PFS Cardholders Can Now Make Purchases With Samsung Pay

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Samsung, the South Korean consumer electronics giant, announced Thursday (March 20) a partnership with Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) to launch Samsung Pay for its branded cards. can now enable Samsung Pay. could accept Samsung Pay.

Samsung Pay: Getting Past Contextual Commerce Friction

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And this isn’t a small or niche subset of consumers – according to the latest edition of the Digital Consumer Report , a PYMNTS/ Samsung Pay collaboration, 58 percent of consumers reported engaging in contextual commerce.

Samsung Expands Beyond Pop-Ups With Full-Scale Stores

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In a potential challenge to Apple at brick-and-mortar retail, Samsung Electronics is looking to move beyond pop-up shops with its own full-scale U.S. 20, which is the day that the brand is expected to announce a foldable phone and the Galaxy S10, Apple Insider reported.

Samsung Unveils Foldable Phone At Developer Event

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Samsung Electronics gave a first look at a foldable phone that has a screen similar to a small tablet on Wednesday (November 7) in California. Innovation android apps Flexible Scrren foldable phone mobile News Samsung smartphone Technology What's Hot

As Smartphone Sales Dip, Samsung Launches Galaxy Fold

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Samsung on Wednesday (Feb. According to Samsung , the “Galaxy Fold opens smoothly and naturally, like a book, and closes flat and compact with a satisfying click.” Last year in California, Samsung gave a first look at its foldable phone , which has a screen similar to a small tablet.

Apple iPhone Outsells Samsung, Huawei On Alibaba’s Singles Day

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Earlier this year, Huawei was able to surpass Apple in China to become the second-place handset maker globally behind Samsung Electronics. Samsung fell to eighth place. “It’s It’s a positive sign for Apple, because normally Xiaomi or Huawei has been the top brand.

Samsung And DeLorean

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It couldn’t get much worse for Samsung. Once heralded as the best smartphone ever, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has instead proven to be the most combustible smartphone ever. The situation for Samsung is reminiscent of the Irish car manufacturer DeLorean ’s short-lived celebrity in the 1980s. Let’s first review the fall from grace of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, as it happened. Samsung could no longer bury its head in the sand and announced a recall, blaming the batteries.

Samsung Pay: From Mobile Payment Method To Commerce Enabler

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Two years ago, when Samsung Pay entered the mobile payments scene, it did what Apple and Android a year before it had not: It made mobile payment capabilities at the physical point of sale (POS) more or less ubiquitous right out of the gate. This new digital way to pay was made possible via technology that Samsung acquired, called “magnetic secure transmission” — MST — the very same technology that enables merchant point-of-sale terminals to accept a mag stripe card for payment.

Verizon, Samsung Partner To Bring Oath Content To Samsung Devices

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subsidiary has signed a deal to place four of its most popular apps on millions of Samsung devices across the United States. Through the new deal, Oath’s Newsroom app, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance and Go90 mobile video apps will be pre-populated on all of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices. The amount of content consumption on phones is continuing to skyrocket, and I think brands and consumers want more high-quality content,” he said. Samsung and Oath will share ad revenue.

Samsung Blow-Up

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users will have to do without their phones for a while unless they want to risk a handset exploding in their back pocket — or worse, next to their ear. It’s also poor timing because the news coincides with Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch and is bound to cause some Samsung users to jump ship. Fortune reported that Samsung shares fell today (Sept. Samsung’s market cap has dropped by over $14.3 Talk about a shot out of the blue.

Samsung Electronics Australia Partners With Cuscal To Offer Samsung Pay

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Samsung Electronics Australia has announced a partnership with Cuscal , Australia’s leading independent provider of online payments solutions, that will enable 38 financial institutions to offer Samsung Pay, a secure and easy-to-use mobile payments service available on compatible Samsung devices. Finextra reports news that People’s Choice Credit Union, Credit Union Australia (CUA) and Teachers Mutual Bank are among some of Cuscal’s clients now offering Samsung Pay.

Investors Want Answers About The Samsung Debacle

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In the wake of the headline-grabbing choice to discontinue production of its Galaxy Note phone due to seemingly intractable battery fires, Samsung’s investors want some clarity about what exactly went so wrong. Investors are demanding that Samsung quickly get a handle on what is causing the phones to spontaneously combust, get it fixed and get a new model to market. The order came as Samsung shares continue their free-fall to a new one-month low.

Samsung Announces Voluntary Top-Load Washer Recall

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Business Wire reports that Samsung has announced a voluntary recall of specific top-load washers manufactured between March 2011 and current production. Customers with a recalled washer can receive either free in-home repair to reinforce the washer’s top and a year-long extension of the manufacturer’s warranty regardless of age or a rebate toward a new Samsung washer (or other brands) along with free installation and removal of the old model.

Coolest Brands 2016: MasterCardMaking Payments Happen in the IoT

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Welcome, to MasterCard, one of the coolest brands in banking. Cards Commerce Mobile Payments Security Technology Coin Internet of Things MasterCard Samsung StartupbootcampIs it possible for a payment network to be cool? And what if that payment network was launched in — gasp!

Will Google And Samsung Take On AI Together?

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With Amazon’s Alexa out ahead of the rest of the AI field, reports indicate that some of the competitor brands are contemplating joining forces to take on the task. Samsung, in its quarterly earnings call, indicated that it is working with its partner/rival Google to make a better-working AI on a wider range of devices. The new pair-up comes as the Samsung personal assistant — possibly named Bixby — is being speculated about as the next big addition to the Galaxy S8 smartphone.

Apple Dominates Samsung In Holiday Sales Battle

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The numbers are in, and Apple officially outdid Samsung when it came to holiday sales this year. This means that for every Samsung device activated during the holiday season, Apple saw two. This year, 44 percent of new phone and tablet activations were Apple devices with Samsung seeing 21 percent. Analysts noted that Samsung’s recall of its competitor device, the Galaxy Note 7, has been Apple’s and the iPhone’s gain.

Samsung’s Unusual Run At Retail Stores

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Most brands just talk the talk when it comes to committing to the future of experiential retail. However, Samsung is showing that it’s ready to walk the walk, right down 5th Ave if it has to. That’s the message coming out of Samsung’s brand-new Manhattan Meatpacking district location, The Verge reported. The Verge noted that Samsung isn’t using 837 just to create a kind of “Eyes Wide Shut” funhouse for New York’s tech crowd.

Samsung Refreshes Image With New Galaxy S8 Smartphone

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Eager to move on from its disastrous 2016 with the Galaxy Note 7’s now infamous recall, it’s no surprise Samsung is planning to up its game this year. To help alter its image, Samsung is releasing its next phone next month in New York. Dubbed the Galaxy S8, Samsung is really expanding its innovative boundaries in terms of features and capabilities. To avoid this moving forward, it has decided to work with its battery making partner, Samsung SDI Co.,

Samsung Showing Smartphone Market How To Do It

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While the smartphone market is going down, Samsung appears to be one of the few companies still going up, and it appears to be largely thanks to the debut of its new Galaxy S7. Samsung recently announced its quarterly earnings – for the quarter ending in June of this year – of about $7 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal , which would mark a 17-percent increase for the company. Like Samsung. Retail Apple Galaxy S7 Samsung What's Hot

Samsung Clings On to Customers With Extended Credit Terms

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Samsung is abandoning its Galaxy Note 7 and will not produce any more of the ill-fated smartphone. After the original models burst into flames along with Samsung’s reputation, Samsung recalled the devices only to have replacement models do the same thing. However, the company is attempting to cling on to existing users and is taking measures to persuade them not to abandon Samsung phones completely.

Vibes And Getting Brands’ App Act Together

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In the early days of the Internet, brands and businesses knew they wanted to get online, but they just weren’t quite sure why, or how best to do it. In the early days, brand sites were ugly, clunky and not terribly useful. Brands eventually got it together on desktop web – mostly – just in time for mobile web and apps to show up and disrupt the game. Retail Alex Campbell Amazon Apple Innovation Mobile Payments Mobile Wallets Samsung Vibes

Chase Sapphire Brand Expanding Into Checking Accounts

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is expanding the Sapphire credit card brand into new areas of personal finance, including checking accounts. In late July, JPMorgan Chase announced that Chase Pay customers with Samsung Galaxy smartphones can link Chase Pay to Samsung Pay. JPMorgan said that by bringing together Chase Pay and Samsung Pay, it gives cardholders more ways to pay via their mobile phones at more locations. JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Roller Coasters Go Virtual With Samsung And Six Flags

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But Samsung and Six Flags have a project they think will be too unique to pass up — even for those roller coaster-phobes out there. “Now, people can be immersed into a totally new universe, while riding a roller coaster, powered by Samsung Gear VR virtual reality devices.

Samsung Takes The #1 Smartphone Spot — But The Apple Machine Is Spinning Up

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This time last year, battery issues in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 created a series of unfortunate problems that resulted in a ban on the devices by the FAA , an expensive recall and damage to Samsung’s share price in the aftermath. Overall, the saga of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had shaved $14.3 billion from Samsung’s market cap. According to research out from Kantar Worldpanel, Samsung is now the number one smartphone brand in the U.S.

Mobile Payments: Samsung To Tackle Africa And Google The App Landscape

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Meanwhile, Samsung is tackling the African market ahead of Apple and Android, and Google announces a way to avoid app downloads. A study by CCG Catalyst Consulting Group , “ Millennials and Mobile Wallets ,” examined millennials and non-millennials and used the similarities as a base point for predicting the future of mobile wallets and payment brand acceptance. Samsung May Beat Android Pay And Apple Pay In Tapping The African Market.

Wells Fizzles, Lyft Sizzles And Samsung Snatches A Sizzle From A Fizzle

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Try being Samsung this past week, which had both a sizzle and a fizzle. Sizzle of the Week (With A Side Of Fizzle): Samsung. Every once and awhile one of the players we review manages to split the decision between a sizzle and a fizzle, and this week that player is Samsung. Much hyped as Samsung’s answer to Siri and Alexa, Bixby was designed to stand out in an increasingly crowded field of voice-activated, AI-powered virtual assistants.

App Could Keep Fridges Full, CPG Brands Informed

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The app has the potential to fit into the emerging trend of smart kitchens, particularly as manufacturers of household appliances — such as Samsung — seek to integrate smart technology into their products. Like the Chefling app, these devices sometimes interface with voice-activated assistants, such as Amazon’s Alexa, and have the potential to save consumers from encountering expiring food and to inform brands on which products consumers are bringing home from the grocery store.

The FAA Just Says No To The Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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federal air-safety regulator is singling out the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 — once reports start emerging that a small handheld device has some chance of exploding de novo, it quickly became something worth grounding. Generally speaking, the FAA doesn’t single out individual brands — and in the past, the regulator had warned consumers against checking phones of any kind since any lithium-ion battery has some risk of overheating and igniting due to a short circuit.

For CPG Brands, What Comes After Voice?

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Clearly, Alexa isn’t yet the game-changer that CPG brands have feared. Alexa may not yet be a meaningful, direct revenue driver, but it’s still gathering data on people’s offline activities and keeping the Amazon brand top of mind for people relaxing at home.

BMO Harris Just Launched Three Wallets

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The bank launched BMO Harris Bank Masterpass – a Mastercard-branded wallet – as well as Android Pay and Samsung Pay yesterday for “select” credit and debit cards. Mobile Payments Technology Android Pay bmo harris digital wallets MasterCard MasterPass Samsung Pay

Here Are The Asian Smartphone Upstarts Gunning To Displace Apple, Samsung, And Huawei In The Region

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Large companies like Samsung , Apple , and Huawei have traditionally dominated the Asian smartphones market, but in recent years, new makers have slowly emerged to chip away at that dominance. Below, we dive deeper into these various smartphone brands and the companies that own them.

How Handset Makers Are Trying To Keep Customers

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Customers are paying for features, not necessarily brand names, particularly in the developing world. If a $400 phone is doing the same tasks as a $1,000 phone, only very brand-conscious customers are paying $600 for a better logo.”. Going Big on New Features: the Foldable Samsung.

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Google unites pay services under single brand

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It has now been announced that another brand is being added to the payments marketplace, albeit one that brings together existing services. This will put the web giant in more direct competition with Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. percent had used Samsung Pay.

This Week In AI: China Has A New Unicorn, Adobe Previews A Magic Brush, Samsung Prepares For 5G With AI Acquisition

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Notify Brand Technology , a Paris-based marketing optimization startup, raised $1.2M Samsung prepares for 5G. Samsung acquired AI-based network and service analytics startup Zhilabs in preparation for the “5G era.”

Client Note: Slack Alternatives, Samsung’s 5G Ambitions, Pinterest’s IPO, AT&T’s Investments, Food Innovation, And More

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Samsung is quietly dominating 5G. Food & beverage brands formalize innovation. Today, we’re talking about fake news, social networks, Slack vs Microsoft, Alex Jones, and more, including: Any Slack challengers out there? Is Pinterest the anti-social network? How AT&T is investing in the future. So what Slack alternatives are there? Want the full post? Become a CB Insights customer. If you’re already a customer, login here. Client Note Core Intelligence

NEW REPORT: Retailers Face An Augmented Reality Check

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Before jumping head first onto the AR bandwagon, though, retailers need to ask themselves: How do AR features like these build up the brand names of the retailers that use them? Augmented reality (AR) has long been associated with games like Pokémon Go and Zombies, Run!

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The Big Voice Showdown In Vegas

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Among the highlights were Alexa’s smart TV expansion – particularly into models made by LG and Samsung. But Samsung says the 2019 TV lineup can recognize simple commands from Alexa or Google Assistant, though there is a small hitch included with that.

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Wells Fargo Wallet Goes Live on Android (Sorry, iPhone Users!)

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joins JPMorgan Chase and Capital One in launching a bank-branded mobile payment platform, or digital wallet. Another bank is live with a digital wallet. Wells Fargo & Co.

Unbox Your Thinking … About Phones

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Which means regardless of the ultimate fate of Samsung’s newest flagship phone — the Galaxy S8 — Samsung has already won a pretty major victory. Which we imagine is somewhat gratifying for Samsung this morning, since the message of its big show yesterday in New York — where the world got its first chance to meet and greet the S8 — was that it is ready to reinvent the notion of the smartphone. The world of voice-activated AI now has Samsung’s contribution — Bixby.

BofA Links Corporate Cards To Mobile Wallets

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In a press release , Bank of America said its corporate cards are now compatible with mobile wallets including Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay, citing business travelers’ mobile payment needs as a stop motivation behind the initiative. Bank announced support for mobile commercial card payments for Visa-branded cards by enabling its corporate cards to be used in Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.

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NEW REPORT: Filling Dental’s Payments Data Gaps

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In the last month, a host of tech giants ranging from Uber to Samsung partnered with emerging payment solutions to get a foot up on the competition. UPI’s partnership with one of the most popular ridesharing services in India and worldwide is a major step toward building its nascent brand.

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AR And VR Sizzle At Macy’s And Walmart, Amazon And Danske Bank Fizzle

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As observed in the inaugural edition of the Digital Consumer Report , a PYMNTS and Samsung Pay collaboration, the underlying concept of AR/VR has been floating around for over a decade. Among Samsung’s current pushes into the virtual world is an app created in collaboration with cosmetic brands Sephora and CoverGirl. The products can be selected from an in-app list of Sephora items, allowing users to test them before committing to a purchase with Samsung Pay.

Huawei Knocks Apple Out Of The 2nd Place Position In Smartphone Sales

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Samsung, meanwhile, was in first place with a comfortable lead over the second and third place players. The continued growth of Huawei is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to move into markets where, until recently, the brand was largely unknown,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers, in a press release announcing the quarterly shipment results.“It

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