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    NFC World is now available in Slack

    March 4th, 2016

    Slack users can now get breaking news from NFC World delivered into their favourite news channel. We’ve made a special compact and clutter-free feed that you can add to the popular team messaging and collaboration tool by typing “/feed subscribe www.nfcworld.com/slack” into your channel of choice.

    MasterCard to include Daon technology in selfie pay service

    March 4th, 2016

    MasterCard is to make use of mobile biometric technology provider Daon’s IdentityX Platform as one of the authentication technologies for MasterCard Identity Check, the ‘selfie pay’ service it is rolling out to the US, Canada and parts of Europe this year. “The app-based authentication leverages a mobile device to secure online payments and mobile banking applications using fingerprint and facial recognition,” Daon says.

    Madrid pilots contactless ticketing

    March 4th, 2016

    Commuters in Madrid are piloting contactless bank card payments on 33 buses across two bus lines as a result of a partnership between EMT, which operates the city’s bus network, and MasterCard, Banco Santander and Santander Elavon. “Starting today and for eight weeks, a group of users begin to pay simple bus tickets with contactless bank cards,” MasterCard says. The service is due to be opened up after the pilot to all the 800,000 people who use lines 27 and Airport Express every month.

    Apple Pay tops US merchant mobile wallet requests

    March 4th, 2016

    Nearly half of US point of sale merchants (44%) are using or have requested information about mobile wallet solutions and 67% of those wanted Apple Pay, an investor note by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reported by Barron’s reveals. “That figure dwarfs the 18% that requested Android Pay/Google Wallet, 8% for PayPal and 7% for Samsung Pay,” the report adds.

    Czech buses get contactless ticketing

    March 4th, 2016

    Commuters in the Czech Republic can now pay for bus fares using their contactless payment cards through a partnership between transport network BusLine and MasterCard. The service is currently available on 10 routes and contactless readers have been installed on 70 buses. BusLine operates a total of 200 lines, “so there is great potential for expansion,” the company says.

    Analyst compares global take-up of key mobile payment services

    March 4th, 2016

    Apple Pay has attracted 12m monthly users globally since its launch in October 2014, while Google’s Android Pay has attracted 5m monthly users since becoming available in September 2015 and Samsung Pay has also attracted 5m monthly users, according to research by Crone Consulting which has been reported by Bloomberg. Those numbers equate to some 6% of consumers able to make use of Apple Pay, the company estimates, compared to 4% for Samsung Pay and 1% for Android Pay.

    Google reports on US Android Pay adoption

    March 3rd, 2016

    Android Pay has averaged 1.5m new registrations each month in the US since the mobile payment service’s launch in September 2015, Google has revealed. “There are now over 2m locations that accept tap and pay — we’re busy working to bring the convenience of Android Pay to more countries and a growing list of stores and apps,” the company says.

    Wells Fargo adds support for Samsung Pay

    March 3rd, 2016

    Samsung Pay now includes support for Wells Fargo credit and debit cards, resulting in the mobile payment service supporting cards from 70 banks and credit unions covering more than 70% of the US credit and debit card market. Samsung Pay announced last week that approximately 5m registered users in the US and South Korea have used the service to make purchases valued at more than US$500m in the first six months since its launch.

    58% of millennials prefer friends to pay cash

    March 3rd, 2016

    Nearly six in ten US millennials (58%) say cash is their preferred way of paying and being paid by friends, followed by P2P payment apps (26%), cheque (8%) and electronic bank transfer (8%), GOBankingRates reveals. Of the 26% who chose P2P payment apps, 11% prefer PayPal, followed by Venmo (6%), Google Wallet (5%) and Square Cash (4%).

    Take part in our ‘NFC and the IoT’ webinar today

    March 2nd, 2016

    NFC World’s educational webinar on NFC and how it can be used to lift IoT adoption by bringing plug-and-play simplicity to smart homes and the internet of things will be held today at 15:00 GMT. NFC and the IoT will be presented by NXP’s Pierre Goarin and there’ll be plenty of time for questions from the audience afterwards. Sign up to join the webinar here.

    GSMA reports on mobile money adoption

    March 2nd, 2016

    More than one billion transactions were processed through mobile money services globally in December 2015, the GSMA reveals, with registered accounts growing by nearly 100m — taking the total to 411m. “Mobile money is available in 85% of countries where most of the population lacks access to formal financial institutions,” the association says.

    US mobile payments at the POS to increase 54% this year

    March 1st, 2016

    Mobile payments made at the point of sale in the US will increase 54% in 2016 compared to 2015, with continued growth expected through 2019, research from Packaged Facts predicts. “The forecast is predicated largely on continued movement toward smartphone usage saturation and an increase over time in the percentage of smartphone users making mobile payments at the point of sale,” the firm says.

    Luxury winemaker integrates NFC into sherry bottles

    March 1st, 2016

    Spanish winemaker Barbadillo has integrated NFC into its limited edition bottles of Versos 1891 rare sherry so customers can check the beverage’s authenticity with a tap of their mobile device. “The NFC OpenSense tags incorporated into each bottle are specifically designed to thwart counterfeits, prevent unauthorized refills and facilitate product authentication,” says technology provider Thinfilm. The roll out follows a six-figure unit order for NFC OpenSense tags placed by packaging and labels provider Constantia Flexibles to deliver solutions to the beverage industry.

    Swedish amusement park installs BLE beacons

    March 1st, 2016

    Visitors to Liseberg amusement park in Sweden can now get information about its attractions on their smartphones via Bluetooth Low Energy beacons and a mobile app provided by CGI. “The app tells you all about the attractions, including queue times and minimum height requirements,” the amusement park says. “You can find friends, available parking, the nearest bathroom — all the questions you might need answers to during a visit to the park.”

    148m consumers to make NFC mobile payments in 2016

    March 1st, 2016

    Some 148m consumers will make NFC mobile payments this year, with Apple and Samsung accounting for nearly 70% of new customers, Juniper Research forecasts. “The research also anticipated that models based on host card emulation (HCE) would be widely deployed by banks and a number of leading OTT (Over The Top) players,” the firm says, predicting that NFC smartphones will be the main driver for contactless payments in the US owing to “the limited number of cards that currently offer the facility”.

    MasterCard to support Apple Pay in Canada?

    March 1st, 2016

    MasterCard could begin supporting Apple Pay in Canada this year, according to a MacRumors report. “MasterCard is also looking to support Apple Pay in Brazil, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore in 2016,” the publication says. “The information is based on an unverified document, however, so the plans cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt until other evidence surfaces.” Apple Pay launched in Canada in November 2015 with support from American Express alone.

    Join us tomorrow for a webinar on NFC and the IoT

    March 1st, 2016

    Join NFC World and NXP at 3pm GMT on Wednesday 2 March to find out how NFC can bring plug-and-play simplicity to smart homes and the internet of things (IoT). More than 500 people have already signed up to take part in this free webinar. You can find out more and sign up here.

    Visa simplifies Checkout sign-ups

    February 29th, 2016

    Visa Checkout users will soon be able to scan an image of their credit or debit card with their mobile device to sign up to the service, rather than having to enter their information manually. The new update, expected to be made available in April, will be automatically applied to the platform so merchants “don’t have to make any adjustments to their existing online checkout processes or payment systems,” says Visa.

    White paper explores future of connected living

    February 29th, 2016

    A 25-page white paper that explores how young adults expect mobile technology and connectivity to develop over the next ten years is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. ‘Connected Living: How technology could impact daily lives by 2025’ is based on a survey of 1,200 young adults in six countries and has been produced by digital security giant Gemalto. “The results paint a picture of a world populated by smart cities, where people live in a hyper-connected society, using their mobile for more than many thought possible only a few years ago,” the company says.

    MasterCard offers Apple Pay users free travel in London

    February 29th, 2016

    MasterCard cardholders using Apple Pay can travel for free around London for the next three consecutive Mondays. “All passengers on London’s transport network touching in and out this way will benefit from a refund of up to £28.10 per promotional day,” the payment network says. Fare Free Mondays using Apple Pay were first introduced by MasterCard in November 2015.

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