PayPal and Samsung to roll out fingerprint authorization on new Samsung Galaxy
New York — PayPal and Samsung on Monday announced a collaboration that will make Samsung Galaxy S5 users the first to be able to log in and shop at any merchant that accepts PayPal on mobile and in-stores with only their fingerprint.
The new secure, biometric feature, available in April, means Galaxy S5 users will no longer need to remember passwords or login details across millions of PayPal merchants. PayPal will be the first global payments company to support Samsung’s mobile fingerprint authentication technology.
Samsung is one of the world’s most trusted handset makers, with a strong presence in more than 150 countries. By using fingerprint authentication instead of a traditional login and password on the new, fifth generation Samsung Galaxy S5, launched today at Mobile World Congress, consumers benefit from an even more secure and seamless mobile and in-store shopping experience across the millions of merchants that accept PayPal.
“We spearheaded the Fast Identity Online Alliance last year and predicted that the industry would soon move beyond passwords and this announcement brings us one step closer to that reality,” said Hill Ferguson, chief product officer for PayPal. “By working with Samsung to leverage fingerprint authentication technology on their new Galaxy S5, we are able to demonstrate that consumers don’t need to face a tradeoff between security and convenience. With a simple swipe of a finger, consumers can still securely log into their PayPal account to shop and pay with the convenience that mobile devices afford.”
Starting in April, PayPal fingerprint authentication on the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in 26 markets globally, including Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States.
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Walmart awards grants to three leading nonprofits
Walmart is awarding $1.75 million in grants from the Walmart Foundation to three of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Urban League (NUL) and United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
The grant of $500,000 to UNCF will help16 historically black colleges and universities achieve long-term financial stability so they can continue providing African American students with access to higher education. In addition, a $1 million grant to NUL and a $250,000 grant to NAACP will fund programs to provide career counseling and job placement support, and help businesses evaluate current hiring policies.
“With today’s economic climate there is a growing need to empower individuals in communities nationwide with access to opportunities that will help them live better. Part of this work will come from helping businesses understand and unlock the powerful results that a more diverse workforce has to offer,” said Tony Waller, senior director, corporate affairs, Walmart. “By helping one individual at a time build a successful career, we are growing a more competitive work environment. A competitive environment ignites innovation, which helps build stronger communities and, ultimately, a stronger America.”
“Since 2006, we have been able to increasingly grow our workforce training program through ongoing support from the Walmart Foundation and subsequently have exceeded expectations of the number of individuals we’ve been able to serve,” said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “This new grant will help us further strengthen our workforce development programs, and continue helping African Americans and other communities of color across the United States secure economic independence and empowerment.”
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HP releases tablet POS for small retailers
Palo Alto, Calif. — HP is releasing a Windows 8.1 tablet-based POS solution designed to make it easy for small business retailers to effectively manage their business and cut operating costs. The HP TX1 POS solution provides the ability to run essential POS applications and popular productivity applications.
The HP TX1 combined the 10.1-inch HP ProPad 600 with a stand and POS accessories in one solution. The HP TX1 can easily detach from the stand so employees can take it home at the end of the day when needed. The ProPad 600 features the latest lntel Atom Quad-Core Processor, long battery life, Windows 8.1 and up to 64GB of storage. It also includes a compact receipt printer, cash drawer, USB hub, and optional barcode scanner.
The solution will be generally available in May 2014 with pricing varied by configuration.
“Small businesses need simple, affordable solutions that help them efficiently drive their business forward,” said Ray Carlin, VP and general manager, retail solutions, HP. “Our tablet-based point-of-sale solution gives today’s retailers the essential tools they need to gain a competitive edge.”
The race is on to create the best mobile devices and wrap stands for MPOS. Some great ideas on display at NRF convention. Microsoft booth was terrific and included HP devices. Keys to success; reliable, integrated peripherals, ease of use for employees, and customer convenience at checkout. Great start HP.