Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

OT + Visa payWave + Heritage Bank = Inamo CURL Wearable AU Deployment

Oberthur Technologies has inked an agreement to provide its digital payment enablement technology to Inamo’s wearable solutions, starting with the CURL which is being launched in Australia this month. The CURL is a multi-functional wearable that will initially enable consumers to make payments by simply tapping their device to any point of sale terminal where…

First Data’s EMV/NFC Clover Devices Invade the UK Merchant Market

First Data has expanded its Clover platform with the official launch of Clover Mini and Clover Mobile in the U.K. The “all-in-one” business management solutions has broad adoption in the U.S. since they were introduced last year. The Clover Mini and Clover Mobile devices utilize unique cutting-edge technology that allows consumers to enter their PIN…

Popular iXpenselt App Beefed-Up for New Breed of iPhones and iPads

The popular iXpenselt personal finance app has been optimized for the current-generation iPhone/iPad. iXpenseIt was one of the first 500 apps to be approved for the App Store back in 2008. The iXpenselt app puts financial information and, most importantly, financial control, right at users’ fingertips. At its core is a comprehensive dashboard that provides…

TÜV NORD’s Online Store Selects Wirecard for Total Payment Management

Germany-based Wirecard has inked a deal to handle all payment processing for TÜV NORD’s upcoming online shop. Wirecard is incorporating all common payment methods in this service, among others Visa and MasterCard and will process the payments. In addition, it will be possible to buy on account with a payment guarantee in the near future.…

AmEx Aims to Reduce Fraud in its Digital Channels Bigly w/Acquisition

American Express has acquired InAuth to help merchants and partners to identify potential fraud utilizing its mobile-first device authentication capabilities. The acquisition also positions the company to capture new opportunities as more consumer activity – from payments to account origination and servicing – moves to digital channels. The acquisition complements and enhances American Express’ comprehensive…

Biggest U.S. Retailers Have Unpatched Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

New cybersecurity research reveals nearly 80% of the largest holiday retailers may not be using intrusion detection or prevention systems to monitor all traffic within the cardholder data environment. Additionally, over 90% of major holiday retailers have a SPF Record missing, which increases the risk of an email spoofing attack reaching consumers. SecurityScorecard’s 2016 Biggest…

Conversational Banking Marries Mobile Multi-Currency for WeChat

Toronto-based Zenbanx introduced “conversational banking,” the ability for customers to use messaging platforms to sign-in, check balances, get exchange rates, and send money from their Zenbanx account without ever leaving their conversation. WeChat, one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, is the first messaging platform to adopt Zenbanx’s conversational banking feature, a simple…

Western Union Invests in Walletron to Advance its M-Tech Capabilities

The Western Union has taken a stake in Walletron, a pioneer in mobile wallet bill presentment and payment capabilities. The investment supports Western Union’s strategic direction to bring smart and convenient payment experiences to its customers via smartphones. Walletron automates brands’ presence in mobile wallets like Apple Wallet and Android Pay, powering digital engagement and…