Applied Materials Expands Semiconductor Production

US-based semiconductor manufacturer Applied Materials has launched a venture capital program, and is looking for investing in some private start-up companies to help explore new industries in which to expand the technologies. Those firms are in need of promising ad vanced technologies to boost or replenish AM’s core technologies in clean energy, flat panel display, and semiconductor manufacturing.

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Economic Indicators a Mixed Bag Lately

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] March U.S. credit card ABS chargeoffs were up for the first time in six months to 8.31%, compared to the 8.05% last month when defaults were at the lowest levels since February 2009. This is in conjunction with 4Q/10 figures indicating U.S. consumers saw approximately 1.4 billion offers for new credit…

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TNS Unveils New TNSPay Functionality

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] TNS platform enhancements allowing eCommerce merchants to improve security, combat fraud, and ease their PCI compliance efforts are part of a recent release that coincides with the global launch of its “TNSPay for eCommerce.” The “TNSPay” solution provides eCommerce merchants means to authorize and settle card transactions while protecting themselves and…

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Capital One Enhances RDS to Automate Accounts

Capital One Bank enhanced its Remote Deposit service for its “Treasury Management” clients. Providing an efficient new electronic receivables processing solution, Capital One’s Remote Deposit service can now seamlessly integrate with electronic check deposits with “QuickBooks” or “Peachtree” accounting software packages. The tool eliminates the hassle of double-keying check deposit information and automatically updates accounts receivable information in one easy step. Apply Payments will allow Capital One’s business clients to save time, reduce keying errors and benefit from a truly integrated receivables process. Capital One delivers treasury management and merchant services solutions that provides a comprehensive suite of payables, receivables, liquidity management and commercial card services along with the online tools companies need to manage their cash flow swiftly, safely and efficiently.

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AT&T Launches New mCommerce Platform

AT&T has introduced “Digby Mobile Commerce from AT&T” specifically for retailers. Helping them design, deploy and manage mobile commerce web sites and rich applications optimized for smartphones, “Digby Mobile Commerce from AT&T” will give AT&T business customers another means to reach consumers and make mobile devices a virtual sales representative with access to product information, reviews and promotions. It offers a user-friendly interface for consumers to search, browse and buy products on their mobile phones. The solution provides businesses with a single platform that works seamlessly across a variety of mobile operating systems. Further, integrating Digby Mobile Commerce with AT&T Mobile Barcode Services allows retailers to provide information, pictures of products, rich media and an enhanced shopping experience when potential customers scan barcodes. Retailers using Digby can also offer apps to their customers that encourage loyal shoppers to connect, shop and make purchases from almost anywhere.

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Bank of North Carolina Deploys IronKey Security

Bank of North Carolina is now offering IronKey “Trusted Access” for Banking to help keep clients safe when conducting banking online an protect its business clients before criminals can strike. This will provide customers an online banking experience isolated from financial malware. Unlike other approaches that play the losing game of trying to detect financial malware before it strikes, Trusted Access separates users and their banking sessions from their potentially compromised desktop and applications. Following recommendations of NACHA (National Automated Clearinghouse Association) and the FBI, BNC will provide its clients a dedicated environment for online banking using Trusted Access. By offering IronKey Trusted Access, BNC Bank has taken an important step to protect its customers from these threats and delivers the highest form of security available.

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VideoIQ Supports ATM Monitoring

VideoIQ announced the availability of version 3.1 of its advanced video management system (VMS), VideoIQ “VIEW” along with a firmware upgrade for the complete line of VideoIQ family of iCVR cameras and encoders. VideoIQ’s latest version introduces an extensive list of new rules, advanced ATM Vestibule monitoring, and support for iOSmobile device access on VideoIQ’s iCVR-HD cameras. Providing an advanced VMS with capabilities based on real-time video analytics, high-definition resolution and distributed storage, VideoIQ “VIEW” allows operators to effectively and efficiently monitor hundreds of high-definition and standard resolutions cameras by automatically alerting individuals to potential threats, delivering rapid intelligent search for incidents, object types and particular individuals, while managing a network of hundreds of cameras and encoders with embedded storage. The VideoIQ “ATM Vestibule Monitoring” feature helps organizations reduce vagrancy in ATM vestibules by delivering real-time alerts when individuals loiter for extended periods of time – helping ensure customer security and access to unattended banking facilities.

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Smart Card Alliance Website Adds Multimedia, Enhanced Search

The Smart Card Alliance has unveiled exciting new resources, including multimedia and expanded search capabilities, to its website at www.smartcardalliance.org. With an average of over 117,000 site visits per month and over 480,000 report accesses in 2010, the website is already a popular destination for industry professionals. Now, the new features will give visitors easier access to the Alliance’s vast amount of content on the latest trends in technology for payments, healthcare, physical access, identity and transportation markets. The Alliance has also introduced enhanced search capabilities so visitors can access the timeliest news, white papers, industry publications, market research reports, industry certification and education resources, and more. Site visitors can search Alliance publications, member-only resources and industry news and see results sorted by date and page. They can further use the Google search tool to search all content on the site, including all Alliance white paper.

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SIMalliance Launches Fraud Application

The SIMalliance has made available its “Open Mobile API.” Focused on diminishing malicious attacks on smartphone applications and operating systems, the “Open Mobile API” allows application providers to access and utilize the Secure Element within the internet-connected mobile device, providing highly secure two-factor authentication to enable the secure delivery of a host of NFC, payment and identity services. By connecting the application to the Secure Element via the “Open Mobile API,” many security breaches we see today will become easily preventable.

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Fiserv Shows “wait and see” Attitude on mPayments

Fiserv, the leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, recently commissioned an in-depth survey of 15 top U.S. banks and credit unions that revealed a “wait and see” attitude toward mobile payments. While most financial institutions have clear-cut strategies for mobile banking, they indicated that the market will need to mature further before they make any sizable investments to support mobile payments. The Fiserv commissioned survey, conducted by independent research firm Forrester Consulting, revealed that banks and credit unions have clear long-term mobile banking strategies. Through the remainder of 2011 financial institutions plan to enhance the value of mobile banking by enabling support for newer operating platforms and devices and adding more robust functionalities. In contrast, very few of the surveyed financial institutions have clear mobile payment strategies in place, leaving them at risk of falling behind other companies that are rapidly entering the space. Several of the survey respondents recognize the potential of mobile payments and have moved to put a strategy in place.

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44% of U.S. Companies Report Rise in Revenue

Based on the opinions of more than 17,000 companies worldwide, the Business Confidence Index is at an all-time high of 125 points. Business confidence has grown since 2010, but is now accompanied in the U.S. by reports that revenues and profits are increasing in line with expectations expressed in last year’s Index. The research also reveals departmental spending is on the rise, specifically sales and marketing costs with the outliers being spending related to corporate real estate. The Index is up 31 points from its lowest in April 2010 and 25 since October 2009 when the survey began; in the U.S. the Index reveals a lower than average rating of 119, although this is still up 32 points since last October; 37 percent of U.S. companies report healthy profit growth, as well as a rise in revenues (44%); Departmental spending is predicted to increase in 2011, with the exception of property where companies are maintaining a strict cost control policy. 86 percent of U.S. companies expect to freeze or cut their property spending, higher than the global average of 81 percent.

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Vesta to Launch Telcel Prepaid Recharge Function

Vesta Corporation electronic payment solutions has launched the first of a full range of payment services in support of Telcel’s prepaid mobile products. Vesta’s technology removes the need for Telcel consumers to visit a retail point of sale to pay for airtime, data plans, and other services. The first offering will allow customers to fund their prepaid broadband accounts on the Web with a credit card. Vesta will manage all requests through a Telcel-branded website, validate cardholder data, and deliver real-time account credits for successful transactions. Telcel will also extend Vesta-powered reloads to include prepaid wireless plus IVR, WAP, live agent, and text-to-refill recharges. Additional products under discussion include Auto-Pay which will allow customers to regularly add value to their accounts based upon a specific calendar date or a user’s available balance.

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