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November 20th, 2014

By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 November 2014, 16:33

Motorola secures Android and Apple devices with smart keyfob

Motorola Keylink

Motorola has unveiled Motorola Keylink, a US$24.99 smart keyfob that uses Bluetooth Low Energy to enable iOS and Android device owners to track down their smartphone or their keys if they misplace them.

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NFC

November 20th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 November 2014, 16:14

United Airlines to let passengers pay for airport food and drinks using award miles

United Airlines is to install more than 6,000 iPads across Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport to enable members of the airline’s MileagePlus reward scheme to use their award miles to pay for food, beverages and other airport amenities. Support for NFC payments is expected to be added in the future.

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November 19th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 19 November 2014, 16:12

White paper quantifies consumer attitudes to wearable payments

A white paper examining the attitudes of consumers to using smartwatches and other wearables for payments, ticketing and other applications is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre.

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November 18th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 18 November 2014, 17:06

Polish banks join up for launch of Blik mobile payments service

The National Bank of Poland has given the go-ahead for the launch of Blik, a mobile payments service backed by six Polish banks that lets customers make payments in stores and online, withdraw cash from ATMs and send P2P transfers with their mobile phones.

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BLE

November 18th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 18 November 2014, 16:00

Japan Airlines tests battery-free beacons at 13 airports

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that use energy harvesting technology to avoid the need to change batteries have been installed by Japan Airlines (JAL) at 13 major Japanese airports to provide users of its JAL Countdown mobile app with “real-time departure, gate and other timely information”.

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November 17th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 November 2014, 15:59

Keyssa unveils high speed short range ‘kiss’ connectivity technology

Keyssa, a US startup backed by US$47m in funding from investors that include Intel, Samsung and Dolby Family Ventures and chaired by Nest founder Tony Fadell, has unveiled Kiss Connectivity, a solid-state embedded connector that can be used to transfer data between two devices at up to six gigabits per second.

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November 17th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 November 2014, 12:48

Optus launches NFC payments in Australia

Australian carrier Optus has teamed up with Visa and Heritage Bank to launch an NFC mobile payment service that lets customers load up to A$500 into a prepaid account and then make payments at any Visa contactless POS terminal.

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November 17th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 November 2014, 12:22

EcoCash takes mobile money to the point of sale

EcoCash, Africa’s second largest mobile money provider with 3.7m users, is to offer customers in Zimbawe a MasterCard debit card linked to their EcoCash wallet. This will enable them to use the funds in their mobile money account to make payments at merchant POS terminals and withdraw cash from ATMs.

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November 14th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 November 2014, 17:46

Softcard picks Muppet mascot for online advertising campaign

US carrier mobile payments venture Softcard has unveiled Tappy, a mascot designed by the company behind The Muppets that will be used initially in an online advertising blitz reported to be valued at US$1.5m.

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November 14th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 November 2014, 12:12

Visa CEO: We may not charge a fee for tokenization

Visa will not charge a fee to card issuers making use of its tokenization service until at least the end of 2015 and may or may not charge a separate fee for the service in the future, CEO Charles Scharf has revealed at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Banking & Financial Services Conference.

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News in brief

65% of Canadians plan to make mobile payments

By Rian Boden • 20 November 2014, 14:31 • Last updated 20 November 2014, 14:31

Almost seven in ten Canadian smartphone owners (68%) are aware of NFC or QR codes and 65% are likely to make NFC or QR payments over the next six months, research by Visa Canada has revealed. “Canada is a world leader in mobile NFC and QR payments,” says Visa’s Derek Colfer. “It is very encouraging to see solid awareness of NFC payments as well as that upwards of 26% of Canadians are beginning to use their mobile device for online ecommerce payments.”

Google Wallet adds refer-a-friend program

By Rian Boden • 20 November 2014, 14:07 • Last updated 20 November 2014, 14:07

Google has introduced a refer-a-friend program to reward consumers with US$5 each time they introduce a friend to Google Wallet. “Simply send money (even a penny works) to a friend of yours who doesn’t have a Google Wallet balance yet,” the company explains. “When they claim the money and verify their identity, you’ll each receive $5 in your Wallet balance.”

SunTrust adds Apple Pay

By Rian Boden • 19 November 2014, 15:37 • Last updated 19 November 2014, 15:37

SunTrust Banks is now offering Apple Pay to its clients and merchants, joining a long list of US banks already supporting the NFC mobile payment solution. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve the financial well-being of our clients and part of that is offering solutions that make banking simpler, more convenient and safer,” says Atlanta-based SunTrust’s Beverly Ladley.

US mobile payments to reach $142bn in 2019

By Rian Boden • 19 November 2014, 15:28 • Last updated 19 November 2014, 15:28

US mobile payments volumes will grow from $52bn in 2014 to $142bn by 2019, according to a new forecast from Forrester. However, that number will be “just a drop in the ocean of total US consumer spending,” ComputerWorld reports, representing just 1% of the total US$16trillion consumer payments market.

inMarket hits 18% of US mobile shoppers

By Rian Boden • 18 November 2014, 18:16 • Last updated 19 November 2014, 16:36

Mobile in-store marketing solution provider inMarket’s iBeacon platform now reaches 31.5m monthly active consumers, the equivalent of 18% of all US mobile users, according to research conducted by Comscore. “Our beacon program works because we reach shoppers in stores via the shopping apps they already use and love,” says CEO Todd Dipaola. “Ultimately, success in beacons comes down to scale, context, and user experience.”

Bi-Lo adds Apple Pay

By Rian Boden • 18 November 2014, 17:17 • Last updated 18 November 2014, 17:17

Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of the Bi-Lo, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery store chains, has announced that it now supports Apple Pay in all of its 830 outlets in eight US states. “Bi-Lo Holdings is prioritising digital mobile solutions for our customers and Apple Pay is an exciting first step in our journey,” says the company’s Bert DuMars.

Post Office offers Tweet-to-donate service

By Rian Boden • 18 November 2014, 16:48 • Last updated 18 November 2014, 16:48

The Post Office has launched Tweet to Donate, a service developed with IMImobile that allows Twitter users to tweet cash donations to the UK’s Children in Need charity. “Users who would like to make a donation simply follow the Post Office on Twitter and tweet the hashtag #MakeMeAHero,” IMImobile explains. “Users then receive a direct message with a link to a landing page through which they can donate £1, £3 or £5. The donation will be debited from the user’s phone bill or the pay-as-you-go balance.”

Venmo adds TouchID

By Rian Boden • 18 November 2014, 16:13 • Last updated 18 November 2014, 16:13

Users of the Venmo mobile payment app can now sign in with Apple’s TouchID feature on the iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus. “If you have a Apple device with TouchID, you can now use your fingerprint instead of a PIN to access the Venmo app,” the company says.

SnapChat adds cash transfers

By Rian Boden • 18 November 2014, 14:57 • Last updated 18 November 2014, 14:57

SnapChat and Square have teamed up to launch Snapcash, a service that builds on Square Cash to let SnapChat users send cash transfers to friends from within the photo messaging app. “After you enter your debit card, it’s securely stored by Square, who will swiftly process your payment and send cash directly to your friend’s bank account,” SnapChat says. “Just swipe into chat, type the dollar sign, an amount (e.g. $11.25), and hit the green button.”

Dongle-free mPOS on its way

By Rian Boden • 18 November 2014, 11:32 • Last updated 18 November 2014, 11:32

Oberthur Technologies (OT) has teamed up with NFC mPOS services provider Mobeewave for Flying mPOS, a solution that will enable NFC devices equipped with Oberthur’s Pearl embedded secure element to be used as a mobile POS terminal — without the need for a separate dongle or other add-on. “The commercial product will receive all Visa and MasterCard approval,” Mobeewave’s Vincent Alimi has told NFC World+.

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November 21st, 2014

Latest news

  1. Motorola secures Android and Apple devices with smart keyfob
  2. United Airlines to let passengers pay for airport food and drinks using award miles
  3. 65% of Canadians plan to make mobile payments
  4. Google Wallet adds refer-a-friend program
  5. White paper quantifies consumer attitudes to wearable payments
  6. SunTrust adds Apple Pay
  7. US mobile payments to reach $142bn in 2019
  8. inMarket hits 18% of US mobile shoppers
  9. Bi-Lo adds Apple Pay
  10. Polish banks join up for launch of Blik mobile payments service
  11. Post Office offers Tweet-to-donate service
  12. Venmo adds TouchID
  13. Japan Airlines tests battery-free beacons at 13 airports
  14. SnapChat adds cash transfers
  15. Dongle-free mPOS on its way
  16. TfL reports 12m contactless payments
  17. CUP moves to block Alipay
  18. Apple Pay retailers release stats
  19. Keyssa unveils high speed short range ‘kiss’ connectivity technology
  20. Softcard adds United MileagePlus cards
 
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