Beat the Cheats

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U.S. CREDIT CARD fraud topped $8 billion in 2015 and should surpass $12 billion next year. You can reduce your exposure to such incidents with a few simple steps. Why bother? Won’t the bank pick up the tab when unauthorized purchases show up on your account? Generally, yes, thanks to the Fair Credit Billing Act and the Electronic… Read more »

Why mobile payments haven’t gone mainstream

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Discussion:  In early 2011 there was talk that mobile payments would be the next big thing with smartphones.  However, Christmas is almost here and mobile payments are nowhere to be seen.  Besides making charge purchses easier, NFC technology also may allow retailers to collect valuable informaiton about their consumers that could improve sales.  It seems as… Read more »

Will NFC make the mobile wallet work?

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Discussion:  It was recently announced that the new iPhone 4S would not have NFC (near field communication) technology integrated into it, which was disappointing to many.  The NFC chip, which is a form of radio frequency identification (RFID),  is used to enable the mobile wallet.  One concern of NFC is that the chip remains programmable,… Read more »

Google to show off mobile wallet for Android phones

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Discussion: Google is introducing a mobile payment platform that will turn its Android smartphone into a digital wallet.  Thanks to NFC (near field communication) technology, consumers can wave their phones in front of a reader at a checkout to purchase items or receive special offers.  The simplicity and convenience of this new e-wallet means less… Read more »

Near field communication transforms travel in Japan

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, E-Business, E-Commerce, IT Strategy, IT Trends, Mobile Computing, NFC/Near-Field Communication, Social Computing, Wireless.

Discussion: Outside of Japan, adjusting to life viewed through a mobile device is still in the early stages, but in Japan, it is second nature.  Near field communication is transforming travel in the populous island nation with mobile apps to pay for a Tokyo bus, streamline a domestic traveler’s airport experience to 15 minutes, and… Read more »

Apple Moves In on Your Wallet

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Discussion: The genius of Apple – taking existing ideas and refining them – continues with NFC (Near-Field Communication), a microchip that can send and receive data across a very short distance.  Industry speculators believe Apple has plans to take this technology, which has been around for several years, and roll out “iCash.”  Instead of swiping… Read more »