The Future of Voice-Activated Payments

To improve the customer experience, companies have been leveraging technology to stimulate consumers’ senses through sound, light, and biometrics. Digital voice assistants, like Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and Google Assistant answer questions, play songs, and place orders but some believe they have much greater potential. Juniper Research’s whitepaper, The Digital Assistants of Tomorrow, which was released in February, predicts that the installed base of voice-enabled digital solutions will reach nearly 8 billion by 2023. As interactive voice solutions continue to evolve, they may make their way into the payments landscape. However, it may be a while before they get there. Voice

Visa Launches Platform, Allowing Issuer Processors to Test Products

Visa’s new platform, known as Visa Next, allow issuers and issuer processors to build and test new products. Visa’s clients and partners can gain access to the recently-launched platform through Visa Next. This is Visa’s website that is promoted as a “new destination” for learning about and using new solutions in the payment player’s ongoing pipeline. The platform has beta application programming interfaces (APIs) that will help those within the Visa ecosystem create digital cards on demand and add digital services. Activating and tokenizing other digital accounts across various mobile payment wallets can occur via the company’s digital accounts. The

FTC Approves Final Consents Settling Charges that Hockey Puck Seller Made False Claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved final consent orders in two cases in which the companies allegedly falsely claimed their products were made in the United States. Background on the Companies A New York-based company, Patriot Puck, wrapped its hockey pucks in American flags. Though they were mostly manufactured in China, the company promoted them as the “The Only American Made Hockey Puck!” Other promotional and marketing materials included these phrases: “Made in America,” “Proudly Made in the USA,” and “100% American Made!” The FTC went out four companies doing business as Patriot Puck. The California-based tactical gear companies,

NY Man Sues, Claiming Apple’s Facial Recognition Software Led to His False Arrest

An alleged Apple’s facial recognition software failure may cost the tech giant a pretty penny. An 18-year-old New York man is suing Apple for $1 billion, claim its facial recognition software wrongly accused him of stealing $1,200 worth of merchandise from its stores. Ousmane Bah, a student, claims someone used a stolen identification card to pass himself off as him. The person was busted stealing Apple products from one of its stores in Boston, according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court. The identification the person was carrying only listed his name, address, and other personal details, but no

Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Importing Goods into the U.S.

A Marquette, Michigan man pleaded guilty to smuggling goods into the United States using fraudulent shipping invoices, according to federal law enforcement officials. Curtis Wenzlaff, 55, pleaded guilty in April, capping an investigation by the Office of Criminal Investigations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The U.S. Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case. Background on the Case Wenzlaff operated a domestic profit corporation, Sanno Industries, Inc., from his past residence located in Flushing, Michigan, according to a press release issued by the FDA. Wenzlaff acted as a drop shipper for companies outside the United States. He was paid