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    7 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 December 2016, 13:23

    Apple Pay targets US retail and transport expansion

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    Apple Pay is now accepted by 35% of US retailers, representing about 4m locations across the country, Apple VP Jennifer Bailey has revealed during the Re/code Code Commerce event in San Francisco.

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    7 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 December 2016, 10:43

    Canadian bank replaces NFC SIM-based service with HCE

    Canada’s Scotiabank has replaced the NFC SIM-based mobile payments service inside its My Mobile Wallet app with a host card emulation (HCE) based solution, the bank has confirmed to NFC World.

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    6 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 6 December 2016, 12:47

    Alipay expands across Europe after deals with major banks and payment providers

    Another 930,000 European merchants will soon accept Alipay mobile payments at the point of sale, following partnerships between the company and some of Europe’s largest financial institutions and payment service providers.

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    6 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 6 December 2016, 11:16

    Amazon Go store will let customers shop and go without checkout queues

    Amazon employees in the US are testing a physical grocery store format that will use technology developed for self-driving cars to allow consumers with a dedicated mobile app to walk in, pick up the items they want and leave without going through a traditional checkout.

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    5 December 2016 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 5 December 2016, 15:32

    Graphene NFC antennas pave way for cheaper, stronger connected wearables

    Fully flexible NFC antennas made from graphene could match the performance of conventional metallic antennas, making connected wearable devices cheaper and more energy-efficient, a consortium backed by the European Commission says.

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    2 December 2016 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 2 December 2016, 14:45

    600m mobile devices to include biometrics by 2021

    More than 600m mobile devices worldwide will include biometric authentication within the next five years, up from 190m in 2016, with demand for methods that involve less hardware raising the profile of solutions such as voice and facial recognition, a report from Juniper Research says.

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    2 December 2016 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 2 December 2016, 10:48

    Apple Pay launches in Spain

    Apple Pay has been officially launched in Spain, with Apple developing partnerships with Banco Santander, payment giants American Express and Mastercard, retailer Carrefour and prepaid meal payment service Ticket Restaurant.

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    1 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 December 2016, 12:56

    American Express launches NFC mobile payments in Canada

    American Express cardholders across Canada can now make NFC mobile payments using Amex Pay, a new feature added to the Amex App. The service is available for customers with eligible consumer, small business and corporate cards with compatible Android devices and the latest version of the mobile app.

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    Partner news BLE

    1 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 December 2016, 11:29

    Alzheimer’s Research UK promotes Christmas ad through Proxama’s beacon network

    PARTNER NEWS: Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons on digital payment solutions provider Proxama’s beacon network to promote its Santa Forgot Christmas campaign. The video is being shared across buses, taxis, cinemas and convenience stores in London.

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    1 December 2016 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 1 December 2016, 09:19

    Android Pay launches with single bank support in New Zealand

    Android Pay is launching in New Zealand initially only for customers of BNZ bank who own a Visa Flexi debit card.

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    News in brief

    Pakistan bank offers mobile ATM cash withdrawals

    By Rian Boden • 7 December 2016, 11:46 • Last updated 7 December 2016, 11:46

    Customers of Pakistan’s Askari Bank can now withdraw cash from ATMs using their mobile phone. “All customers need to do is log in to their mobile wallet to generate a voucher,” technology provider TPS says. “A unique voucher code (one-time password) is instantly sent to customers via a text message on their registered mobile number. Customers can redeem the voucher at all Askari Bank ATMs across Pakistan.”

    Samsung Pay set for 2017 UK launch

    By Rian Boden • 7 December 2016, 10:58 • Last updated 7 December 2016, 10:58

    Samsung Pay is to be launched in the UK in 2017, the company has confirmed to NFC World. It was expected the mobile payment service would go live in the UK in 2016, after Samsung Pay’s European head Nathalie Oestmann revealed a UK and Spain debut would be happening “very soon” during the company’s European Forum 2016 event in February.

    Android Pay launches in Ireland

    By Rian Boden • 7 December 2016, 10:09 • Last updated 7 December 2016, 10:09

    Android Pay has launched in Ireland with support from Visa and Mastercard and banks AIB and KBC with “more banks being added in the coming months”, Google’s Pali Bhat writes. “You will be able to use Android Pay at thousands of retail locations throughout Ireland that accept contactless payments — these include your favourite shops like Eason, McDonald’s, Tesco, Spar and more.”

    E-wallet added to Carrefour Romania app

    By Rian Boden • 7 December 2016, 09:47 • Last updated 7 December 2016, 09:47

    Supermarket chain Carrefour Romania has integrated card transactions provider Romcard’s e-wallet into its Carrefour Pay mobile app. “Romcard is managing an important part of the Carrefour Pay application — card and user registration, processing of the transactions generated with the cards enrolled in the e-wallet and users’ database management,” Romcard says.

    MacBook Pro Touch Bar has NFC controller

    By Rian Boden • 7 December 2016, 09:40 • Last updated 7 December 2016, 09:40

    A teardown conducted by iFixit has revealed an NFC controller in the Touch Bar of Apple’s new MacBook Pro. The controller is an NXP 66V10 NFC controller, “containing Secure Element 008 and NXP PN549 (as seen in the iPhone 6s)”, iFixit says. The MacBook Pro includes Touch ID integration for Apple Pay payments, unlocking and the switching of user accounts.

    Indian payments app ties up 15 mobile wallets

    By Rian Boden • 7 December 2016, 09:33 • Last updated 7 December 2016, 09:33

    The Andhra Pradesh Government has launched the AP Purse mobile payment app, an Android service tying up 15 mobile wallets and payment gateway apps, including Paytm, MobiKwik and Freecharge, Live Mint reports. “The app provides access to install any of the 15 payment apps available on the platform,” the publication says.

    Android Pay offers Christmas rewards

    By Rian Boden • 6 December 2016, 11:50 • Last updated 6 December 2016, 11:50

    Android Pay users in the UK are receiving virtual Christmas rewards whenever they use the mobile payment service to pay in-store or on the Transport for London network. More than 100,000 gift cards can be won while, with each payment, users can collect virtual coins — five of which earn a £3 (US$3.82) Costa Coffee gift card, Google’s Pali Bhat writes. The Shop.Tap.Reward campaign runs until the end of 2016.

    Loyalty and gifts added to Apple Pay

    By Rian Boden • 6 December 2016, 11:37 • Last updated 6 December 2016, 11:37

    Prepaid card provider Blackhawk Network is to integrate gift cards, egifts, loyalty and rewards programs into Apple Pay. “The technology will enable Blackhawk to serve as a digital pass provider for merchants,” the company says. “Consumers have the option to store, manage and make payments with gift and loyalty cards using their Apple Wallet, and retailers have the resources needed to make improved digital connections with shoppers.”

    Join us on Thursday for HCE mobile payments webinar

    By Christopher Brown • 6 December 2016, 10:09 • Last updated 6 December 2016, 10:09

    Join NFC World, Proxama and South Africa-based payments processor Tutuka at 3pm GMT on Thursday 8 December to discover the real-world issues faced when implementing a host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments service using Visa and Mastercard’s cloud-based payment standards. The webinar will benefit anyone who wants to gain an in-depth understanding of what it takes to launch an HCE payments service. You can find out more and sign up here.

    Indian government working on Aadhaar mobile payments app

    By Christopher Brown • 5 December 2016, 10:07 • Last updated 5 December 2016, 10:17

    The Government of India is working on a mobile app that can be used by shopkeepers and merchants for receiving Aadhaar-authenticated payments, “bypassing credit and debit cards, PIN and password”, Business Standard reports. “Through this mobile application, the handset will be used for authenticating biometrics of customers making Aadhaar-enabled payment,” the publication says. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is also planning to increase the number of biometric authentications made through Aadhaar to 40 crore (400m) a day from 10 crore (100m) to “encourage more use of the platform”.

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    December 8th, 2016

    This week's news

    1. Apple Pay targets US retail and transport expansion
    2. Pakistan bank offers mobile ATM cash withdrawals
    3. Samsung Pay set for 2017 UK launch
    4. Canadian bank replaces NFC SIM-based service with HCE
    5. Android Pay launches in Ireland
    6. E-wallet added to Carrefour Romania app
    7. MacBook Pro Touch Bar has NFC controller
    8. Indian payments app ties up 15 mobile wallets
    9. Alipay expands across Europe after deals with major banks and payment providers
    10. Android Pay offers Christmas rewards
    11. Loyalty and gifts added to Apple Pay
    12. Amazon Go store will let customers shop and go without checkout queues
    13. Join us on Thursday for HCE mobile payments webinar
    14. Graphene NFC antennas pave way for cheaper, stronger connected wearables
    15. Indian government working on Aadhaar mobile payments app
    16. Wirecard to integrate insurance into Boon
    17. Army cadets develop NFC medical bracelet
    18. Royal Mint to develop blockchain for gold trade
    19. Battery-less smartwatch powered by body heat
    20. 600m mobile devices to include biometrics by 2021
    21. ANZ could offer mortgages through Apple Pay
    22. Mastercard and Verifone unveil Instalments payments app
    23. Austrian bank deploys NFC-ready ATMs
    24. Apple Pay launches in Spain
    25. American Express launches NFC mobile payments in Canada
    26. Apple Pay offered for HSBC Singapore customers
    27. Mastercard launches AI across global network
    28. FIS to offer Zelle support
    29. Korea gets BioCA facial recognition solution
    30. Alzheimer’s Research UK promotes Christmas ad through Proxama’s beacon network
    31. Android Pay launches with single bank support in New Zealand
    32. Apple Pay to launch in Spain?
    33. Mastercard biometric service rolls out to Latin America
     
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