method of facilitating secure self-payment transactions of retail…

MOVO Hits Pay Dirt For Free Alternative Banking

MOVO Hits Pay Dirt For Free Alternative Banking

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MOVO has raised an initial $700K to finalize the development of its beta product, scheduled to launch this spring in the US. For MOVO, that means offering a free alternative banking platform with a first-of-its-kind P2P payments app for this neglected market. MOVO accounts are opened and loaded without a bank…

On-Premise IVR w/Cloud-Based PayItByPhone = Future

On-Premise IVR w/Cloud-Based PayItByPhone = Future

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] USAePay has partnered with DemandVoice to offer merchants a Certified Level 1 PCI compliant phone payment method. This partnership will integrate DemandVoice’s premier product, PayItByPhone, which securely collects payments any time, on any phone, and in any language.   DemandVoice is a hosted telephone application provider that brings the power and…

Cardless Access to US Pin4-enabled ATMs Kicks-Off

Cardless Access to US Pin4-enabled ATMs Kicks-Off

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Pin4, the first open cardless cash network in the U.S., has launched its first phase of its nationwide rollout, bringing consumers in New York City, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles cardless access to cash at Pin4-enabled ATMs. Pin4 will continue expansion throughout the year and will have full nationwide access in…

Blur PW Manager for Android Payment Systems to Rule

Blur PW Manager for Android Payment Systems to Rule

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Abine unveiled its new Blur password manager for Android (also available for iOS). Blur is the only password manager in the world that includes privacy protection and a digital wallet for fast, secure virtual (tokenized) e-commerce credit card payments.  The Blur App for Android devices enables anyone to create tough-to-crack passwords,…

Bluefin Payment Systems Inks a Big Deal with WorldNet

Bluefin Payment Systems Inks a Big Deal with WorldNet

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Atlanta-based Bluefin Payment Systems, inked a new partnership with Dublin-based WorldNet. The partnership will further enhance data security for companies using the WorldNet platform with the addition of Bluefin’s Decryptx PCI-Validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solution, which enables merchants utilizing the WorldNet gateway to get the security and scope reduction of PCI…

ams and STMicroelectronics Team for NFC Wearables

ams and STMicroelectronics Team for NFC Wearables

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] ams and STMicroelectronics say ARM is using the companies’ NFC solution to provide the secure, high-performance NFC and micro controller functionality in its new wearable reference design. The NFC solution developed jointly by ST and ams is comprised of the ST54E from ST, a system-in-package featuring an NFC controller (NFCC) and…