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    30 August 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 August 2016, 14:41

    Malibu equips 40,000 bottles with NFC tags for UK pilot

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    Coconut rum maker Malibu has equipped 40,000 bottles with NFC tags. Drinkers will be able to tap their NFC device against a sunset image on the product packaging to access content and prize draws directly on their mobile phone.

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    30 August 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 August 2016, 14:27

    Apple to offer iPhone with FeliCa NFC payments in Japan

    Apple is planning to launch an iPhone in Japan equipped with Sony FeliCa NFC technology to allow owners to make payments for travel and other services.

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    26 August 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 August 2016, 15:15

    Indian employees make NFC payments using everyday objects

    Some 8,000 employees across India are making payments in workplace cafeterias by tapping their pens, ID cards or even key chains against contactless terminals using Zeta Super Tag, an NFC tag that adheres to any object.

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    25 August 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 August 2016, 15:48

    Two in three young Brits have made a mobile payment in-store

    More than two thirds of the UK’s 16-34 year olds (67%) have used their mobile phone to make an in-store payment, research released by Worldpay reveals.

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    24 August 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 August 2016, 13:09

    NFC Ring circles the globe

    NFC Ring has made its payments ring available to order worldwide, enabling wearers to make purchases with a tap of their finger at any contactless terminal.

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    24 August 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 August 2016, 11:55

    Samsung Pay hits 100m transactions in first year

    Some 100m transactions in seven countries have been made using Samsung Pay, the company has revealed as it marks the mobile payment service’s one year anniversary.

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    HCE

    23 August 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 August 2016, 13:31

    Barclaycard reveals large contactless increase across UK

    The amount spent by Barclaycard customers using contactless technology in the UK has multiplied 2.7 times so far this year, with usage increasing 173% by value and 112% by volume, the latest Barclaycard Contactless Spending Index reveals.

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    22 August 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 August 2016, 07:33

    ACCC rejects Australian banks’ negotiation bid

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has decided not to grant a group of Australian banks interim authorization to “collectively negotiate” with third party mobile wallet providers.

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    18 August 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 August 2016, 09:30

    EMVCo to certify mobile devices for NFC and HCE payments

    EMVCo has introduced a formal industry testing and certification process for contactless mobile payment devices. The new process “incorporates Level 1 tests traditionally managed by the individual payment systems,” the payments standards body says, “bringing efficiencies to the process and reducing time to market”.

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    18 August 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 18 August 2016, 13:29

    Most Brits want contactless payments on familiar wearables

    More than two thirds of UK consumers (67%) who use contactless payments would prefer the function to be added to something they already own or wear, rather than purchase a brand new wearable payment device.

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    News in brief

    ANZ adds Mastercard support to Apple Pay

    By Rian Boden • 30 August 2016, 13:50 • Last updated 30 August 2016, 13:50

    More than 500,000 customers of Australia’s ANZ bank can now add their Mastercard credit cards to Apple Pay. The bank went live with support for Visa cards in April 2016. Some 250,000 ANZ customers are now using the mobile payment service, according to the Australian Financial Review.

    Google Wallet gets automatic transfers

    By Rian Boden • 30 August 2016, 12:51 • Last updated 30 August 2016, 12:51

    An update to Google Wallet is adding support for automatic transfers to bank accounts. “Users will now be able to select a bank account or debit card for automatic transfers within the app or via the web,” TechCrunch reports. “Once enabled, you won’t have to manually cash out money from your Wallet balance — it will just automatically become available.” The update will begin rolling out gradually this week. Google relaunched Google Wallet as a P2P payment solution in September 2015.

    Coles backs Australian banks versus Apple

    By Rian Boden • 30 August 2016, 12:35 • Last updated 30 August 2016, 12:35

    Supermarket giant Coles is backing the group of Australian banks seeking power to “collectively negotiate” with third party mobile wallet providers. “We believe the ability to tailor solutions for customers and provide them with greater value should be the driver for customer choice and not a technical lockout,” says the retailer in a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Earlier this month the ACCC ruled that it would not grant the banks interim authorization to collectively negotiate.

     

    Japanese bank eyes facial recognition

    By Rian Boden • 25 August 2016, 14:48 • Last updated 25 August 2016, 14:48

    Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) is exploring the use of a facial authentication system for customers to make payments. “SMFG aims to utilise users’ facial data as a means of verifying their credit cards or bank accounts,” The Japan News reports. “SMFG will begin trials at retail outlets as early as 2017 before developing it for practical use over several years after the trials.”

    IHG to accept Alipay in hotels worldwide

    By Rian Boden • 25 August 2016, 14:30 • Last updated 25 August 2016, 14:30

    Chinese tourists visiting hotels belonging to InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will be able to settle their bill using Alipay in locations across the globe from 2017. “The new partnership, which has been agreed by Alipay’s parent company Ant Financial, will initially apply to IHG’s existing estate of more than 270 hotels in Greater China, as well as a number of hotels around the world that participate in IHG’s China Ready Programme,” Ant Financial says.

    JPMorgan Chase to support Android Pay

    By Rian Boden • 24 August 2016, 12:24 • Last updated 24 August 2016, 12:43

    US bank JPMorgan Chase is to support Android Pay from 7 September 2016, claims a leaked internal document seen by Android Police. “According to an anonymous Chase employee, Chase will begin supporting Google’s NFC-based payment system in just over two weeks,” the publication says. “This includes Chase consumer credit cards that are Visa-branded, both business and consumer debit cards and Chase Liquid cards.” The bank unveiled its own Chase Pay mobile payments service in October 2015.

    Apple Pay bank list grows

    By Rian Boden • 24 August 2016, 12:07 • Last updated 24 August 2016, 12:07

    Apple has added an additional 37 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US. The Bank of East Asia and Hong Kong Telekom’s (HKT) Tap & Go have also been added to the list for the Asia-Pacific region. “Both banks are incentivizing users to sign up with promotions rewarding users for repeated use of the service,” AppleInsider reports.

    Transport for NSW seeks bright ideas

    By Rian Boden • 23 August 2016, 14:57 • Last updated 23 August 2016, 14:57

    Transport for New South Wales (NSW) has launched the Future Transport Beacon Innovation Challenge, asking for ideas from “tech savvy visionaries” to enable new use cases for a network of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons at Chatswood Station. “The best submissions will earn access to the trial beacon network from 10 October to 13 November,” Transport for NSW says. “If their concept is successful in trial, they will be invited to a live demo day to showcase their concepts to a panel of Transport for NSW leaders.”

    MegaFon launches contactless card with carrier billing

    By Rian Boden • 23 August 2016, 14:32 • Last updated 23 August 2016, 14:32

    Russian mobile network operator MegaFon has begun offering customers a contactless card enabling them to make in-store purchases wherever Mastercard is accepted, charging the payment to their mobile phone bill. The MegaFon card is currently available in Moscow and surrounding areas, as well as St. Petersburg, Yaroslavl, Tver, Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Vologda. It is scheduled to be made available nationwide from 1 October.

    QuickPass launches in Macau

    By Rian Boden • 23 August 2016, 14:15 • Last updated 23 August 2016, 14:15

    Bankcard association UnionPay International has launched QuickPass, its host card emulation (HCE) and tokenization based mobile payment service, for customers of ICBC (Macau). “Now, over 7m POS terminals in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Canada accept mobile QuickPass,” UnionPay International says. More than 20 commercial banks signed up to support the service when it launched in Beijing in December 2015. It launched in South Korea in June and in Canada last week.

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    August 31st, 2016

    This week's news

    1. Malibu equips 40,000 bottles with NFC tags for UK pilot
    2. ANZ adds Mastercard support to Apple Pay
    3. Apple to offer iPhone with FeliCa NFC payments in Japan
    4. Google Wallet gets automatic transfers
    5. Coles backs Australian banks versus Apple
    6. Indian employees make NFC payments using everyday objects
    7. Two in three young Brits have made a mobile payment in-store
    8. Japanese bank eyes facial recognition
    9. IHG to accept Alipay in hotels worldwide
    10. NFC Ring circles the globe
    11. JPMorgan Chase to support Android Pay
    12. Apple Pay bank list grows
    13. Samsung Pay hits 100m transactions in first year
     
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