FinTech ANNA Money partners with TrueLayer for instant QR code payments

Instant QR Code - mobile quick response code scan

ANNA users will have a new option to use instantaneous quick response codes for mobile payments. ANNA Money users will now have the option to choose the use of instant QR codes to make payments through a new partnership between the FinTech and TrueLayer. Using the quick response codes would eliminate the requirement for terminals and payment cards. ANNA is a provider of financial administration, business accounts and debit cards for customers such as small businesses and freelancers. Using an instant QR code makes it possible to eliminate some of…

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Brazil’s Central Bank unveils a national QR code standard

National QR code standard - Brazil

The financial authority in the country has released new regulations to help universalize mobile payments. The Central Bank of Brazil has announced a new national QR code standard meant to help make mobile payments more universal. The country has been pushing forward to adopt cashless payments and this is the latest step in that effort. The new quick response code regulations will become compulsory as of September 2020. “The new rules aim to increase transparency for end-users, both payers and recipients, by expanding and improving access to information and, thus,…

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Starbucks is testing the use of Bakkt Cash cryptocurrency as a mobile payments option

Bakkt Cash cryptocurrency - Starbucks Store - Starbucks Employees

The coffee chain is conducting a limited test of the crypto among its many digital transaction options. Starbucks is testing a method for allowing its users to choose Bakkt Cash cryptocurrency to pay for coffee and food through the mobile app. The testing period was announced in a tweet by Adam White, the crypto’s president. The Bakkt Cash cryptocurrency – pronounced as “backed” – is overseen by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) as a Bitcoin futures exchange. ICE also owns the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Earlier this month, the digital currency…

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Will facial pay technology be the next stage in mobile payments?

Facial Pay - mobile payments with face ID

Will consumers and businesses be willing to adopt it and how will their privacy be secured? The technology for facial pay already exists. That said, developing a transaction method and encouraging individuals and businesses to use it are entirely different challenges. The tech uses mobile payments that verify transactions using an individual’s own face. The idea behind using facial pay technology is that a person would be able to walk into a store, pick up the desired items, then look into a camera at the checkout area to confirm identification.…

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Will the novel coronavirus lead to a positive mobile payments trend?

Mobile payments trend - paying via smartphone

Usage has been slowly picking up in the western world, but contactless transactions may rise in appeal. When examining mobile payments trend data in North America, it’s clear to see that there isn’t much of a rush toward consumer uptake. Usage is increasing more rapidly now than it has since the beginning, but a factor has arisen that may speed the appeal of this type of transaction: COVID-19. Consumers hesitant to try the technology may start finding contactless transactions more appealing. As the novel coronavirus makes its way around the…

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