Exchanging currency for items or services is such an old time tradition and yet there are so many ways it can be done. I’ve just taken a stroll through the payment systems neighborhood and I’ve felt inspiration from the innovators FaceCash & Dwolla, pride in my home state operator PowerPay, and murky suspicion toward JunglePay.
Every year 15 million people are victimized by identity theft in America alone. Identity theft is an ever-present concern in the minds of consumers worldwide and the continued migration of commerce to the internet is only exaggerating the issue. Barzahlen, an online payment solution in Germany, is thinking outside the box and presenting an interesting alternative to online payment. Using the Barzahlen API developers can offer Barzahlen as a payment option in their online stores. Selecting this payment option would allow customers to claim the product online, then take a receipt to a physical Barzahlen location to process the payment in person.
Apple this week made the Payment Request API available for Apple Pay. The W3C-developed API works in Safari 11.1 on MacOS and Safari on iOS 11.3, allowing merchants and retailers to conduct transactions through Apple Pay, rather than alternatives such as credit/debt cards or PayPal.