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To Patent or Not to Patent

Banktech reports: To Patent or Not to Patent As more and more IT organizations look to drive innovation, they inevitably need to consider whether they should patent those innovations. Source: To Patent or Not to Patent. [Source: Banktech]

11 Sep 2014 09:53

A Run Through The Chinese Pavilion At TechCrunch Disrupt SF

TechCrunch reports: A Run Through The Chinese Pavilion At TechCrunch Disrupt SF At the Chinese pavilion we ran through those on show: Ogora helps developers add VOIP voice calls to their apps with one line of code. Sensoro is an iBeacon startup which senses the surrounding environment. An image recognition startup that can also recognise objects exhibited,  Continue Reading » [Source: TechCrunch]

11 Sep 2014 09:52

Not to be outdone by rival Stripe, Braintree announces Apple Pay support

VentureBeat reports: Not to be outdone by rival Stripe, Braintree announces Apple Pay support Yesterday was a huge — huge! — day for Apple, as it unveiled new and bigger phones, its first smartwatch, and a new wireless, NFC-based payments system: Apple Pay. Apple announced a long list of financial, retail, and tech companies that  Continue Reading » [Source: VentureBeat]

11 Sep 2014 09:51

Visa begins tokenisation roll out

Finextra reports: Visa begins tokenisation roll out Visa has taken advantage of the hoopla surrounding Apple’s application of digital account tokens to replace card numbers for online and mobile … Source: Visa begins tokenisation roll out. [Source: Finextra]

10 Sep 2014 10:03

Will Apple Legitimize Mobile Payments?

Banktech reports: Will Apple Legitimize Mobile Payments? The company announced its new mobile payments system, Apple Pay, during a news media event today. Source: Will Apple Legitimize Mobile Payments?. [Source: Banktech]

10 Sep 2014 10:02

Barclays’ Harte: Alibaba and the forty fears of bank transformation

Bankingtech reports: Barclays’ Harte: Alibaba and the forty fears of bank transformation Michael Harte, chief operations and technology officer at Barclays, says the growth of Chinese online e-commerce business Alibaba is the threat that keeps him awake at night – and that major banks could be in danger of losing touch with their own customers.  Continue Reading » [Source: Bankingtech]

09 Sep 2014 09:51

World Retail Banking Report: Social Media

Finextra reports: World Retail Banking Report: Social Media Jean Lassignardie, chief sales and marketing officer, Capgemini Global Financial Services and Bill Sullivan, head of market intelligence, Capgemini … Source: World Retail Banking Report: Social Media. [Source: Finextra]

08 Sep 2014 10:01

ANZ goMoney app hits $100 billion in transactions

Finextra reports: ANZ goMoney app hits $100 billion in transactions Australia’s ANZ says that its goMoney mobile-to-mobile payments app has passed A$100 billion in transactions since launching in late 2010. Source: ANZ goMoney app hits $100 billion in transactions. [Source: Finextra]

04 Sep 2014 10:21

Corporate connectivity – is Swift the only answer?

Bankingtech reports: Corporate connectivity – is Swift the only answer? Corporates want easier connection to their financial institutions – is Swift the answer or do other options exist? Source: Corporate connectivity – is Swift the only answer?. [Source: Bankingtech]

04 Sep 2014 10:20

Real-time payments – realities versus myths

Bankingtech reports: Real-time payments – realities versus myths With the US consultation on introducing real-time payments announced earlier this year, debate on the subject ramped up considerably – but much of the debate is based on myths and misunderstandings, which means people are in danger of coming to the wrong conclusion, according to a report  Continue Reading » [Source: Bankingtech]

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Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through the Finanser and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club, which he founded in 2004. The Financial Services Club is a network for financial professionals, and focuses on the future of financial services through the delivery of research, analysis, commentary and debate and has regular meetings in London, Edinburgh, Dublin and Vienna. He is the author of nine books covering everything from European regulations in banking through the credit crisis to the future of banking and is a regular commentator on BBC News, Sky News and Bloomberg about banking issues.
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Written by  22 Nov 2012 07:51

Virtual currencies will explode thanks to mobile games

The European Central Bank (ECB) has just issued a report on Virtual Currency Schemes, with case studies on Second Life and Bitcoin (both previously covered in depth here). In the report, the ECB calls Bitcoin “the most successful — and probably most controversial — virtual currency scheme to date.” The ECB goes on to say that the concept of Bitcoin  Continue Reading »

Written by  25 Oct 2012 05:20

Osaka, here we come! Sibos 2012.

Many of us are gearing up for this year’s SIBOS – the big SWIFT jamboree that gathers all those involved in payments worldwide … whoops, involved in transaction processing worldwide. This year it’s in Osaka, Japan, and I’m on my way over there at the weekend. As a result, the next week of blogging will  Continue Reading »

Written by  11 Jul 2012 09:18

Square: The Apple of Finance

In case you didn’t see it, Wired magazine ran an article about Jack Dorsey and Square this month.  Throughout the article, they compare Jack Dorsey to Steve Jobs and Square with Apple. In a long opening – the first page is just about pouring tea! – they finally get to the crunch so here’s my shorter, edited version: Square may  Continue Reading »

Written by  22 Jun 2012 05:39

Innovating on a sinking ship: the Innotribe Belfast write up

I’ve already given some reflections on last week’s Innotribe Belfast meeting in my write ups of Metro Bank and Fidor Bank. Now, for a more general write-up, I’ve taken the inputs of Kosta Peric, the SWIFT innovation group leader who runs innotribe; the innotribe start-up details; and the input of participating company Allevo; to put together my own summary of the whole  Continue Reading »

Written by  21 May 2012 03:40

The multibranded bank

Having made the claim many times that banks are not great at multichannel but excel in a single channel, I got into an interesting debate last night with the CEO of one UK bank. He was asking whether branch-based banking had a future. I said branches have a limited future, with the megastore branch being  Continue Reading »

Written by  14 May 2012 00:55

Who moved my rock?

I often use two discussion points by way of background when talking about the future. The first is that kids will show you the way, because children are rushing towards the future whilst most adults are rushing away from it. Children at 9 and three-quarters and 12 and half, whilst adults are celebrating their 31st  Continue Reading »