Tuesday , August 11, 2020

Near-Field Communication (NFC)

Eye on Contactless: Touchless Comes to Wynn Resorts And Klarna Adds a Google Pay Option

More contactless payment options are coming for Las Vegas visitors and shoppers who want to make installment purchases in stores. FreedomPay says it has installed contactless and touchless payment systems at more than 100 venues at the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Boston Harbor resorts. Meanwhile, installment-payment provider Klarna AB …

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E-Commerce And Other Payment Trends Were Catching Fire Even Before Covid, a Debit Study Shows

Key payment trends now being driven by the Covid-19 pandemic were already gaining a full head of steam much earlier, according to debit card transaction data released early Monday by the Houston-based Pulse electronic funds transfer network. Stay-at-home policies and business closings starting in March drove consumers to spend online and …

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Kroger To Test Contactless Payment Acceptance and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/7/20

The Kroger Co. is testing contactless payments at some of its QFC (Quality Food Center) locations. The test includes acceptance of Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, mobile banking apps, and contactless NFC cards. Kroger already accepts its Kroger Pay app. The QFC division is based in Seattle.ATM operator Cardtronics …

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With a Compliance Deadline Looming, Technology Emerges to Ease Gas Pump EMV

Sound Payments Inc., a multichannel technology provider that offers point-of-sale solutions for the petroleum industry, expects its partnership with National Retail Solutions, a subsidiary of IDT Corp., to accelerate adoption of EMV at in-pump card readers among independent gas stations and convenience stores. Sounds Payments argues its EMV in-pump card …

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Lightspeed’s Revenue Jumps 51% and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/6/20

Payments provider Lightspeed POS Inc. reported revenue jumped 51% year-over-year in the June quarter to $36.2 million. Its net loss widened to $20.1 million from $9.1 million. Total gross payment volume increased 17% to more than $5.4 billion.Lightspeed also announced the U.S. availability of Lightspeed Capital, a financing service for merchants.Payments provider ACI Worldwide …

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Consumers Would Switch Merchants for a Contactless Payment Option, Says a Visa Survey

Contactless payments apparently have sway with U.S. consumers. Fifty-four percent of them would switch to a new store that offers contactless payments, according to a global survey by Visa Inc. measuring changes in payments habits in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The effects of the pandemic, and the resulting …

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Apple’s Mobeewave Deal Could Turn iPhones Into No-Dongle POS Devices—Just Not Right Away

Apple Inc. has reportedly acquired technology that enables smart phones equipped with near-field communication to act as point-of-sale devices with no other hardware. In the deal, news of which broke as the weekend began, the Cupertino, Calif.-based iPhone maker has bought Mobeewave Inc., a 9-year-old technology firm based in Montreal. …

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Galileo Inks Plaid Integration and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/30/20

Payments-technology provider Galileo Financial Technologies LLC announced an integration with data aggregator Plaid Inc. Through Plaid’s links to financial institutions, the tie-in will allow Galileo clients to more readily authorize users for automated clearing house transactions. Visa Inc. announced in January a deal to acquire Plaid for $5.3 billion. Social Finance Inc. (SoFi) agreed in April …

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Garmin Says Outage Doesn’t Affect Payment Data

The ability of hackers to disrupt connected devices was on display over the weekend with Garmin Ltd., a major purveyor of fitness trackers, smart watches and related tech gear, including products that can make contactless payments, reporting service interruptions that some observers say have been caused by a ransomware attack. …

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Paysafe To Buy Openbucks and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/27/20

Payment processor Paysafe said it has a deal to acquire the gateway Openbucks for an undisclosed price.The Missouri Department of Social Services said it now allows child-support payments via Apple Pay, Google Pay, and PayPal.Mogo Inc., a Canadian fintech, made publicly available MogoSpend, a so-called spending account that comes with a cobranded Visa Platinum prepaid …

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