Articles by: JJ Hornblass

MasterCard Takes Leveraging iPhone 6 Hype to a Whole Other Level

by September 19, 2014 at 11:35 am 0 comments

Long lines were forming outside AT&T shops long before dawn this morning — and least in Manhattan — in what can only be described as a consumer frenzy. But all the hype surrounding the iPhone 6/6 Plus launch today was leveraged to a whole other level today by MasterCard, anRead More

Stripe Said to Be Headed for IPO or Acquisition

Stripe Said to Be Headed for IPO or Acquisition

by September 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm 0 comments

Stripe, a payments company for developers, “is widely regarded as a potential initial public offering candidate or acquisition target down the road.”

Never Mind Apple’s Stance, Data Remains a Core Payments Pursuit

Never Mind Apple’s Stance, Data Remains a Core Payments Pursuit

by September 16, 2014 at 10:26 am 2 comments

For Apple, privacy means not even securing data, but abstinence from it. What about the rest of the fintech world?

DEMO: Apple Pay Is Wicked Cool

DEMO: Apple Pay Is Wicked Cool

by September 10, 2014 at 11:04 am 3 comments

This Apple Pay demo makes it clear just how central Touch ID is to the Apple Pay experience.

VIDEO: Bootleg of Apple Introducing Apple Pay

by September 9, 2014 at 2:57 pm 0 comments

Apple takes aim at the $12 billion-per-day payments industry with Apple Pay. Here’s a bootleg of Eddy Cue, SVP at Apple, unveiling Apple Pay today.

VIDEO: Sculley Says M-Payments to Be Apple’s Next ‘Creative Leap’

by September 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm 1 comment

John Scully, the former CEO of Apple Inc., thinks that mobile payments at Apple, expected to be launched tomorrow, will amount to a “creative leap” on par with Apple’s introduction of the iPod or iPhone. Judge for yourself in this video from Bloomberg released today:

Why ‘Softcard’ Is Just an Awful Brand Name

Why ‘Softcard’ Is Just an Awful Brand Name

by September 4, 2014 at 11:59 am 0 comments

With the opportunity to rebrand (the payments firm, not the terrorist organization), ISIS could have gone in a multitude of directions. Alas, yesterday it chose “Softcard,” which is, to quote some friends on LinkedIn, a “horrendous choice.”

What’s the State of Banking Innovation?

What’s the State of Banking Innovation?

by September 2, 2014 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Is the intensity of banking innovation really heating up?

Why IT Needs to Be Part of the Regulatory Compliance Debate

Why IT Needs to Be Part of the Regulatory Compliance Debate

by August 22, 2014 at 10:42 am 0 comments

The ABA’s Frank Keating argues that banks deserve “balanced, nuanced” regulatory compliance that does not upend their economic prospects, particularly for smaller community banks. But that argument rings hollow.

For Apps, Wells Ditches BlackBerry, Limits iOS Support

For Apps, Wells Ditches BlackBerry, Limits iOS Support

by August 20, 2014 at 10:27 am 0 comments

Wells Fargo & Co. has ditched BlackBerry for its mobile banking apps, as well as cut support for some iPhones.

What’s the Hidden Strategy Behind the Belly and Level Money App Updates?

What’s the Hidden Strategy Behind the Belly and Level Money App Updates?

by August 15, 2014 at 10:48 am 1 comment

What’s the message behind the major two major updates of fintech apps this week? Belly and Level Money, two upstart fintech apps, released major upgrades this week — Belly yesterday and Level Money on Wednesday. Belly, a rewards app, added a feature called Belly Bites, where users can redeem freeRead More