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1 May 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 May 2015, 17:47

Tattoos confound Apple Watch wrist detection, making Apple Pay “unusable”

Apple Watch encounter problems with wrist tattoos

Apple Watch owners with tattooed wrists have been reporting that their smartwatches are not functioning properly as the LED-based heart monitor built into the devices experiences difficulty detecting that the watch is being worn — an issue which impacts the use of Apple Pay among other features such as receiving notifications, placing phone calls and using some applications.

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NFC

1 May 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 1 May 2015, 17:46

Apple Watch carries NFC components from NXP and AMS

A teardown of the Apple Watch shows a design centred on a custom processor with NFC components from NXP and AMS, ABI Research has revealed.

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1 May 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 May 2015, 14:00

84% of banks and retailers plan to invest in mobile payment technology

The “overwhelming majority” of financial institutions and retailers are currently investing or planning to invest in new payment technologies within the next 18 to 24 months, with online (86%) and mobile payment technologies (84%) topping the list, a survey by payments provider ACI and IT consultants Ovum has found.

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1 May 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 May 2015, 12:11

Yandex offers mobile payments at 1,300 Ukraine fuel stations

Ukrainian drivers can now pay for fuel at more than 1,300 outlets across the country using a mobile payment service launched by Russian internet company Yandex, in partnership with PrivatBank and MasterCard.

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NFC

29 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 April 2015, 10:24

MCX appoints interim CEO after Best Buy announces support for Apple Pay

MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson has left the retailer-led consortium to “pursue other opportunities” in the same week it was announced that founder member Best Buy will roll out support for rival mobile payments service Apple Pay later this year.

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28 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 April 2015, 15:55

MCX confirms it will launch CurrentC this summer in a “mid-sized market”

Retailer owned mobile payments consortium MCX has confirmed to NFC World that it will launch its CurrentC mobile wallet in an unspecified mid-sized US market soon, following the announcement that founder member Best Buy will begin to accept rival mobile payments service Apple Pay in its stores later this year.

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28 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 April 2015, 14:48

Starwood guests unlock hotel rooms with Apple Watch app

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has launched an app for the Apple Watch that enables wearers to tap their device to unlock hotel room doors via Bluetooth. The SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) app incorporates the SPG Keyless door entry system, which has been available for iPhones and Android devices since November 2014.

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NFC

28 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 April 2015, 11:16

MCX member Best Buy to accept Apple Pay across the US

US retail giant Best Buy, a founder member of retailer-led consortium MCX which requires members to exclusively support its own yet-to-launch mobile payments service, has announced that it will accept Apple Pay NFC payments in its stores “later this year”.

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NFC

27 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 April 2015, 14:52

Discover to add support for Apple Pay

Apple Pay will be supported by all major US credit card companies “beginning this fall” after Discover announced plans to join Visa, MasterCard and American Express in letting its cardholders add cards and make NFC payments using the mobile payments service.

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NFC

27 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 April 2015, 13:24

PayPal begins piloting NFC and records 40% growth in mobile payments

Online payments giant PayPal has revealed it is again testing NFC, though the company’s president has made clear that he’d like the company’s platform to be technology agnostic and he doesn’t see the long-term success of NFC as assured.

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News in brief

92% of UK mobile users to make a mobile payment in 2015

By Rian Boden • 1 May 2015, 13:30 • Last updated 1 May 2015, 13:30

More than 31m UK mobile users (92%) will make a payment using their mobile device in 2015, multichannel sales specialist Oxygen8 has found. Some 24% say their spend on mobile would increase as additional payment platforms become available at the point of purchase, and the research also reveals that 31.7m people in the UK have connected with an average of six businesses using their mobile device.

Chip and PIN faces slow take-up in US, says Forrester

By Rian Boden • 1 May 2015, 12:57 • Last updated 1 May 2015, 12:57

EMV payments on plastic cards won’t achieve broad adoption in the US until 2020, Forrester Research predicts, due to the rise of “more secure” mobile and contactless payment alternatives. “Forrester expects that more secure, encrypted and tokenized transactions on digital wallets, mobile device-based NFC virtual cards and EMV contactless payments will prove strong competitors to plastic EMV chip and signature and chip and PIN payments in the US,” the company says.

Digital Insights adds Touch ID to banking apps

By Rian Boden • 1 May 2015, 12:41 • Last updated 1 May 2015, 12:41

Digital banking solutions provider Digital Insight is to offer Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint verification in the iOS mobile banking applications it supplies to financial institutions later this year. “The speed and ease of use of Touch ID will provide financial institutions another innovation to offer their customers and members, and further help them differentiate in the marketplace,” said senior product manager Dan Weis.

Tencent’s mobile OS to offer payments

By Rian Boden • 1 May 2015, 11:31 • Last updated 1 May 2015, 11:31

Chinese internet giant Tencent has released a mobile operating system that is set to include mobile payments functionality. TencentOS is designed for wearables, smartphones and other connected devices, and is part of TOS+, the company’s “intelligent hardware open platform strategy”. “The Shenzhen-based company will work with partners to integrate the software into devices including smart glasses,” Bloomberg reports.

Samsung Pay could work on smartwatches

By Rian Boden • 30 April 2015, 15:18 • Last updated 30 April 2015, 15:18

Samsung managing director Park Jin-young hinted during the company’s first quarter earnings call that the forthcoming Samsung Pay system may also work with its smartwatches. The mobile payments service is expected to launch in the US and Korea “in the latter half of the year” with the roll-out schedule for other territories still under discussion, reports WhowiredKorea.

M-Pesa and MTN Mobile Money join up

By Rian Boden • 24 April 2015, 15:13 • Last updated 24 April 2015, 15:13

Users of Vodafone’s M-Pesa and MTN Group’s MTN Mobile Money services in east Africa will soon be able to transfer money to each other following an agreement between the region’s two biggest mobile network operators. MTN and Vodafone will interconnect their mobile money services to “enable convenient and affordable international remittances”. They will also share best practices and work together to define the rules and standards of mobile-based remittances in Africa, the companies say.

Twitter invests in beacon marketer Swirl

By Rian Boden • 24 April 2015, 13:17 • Last updated 24 April 2015, 13:17

Twitter has invested an undisclosed sum in Boston-based proximity marketing specialist Swirl, hinting the social media platform could be looking at using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to push messages. The social media giant has invested alongside Hearst Ventures, Softbank Capital and others in an $18m series-C round, taking the total raised by Swirl so far to $32m.

Vodafone Netherlands adds credit card to Wallet

By Rian Boden • 23 April 2015, 16:47 • Last updated 23 April 2015, 16:47

Vodafone customers in the Netherlands can now make NFC payments with a mobile version of a credit card. Visa credit cards from International Card Services (ICS) can be added to the Vodafone Wallet app running on Android NFC handset equipped with an NFC SIM. Vodafone Wallet users have been able to make NFC payments with the operator’s own SmartPass prepaid account since March 2014.

Half of digital tickets will be bought on mobile by 2019

By Rian Boden • 17 April 2015, 13:02 • Last updated 17 April 2015, 13:02

More than one in two digital tickets will be bought using a mobile handset by 2019, Juniper Research has forecast. Global ticket purchases via mobile and desktop devices, including smartphones, tablets and PCs, will reach 32bn in the same period, up from an estimated 16.2bn this year. Findings also reveal that one in three airline boarding passes will be issued via mobile devices by the same year.

Jawbone to add NFC payments?

By Mike Clark • 15 April 2015, 17:27 • Last updated 15 April 2015, 17:27

Wearable device maker Jawbone could be about to add NFC payment capabilities to its fitness trackers. The company is expected to announce a mobile payments partnership with American Express this week, reports the Wall Street Journal.

More news in brief...


May 3rd, 2015

This week's news

  1. Apple Watch carries NFC components from NXP and AMS
  2. Tattoos confound Apple Watch wrist detection, making Apple Pay “unusable”
  3. 84% of banks and retailers plan to invest in mobile payment technology
  4. 92% of UK mobile users to make a mobile payment in 2015
  5. Chip and PIN faces slow take-up in US, says Forrester
  6. Digital Insights adds Touch ID to banking apps
  7. Yandex offers mobile payments at 1,300 Ukraine fuel stations
  8. Tencent’s mobile OS to offer payments
  9. Samsung Pay could work on smartwatches
  10. MCX appoints interim CEO after Best Buy announces support for Apple Pay
  11. MCX confirms it will launch CurrentC this summer in a “mid-sized market”
  12. Starwood guests unlock hotel rooms with Apple Watch app
  13. MCX member Best Buy to accept Apple Pay across the US
  14. Discover to add support for Apple Pay
  15. PayPal begins piloting NFC and records 40% growth in mobile payments
 
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