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Why Visa Having a Developer Platform Actually Matters

Earlier today, a very dull press release from Visa announced an actually important thing: the world’s largest payment processing network is opening up to developers. Yawn all you like, but this is big news.

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Chris Mills

February 5th

Apple

Patriots Practice In VR, 10K Google Cardboard Viewers Being Given Away At Gillette Stadium

Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 8.22.06 AM The Google Cardboard team has teamed up with Bank Of America and Visa to bring a new VR experience to Android and iOS. The subject is the New England Patriots and you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a practice they participate in. To go along with the new experience, 10,000 customized Cardboard viewers are being handed out to fans at Gillette Stadium. This is yet another Cardboard… Read More

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Drew Olanoff

December 6th

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Patriots Practice In VR, 10K Google Cardboard Viewers Being Given Away At Gillette Stadium

Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 8.22.06 AM The Google Cardboard team has teamed up with Bank Of America and Visa to bring a new VR experience to Android and iOS. The subject is the New England Patriots and you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a practice they participate in. To go along with the new experience, 10,000 customized Cardboard viewers are being handed out to fans at Gillette Stadium. This is yet another Cardboard… Read More

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Drew Olanoff

December 6th

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Mobile

Swatch Is Teaming With Visa To Offer Payments From Your Wrist

bellamy_stage_CN2 Swatch and Visa have announced a partnership to enable NFC financial transactions using the the Swatch Bellamy wristwatch. The watches, which Swatch announced in October, are arguably minimalist and are named in honor of American author Edward Bellamy who foresaw credit and debit cards in 1888. The system is already working in Asia thanks to a partnership with China UnionPay and Bank of… Read More

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John Biggs

November 30th

Gadgets

New Visa ad campaign for Apple Pay starts today in the UK with ‘anticipation’ theme [Video]

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Apple seems to be working hard with its card company partners to promote Apple Pay in the UK. Alongside a MasterCard promo offering free travel in London, Visa Europe is today launching a two-month long ad campaign designed to emphasize the speed, ease and reliability of the service.

Featuring a central theme of anticipation, the campaign uses imagery that captures the pause before a primary action – the weightlifter before pressing the lift, the pianist before striking a chord, the chameleon before making a strike – the scenes then snap into the dramatic conclusions as an analogy to how fast, easy and reliable using a Visa card in Apple Pay is in everyday situations such as paying to use the Tube or in a café … 

The ads will be broadcast on TV and also shown as promoted videos on social media.

Visa has prepared two versions of the first ad, a London-centric one with a commuter and a rest-of-UK one substituting a cafe for the tube.


Filed under: Apple Pay, iOS Devices Tagged: Apple pay, Apple Pay ad, Apple Pay ads, Apple Pay UK, Visa, Visa Inc.

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Ben Lovejoy

November 23rd

Apple

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Discover cardholders get Apple Pay support starting this fall

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Discover announced today that it’s made a deal with Apple to join the other three big card companies already offering support for the company’s new payments service, Apple Pay. That means that starting this fall, Discover cardholders will finally be able to add their cards to the service and make contactless, NFC-based payments using iPhone and Apple Watch, as well as make payments within apps supporting the platform on all iOS devices.

Discover credit cardmembers will still receive all of their current benefits, including Cashback Bonus® and the new Freeze It® security tool that allows them to stop any new purchases, cash advances and balance transfers when they temporarily misplace their cards… As part of the agreement, Discover Network will enable eligible financial institutions, including Discover Debit issuers, to let their card holders use Apple Pay.

Discover will join other card issuers— Visa, Mastercard and American Express— already offering Apple Pay support through a number of bank and credit union partners across the US. The Apple Pay expansion to include Discover cards this fall follows a recent report that Apple is in talks to take the service international starting with Canada later this year.

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Most recently, Apple added another 30 new banks and credit unions to its list of institutions supporting Apple Pay bringing the total to over 200 across the country. The banks and credit unions on the list all offer varying levels of support and in some cases on certain card types for certain customers.


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Jordan Kahn

April 27th

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Apple Pay adds 17 more banks & credit unions, over 90 institutions supported

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Ahead of Apple’s ‘Spring forward’ event on Monday where we expect to hear much more about the Apple Watch, more than a dozen new banks and credit unions have added support for Apple Pay. The Apple Watch will support the mobile payment service and extend Apple Pay support in stores beyond the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s when paired. Following the addition of 17 new banks including credit unions for American Airlines and IBM today, Apple Pay is now supported by nearly 100 institutions. Here’s the list of newly added banks:


Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
American Airlines Credit Union
Bank of Hawaii
Baxter Credit Union
CFE Federal Credit Union
Commonwealth Credit Union
Foothill Credit Union
Founders Federal Credit Union
IBM Southest Employees Federal Credit Union
Lister Hill Credit Union
PenFed Credit Union
Royal Credit Union
Schools First Federal Credit Union
Spokane Teachers Federal Credit Union
Telhio Credit Union
University First Federal Credit Union
West Community Credit Union

Apple Pay is now active for Visa, MasterCard, and American Express card holders from the following 98 banks and credit unions:

-L&N Federal Credit Union
-UW Credit Union
-Commerce Bank
-America First Credit Union
-American Express
-Bank of America
-Barclaycard
-Capital One
-Citi
-Commerce Bank
-J.P. Morgan
-M&T Bank
-Merrill Lynch
-Navy Federal Credit Union
-PNC
-Regions Bank
-SunTrust
-U.S. Bank
-U.S. Trust
-USAA
-Wells Fargo
-Fremont Bank
-National Institutes of Health FCU
-Security Service Federal Credit Union
-Consumers Credit Union
-Virginia Credit Union
-Cyprus Federal Credit Union
-Fairwinds Credit Union
-Mountain America Credit Union
-Partners Federal Credit Union
-Customers Bank
-A+ Federal Credit Union
-Amegy Bank of Texas
-America First Credit Union
-Bethpage Federal Credit Union
-California Bank & Trust
-Connex Credit Union
-Goldenwest FCU
-Huntington Bank
-KeyPoint Credit Union
-Meijer Credit Union
-National Bank of Arizona
-Nevada State Bank
-The Bank of Greene County
-Vectra Bank
-Zions First National Bank
-Alliant Credit Union
-Altra Federal Credit Union
-Andrews Federal Credit Union
-Associated Bank
-BBVA Compass
-BECU (Boeing Employees’ Credit Union)
-Ent Federal Credit Union
-F&A Federal Credit Union
-Fifth Third Bank
-First Niagara Bank
-First Tech Federal Credit Union
-Golden 1 Credit Union
-INOVA Federal Credit Union
-Savings Bank of Danbury
-Star One Credit Union
-Uwharrie Bank
-Affinity Federal Credit Union
-Cabela’s CLUB
-Central Bank
-Credit Union of Southern California
-Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach
-First National Bank of Omaha
-First Sentry Bank
-FirstBank
-Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
-Ideal Credit Union
-Morgan Stanley
-Redwood Credit Union
-State Department Federal Credit Union
-Teachers Credit Union
-Technology Credit Union
-The Northern Trust Company
-TIB-The Independent BankersBank
-United Federal Credit Union
-Utah First Federal Credit Union
-Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
-American Airlines Credit Union
-Bank of Hawaii
-Baxter Credit Union
-CFE Federal Credit Union
-Commonwealth Credit Union
-Foothill Credit Union
-Founders Federal Credit Union
-IBM Southest Employees Federal Credit Union
-Lister Hill Credit Union
-PenFed Credit Union
-Royal Credit Union
-Schools First Federal Credit Union
-Spokane Teachers Federal Credit Union
-Telhio Credit Union
-University First Federal Credit Union
-West Community Credit Union

If you’re bank isn’t yet supported, both Visa and MasterCard have shared their lists of banks that will add Apple Pay support in the future. As always, we’re continuing to update our running list of merchants and apps that accept Apple Pay which you can find here.

Apple Pay is currently available for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for use in stores and within apps, while iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 support Apple Pay in apps.


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Zac Hall

March 3rd

Apple

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Visa to follow Apple Pay’s lead, use tokens for mobile & online payments

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Following Apple Pay’s successful use of tokens—one-time-use, unique codes rather than credit card numbers for payment transactions—Visa today announced that it will remove 16-digit account numbers for mobile and online payments across 2015. No specific date was given for the transition; instead, Visa suggests that tokens will begin to replace credit card numbers as the company’s partners get access to the Visa Token Service that rolled out alongside Apple Pay in October 2014.

“Removing card account numbers from the processing and storage of payments represents one of the most innovative and promising technologies we’ve seen in decades,” said Charlie Scharf, chief executive officer, Visa Inc.

According to Visa, online transactions made with Visa Checkout will be tokenized this year, securing transactions for over 110 existing merchants. The Visa Token Service will also grow to include “other leading device manufacturers and technology companies” beyond Apple with Apply Pay, and will be supported in mobile payment apps released by Visa-partnered financial institutions in the United States, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.


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Jeremy Horwitz

February 13th

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Visa hopes to track smartphone locations to prevent credit card fraud for travellers

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Currently most of us have to inform our bank by phone when we’re travelling to avoid purchases in other countries appearing as red flags for fraud and being declined. That could soon change as Visa looks to track smartphones with a service called Mobile Location Confirmation in order to help their security systems become smarter and reduce declined purchases by as much as 30%.

While infrequent, unnecessary transaction declines can mean lost sales for retailers, additional customer service costs for financial institutions and, ultimately, frustration for the cardholder if unable to make a purchase when traveling… The service uses mobile geo-location data in real time as an additional input into Visa’s predictive fraud analytics. Finsphere Corporation, a leader in the use of mobile data and geo-spatial analysis, provides Visa an analysis of the account holder’s device location data, which is then matched with the transaction location in less than a millisecond, right at the point of sale.

The service will be an optional one that your bank will have to implement and ask you to opt in to through their own mobile app.

So it doesn’t necessarily mean you can avoid making the call entirely just yet, but Visa said “when a cardholder’s mobile device is in the same location as the payment transaction, the issuing financial institution can more confidently approve the transaction.” That will certainly help cut down on the many legitimate purchase that get flagged for fraud each year and give consumers a bit more piece at mind if they are willing to opt-in to being tracked.

Visa also noted that it “estimates, issuing financial institutions spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually to manage customer service calls related to pre-travel requests and to research declined transactions.”

It’s unclear how the service might work alongside Apple Pay for cards that are loaded into Apple’s new iOS-based payments service.


Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: Apple pay, Credit card, fraud, Mobile Location Confirmation, Smartphone, tracking, travelers, Visa

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Jordan Kahn

February 12th

Apple

Mac

Apple & Barclaycard offer new Visa rewards card w/ Apple Store credit, chip-and-pin, & updated financing options

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Following the launch of Apple Pay in the US last month, Apple and Barclaycard have introduced a new co-branded credit card with EMV chip-and-pin support and revised rewards and financing options.

Apple has long advertised the Barclaycard “iTunes Rewards Visa Card” through its online store for financing purchases of Macs in the US, but it’s now offering a new Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards that offers Apple Store gift cards opposed to the old iTunes store credit. Rather than a $25 iTunes store credit, earning 2,500 points with the new Visa will earn customers a $25 Apple Store gift card.

Apple is continuing to offer financing options with no interest for purchases made in the first 30 days of activating the card, but price requirements have been lowered. The new card offers 6 month no interest for purchases under $498, 12 months for $499 – $998, and 18 months for purchases $999 and over. 18 month financing used to require purchases over $1999.

As for rewards, Apple explains customers with the new card will “get 3 points for every $1 spent at the Apple Store, 2 points at restaurants, and 1 point on all other purchases.” That compares to two points for iTunes purchases and one point for every dollar spent elsewhere offered by the old iTunes rewards card.

Barclaycard has a new FAQ on its website detailing the specifics of earning and claiming rewards.

(via Credit.com)


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Jordan Kahn

November 10th

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