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ANZ to add HCE payments to mobile banking app

March 26th, 2015

ANZ Bank New Zealand is to add NFC mobile payments to its popular goMoney mobile banking app later this year. The goMoney Wallet feature will be available to 120,000 customers with Android NFC phones and… More

China Telecom launches NFC ticketing

March 26th, 2015

Residents of Shanghai and Beijing can now ride the metro and pay for tickets with their China Telecom NFC smartphones. The carrier, which has 183m subscribers, is using Gemalto’s UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIMs to deploy its secure NFC services.

Windows 10 for mobile gets HCE

March 25th, 2015

Microsoft is to introduce support for host card emulation (HCE) payments in the mobile version of its Windows 10 operating system. SIM-based secure elements will continue to be supported with “improved payment integration flows” enabling… More

Bell ID reports 75% growth in orders

March 24th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Orders are up 75% year-on-year at HCE and tokenization specialist Bell ID, the company reports, “with 90% of all new orders and requests for proposals focusing on mobile solutions.” The growth in sales… More

NXP uses NFC to make smart homes easier to manage

March 20th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker NXP has introduced a wireless microcontroller and accompanying smart home and smart lighting solutions that use NFC to make it easy for users to “connect systems intuitively with just one tap”…. More

SXSW to deploy 1,000 beacons

March 9th, 2015

The organizers of the annual SXSW music and film festival are working with Gimbal, RightRound and Urban Airship to place 1,000 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons around the event’s venues. The beacons support Around Me, a new social networking addition to the SXSW Go app that lets attendees who check into zones at official venues discover what’s happening nearby and connect with other people that have also checked into the location.

US identity fraud drops, but breaches scare consumers

March 5th, 2015

The number of victims of identity fraud in the US decreased 3% to 12.7 million in 2014 and total fraud losses declined to US$16 billion — a decrease of 11% from 2013 — a study from Javelin Strategy & Research has found. However, a series of high-profile card data breaches had a great impact on consumer purchasing decisions, with 28% of fraud victims saying they avoided affected merchants after the fraud, say the authors of the 2015 Identity Fraud study.

Optus shows off wearable payments

March 5th, 2015

Australian mobile network Optus has shown off a prototype watch that can be used to make contactless payments as an extension of its Cash by Optus prepaid NFC payment app. “Payments can be made using only… More

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

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