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The era of cryptocurrency is not behind us, apparently. One look at Bitcoin's value—it sits at around $9,143 currently—indicates that there is room for at least one type of digital coin, even after the crypto-bubble burst last year in general. It is not just Bitcoin, though. Facebook is making a major move into the cryptocurrency space and has the backing of some major payment firms. Facebook's new and open-source digital currency is called Libra. It will be managed by Calibra, a newly formed Facebook subsidiary, with the goal of providing financial services all around the globe while leveraging blockchain technology. The first product that Calibra will introduce is a digital wallet... Read more...
It was just a few weeks ago when we told you about the SPOILER speculative attack that affects Intel processors, and now we’re learning of a new security exploit that takes advantage of the company’s Visualization of Internal Signals Architecture (VISA). The VISA exploit was detailed to the public at a Black Hat Asia 2019 session entitled Intel VISA: Through the Rabbit Hole. First identified by Maxim Goryachy and Mark Ermolov, this latest vulnerability leverages the VISA logic signal analyzer that is incorporated into the Platform Controller Hub (PCH) found on Intel-based motherboards and in Intel processors. According to the researchers, it is capable of “monitoring... Read more...
There's little question that VR and AR technologies have the potential to make a major impact across a seemingly endless number of applications and industries. Today we're shown another example as Google and its friends at VISA and Bank Of America step up to showcase another fantastic application for the technology in the burgeoning Virtual Reality market. This time of year, Sunday is game day here in the U.S., with football fans all across the country gearing up to rally behind their teams of modern day gladiators. Constructing tactical offensive strikes with surgical precision or battering ram annihilation, and assembling demolishing defensive stands, the NFL and its armies of physical specimens... Read more...
The unveiling of Apple's next iPhone is expected to take place next Tuesday, but despite that, the rumor train surrounding the device refuses to slow down. Late last week, we reported that the iPhone 6 could include an NFC chip under its hood, and as far as many Apple fans are concerned, that's long overdue. Now, we learn that Apple's possible payments system could involve something called "iPhone Wallet". In preparation for iPhone Wallet, it's being said that Apple has teamed up with American Express, MasterCard, and Visa, with some rumors also tossing PayPal into the mix. With iPhone Wallet, you'd be able to make a payment via the NFC chip and have the total cost automatically deduct off of... Read more...
Samsung is most certainly winning the Android war in terms of market share, profit share, and mind share. In fact, it's getting tougher and tougher for those other Android OEMs to make a dent in the market, with Samsung spending billions each on marketing alone. Needless to say, we suspect that Visa is pretty pumped about this new agreement. It's an expansion from the deal the two nailed down in time for the London Olympics in 2012, now branded as a "global alliance" that'll bring Visa's payWave app to future Samsung mobile devices with NFC chips in them. As mobile payments continue to become more pervasive, the real war is on the platform side: whichever credit card company manages to secure... Read more...
After what's being described as a "massive data breach" at Global Payments, Visa has decided to part ways with the payment processor and try its luck elsewhere, Global Payments CEO Paul Garcia said, according to a report in the Associated Press. MasterCard, meanwhile, is either willing to give Global Payments the benefit of the doubt that this was a one-time snafu, or hasn't yet announced plans of its own to the ditch the payment processor. Garcia described the situation as being "absolutely contained" at this point, however as many as 1.5 million credit cards across the United States may have been affected. Compromised data includes credit card numbers, but not identifying information such as... Read more...
As you head into the weekend getting ready to party and celebrate the end of another long and grueling work week, take some time to keep tabs on your MasterCard and Visa accounts. If you don't, you could be in for a rude awakening when you go to pay for drinks and find out that your card has been declined. At issue here is a what's being described as a "massive" data breach at a U.S.-based credit card processor, according to KrebsOnSecurity.com.Visa and MasterCard have both been sending out non-public alerts giving banks a heads up that specific cards -- possibly more than 10 million -- may have been compromised recently. Image Source: Flickr (philcampbell) A spokesman for MasterCard told The... Read more...
Mobile payments are quite clearly riding the wave into the future, and with Google Wallet taking charge on just a few phones, there's plenty of opportunity for others to come in and steal some of that pie. Visa has recently begun the certification of smartphones for use as Visa Mobile Payment Devices. In particularly, NFC-enabled smartphones from Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, and Research In Motion approved for use with Visa payWave, Visa's mobile application for payments at the point-of-sale. Visa payWave will support the Galaxy S II, LG Optimus NET NFC, BlackBerry Bold 9900, Bold 9700 and Curve 9360, as well as the Curve 9380. All the new devices certified by Visa host the Visa payWave... Read more...
What's needed to really get people hooked on contactless payments? Lots and lots of industry support. Google Wallet has set the bar for what's possible with NFC in the smartphone, and now Visa is making a play to expand their own reach for when the time comes to take advantage. The company recently acquired South African firm Fundamo, with the purchase costing Visa a staggering $110 million. Separately, a 5-year deal with UK-based Monitise will help it "grow the new technology-enabled payments business." Since Visa's currently outside of the Google Wallet loop (and instead is taking part in ISIS), they'll need as much support as they can get in order to go up against the monster. The Fundamo... Read more...
It's finally happening. Well, maybe we should rephrase that. It's finally happening in America. NFC payments, as well as other contactless options, have been all the rage in places like Japan for years now, with many cellphones having these chips embedded in them, enabling consumers to pay for metro rides and groceries with a swipe of their handset. It's a brilliant idea that would greatly simplify life for those sick and tired of fiddling with credit cards. But for whatever reason, the concept has had a very difficult time taking hold in North America. Finally, it seems that's changing. The Samsung-built Nexus S is the first major smartphone in this market with a built-in NFC chip, and it looks... Read more...
Is mobile payment the future? It might be. Samsung's Nexus S is already equipped with NFC, a common protocol for mobile payment systems. And now, Visa and DeviceFidelity could be delivering similar support to phones that lack an NFC module from the factory. The two companies today the commercial availability of mobile contactless payments enabled by DeviceFidelity's In2Pay microSD solution. This means that any smartphone with a MicroSD card slot could, in theory, make mobile payments. It's a great aftermarket solution that brings existing smartphones into a universe where mobile payments are the reality, but support isn't quite where it needs to be yet. The solution will work on RIM's BlackBerry... Read more...
Location-based services and GPS can be used for a number of things, but have you considered them being used for fraud prevention? That's an idea just announced by Visa Europe. It's pure common sense: the assumption is that if the smartphone and your credit card are in close proximity, you are most likely using the card, even if you normally live in Belgium and are showing up in New York City. In partnership with a company named ValidSoft, Visa Europe is looking into the idea.  If things work as planned, there will be less false positives where a credit card company thinks "someone else" has your card or card number and is using it half a globe away from where you live.   Of course,... Read more...
Visa helps a lot of people buy a lot of stuff: $1 trillion dollars annually. They're currently testing a payment system, along with Wells Fargo Bank, that allows its customers to make payments using their mobile phones. Such payment methods are already common in Japan and South Korea.  Using "account-level processing," Visa's payment-processing system now manages transactions in real time using the entire 16-digit credit card number, rather than the six-digit bank identification number that had been used. The change lets consumers carry their account numbers with them if they move to more exclusive cards, and lets merchants offer new services and benefits, such as on-the-spot discounts.... Read more...