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    Barclays to support Zapp ‘Pay by Bank app’ mobile payments

    July 7th, 2015

    Barclays has become the latest bank to announce its support for Zapp, a mobile payments startup formed by payments infrastructure operator VocaLink that will work via an integration with existing mobile banking apps for online… More

    Semble adds Snapper public transport payments to mobile wallet

    July 7th, 2015

    Users of New Zealand’s NFC mobile wallet Semble will be able to pay for public transport using the app through a partnership with prepaid transit card provider Snapper. The move follows Semble’s launch as a SIM-based… More

    France’s Teleshopping network tunes into PowaTag mobile payments

    July 7th, 2015

    More than 400,000 viewers of France’s largest television shopping network will soon be able to buy products featured on the TV channel by holding up their smartphone to the screen to scan audio tags that will then… More

    Lloyds Bank authenticates customers with contactless ‘tap to bank’ service

    July 6th, 2015

    Lloyds Bank is testing a ‘tap to bank’ service that lets its mobile banking app users tap their contactless debit card against their NFC phone to authenticate themselves during the mobile banking registration process. The process replaces… More

    Europeans make more than 1bn Visa contactless transactions in 12 months

    July 6th, 2015

    More than one billion contactless transactions worth in excess of €12.6bn have been made by Visa cardholders across Europe in the past 12 months, research from Visa Europe has found, with its customers spending €1.6bn… More

    “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

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