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September 2nd, 2014

By Sarah Clark • Last updated 2 September 2014, 11:07

BBVA reports 250,000 mobile wallet users

BBVA's digital wallet can make NFC payments

Spain-based banking group BBVA has signed up 250,000 customers for its BBVA Wallet service and is to expand availability to the US, Mexico and Chile this year. The wallet includes support for host card emulation (HCE)-based payments for customers with an NFC phone running Android 4.4 or later.

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NFC

September 1st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 September 2014, 17:21

Vodafone to launch NFC payments in the UK this month

Mobile network operator Vodafone is preparing to make NFC payments available to its customers in the UK in time for the launch of contactless bank card payments on London’s public transport network on 16 September, the carrier has told NFC World+.

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NFC

September 1st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 September 2014, 16:52

Broadcom offers IoT developer kit

Chip maker Broadcom has introduced Wiced Sense, a developer kit designed “to enable developers to rapidly prototype ideas and concepts for IoT devices and applications.”

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September 1st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 September 2014, 16:19

Alipay partners with Huawei to add biometric security to mobile payments

Chinese online payments giant Alipay is working with Huawei to enable users of the phone maker’s new Ascend Mate 7 handset to secure their mobile payments using a fingerprint sensor built into the phone. The tie-up, Alipay says, will provide “a way to fast-track biometric payment technology in China.”

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NFC

September 1st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 September 2014, 13:37

Apple iPhone NFC payments rumours reach fever pitch

MasterCard, American Express and Visa have all signed deals with Apple for the launch of a mobile payments service that will make use of an NFC chip built into the next iPhone, due to launch on 9 September, according to reports in a number of publications including the Financial Times, Bloomberg and Re/Code.

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QR

August 28th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 28 August 2014, 18:28

Verizon aims to replace usernames and passwords with QR codes

Verizon Enterprise has introduced Universal ID, a service designed to replace usernames and passwords with a QR code that consumers can scan with their mobile phone to gain access to a website or app.

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August 27th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 27 August 2014, 14:08

Square lets consumers send cash by text

Payments startup Square has expanded its Square Cash service, which lets US consumers send money to a contact via email, to include support for sending funds via an SMS text message.

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BLE

August 27th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 27 August 2014, 13:13

IPC Media promotes magazine sales via convenience store beacons

Publisher IPC Media is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in 740 One Stop convenience stores across the UK to offer discounted copies of its Chat, Pick Me Up, Woman and TV & Satellite Week magazines.

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August 27th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 27 August 2014, 11:43

St George adds fingerprint security to mobile banking app

Customers of Australia’s St George Bank will be able to use the Touch ID fingerprint verification technology built into the iPhone 5S to log into mobile banking when iOS8 launches in September.

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NFC

August 26th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 26 August 2014, 13:56

Orderella to install NFC tags and Bluetooth beacons in 79 UK pubs and bars

Orderella, the developer of an app that lets customers place drinks orders and make payments from their mobile phone, is to install NFC tags and Bluetooth beacons in all the 79 pubs and bars across the UK that use its service.

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News in brief

JD Sports adds BLE beacons

By Sarah Clark • 2 September 2014, 11:14 • Last updated 2 September 2014, 11:14

UK sports fashion chain JD has installed Bluetooth beacons at its new concept store in Manchester’s Trafford Centre, letting customers who have downloaded the JD app “access exclusive store content and shop from the app before paying in-store.” The store also features eight multi-channel kiosks and a social media wall, and staff have been equipped with iPads “to assist with customers’ enquiries.”

Visa licenses transactional ad platform

By Sarah Clark • 1 September 2014, 16:27 • Last updated 1 September 2014, 16:27

Visa has acquired a strategic licence for the technology platform developed by transactional advertising pioneer TrialPay. The company’s technology involves “placing relevant offers around transactions, and using transactional data to show relevant offers”. The move follows an investment by Visa in the company three years ago.

Visa adds Checkout partners

By Sarah Clark • 1 September 2014, 15:39 • Last updated 1 September 2014, 15:39

Visa has signed agreements with a wide range of new partners that will make its new Visa Checkout service available to more than 4m online merchants across the US. The new partners include “Bank of America Merchant Services, First Data, Tsys, Vantiv, and Wells Fargo Merchant Services, along with ecommerce platform providers including CyberSource, MarketLive, and 3DCart,” Visa says. “Branding Brand, Moovweb, and Skava are already live and integrating merchants today.”

Nintendo 3DS to get NFC

By Sarah Clark • 1 September 2014, 15:21 • Last updated 1 September 2014, 15:21

Nintendo will include a built-in NFC chip in the next versions of its 3DS and 3DS XL handheld games consoles, at least in Japan, the company has revealed in its latest 3DS Direct video briefing. The NFC functionality provides “support for Nintendo’s upcoming Amiibo toy line,” CNet reports. Nintendo will also sell an NFC adapter for existing models.

Barclays calls time on Quick Tap NFC payments

By Mike Clark • 1 September 2014, 14:00 • Last updated 1 September 2014, 14:00

UK bank Barclays is to close its pioneering NFC payments service on 30 October. Quick Tap was the first commercially available NFC payments programme in the UK and was launched with mobile network Orange in 2011. “Barclaycard offers a variety of other contactless payment solutions, including contactless credit cards and PayTag,” says the bank in an email to affected customers, which also points out that EE — the MNO created from the merger of Orange and T-Mobile in the UK — has an NFC enabled mobile payment solution called Cash on Tap “which lets you tap your phone to make contactless payments.”

Mapco adds mobile payments at the pump

By Sarah Clark • 28 August 2014, 13:50 • Last updated 28 August 2014, 13:37

Customers of US fuel and convenience store chain Mapco can now pay at the pump with their mobile phone at 276 of the retailer’s stores. “Consumers who download the app can now drive up to the nearest Mapco location, open the app, enter how much they want to pay, and checkout using PayPal,” says Brad Brodigan, ‎VP Retail for North America at PayPal, the exclusive payment option offered by the My Mapco app.

CaixaBank invests in contactless ATMs

By Sarah Clark • 28 August 2014, 13:36 • Last updated 28 August 2014, 13:36

Spain’s CaixaBank has signed a €500million agreement with Fujitsu for the delivery of a new network of 8,500 ATMs equipped with contactless readers “capable of scanning cards, mobile phones and wearables”. The ATMs also feature dual screens, “one to handle transactions and the other to provide operational and sales support, thus providing a much more pleasant user experience with the terminal”.

Evidence builds for NFC in iPhone 6

By Sarah Clark • 28 August 2014, 13:20 • Last updated 28 August 2014, 13:20

Apple’s next iPhone will feature its own payment platform, “sources familiar with the matter” have told Wired. “In fact, that platform will be one of the hallmark features of the device when it is unveiled on September 9. We are told the solution will involve NFC.” Analysis of a leaked logic board by a MacRumours reader, meanwhile, adds weight to previous suggestions that Apple will include NXP’s PN65 NFC chip in the iPhone 6.

Smart Card Alliance offers HCE paper

By Sarah Clark • 27 August 2014, 14:13 • Last updated 27 August 2014, 14:13

The Smart Card Alliance has published Host Card Emulation (HCE) 101, a white paper that “takes a deep dive into HCE and NFC opportunities and security considerations”. HCE is “an opportunity for application developers to more easily provide convenient and consumer-friendly NFC applications, but also increases the chances of hackers gaining access to information through malware and/or denial of service attacks,” says executive director Randy Vanderhoof.

Citi launches digital wallet

By Sarah Clark • 27 August 2014, 13:32 • Last updated 27 August 2014, 13:32

Financial services giant Citi has launched a digital wallet that uses MasterCard’s MasterPass technology to let US credit card holders “more quickly and conveniently make purchases at thousands of online merchants”. Customers who sign up for Citi Wallet will “no longer have to enter their credit card, billing and shipping information when making purchases,” the bank says.

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September 2nd, 2014

Latest news

  1. JD Sports adds BLE beacons
  2. BBVA reports 250,000 mobile wallet users
  3. Vodafone to launch NFC payments in the UK this month
  4. Broadcom offers IoT developer kit
  5. Visa licenses transactional ad platform
  6. Alipay partners with Huawei to add biometric security to mobile payments
  7. Visa adds Checkout partners
  8. Nintendo 3DS to get NFC
  9. Barclays calls time on Quick Tap NFC payments
  10. Apple iPhone NFC payments rumours reach fever pitch
  11. Verizon aims to replace usernames and passwords with QR codes
  12. Mapco adds mobile payments at the pump
  13. CaixaBank invests in contactless ATMs
  14. Evidence builds for NFC in iPhone 6
  15. Smart Card Alliance offers HCE paper
  16. Square lets consumers send cash by text
  17. Citi launches digital wallet
  18. Estimote unveils BLE stickers
  19. IPC Media promotes magazine sales via convenience store beacons
  20. St George adds fingerprint security to mobile banking app
 
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