The virtual assistant Siri has been enabled to provide your credit score. Credit Sesame has launched its iOS app update that includes the use of Touch ID verification and integration with Siri.
Emerging Greenlight Planet unveils the Sun King Eco Easy Buy, a pay-as-you-go platform that enables customers to purchase Sun King Eco solar lamps in staggered 10-week installments. Greenlight Planet has sold over 3 million Sun King solar lamps, has 11 offices globally, over 700 full-time employees and 6,000 Sun King micro-entrepreneurs.
Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed), the second largest credit union credit card issuer, has named a new executive vice president of business development and government and community affairs.
A first-of-its-kind study on Western Union sheds new light on the positive impact of cross-border money transfer broadly and of its services in particular. For example, each Western Union Agent location in the Philippines handles transactions that infuse enough funds into the local economy to create 85 non-Western Union jobs.
San Francisco-based Xoom is incorporating Apple’s Touch ID technology into their mobile money transfers application. This gives customers the option to use their fingerprint data to sign in to the Xoom application on the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus.
The Supreme Court this week decided not to take up a merchant-filed appeal challenging the Federal Reserve’s 2011 rule-making on “reasonable and proportional” debit card fees.
The first ever company in the world to manufacture and offer three kinds of product line up from Barcode and RFID reader devices, printer equipped payment terminals, and industrial tablets is gearing up to light up the payments arena.
Synchrony Financial (f/k/a GE Capital Retail Finance) posted a 19.9% surge in fourth quarter (Q4/14) profits to $531 million, but slipped slightly from the prior quarter. Period-end loan receivables growth for the retail payment card giant remained strong at 7%, driven by purchase volume and average active account growth.
Visa Europe reports there are more than 100 million contactless Visa cards, as are 1.8 million Visa terminals as of end-of-year 2014. Hundreds of big-name merchants are rolling-out contactless and annual transaction volumes exceeded 460 million which is 263% higher than the previous year and the value of those transactions is 283% higher than the previous year.
Capital One (COF) reported a 7% year-on-year (Y/Y) rise in fourth quarter (Q4/14) after-tax U.S. bank credit card profits to $487 million, but sequentially declined 11.5%. However, Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) rose 15.5% in the quarter to $58.2 billion.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and MasterCard partnered to expand financial inclusion across Africa and develop solutions that drive inclusive growth, broadening access and usage of digital financial services. MasterCard brings proven expertise to design and scale inclusive financial services solutions and infrastructure. The AfDB actively promotes sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa. Together they will work with African governments and local private sector companies to develop and deliver affordable services that meet the needs of a wide consumer base, especially the traditionally unbanked. This is meant to drive inclusion at a country level and enable service delivery on educate on financial inclusion and economic development.
UK-based Monitise reports it is commencing a review of all options open to the Company to maximize value for shareholders, i.e. “we are for sale.” The Board believes the Company has an exciting future as an independent business, however it recognizes that there may be other businesses which could leverage Monitise’s capabilities for digital commerce enablement to significantly accelerate the growth of the business and take maximum advantage of the growth opportunities in the market today.