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2 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 2 July 2015, 13:23

Rémy Martin to launch NFC bottle in China for authentication and rewards

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French spirits brand Rémy Martin is to launch a connected cognac bottle equipped with an NFC tag that will let consumers check the product is authentic and whether it has been opened and resealed, as well as allowing them to retrieve rewards and special offers after it has been purchased.

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1 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 July 2015, 13:26

Fido Alliance adds authentication support for NFC and BLE

The Fido Alliance has added new NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) transport protocols to its Universal Second Factor (U2F) authentication specification. “With these new transport specifications, Fido U2F is appropriate for mobile and wireless applications and devices that do not have a USB port,” the organisation says.

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1 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 July 2015, 12:07

25% of British consumers fear mobile payments will make them spend more

A quarter of UK consumers fear that using mobile payment services over cards and cash will see them spend more and make more impulse purchases, research from price comparison service uSwitch has revealed.

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30 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 June 2015, 16:00

KFC China restaurants to accept Alipay mobile payments next month

Nearly 5,000 KFC China fast food restaurants will accept Alipay mobile payments next month, following in the footsteps of Walmart which is rolling out support for the service in all of its Chinese stores by the end of this year.

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30 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 June 2015, 15:27

Global payments company to launch biometric cards with fingerprint scanner

An undisclosed global payments company is to incorporate bendable fingerprint sensors into smart cards as part of a worldwide program to be rolled out in partnership with Norwegian biometrics provider Idex.

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30 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 July 2015, 13:14

2.2bn NFC-enabled handset shipments by 2020, IHS Technology predicts

Shipments of NFC-enabled handsets will increase to 756m in 2015, up from 444m last year, rising to 2.2bn by 2020, IHS Technology has forecast. The research firm adds NFC is “finally coming of age and gaining some traction”.

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29 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 June 2015, 15:44

Barclaycard launches second generation bPay wearable payment devices

Barclaycard has unveiled a second generation of its bPay wristbands and is to add contactless-enabled keyfobs and stickers to the range of bPay devices that will be made available for purchase on 1 July.

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26 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 26 June 2015, 17:48

Fans get contactless entry to football matches in Cyprus

PARTNER NEWS: Season ticket holders at a Cypriot first division football club will soon get into the team's Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium on match day by tapping contactless keyfobs — or wristbands for younger supporters — against NFC turnstiles at the entrance.

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25 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 June 2015, 15:20

Evercoss to pre-install mobile wallet on handsets

Indonesia’s largest smartphone and tablet manufacturer is to pre-install a mobile wallet on up to three million of its mobile devices annually, allowing users to make QR code-based in-store payments, online payments and P2P funds transfers using a platform supplied by mobile wallet provider Cellum.

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25 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 June 2015, 14:08

McGee Group adds NFC inspection tags to trucks

Truck drivers from UK-based construction firm McGee Group can now log their daily vehicle inspections by tapping a tablet or smartphone against NFC tags mounted on their lorries, using a platform supplied by mobility solutions provider Mobilengine.

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News in brief

Cab:app taxis to accept NFC mobile payments

By Rian Boden • 2 July 2015, 13:30 • Last updated 2 July 2015, 13:30

More than 7,600 taxi drivers in 90 cities across the UK and Ireland can accept NFC mobile payments from passengers using the taxi-hailing app Cab:app through a mPOS gateway provided by Payworks.  “Drivers are now able to accept physical Visa, MasterCard and American Express card payments directly from the Cab:app application using NFC-enabled chip & PIN card readers,” the company says, adding that frequent passengers can pay directly from the app.

Las Vegas gets park and reward meters

By Rian Boden • 2 July 2015, 13:16 • Last updated 2 July 2015, 13:40

Drivers in Las Vegas can pick up offers from local businesses via 16 interactive on-street parking meters. The service is part of the City Connector project launched by MasterCard and fare collection systems provider Parkeon. “Customers can select any deals using the terminals’ interactive screens, after which the relevant coupons are immediately printed and redeemed at the POS when visiting the merchant,” Parkeon explains.

Mobile tickets launch for Houston buses

By Rian Boden • 2 July 2015, 12:52 • Last updated 2 July 2015, 12:52

Bus users in Houston, Texas will be able to pay for and display tickets on their smartphones after the Metropolitan Transit Authority signed a contract with mobile ticketing specialist GlobeSherpa. “It would take 60 to 90 days to unveil the first phase,” the Houston Chronicle reports. “A second phase would enable riders to … pay with online tools such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet.”

PayPal buys money transfer provider Xoom

By Rian Boden • 2 July 2015, 12:40 • Last updated 2 July 2015, 12:40

PayPal has bought digital money transfer provider Xoom for about US$890m. “Xoom is a leader in international remittances, enabling customers in the US to send money to, and pay bills for, family and friends around the world in a secure, fast and cost-effective way using their mobile phones, tablets or computers,” PayPal says.

MasterCard to pilot biometrics for online shopping

By Rian Boden • 2 July 2015, 12:32 • Last updated 2 July 2015, 12:32

MasterCard is to test a system that will approve online purchases with a face or fingerprint scan later this year. “If you choose fingerprint, all it takes it a touch. If you go with facial recognition, you stare at the phone, blink once, and you’re done,” CNN reports. “To pull this off, MasterCard said it has partnered with every smartphone maker.” The pilot will involve 500 customers.

London buses get on board beacon rollout

By Rian Boden • 1 July 2015, 12:30 • Last updated 1 July 2015, 12:30

Five hundred London buses have been equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to send targeted messages to commuters, as part of out-of-home media owner Exterion Media’s beacon rollout across “major cities” in the UK in partnership with mobile marketing and NFC specialist Proxama. The move follows a successful pilot conducted on buses in Norwich last year.

Beacons on menu for Cathay Pacific lounge guests

By Rian Boden • 1 July 2015, 12:15 • Last updated 1 July 2015, 12:15

Guests using Cathay Pacific’s business and first class lounge at San Francisco International Airport will be able to receive information about food and beverage menus and other available amenities with their smartphone via beacons installed across the lounge. The airline is working in partnership with platform provider LoungeBuddy for the trial that will be in place for 60 days.

Facebook rolls out Messenger mobile payments across US

By Rian Boden • 1 July 2015, 11:37 • Last updated 1 July 2015, 11:37

Facebook has made its Messenger mobile payments service available across the US following its launch in New York City in May. The service was first unveiled in March as a way for users to send and receive money for free through the Messenger app. “Add your debit card and pay anyone on Messenger in a few taps,” the social network says.

Apple Watch patent transfers data in a shake

By Rian Boden • 1 July 2015, 11:29 • Last updated 1 July 2015, 11:29

Apple’s latest patent details how an Apple Watch could exchange information with another when wearers greet each other with a handshake. “The wearable devices can detect their proximity to the other (using BLE or NFC-based proximity sensors),” Patently Apple reports. “Each device can communicate with the other (using Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi or other wireless communication channels) to verify it experienced similar acceleration.”

Mahindra Comviva and Pole SCS in European partnership

By Rian Boden • 30 June 2015, 14:51 • Last updated 30 June 2015, 14:51

Mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva has signed a strategic agreement with Pole SCS, a south-east France technology cluster, to roll out new contactless and mobile services across Europe with a key focus on hybrid HCE and smart tokenization. “The framework will focus on products, solutions and services, as well as potential development of new initiatives based on innovative trust and security solutions,” Mahindra Comviva says.

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July 3rd, 2015

This week's news

  1. Cab:app taxis to accept NFC mobile payments
  2. Rémy Martin to launch NFC bottle in China for authentication and rewards
  3. Las Vegas gets park and reward meters
  4. Mobile tickets launch for Houston buses
  5. PayPal buys money transfer provider Xoom
  6. MasterCard to pilot biometrics for online shopping
  7. Fido Alliance adds authentication support for NFC and BLE
  8. London buses get on board beacon rollout
  9. Beacons on menu for Cathay Pacific lounge guests
  10. 25% of British consumers fear mobile payments will make them spend more
  11. Facebook rolls out Messenger mobile payments across US
  12. Apple Watch patent transfers data in a shake
  13. KFC China restaurants to accept Alipay mobile payments next month
  14. Global payments company to launch biometric cards with fingerprint scanner
  15. Mahindra Comviva and Pole SCS in European partnership
  16. NFC smartphone sales up 55% year on year in 2015
  17. 2.2bn NFC-enabled handset shipments by 2020, IHS Technology predicts
  18. Beacons guide Hong Kong airport passengers
  19. Maple Leafs install beacons for draft party
  20. Sharp includes fingerprint sensor in flagship smartphone
  21. US$2.7tn mobile wallet market by 2020
  22. Cale parking card readers to accept Apple Pay
  23. Barclaycard launches second generation bPay wearable payment devices
  24. Apple publishes UK contactless FAQ
  25. PayPal set to float on 17 July
  26. Fans get contactless entry to football matches in Cyprus
  27. PayRange raises $12m for vending machine payments via Bluetooth
  28. One in five Australians make in-store mobile payments
 
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