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    “Highly interested” Canadians ready for mobile payments

    July 3rd, 2015

    Some 14% of Canadian consumers say they are highly interested in making in-store mobile payments and 11% are also interested in using a wearable device such as a smartwatch to do so, research from payment… More

    Researchers unveil breakthrough in weaving NFC chips into clothes

    July 3rd, 2015

    Researchers from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have invented a method of embedding NFC chips into yarns which are then woven and knitted to make fabrics for clothing. The chips could be used to provide enhanced security… More

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

    July 2nd, 2015

    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. More

    Fido Alliance adds authentication support for NFC and BLE

    July 1st, 2015

    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… More

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

    July 1st, 2015

    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. As a… More

    KFC China restaurants to accept Alipay mobile payments next month

    June 30th, 2015

    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… More

    Global payments company to launch biometric cards with fingerprint scanner

    June 30th, 2015

    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. “Idex’s unique, patented off-chip… More

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

    June 30th, 2015

    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… More

    Barclaycard launches second generation bPay wearable payment devices

    June 29th, 2015

    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. More

    Fans get contactless entry to football matches in Cyprus

    June 26th, 2015

    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.  More

    Evercoss to pre-install mobile wallet on handsets

    June 25th, 2015

    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… More

    McGee Group adds NFC inspection tags to trucks

    June 25th, 2015

    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… More

    Amazon’s voice-driven home shopping device available for pre-order in the US

    June 25th, 2015

    US consumers will soon be able to reorder supplies and control their home appliances using Amazon Echo, the connected device that uses voice recognition to complete spoken commands to shop, play music, read the news… More

    CUA credit union reports rising interest in redi2PAY HCE mobile payments service

    June 24th, 2015

    The number of customers using CUA’s redi2PAY HCE mobile payments service more than 35 times per month was about three times higher in March 2015 than it was six months earlier, and the number of… More

    Alibaba and Ant Financial invest nearly $1bn in Koubei mobile commerce platform

    June 24th, 2015

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Alipay parent Ant Financial have each invested RMB3bn (US$483m) into Koubei, a joint venture that will let consumers order and pay for local services in China using their smartphone, “with an… More

    30% of donors use contactless card during London charity trial

    June 24th, 2015

    Nearly a third of shoppers at Westfield London shopping centre who donated to charity during a 100-day pilot put in place by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Save the Children and Visa Europe Collab used… More

    Canadian carriers sign up for independent Suretap platform

    June 23rd, 2015

    Canadian carrier Rogers has spun off its Suretap NFC mobile wallet service as a separate company, with the brand now operating independently and open to other carriers. Mobile network operators Bell, Telus, Koodo and Virgin… More

    NXP introduces plug and play NFC solution for Internet of Things

    June 23rd, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP Semiconductors has unveiled a ‘plug and play’ NFC controller with integrated firmware and an NCI interface that is aimed at accelerating NFC adoption in the internet of things (IoT) by allowing hardware… More

    Crunchfish unveils touchless storefront using gesture recognition

    June 23rd, 2015

    Swedish gesture recognition firm Crunchfish has developed an interactive screen that can be placed in shop windows to encourage passersby to browse deals, read reviews and compare products with a swipe, push or grab of… More

    Spanish supermarket chain Bonpreu rolls out mobile payments to 170 stores

    June 23rd, 2015

    Spanish supermarket chain Bonpreu is to roll out a mobile payments service to 170 stores, using a platform developed by Dinube that combines proprietary tokenization algorithms, NFC and biometric fingerprint security. Dinube charges merchants a… More

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