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September 7, 2020

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General News


CO-OP, Zelle Partnership Could Bring P2P Payments to Small CUs

CO-OP announced plans to give member CUs another P2P payments choice by partnering with Zelle. The Scottsdale, AZ-based fintech is a payments behemoth, having moved $133 billion on 519 million transactions in the first six months of 2020.



Fiserv Releases New Account Aggregation Solution

Fiserv has introduced a new account aggregation solution called AllData. According to the company, AllData Connect enables consumer data consent by directing consumers to a Fiserv-hosted portal where they validate their identity and provide consent to share their data.





Hardware News


Intel Unveils Entirely New Platform Brand, Intel Evo, Based on Tiger Lake

Intel has debuted an entirely new platform brand, Intel Evo, based on 11th Gen Core processor known as "Tiger Lake." The Tiger Lake processor is designed to be "the world's best processor for thin and light laptops," according to Intel.



Pure Storage Unveils an All-Flash Hybrid-Storage Killer

HDDs from Seagate and Western Digital are pushing into the 20TB range for a whole lot less than a comparable flash drive. But Pure Storage thinks the second generation of its FlashArray//C storage platform will be a hybrid flash/disk storage killer because it has the capacity to match a hybrid array with an all-flash storage setup. The pitch is that with FlashArray//C's capacity, organizations can do away with hard-drive-based storage, which draws much more power than SSDs and generates far more heat.



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Software Updates


Microsoft OneDrive: New Features Allow Business Users to Stay on Top of Sharing and Sync Status

OneDrive commercial is getting a version of the 'Add to my OneDrive' feature that's been in consumer OneDrive for a while -- and additional improvements to the feature should show up in the consumer service as well. The new Add to OneDrive option appears for folders that have been shared with you.



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Doorstep ATM Service

The State Bank of India is debuting a mobile facility it's calling "the doorstep ATM" to service people at home, especially the elderly and those with special needs that have curtailed banking due to the coronavirus. The service provides a range of pickup and delivery services including cash pickup and delivery; check pickup and additional document pickups.



More than 50 Consumer Groups Urge Congress to Pass Bill Requiring Retailers to Accept Cash

A consortium of 51 consumer, privacy, and civil rights groups have sent a letter to Senators expressing support for legislation they have introduced, the Payment Choice Act, H.R. 2650 and S. 4145, which would prohibit brick-and-mortar retailers from refusing to accept cash or charging consumers more for paying with cash. They point to a report released by the Federal Reserve in May 2020 that shows that nearly a quarter of U.S. adults were either underbanked or unbanked last year.



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Wireless World


How Smartphone's Evolution Drives SMB Banking

The pandemic has led to an expansion of the ways business owners use mobile banking apps, with some observers noting an uptick in SMB loan applications and management via mobile devices in recent months. Some FIs are offering offering simplified mobile versions of the more complex functions they provide via desktop. For instance, a small business may not be able to efficiently conduct forecasting models based on sales forecasts on a mobile device, but the small screen does allow SMB owners to view the results of those forecasting models.



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Security Section


Microsoft Has Made Securing Windows 10 PCs a Whole Lot Easier for IT Admins

Microsoft has introduced a new, 'streamlined' setup experience that allows admins to apply security settings on an organization-wide scale via the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. This includes activating Windows Defender Antivirus for all users, web filtering and protecting files and folders on PCs with BitLocker Drive Encryption. The feature has been built "with small and medium-sized businesses in mind" and is available to customers using Microsoft 365 Business Premium.



Fingerprints Rolls out next Generation Sensor and Software Platform

Biometrics company Fingerprint Cards AB (Fingerprints) has launched the second generation of its T-Shape sensor and software platform for contactless biometric payment cards. The new product solution, part of the FPC1300-series, delivers increased image quality and transaction speed as well as improved power efficiency.



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Technology and Marketing


Make Sure You’re Deploying the Right Digital Marketing Strategy

The author argues that the shifting sands of social media are more complex than they appear, and simply posting across the major platforms – Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter – isn’t a strategy. He goes on to discuss some social media marketing trends.



Go Beyond Marketing and Serve Hispanic Consumers

The Hispanic population topped 60 million in 2019, up 20% since 2010, according to 2019 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The authors suggest a few ways that CUs can be of service to the Hispanic community: Recognition; Representation; Opportunity; Partnership; and Connection.



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Online Banking/E-Commerce/Website Design


FIs Using Plaid Exchange Can Share Instant Account Activity

A few months ago, Plaid unveiled Plaid Exchange, a product that helps FIs build and maintain an API that other developers can use. With this latest update, an app developer that uses Plaid to query your account will get instant transactions updates if the FI institution uses Plaid Exchange.



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Internet Access


Cisco, VMware, CloudGenix, Fortinet and Silver Peak on GigaOm's Radar for Top SD-WAN Vendors

Cisco, VMware, CloudGenix, Fortinet and Silver Peak are the cream of the crop in GigaOm's first Radar SD-WAN report. Among other SD-WAN topics, the report also said secure access service edge (SASE) has picked up steam this year after Gartner analysts coined the phrase last year. SASE blends SD-WAN, security functions, such as zero trust, and subscriber policies to, among other things, enable users to access their connectivity services safely from anywhere.



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Call Centers


Work-from-Home Call Centers Have the Attention of Fraudsters

FIs are reporting higher volumes of calls, and security vendors are reporting increases in the number of fraudulent calls they’re receiving. Security experts recommend call center employees working from home turn off their smart home devices, like Amazon Echo and Google Home, and avoid using tools like baby monitors that could provide access to their home networks.



How to Integrate New AI into Your Contact Center Now

AI ecosystems are not built overnight, but it is possible to start seeing some benefits in under a year. The author recommends in-depth planning for AI implementations, for example consider your top twenty call drivers, lowest sentiment or quality scores, or average handle time by disposition or work type.