Friday , February 22, 2019

Kevin Woodward

Kevin's role at Digital Transactions is to write news and features stories for publication on the Web site and in the magazine. He also oversees the digital editorial aspect of the site and the Digital Transactions News daily newsletter.

The clearXcxhange P2P Payment Service Adds U.S. Bank As An Owner And User

Person-to-person payment company clearXchange has a fifth owner. U.S. Bank, a unit of U.S. Bancorp, said on Tuesday it had invested in the network and plans to offer clearXchange services. Terms were not disclosed. ClearXchange was founded by Wells Fargo & Co., Bank of America Corp., and JPMorgan Chase & …

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With Small Merchants Lagging, Visa Embarks on EMV Education Tour to Hit Basics

As the U.S. payment card industry migrates to EMV chip cards, there’s one group to which the payments industry needs to pay special attention. Smaller merchants have little awareness of what EMV is and how their businesses will be affected by it. That’s why Visa Inc. set out Friday on …

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75% of Apple Pay Users Make Repeat Apple Pay Purchases At Same Locations

Retailers like nothing more than for a new customer to become a familiar customer, and that seems to be happening with a portion of Apple Pay users, finds a report from Auriemma Consulting Group. New York-based Auriemma says data from its Apple Pay tracker survey, which canvasses Apple Pay use …

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Nearly Two-Thirds of Organizations Fall Out of PCI Compliance a Year Later: Report

  It’s a sobering statistic. Only 28.6% of the companies surveyed in the Verizon 2015 PCI Compliance Report were still in compliance with the Payment Card Industry data-security standard a year after a successful validation. Released Thursday, the annual report catalogs the state of PCI compliance gleaned from more than …

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Old-Line Risk Modeling Crimps Money, Time, Expertise for Effective Data Security

With the pressure on to secure the digital fortifications of payment data, security professionals say they need more money, more time, and more knowledgeable staff to defend their companies, according to a survey from data-security company Trustwave. In its 2015 Security Pressures Report, of the more than 1,000 security professionals …

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Anywhere Commerce’s Gateway Course Includes Adding NFC-Payment Capabilities

Mobile point-of-sale company AnywhereCommerce will add near-field communications (NFC) payment capability to its mobile hardware in coming weeks, signaling a further shift along its path to becoming a cloud-based payments gateway. That’s the word from William Nichols, Anywhere Commerce’s chief executive. That strategy, implemented about six months ago when Nichols …

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Shopify Makes App Free and Expands POS Service to iPhones

  Online-commerce company Shopify Inc. has made its Shopify POS app free for its merchants and introduced an iPhone version of the payments service, the company recently announced. The app, which launched in 2013, includes a card reader. The new app replaces the Accept Payment option in Shopify Mobile, the Ottawa, …

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With Fraud Hitting Apple Pay in Its ‘Soft Underbelly,’ Experts Work on a Fix

Ever since its launch, proponents of Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay mobile-payments service have touted the wallet’s high-tech security features, including tokenization of card credentials, a secure element in the phone locking down those credentials, and fingerprint authentication. But now, only four months after that much-heralded launch, banks that support Apple …

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For $95 a Year, Stratos Promises Ease of Use as a Consolidated Card Service

  Consumers wielding multiple credit and debit cards in their wallets have yet another service to use to consolidate them into one electronic payment card. Stratos Inc. on Tuesday introduced its Stratos Bluetooth Connected Card that enables consumers to load multiple cards onto the electronic device. The card begins shipping …

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Synchrony Financial, U.S. Bank Become Early Samsung Pay Backers

  Consumers holding credit cards issued by private-label card issuer Synchrony Financial and credit and debit cards issued by U.S. Bank will be able to use their cards with Samsung Pay, a mobile-payment service available this summer. Samsung Electronics Co. announced Samsung Pay Sunday. It can use either near-field communication …

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