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26 March 2015 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 26 March 2015, 16:35

Jameson serves up 25,000 NFC stubby holders

Jameson's NFC stubby holders

Jameson Irish Whiskey is distributing 25,000 NFC bottle holders that allow drinkers to enjoy online content and competitions, to promote its links with an Australian comedy festival.

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25 March 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 25 March 2015, 17:04

Windows 10 for mobile gets HCE

Microsoft is to introduce support for host card emulation (HCE) payments in the mobile version of its Windows 10 operating system. SIM-based secure elements will continue to be supported with “improved payment integration flows” enabling the two solutions to coexist.

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24 March 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 24 March 2015, 15:31

Bell ID reports 75% growth in orders

PARTNER NEWS: Orders are up 75% year-on-year at HCE and tokenization specialist Bell ID, the company reports, “with 90% of all new orders and requests for proposals focusing on mobile solutions.”

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20 March 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 20 March 2015, 16:08

NXP uses NFC to make smart homes easier to manage

PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker NXP has introduced a wireless microcontroller and accompanying smart home and smart lighting solutions that use NFC to make it easy for users to “connect systems intuitively with just one tap”.

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NFC

20 March 2015 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 20 March 2015, 15:44

Bulgari unveils luxury NFC smartwatch

Italian jewellery brand Bulgari will enter the luxury smartwatch market next year when it launches the NFC-enabled Diagono Magnesium watch – allowing users to make contactless payments, access personal data, as well as unlocking doors at home, at work, or on their own car or yacht.

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20 March 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 March 2015, 15:34

PayPal explains why it’s buying mobile wallet provider Paydiant

“What Paydiant has is a clarity of focus on mobile and how large merchants need to utilise mobile to connect with their customers — they’re a small company doing that very successfully with some really cool brands,” Anuj Nayar, senior director of global initiatives at PayPal, has told NFC World as the payment giant prepares to complete its acquisition of the payments platform provider for a reported US$280m.

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18 March 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 18 March 2015, 17:38

Microsoft says Hello to biometric security

Windows 10 users will be able to use biometric technology to secure access to their devices, Microsoft has announced. Windows Hello will support face, iris and fingerprint verification and will ship with the new edition of the operating system “this summer”.

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18 March 2015 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 18 March 2015, 15:01

Facebook rolls out payments with Messenger app

Facebook users in the US will soon be able to make and receive secure mobile payments for free via the social network’s Messenger app. The service is rolling out “over the coming months”, Facebook says.

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16 March 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 16 March 2015, 19:47

Alibaba boss demonstrates selfie payments

Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has demonstrated a prototype biometric verification service that could enable a payment to be authorized by simply capturing an image of a mobile phone user's face.

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16 March 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 16 March 2015, 18:03

Finnish banks add HCE payments to Pivo mobile wallet

Finland’s largest financial services group is to add support for HCE payments to the mobile wallet app it introduced two years ago. OP’s Pivo wallet has been downloaded more than 500,000 times and allows customers of the co-operative group’s member banks to monitor their spending, track loyalty programmes and access vouchers.

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News in brief

TEB to roll out HCE payments in Turkey

By Rian Boden • 26 March 2015, 16:44 • Last updated 26 March 2015, 16:44

Turkey’s Türk Ekonomi Bankasi (TEB) has become the latest European bank to announce plans to launch a host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments service using a tokenization platform unveiled by Visa Europe in February. “Customers will be able to make Visa contactless payments at more than 2.4m contactless terminals across Europe with a simple tap using the bank’s CepteTEB mobile application,” says Visa Europe.

ANZ to add HCE payments to mobile banking app

By Mike Clark • 26 March 2015, 15:37 • Last updated 26 March 2015, 15:37

ANZ Bank New Zealand is to add NFC mobile payments to its popular goMoney mobile banking app later this year. The goMoney Wallet feature will be available to 120,000 customers with Android NFC phones and uses host card emulation, “removing the need for a SIM card upgrade”. Rival banks ASB and BNZ are piloting SIM-based NFC payments with Semble, a joint venture between New Zealand’s carriers and the country’s Paymark payments network.

China Telecom launches NFC ticketing

By Mike Clark • 26 March 2015, 15:10 • Last updated 26 March 2015, 15:10

Residents of Shanghai and Beijing can now ride the metro and pay for tickets with their China Telecom NFC smartphones. The carrier, which has 183m subscribers, is using Gemalto’s UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIMs to deploy its secure NFC services.

SaskTel plans mobile payments

By Christopher Brown • 26 March 2015, 14:18 • Last updated 26 March 2015, 14:18

Canadian communications provider SaskTel will soon unveil a mobile payments service for its customers, the company has said on Twitter. “Soon you can get the security and convenience of credit card payments using your SaskTel phone!” the tweet read. A formal announcement on the launch will be made in mid-April, a spokesman told Mobile Syrup.

Naver Pay to go live in June

By Rian Boden • 18 March 2015, 14:58 • Last updated 18 March 2015, 14:58

Korean internet portal Naver is to introduce a mobile payments platform from June that will let users verify themselves using fingerprint recognition and make payments using their Naver ID, a password, the mobile number of the recipient and either a credit or debit card. “It has tied up with five credit card firms, including BC Card Co and Samsung Card Co, and is in talks with five major local banks to forge the partnership to provide Naver Pay,” Yonhap reports.

SNCF extends NFC train tickets

By Rian Boden • 17 March 2015, 16:49 • Last updated 17 March 2015, 16:49

French railway operator SNCF has expanded availability of its NFC ticketing service to include the Alsace, Aquitaine, Haute-Normandie, Lorraine and Midi-Pyrenees regions. Launched in Normandy in October 2014 and developed in partnership with Orange and SFR, the service allows commuters to buy, manage and validate their tickets using their smartphone.

Vivo expands Zuum mobile payments service

By Rian Boden • 17 March 2015, 16:37 • Last updated 17 March 2015, 16:37

MFS, a joint venture between Telefonica-owned carrier Vivo and MasterCard, has expanded its Vivo Zuum mobile payment service to São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil. The service lets users make in-store payments via USSD, pay bills, transfer funds between Vivo Zuum accounts, top up prepaid airtime and withdraw cash from MasterCard ATMs. Vivo Zuum is also available in Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre and Aracaju.

Halifax checks pulse of biometric wristband

By Sarah Clark • 13 March 2015, 15:28 • Last updated 15 March 2015, 12:58

UK bank Halifax is investigating how Bionym’s Nymi Band, a device that uses the wearer’s unique cardiac rhythm to authenticate their identity, could be used to reduce the need for customers to remember their passwords. A version of Nymi that incorporates NFC technology is currently on trial with a number of Canadian banks.

Square buys mPOS developer Kili

By Sarah Clark • 12 March 2015, 15:35 • Last updated 12 March 2015, 15:35

Square has bought Kili Technology, the Canada-based mPOS startup that acquired NFC-on-microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity in November 2014. Together, says Square, “we’ll continue to lead the way in delivering simple and affordable hardware that gives our sellers a smarter and safer way to do business”.

Most iPhone 6 owners yet to use Apple Pay

By Sarah Clark • 11 March 2015, 14:34 • Last updated 11 March 2015, 14:34

Four in five iPhone 6 and 6+ owners in the US are yet to make use of Apple Pay (79%), a Trustev survey has found. Of the 21% who have tried it, 80% are using it less than three times a week, 62% use it either not at all or once in a typical week and 30% say they “never” use it in an average week. Just 2.1% use it 10 times or more a week.

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March 27th, 2015

This week's news

  1. TEB to roll out HCE payments in Turkey
  2. Jameson serves up 25,000 NFC stubby holders
  3. ANZ to add HCE payments to mobile banking app
  4. China Telecom launches NFC ticketing
  5. SaskTel plans mobile payments
  6. Windows 10 for mobile gets HCE
  7. Bell ID reports 75% growth in orders
  8. NXP uses NFC to make smart homes easier to manage
  9. Bulgari unveils luxury NFC smartwatch
  10. PayPal explains why it’s buying mobile wallet provider Paydiant
 
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