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30 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 July 2015, 13:04

Samsung and MasterCard prepare Europe for Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay in action

Samsung has announced it is extending its global partnership with MasterCard to deliver Samsung Pay to European card issuers using the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) — and is currently working with European banks and partners to bring the mobile payment service to the continent following a planned launch in the US and South Korea later this year.

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29 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 July 2015, 13:29

Stripe gets access to Visa Token Service through strategic partnership

Mobile and online payment provider Stripe has entered into a strategic partnership with Visa that will make it one of the first beta partners to connect to Visa’s network capabilities, giving its developer community access to the payment network’s tokenization service.

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29 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 July 2015, 12:31

42% of US iPhone 6 owners use Apple Pay in May and June

More than two fifths of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users reported having used Apple Pay between the end of May and mid-June, with 84% making more than three in-store transactions, the bi-monthly Apple Pay tracker from Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG) reveals.

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NFC

29 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 July 2015, 12:08

Jobseekers offered head start on new vacancies with a tap of NFC phone

Jobseekers in Australia, New Zealand, the US and UK could soon be able to get a head start on new vacancies by tapping their NFC phone against signs, posters and window stickers placed in shopping centres and business locations, thanks to a partnership between NFC and contactless platform provider Tapit and mobile and social recruitment app Workible.

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28 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 July 2015, 14:41

Colombia festival visitors first to use Plazez mobile payments service

Thousands of visitors at last weekend’s Zona Picnic Club festival in the Colombian capital Bogota have become the first to use a mobile payment service developed by payment processor Paymentez and MasterCard to pay for food and drink at stalls throughout the event.

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28 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 July 2015, 13:20

HKT launches NFC mobile payments service in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) subsidiary HKT Payment has launched a SIM-based NFC mobile payment service to let customers of its 1010 and Csl mobile service brands pay at more than three million locations worldwide which accept MasterCard PayPass, using funds stored in their Tap & Go mobile wallet account.

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24 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 July 2015, 16:06

Visa signs up 2,300 financial institutions for Visa Token Service

More than 2,300 financial institutions and banking partners have now signed up for Visa’s tokenization service with international expansion set to happen “in the fall”, Visa has revealed during a third quarter earnings call.

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24 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 July 2015, 15:06

One in five Starbucks sales in the US made with mobile payments

Coffee chain Starbucks is processing nearly nine million mobile payments a week across its US locations, representing 20% of all in-store transactions, CEO Howard Schultz revealed during the company’s third quarter earnings call. The company is also on track to roll out its Mobile Order & Pay service across all its US stores this year.

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24 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 July 2015, 14:29

Shell UK rolls out PayPal mobile payments at the pump

Motorists at oil and gas company Shell UK service stations can now make mobile payments at the pump using their Shell Motorist app and PayPal account. The move follows the announcement of the company’s plans to roll out the service across the “vast majority” of its 1,000 UK locations earlier this year.

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24 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 July 2015, 14:05

More than 50,000 European taxis to accept NFC mobile payments

Fifty thousand taxis across Europe will soon be upgraded to accept payments for journeys with either a tap of a passenger’s NFC phone using a mobile app provided by The Payment House or using a contactless card. The solution is to be rolled out with taximeter provider Digitax using an mPOS gateway provided by Payworks.

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News in brief

London markets could go contactless

By Rian Boden • 31 July 2015, 13:18 • Last updated 31 July 2015, 13:18

Londoners may soon be able to pay with their contactless cards at market stalls across the city as a result of the £20m London Regeneration Fund launched by mayor Boris Johnson. “Ideas could include giving customers the opportunity to pay with their contactless credit card at a market stall, or providing customised discounts and services for local shops straight to customers’ mobile phones,” the mayor’s office says.

Amex cardholders use reward points for Best Buy purchases

By Rian Boden • 31 July 2015, 12:59 • Last updated 31 July 2015, 12:59

American Express card members in the Membership Rewards program can now use points to pay for online purchases at US retail giant Best Buy. “American Express’ unique technology enables eligible card members to easily use Membership Rewards points for all or part of their BestBuy.com purchases and allows them to check their Membership Rewards points balance before they check out,” American Express says.

US IT decision makers unprepared for EMV

By Rian Boden • 31 July 2015, 12:49 • Last updated 31 July 2015, 12:49

Some 42% of US IT decision makers have taken no steps or are unaware of any progress being made in the migration towards EMV, research from Randstad Technologies finds, with only 58% actively preparing in time for the October liability shift deadline. “A majority indicated little concern for the magnitude of risk associated with missing the deadline,” it adds.

New Google Glass ‘released soon’

By Rian Boden • 31 July 2015, 12:33 • Last updated 31 July 2015, 12:33

A second version of Google Glass is in the works and will be “released soon”, according to CEO of Italian eyewear maker Luxottica. “The partnership to build Glass is going ahead, said Massimo Vian, speaking at the company’s general meeting in Milan,” WSJ reports. Google stopped selling the first version of Glass and shut its Explorer program earlier this year.

US shoppers make more mobile payments

By Rian Boden • 31 July 2015, 12:21 • Last updated 31 July 2015, 12:21

One in seven US shoppers has made a mobile payment during the last year and 68% are using alternative payment methods more often than a year ago, a survey by Blackhawk Network reveals. A quarter of the 1,000 respondents now use mobile wallets; 65% have a debit card in their mobile wallet, 58% have a credit card and 45% have gift cards.

Subway adds PayPal to mobile app

By Rian Boden • 30 July 2015, 13:37 • Last updated 30 July 2015, 13:37

Restaurant chain Subway is to add PayPal as a payment option in its mobile order and pay app to allow customers to make in-app and in-store payments in 27,000 US locations. PayPal One Touch will also be enabled, allowing customers to pay without typing in usernames, passwords or payment credentials. Meanwhile, Android Pay has been added a mobile payment option alongside Apple Pay.

Commonwealth Bank adds loyalty to mobile app

By Rian Boden • 30 July 2015, 13:26 • Last updated 30 July 2015, 13:26

Commonwealth Bank has added a loyalty feature to its mobile banking app that also offers HCE payments, allowing users to store loyalty cards and redeem them at the checkout with their NFC phone or by scanning the loyalty card barcode. The bank is also set to pilot a separate offers app in a shopping centre run by Westfield, ZDNet reports.

Tech firms do “better job” than banks, say 24% of young Brits

By Rian Boden • 29 July 2015, 12:58 • Last updated 29 July 2015, 12:58

More than a fifth (24%) of Britons aged between 18 and 34 believe companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon would do a “better job” of providing financial products and services than banks, with 8% now choosing their bank depending on the type of mobile service it offers, research from price comparison site uSwitch reveals.

Smart Ticketing Alliance and GlobalPlatform sign MOU

By Rian Boden • 29 July 2015, 12:48 • Last updated 29 July 2015, 12:48

The Smart Ticketing Alliance (STA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with standards body GlobalPlatform to establish an interoperable framework for smart ticketing in the public transport sector. “The STA will provide the business input to assist GlobalPlatform in developing an end-to-end simplified service framework for the public transport industry,” GlobalPlatform says.

MasterCard token platform close to Australia launch

By Rian Boden • 28 July 2015, 14:07 • Last updated 28 July 2015, 14:07

MasterCard’s token platform MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) could soon be rolled out across Australia following its launch in the US in September 2014. Country manager Andrew Cartwright said the final launch date of the tokenization service depended on the banks, but he expected it would be released in the “very near term”, The Australian Financial Review reports.

More news in brief...


August 1st, 2015

This week's news

  1. London markets could go contactless
  2. Amex cardholders use reward points for Best Buy purchases
  3. US IT decision makers unprepared for EMV
  4. New Google Glass ‘released soon’
  5. US shoppers make more mobile payments
  6. Subway adds PayPal to mobile app
  7. Commonwealth Bank adds loyalty to mobile app
  8. Samsung and MasterCard prepare Europe for Samsung Pay
  9. Stripe gets access to Visa Token Service through strategic partnership
  10. Tech firms do “better job” than banks, say 24% of young Brits
  11. Smart Ticketing Alliance and GlobalPlatform sign MOU
  12. 42% of US iPhone 6 owners use Apple Pay in May and June
  13. Jobseekers offered head start on new vacancies with a tap of NFC phone
  14. Colombia festival visitors first to use Plazez mobile payments service
  15. MasterCard token platform close to Australia launch
  16. Burger King adds MasterPass to US app
  17. HSBC and First Direct go live with Apple Pay in UK
  18. HKT launches NFC mobile payments service in Hong Kong
  19. Wearable payments to reach $501bn by 2020
  20. OneBit tests Bitcoin payments via NFC
  21. US shoppers buying into mobile payments
  22. Square ‘files for public offering’
 
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