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22 May 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 May 2015, 12:56

Four in ten UK consumers willing to switch banks for mobile payments

Zapp

Some 44% of UK consumers are prepared to switch bank accounts to access mobile payments if their current bank is unable or has no plans to offer the service, while a third (33%) of these consumers plan to do so within the next year, a survey for mobile payments provider Zapp reveals.

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22 May 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 May 2015, 10:04

Nearly half of iPhone 6 owners successfully using Apple Pay

Nearly half (46%) of US iPhone 6 owners have now successfully used Apple Pay, up from 42% two months ago, and 63% of those are using the mobile payments service on a weekly basis, the bi-monthly Apple Pay Tracker from Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG) has revealed.

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22 May 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 22 May 2015, 09:48

Clear2Pay gets Visa confirmation as CVES provider

PARTNER NEWS: Conformance testing specialist Clear2Pay has been approved by Visa for its Chip Vendor Enabled Service (CVES) to help streamline and support the deployment of EMV-enabled contact and contactless payment devices in the US.

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22 May 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 May 2015, 09:40

Apple Watch vulnerability could let thieves use Apple Pay

A video published by a group of hackers has demonstrated how a stolen Apple Watch could be used by the thief to make payments using Apple Pay without them having to authenticate the transactions in any way — as long as they are quick.

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21 May 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 May 2015, 13:29

BPCE to pilot cards with mini-screen security codes

France’s second largest banking group BPCE is to pilot a payment card that replaces the three-figure security code on the back of the card with a mini-screen that displays a code which automatically changes periodically.

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21 May 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 21 May 2015, 13:25

AMS launches NFC interface chip with advanced energy management

PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker AMS has launched an NFC interface chip (NFiC) that offers “unique energy harvesting and data transfer capabilities” and can capture enough energy to power the device it is built into.

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NFC

21 May 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 May 2015, 12:18

Postbank begins HCE pilot in Germany with Worldline

Employees of Germany’s Postbank have begun piloting a mobile payment service based on host card emulation (HCE) that makes use of tokenization to allow NFC payments to be made at any Visa payWave terminal.

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20 May 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 May 2015, 12:39

Visa Checkout reports 4m customers and 125,000 merchants

More than four million customers have now signed up for Visa Checkout since its launch in July last year, and more than 125,000 merchants are now accepting the online checkout service along with 260 financial institutions globally.

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20 May 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 May 2015, 13:56

Exterion to roll out beacons across public transport in the UK

Out-of-home media owner Exterion Media UK is to roll out Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons across public transport services in “major cities” in the UK to deliver marketing messages to passengers’ smartphones.

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19 May 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 19 May 2015, 15:44

Icahn: Apple Pay to generate US$3.3bn in revenues in 2017

Apple Pay will generate revenues of US$263m this year and that figure will increase to $3.3bn by the end of 2017, billionaire investor Carl Icahn has forecast. In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, he also states that the company is “undervalued” and that now is the “time for a much larger buyback”.

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News in brief

UK cash payments fall to 48%

By Rian Boden • 22 May 2015, 13:31 • Last updated 22 May 2015, 14:32

The total number of cash payments made by consumers, businesses and financial organisations in the UK fell to 48% last year, marking the first time that non-cash payments have exceeded those made with cash, the Payments Council reports. Some 52% of consumers continued to use cash for more than half of their transactions in 2014, however, and “there is no prediction for cash to disappear”.

NXP ‘focused on mobile wallet’

By Mike Clark • 22 May 2015, 12:55 • Last updated 22 May 2015, 12:55

PARTNER NEWS: “What we’re focused on is the mobile wallet,” NXP CEO Rick Clemmer has told CNBC in an interview in which he discusses the company’s smartphone products, growth in China and its partnership with Qualcomm. “The mobile wallet is really where we bring a unique proposition; we want to be able to supply that across the world with all of the leading smartphone companies to really make life easier and secure.”

Android to get fingerprint authentication

By Rian Boden • 22 May 2015, 12:25 • Last updated 22 May 2015, 12:25

Android M, the next edition of Google’s mobile operating system, will include native fingerprint authentication to allow users to log in to their Android devices without entering a password, BuzzFeed reports. The feature is expected to be announced next week at Google I/O.

Apple Pay headed to Belgium?

By Rian Boden • 21 May 2015, 12:30 • Last updated 21 May 2015, 12:20

Belgium’s KBC Bank has tweeted that it will be adding support for Apple Pay as early as this summer in response to a customer’s question about whether the financial institution would ever support for the mobile payment service. The bank has since retracted its original statement, “now saying in a second tweet that Apple Pay is not yet in scope,” 9to5mac reports.

Join NFC World and the GSMA today for an NFC transport ticketing webinar

By Mike Clark • 21 May 2015, 09:37 • Last updated 21 May 2015, 09:37

More than 300 NFC World readers are set to take part in a free webinar on NFC in transport ticketing presented in association with the GSMA and the Mifare4Mobile Industry Group at 3pm BST/4pm CEST/10am EDT today. Attendees will learn about delivering interoperable and standardised ticketing and access services at scale on NFC-enabled devices in the 45-minute online event, which also offers a chance to question some of the experts behind the GSMA’s Mifare4Mobile Implementation Guidelines. You can take part by signing up here.

Express rolls out support for Apple Pay

By Rian Boden • 20 May 2015, 13:20 • Last updated 20 May 2015, 13:09

Clothing retailer Express has begun accepting Apple Pay across its stores in the US. “To date, relatively few clothing chains have thrown support behind Apple Pay,” AppleInsider reports. “Apple has promised more additions down the road, including Anthropologie, Free People, L.L. Bean and Urban Outfitters.”

Sekur.me brings Apple Pay online

By Rian Boden • 20 May 2015, 13:10 • Last updated 20 May 2015, 12:46

Online authentication provider Sekur.me has made it possible for merchants to accept Apple Pay for online payments for the first time, via a Universal Buy Button that works with a wide range of platforms and gateways, browsers and on both Android and iOS devices. “Sekur.Me can work with payment methods like Apple Pay or directly with any payment gateway, with PayPal and Google Wallet support in the works,” says CEO Jack Bicer. Apple Pay has previously only been available for in-store and in-app payments.

iZettle adds support for NFC and contactless payments

By Rian Boden • 20 May 2015, 12:35 • Last updated 20 May 2015, 12:35

Sweden-based mPOS provider iZettle has begun distributing a contactless-enabled terminal to select partners in the UK that will allow them to begin accepting NFC mobile payments, as well as contactless and chip and pin transactions. The Card Reader Pro Contactless terminal will be rolled out more broadly in June with other countries to follow in the “coming months”. It will retail for about £79 (US$122) with price variations depending on markets.

MasterCard launches P2P payments service

By Rian Boden • 20 May 2015, 12:02 • Last updated 20 May 2015, 14:19

MasterCard has unveiled a P2P payments service that lets consumers send and receive funds “within seconds” from “virtually any” US debit card account. “Through a single connection to the MasterCard Send platform, businesses, merchants, governments, non-profits, issuers and other senders can send money to consumers whether they are banked or unbanked, located domestically or abroad,” the company says. “This includes the receipt of funds on MasterCard and non-MasterCard cards, into mobile money and bank accounts and via cash agent outlets.”

Apple gets Concert Ticket+ patent

By Rian Boden • 20 May 2015, 12:00 • Last updated 20 May 2015, 12:00

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for its Concert Ticket+ concept, first unveiled in 2010. “Apple’s newly granted patent covers their invention relating to tickets to events and to obtaining, storing and accessing tickets to events and benefits associated with such tickets using an electronic device,” Patently Apple reports. It adds the original patent went on to help form the Passbook application, and is now “directly related to the use of Apple Pay”.

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May 22nd, 2015

This week's news

  1. UK cash payments fall to 48%
  2. Four in ten UK consumers willing to switch banks for mobile payments
  3. NXP ‘focused on mobile wallet’
  4. Android to get fingerprint authentication
  5. Nearly half of iPhone 6 owners successfully using Apple Pay
  6. Clear2Pay gets Visa confirmation as CVES provider
  7. Apple Watch vulnerability could let thieves use Apple Pay
  8. BPCE to pilot cards with mini-screen security codes
  9. AMS launches NFC interface chip with advanced energy management
  10. Apple Pay headed to Belgium?
  11. Postbank begins HCE pilot in Germany with Worldline
  12. Join NFC World and the GSMA today for an NFC transport ticketing webinar
  13. Express rolls out support for Apple Pay
  14. Sekur.me brings Apple Pay online
  15. Visa Checkout reports 4m customers and 125,000 merchants
  16. Exterion to roll out beacons across public transport in the UK
  17. iZettle adds support for NFC and contactless payments
  18. MasterCard launches P2P payments service
  19. Apple gets Concert Ticket+ patent
  20. US to get same day ACH payments
  21. Apple Pay now live at nearly 300 banks and credit unions
  22. Amazon’s Gauthier: NFC is “last century’s problem”
  23. Icahn: Apple Pay to generate US$3.3bn in revenues in 2017
  24. US millennials lead the way for mobile payments
  25. Starbucks denies mobile payment hack
  26. Axis to make 50,000 terminals contactless in India
  27. Beacons land at UK airports to send out offers and rewards
  28. Face++ raises $25m for selfie payments
  29. Apple in buy out talks with Clinkle?
  30. Alibaba signs up brands for QR-like dotless visual codes
  31. Trader Joe’s gears up for Apple Pay
  32. Mountain America offers dual biometric log-in for mobile banking
  33. Samsung Wallet to close on June 30th
  34. Google to launch mobile buy buttons?
  35. Samsung picks Oberthur for mobile payments in Europe
 
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