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    10 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 February 2016, 13:20

    ANZ launches HCE mobile payments in Australia

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    Customers of Australia’s ANZ bank can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments “with the broadest range of cards on offer” using a new ANZ Mobile Pay service.

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    9 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 February 2016, 16:22

    Paym reports 89% increase in use in second half of 2015

    More than £146m has been sent using peer-to-peer mobile payments platform Paym since its launch in 2014, with 1.46m payments sent in the second half of 2015 compared to 774,628 in its first six months — an increase of 89% — the company has revealed.

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    9 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 February 2016, 15:29

    Apple’s Error 53 shuts down handsets with Touch ID repairs

    iPhone 6 users have been left with broken handsets as a result of Apple’s latest iOS 9 operating system update permanently disabling devices if it detects that Touch ID’s hardware integrity has been compromised — such as by being repaired by a non-Apple technician.

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    9 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 February 2016, 14:57

    FitPay launches Kickstarter campaign to bring NFC smartstrap to market

    Wearable payments company FitPay has launched a campaign on Kickstarter to crowdfund the production of an NFC payment smartstrap for the Pebble Time family of smartwatches.

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    8 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 February 2016, 17:23

    Cash by Optus adds contactless bands and stickers to reach beyond Android owners

    Consumers using Cash by Optus — the prepaid NFC SIM-based payments service launched by Australian mobile network operator Optus in November 2014 — can now make payments using a contactless wristband or a sticker attached to their mobile phone.

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    8 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 February 2016, 16:31

    Kazakhstan gets HCE payments

    Customers of Kazkommertsbank (KKB) in Kazakhstan can now make host card emulation (HCE) based NFC mobile payments using a new service launched in partnership with Visa.

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    8 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 February 2016, 16:04

    Mobile banking service Pocopay goes live in Europe

    Mobile banking service Pocopay has launched in the Netherlands, Spain and its home country of Estonia to let consumers split bills, request money using email addresses or QR codes and make payments via a MasterCard contactless debit card.

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    8 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 February 2016, 11:35

    MoboMoney takes sound-based mobile payments to India

    Indian consumers can now make payments at participating retail locations using their mobile device and sound based technology developed by startup ToneTag. The feature has been integrated into MoboMoney, an NFC payments platform launched by information technology provider Tech Mahindra in December 2015, to extend the service to a greater number of mobile devices and merchants across the country.

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    5 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 5 February 2016, 15:37

    APCA explores security code for digital wallets in Australia

    Members of the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA) are currently exploring the possibility of implementing a voluntary code of practice to regulate digital wallets in the country.

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    4 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 February 2016, 16:41

    MobileNow! enables parking payments from Apple Watch

    Apple Watch users can now pay for parking across the US directly from their wrist with a “few simple taps” using the MobileNow! app. The service can also be used to extend parking sessions.

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    News in brief

    Apple Pay glitch prevents users adding Visa cards

    By Rian Boden • 10 February 2016, 17:39 • Last updated 10 February 2016, 17:40

    Apple has now resolved a service outage that meant users were unable to add credit cards and debit cards to Apple Pay for almost seven hours today. “The issue only appears to be affecting Visa cards, not American Express, MasterCard or Discover cards,” 9to5mac reported. “Making payments with Apple Pay and Visa cards also appears unaffected as the issue is only with adding new cards to Apple Pay.”

    Mobile savings club scoops innovation award

    By Rian Boden • 10 February 2016, 15:46 • Last updated 10 February 2016, 15:46

    PARTNER NEWS: Mahindra Comviva and mobile money and payments provider EcoCash have won the Best Mobile Innovation prize at the sixth Kalahari Awards for the EcoCash Savings Club. “EcoCash Savings Club, powered by Mahindra Comviva’s Mobiquity Money platform, is a group saving service which digitizes traditional savings clubs in Zimbabwe,” Mahindra Comviva says. “It is aimed at the self-employed, informal sector entrepreneurs, street vendors, and women’s groups who were limited to informal group savings previously as they were considered financially ineligible by mainstream banks.”

    Visa offers mobile card controls

    By Rian Boden • 10 February 2016, 15:10 • Last updated 10 February 2016, 15:10

    Consumers will soon be able to stop transactions taking place if their card is lost or stolen, set spending controls and receive transaction alerts on their smartphone via a new service launched by Visa. “Financial institutions who adopt Visa Consumer Transaction Controls will be able to offer the service through their mobile banking application, mobile wallet or website,” Visa says. “Issuers can choose the features to provide to their consumers.”

    Kiwis warm to mobile payments and biometrics

    By Rian Boden • 10 February 2016, 13:40 • Last updated 10 February 2016, 13:40

    More than four in ten New Zealanders (41%) would consider using NFC mobile payments today and 44% believe mobile payments will be the next thing to take off, followed by biometrics/facial recognition/fingerprints (21%) and wearable technology (18%), research from MasterCard reveals. 49% expect they will not use cash in ten years’ time, with more than a third believing retailers need to do more to embrace new payment technologies.

    Apple Pay reaches mobile app inflection point

    By Rian Boden • 10 February 2016, 13:28 • Last updated 10 February 2016, 13:28

    Apple Pay has seen an acceleration in mobile app acceptance across the US, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who calls it an “inflection point” in a recent investor note reported by Quartz. “While most attention has been paid to which retail stores have started accepting Apple Pay, the iPhone-based payment service has quietly made serious progress in mobile commerce,” the publication says. Apple Pay is also leading POS mobile payments in the US, according to the firm.

    3bn loyalty cards will move to mobile by 2020

    By Rian Boden • 9 February 2016, 15:03 • Last updated 9 February 2016, 15:03

    More than 3bn loyalty cards will operate as mobile-only or will be integrated into mobile apps by 2020, up from 1.4bn last year, Juniper Research predicts. “Brands and retailers are increasingly responding to consumer demand for mobile integration, with many now offering customers the opportunity to store their loyalty cards within a dedicated digital wallet,” the research firm says.

    Super Bowl fans explore Bay Area with BLE beacons

    By Rian Boden • 8 February 2016, 16:55 • Last updated 8 February 2016, 16:55

    Attendees at Super Bowl 50 over the weekend were notified of related events, points of interest and prizes on their smartphones via a mobile app and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in locations across the San Francisco Bay Area. The beacons were deployed by Gimbal.

    Apple Pay adds 32 banks in the US

    By Rian Boden • 8 February 2016, 15:37 • Last updated 8 February 2016, 15:37

    Apple has added a further 32 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US. “Apple Pay now has 1,000 participating issuers nationwide,” MacRumors reports.

    White paper lays out NFC solutions for in-home healthcare providers

    By Tom Phillips • 8 February 2016, 09:15 • Last updated 5 February 2016, 17:18

    A five-page white paper that explains the advantages of NFC for in-home healthcare providers is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. ‘Deliver secure quality in-home patient care using the simplicity of NFC’ has been produced by security system supplier HID Global and compares different electronic visit verification technologies and explains how they address key areas of healthcare fraud.

    FitPay closes $3.1m round led by G&D

    By Rian Boden • 5 February 2016, 17:12 • Last updated 5 February 2016, 17:12

    Wearable payments provider FitPay has closed a US$3.1m seed funding round led by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D). “FitPay’s payment platform uses NFC technology combined with card network tokenization to interact with POS terminals at retail locations,” the company says. “FitPay’s Trusted Payment Manager platform allows contactless payment capabilities on a wide range of wearable devices.” FitPay developed a smartstrap to enable NFC payments on Pebble Time smartwatches in November 2015.

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    February 11th, 2016

    This week's news

    1. Apple Pay glitch prevents users adding Visa cards
    2. Mobile savings club scoops innovation award
    3. Visa offers mobile card controls
    4. Kiwis warm to mobile payments and biometrics
    5. Apple Pay reaches mobile app inflection point
    6. ANZ launches HCE mobile payments in Australia
    7. Paym reports 89% increase in use in second half of 2015
    8. Apple’s Error 53 shuts down handsets with Touch ID repairs
    9. 3bn loyalty cards will move to mobile by 2020
    10. FitPay launches Kickstarter campaign to bring NFC smartstrap to market
    11. Cash by Optus adds contactless bands and stickers to reach beyond Android owners
    12. Super Bowl fans explore Bay Area with BLE beacons
    13. Kazakhstan gets HCE payments
    14. Mobile banking service Pocopay goes live in Europe
    15. Apple Pay adds 32 banks in the US
    16. MoboMoney takes sound-based mobile payments to India
    17. White paper lays out NFC solutions for in-home healthcare providers
    18. FitPay closes $3.1m round led by G&D
    19. Samsung looks into vein authentication
    20. APCA explores security code for digital wallets in Australia
    21. Apple Pay available in more than 2m US retail locations
    22. Apple begins selling Square contactless reader
    23. Viber to add money transfers to messaging app
    24. European Central Bank to develop P2P service
    25. Charity goes contactless for World Cancer Day
    26. MobileNow! enables parking payments from Apple Watch
    27. Amazon Echo adds Domino’s pizza orders
    28. Global mobile payment market to hit $620bn in 2016
     
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