mCommerce

Starbucks Leads mPayments Market: Report

Starbucks Leads mPayments Market: Report

Starbucks, of all companies, is leading the mobile payments race, beating out Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, according to a new market report from eMarketer. The market research firm estimates that this year about 23.4 million people aged 14 and over will use the Starbucks app for an in-store purchase at least once…

MasterCard Emphasizes Importance of Biometrics, Tokenization

MasterCard Emphasizes Importance of Biometrics, Tokenization

MasterCard has been speaking about its digital securitization efforts at this year’s Risk to Reward conference in London, according to a Business Reporter article by Joanne Frearson. To that end, the company says it’s developing fingerprint and facial biometric systems. “The future is moving towards biometrics,” said Ajay Bhalla, MasterCard’s president of enterprise security solutions.…

News Roundup: The Apple Watch Launch

News Roundup: The Apple Watch Launch

Today marked the official launch of the greatly anticipated Apple Watch, a wearable gadget that many believe might push smartwatch technology into the mainstream. As such, this past week was filled with news surrounding the new mobile device while we also brought you reports on the Internet of Things, mCommerce and a very wide range…

Apple Pay a Catalyst for mPayment Growth

Apple Pay a Catalyst for mPayment Growth

A new survey by 451 Research indicates that Apple Pay is “gaining momentum”, the tech market research company says. The mPayment platform is even apparently displacing PayPal. A quarter of the survey respondents who own smartphones said they expect to use an mPayment app sometime in the following 90 days – a six-point increase from a…

Samsung SDS Announces Biometric Mobile Payment Service

Samsung SDS Announces Biometric Mobile Payment Service

Samsung’s IT service affiliate has announced plans to launch its own fingerprint mobile payment service, according to a ZDNet article by Cho Mu-hyun. Samsung SDS says the service will start in South Korea in partnership with KG Inicis and KG Mobilians, and later expand globally. It’s part of a larger strategy to get involved in…

American Express Explores Facial Recognition Tech

American Express Explores Facial Recognition Tech

American Express is developing facial recognition technology for use in its products and services, according to a Wall Street Journal article by Kim S. Nash. The company hasn’t yet finalized any specific applications of the technology, but it’s far enough along that it’s being presented to senior managers – and, of course, discussed with the…

Alipay to Use Facial Recognition for mPayment Authentication

Alipay to Use Facial Recognition for mPayment Authentication

Alipay is going to use facial recognition to authenticate users for mobile payments, reports IDG’s Michael Kan in a PCWorld article. The announcement came by way of Jack Ma, the CEO of Alipay’s parent company Alibaba, who provided a few details in a speech at the Cebit trade fair in Germany. Ma explained the development…

Samsung’s Foray into Mobile Payments Could Alienate Google

Samsung’s Foray into Mobile Payments Could Alienate Google

Samsung’s venture into the world of mobile payments could cause tension with its longtime strategic partner Google, according to a Wall Street Journal article by Alistair Barr and Jonathan Cheng. There’s a lot of speculation about Samsung building its own mobile payments service this week as the company has just acquired LoopPay, which has developed…