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‘The Next Generation’ – how Star Trek NFTs divided the Treker community

Fans particularly expressed skepticism with the ‘Admiral pack,’ questioning its value, although scooping up this pack, as opposed to ‘The Captain pack,’ guarantees a ‘good’ ship – one of the many that has been algorithmically generated. Gender says: ‘People are getting emotionally invested in it as it is very much a scam.’


Monetising the metaverse

Although it may only be the early days of the metaverse, brands like Dolce and Gabbana and Ralph Lauren have begun to sell their products through this platform, with JPMorgan also being the first to create a virtual bank.


Report details where leading US banks are investing in Fintech

US banks have already made 40 deals with fintech companies this year despite economic uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, according to a new report.

CB Insights analysed equity investments made by US banks to private fintech companies since 2010, revealing the most active US banks to be Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase & Co.


NatWest readies behavioural biometrics to comply with new EU payment security rules

NatWest is turning to behaviour-aware biometrics security to comply with tighter European Union payment regulations.

Next year, the EU’s Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) comes into force, which includes the requirement that certain transactions go through additional authentication checks.

SCA, part of the PSD2 regulation, is an extra layer of security designed to prevent fraud and validate that an individual using a card is the actual cardholder.


World’s first card reader made from recycled ocean plastics launched

A card reader for small businesses made from recycled ocean plastic has been unveiled by financial technology firm iZettle. The PayPal-owned company has launched the Ocean Reader, which it says is 75% made from old fishing nets and ropes collected from the North and Baltic Seas. iZettle said the project has already seen the firm remove more than a tonne of plastic from the ocean and is part of a wider plan to provide products made from sustainable materials.


Tech-literate millennials are the biggest victims of bank scams

Millennials are falling victim to scams involving handing money to fraudsters more than any other age group, according to Lloyds Bank.

New data shows that victims aged 18 to 34 are losing £2,630 on average to the fraud, which typically involve scammers impersonating banking staff, the police or HM Revenues and Customs.


UK data regulator raises privacy concerns over Facebook’s Libra digital currency

The ICO has signed a joint statement with other data protection authorities calling for more information about how Facebook will use financial data The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has raised privacy concerns over Facebook’s new digital currency, Libra. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has signed a statement alongside counterparts from the US, Canada, Australia and the… Read More


Monzo admits storing 480,000 PINs as plain text in log files

Monzo claims no one outside the challenger bank had access to PINs Monzo has advised almost half a million customers to change their PIN after the British online-only bank discovered it was storing their codes as plain text in log files. The bank said that the PINs were stored in a log file accessible to… Read More


Probe into Facebook cryptocurrency mooted by UK Government

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman Damian Collins fears Libra could be open to fraud, according to a report A probe into Facebook’s digital currency plans is being considered by MPs, it has been reported. Concerns have been raised over the social network’s intentions to start a cryptocurrency called Libra, which will be run… Read More


Mastercard unveils AR payment concept and ‘sonic brand’ sound

Splitting a bill could soon become a lot less difficult Credit card company Mastercard has showcased technologies such as augmented reality as part of its work on the future of shopping and payments. The tech and commerce firm unveiled a number of prototype technologies at a showcase in Belfast, including software which allows shoppers to… Read More


Over a third of people ‘would prefer fast response from chatbot about finances’

Some 35 percent of financial services customers would prefer a fast response from a chatbot to waiting for a human, Pinsent Masons and Innovate Finance said More than a third of financial services customers would prefer an instant response from a chatbot to waiting to speak to a human, a survey suggests. Some 35 percent… Read More


Mobile banking ‘to be more popular than high street branches by 2021’

The tipping point at which mobile banking is expected to overtake branches is predicted to happen in 2021, data experts Caci said Mobile banking is set to overtake high street bank branches by 2021 in terms of popularity, according to projections. Data experts Caci said growing numbers of people owning a smartphone is partly behind… Read More