Could Financial Services Save the U.S. Post Office?

Judging by this advertisement playing on U.K. television, the U.S. Postal Service may be overlooking an opportunity to move into new revenue streams to replace the diminishing impact of snail mail.

In addition to financial services, the U.S. post office could follow the example of the U.K. post office and offer a wide range of insurance, phone and broadband, licensing, travel, and business services.

Apple Pay for U.K. announcement could happen at WWDC, launch within 2 months


Apple will announce support for #ApplePay in the United Kingdom during Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference kickoff.

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Apple is planning to announce support for Apple Pay in the United Kingdom during its Monday Worldwide Developers Conference kickoff keynote, according to a report from The Telegraph. The report adds that the servicewill go live in the U.K. within two months. Mike Cowan, a Senior VP at MasterCard, told the publication that his company is “absolutely” ready to support Apple Pay abroad. We have heard this as well, including that major bank Lloyds is a planned launch partner. We have also received a tip claiming that Santander UK is gearing up for new mobile payments training in the coming weeks. The U.K. will likely mark the first international expansion of Apple Pay since its launch in the United States last fall…

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Free Applications for Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows block unwanted calls

Robocalls, or unsolicited prerecorded calls, and SPAM text messages from businesses and other organizations aren’t only annoying, but illegal under federal law if sent to your mobile device without your consent.

CTIA, the telecommunications industry trade group, assembled a list of applications for AndroidBlackBerry, iOS, and Windows operating systems that can block unwanted calls, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to block individual numbers based on these operating systems.

Visa Announces New Commercial Standard for Mobile Payments #AndroidPay

Google’s Android Pay is the first partner to participate in the Visa Digital Enablement Program

Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) announced a new program that connects financial institutions and technology companies to simplify and accelerate the roll-out of new payment and commerce services. Visa’s new Digital Enablement Program (VDEP) builds on the company’s secure token technology and adds a turn-key, toll-free commercial framework accessible to more than 14,500 Visa financial institution clients and leading technology partners around the world. Google, with its Android Pay payment solution, is Visa’s first international program partner.

Designed to simplify how partners access Visa’s secure token technology, Visa’s Digital Enablement Program provides:

  • Fast and easy integration: Financial institutions and technology companies can achieve scale quickly by connecting to one another through VDEP, with no need for a complex set of contractual agreements and technology integrations.
  • No-cost commercial framework: Financial institutions, merchants and technology companies can drive growth through a simple, scalable commercial construct with no pass-through fees between technology partners and financial institutions.
  • Robust security and consumer data protection: VDEP brings together a powerful combination of secure token technology, risk and fraud management services and customer data protections.
  • International scale and reach: Available to Visa’s 14,500 global financial institution clients, VDEP will offer banks and technology partners Visa’s first platform for delivering secure mobile and digital payment services on a truly international scale.

“With so many people using Android devices and a passionate developer community, we couldn’t be more excited to have Google as a partner in our program launch,” said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships at Visa. “Through our new program, financial institutions can take advantage of our secure token technology to deliver the most popular mobile and digital payment services on the market today to their customers.”

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#GoPro Adds Touch Screen Convenience to Entry-Level Camera Lineup

HERO+ LCD  $299.99 MSRP – All-in-one awesome + touch-display convenience

GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today’s most immersive and engaging content, has announced the availability of its new HERO+ LCD camera. Capturing life-like high definition 1080p60 video and 8MP photos, the HERO+ LCD features a convenient touch display for easy shot framing, settings control and access to an all-new in-camera video trimming feature. Like the entry-level HERO, the HERO+ LCD is built directly into its waterproof housing. The simplicity of this all-in-one design now combines with expanded features to make capturing life’s memorable moments easier than ever.

Rugged and waterproof to 131’ (40m), HERO+ LCD also includes advanced features like HiLight Tagging and in-camera video trimming to make it easier to identify and share your favorite moments. HiLight Tagging lets you mark key moments while recording and during playback so you can easily find them later, and the all-new video trimming feature allows you to create short clips in-camera for easier sharing without a computer.

gopro-hero+lcdBuilt-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connect the HERO+ LCD to your GoPro App-enabled smartphone or tablet for easy camera control and shot preview when your camera is mounted or out of reach. The GoPro App also allows for easy content sharing to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more and combines with the new in-camera video trimming feature to form a convenient content sharing solution.

“HERO+ LCD illustrates that even as we push the limits of life capture with bleeding-edge devices like the HERO4 Black, we’re also focused on delivering accessible, high-quality capture solutions to anyone wanting to GoPro,” said Nick Woodman, founder and CEO of GoPro.

Whether you are a first-time user or a GoPro veteran, the HERO+ LCD is an impressive capture solution. It combines GoPro’s famed image quality, versatility and durability with WiFi connectivity, long battery life and touch display convenience in an all-in-one design.

Professional-quality 1080p60 video and 8MP photo capture

Touch display for convenient camera control, shot framing, and in-camera playback

Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth enables connectivity to the GoPro App and Smart Remote

HiLight Tagging lets you mark moments while recording or during playback for quick editing

In-camera video trimming allows you to create clips for content sharing without a computer

Power on and record automatically with the press of a single button with QuikCapture setting

Long-lasting battery delivers approximately two hours of recording time

Integrated housing design for simplicity and ease of use

Supports microSD cards (at least Class 10 or UHS-I) up to 64GB

HERO+ LCD will be available for purchase in the U.S. at authorized GoPro retailers and beginning June 7, 2015. International availability will begin July 12.