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7 Easy Ways to Save Your Eyes From Smartphone Strain

7 Easy Ways to Save Your Eyes From Smartphone Strain | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it

Your smartphone is a sight for sore eyes. Literally.


If you’re one of those people who glances at their smartphone 150 times a day, chances are your eyes are paying the price for your screen addiction.


Staring at your smartphone -- or tablet, e-reader or laptop, while we’re at it  -- for too long can lead to tired, itchy, dry eyes, and even blurred vision and headaches. Think zombie eyes and you’re there.


Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Guilty as charged...

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The battle between Africa’s mobile phone companies and banks is a boon for financial inclusion

The battle between Africa’s mobile phone companies and banks is a boon for financial inclusion | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Banks want a bigger share of the potential $1.3 billion revenue mobile money will generate in Africa
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Africa’s neither ‘rising’ nor ‘falling’ but it is growing—fast

Africa’s neither ‘rising’ nor ‘falling’ but it is growing—fast | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
When it comes to Africa, a host of differing narratives shape the story around its countries' divergent economic progress.
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Why Africa is the ideal place to invest in innovation at the moment.
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Banks vs. Fintech: What's The Difference?

Banks vs. Fintech: What's The Difference? | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Can traditional financial services firms learn from the Fintech start-ups before it is too late?
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A very nice compilation from thought leaders in the fintech space. There is definitely room for innovation within banks as shown by how CBA develops products in Australia, but in comparison, fintech firms are quicker to market and address customer needs quicker.
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Apple Pay goes live in the UK: Here's how to use it

Apple Pay goes live in the UK: Here's how to use it | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Apple Pay finally expands beyond the US.
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Will be interesting to see how merchant and consumer adoption grows and compares to the US. ApplePay 101 for UK users.
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The Growth Of Mobile: Do We Need Some Perspective?

The Growth Of Mobile: Do We Need Some Perspective? | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Mobile has grown significantly in recent years, with Google now saying that mobile search has surpassed desktop search. But columnist Kristine Schachinger questions the wisdom of blindly adopting a "mobile first" mindset.
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Although very relevant to SEO and customer reach, the growth in mobile usage plays a pivotal role in payments. Some good and compelling data analysis in this article.
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How mobile technology helps reduce maternal mortality during childbirth in West Africa

How mobile technology helps reduce maternal mortality during childbirth in West Africa | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Why too many mothers are still dying at childbirth in West Africa
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At the recent #APCSummit in #Brisbane, I talked about how mobile is affecting lives in the less privileged parts of the world. mHealth is a primary example of how important a role it plays as a medium for 2 way communication.
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New Zealand mobile wallet now works on public transport | PaymentEye

New Zealand mobile wallet now works on public transport | PaymentEye | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Users of Semble, a New Zealand contactless mobile wallet, will now be able to use it to pay for public transport after the company partnered up with prepaid transit card provider, Snapper.
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Great to see Semble (TSM NZ) finally going live on the transport network in NZ.  The mobile implementation is likely to make management of snapper payments, topups and balance checks seamless.

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Breaking News: Facebook Just Made P2P Payments Available to Everyone in the US - Let's Talk Payments

Breaking News: Facebook Just Made P2P Payments Available to Everyone in the US - Let's Talk Payments | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
This Article breaks the news about the availability of Facebook Messenger based P2P payments for everyone in the US
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would be interesting to see how this is rolled out on WhatsApp as well. P2P payments haven't really taken off outside the mpesa wallet type of environment
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MasterCard to trial using selfies as authentication | ZDNet

MasterCard to trial using selfies as authentication | ZDNet | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Looking at your phone may become the new way to pay, as MasterCard begins experimenting with biometric technology to allow users to pay with a touch of a finger or a by taking a selfie upon checkout.
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Would be interesting to see this implemented at merchant point of sale too.
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Silicon Coast – 9 Startups Putting Australia On The Map | StrategyEye

Silicon Coast – 9 Startups Putting Australia On The Map | StrategyEye | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Australia is somewhat isolated in the global tech scene, but the country is producing an impressive crop of startups dedicated to solving issues identified by entrepreneurs the world over.
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Aussie startups getting some much needed media coverage and attention.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: A major potential revenue opportunity for digital payments | McKinsey & Company

Sub-Saharan Africa: A major potential revenue opportunity for digital payments | McKinsey & Company | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Sub-Saharan Africa offers tantalizing potential for mobile financial services, but as yet there have been few success stories. One hurdle has been the lack of clear numbers on the size of the opportunity.
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An interesting and analytical piece about the revenue potential of sub-saharan African countries if they were pivoted against Kenyan success rates in Mobile Money. The McKinsey analysis from 2014 reviews the numbers and extrapolates numbers in 3 possible scenarios. Nice read and identifies opportunity areas for payment startups.
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Britain just gave the green light to a bank with no branches and no website — just an app

Britain just gave the green light to a bank with no branches and no website — just an app | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
The Bank of England has given Atom Bank a banking licence and the mobile-first bank plans to launch in the UK later this year
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Bank in the cloud? Why not. Most funds are held digitally anyway and I am assuming you would be able to deposit funds by direct debit or fund a stored value wallet. Would be interested to see what kind of banking services or products they offer given they are mobile application only.
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Kenyan slums dispense clean drinking water through ATMs

Kenyan slums dispense clean drinking water through ATMs | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
In many parts of Kenya's capital of Nairobi, clean water is difficult to come by. That often means taking your chances with dysentery from an impure sour
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This is a perfect example of how innovation and technology can fulfill a basic human need of cheap and clean water. Ideally water should be free, but by providing water as a 'financial service' you already activate a large part of the population - and saves them half a day looking for clean water.
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Sydney gets world's first e-ink traffic signs

Sydney gets world's first e-ink traffic signs | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Sydney's new e-ink signs are solar-powered and wireless
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Innovative and clever but we've had 'rent a sign' trailers for a while now. Someone just made them smaller?
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How London's transport crunch forged a contactless revolution

How London's transport crunch forged a contactless revolution | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Apple Pay is only the latest in a series of payment innovations that TfL has helped foster as it crams more people onto the Underground
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How contactless has helped TfL cope with the growing demands of commuters and create the perfect environment for mobile payments and ApplePay.
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The Periodic Table Of Payments Startups

The Periodic Table Of Payments Startups | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
The 120 companies, VCs, corporate investors, and acquirers defining the payments industry.
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Why we kept our Startup in Australia | Macropod Blog

Why we kept our Startup in Australia | Macropod Blog | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
We would never have lasted this long if we weren't still Melbourne based. The decision to keep our startup in Australia was the best we made, here's why ...
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Mobile Payments: Moving Towards a Trillion Dollar Industry

Mobile Payments: Moving Towards a Trillion Dollar Industry | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Five years ago, the notion of paying for items via your smartphone was seen as something of a novelty.
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Amex's New E-Wallet Kills a Sacred Cow of Digital Payments

Amex's New E-Wallet Kills a Sacred Cow of Digital Payments | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
The new Amex Express Checkout service bears a passing resemblance to rival products like Visa Checkout, MasterPass and PayPal. But that similarity is only skin deep.
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interesting opinion piece on the rollout of amex's digital wallet. Unlike masterpass and the visa checkout wallets, Amex doesn't allow competitors cards to be loaded to the wallet. The advantage here is Amex issue the card themselves hence create a direct link to the consumer by preloading customer data from the online account.
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New Study Shows Mobile Payments Accounting for 27 Percent of Online Transactions - Let's Talk Payments

New Study Shows Mobile Payments Accounting for 27 Percent of Online Transactions - Let's Talk Payments | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
New Study Shows Mobile Payments Accounting for 27 Percent of Online Transactions
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Some good global data here about the split between mobile and online payments in this Adyen report.
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9 Problems with Wearable Payments

9 Problems with Wearable Payments | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
As wearable devices like the Apple Watch gain an audience, banks and retailers are exploring ways to make the most of this new style of consumer technology. But a number of hurdles stand in the way.
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is it still too early for wearable payments? early implementations still facing hurdles but will eventually get ironed out. But any mobile strategy should include wearables for sure.
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The Market is Primed for Mobile Payments - Clearbridge Mobile

The Market is Primed for Mobile Payments - Clearbridge Mobile | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
When it comes to offering a mobile payments solution to customers, watching and waiting is no longer an option for businesses who hope to remain competitive
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Cellphones Then And Now

Cellphones Then And Now | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
How very true!
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Facebook users in the Middle East and Africa use the site in some surprisingly different ways

Facebook users in the Middle East and Africa use the site in some surprisingly different ways | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Facebook users in the Middle East and Africa use the site in some surprisingly different ways
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Some awesome and creative ways tech is being used in daily life in emerging markets. An interesting read and use cases that I am sure can be innovative in developed markets.
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Sydney startup Divvy is coming to solve your parking troubles

Sydney startup Divvy is coming to solve your parking troubles | Mobile Payments Innovation | Scoop.it
Sydney is a city where an entirely un-special parking spot can sell for A$120,000, so there's clearly a lot of room for a clever startup to come and shake things up.
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Uber for parking spots! Parking in the city can be a nightmare and glad to see someone coming up with a 'disruptive' solution. Another startup to lookout for targeting outrageous airport parking fees - checkout www.carhood.com.au
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