Post Tagged with: "Apple"

Stratos Card, Another ‘Card to Rule Them All,’ Launches

Stratos Card, Another ‘Card to Rule Them All,’ Launches

by March 3, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Stratos Card, an all-in-one card like Coin, Plastc (not yet launched), and Wallaby (bought and repurposed by BankRate in December) launches today. The card was conceived several years ago by CEO Thiago Olson and differs from Coin in significant ways. It feels different than other credit cards, with a textured finish, andRead More

Samsung Pay Hits the Scene With 4 Megabanks on Board

Samsung Pay Hits the Scene With 4 Megabanks on Board

by March 2, 2015 at 11:23 am 0 comments

Samsung didn’t just introduce Samsung Pay yesterday. It introduced it with four megabanks as partners. JP Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America, Citigroup and US Bancorp all are launch partners of Samsung Pay. The four are among the largest card-issuing banks in the nation. Oh, and all four areRead More

Fastacash Deal Will Let Visa Power Payments on Facebook

Fastacash Deal Will Let Visa Power Payments on Facebook

by February 27, 2015 at 10:35 am 1 comment

It seems Visa will soon make it very easy to pay people on Facebook. Earlier this week Visa Europe announced a partnership with Singapore-based Fastacash, a social payments service. Most of the announcement focused on the rebranding of Visa Europe’s peer-to-peer payment service from Visa Personal Payments to Visa Direct,Read More

Associated Bank Cutting Branches to Fund Mobile

Associated Bank Cutting Branches to Fund Mobile

by February 25, 2015 at 11:52 am 1 comment

Associated Bank, a Green Bay, Wisc.-based institution with $26.5 billion in assets, had 315 branches in 2007. Today, it has 225. Is the bank in trouble? Far from it. The bank is pursuing the cost savings from branch closures, in part, to fuel the bank’s digital efforts. Cutting its branch network byRead More

No, Google Did Not ‘Level the Playing Field’ Buying Softcard

No, Google Did Not ‘Level the Playing Field’ Buying Softcard

by February 24, 2015 at 11:35 am 0 comments

Where does the acquisition (read: assumption) of Softcard leave Google in its drive to compete with Apple Pay? Not as far along as some industry observers would suggest. Wired offered a glowing review of the deal. But with Softcard out of the running, and wireless carriers now doing the distribution legworkRead More

China Frenzy Over Apple Pay Just Negotiation ‘Optics,’ Source Says

China Frenzy Over Apple Pay Just Negotiation ‘Optics,’ Source Says

by February 17, 2015 at 11:47 am 0 comments

China‘s reported push back today against Apple’s entry into the Mainland’s payments space is nothing more than “optics” for negotiation purposes, a payments source close to Apple told Bank Innovation. “This is classic China negotiations — the agreements were signed months ago,” the source said. “This is a way toRead More

Here’s What Google’s Doing to Counter Apple Pay

Here’s What Google’s Doing to Counter Apple Pay

by February 12, 2015 at 10:49 am 1 comment

In order to compete with Apple Pay, it appears that Google is going back to an idea that didn’t work for Square: allowing consumers to pay while leaving their phone in their pocket. According to The Information, the new system, currently being tested, is called Plaso (pronounced “Play-So”) and uses Bluetooth to authenticate aRead More

GunTab, a ‘PayPal for Firearms,’ Pulled from AngelList

GunTab, a ‘PayPal for Firearms,’ Pulled from AngelList

by February 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm 1 comment

AngelList, arguably the leading crowdsourcing sites for startups, has apparently removed the listing for a company that aims to be the “PayPal for firearms.” Yesterday, AngelList pushed out an email promoting GunTab, the startup, to Angel’s contact list. But by this morning, the listing for GunTab was yielding a 404 error, meaningRead More

MasterCard’s Tokenization Means One Thing: Apple Is Calling the Shots

MasterCard’s Tokenization Means One Thing: Apple Is Calling the Shots

by February 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm 1 comment

MasterCard Inc. has announced that it will include tokenization in its MasterPass digital wallet. And that means one thing: Apple has rocked the payments world. It is Apple Pay, launched just last October, that is perpetuating tokenization, and MasterCard — the payments behemoth — has noticed. Ajay Banga, MC’s CEO, said thisRead More

Apple Pay Available in an Estimated 652,000 Locations

Apple Pay Available in an Estimated 652,000 Locations

by January 28, 2015 at 11:33 am 2 comments

Apple Pay was launched last October and is now available in — brace yourself — approximately 652,000 North American locations, according to an estimate made public yesterday. Brian Roemmele, arguably one of the more well-versed payments experts in the nation, indicated that he made the estimate based on some difficult legwork,Read More

Zions to Be the 40th Apple Pay Partner

Zions to Be the 40th Apple Pay Partner

by January 20, 2015 at 10:12 am 1 comment

Zions Bank, the Salt Lake City-based regional bank, reportedly will add Apple Pay capabilities this week. Should the capabilities be added, Zions would be the 40th financial institution to sign on to Apple Pay. Zions, which does business in 11 states in the West and Southwest, made the disclosure inRead More