Thursday, 24 November 2016

Bitcoin and blockchain seem more and more like solutions looking for a problem


"The bitcoin and blockchain world is in a bit of an investment slump.

Venture money flowing into startups working on cryptocurrencies or the technical principles underpinning them, generally known as blockchain technology, is getting harder to come by, according to data from trade publication CoinDesk. “It really seems like we’re in a slow phase with bitcoin and blockchain right now where people are mainly building infrastructure,” says Zavain Dar, a venture capitalist at Lux Capital who has taught classes on cryptocurrency at Stanford and has invested in Blockstream, one of the biggest companies in the sector."


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Mobile payments trends report shows mainstream adoption is a long way off

Industry analysts had predicted that Apple would kick smartphone wallets into gear but that might not be it.

When Apple Pay was launched, many analysts believed this would be the start of powerful mobile payments trends. They felt that Apple was the key to the mainstream adoption of mobile wallets. That said, that wallet app has now been available for about two years and adoption has been slower than anticipated.

Some analysts are now saying that the start of the widespread use of mobile payments won’t happen for some time.


Friday, 28 October 2016

OCBC ‘Pay Anyone’ integrates with Siri and iMessage

Singapore’s OCBC Bank is the first in Asia Pacific to enable secure payments via Apple’s Siri and iMessage, enabling customers to make e-payments powered by voice and messaging technology. This is the latest in a series of digital innovations that OCBC Bank has introduced to make day-to-day banking and payments more simple, fast and accessible for customers.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Diebold Nixdorf “Extreme” ATM Concept Live at Money20/20

How consumers will interact with their money in the future is of course the whole point behind the Money20/20 conference, where companies of all kinds are demonstrating solutions to help the everyday consumer–and merchant–have a better experience with money.

This includes companies like Diebold Nixdorf, which is dedicated to forging—in its own words—“the future of connected commerce;” at Money 20/20 Diebold appears to be offering a middle ground between cash today and the cashless future with its “Extreme ATM” concept.

Meet Erica, Bank of America’s Chatbot for Digital Banking

Bank of America announced its new chatbot, Erica, at Money20/20 in Las Vegas. Erica should roll out for BofA digital and mobile banking users “late next year,” according to a spokeswoman from the bank.

At an event where chatbots were one of the main topics of interest for many of the 10,000 attendees, BofA’s Erica stood out. One simple reason for that could be that so far, this is the only bank-branded chatbot that we’ve seen. Chatbots for mobile banking have existed for some time now, both on mobile apps and in other services like Facebook Messenger.

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