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Archive: Newswire

Rhombus launches SMS mobile payments platform in the US

June 11th, 2015

Payments startup Rhombus has launched a platform in the US that lets consumers send payments and donations to businesses on any mobile device by texting the amount owed and a description of what they want… More

Facebook expands free Bluetooth beacon program

June 11th, 2015

Facebook is offering free Bluetooth beacons to select businesses across the US that will enable them to send “useful and relevant” information to customers about the places they visit. The move comes as an update to… More

The Bancorp to offer HCE prepaid cards to European issuers

June 10th, 2015

Financial products and services provider The Bancorp will offer open loop mobile prepaid cards that make use of host card emulation (HCE) to its European issuers in the fourth quarter of this year, through a… More

Apple Pay users in UK will be able to make payments above contactless card limit

June 10th, 2015

Customers who choose to use Apple Pay when the service launches in the UK will be able to use the mobile payments service to make transactions over the current contactless limit of £20 (US$30) at… More

Zapp prepares for UK mobile payments service launch

June 9th, 2015

Zapp, the UK mobile payments startup formed by payments infrastructure operator VocaLink, has confirmed that it will launch its service in the autumn of this year, with NFC in-store payments to follow. The service will… More

Two in three US POS terminals to be EMV by 2020

June 9th, 2015

The installed base of EMV terminals in the US will reach about 65% by the end of 2020, a new report from GrowthPraxis has found. The installed base of mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) terminals is expected to… More

Apple Pay adds loyalty cards and expands to UK

June 8th, 2015

Apple Pay will be available in the UK from July 2015, vice president of Apple Pay business Jennifer Bailey has announced at the iPhone maker’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Users of the mobile payments service will also be able to add store credit, debit and loyalty cards to their Apple mobile wallet from “this fall”. More

Carta and YellowPepper take HCE to Latin America

June 8th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Carta Worldwide is to provide its host card emulation (HCE) technology to Latin American mobile payments specialist YellowPepper, allowing it to offer the “latest in mobile payments technology” to the region’s banks and merchants. “This… More

Bucharest buses to use Bluetooth beacons to guide the blind

June 8th, 2015

Five hundred Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons are to be installed on buses and trolleybuses on two public transportation lines in the city of Bucharest, Romania to guide visually impaired passengers on and off buses so that they can use public transportation services without needing a personal assistant. More

Vodafone Turkey adds eye verification to mobile wallet app

June 5th, 2015

Vodafone Turkey is adding support for eye verification to its mobile wallet to enable users to unlock the app using biometric provider EyeVerify’s Eyeprint ID technology. The addition of biometric security to the Vodafone Cep… More

Verizon announces investment in SimplyTapp

June 4th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Verizon Ventures, the investment arm of US carrier Verizon, has revealed that it was the undisclosed lead investor in a Series B funding round for HCE specialist SimplyTapp that totalled US$6m. “We’re proud… More

One in five Europeans expect to make daily mobile payments by 2020

June 4th, 2015

One in five Europeans expects to use their mobile phone to make payments on a daily basis by 2020, growing from the one in ten who do so already today, research from Visa Europe has… More

Kantar: 13% of US iPhone 6 owners have used Apple Pay

June 4th, 2015

Some 13% of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners in the US have used Apple Pay and 11% are planning to do so, a survey conducted by Kantar Worldpanel has revealed. Only 2% choose not… More

Pinterest integrates Apple Pay into Buyable Pins

June 4th, 2015

Visual discovery app Pinterest is to let its users make payments through Apple Pay on its platform by clicking on Buy buttons that will be integrated into a retailer’s page, including those from Macy’s, Neiman… More

Four in ten UK smartphone owners willing to make NFC mobile payments

June 4th, 2015

Almost two fifths (38%) of UK smartphone owners are willing to make NFC mobile payments, research carried out by YouGov on behalf of business process management company Firstsource Solutions has revealed. More than half (55%) of… More

Samsung mobile commerce boss talks Samsung Pay, Android Pay and launch delay

June 3rd, 2015

Samsung Pay is to launch in Korea and the US in September 2015, later than originally planned, and then roll out to Europe, China, Australia and South America, executive vice president of mobile commerce Dr… More

Samsung delays Samsung Pay launch

June 3rd, 2015

Samsung has delayed the launch of its Samsung Pay mobile payment service from this summer to September this year, Dr Injong Rhee, Samsung’s executive vice president of mobile commerce, has revealed during an investor meeting. “Samsung… More

Google demonstrates how Android Pay will work

June 2nd, 2015

Google has demonstrated how its Android Pay mobile payments service will work for making in-store and in-app purchases, for payments made through a banking partner mobile app, and how users will be able to pay for items such as a Coca-Cola from a vending machine using just the points stored in a customer loyalty account. More

RBC unveils Android M mobile wallet app

June 2nd, 2015

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has developed an app for the Android M Developer Preview that will be used as part of the bank’s RBC Wallet service to let users authenticate themselves using their fingerprint for… More

Google’s Project Soli to bring hand controls to wearables

June 2nd, 2015

Google is working to create next-generation, hand-gesture technology that would enable rich interactions with smart devices regardless of screen size to “drive applications across wearable, home automation, automotive, industrial and medical markets”. A video produced… More

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