Latest report shows EMV technology is now used on 59% of global transactions - up from 42% last year.
Amazon now enables its Canadian customers to pay for their purchases by cash or card at local Post Offices.
The US has launched their first real-time payments scheme, enabling consumers and businesses to send and receive money within seconds.
Canadian debit network Interac has introduced support for Samsung Pay.
PayPal, one of the most popular alternative payment solutions, continues to grow with strong third quarter results.
The popular mobile payment app will soon be available in high street retail shops.
As the US finally made the switch to EMV chip cards, last year saw e-commerce fraud rates jump by 33%, according to data from Experian.
The US Supreme Court has refused to revive a $5.7 billion class action settlement between millions of retailers and Visa and Mastercard over interchange fees.
The Federal Reserve says it is on track to hit "significant milestones" this year in its long journey towards finally bringing faster payments to America.
Walmart Canada and Visa have ended their interchange fee standoff, striking a deal that will see the retail giant's customers able to resume using Visa credit cards.
Bitter rivals Visa and Mastercard have struck a deal that lets each firm's digital wallet service request the other's tokenized payment credentials.
The rise of mobile and contactless payments means that by 2026 cash will account for less than a quarter of all transactions in the US.