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    EMV hits nearly 30% of global card-present transactions

    November 4th, 2014

    Almost 30% of all card-present transactions conducted globally between July 2013 and June 2014 used the EMV chip card standard, EMVCo has revealed, with the highest usage in Western Europe and the lowest in the… More

    NXP unveils secure NFC solution for connected cars

    November 4th, 2014

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has launched a portfolio of NFC products designed to make it easier for car manufacturers to enable drivers and passengers to securely connect their mobile phone with a range of in-vehicle services…. More

    Starbucks to accept Microsoft Band wearable payments

    November 4th, 2014

    Starbucks is to begin accepting payments from customers wearing the new Microsoft Band smart bracelet. To use the service, customers link their Starbucks Card to their Band and can then present a barcode displayed on the… More

    Burger King to offer mobile orders and payments across the US

    November 4th, 2014

    Burger King customers in the US will soon be able to order their meals ahead of arrival and pay for their orders using their mobile phone and a PayPal account. Burger King is working with… More

    Canadian banks pilot biometric wristband payments

    November 3rd, 2014

    Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), MasterCard and other Canadian issuing banks have begun pilot testing an NFC version of Nymi, a biometrically authenticated wristband that uses the wearer’s unique cardiac rhythm to verify their identity. More

    Starbucks claims a 90% share of the US mobile payments market

    November 3rd, 2014

    Starbucks accounted for more than 90% of all mobile transactions in the US last year, the coffee chain’s CEO Howard Schultz has revealed during a fourth quarter earnings call in which he also set out plans to continue to dominate the mobile payments space. More

    Starwood Hotels picks Bluetooth for mobile room keys that work on smartphones and Apple Watch

    November 3rd, 2014

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has unveiled a mobile keyless entry system that will allow guests to use smartphones to unlock rooms using Bluetooth at 150 hotels around the globe by early 2015. The service will also be available via an Apple Watch app when the new wearable device ships next year, the hotel chain has told NFC World+. More

    SK Planet to roll out Bluetooth beacons to 10,000 stores across Korea

    November 3rd, 2014

    SK Planet has launched a new Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) service in Korea that offers customers reward points and benefits directly on their mobile device whenever they enter a participating retail location. The BLE beacon-based solution is expected to be installed in more than 10,000 stores by next month. More

    MCX prepares to open its wallet to NFC and bank cards

    October 31st, 2014

    MCX is now open to supporting both NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy for payments and is in conversation with credit card issuers about opening up its CurrentC mobile wallet to payment cards, CEO Dekkers Davidson… More

    Ralph Lauren promotes new line with NFC and QR codes in Harrods windows

    October 31st, 2014

    Ralph Lauren has taken over a 15-window display at luxury retail store Harrods in London to promote the launch of its new Polo Ralph Lauren collection using NFC and QR code stickers provided by proximity… More

    Visa CEO identifies mobile payment as major growth driver

    October 31st, 2014

    Mobile payments will be a “great driver” for Visa, CEO Charles Scharf has told analysts during the company’s Q4 earnings call, and Apple Pay is just the beginning. “A proliferation of exciting mobile and digital… More

    Taco Bell app lets customers rotate to reorder

    October 31st, 2014

    US quick-service restaurant chain Taco Bell has launched a mobile ordering and payment app that lets customers place their orders through a customisable menu and complete a payment using a stored Taco Bell card, credit… More

    MCX suffers email address data breach

    October 29th, 2014

    “Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the email addresses of some of our CurrentC pilot program participants and individuals who had expressed interest in the app,” retailer-owned mobile payments… More

    White paper explores the role of TSMs in cross-border NFC payments

    October 29th, 2014

    A 26-page white paper that explores the role of the trusted service manager (TSM) and whether they can help or hinder the globalisation of NFC services is now available for download in the NFC World+… More

    A million consumers sign up for Apple Pay in first 72 hours

    October 28th, 2014

    Apple Pay saw more than one million card activations within 72 hours of launch and is already the leading NFC payments player in the US, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed during the Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive event. Cook also outlined future growth plans for the service, including a potential partnership with Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba. More

    NRF defends retailers’ decision to block NFC payments

    October 28th, 2014

    “Merchants large and small make business decisions every single day based upon what makes the best sense for the business, their associates and most importantly, their customers,” says Mallory Duncan, senior vice president of the… More

    US payments body hits out at Rite Aid and CVS

    October 28th, 2014

    “The decision by CVS and Rite Aid to block mobile payments services like Apple Pay, Google Wallet and Softcard is anti-consumer and anti-competitive,” says US-based trade body the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), following the MCX consortium… More

    MCX retailers turn off NFC payments

    October 27th, 2014

    US pharmacy chains Rite Aid and CVS, both members of the MCX retailer-owned consortium which is due to launch its CurrentC mobile payment service in 2015, have stopped accepting NFC payments in the wake of the launch of Apple Pay. More

    Swirl serves ads to shoppers inside stores

    October 27th, 2014

    Proximity marketing specialist Swirl has unveiled an in-store programmatic ad exchange that enables retailers and brands to reach consumers with relevant content and offers on their smartphones while they shop at participating locations. The service… More

    SIA offers Europeans instant P2P payments with Jiffy

    October 27th, 2014

    Payment processor SIA has launched a peer-to-peer payments service that lets users send and receive money in real-time with their smartphone. Based on the Sepa Credit Transfer scheme, Jiffy is available to all banks operating in… More

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