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Mobile Payments: Looking for Signs of Life

Ed Busby | Posted 09.16.2014 | Technology
Ed Busby

The arrival of Apple Pay has been a positive sign for NFC (near-field communication) mobile payments. Nevertheless, many in the industry have still chosen to remain on the sidelines, waiting to see whether the time for NFC has finally arrived.

Apple Pay: Deja Vu All Over Again

Ed Busby | Posted 09.11.2014 | Business
Ed Busby

The Apple announcement is a big step forward for NFC. At the same time, Apply Pay could have done so much more to usher in mobile payments. However, we are still in the very early days and this is only the first battle in what is likely to be (and already has been) a very long war.

Company Named Isis Changes Its Name Because, Well, Duh

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.03.2014 | Technology

A mobile payment company named Isis just rebranded. The reasons are obvious. The company announced Wednesday that it will now go by Softcard to...

Payments 101: How to Make Shopping More Secure

Joe Ross | Posted 08.15.2014 | Technology
Joe Ross

There's a movement happening in the payments world. With so many retailer data breaches in the past year, consumers, financial institutions, retailers and security professionals are wondering, plain and simple: how can we make shopping more secure?

Payment Innovations Improve Access to Solar Energy and Clean Water for the Poor

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 08.02.2014 | Money
Tilman Ehrbeck

How, exactly, does it help, when the reckless expansion of mortgage credit in North America just triggered the deepest recession in recent memory?

Bullish on Bitcoin: These Travel Companies Want Your Virtual Money

Mark Chesnut | Posted 06.11.2014 | Money
Mark Chesnut

Even as the currency's potential suffered a blow following the collapse of Mt. Gox, some early adopters in the travel and sports industries are still bullish about the value of this new way of doing business.

Future Shock: Personal Finance Technology

Jim Gibson | Posted 05.24.2014 | Money
Jim Gibson

If you are feeling a bit jaded about the promises of technology to transform your personal finances, you are not alone. Since Al Gore invented the Int...

Innovation In Financial Services-Oxymoron? Future Tech Lessons Learned From The Asian Financial Forum

April Rudin | Posted 04.09.2014 | Technology
April Rudin

Today, there is extra urgency behind the need for a shift toward innovation: many new financial services competitors that are small, nimble and on the cutting edge of technology entered the market right after the financial crisis, when established firms were busy licking their wounds. The old guard is going to need to stay on top of innovation just to keep up with the new guard.

This One Card Can Replace Every Single Credit Card In Your Wallet

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology

Credit card. Debit card. Gift card. Loyalty card. Membership card. Second credit card. Your wallet has way too many cards in it. Coin has a plan to...

The Price of Mobile Payments Fraud

Jérôme Cle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jérôme Cle

Concern about security continues to be the most-cited reason for consumers' reluctance to adopt mobile payments. So how big of a problem is fraud, how exactly is fraud perpetrated with mobile payments -- and what can consumers and businesses do to prevent it?

Dollars to Digits: What is The Future of Money?

Lisa Falzone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Lisa Falzone

Today, integrated iPad POS and mobile technologies are able to bring people's online wallets -- services like PayPal and Google Wallet -- into the physical world, forever altering the retail landscape. Consumers have more options at savvy establishments, from cash to cards, to the existing balances in their online PayPal account -- and retailers around the world rejoiced.

How to Avoid the Lines at Starbucks

Gene Marks | Posted 11.27.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The next generation of mobile payment applications doesn't involve tapping. Instead, like many of the self-service tools you're seeing, these applications will eliminate some people from the process and the plastic credit cards that we are forced to carry.

The Art of Falling Gracefully

Jessica Bishop | Posted 08.09.2013 | Small Business
Jessica Bishop

I fall down. A lot. But, in the process of founding two companies, I've learned a little secret: If you want to be the founder of a successful startup, there is nothing more important than resilience.

Small Merchants: Getting Noticed Among "Big Box Noise"

Ed Jay | Posted 08.14.2013 | Small Business
Ed Jay

Smaller or emerging merchants might be intimidated by today's business landscape, especially when considering they don't have the resources to outspend larger, more established brands in marketing, or provide rock bottom prices. So how are small merchants expected to draw customers to their local, independent locations?

Catherine New

These Stores Are Penniless And Loving It

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 04.10.2013 | Small Business

At Cheese Board Pizza in Berkeley, Calif., a slice of pizza comes to $2.73 (that's $2.50 plus tax.) But if you pay with $3, you’ll get a little bonu...

The Anonymity Fantasy

David Wolman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Technology
David Wolman

Go out and join the fight for privacy; God knows it's one that needs waging. I just don't think fantasizing about anonymity will do us much good.

4 Things I Learned in Jordan

Charlie Kindel | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business
Charlie Kindel

Jordan is a relatively stable country in a very bad neighborhood. If that stability can continue, the intelligence, optimism, passion and entrepreneurism I experienced while there will accelerate and, perhaps, things will become slightly less complex. And, maybe, the neighborhood will improve.

Latin America: The Rising E-Commerce Opportunity

Shane Happach | Posted 12.25.2012 | Business
Shane Happach

The rapid penetration of the Internet in Latin America has resulted in e-commerce becoming a fast-growing industry, especially in Brazil. But the Latin American e-commerce landscape is diverse, as many of the markets are embracing e-commerce at different rates.

Is It Time to Use a Mobile Wallet?

Patrice Peyret | Posted 12.24.2012 | Technology
Patrice Peyret

You may have seen it. You're standing in line at McDonald's, Starbucks, Home Depot or a local store, and the person in front of you waives her phone at checkout then walks out with her stuff. No cash, no card, just a waving phone.

Jason Gilbert

The Apps You Have To Force Your Friends To Download

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Gilbert | Posted 10.18.2012 | Technology

Every once in a while, you come across a smartphone app that you tell your friends they must download. It could be a game about irritated fowls, a mus...

Four Reasons for the Slow Adoption of Digital Wallets

Ken Lin | Posted 12.09.2012 | Money
Ken Lin

There is growing hype over more and more people replacing their wallets with their smartphones. It sounds very convenient, but even with some six billion people worldwide with a cell phone, it is unlikely that there will be a quick transition to digital wallets.

Groupon's Latest Move To Challenge PayPal

AP | BARBARA ORTUTAY | Posted 11.19.2012 | Money

NEW YORK -- Groupon launched a new payment service Wednesday that allows businesses to run credit cards using an iPhone or iPod Touch, the latest comp...

With DipJar, The Tip Jar Goes Electronic

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 08.24.2012 | Small Business

For cashless (or skimpy) tippers, there may soon be no excuse. A new electronic tip jar, dubbed the DipJar, accepts credit and debit cards to better a...

Big News For PayPal Users

Reuters | Alistair Barr | Posted 10.22.2012 | Money

By Alistair Barr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - EBay Inc's PayPal online payments service has gained access to millions of stores across the...

Metro-North, LIRR Introduce Mobile Payments

American Banker | Posted 10.20.2012 | Money

Banking isn't the only industry with a keen interest in mobile payments -- the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad aren't far behind. Bo...