Nearly 96% of the world’s population is mobile or about 7 billion. The awareness of the value of personal data is growing while solutions to manage usernames and passwords become more cumbersome and the use of biometric data to authenticate access will become more widely implemented.
GPShopper reports over 10% of client app usage on Black Friday occurred in-store. Furthermore, this in-store app usage actually converted mCommerce sales at double the rate of other users.
BitPay has integrated with Xsolla, a well-known billing platform that helps game developers monetize and improve conversion. Big gaming companies like Twitch and Nexon have already started accepting bitcoin as a reliable in-game payment method.
San Francisco-based Revel Systems has secured a $1.2 million grant from Invest Northern Ireland to open a UK sales and operations center in Belfast. The Revel platform includes complete front-end order entry, POS system and payment processing, back-end personnel scheduling, time clock and payroll, inventory management, comprehensive product/menu management and advanced reporting to successfully measure and optimize business performance.
Launched in July by SAP’s Ariba and Discover Financial Services, AribaPay has hit the stratosphere. More than $1 billion in payments have been made to nearly 1,300 suppliers using the innovative cloud-based service as companies seek to improve the speed and accuracy of B2B payments.
The latest guesstimate for the U.S. migration to Chip & PIN (EMV) is $9.5 billion and it will take until 2018 to reach a penetration of 80%. This reflects the cost of replacing over one billion insecure magnetic-stripe payment cards, 1.2 million point of sale (POS) card readers and 7 million card reading terminals with the global EMV standard Chip & PIN technology.
Bankrate is acquiring Wallaby Financial. Wallaby’s proprietary CardBase database includes more than 2,400 credit cards offered by over 500 financial institutions and is the ideal companion for every digital wallet solution.
Citi Ventures has formed a partnership with Plug and Play Tech Center to expand Citi’s accelerator efforts in the U.S., Germany, Singapore, Brazil and Spain. This program will utilize Citi’s global lab network while building on its first FinTech accelerator, launched in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2013.
Big data specialist Apixio has named Maya Capur as its Vice President of Customer Operations. Capur will join the company’s executive team and lead the development and expansion of Apixio’s customer success and operations activities.
Compass PlusCompass Plus announced that its open development payment platform, TranzAxis, has now been fully certified to support Futurex’s Excrypt SSP9000 hardware security modules (HSMs). This new partnership with Futurex, a provider of secure, robust, and cost-effective data encryption security solutions, has extended the list of HSMs now supported by the TranzAxis payment platform. Compass Plus’ distributor in the Latin American and Caribbean region, during the migration of Global Processing Centre in Antigua (GPC) to TranzAxis. The certification has enabled customers, including GPC, to utilise Futurex HSMs for EMV data preparation and the card issuance process, as well as the secure authorisation and communication of sensitive data for Visa, MasterCard and UnionPay EMV cards.
CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database today features Kenneth Chenault, Chief Executive Officer of American Express.
Fortumo mpayments signed partnerships with global smartphone manufacturers Oppo Electronics and Gionee. Fortumo’s direct carrier billing solution will be implemented for payments in the manufacturers’ app stores and Fortumo’s app catalogue becomes available for device preloads.