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    Vodafone combines tokens and SIMs for NFC payments in Europe

    March 30th, 2015

    Vodafone customers in five major European markets will be able to use their Visa cards to make NFC mobile payments from the second quarter of this year with a new SIM-based service that makes use of tokenization technology. More

    NFC wristbands to help swimmers track performance

    March 27th, 2015

    Swimmers will soon be able to use NFC wristbands to set up personal training regimes and measure their performance in the pool. A pilot in five pools in Israel will use the wristbands, a mobile… More

    Jameson serves up 25,000 NFC stubby holders

    March 26th, 2015

    Jameson Irish Whiskey is distributing 25,000 NFC bottle holders that allow drinkers to enjoy online content and competitions, to promote its links with an Australian comedy festival. More

    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

    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

    Bulgari unveils luxury NFC smartwatch

    March 20th, 2015

    Italian jewellery brand Bulgari will enter the luxury smartwatch market next year when it launches the NFC-enabled Diagono Magnesium watch – allowing users to make contactless payments, access personal data, as well as unlocking doors… More

    PayPal explains why it’s buying mobile wallet provider Paydiant

    March 20th, 2015

    “What Paydiant has is a clarity of focus on mobile and how large merchants need to utilise mobile to connect with their customers — they’re a small company doing that very successfully with some really… More

    Microsoft says Hello to biometric security

    March 18th, 2015

    Windows 10 users will be able to use biometric technology to secure access to their devices, Microsoft has announced. Windows Hello will support face, iris and fingerprint verification and will ship with the new edition… More

    Facebook rolls out payments with Messenger app

    March 18th, 2015

    Facebook users in the US will soon be able to make and receive secure mobile payments for free via the social network’s Messenger app. The service is rolling out “over the coming months”, Facebook says…. More

    Alibaba boss demonstrates selfie payments

    March 16th, 2015

    Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has demonstrated a prototype biometric verification service that could enable a payment to be authorized by simply capturing an image of a mobile phone user’s face. More

    Finnish banks add HCE payments to Pivo mobile wallet

    March 16th, 2015

    Finland’s largest financial services group is to add support for HCE payments to the mobile wallet app it introduced two years ago. OP’s Pivo wallet has been downloaded more than 500,000 times and allows customers… More

    Four in ten US iPhone 6 owners have now used Apple Pay

    March 13th, 2015

    Apple Pay has been tried at least once by 42% of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners in the US, a survey by Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG) has found — and almost half the owners who haven’t yet tried… More

    All smiles as UK shoppers use contactless to give to charity

    March 13th, 2015

    UK shoppers have been able to make contactless donations to a national charity via 10 larger-than-life statues of famous comedians placed in cities across the country. Deployed in shopping centres, the statues have housed contactless payment… More

    Swatch CEO discusses NFC watch plans

    March 13th, 2015

    Swatch will launch its first watch containing an NFC chip within two months, CEO Nick Hayek has announced — and deals signed with China UnionPay as well as one other payments network mean that owners… More

    Carrefour extends grocery shopping to smartwatches

    March 12th, 2015

    Customers at a Carrefour hypermarket in Paris are now able to use their smartwatch to access their digital shopping list, tick off items as they go and receive loyalty points when they check out. The… More

    NFC shopping service goes live in Paris supermarket

    March 12th, 2015

    French supermarket chain Intermarché has introduced an NFC shopping service at its Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris store, enabling customers to add products to a digital shopping basket and receive personalised discount vouchers with a tap of their… More

    NXP unveils connected car with NFC and payments

    March 11th, 2015

    NXP Semiconductors has showcased a proof-of-concept connected car that makes use of long-range UHF RFID tags and NFC to help drivers of the future access and pay for restricted parking spaces, get warnings of traffic… More

    Seqr promotes mobile payments with cashback offers to users

    March 10th, 2015

    Sweden-based mobile payments provider Seamless is offering users of its Seqr mobile payments service up to 3% cashback on their purchases, “valid on all purchases and effective on top of any other loyalty program or discount.” The offer is designed to persuade more consumers to adopt mobile payments, CEO Peter Fredell has told NFC World, and is financed via a mixture of revenue streams. More

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