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July 25th, 2014

By Sarah Clark • Last updated 25 July 2014, 12:12

London Underground to accept NFC payments

A London Underground tube train passes through a station

Users of mobile network operator EE’s Cash on Tap NFC payments service will be able to use their mobile phone to pay for travel on the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground services from 16 September, when Transport for London (TfL) introduces the ability for passengers to pay for travel using contactless cards.

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NFC

July 24th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 24 July 2014, 20:15

Visa to launch new payments service in September, Apple could be the first customer

Visa has unveiled a suite of services designed to “facilitate secure payments across a broad range of internet-connected devices and wearables”. The announcement of the new Visa Digital Solutions service comes amid reports that Apple is in talks with the payments network to enter the mobile payments market this year and includes the news that Visa’s cloud-based tokenization service will go live in September 2014 — the same month that the next iPhone and the first iWatch are expected to launch.

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BLE

July 23rd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 July 2014, 12:02

Festival uses BLE to gain insights into attendee activity

This year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has used Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to track how visitors moved around the site so that it can “shape and streamline the festival in the future”.

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QR

July 22nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 July 2014, 15:48

Amazon releases mobile wallet app for Android

Amazon Wallet, an Android app that lets users store gift cards and loyalty cards on their mobile phone, is now available to download from Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Amazon Wallet also ships with the online retail giant’s recently launched Fire phone.

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NFC

July 22nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 July 2014, 15:18

Westpac trials HCE mobile payments in New Zealand

Westpac has begun a host card emulation (HCE) pilot in New Zealand, enabling customers’ credit and debit card details to be securely stored in the cloud and then used at the point of sale to make mobile payments on their Android NFC device.

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NFC

July 22nd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 July 2014, 14:30

Consult Hyperion demos EMV mobile payments over BLE on an iPhone

UK payments technology specialist Consult Hyperion has unveiled a proof-of-concept solution that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and host card emulation (HCE) to enable both iPhone and Android NFC phone owners to make MasterCard, Visa and other open loop EMV payments at the point of sale.

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NFC

July 21st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 21 July 2014, 15:30

GSMA publishes NFC coupon and loyalty technical proposal

The GSMA has published Mobile Commerce, NFC Coupons and Loyalty Acceptance, a technical proposal based on open standards that aims to provide “the tools, knowledge and methodology for mobile operators and the wider retail ecosystem to work together to develop a consistent approach to mobile loyalty and couponing”.

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NFC

July 21st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 21 July 2014, 13:08

Four in ten mobile wallet users choose mobile as primary mode of payment

While convincing consumers to make use of a mobile wallet remains an issue for many providers, shoppers that do convert to mobile payments make extensive use of the technology, Nielsen’s Q2 2014 Mobile Wallet Report has found.

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QR

July 21st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 21 July 2014, 11:14

CU Wallet signs up 65 credit unions for QR mobile payments

CU Wallet, a mobile payments platform developed for US credit unions and majority owned by its cooperative members, has been adopted by 65 credit unions with a combined total of more than seven million customers, the company reports.

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NFC

July 18th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 18 July 2014, 10:32

Taiwanese carriers and transit card provider to launch NFC TSM this year

The TSM service for NFC payments being built by a joint venture between five Taiwanese carriers and prepaid card provider Easycard is to go live by the end of 2014, the partners have announced. A rival TSM backed by Taiwan’s financial institutions is also due to begin operations in December 2014.

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News in brief

Turkish Airlines offers travel benefits via BLE

By Sarah Clark • 25 July 2014, 12:45 • Last updated 25 July 2014, 11:20

“Visitors to Turkish Airlines’ Lounge Istanbul at Atatürk Airport will now be able to access the digital Sky Library on their own devices following the installation of iBeacons in the lounge,”  Future Travel Experience reports. “When a passenger with the app installed on their device is within the vicinity of an iBeacon, they will automatically receive a WiFi password, a support number and access to the Sky Library, which includes a selection of digital books and magazines.”

Xbox to get mobile purchasing

By Sarah Clark • 25 July 2014, 12:25 • Last updated 25 July 2014, 12:52

Starting with the next Xbox One update, expected to arrive in August 2014, “you will be able to buy games and add-on content from your mobile device,” The Next Web reports. “The best part: if your console is set to automatically take updates, it will begin downloading your purchase even if you are not home.”

USI to supply iWatch chips?

By Sarah Clark • 25 July 2014, 12:10 • Last updated 25 July 2014, 11:11

“USI is the sole SiP [system in package] supplier for iWatch devices, which are expected to come in three versions: one style for men, one for women, and another low-cost version due for release in 2015″, sources have told Taiwan’s DigiTimes.

Apple and Swatch team on iWatch?

By Sarah Clark • 25 July 2014, 11:50 • Last updated 25 July 2014, 11:08

Apple is working with a number of partners, including Swatch, to release a line of smartwatches in a variety of branded styles and price points, VentureBeat reports.

Square adds actions to POS transactions

By Sarah Clark • 25 July 2014, 11:35 • Last updated 25 July 2014, 11:05

“Square Register’s sales, refund and settlement data can now all be used as triggers for IFTTT recipes,” GigaOm reports. “If an employee makes a big sale, IFTTT could automatically send a congratulatory email or SMS to the salesperson or note the sale in a Google Doc. Or if a store issues a big refund, IFTTT could notify the owner, reminding him or her to follow up with the dissatisfied customer.”

Visa invests in LoopPay

By Sarah Clark • 25 July 2014, 11:20 • Last updated 25 July 2014, 10:58

Visa has invested an undisclosed sum in Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) inventor LoopPay. “The investment is part of a larger strategic funding round for LoopPay, announced earlier this month, which includes Synchrony Financial (formerly GE Capital Retail Finance) and other strategic partners not yet named,” the mobile payments startup says.

Waitrose showcases QR payments

By Sarah Clark • 25 July 2014, 11:05 • Last updated 25 July 2014, 10:50

Upmarket UK supermarket chain Waitrose has shown off a proof-of-concept mobile shopping service, based on Ensygnia’s Onescan technology, that “allows customers to complete a payment in-store using a mobile phone app, completing a purchase direct from any iPad screen in the store, without the need to head to the till point”.

Korean banks accelerate mobile wallet plans

By Sarah Clark • 25 July 2014, 10:55 • Last updated 25 July 2014, 10:44

Korea’s banks are making a renewed push on mobile payments in the face of increasing competition from outside the financial services sector, Korea Bizwire reports, citing Hana Bank’s ‘Hana N Wallet’, Industrial Bank of Korea’s ‘IBK One Money’, and Shinhan Bank’s ‘Zoo Money’ and ‘My Shinhan Pay’ services. “The sense of urgency that IT companies are encroaching on the mobile payment market is making banks competitively beef up their smartphone-based electronic commerce services and scramble into the war of mobile wallet,” it says.

Consumers shop more on smartphones

By Sarah Clark • 25 July 2014, 10:36 • Last updated 25 July 2014, 10:36

“Nearly all mobile payments growth on Adyen’s platform in Q2 originated from smartphones,” the payments processor’s latest global Mobile Payments Index has found. “Europe leads the world in mcommerce transactions, with 22.7% of all transactions originating from a mobile device (12.4% phone; 10.3% tablet). This represents a near 40% increase from June 2013, when mobile represented 16.3% of total transactions.”

Worapay raises funds

By Sarah Clark • 25 July 2014, 10:25 • Last updated 25 July 2014, 10:30

Lithuania-based mobile wallet platform provider Worapay has raised €400,000 in new funding from Israel’s Entree Capital, Verslo Zinios reports. The company currently operates in Lithuania and Estonia and has launch plans for Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland and Spain.

More news in brief...


July 28th, 2014

Latest news

  1. Turkish Airlines offers travel benefits via BLE
  2. Xbox to get mobile purchasing
  3. London Underground to accept NFC payments
  4. USI to supply iWatch chips?
  5. Apple and Swatch team on iWatch?
  6. Square adds actions to POS transactions
  7. Visa invests in LoopPay
  8. Waitrose showcases QR payments
  9. Korean banks accelerate mobile wallet plans
  10. Consumers shop more on smartphones
  11. Worapay raises funds
  12. Visa to launch new payments service in September, Apple could be the first customer
  13. Festival uses BLE to gain insights into attendee activity
  14. Target launches image recognition app
  15. Amazon releases mobile wallet app for Android
  16. Westpac trials HCE mobile payments in New Zealand
  17. Consult Hyperion demos EMV mobile payments over BLE on an iPhone
  18. IBM partners with Monitise
  19. GSMA publishes NFC coupon and loyalty technical proposal
  20. Nintendo adds NFC payments
 
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