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    M&S Bank adds Apple Pay support

    September 15th, 2015

    Customers of the UK’s M&S Bank can now access Apple Pay using their M&S debit and credit cards. Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland also began supporting the mobile payments service this week.

    Carrefour Belgium to roll out contactless terminals

    September 14th, 2015

    Supermarket giant Carrefour Belgium has teamed up with Visa Europe and transaction services provider Worldline to roll out contactless payments in 747 stores across the country by the end of this year. “This is a unique momentum in the Belgian payment sector as it is the first time that a large retail store is proposing consumers to pay contactless,” Carrefour says.

    Estimote uses BLE stickers for indoor location

    September 14th, 2015

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) specialist Estimote has released an indoor location solution incorporating Estimote Stickers, Estimote Cloud and a mobile app to enable a user to search for objects tagged with stickers in specific locations. “Simply enter the name of a nearable and you’ll know exactly where it’s located,” the company says. “It’ll be highlighted on a map of the relevant location.”

    Starbucks to expand mobile ordering and payments across the US

    September 14th, 2015

    Starbucks has revealed that it will make its Mobile Order & Pay service available in all of its US stores by the end of September 2015. It will also make the service available on Android devices. The coffee chain launched the service in Portland, Oregon in December 2014, expanded it to 650 additional locations in March this year and to 21 more states in June 2015.

    Lloyds Banking Group goes live with Apple Pay

    September 14th, 2015

    The UK’s Lloyds Banking Group has confirmed that its Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland customers can use Apple Pay from today, following reports last week that customers had successfully added their cards to the mobile payment service. Barclays is yet to confirm when it will go live with support for the mobile payments service.

    Android Pay requires secure lock screen

    September 14th, 2015

    Google is requiring users to have a secure lock screen set-up in order to use Android Pay, Droid Life reports. “Google is taking this requirement seriously, saying that they will wipe your Android Pay account of all cards if you try and sign-in but don’t setup a secure lock screen.”

    MasterPass volumes up 40% in Europe

    September 14th, 2015

    The number of MasterPass transactions in Europe has increased at an average 40% every month for the last six months and the online payment solution is now accepted at over a quarter of a million retailers around the world, MasterCard has revealed. “MasterPass is shaping the future of online commerce and is providing consumers with a shortcut to what counts,” says MasterCard Europe president Javier Perez.

    UK restaurant chains adopt Qkr! mobile payments

    September 14th, 2015

    UK restaurant chains ASK Italian, Zizzi and Carluccio’s are the latest to sign up to Qkr!, MasterCard’s mobile payment solution that lets customers pay their bill using their mobile device and MasterPass directly from the table. The service will be made available in all three chains from the end of the year. The QR-based payment system was introduced by UK restaurant chain Wagamama in March.

    Half of Canadian bankers not yet ready for mobile payments

    September 11th, 2015

    Nearly half of Canadian banking executives (46%) do not think they have the IT infrastructure systems and processes in place to meet present and future customer expectations for mobile payments, research from telecommunications provider CenturyLink reveals. “70% said they don’t have the infrastructure in place, or it needs improvement, for digital channels,” the company adds.

    ING starts HCE trial in the Netherlands

    September 11th, 2015

    ING has begun testing a host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments service in the Netherlands after unveiling its plans to do so in June. The trial version of the service is to be made available to 5,000 of the bank’s customers who have an Android smartphone running KitKat 4.4 or higher.

    Nine in ten US financial institutions working on EMV

    September 11th, 2015

    Nine in ten US financial institutions have either begun issuing EMV debit cards or are planning to do so by the end of 2015, research from Pulse reveals. 25% of US debit cards — approximately 71m — will be migrated to chip by year-end, with this number expected to rise to 73% by the end of 2016 and 96% by the end of 2017.

    13% of UK consumers have made an in-store mobile payment

    September 11th, 2015

    Some 13% of UK consumers have made an in-store mobile payment, up from 3% last year, Deloitte’s Mobile Consumer 2015 report reveals. 1% do so once or twice per day, 2% do so several times a week, 2% do so once a week and 4% do so less often than once a week while 4% have only ever used it once or twice.

    Lloyds and Halifax prep Apple Pay launch

    September 11th, 2015

    Customers of UK banks Lloyds Bank and Halifax are reporting that they have successfully added their cards to Apple Pay. “We’re currently in the process of enabling our systems for Apple Pay,” Lloyds told NFC World. “We’re rolling out our full roll-out to customers shortly.” Barclays is yet to confirm when it will go live with support for the mobile payments service.

    Discover to support Apple Pay from September 16

    September 10th, 2015

    Discover will begin supporting Apple Pay from September 16 and the company will award cash back to cardholders in the US who use their Discover cards through the mobile payments service. “To the end of the year, cardmembers who pay with their Discover card using Apple Pay will automatically earn an extra 10% CashBack Bonus on up to $10,000 of in-store purchases,” the card network says.

    Office 365 users get NFC access

    September 10th, 2015

    ID card provider HID Global has integrated its ActivID Tap Authentication solution with Microsoft’s Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) to allow users of Microsoft Office 365 to access corporate cloud applications, data and services by tapping a smartcard against an NFC device. “It supports Microsoft Windows laptops and desktops, Android-based tablets and other mobile devices via NFC,” HID Global says.

    Apple continues NFC support in iPhone 6s

    September 10th, 2015

    Technical specifications for Apple’s new flagship smartphones — the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus — reveal that the devices will support Apple Pay. There’s no news yet on whether the phone maker has added support for NFC tag read/write or peer-to-peer communication modes in the devices announced this week, however. NFC World has asked Apple for further clarification.

    Kik adds QR to messaging app

    September 10th, 2015

    Mobile messaging app Kik has introduced Kik Codes, QR codes which can be assigned to users and scanned to start a conversation or used by brands to send out offers. “Kik Codes also work with groups: just scan to join a group or show your code to a friend so they can easily join in,” the company says. Photo messaging platform Snapchat adopted QR codes in February.

    Put your questions to HCE pioneer Doug Yeager tomorrow

    September 9th, 2015

    Close to 300 people have registered to attend tomorrow’s NFC World webinar with host card emulation (HCE) pioneer and SimplyTapp CEO Doug Yeager. Doug will be taking questions on technical, operational, business and strategic issues around mobile payments. “Ask the Expert: HCE Pioneer Doug Yeager” will be broadcast live at 16:00 BST on Thursday, 10 September and you can sign up to attend here.

    Marriott Hotels to accept Alipay

    September 9th, 2015

    Visitors to hotel chain Marriott International will soon be able to pay for their hotel stays, food and drink purchases as well as for meeting and event bookings using Ant Financial’s Alipay QR-code mobile payment platform. “Marriott International will initially activate Alipay at 10 hotels in greater China, gradually expanding to other hotels in China and across Asia by mid-2016,” the chain says.

    Vodafone Turkey expands NFC mobile wallet

    September 9th, 2015

    Vodafone Turkey has partnered with Visa Europe to let its users link a Visa card to its Vodafone Cep Cüzdan NFC mobile wallet. “Previously, customers have had to go into a Vodafone store or a post office to top-up,” Vodafone told NFC World. “Now, they will be able to link a Visa card to their Mobile Cash Card and send payments to it more easily.”

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