The NFC feature opens up a range of possibilities for smartphone users. Market-ready NFC applications can be used for mobile payments, for example. We explain what NFC is precisely, how the technology works and for which applications it can be used.
Amazon’s market power is huge and puts other mail-order companies worldwide under a lot of pressure. The all-rounder is particularly successful when it comes to electronics, toys, and fashion. It might be the most popular online store in the US, but it doesn’t come without criticism. Luckily, there are alternatives to Amazon for those that want to shop elsewhere.
What do stamps, tickets, and posters have in common in the 21st century? More than you might think: Many companies now use QR codes on printed items for a variety of purposes. They can be used to quickly read data and execute commands. How does a QR code work? Which QR code scanner apps are the best? And what are the disadvantages of using these graphic codes?
Almost everyone knows the online auction marketplace eBay. High commissions and negative experiences have led some users to try out alternatives. There are sustainable online marketplaces with fair business models and platforms where you can buy and sell safely. We present the best eBay alternatives and make the comparison: Which can hold its own?
When it comes to making payments on the internet, customers favor security and convenience over everything else. The payment process shouldn’t take long and must meet data protection requirements - after all, this is very sensitive data. Regarding PSD2, the EU is presenting a new version of the Payment Services Directive that regulates online payments more thoroughly and promotes competition among...
Americans love shopping online because it’s so convenient. Fast, easy, and secure payment methods have contributed to the rise of this sector. Until recently, online payment systems were heavily dominated by one industry heavyweight: PayPal. But not everyone is enthused by this payment method, having been criticized for both security as well as data protection issues. Fortunately, there are plenty...
Mobile payment is on the advance worldwide. The leading providers of mobile payment alternatives have also gained a foothold in the United States. However, many Americans are still not convinced by the new technology. We give you an overview of the most frequently used mobile payment apps in the US, their functionality, and security features.
Since April 2018, Netflix and Spotify users have been able to use their accounts across borders in the EU. Thanks to the Portability Regulation, geo-blocking technologies used presently will no longer be permitted. With the geo-blocking regulation in December, the ban will also be extended to e-commerce in December in order to strengthen digital domestic trade in the long term.
Bitcoin’s success has spawned hundreds of cryptocurrencies now available on the market. Known as altcoins, they try to fix Bitcoin’s weaknesses or else have a completely different focus. In this article, we present the most popular and important alternatives to Bitcoin and explain their main differences: what are the advantages and disadvantages of each cryptocurrency?
Just a few years ago, the prospect of paying for goods and services online was unimaginable. But in many industries today internet shopping has overtaken high street retail. As a result, online payment services like PayPal have become very popular, with many customers considering them a decisive factor when shopping online. So how do these payment gateways actually function? We’ll explain this...