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    Apple patent reveals details of NFC payments ring

    October 1st, 2015

    Apple has developed a concept NFC ring that would allow a wearer to make payments, transfer information to others with a handshake and access secure documents on a shared device with a tap of their… More

    Worldpay tests facial recognition for payments in stores

    October 1st, 2015

    UK-based payment processor Worldpay is conducting trials of a facial biometric verification system for payments in stores, using a prototype device that includes an upward-facing camera embedded into a POS terminal. The PED Cam (PIN… More

    Auchan rolls out Bluetooth and NFC payment beacons in Luxembourg

    September 30th, 2015

    Supermarket chain Auchan is installing Digicash Bluetooth and NFC payment beacons at checkouts at its hypermarket in Luxembourg to enable shoppers to pay for purchases and collect loyalty points with their mobile phone. The rollout by… More

    Bell ID gets HCE certification from global payment schemes

    September 30th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Mobile payments specialist Bell ID’s host card emulation (HCE) solution has been certified by three of the largest global payment schemes, the company has announced, making it the first vendor to receive approval… More

    Nexus Imprint brings fingerprint sensor support to Android M

    September 29th, 2015

    Google has unveiled Nexus Imprint, a system that brings fingerprint sensor support to its latest phones and the upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile operating system. It will enable the entire app ecosystem to make use of fingerprint recognition and will also work with Android Pay to authenticate an in-store payment, says the company. More

    Zapp to delay Pay by Bank launch?

    September 29th, 2015

    Zapp, the UK mobile payments start-up formed by payments infrastructure operator VocaLink, has reportedly confirmed that it is to delay its Pay by Bank service, due to launch in autumn, because of integration issues. In… More

    Riyad Bank goes contactless with Gemalto

    September 29th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Saudi Arabia’s Riyad Bank is migrating its entire portfolio to digital security giant Gemalto’s Clarista Contactless EMV card — powered by the industry-standard Multos operating system — making it the country’s first contactless… More

    Alibaba and Ant Financial make “strategic investment” in India’s Paytm

    September 29th, 2015

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and its affiliate Ant Financial are to make a “strategic investment” believed to be worth some US$680m in Indian mobile payment platform Paytm through an agreement with its parent company One97 Communications…. More

    Citrus Pay enables in-store mobile payments via gift cards

    September 28th, 2015

    Indian payment services provider Citrus Pay has announced a partnership with gift card solutions provider Qwikcilver to enable its 17m users to make in-store mobile payments using a gift card or voucher generated in Qwikcilver’s… More

    China’s FiiSmart to develop smartwatch that supports Alipay

    September 28th, 2015

    Shenzhen-based wearable device maker FiiSmart has launched a campaign on ecommerce giant Alibaba’s Taobao Crowdfunding website for a smartwatch that will support Ant Financial’s mobile payment platform Alipay and allow its wearers to make payments… More

    Three in four Android users would use an NFC payments service

    September 25th, 2015

    More than three quarters of Android users (78%) would use a service similar to Apple Pay if it became available to them, a survey conducted by Helixion has found. Overall, half of the 450 respondents… More

    uBirds seeks funding for strap that brings NFC to any watch

    September 25th, 2015

    Warsaw-based start-up uBirds has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a leather strap that can be fitted onto any standard watch to add a range of smartwatch-like capabilities. The Unique strap includes a programmable… More

    McDonald’s to accept Alipay in more than 2,100 restaurants in China

    September 24th, 2015

    Chinese customers of fast food chain McDonald’s will soon be able to use Ant Financial’s Alipay QR code mobile payment platform to pay for their food and drink in more than 2,100 restaurants. The roll-out… More

    Korean Samsung Pay users spend $30m in first month of launch

    September 24th, 2015

    More than US$30m has been spent through Samsung Pay since the mobile payment service’s launch in Korea one month ago, Samsung has revealed. In total, more than 1.5m transactions were conducted, of which 60% took… More

    40% of UK Apple device owners have used Apple Pay

    September 23rd, 2015

    Four in ten UK consumers with an Apple Pay compatible device (40%) have used the mobile payment service to pay for goods or services since its launch in July 2015 and 15% feel that the… More

    How to develop a mobile payments roadmap — See it now on NFC World

    September 23rd, 2015

    NFC World’s ‘How to develop a mobile payments roadmap’ webinar is now available to view online. 584 people signed up to take part in the live event and participants gave the webinar an overall rating… More

    Grupo Aval introduces in-store mobile payments and offers in Colombia

    September 23rd, 2015

    Grupo Aval, Colombia’s largest financial services group, has launched a mobile payment and offers service that lets customers of its Av Villas, Banco de Bogotá, Banco de Occidente and Banco Popular banks make in-store payments… More

    Pizza Hut installs Bluetooth beacons at 1,471 locations in China

    September 22nd, 2015

    Some 1,471 Pizza Hut restaurants in mainland China have installed Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons from Sensoro to send out coupons, WeChat movie ticket prizes, special offers and discounts directly to customers’ smartphones. “Customers in… More

    Henry Holland uses NFC rings to let London Fashion Week VIPs buy direct from the catwalk

    September 22nd, 2015

    VIP guests attending fashion designer Henry Holland’s show at this week’s London Fashion Week were able to make purchases from the catwalk by tapping NFC rings against payment receiver tags attached to clothes and accessories. The… More

    Axis Bank launches mobile wallet that uses sound for in-store payments

    September 21st, 2015

    India’s Axis Bank has launched Lime, a mobile wallet that combines banking, shopping and payment services and lets customers make in-store purchases using an encrypted audio signal generated by their device. “The pay feature will allow… More

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