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October 24th, 2014

By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 October 2014, 17:22

SimplyTapp launches open source tokenization project

SimplyTapp CEO Doug Yeager

A new open source software project designed to help banks offer tokenized card payments has been launched by HCE specialist SimplyTapp. “We feel the accessibility and control of current offerings are pretty restrictive and there is a need for a more open and transparent approach,” CEO Doug Yeager told NFC World. “It’s kind of like the referee has decided to play in the game in some cases.”

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October 24th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 October 2014, 15:29

Chicago to get NFC mobile ticketing in 2016

Travellers across Chicago will be able to pay for rides on all three transit systems including Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains and buses, Metra commuter rail and Pace suburban buses with a mobile app next year, and “with a few taps on their mobile devices” from early 2016.

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October 24th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 October 2014, 14:06

Discover CEO outlines plan to join Apple Pay

Discover CEO David Nelms has spoken out about his expectation that the company will eventually participate in Apple Pay, explaining that the company is “actively working to be included over time.”

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October 24th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 October 2014, 13:36

Researchers show off ‘skin buttons’ for smartwatches

Carnegie Mellon University’s Future Interfaces Group has developed a system that will allow smartwatches to laser project icons representing device functions or notifications for missed calls and messages onto the wearer’s skin.

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October 23rd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 October 2014, 17:23

Apple Pay glitch charges customers twice

Some Apple Pay users have been charged twice for purchases made using a Bank of America card, CNN’s Samuel Burke discovered after using the service to make purchases at Whole Foods and Duane Reade earlier this week.

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October 23rd, 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 23 October 2014, 13:25

Bell ID offers tokenization management software

PARTNER NEWS: Payment credential management specialist Bell ID has introduced Tokenization Manager, a software solution that can be used by token requesters such as card issuers to manage payment tokens, by digital wallet providers to deliver tokens to support mobile NFC payments and by merchants to replace the need to store customers’ card numbers.

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October 22nd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 October 2014, 13:09

YesTap tests NFC shopping wall in Amsterdam

Mobile ordering startup YesTap has installed an NFC-based interactive shopping wall at Google's Amsterdam offices which lets employees tap to order groceries and make a payment on their mobile device before collecting the items at the end of the day.

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October 22nd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 October 2014, 11:51

Core Jewels offers diamond rings with NFC

Tokyo-based jeweller Core Jewels is taking orders for the world’s first high-end diamond jewellery products that come equipped with NFC.

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October 22nd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 October 2014, 11:18

Revolution Money founder raises funds for location-based marketing venture

Jason Hogg, founder and former CEO of Revolution Money and a co-inventor of the technology behind American Express’ Serve and Bluebird services, has raised US$6.2m for Hangit, a location-based messaging platform that, he told NFC World+, aims to give small merchants “the same skills and capabilities a large retailer would have with their marketing platforms.”

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October 21st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 October 2014, 09:13

Google discusses Wallet plans

Google has talked about its plans with regard to its Google Wallet app and mobile payments, hinting at possible partnerships and insisting that the company is still trying to “get it right.”

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News in brief

Bookatable tests iBeacon at 119 restaurants

By Rian Boden • 24 October 2014, 15:48 • Last updated 24 October 2014, 15:48

Europe’s largest online restaurant booking website is testing Apple’s iBeacon location technology to send offers and menus to potential diners toting iPhones as they pass by a participating location. Bookatable has worked with American Express to install BLE beacons in 119 restaurants participating in the London Restaurant Festival, including Ping Pong, Spaghetti House, Villandry, Oxo Tower, Thai Square and STK London.

Apple Pay to launch in Korea?

By Rian Boden • 24 October 2014, 13:09 • Last updated 24 October 2014, 13:09

Apple is eyeing up the possibility of launching Apple Pay in Korea, Korea Bizwire reports. “It is reported that the American company inquired with the Financial Supervisory Service about the electronic payment business licensing and security suitability evaluation procedure,” the article says. “According to financial industry sources on October 20, officials from Apple Korea visited the financial regulator recently and asked about domestic registration of its new e-payment service Apple Pay.”

Amazon Rewards to join Apple Pay

By Rian Boden • 24 October 2014, 12:57 • Last updated 24 October 2014, 13:10

Amazon has confirmed to TechCrunch that its Rewards Visa Card, powered by Chase, is to support Apple Pay in the future and the company is already working on making this happen. “While Amazon has confirmed that it is working to bring Apple Pay to its credit card, there is no specific timeframe for that to happen at this point,” the article explains. Update: It’s now live.

Apple builds NFC tech into iPad Air 2

By Sarah Clark • 23 October 2014, 16:07 • Last updated 23 October 2014, 16:07

A teardown of the iPad Air 2 by iFixit has found that Apple has included an NXP 65V10 NFC module in the new tablet. The part is the same used to provide NFC functionality in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and its inclusion is a surprise as no mention of any NFC capability was made when the iPad Air 2 was announced last week.

Ecuador’s central bank plans national mobile wallet

By Rian Boden • 22 October 2014, 10:48 • Last updated 22 October 2014, 10:48

Banco Central del Ecuador is to launch a mobile payments scheme to act as the national mobile wallet in the country, Payments Views reports. “The vision includes building out an ecosystem that includes P2P, top-up, B2B, cash in and cash out, in-store purchases and electronic receipts,” the article explains. “The plan is to link the mobile payment platform with the banking platform so that mobile accounts can receive funds from and send funds to bank accounts.”

Alipay Wallet hits 190m users

By Rian Boden • 22 October 2014, 10:39 • Last updated 22 October 2014, 10:39

Alibaba-owned online payments giant Alipay’s Alipay Wallet app now has 190 million active users in China who use the solution to shop online via their smartphones, pay bills and pay for public transport. The company handles over 80m transactions daily, of which 45m are mobile transactions, and Alipay has partnered with more than 200 financial institutions.

Johnny Rockets puts tablets in 200 restaurants

By Rian Boden • 21 October 2014, 14:54 • Last updated 21 October 2014, 14:54

Hamburger restaurant chain Johnny Rockets is to roll out E la Carte’s tablet-based Presto platform to more than 200 locations in the US in November after a three month pilot that saw an 11.2% improvement in table turn time. The tabletop tablet lets customers place orders via the on-screen menu, add items to their cart and pay via a built-in credit card reader.

Acer Pay is on the way

By Rian Boden • 21 October 2014, 14:20 • Last updated 21 October 2014, 14:20

Taiwanese computer maker Acer is to join Apple and Samsung in introducing a payment service for users of its mobile phones and wearable devices, Want China Times reports. The company has partnered with fingerprint sensor provider Egis Technology to develop the cloud-based solution, stating that fingerprint recognition technology is expected to play a “critical part of authentication and making payments” with the service.

Beep’nGo hits 5m downloads

By Rian Boden • 21 October 2014, 14:12 • Last updated 21 October 2014, 14:12

Mobeam’s mobile coupon and offer app Beep’nGo has now surpassed five million downloads to compatible Android devices. “Beep’nGo aggregates coupons, loyalty cards and gift cards into one easy-to-use mobile application and, through its patented light technology, it allows all scanners at retail stores, including 1D laser scanners, to read the barcodes directly from the mobile screen without any hardware or software upgrades or manual input,” the company explains.

Newspaper tests BLE beacons

By Mike Clark • 21 October 2014, 13:58 • Last updated 21 October 2014, 13:58

Dutch newspaper publisher NDC Media is testing Bluetooth beacons with thirty shops in the town of Leeuwarden, Netherlands, to send offers to consumer smartphones running the Lightcurb mobile app. “The overarching goal is to connect shoppers and entrepreneurs together; this test is designed to gain experience,” NDC explains. The company is working with Lightcurb platform operator Snakeware for the pilot, which is scheduled to run until the end of 2014.

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October 26th, 2014

Latest news

  1. SimplyTapp launches open source tokenization project
  2. Bookatable tests iBeacon at 119 restaurants
  3. Chicago to get NFC mobile ticketing in 2016
  4. Discover CEO outlines plan to join Apple Pay
  5. Researchers show off ‘skin buttons’ for smartwatches
  6. Apple Pay to launch in Korea?
  7. Amazon Rewards to join Apple Pay
  8. Apple Pay glitch charges customers twice
  9. Apple builds NFC tech into iPad Air 2
  10. Bell ID offers tokenization management software
  11. YesTap tests NFC shopping wall in Amsterdam
  12. Core Jewels offers diamond rings with NFC
  13. Revolution Money founder raises funds for location-based marketing venture
  14. Ecuador’s central bank plans national mobile wallet
  15. Alipay Wallet hits 190m users
  16. Google discusses Wallet plans
  17. Johnny Rockets puts tablets in 200 restaurants
  18. Acer Pay is on the way
  19. Beep’nGo hits 5m downloads
  20. Newspaper tests BLE beacons
 
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