Amazon adds payments to Alexa skill sets

Over the last year, we’ve seen considerable progress in the use of voice interface technology, due in part to the success of Amazon’s (AMZN) Alexa, but also efforts by Alphabet and to a lesser extent Apple. Like most Disruptive Technologies, we are seeing the use cases continue to expand and ripple across our Cashless Consumption […]

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Barclays combines Disruptive Technologies with Cashless Consumption for voice payments

Barclays combines Disruptive Technologies with Cashless Consumption for voice payments

Several quarters ago we shared our view that after capacitive touch, voice would be the next interface to watch. We’ve seen adoption growth in smartphones with Apple (AAPL) and Siri, Microsoft (MSFT) and Cortana, and then in intelligent speakers like Amazon’s (AMZN) Alexa powered Echo products. We’ve even read about licensing deals between Amazon and […]

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Visa & Mastercard mandating contactless payment terminals

Visa & Mastercard mandating contactless payment terminals

New technology adoption can be driven, primarily, by two forces – bubbling up based on consumer demand or pushed down due to a mandate from companies or the government. With contactless payments, we’ve seen consumer uptake grow as mobile payments, like Apple Pay, have come to smartphones and wearables. Now Mastercard  (MA) and Visa (V) are mandating […]

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Tencent scales thematic investments in payments, AI and cloud

Tencent scales thematic investments in payments, AI and cloud

Our Content is King theme isn’t the only one getting a lot of attention this week as more companies look to invest not only in payments, which we see as Cashless Consumption but also artificial intelligence, a slice of our Disruptive Technologies theme. As we look at these moves, we are reminded of the global […]

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Facebook Messenger Brings PayPal Payments Home To Roost

Facebook Messenger Brings PayPal Payments Home To Roost

The payments landscape continues to evolve with partnerships being inked that bring payment capabilities to platforms that consumers are favoring be it for entertainment (smartphones) or communication (like Facebook’s Messenger). With Apple expanding its iMessage capabilities, we suspect it is only  a matter of time before its filling the Apple Pay love. PayPal is deepening […]

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Cyberthief Malware Targets Banking Credentials on Smartphones

Cyberthief Malware Targets Banking Credentials on Smartphones

It used to be you were concerned with losing your check-book, then it was either losing your credit card or having someone lift the account number, expiration date and 3-digit code. Through the wonders of technology and the adoption of Cashless Consumption,  thieves are now targeting smartphones. This dark side of our Cashless Consumption investing […]

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