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    8 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 February 2016, 16:31

    Kazakhstan gets HCE payments

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    Customers of Kazkommertsbank (KKB) in Kazakhstan can now make host card emulation (HCE) based NFC mobile payments using a new service launched in partnership with Visa.

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    8 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 February 2016, 16:04

    Mobile banking service Pocopay goes live in Europe

    Mobile banking service Pocopay has launched in the Netherlands, Spain and its home country of Estonia to let consumers split bills, request money using email addresses or QR codes and make payments via a MasterCard contactless debit card.

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    8 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 February 2016, 11:35

    MoboMoney takes sound-based mobile payments to India

    Indian consumers can now make payments at participating retail locations using their mobile device and sound based technology developed by startup ToneTag. The feature has been integrated into MoboMoney, an NFC payments platform launched by information technology provider Tech Mahindra in December 2015, to extend the service to a greater number of mobile devices and merchants across the country.

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    5 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 5 February 2016, 15:37

    APCA explores security code for digital wallets in Australia

    Members of the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA) are currently exploring the possibility of implementing a voluntary code of practice to regulate digital wallets in the country.

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    4 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 February 2016, 16:41

    MobileNow! enables parking payments from Apple Watch

    Apple Watch users can now pay for parking across the US directly from their wrist with a “few simple taps” using the MobileNow! app. The service can also be used to extend parking sessions.

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    4 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 February 2016, 16:05

    Global mobile payment market to hit $620bn in 2016

    Consumers across the globe will use their mobile phones to spend a total of US$620bn on all forms of mobile transaction this year, representing a 37.8% year-on-year growth from $450bn in 2015, research from TrendForce reveals. By 2017, total mobile payment revenue will reach $780bn, climbing to $930bn in 2018 and $1.08tn in 2019.

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    3 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 February 2016, 16:00

    Musician Beatie Wolfe promotes new single with NFC jacket

    British singer songwriter Beatie Wolfe is promoting the release of her new single with an NFC jacket that lets fans listen to the song by tapping their NFC phone onto the fabric. It has been designed in collaboration with rockstar tailor Mr Fish and textiles label BeatWoven.

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    3 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 February 2016, 14:59

    MyWallet NFC payments service put on hold in Slovakia

    Mobile network operator Slovak Telekom, majority owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, is shutting down its MyWallet NFC service on a temporary basis. The move is due to the closure of ClickandBuy, also a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, which issues the sole payment card supported by the service.

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    2 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 2 February 2016, 14:03

    Rail passengers pilot mobile ticketing at 230 UK stations

    Technology that will enable rail passengers in the UK to travel across the country using a barcoded mobile ticket sent directly to their smartphone is undergoing pilot testing at 230 railway stations in the north of England, Scotland and the Midlands.

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    1 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 February 2016, 18:42

    Visa launches cross-marketing network for coupon-free digital rewards

    US merchants can now send targeted offers and rewards to their customers that can be redeemed at other merchants' locations via Visa Commerce Network, a new service launched by Visa that eliminates the need for coupons at the point of sale.

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    News in brief

    Apple Pay adds 32 banks in the US

    By Rian Boden • 8 February 2016, 15:37 • Last updated 8 February 2016, 15:37

    Apple has added a further 32 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US. “Apple Pay now has 1,000 participating issuers nationwide,” MacRumors reports.

    White paper lays out NFC solutions for in-home healthcare providers

    By Tom Phillips • 8 February 2016, 09:15 • Last updated 5 February 2016, 17:18

    A five-page white paper that explains the advantages of NFC for in-home healthcare providers is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. ‘Deliver secure quality in-home patient care using the simplicity of NFC’ has been produced by security system supplier HID Global and compares different electronic visit verification technologies and explains how they address key areas of healthcare fraud.

    FitPay closes $3.1m round led by G&D

    By Rian Boden • 5 February 2016, 17:12 • Last updated 5 February 2016, 17:12

    Wearable payments provider FitPay has closed a US$3.1m seed funding round led by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D). “FitPay’s payment platform uses NFC technology combined with card network tokenization to interact with POS terminals at retail locations,” the company says. “FitPay’s Trusted Payment Manager platform allows contactless payment capabilities on a wide range of wearable devices.” FitPay developed a smartstrap to enable NFC payments on Pebble Time smartwatches in November 2015.

    Samsung looks into vein authentication

    By Rian Boden • 5 February 2016, 16:58 • Last updated 5 February 2016, 16:58

    A patent filed by Samsung describes how a sensor on a smartwatch or other wearable device could authenticate identity by reading the user’s vein structure. “A wearable device may capture an image of a portion or all of the user’s body and may identify the user wearing the wearable device based on the captured image,” the patent says. “For example, a smartwatch may be worn on the user’s wrist to capture an image of the user’s veins in order to identify a user.”

    Apple Pay available in more than 2m US retail locations

    By Rian Boden • 5 February 2016, 14:32 • Last updated 5 February 2016, 14:32

    Apple Pay is now available in more than 2m US retail locations, according to Bloomberg, with the Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A and Au Bon Pain chains also due to roll out the service soon. “In addition to pushing past its goal to make Apple Pay available in 1.5m retail locations by the end of 2015, the company said the feature’s in-app purchase volume more than doubled in the last six months of the year compared with the first half,” Bloomberg reports.

    Apple begins selling Square contactless reader

    By Rian Boden • 4 February 2016, 19:41 • Last updated 4 February 2016, 19:41

    Apple has begun selling mobile POS provider Square’s US$49 contactless readers in its US stores as well as online. Square unveiled the NFC mPOS terminals during Apple’s WWDC in June 2015 and offered the first 250,000 free of charge. It began shipping devices in December.

    Viber to add money transfers to messaging app

    By Rian Boden • 4 February 2016, 17:10 • Last updated 4 February 2016, 16:46

    The more than 664m users of messaging app Viber will soon be able to send money to friends and family from anywhere in the world thanks to an integration with money transfer network Western Union. Users will need to add their debit, credit card or bank account to fund the transfers, which can be sent to Western Union locations for collection or transferred to a mobile wallet or bank account.

    Charity goes contactless for World Cancer Day

    By Rian Boden • 4 February 2016, 16:45 • Last updated 4 February 2016, 16:45

    UK consumers can make a £2 donation to Cancer Research UK by tapping their contactless card against small portable readers being launched in London, Glasgow, Liverpool and Leeds as part of today’s World Cancer Day fundraising campaign. The charity trialled contactless donations in shop windows in January 2015 and is currently working with The UK Cards Association to develop the next generation of contactless collection tins.

    Amazon Echo adds Domino’s pizza orders

    By Rian Boden • 4 February 2016, 16:09 • Last updated 4 February 2016, 16:09

    US customers of pizza chain Domino’s can now speak their orders into Amazon’s Echo voice-driven home shopping device, which is supported by virtual assistant Alexa. Customers can enable the service within the Amazon Alexa app by linking their account to their Domino’s profile. They can then place orders with their voice and get updates on its progress by telling Alexa the phone number associated with their order.

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    February 8th, 2016

    This week's news

    1. Kazakhstan gets HCE payments
    2. Mobile banking service Pocopay goes live in Europe
    3. Apple Pay adds 32 banks in the US
    4. MoboMoney takes sound-based mobile payments to India
    5. White paper lays out NFC solutions for in-home healthcare providers
    6. FitPay closes $3.1m round led by G&D
    7. Samsung looks into vein authentication
    8. APCA explores security code for digital wallets in Australia
    9. Apple Pay available in more than 2m US retail locations
    10. Apple begins selling Square contactless reader
    11. Viber to add money transfers to messaging app
    12. European Central Bank to develop P2P service
    13. Charity goes contactless for World Cancer Day
    14. MobileNow! enables parking payments from Apple Watch
    15. Amazon Echo adds Domino’s pizza orders
    16. Global mobile payment market to hit $620bn in 2016
    17. GlobalPlatform updates NFC SIM spec
    18. Musician Beatie Wolfe promotes new single with NFC jacket
    19. MyWallet NFC payments service put on hold in Slovakia
    20. Russian mobile payments startup raises US$3.8m
    21. NXP updates NFC Taginfo app
    22. Guide offers advice for card issuers on implementing EMV
    23. Rail passengers pilot mobile ticketing at 230 UK stations
    24. Visa launches cross-marketing network for coupon-free digital rewards
    25. Ugo Wallet adds P2P transfers
     
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