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31 August 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 31 August 2015, 14:48

Join NFC World and Gemalto to learn how to develop a successful mobile payments roadmap

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NFC World will host a free webinar on Tuesday 22 September to help issuers and processors learn how to develop a mobile payments strategy that offers both a winning service for customers today and long-term flexibilty for the future.

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28 August 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 August 2015, 14:25

Half of Brits expect to replace cash with new technologies

More than a quarter of UK consumers (27%) think they will be making payments using wearable devices including watches and wristbands within 10 years, 22% think they will be regularly using their fingerprint to make those payments and 7% think they will use a microchip embedded in their body, research from Lloyds Bank reveals.

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28 August 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 August 2015, 14:27

Wienerschnitzel launches mobile payment and loyalty app

US fast food restaurant chain Wienerschnitzel has launched a loyalty based mobile app that also comes equipped with mobile payment capability to reward customers for purchases made at checkout using a point system.

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28 August 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 August 2015, 13:36

CaixaBank launches HCE mobile payments app

Spain’s CaixaBank has broadened its range of mobile payment services with the launch of CaixaBank Pay, a new app based on host card emulation (HCE) that allows users to make online and in-store payments at any contactless terminal. The bank estimates that the service could be used by more than 70% of its mobile banking customers.

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27 August 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 August 2015, 14:04

UK contactless spending up 150% in last 12 months

The amount that UK consumers are spending using contactless has risen 150% in the last 12 months, with the number of transactions up 134%, research from Barclaycard has revealed. 

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27 August 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 August 2015, 13:19

Coin unveils EMV-ready Coin 2.0 with NFC

Connected device maker Coin has released a new version of its electronic magnetic stripe card that is EMV-ready and incorporates NFC, allowing users to store credit and debit cards and make both contactless and swipe payment transactions for in-store purchases.

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27 August 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 August 2015, 12:40

MCX adds offers and discounts to CurrentC mobile wallet

US retailer-led consortium MCX has announced a partnership with promotions management and processing provider Inmar to bring digital promotions from US brands to its yet-to-launch mobile wallet platform CurrentC. The deal will enable users to automatically redeem offers and discounts at checkout on their mobile devices.

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26 August 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 26 August 2015, 12:19

UK consumers increase contactless spending 560% in 12 months

The amount British consumers have spent using their contactless cards has increased 560% in the last 12 months, research from MasterCard has revealed — a more than sixfold year-on-year growth and up from a 373% increase in the year to July 2014.

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25 August 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 August 2015, 15:08

Elle launches BLE beacon offers across the US

Women’s fashion magazine Elle has launched a promotion across the US that makes use of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and geofence technology to trigger exclusive content and offers in a shopper’s smartphone when they are within range of a participating store partner.

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25 August 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 25 August 2015, 14:42

SimplyTapp picks up contactless payments award

PARTNER NEWS: HCE specialist SimplyTapp has been awarded Best Contactless Payments Solution of the Year at the 2015 Future Digital Awards, organised by UK-based firm Juniper Research.

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News in brief

Oxigen Wallet loyalty program partnership

By Rian Boden • 28 August 2015, 14:09 • Last updated 28 August 2015, 14:24

Indian mobile wallet provider Oxigen Wallet has partnered with loyalty program provider PayBack to allow customers to earn PayBack points and redeem them as cash, to make online and bill payments. As well as payments, Oxigen Wallet lets users send and receive money through social network channels, and to and from mobile phone numbers, and is certified by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

PayAnywhere reader supports Apple Pay

By Rian Boden • 28 August 2015, 12:40 • Last updated 28 August 2015, 12:40

Credit card processor North American Bancard has introduced a new version of its PayAnywhere mobile credit card reader, which accepts Apple Pay, contactless NFC payments and magnetic stripe credit cards. The device, which is EMV-capable and available for iOS devices, will cost US$39.95, the company says, adding it will offer merchants “$5,000 free in Apple Pay transaction processing with a new PayAnywhere account”.

SumUp raises €10m in funding

By Rian Boden • 27 August 2015, 14:45 • Last updated 28 August 2015, 14:28

European mPOS company SumUp has announced €10m (US$11.2m) in funding from investors including BBVA Ventures and Groupon, taking the company’s funding total to €50m. SumUp plans to use the investment to increase its footprint into 15 countries, roll out its payment platform that encompasses a payments gateway, in-house hardware and operations systems, and to support the development of new services.

Google invites for Project Soli tests

By Rian Boden • 27 August 2015, 14:40 • Last updated 28 August 2015, 14:29

Google is notifying developers of an impending Project Soli Alpha DevKit and is asking those notified to fill out an application for the chance to receive one, Android Police reports. “Google notes the DevKits are very limited, stating there are only ‘a few dozen’ to go around,” it says. Project Soli was unveiled at I/O in June and will work to bring hand-gesture technology to wearables.

Cyber Group and Sensoro roll out beacons across Greater China

By Rian Boden • 27 August 2015, 14:31 • Last updated 27 August 2015, 14:31

Chinese chain store operator Cyber Group has launched a joint venture with beacon platform provider Sensoro to roll out Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons across Japan and the Greater China region. The companies have already deployed beacons across Tokyo’s top shopping center Marunouchi and will roll out the platform to more than 20 shopping centers and retail stores in the city. They will also install more than 5,000 beacons in 40 shopping districts in Taiwan before the end of October.

$14.9bn biometrics market by 2024

By Rian Boden • 27 August 2015, 14:21 • Last updated 27 August 2015, 14:21

The worldwide biometrics technology market will grow from US$2bn in 2015 to $14.9bn by 2024, research firm Tractica predicts. “During that period, Tractica forecasts that cumulative revenue will total $67.8bn,” the company says. The ‘Biometrics Market Forecasts’ report is based on a comprehensive 10-year market forecast for biometrics hardware and software from 2015 to 2024.

Samsung Pay opens US beta test

By Rian Boden • 27 August 2015, 14:10 • Last updated 27 August 2015, 14:10

Samsung has begun inviting those eligible to take part in a Samsung Pay beta test in the US ahead of the mobile payment service’s launch next month. Participants must own a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ or Galaxy Note 5, have an active Samsung account, a qualifying card and be a customer of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular. Verizon Wireless is yet to announce its support.

Google says Android Pay is coming ‘soon’

By Rian Boden • 27 August 2015, 12:17 • Last updated 27 August 2015, 12:17

Google has broken its silence following speculation its Android Pay mobile payments platform was to be launched on August 26 by confirming it will be available soon. “Looking forward to Android Pay? Stay tuned. #soon,” a tweet from the official Android account read.

620m biometric app downloads by 2020

By Rian Boden • 26 August 2015, 12:45 • Last updated 26 August 2015, 12:45

More than 620m mobile banking apps that support biometrics for customer authentication and transaction verification will be downloaded by 2020, research from Goode Intelligence predicts. “Additionally, almost 160m wearable devices will be benefiting from seamless biometric authentication for accessing banking services on a variety of wearables, including smartwatches and bands,” the company says.

PREIT installs BLE beacons in US malls

By Rian Boden • 26 August 2015, 12:36 • Last updated 26 August 2015, 12:36

Retail shopping mall owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) is to roll out Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons in its shopping centres in 12 US states, allowing retailers and brands to trigger offers and information in shoppers’ smartphones. The company has partnered with beacon advertising network Mobiquity Networks, which is now working in more than 320 malls hosting 7,500 retailers.

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September 1st, 2015

This week's news

  1. Join NFC World and Gemalto to learn how to develop a successful mobile payments roadmap
  2. Oxigen Wallet loyalty program partnership
  3. Half of Brits expect to replace cash with new technologies
  4. Wienerschnitzel launches mobile payment and loyalty app
  5. CaixaBank launches HCE mobile payments app
  6. PayAnywhere reader supports Apple Pay
  7. SumUp raises €10m in funding
  8. Google invites for Project Soli tests
  9. Cyber Group and Sensoro roll out beacons across Greater China
  10. $14.9bn biometrics market by 2024
  11. Samsung Pay opens US beta test
  12. UK contactless spending up 150% in last 12 months
  13. Coin unveils EMV-ready Coin 2.0 with NFC
  14. MCX adds offers and discounts to CurrentC mobile wallet
  15. Google says Android Pay is coming ‘soon’
  16. 620m biometric app downloads by 2020
  17. PREIT installs BLE beacons in US malls
  18. NFC chip market to rise 50.6%
  19. PayPal One Touch expansion
  20. UK consumers increase contactless spending 560% in 12 months
  21. Line Pay expands to Taiwan
  22. 80,000 cards added to Samsung Pay in Korea
  23. Gemalto and Mahindra Comviva scoop awards
  24. Elle launches BLE beacon offers across the US
  25. SimplyTapp picks up contactless payments award
  26. ‘Top priority’ for electronic and mobile payments
  27. JCDecaux to roll out PowaTag across Denmark
  28. NFC Forum adds new members
  29. Swiss develop ‘Sound-Proof’ authentication
  30. Square Cash finds time for Apple Watch
  31. Apple Pay fees ‘sticking point’ for Australian banks
  32. Visa Checkout reports 6m customers
 
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