Barclays bank is teaming up with Twitter to unroll a payments feature via its Pingit mobile application for consumers in Britain, proving that social networks continue to take on more commerce options in the mobile space.
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MasterCard is rolling out Host Card Emulation, a cloud-based mobile payments system, to more than 15 new countries on the heels of Visa’s announcement that it will offer consumers more options of using the wave-to-pay capability, suggesting it could be a technology to watch in 2015.
Google is teaming up with Softcard in the hopes of positioning Google Wallet as the leader in Android mobile payments, but it is likely to face a number of competitors.
Busaba Eathai, a Thai restaurant group in the United Kingdom, has seen average customer spending climb 2.4 percent per month since summer when it began leveraging a mobile payment system to speed customer checkout.
Samsung’s acquisition of LoopPay could be a backward step for the handset manufacturer, which may be betting too heavily on magnetic stripe technology as it takes aim at Apple Pay.
Health insurance provider United Healthcare’s mobile application Health4Me has introduced new features, including the ability to complete mobile payments for customers’ health claims and manage their healthcare expenses.
With security one of the biggest hurdles to driving mobile payments adoption, Visa and MasterCard are doubling down on technologies such as tokenization and biometrics to safeguard customer data on smartphones.
Starbucks’ integration of Apple Pay into its popular mobile application will permit quick reloading of the coffee retailer’s loyalty cards, sending more money into its app while burnishing its lead in mobile payments.
Nashville Zoo, a fast-growing zoological park serving middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky, is leveraging a mobile ticketing and ecommerce system to make it faster and easier for visitors to buy tickets, become members and take part in other zoo activities.
Burger King is skipping to the head of the line in mobile with a new ordering service enabling application users to select what they want to order, pay for it and watch a count down to when their order is ready.