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March 2nd, 2015

By Mike Clark • Last updated 2 March 2015, 12:43

Carta makes HCE simple with hosted Cloud Suite payments platform

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PARTNER NEWS: Carta Worldwide has introduced Cloud Suite 1.0, a cloud-based platform-as-a-service solution for banks and wallet providers that supports tokenization, digital credential management, host card emulation, NFC proximity and remote payments.

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March 2nd, 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 2 March 2015, 11:18

Korea shifts to NFC authentication for mobile banking

Korean financial institutions are to offer streamlined NFC authentication for mobile banking transactions starting from as soon as the first half of 2015, according to local media reports.

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March 1st, 2015 • By Rian Boden in Barcelona • Last updated 1 March 2015, 19:57

MasterCard discusses how Samsung Pay works

Samsung Pay, the tokenized mobile payment system introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S6, will first attempt to use NFC and then fall back to magnetic stripe emulation technology to offer widest compatibility with merchant terminals, MasterCard’s Matt Barr has told NFC World.

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March 1st, 2015 • By Sarah Clark in Barcelona • Last updated 1 March 2015, 18:17

Samsung unveils Galaxy S6 with NFC and LoopPay mobile payments

Owners of Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 flagship phone will be able to make mobile payments at merchants equipped with both legacy magnetic stripe card terminals and those with contactless POS terminals, Samsung boss JK Shin has revealed. Samsung Pay will go live in the US and Korea “this summer” and in other areas, including Europe and China, at a later date.

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March 1st, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 March 2015, 12:50

Apple Pay provisioning fraud hole “has to get plugged now”

“Rampant” fraud levels being experienced by US card issuers that have signed up for Apple Pay need to be addressed with urgency, payments consultant Cherian Abraham has told NFC World, to avoid Apple, the individual banks and tokenized mobile payments as a whole suffering a reputational damage.

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February 27th, 2015 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 27 February 2015, 13:43

Diageo unveils smart whisky bottle with ‘game-changing’ NFC tags

“Smart bottles” that know when they have been opened and then deliver relevant, personalised messages directly to a consumer’s smartphone will be showcased by printed electronics specialist Thinfilm at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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February 26th, 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 26 February 2015, 16:08

Chip makers AMS and ST team up for wearable NFC payments

PARTNER NEWS: The technology used to boost the NFC signal in Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is now being made available for easy use by a wide range of wearable device and mobile phone makers, courtesy of a partnership between Apple supplier AMS and STMicroelectronics.

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February 26th, 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 26 February 2015, 15:31

Google ‘to release Android Pay API in May’

Google is working on an Android Pay API that will be “built from the ground up” for Android developers and makes use of host card emulation, “a source close to the matter” has told Ars Technica. The service is expected to be launched at Google’s I/O conference in May 2015 and looks set to support both Google Wallet and Android-based mobile wallets offered by handset makers like Samsung.

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February 26th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 26 February 2015, 14:27

Chase discusses Apple Pay and its own mobile wallet plans

More than a million JPMorgan Chase cards have now been activated for use on Apple Pay since the mobile payment service launched last year, the bank has revealed, and 69% of the activated cards are credit cards. Users are typically younger and have high incomes.

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February 25th, 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 25 February 2015, 13:22

MasterCard reports on HCE payments tests in 15 countries

MasterCard is currently conducting more than 25 host card emulation (HCE) projects in 15 countries, the payments network has announced, with multiple issuers now moving close to commercial deployments.

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News in brief

Samsung Pay’s success in the US is not assured, says expert

By Mike Clark • 2 March 2015, 12:10 • Last updated 2 March 2015, 12:25

Google’s recent acquisition of Softcard’s NFC payments business may hit Samsung Pay’s prospects for widespread US adoption hard, says a respected payments consultant. Commenting on Samsung Pay’s launch, Tom Noyes is enthusiastic about the system’s mechanism for wider merchant acceptance but, he writes, “even if it were ready today it will never be pre-loaded on ANY phone in the US given the recent Google/Softcard deal with all three major US MNOs.”

Mobile money users grow 41% in 2014

By Mike Clark • 2 March 2015, 10:53 • Last updated 2 March 2015, 10:55

Active mobile money accounts worldwide grew 41% to more than 100 million in 2014, a report from the GSMA’s Mobile Money for the Unbanked programme has found. State of the Industry 2014: Mobile Financial Services for the Unbanked also reports that mobile money services are now available in 61% of developing markets — 84 out of 139 — with 255 services running in 89 countries worldwide. “Mobile is a key enabling tool for financial inclusion and over the last year we’ve seen significant growth in mobile financial services,” says GSMA chief regulatory officer Tom Phillips.

Oberthur’s Pearl SE embedded in Galaxy S6

By Mike Clark • 2 March 2015, 09:24 • Last updated 2 March 2015, 10:33

Samsung’s new flagship handsets, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, include an embedded secure element (eSE) from Oberthur Technologies. The Pearl eSE is a multi-application NFC secure element that is certified by Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Incorporating the chip allows easy MNO-independent deployment of secure contactless payment, strong authentication, transit, access and loyalty applications.

Bank of England ponders own digital currency

By Mike Clark • 27 February 2015, 17:04 • Last updated 27 February 2015, 17:04

The Bank of England is consulting external experts on research designed to help set future policy which includes considering the effects of issuing its own Bitcoin-like digital currency. The One Bank Research Agenda discussion document, which aims to transform the way research is done at the bank, explains that the rise of digital currencies “has potentially profound implications for a financial system whose payments mechanism depends on bank deposits that need to be created through credit,” and goes on to ask what the impact on existing payment and settlement systems would be should it introduce its own digital currency in future.

Fibank to launch HCE mobile payments

By Christopher Brown • 27 February 2015, 16:32 • Last updated 27 February 2015, 16:32

Bulgaria’s First Investment Bank is joining forces with MeaWallet to provide the bank’s customers with a mobile payments service which uses cloud-based security and host card emulation (HCE) technology. The service will work at all outlets that accept MasterCard PayPass and Visa PayWave payments and is due to launch later this year.

LG smart watch to offer NFC payments

By Mike Clark • 27 February 2015, 16:23 • Last updated 27 February 2015, 16:23

An LTE-equipped variant of LG‘s new luxury smart watch will offer NFC mobile payment functionality, reports Engadget. The Watch Urbane LTE can also make phone calls and features a bevy of sensors including a gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, atmospheric pressure, heartbeat, and GPS. The watch is due to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress.

Barclays to allow Twitter payments

By Mike Clark • 27 February 2015, 16:06 • Last updated 27 February 2015, 16:06

Barclays will be the first British bank to allow people to send payments using just the recipient’s Twitter username. The free service will launch on March 10 for users of the social network and the bank’s Pingit mobile payment app. “Adding the ability to pay people or a small business using just a Twitter handle brings together a social and digital experience to create a new step forward for mobile payments in the UK,” said Darren Foulds, director of Barclays Mobile Banking and Pingit.

Morgan Stanley joins Apple Pay

By Christopher Brown • 27 February 2015, 16:01 • Last updated 27 February 2015, 16:01

Morgan Stanley customers in the US can now add their debit cards to Apple Pay. Ninety banks now offer the NFC mobile payment service. “Offering our wealth management clients the opportunity to use Apple Pay complements our full suite of cash management solutions,” said Eric Heaton, head of Morgan Stanley’s private banking group.

Neiman Marcus rolls out QR payments

By Rian Boden • 26 February 2015, 13:33 • Last updated 26 February 2015, 13:33

Luxury fashion retailer Neiman Marcus has launched a mobile wallet in partnership with Capital One to let its customers make in-store payments using their mobile phone and a preloaded credit card. “Customers can simply open the NM Mobile Wallet and generate a QR code with a click of a button,” the retailer says. “All Neiman Marcus Group stores, including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Last Call, are equipped with the technology to use the NM Mobile Wallet for in-store purchases.”

Australia to get Visa tokens in 2015

By Rian Boden • 24 February 2015, 14:25 • Last updated 24 February 2015, 14:25

Australia is to become the second country after the US in which Visa Inc will roll out tokenization. The move follows news that three in five (60.4%) face-to-face Visa transactions in Australia are now contactless — compared to 14% in Canada and 21% in Singapore — and 53% of consumers are now interested in mobile payments. “2015 is posed to be the tipping point for mobile payments,” says Visa’s Stephen Karpin.

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March 2nd, 2015

This week's news

  1. Carta makes HCE simple with hosted Cloud Suite payments platform
  2. Samsung Pay’s success in the US is not assured, says expert
  3. Korea shifts to NFC authentication for mobile banking
  4. Mobile money users grow 41% in 2014
  5. Oberthur’s Pearl SE embedded in Galaxy S6
  6. MasterCard discusses how Samsung Pay works
  7. Samsung unveils Galaxy S6 with NFC and LoopPay mobile payments
  8. Apple Pay provisioning fraud hole “has to get plugged now”
  9. Bank of England ponders own digital currency
  10. Fibank to launch HCE mobile payments
  11. LG smart watch to offer NFC payments
  12. Barclays to allow Twitter payments
  13. Morgan Stanley joins Apple Pay
  14. Diageo unveils smart whisky bottle with ‘game-changing’ NFC tags
  15. Chip makers AMS and ST team up for wearable NFC payments
  16. Google ‘to release Android Pay API in May’
  17. Chase discusses Apple Pay and its own mobile wallet plans
  18. Neiman Marcus rolls out QR payments
  19. MasterCard reports on HCE payments tests in 15 countries
  20. Testing Mobile Payments: HCE and Tokenization webinar — See it now on NFC World
  21. Visa Europe to introduce customized token platform
  22. Australia to get Visa tokens in 2015
  23. Softcard confirms it is to shut down
  24. Berg Insight reports on NFC POS terminal growth
  25. 500 sign up to learn about testing cloud payments
  26. Consultant: Apple Pay fraud “rampant”
  27. Google teams up with US carriers for NFC mobile payments
  28. White paper identifies clear consumer preference for NFC
  29. Google renews wallet discussions with carriers
 
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