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October 20th, 2014

By Sarah Clark • Last updated 20 October 2014, 14:29

Starbucks to offer mobile ordering and payments across US in 2015

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Starbucks customers in Portland are to be the first in the US to be able to order and pay for their coffee ahead of arrival and the service will be rolled out across the country in 2015, the company has announced. The move follows the introduction of a QR code-based mobile ordering service in Korea in June.

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October 20th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 October 2014, 12:39

JPMorgan Chase CEO outlines mobile wallet strategy

JPMorgan Chase plans to make its debit and credit cards available in a wide array of mobile wallets — including one of its own to be launched later this year — even if that means cutting current margins, CEO Jamie Dimon has told analysts during the bank's third quarter earnings call.

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October 20th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 20 October 2014, 11:50

MasterCard backs Zwipe fingerprint payment card

MasterCard has partnered with Zwipe, maker of a contactless payment card that includes an integrated fingerprint biometric sensor, for the commercial launch of the technology following a pilot with Norway’s Sparebanken DIN.

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October 20th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 October 2014, 10:06

Dubai ambulances adopt NFC

The Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) has launched an app that lets users store medical information and contact details that can be retrieved in an emergency with a tap of an NFC phone.

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October 17th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 17 October 2014, 13:28

Visa details Apple Pay setup process

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users with Visa cards issued by Bank of America, Capital One, Citi Bank, Chase and Wells Fargo Bank will be able to use Apple Pay in stores from launch on 20 October, Visa says.

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October 17th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 17 October 2014, 13:01

Apple builds SIM into iPad Air 2

Buyers of the iPad Air 2 will be the first to use a new Apple SIM that comes preinstalled in the Wi-Fi+Cellular version of the tablet and looks set to be the first implementation of a "SIM Within" patent published in November 2011.

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October 17th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 October 2014, 12:12

Five hundred banks sign up for Apple Pay

Apple customers in the US will be able to use their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to make Apple Pay mobile payments from Monday 20 October, CEO Tim Cook has announced, and 500 banks have now signed up to offer the service to their customers. Owners of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will also be able to use Apple Pay for in-app purchases.

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October 15th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 October 2014, 13:50

Groupe BPCE launches Twitter money transfers

Groupe BPCE, the second largest banking group in France, has launched a service that will let users of its S-Money mobile app send money transfers via Twitter.

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October 15th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 October 2014, 13:21

Tesco tests PowaTag mobile payments

UK supermarket giant Tesco is conducting a one week test of Powa's PowaTag mobile payments technology at its Dean Street store in London. To promote the service, a free lunchtime Meal Deal was offered on 13 and 14 October to the first five hundred shoppers to download the PowaTag app and use it to pay with their mobile phone.

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BLE

October 14th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 14 October 2014, 12:13

Hong Kong carrier SmarTone rolls out Bluetooth marketing platform to retailers

Hong Kong mobile network operator SmarTone has introduced ST Beacon, a marketing service that lets retailers send promotional messages to customers with an Android or iOS device using Bluetooth.

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News in brief

iOS 8.1 brings Apple Pay NFC payments to iPhone

By Mike Clark • 20 October 2014, 18:17 • Last updated 20 October 2014, 18:17

Version 8.1 of iOS is now available for download, and brings with it the US consumer rollout of the Apple Pay mobile payments system. Apple Pay’s NFC payment capability is available to US-based owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets and can be used at 220,000 stores nationwide that accept contactless payments. Last week Apple revealed that 500 banks have now signed up to offer the service to their customers.

Over 20m NFC devices now in use in Japan

By Rian Boden • 20 October 2014, 15:50 • Last updated 20 October 2014, 15:50

There are 20.55 million NFC mobile handsets in use in Japan according to new data compiled by the Mobile NFC Association. A total of 86 different NFC phones are currently available from the three main mobile network operators, NTT Docomo, KDDI and Softbank.

Bionym begins shipping wristband

By Rian Boden • 20 October 2014, 15:44 • Last updated 20 October 2014, 15:44

Canadian startup Bionym has begun shipping its Nymi wristband to partners and key developers after starting to take pre-orders in September last year. The wearable device uses the wearer’s unique cardiac rhythm to verify their identity and communicates with the world around it via BLE. “We’ll be sending out more information on the next steps of the shipping process to everyone who pre-ordered a Nymi band in the coming weeks,” the company says.

Amex commits $10m to EMV upgrades

By Rian Boden • 20 October 2014, 15:34 • Last updated 20 October 2014, 15:34

American Express is to launch a US$10m Small Merchant EMV Assistance Program in February 2015 to drive adoption of EMV. “We know from speaking with our smallest merchants that they are too busy running the day-to-day operations of their businesses to keep up with the constantly changing fraud landscape,” says Amex’s Anré Williams. “We’re launching this program to help educate small merchants about point-of-sale security and offset the cost of upgrading their terminals.”

Twitter preps for Buy button launch

By Rian Boden • 20 October 2014, 15:28 • Last updated 20 October 2014, 15:28

Twitter is planning to launch its new Buy button in the first quarter of 2015, VentureBeat reports, to let users make a purchase directly from a Tweet. The company began testing the service in September.

Capital One founder hails Apple Pay “breakthrough”

By Rian Boden • 20 October 2014, 11:57 • Last updated 20 October 2014, 11:57

Apple Pay is a “very important breakthrough”, Capital One founder and CEO Richard Fairbank has told analysts during the card issuer’s third quarter earnings call. Capital One decided to sign up for the launch of the program because it “offers good opportunity and upside for us”, he added. “We’re focused on delivering an exceptional user experience to our customers.”

Obama signs chip and pin law

By Rian Boden • 20 October 2014, 10:42 • Last updated 20 October 2014, 10:42

US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order “directing the government to lead by example in securing transactions and sensitive data” by adding chip and PIN security to payment cards. “He is calling on all stakeholders to join the Administration and a number of major corporations in driving the [US] economy toward more secure standards to safeguarding consumer finances and reduce their chances of becoming victims of identity theft — America’s fastest-growing crime,” the White House says.

Android 5.0 SDK now available

By Rian Boden • 20 October 2014, 10:20 • Last updated 20 October 2014, 10:20

The Android 5.0 SDK is now available to developers ahead of the scheduled launch of Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ in November. The software development kit includes finalised APIs and behaviours so developers can update their apps to take advantage of new features including enhanced BLE and NFC support.

Welsh museum tests iBeacons

By Rian Boden • 17 October 2014, 14:47 • Last updated 17 October 2014, 14:47

The National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon, Wales, is using Bluetooth beacons to let visitors discover more about the collections on show on their mobile devices. The National Museum of Wales is testing the technology in partnership with People’s Collection Wales and app developer Locly. The move follows a successful first trial at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis.

Amex warns of slow mobile wallet adoption

By Rian Boden • 17 October 2014, 13:06 • Last updated 17 October 2014, 13:06

American Express has warned that mobile wallets are likely to see slow adoption, even for Apple and its customer base. “Mobile wallets have had the potential to change consumer behaviour for some years but it’s unlikely to be an overnight shot,” CFO Jeff Campbell said during the company’s third quarter earnings call. “It will take time even with Apple’s innovative technology and customer base.”

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October 21st, 2014

Latest news

  1. iOS 8.1 brings Apple Pay NFC payments to iPhone
  2. Over 20m NFC devices now in use in Japan
  3. Bionym begins shipping wristband
  4. Amex commits $10m to EMV upgrades
  5. Twitter preps for Buy button launch
  6. Starbucks to offer mobile ordering and payments across US in 2015
  7. JPMorgan Chase CEO outlines mobile wallet strategy
  8. Capital One founder hails Apple Pay “breakthrough”
  9. MasterCard backs Zwipe fingerprint payment card
  10. Obama signs chip and pin law
  11. Android 5.0 SDK now available
  12. Dubai ambulances adopt NFC
  13. Welsh museum tests iBeacons
  14. Visa details Apple Pay setup process
  15. Amex warns of slow mobile wallet adoption
  16. Apple builds SIM into iPad Air 2
  17. Five hundred banks sign up for Apple Pay
  18. Groupe BPCE launches Twitter money transfers
  19. Alipay expands to USA
  20. Tesco tests PowaTag mobile payments
 
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