New mobile payment option for PNC Bank’s Visa commercial cardholders

New mobile payment option for PNC Bank’s Visa commercial cardholders — PNC Bank — “PNC Bank announced today a new mobile payment option enabling Visa commercial cardholders to use a smartphone or mobile device to make corporate purchases via Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. PNC is one of the first U.S. banks to enable mobile wallet payments for commercial cards.”




Indian messaging unicorn Hike moves into payments, taking notes from Tencent’s WeChat

Indian messaging unicorn Hike moves into payments, taking notes from Tencent’s WeChat — CNBC — “India’s home-grown instant messaging service Hike on Tuesday announced wide-ranging updates to its app, including a new mobile wallet that lets users send and receive money instantly… The Hike Wallet has several features, including a linkage to the government-backed unified payments interface.”


Contactless now the favoured way to pay for British shoppers as spending leaps 34 per cent since the start of 2017

Contactless now the favoured way to pay for British shoppers as spending leaps 34 per cent since the start of 2017 — Barclaycard — “More than half (51%) of all transactions up to the eligible spending limit of £30 are now made using contactless… The amount spent by users of Barclaycard’s Android Contactless Mobile app has jumped by 90% in 2017.”


Gemalto and Dessmann enhance smart lock security with mobile convenience

Gemalto and Dessmann enhance smart lock security with mobile convenience — Gemalto — PARTNER NEWS — “The new solution from the global manufacturer of smart locks and safe boxes incorporates Gemalto’s Machine Identification Modules (MIM) and Secure Elements (SE), empowering users to lock and unlock doors with their smartphones or create digital key chains for multiple locks.”



Meet the Chinese finance giant that’s secretly an AI company

Meet the Chinese finance giant that’s secretly an AI company — MIT Technology Review — “The smartphone payments business Ant Financial is using computer vision, natural language processing, and mountains of data to reimagine banking, insurance, and more… The company — which already operates a hugely successful smartphone payments business in China — aims to upend many areas of personal finance using machine learning and AI.”







Ease of use, data security are priorities for bank and credit card mobile app users, JD Power finds

Ease of use, data security are priorities for bank and credit card mobile app users, JD Power finds — JD Power — “More than two-thirds (69%) of study respondents indicate they have used a mobile payment service in the past 30 days. That number jumps to 76% among Millennials and Gen Z. This evidence suggests that efforts to integrate mobile payments with the mobile banking and credit card app experience would be beneficial.”





Amazon gives 2% rewards back to Prime members who deposit cash via their bank account

Amazon gives 2% rewards back to Prime members who deposit cash via their bank account — GeekWire — “Amazon Prime Reload gives customers 2% back when they reload their Amazon Gift Card Balance with a connected checking account and linked debit card. For example, if you load $100 onto your Gift Card Balance from your checking account, you’ll get an extra $2 in Amazon dollars added within minutes.”


Insights into the future of cash

Insights into the future of cash — Bank of England — “The value of Bank of England notes in circulation peaked in the run-up to Christmas 2016, reaching over £70bn for the first time — an increase of 10% on a year earlier. This is the fastest growth we’ve seen in a decade, and a giant leap compared to the £2.9bn when the ATM was born.”