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New Pebble could offer NFC strap

March 4th, 2015

Watch maker Pebble has smashed through a US$500,000 crowdfunding target, raising nearly $16m in a matter of days to produce its new Pebble Time smart watch with a colour display. The device will connect to Smart Straps, interchangeable wristbands that can contain electronics and sensors that interface directly with apps running on the watch. “Now everything is possible — GPS, heart rate monitor, NFC, battery extension, you name it!” says the company.

Madrid tests NFC ticketing on public transport

March 4th, 2015

Travellers in Spain’s capital will be able to use their NFC phones to pass through ticket barriers as Madrid’s public transport system tests NFC ticketing. The SIM-based NFC trial will see owners of Samsung Galaxy phones with Telefonica SIMs being able to register payment cards and buy tickets direct from their handsets. Madrid ran an NFC bus ticketing trial with BankInter in 2010.

SpotMe app lets Android users spend Apple Pay cash

March 3rd, 2015

Android users can spend their iPhone-owning friends’ money using a new app that can capture NFC payment transaction tokens from other devices and hold onto them before spending them later. More

Google confirms Android Pay at MWC

March 2nd, 2015

Google is building a framework for mobile payments in Android, a senior executive has revealed at Mobile World Congress. Android Pay will be an API layer that supports NFC and biometrics and will allow developers to incorporate payments, both in-store and in-app, into their applications, SVP Sundar Pichai told delegates in Barcelona. Android Pay is expected to launch at Google’s I/O conference in May 2015.

PayPal readies contactless reader

March 2nd, 2015

PayPal is preparing to launch a new version of its PayPal Here card reader that can handle transactions with contactless cards and NFC devices. “Just like the current PayPal Here Chip and PIN reader, it… More

PayPal to buy MCX supplier Paydiant

March 2nd, 2015

Paypal is to acquire Paydiant, a white label mobile payments specialist and developer of a platform that allows retailers to incorporate payment, loyalty and offers functionality into their own apps. Paydiant also provides the mobile… More

Apple Watch to replace car keys

March 2nd, 2015

Apple is planning to supplant car keys with Apple Watch functionality, CEO Tim Cook has revealed in an interview with the The Telegraph. “The watch is designed to be able to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used by many vehicles,” reports the UK newspaper.

Video shows Samsung Pay in action

March 2nd, 2015

A short video published by MasterCard shows Samsung’s new Samsung Pay mobile payment service in action, demonstrating how a user chooses a payment card, authenticates and then holds their phone next to a standard payment… More

NXP tool helps developers access secure elements

March 2nd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker NXP has produced a new tool to help developers quickly build apps that utilise the embedded secure element in the company’s PN66T NFC module. The Secure Service Development Platform (SSDP) allows… More

Carta makes HCE simple with hosted Cloud Suite payments platform

March 2nd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Carta Worldwide has introduced Cloud Suite 1.0, a cloud-based platform-as-a-service solution for banks and wallet providers that supports tokenization, digital credential management, host card emulation, NFC proximity and remote payments. More

Samsung Pay’s success in the US is not assured, says expert

March 2nd, 2015

Google’s recent acquisition of Softcard’s NFC payments business may hit Samsung Pay’s prospects for widespread US adoption hard, says a respected payments consultant. Commenting on Samsung Pay’s launch, Tom Noyes is enthusiastic about the system’s mechanism for wider merchant acceptance but, he writes, “even if it were ready today it will never be pre-loaded on ANY phone in the US given the recent Google/Softcard deal with all three major US MNOs.”

Korea shifts to NFC authentication for mobile banking

March 2nd, 2015

Korean financial institutions are to offer streamlined NFC authentication for mobile banking transactions starting from as soon as the first half of 2015, according to local media reports. Bank customers currently use dedicated passcode generator devices… More

Mobile money users grow 41% in 2014

March 2nd, 2015

Active mobile money accounts worldwide grew 41% to more than 100 million in 2014, a report from the GSMA’s Mobile Money for the Unbanked programme has found. State of the Industry 2014: Mobile Financial Services for the Unbanked also reports that mobile money services are now available in 61% of developing markets — 84 out of 139 — with 255 services running in 89 countries worldwide. “Mobile is a key enabling tool for financial inclusion and over the last year we’ve seen significant growth in mobile financial services,” says GSMA chief regulatory officer Tom Phillips.

Oberthur’s Pearl SE embedded in Galaxy S6

March 2nd, 2015

Samsung’s new flagship handsets, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, include an embedded secure element (eSE) from Oberthur Technologies. The Pearl eSE is a multi-application NFC secure element that is certified by Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Incorporating the chip allows easy MNO-independent deployment of secure contactless payment, strong authentication, transit, access and loyalty applications.

Bank of England ponders own digital currency

February 27th, 2015

The Bank of England is consulting external experts on research designed to help set future policy which includes considering the effects of issuing its own Bitcoin-like digital currency. The One Bank Research Agenda discussion document, which aims to transform the way research is done at the bank, explains that the rise of digital currencies “has potentially profound implications for a financial system whose payments mechanism depends on bank deposits that need to be created through credit,” and goes on to ask what the impact on existing payment and settlement systems would be should it introduce its own digital currency in future.

LG smart watch to offer NFC payments

February 27th, 2015

An LTE-equipped variant of LG‘s new luxury smart watch will offer NFC mobile payment functionality, reports Engadget. The Watch Urbane LTE can also make phone calls and features a bevy of sensors including a gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, atmospheric pressure, heartbeat, and GPS. The watch is due to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress.

Barclays to allow Twitter payments

February 27th, 2015

Barclays will be the first British bank to allow people to send payments using just the recipient’s Twitter username. The free service will launch on March 10 for users of the social network and the bank’s Pingit mobile payment app. “Adding the ability to pay people or a small business using just a Twitter handle brings together a social and digital experience to create a new step forward for mobile payments in the UK,” said Darren Foulds, director of Barclays Mobile Banking and Pingit.

Testing Mobile Payments: HCE and Tokenization webinar — See it now on NFC World

February 25th, 2015

NFC World’s ‘Testing Mobile Payments: HCE and Tokenization’ webinar is now available to view online. 558 people registered to attend the live event and participants gave the presentation an overall rating of 4.2 out of… More

500 sign up to learn about testing cloud payments

February 23rd, 2015

More than 500 people have registered to attend tomorrow’s NFC World webinar on testing cloud-based mobile payments, when technical expert Gerd Thys from Clear2Pay will explain why and how you should be testing your offering before going to market. “Testing Mobile Payments: HCE and Tokenization” will be broadcast live at 15:00 GMT on Tuesday 24 February, and you can sign up to attend here.

White paper identifies clear consumer preference for NFC

February 23rd, 2015

NFC Technology: How Changing Consumer Preferences Create New Opportunities For Retailers, a 26-page white paper that presents the results of a Strategy Analytics and NFC Forum study into US consumer attitudes to NFC, QR codes and Bluetooth beacons in retail, is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. “In five of six use cases identified, more than twice as many consumers preferred NFC to the leading alternative,” the survey found.

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