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November 24th, 2016
Customers will now be able to pay for Amazon purchases using Bitcoin through Bitcoin wallet iPayYou’s Amazon Direct service. “To use it, an iPayYou customer determines the dollar amount to transfer, then chooses a destination account at Amazon.com and clicks a button to make a transfer,” Silicon Angle reports. “Once the transfer is complete, the amount credited to the Amazon account can be used to make any sort of purchase.”
November 24th, 2016
Customers of US telecoms giant AT&T can send text messages to up to 10 contacts using Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence assistant. The AT&T Send Message skill went live on 18 November allowing users to ask to text a friend, after which the assistant prompts them to say their message. The launch came on the same day that Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices were made available on the AT&T website and in its retail stores.
November 11th, 2016
NFC World will host a free webinar on Thursday 8 December to provide insight into the lessons learned from a real-world implementation of a host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments service that makes use of…
November 10th, 2016
Apple Pay now has a 0.25% share of payments on the top 10,000 websites, analytics firm SimilarTech reveals, ranking in fifth place behind PayPal with a 2.36% lead, followed by the PayPal Subscribe Button (0.98%), Stripe (0.35%) and Braintree (0.32%). Amazon Payments comes in eighth place with 0.07%. Among the top 100,000 websites, Apple Pay remains in fifth place with a 0.11% share of the number of overall payments. It launched on the web in September 2016.
October 31st, 2016
Amazon has added more than 60 brands to its Amazon Dash Button program that allows consumers to reorder consumables around their home with a press of a button. “Customers will now find even more brands to choose from across a variety of new beverages and pantry essentials, as well as pet treats and personal care items like toothbrush heads and dry shampoo,” the company says. The program expanded internationally in August, launching in Austria, Germany and the UK. The Dash Replenishment Service was launched in January 2016.
October 3rd, 2016
Canadian customers of American Express who are enrolled in the company’s Membership Rewards program can now pay for purchases using their reward points on Amazon. “Cardmembers need to complete a one-time registration to securely link their Membership Rewards account to their Amazon.ca account,” American Express says. “Membership Rewards points are available immediately for use on Amazon.ca any time cardmembers are shopping.”
September 22nd, 2016
US consumers can now make purchases from Domino’s Pizza through Facebook’s Messenger app using the fast food chain’s new ordering bot. “Make sure you have a Pizza Profile and an Easy Order,” Domino’s says. “Open a new chat with Domino’s Pizza on Facebook Messenger or click the message button on Domino’s Facebook page. Click the get started button or type “hello” to select between placing your Easy Order, placing a recent order or tracking your most recent order.” The chain allowed its customers to speak orders into Amazon’s Echo voice-driven home shopping device in February 2016.
August 16th, 2016
More than three quarters of US retailers (76%) plan to accept Apple Pay by the end of 2017, research released by the National Retail Federation and Forrester reveals.
June 27th, 2016
Amazon is to announce that it is adding “dozens of new brands” to its Dash push-button ordering devices despite “evidence that consumers are cool to them”, The Wall Street Journal reports. “Fewer than half of people who bought a Dash button since March 2015 have used it to place an actual order, estimates Slice Intelligence,” the publication says. “Those consumers who do order make a purchase roughly once every two months.” The Dash Replenishment Service was launched in January 2016.
April 5th, 2016
Amazon has launched the Amazon Payments Partner Program, a new service designed to enable ecommerce platform providers and developers to offer merchants Amazon Payments, which allows customers to log in and pay using their account with the online retail giant. “The program is free to participate in and available by invitation in the US, Germany, UK and Japan,” Amazon says.
March 15th, 2016
Amazon has applied for a patent that would enable consumers to authenticate a transaction by taking a picture of their face. “The user is identified using image information which is processed utilizing facial recognition,” the patent says. “The device verifies that the image information corresponds to a living human using one or more human-verification processes.” MasterCard announced in February that it would be rolling out its ‘selfie pay’ service this summer.
March 15th, 2016
Capital One customers can now check their balances, pay bills and track their spending by talking to Alexa, the virtual assistant on Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo home shopping device. “You’ll need to download the Alexa app on your smartphone,” Capital One says. “When you have the app open, tap Skills in the menu and search for Capital One. Then click Enable and follow the prompts to enter your Capital One username and password so Alexa can access your account information.”
March 4th, 2016
The number of active mobile wallet users will rise from 409m in 2015 to 1,722m in 2023, research from Frost & Sullivan predicts, while mobile payment transaction values will increase from €289.02bn (US$315.39bn) in 2014…
February 4th, 2016
US customers of pizza chain Domino’s can now speak their orders into Amazon’s Echo voice-driven home shopping device, which is supported by virtual assistant Alexa. Customers can enable the service within the Amazon Alexa app by linking their account to their Domino’s profile. They can then place orders with their voice and get updates on its progress by telling Alexa the phone number associated with their order.
January 21st, 2016
Consumers can now automatically replenish consumables for physical goods around their home using Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service (DRS), a new program that works with a wide range of home appliances, medical monitoring equipment and computer printers.
November 4th, 2015
Amazon is to discontinue the credit card reader offering it debuted last year. “Effective February 1, 2016, we will discontinue Amazon Register,” the company said in an email reported by Forbes. “We periodically evaluate our offerings to ensure that we focus on delivering unique benefits and, in this case, we’ve decided to discontinue Amazon Register.”
August 10th, 2015
Indian advertising platform InMobi has unveiled Miip, a platform that can be integrated into mobile apps to allow users to make payments through buy buttons on product ads. The company has partnered with “several partners” to pilot the platform, including Amazon and India’s largest mobile wallet provider Paytm. “Miip will be available for all customers over the next few months,” InMobi says.
August 4th, 2015
MasterCard has approved a solution that enables payment credentials to be provisioned to wearable devices with a secure element and NFC antenna. The move could give consumers the option of buying any wearable from a…
July 29th, 2015
More than a fifth (24%) of Britons aged between 18 and 34 believe companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon would do a “better job” of providing financial products and services than banks, with 8% now choosing their bank depending on the type of mobile service it offers, research from price comparison site uSwitch reveals.
July 15th, 2015
More than half of US shoppers (54%) would use a mobile wallet if it were accepted everywhere and 20% would stop carrying traditional wallets if mobile payments were accepted everywhere, research from Blackhawk Engagement Solutions reveals. In a survey of 2,500 consumers, 85% use PayPal, 24% use Amazon, 23% use Google Wallet and 19% use Apple Pay.
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