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October 21st, 2014

By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 October 2014, 16:24

Google discusses Wallet plans

Google's Omid Kordestani

Google has talked about its plans with regard to its Google Wallet app and mobile payments, hinting at possible partnerships and insisting that the company is still trying to “get it right.”

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October 21st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 October 2014, 13:07

Perkwave builds in Apple Pay for pay-at-the-table

Harbortouch, a US-based point-of-sale system and merchant services provider, has unveiled Perkwave, a mobile app that uses Apple Pay to let customers pay at the table in participating restaurants. The service also includes loyalty and rewards functionality to encourage customers to pay using their mobile device.

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October 21st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 21 October 2014, 11:20

Singtel charges Angry Birds toys to buyers phone bills

Singapore carrier Singtel is taking carrier billing into the physical goods world with a pilot test of a service that lets customers order Angry Birds plush toys for delivery to their home address and charge the cost to their phone bill. In the first week, “we’re already seeing five times lower shopping cart abandonment than previously with credit-card billing based checkout,” supplier Fortumo says.

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October 20th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 20 October 2014, 14:29

Starbucks to offer mobile ordering and payments across US in 2015

Starbucks customers in Portland are to be the first in the US to be able to order and pay for their coffee ahead of arrival and the service will be rolled out across the country in 2015, the company has announced. The move follows the introduction of a QR code-based mobile ordering service in Korea in June.

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October 20th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 October 2014, 12:39

JPMorgan Chase CEO outlines mobile wallet strategy

JPMorgan Chase plans to make its debit and credit cards available in a wide array of mobile wallets — including one of its own to be launched later this year — even if that means cutting current margins, CEO Jamie Dimon has told analysts during the bank's third quarter earnings call.

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October 20th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 20 October 2014, 11:50

MasterCard backs Zwipe fingerprint payment card

MasterCard has partnered with Zwipe, maker of a contactless payment card that includes an integrated fingerprint biometric sensor, for the commercial launch of the technology following a pilot with Norway’s Sparebanken DIN.

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October 20th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 October 2014, 10:06

Dubai ambulances adopt NFC

The Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) has launched an app that lets users store medical information and contact details that can be retrieved in an emergency with a tap of an NFC phone.

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October 17th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 17 October 2014, 13:28

Visa details Apple Pay setup process

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users with Visa cards issued by Bank of America, Capital One, Citi Bank, Chase and Wells Fargo Bank will be able to use Apple Pay in stores from launch on 20 October, Visa says.

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October 17th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 17 October 2014, 13:01

Apple builds SIM into iPad Air 2

Buyers of the iPad Air 2 will be the first to use a new Apple SIM that comes preinstalled in the Wi-Fi+Cellular version of the tablet and looks set to be the first implementation of a "SIM Within" patent published in November 2011.

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October 17th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 October 2014, 12:12

Five hundred banks sign up for Apple Pay

Apple customers in the US will be able to use their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to make Apple Pay mobile payments from Monday 20 October, CEO Tim Cook has announced, and 500 banks have now signed up to offer the service to their customers. Owners of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will also be able to use Apple Pay for in-app purchases.

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News in brief

Johnny Rockets puts tablets in 200 restaurants

By Rian Boden • 21 October 2014, 14:54 • Last updated 21 October 2014, 14:54

Hamburger restaurant chain Johnny Rockets is to roll out E la Carte’s tablet-based Presto platform to more than 200 locations in the US in November after a three month pilot that saw an 11.2% improvement in table turn time. The tabletop tablet lets customers place orders via the on-screen menu, add items to their cart and pay via a built-in credit card reader.

Acer Pay is on the way

By Rian Boden • 21 October 2014, 14:20 • Last updated 21 October 2014, 14:20

Taiwanese computer maker Acer is to join Apple and Samsung in introducing a payment service for users of its mobile phones and wearable devices, Want China Times reports. The company has partnered with fingerprint sensor provider Egis Technology to develop the cloud-based solution, stating that fingerprint recognition technology is expected to play a “critical part of authentication and making payments” with the service.

Beep’nGo hits 5m downloads

By Rian Boden • 21 October 2014, 14:12 • Last updated 21 October 2014, 14:12

Mobeam’s mobile coupon and offer app Beep’nGo has now surpassed five million downloads to compatible Android devices. “Beep’nGo aggregates coupons, loyalty cards and gift cards into one easy-to-use mobile application and, through its patented light technology, it allows all scanners at retail stores, including 1D laser scanners, to read the barcodes directly from the mobile screen without any hardware or software upgrades or manual input,” the company explains.

Newspaper tests BLE beacons

By Mike Clark • 21 October 2014, 13:58 • Last updated 21 October 2014, 13:58

Dutch newspaper publisher NDC Media is testing Bluetooth beacons with thirty shops in the town of Leeuwarden, Netherlands, to send offers to consumer smartphones running the Lightcurb mobile app. “The overarching goal is to connect shoppers and entrepreneurs together; this test is designed to gain experience,” NDC explains. The company is working with Lightcurb platform operator Snakeware for the pilot, which is scheduled to run until the end of 2014.

23% of Canadians have made a mobile payment

By Rian Boden • 21 October 2014, 13:38 • Last updated 21 October 2014, 13:38

Almost a quarter of Canadians (23%) have now made a mobile payment in-store with nearly a third (29%) having used their device to make an online purchase, new research from PayPal Canada has found. Nearly half (45%) of the respondents also agreed that Canadians are ready to embrace emerging methods of payments such as conducting a mobile payment via a wearable device.

Shopkick drives $1bn in revenue

By Rian Boden • 21 October 2014, 13:34 • Last updated 21 October 2014, 13:34

Location-based shopping app Shopkick reports that it has driven more than US$1bn in revenue for its partner retailers since its launch in 2010, more than half of which occurred in the past year. There are now more than 7,500 ShopBeacon Bluetooth beacons live across 3,000 stores including American Eagle Outfitters, Alex & Ani and Macy’s locations.

Kotak launches P2P payments for Facebook

By Rian Boden • 21 October 2014, 12:37 • Last updated 21 October 2014, 12:37

Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched a bank-agnostic payment service for Facebook that will enable 250 million Indian bank account holders to transfer money by choosing a recipient’s name from their friends list. “KayPay offers a safe and secure platform to transact on the social networking site through a two-level authentication — Facebook user ID and password, and a one-time password,” the bank explains. “Further, both sender and receiver immediately receive notifications via SMS and on Facebook about the transfer.”

iOS 8.1 brings Apple Pay NFC payments to iPhone

By Mike Clark • 20 October 2014, 18:17 • Last updated 20 October 2014, 18:17

Version 8.1 of iOS is now available for download, and brings with it the US consumer rollout of the Apple Pay mobile payments system. Apple Pay’s NFC payment capability is available to US-based owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets and can be used at 220,000 stores nationwide that accept contactless payments. Last week Apple revealed that 500 banks have now signed up to offer the service to their customers.

Over 20m NFC devices now in use in Japan

By Rian Boden • 20 October 2014, 15:50 • Last updated 20 October 2014, 15:50

There are 20.55 million NFC mobile handsets in use in Japan according to new data compiled by the Mobile NFC Association. A total of 86 different NFC phones are currently available from the three main mobile network operators, NTT Docomo, KDDI and Softbank.

Bionym begins shipping wristband

By Rian Boden • 20 October 2014, 15:44 • Last updated 20 October 2014, 15:44

Canadian startup Bionym has begun shipping its Nymi wristband to partners and key developers after starting to take pre-orders in September last year. The wearable device uses the wearer’s unique cardiac rhythm to verify their identity and communicates with the world around it via BLE. “We’ll be sending out more information on the next steps of the shipping process to everyone who pre-ordered a Nymi band in the coming weeks,” the company says.

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October 21st, 2014

Latest news

  1. Google discusses Wallet plans
  2. Johnny Rockets puts tablets in 200 restaurants
  3. Acer Pay is on the way
  4. Beep’nGo hits 5m downloads
  5. Newspaper tests BLE beacons
  6. 23% of Canadians have made a mobile payment
  7. Shopkick drives $1bn in revenue
  8. Perkwave builds in Apple Pay for pay-at-the-table
  9. Kotak launches P2P payments for Facebook
  10. Singtel charges Angry Birds toys to buyers phone bills
  11. iOS 8.1 brings Apple Pay NFC payments to iPhone
  12. Over 20m NFC devices now in use in Japan
  13. Bionym begins shipping wristband
  14. Amex commits $10m to EMV upgrades
  15. Twitter preps for Buy button launch
  16. Starbucks to offer mobile ordering and payments across US in 2015
  17. JPMorgan Chase CEO outlines mobile wallet strategy
  18. Capital One founder hails Apple Pay “breakthrough”
  19. MasterCard backs Zwipe fingerprint payment card
  20. Obama signs chip and pin law
 
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