Mastercard’s new Online payment – click selfie & pay

For several months now, it’s been reported that Mastercard was experimenting with some kind of “different” Online payment system. Now the truth is out. Mastercard has started rolling out a new technology that will allow customers to make purchases Online by taking a selfie rather than entering a password.

Reports:, Times Live, KFOX El Paso, Business Insider,

How to make your own mobile app with the right developer

Inside everyone of us could well be the idea for the next best-selling mobile application. Once you have that incredible idea penned out, with the wireframes and designs ready to go, you’ll next need to find the developer that can turn your vision into reality. This easy to follow guide will help you do just that.

Testing your app features is easier with LaunchDarkly

You are a developer & want to understand which parts of the software your customers want tweaked for optimum results. Obviously, you can’t be individually asking every customer, right? You are in beta stage & require your delivery platform to be customizable. LaunchDarkly, a startup launched last year, allows you to build better software faster, & in a way that will make your product users flag features seamlessly.

Hackers make away with 15 mln T-Mobile customer data with Experian

Hackers have struck again. T-Mobile revealed late on Thursday that hackers had breached Experian’s network & stolen much of T-Mobile’s data, which the carrier had sent to Experian to perform checks on potential customers seeking finance for phones, etc. Number of people affected: About 15 million users. Data stolen included names, addresses, & birth dates, as well as encrypted social security numbers & drivers’ license ID numbers. Both companies revealed that the hackers may have cracked the encryption.

Reports: MacRumors, 9to5Mac, TechCrunch, Apple Insider

Snapchat may launch sponsored selfies

Messaging app Snapchat is contemplating launching an advertising format that will allow brands to slip into teenagers’ selfies. Called “sponsored lenses”, this platform is most likely to debut on Halloween, according to some Online reports. Snapchat will design the stickers on behalf of brands, with Hollywood studios likely to be among the 1st advertisers.

Reports: VentureBeat, Fortune, The Boston Globe

Twitter’s ‘buy’ button now widely available

About a year ago, micro-blog Twitter had tested e-commerce features. Now it’s rolling out a “buy now” button. Twitter said this put it on its way being the world’s biggest social marketplace. Twitter was looking to make it easy for a wide range of retailers to come on board by integrating with all the major e-commerce platforms: Shopify, Bigcommerce & Demandware. Merchants can also list their products on Stripe Relay to share & sell products.

Reports:, New York Times (blog), The Next Web