If the Apple Watch catapults wearable computers into the mainstream, as some observers expect, banks will be tasked to reimagine the way they provide financial services features to their customers.


For the third year in a row, employees of various credit unions across the country spent 24 straight hours trying to come up with the next great financial technology offering.

The mobile wallet finally has some real momentum. Will the biggest banks use the opportunity to take business from their smaller peers?
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TrueAccord, which just raised $5 million, aims to use automation, data and behavioral analysis to transform debt collection – a business where old hands shy away from communicating with consumers by email.
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Customers of Simple, a unit of BBVA, have complained in recent weeks about delays and failures in scheduled payments, highlighting digital-only banks' dependence on third-party providers and antiquated legacy systems.

American Express is seeking ideas from outside researchers on how to cater to underbanked consumers and potentially refine its Serve prepaid account.

To obtain approval and funding for security improvements, bank technologists have to make their case by pointing to losses from recent security breaches. But calculating those losses can be tricky.

The banks involved in Apple's mobile payment platform cite the enhanced security, intuitive user experience and brand name. Even if they sacrifice fees, they could make it up on volume.

Within the past 12 months, one large retailer after another has fallen victim to a massive data breach. But at least the pilfered data is getting harder for thieves to monetize.

As cyberattacks against banks escalate — with 93% of banks worldwide reporting they've been hit — Bremer Bank in Minnesota ramps up its defenses.
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First National Bank of Omaha is preparing to host its second hackathon to foster new ideas — and relationships with coders who could end up working from the bank.
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Top 8 Tweets from the Digital Banking Summit

Financial services technologists discussed the innovations and trends transforming the industry at last week's Digital Banking Summit in Los Angeles. Here are eight tweets that capture the key themes from the three-day fintech confab.

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