Tuesday, 01 November 2011

Samsung No.1 in Smartphone Market

Data from leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research shows that Samsung has taken the lead over Apple during Q3. 22% of 115 million smartphones shipped were from the Korean giant, compared with Apple's 15%. While Apple continues to find success with its premium iPhone range, its main rival is finding success with handsets at a range of price points. Flagship model, the Galaxy S II has continued the success of the first generation device, while compelling new smartphones including Galaxy Note (5.3" display) are poised to shake-up the market.

Omnikey DSP Software Drives Converged Physical Access and Network Security

HID Global today announced its Omnikey Device Service Provider (DSP) software for IBM Tivoli TAM enterprise single sign on (eSSO). The new solution is a software interface that enables customers to benefit from converged physical and logical access control on a single card by using their existing contactless physical access credentials in conjunction with IBM Tivoli TAM eSSO for sign on to IT networks and applications.

The DSP software is certified for use with IBM Tivoli Access Manager eSSO and enables plug-and-play connectivity of Omnikey contactless readers with IBM Tivoli Service Provider Interface (SPI) for secure sign on to critical network assets.

"Contactless authentication to computer networks using the same credential for physical access is a powerful combination that delivers the highest level of convenience and security to enterprise end users," said Thomas Muth, product line manager with HID Global.

Giftango Adds Physical Gift Card Delivery Option to Turnkey Solution

Giftango Corporation has announced enhancements to their enterprise digital gift card and stored value promotions platform that greatly extend e-commerce gifting capabilities. These changes represent the first platform to elegantly combine plastic gift card sales alongside a high-end digital ecommerce engine.

"We are happy to introduce a complete solution into the marketplace that allows merchants to offer a consistent, user friendly, experience for plastic gift card and eGift purchases," said David Nelsen, Giftango CEO.

Western Union Business Solutions to Introduce eWallet for Small Businesses

The Western Union Company, announced plans to launch an electronic wallet for clients of Western Union Business Solutions. The technology supported by hyperWALLET's global payment platform will allow clients using Business Solutions' Online FX platform to add and hold funds on balance for future use and enable them to make simple email payments to international recipients.

"This e-wallet is a huge leap forward for B2B payments. It will ease critical pain points for small and medium enterprises trying to compete on a global scale," said Raj Agrawal, President, Western Union Business Solutions. "With faster, streamlined transfer methods, our clients will save on foreign exchange and spend less time managing payments and receivables, so they can devote more time to growing their business."

The electronic wallet will launch in the US and Canada in the first quarter of 2012.

First Data Selects VeriFone for Caribbean POS Product Offering

VeriFone Systems, Inc. has been selected by First Data Corporation as the exclusive provider of Class A Point-of-Sale (POS) payment acceptance systems in the Caribbean region.

First Data is partnering with VeriFone to develop applications for VeriFone's VxSolutions and VX Evolution countertop, wireless and PIN entry systems. First Data intends to expand its product offering to include the most advanced payment system hardware and software technology throughout the region with a strong focus on security and authentication for Caribbean businesses.

"We selected VeriFone as our exclusive POS product offering in this region as their devices go beyond traditional magnetic stripe transactions by providing advanced EMV card processing, which increases a merchant's security and authentication measures to help reduce fraud," said Phil Steurer, SVP, Central America and Caribbean, First Data. "With Vx Solutions and VX Evolution, VeriFone is providing market-ready and fully compliant payment processing solutions that will provide our Caribbean customers with the most advanced technology available to the marketplace."

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