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January 30th, 2015

By Mike Clark • Last updated 30 January 2015, 14:36

Join NFC World for a free workshop on tokenization

Free webinar

The next event in NFC World’s free educational webinar series will be held at 15:00 GMT on Tuesday 17 February when mobile payments expert David Worthington from Bell ID will explain how tokenization works and how it can help you better secure mobile payment services.

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January 29th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 January 2015, 15:07

Spanish airline lets customers tap to add contactless card to app

Passengers can now add a payment card to Spanish low-cost airline Vueling’s app and use it to pay for flights, just by tapping a contactless credit card to their NFC phone.

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January 29th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 January 2015, 13:39

Vinci Park introduces NFC car parking tickets

Drivers in the French city of Caen can now tap their NFC phone to terminals in Vinci Park car parks to retrieve a virtual parking ticket, with NFC payments due to be added in future.

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January 29th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 January 2015, 15:13

NFC pioneer Proxama cuts jobs ahead of trading update

UK-based mobile marketing and NFC pioneer Proxama has announced a round of redundancies at its Norwich headquarters with up to 21 people believed to be at risk of losing their jobs.

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January 28th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 January 2015, 15:03

NXP sues Marvell over Xbox NFC chips

NXP Semiconductors has filed a patent infringement suit against rival chip maker Marvell, claiming that the NFC chips supplied by Marvell to Microsoft for use in the Xbox One video gaming console infringe four of its patents.

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January 28th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 January 2015, 14:41

Cachet adds prepaid cards to Apple Pay

Prepaid card issuers using Cachet Financial Solutions’ Select Mobile Money white label platform can now offer their customers a way to charge Apple Pay transactions to their prepaid account balance, the company has announced.

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January 28th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 January 2015, 14:09

Apple CEO says 2015 will be the “year of Apple Pay”

Apple Pay now accounts for more than two-thirds of Visa, MasterCard and American Express contactless payments by value across the US, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed during a first quarter earnings call.

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January 27th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 January 2015, 14:18

Starbucks increases mobile payments to 16% of total

Starbucks is now processing an average of seven million mobile payments a week, representing around 16% of all its transactions, CEO Howard Schultz has revealed during a first quarter earnings call in which he also provided an update on the Mobile Order and Pay service the coffee giant introduced in Portland, Oregon in December last year.

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January 27th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 January 2015, 13:52

Wirecard to offer white label HCE wristband

The HCE wristband unveiled by technology provider Wirecard earlier this month is to be offered on a white label basis, Joern Leogrande, the company’s EVP of mobile services, has told NFC World+.

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January 23rd, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 January 2015, 14:33

Cancer Research brings contactless donations to shop windows

Cancer Research UK is to install contactless technology in four of its shop windows, enabling passersby to make a £2 donation to the charity by simply tapping their contactless card to a POS terminal placed on the other side of the glass.

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News in brief

One in four online transactions are now mobile

By Rian Boden • 30 January 2015, 14:05 • Last updated 30 January 2015, 14:05

Over a quarter (25.8%) of the world’s online transactions now take place on a mobile device, up from 23.3% in the third quarter of 2014 and 37% up on the 18.8% recorded in the fourth quarter of 2013, Adyen’s quarterly Mobile Payments Index has revealed. “December showed the highest proportion of mobile payments at 26.6%, followed closely by November at 26.1%,” the study found.

Norwegian carriers pick Amdocs for mobile payments

By Rian Boden • 30 January 2015, 14:03 • Last updated 30 January 2015, 14:03

Strex, the mobile payments joint venture between Norwegian carriers Telenor, TeliaSonera and Tele2, has selected software and services provider Amdocs’ Mobile Financial Services solution to “consolidate the operators’ multiple SMS-based payment systems into one” mobile wallet. Strex will now be able to offer users a single solution to pay for digital and physical goods or services, send money and pay bills using “either SMS, web, USSD or via a mobile app,” Amdocs says.

MassDOT tests mobile tickets

By Rian Boden • 30 January 2015, 13:45 • Last updated 30 January 2015, 13:46

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has begun a pilot test of BusPlus, a mobile ticketing service developed by Bytemark that provides customers of intercity private bus operators the ability to purchase and store transit passes on their mobile devices. “To use passes, riders simply show their smartphone screen to bus operators or scan the on-screen barcode upon boarding,” MassDot explains.

Gmail sends money in the UK

By Rian Boden • 29 January 2015, 14:27 • Last updated 29 January 2015, 14:27

Google is expanding availability of its Send Money in Gmail service, enabling users in the UK to send money to friends and family from within their Gmail account. “We’re rolling out this feature over the coming weeks to all UK Gmail users over 18 years old, so keep an eye out for the £ icon in the attachment options,” Google says.

USAT adds support for Apple Pay

By Rian Boden • 28 January 2015, 13:53 • Last updated 28 January 2015, 13:53

Cashless vending machine technology provider USA Technologies (USAT) has announced that it has added support for Apple Pay. “This immediately adds approximately 200,000 Apple Pay acceptance points, bringing the advanced mobile payments service to owners and operators of coffee brewers, vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment, parking pay stations and other self-serve appliances,” the company says.

Samsung Pay to launch at MWC?

By Sarah Clark • 27 January 2015, 13:25 • Last updated 27 January 2015, 13:26

Samsung Pay, “a payment feature which works with magnetic and NFC terminals” will ship with the Korean phone maker’s forthcoming Galaxy S6 mobile phone, BGR reports, citing a “trusted source”. The device is expected to be unveiled during Mobile World Congress 2015 while the mobile payment service is expected to use technology developed by US startup LoopPay to enable payments to be made at both contactless and magnetic stripe-based POS terminals.

Schoolboys protect Macs with Touch ID

By Rian Boden • 27 January 2015, 13:08 • Last updated 27 January 2015, 13:08

Two Dutch schoolboys have developed KeyTouch, an app that uses Apple’s Touch ID technology to protect access to Mac computers. “Apple fans who happen to own Touch ID-enabled iPhone and iPad models can use the app to unlock and lock their Macs as long as their OS X computers have Bluetooth 4.0 LE support and are running the KeyTouch companion app,” BGR reports.

Descartes offers ear verification for mobile devices

By Rian Boden • 23 January 2015, 16:01 • Last updated 23 January 2015, 15:21

Descartes Biometrics has unveiled Helix, an ear detection and recognition technology that uses a smartphone owner’s unique ear features to lock and unlock their mobile device. “Helix does not require any additional hardware and is capable of processing any qualifying image containing an ear,” the company says. “Possible applications include banking, travel, medical and personnel attendance solutions, as well as application, device and building security.”

Taiwanese banks to use Wave NFC dongle

By Rian Boden • 23 January 2015, 15:30 • Last updated 23 January 2015, 14:44

Taiwan Mobile Payment Co (TWMP), the consortium of regional banks bringing NFC payments to market in Taiwan, is to use Oti Wave, the NFC payment dongle developed by On Track Innovations. TWMP was formed in July 2014 by three Taiwanese banking groups and has since signed up 27 banks to use its NFC hub to connect with local carriers. Oti Wave, unveiled in 2012, is certified by Visa and MasterCard, and has also been adopted by Hong Kong ATM network JetCo. The device has also been tested by a major US bank.

Android devices get multifactor biometrics

By Rian Boden • 23 January 2015, 15:10 • Last updated 23 January 2015, 14:39

Voice control specialist Sensory has released AppLock, a mobile app that can secure other apps on any Android device with multifactor biometric authentication. “This authentication can use the camera to see the user’s face or the microphone to hear their password or both simultaneously for maximum security needs,” Sensory explains. “In just a few seconds, the user can enroll his/her face and voice by simply looking at the phone while speaking the passphrase at the prompts.”

More news in brief...


February 1st, 2015

This week's news

  1. Join NFC World for a free workshop on tokenization
  2. One in four online transactions are now mobile
  3. Norwegian carriers pick Amdocs for mobile payments
  4. MassDOT tests mobile tickets
  5. Spanish airline lets customers tap to add contactless card to app
  6. Gmail sends money in the UK
  7. Vinci Park introduces NFC car parking tickets
  8. NFC pioneer Proxama cuts jobs ahead of trading update
  9. NXP sues Marvell over Xbox NFC chips
  10. Cachet adds prepaid cards to Apple Pay
  11. Apple CEO says 2015 will be the “year of Apple Pay”
  12. USAT adds support for Apple Pay
  13. Starbucks increases mobile payments to 16% of total
  14. Wirecard to offer white label HCE wristband
  15. Samsung Pay to launch at MWC?
  16. Schoolboys protect Macs with Touch ID
 
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