Vaughn Highfield

A man of many words who's interested in the busy world of payment technologies and customer loyalty.

You'll find me writing on Total Payments and Total Customer.

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Apple is ‘Serious’ About Moving into Payments

Apple is ‘Serious’ About Moving into Payments

Written by on April 22, 2014 in Digital, Featured on App with 0 Comments

Apple isn’t aiming for the low-hanging fruit Apple entering the payments space has been a tantalising prospect for many for a while now. It’s certainly something that would easily upset the status quo of the payments market. And, while we’ve not heard anything concrete on the matter of payments, except for an occasional teasing statement […]

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PayPal Reconsiders NFC Due to HCE

PayPal Reconsiders NFC Due to HCE

Written by on April 22, 2014 in Featured on App, Mobile, NFC, Technology with 0 Comments

HCE seems to be the new and ‘exciting’ prospect PayPal has been waiting for in NFC PayPal has never been extremely active in the NFC environment, even trying to push its own Bluetooth Low Energy alternative, PayPal Beacon. However, in a surprising reversal, the digital payments company looks like it could well embrace NFC technology […]

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Bitcoin: UK Consumers Don’t Trust or Understand it

Bitcoin: UK Consumers Don’t Trust or Understand it

Written by on April 17, 2014 in Digital, Featured on App with 0 Comments

Bitcoin just hasn’t hit it off in the UK The future where we all pay for products and services using Bitcoin may well be a pipe dream in the UK right now, as it seems that UK citizens just don’t trust the digital currency. It’s strange too, as media focus has been strong around the […]

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Sweden Pays for Goods With the Swipe of a Hand

Sweden Pays for Goods With the Swipe of a Hand

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Featured on App, Fraud & Security with 0 Comments

In Sweden they’ve chucked the credit card and have started paying with their hands In an effort to move the payments business forward in Sweden, one city in the south of the nation has adopted hand scanning as a means of payment acceptance. The news comes from Lund University who have said that vein scanning […]

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Amazon Denies Bitcoin Acceptance – May have alternative payments agenda

Amazon Denies Bitcoin Acceptance – May have alternative payments agenda

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Featured on App, Online with 0 Comments

Bitcoin has been considered, but Amazon is waiting for something else Amazon is one of the biggest eCommerce sites around. If you think of online shopping, you usually think of Amazon first. So, why isn’t the biggest online retailer looking at one of the most prolific crypocurrencies around? Well, it seems that they have, but […]

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Facebook Faces Off With Google and Apple for the Payments Market

Facebook Faces Off With Google and Apple for the Payments Market

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Digital, Featured on App with 0 Comments

Zuckerberg wants Facebook to have a slice of that payments pie Facebook’s been buying up a lot of tech lately, what with virtual reality company Oculus and instant messaging service WhatsApp, but what’s it really been playing at? Well, it seems that the social network want’s to find a way into your wallet too. And […]

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South Korea Card Companies Pay to Upgrade Merchant’s POS Terminals

South Korea Card Companies Pay to Upgrade Merchant’s POS Terminals

Written by on April 14, 2014 in Featured on App, Fraud & Security, Technology with 1 Comment

South Korea ups its payment game The mobile payments industry in South Korea will receive a rather welcome boost thanks to local credit card companies helping small merchants gain access to EMV terminals by 2015. The initiative was announced by the Financial Supervisory Service in South Korea on Friday, explaining how it’ll help over 650,000 […]

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Google Wallet Was Saved by HCE

Google Wallet Was Saved by HCE

Written by on April 10, 2014 in Featured on App, Mobile, Online with 0 Comments

Google Wallet head is committed to moving Google deeper into the payments industry Google Payments chief Ariel Bardin spoke at the Electronic Transaction Association tradeshow in Las Vegas about just how far the company has come with its Google Wallet product. Having launched little over three years ago, Bardin admits that Wallet has been a […]

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Infographic: NFC and its Role in Moulding the Future of Payments

Infographic: NFC and its Role in Moulding the Future of Payments

NFC, the past, present and future As I’ve said on many an occasion, the future of payments is changing. It’s an ever evolving landscape that is relatively uncertain. However, it’s clear that there are trends that point towards where the future could lie. For instance, take a look at NFC technology that’s pervaded society. While […]

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Real-Time Payments Could Be Heading for America

Real-Time Payments Could Be Heading for America

Written by on April 7, 2014 in Digital, Featured on App, Online, Technology with 1 Comment

But despite the US Federal Reserve’s interest, the old guard dislike the idea of real-time payments In the recent September payment System improvement Public Consultation Paper from the US Federal Reserve, it asked what could help improve the US archaic payments system. And, as you may well have expected, feedback was divided. However, the old […]

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