Meta changes its metaverse offerings


Today in Connected Economy, Meta reveals the price of its new virtual reality headset and unveils features to make that reality a little more real. Additionally, Apple is introducing a new Apple Card-linked savings account, while consumer finance company Synchrony is launching Allegro Credit, a point-of-sale (POS) tool.

Zuckerberg’s Metaverse Avatar Finally Finds His Legs (and Helmet)

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said users can enter the Metaverse — complete with avatars that will soon have legs — for the cost of $1,500. This price is for the new Meta Quest Pro virtual reality headset, which has better resolution and graphics and a more powerful on-board computer than previous models – and considerably less expensive.

Apple allows card users to create Goldman Sachs savings accounts

Apple has unveiled a feature for Apple Card users that allows them to save their Daily Cash rewards and grow them using a Goldman Sachs High Yield Savings Account. Apple will roll out the program to card members in the coming months, allowing them to automatically deposit their Daily Cash into their accounts with no fees, no minimum deposits or minimum balance requirements.

Synchrony Launches Consumer Funding Tool for Audiology Practices

Synchrony launched Allegro Credit, a point-of-sale (POS) consumer finance tool for the hearing industry. The new solution, launched through the practice management platform Sycle, enables audiology providers to offer financing options, such as healthcare credit cards and installment loans, and represents an extension of the partnership of Synchrony with Sycle.

Payments Tech Firm Priority integrates with Valor PayTech

Payments technology company Priority Technology has integrated its MX Merchant ecosystem with Valor PayTech, as part of a broader cross-enterprise partnership for omnichannel solutions. Priority’s platform that works at scale and allows businesses to collect, store and send money. Valor offers what it describes as “cloud-based, end-to-end, processor-independent omnichannel payment solutions” for resellers and their merchant customers.

Italian iGaming company Lottomatica gets a makeover with Nuvei for digital payments

Italian iGaming company Lottomatica is redefining its digital services and working with payment technology provider Nuvei to deliver faster payments to users. Lottomatica Italy’s managing director of digital and betting, Alessandro Fiumara, said the company’s players were looking to offer a payment experience similar to that offered by Nuvei.

New PYMNTS Study: How Consumers Use Digital Banks

A PYMNTS survey of 2,124 US consumers shows that while two-thirds of consumers have used FinTechs for some aspect of banking, only 9.3% call them their primary bank.

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