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Marriott Hotels lets users check in with Apple Watch

May 28th, 2015

Hotel chain Marriott Hotels has released version 4.6 of its iOS mobile app that introduces support for Apple Watch, enabling users to check in, receive room-ready alerts and check out from their wrist. “Also, view the nearest hotel, your next reservation or your Marriott Rewards account details with a quick glance,” the company explains. Unlike the Starwoods Hotels app, users cannot unlock their hotel room doors using the device at this stage.

StreetSmart offers QR code mobile donations

May 28th, 2015

StreetSmart, an organisation that raises money for homeless charities by adding a voluntary £1 donation onto bills in participating restaurants, is enabling diners to make a mobile donation by scanning QR codes distributed on table cards in more than 600 locations across the UK. The platform is being provided by mobile payments company Zapper, which will also be donating an additional 50p to StreetSmart for every new user that signs up to use the service over the next six months.

Facebook rolls out Messenger payments to New York

May 28th, 2015

Facebook is to roll out its mobile payments service to New York City and surrounding metro areas and will add additional functionality to make it “easier to send and receive money”, an email sent out by the social network and seen by VentureBeat reveals. The service was first unveiled in March as a way for users to send and receive money for free through the Messenger app. New features include hyperlinked dollar amounts and the possibility to send payments to a single person when part of a group conversation.

MCX member Target to support Apple Pay

May 28th, 2015

US discount retail giant Target has become the latest member of retailer-led consortium MCX to reveal its intentions to support Apple Pay, following Best Buy’s announcement that it will roll out support for the NFC mobile payments service this year. “Target CEO Brian Cornell on Wednesday said his company wants to integrate Apple Pay across its retail chain, but must first install POS technology with chip-and-pin or chip-and-signature technology,” Apple Insider reports. MCX requires members to exclusively support its own yet-to-launch CurrentC mobile payments service.

Apple Store purchases get two-step authentication

May 27th, 2015

The Apple Store app for iOS has been updated with two-step authentication, meaning users will now need to enter both a password and a verification code sent to a trusted device before they can complete a purchase. Version 3.3 also lets users confirm their identity via Touch ID before gaining access to their order history and EasyPay receipts, or making reservations at brick-and-mortar Apple Stores, according to AppleInsider.

Mobile payment market worth $2.8tn by 2020

May 27th, 2015

The global mobile payment transaction market will be worth an estimated US$2,849bn by 2020, up from US$392bn in 2014, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39.2%, Future Market Insights has revealed. NFC is expected to exhibit the fastest CAGR (46%) of major mobile payment transaction technologies during the forecast period. Asia Pacific dominated the market with 38% market share in 2014 in terms of users, and is expected to account for a 37% share by 2020.

India’s ICICI Bank launches voice recognition service

May 27th, 2015

India’s largest private sector bank ICICI Bank has become the first in the country to launch a voice recognition-based service, allowing more than 33 million customers to make banking transactions through the bank’s call centre by authenticating themselves using their voice. “Our decision to invest in this new technology was primarily driven by the objective of enhancing the everyday banking experience of our customers,” said CEO Chanda Kochhar.

PayPal adds Touch ID to iOS app

May 27th, 2015

PayPal is letting its iOS mobile app users log in and access “virtually any part” of their PayPal wallet using Apple’s Touch ID. “When you log in to the latest PayPal app on a Touch ID-enabled iOS device, you’ll be asked if you want to enable Touch ID,” PayPal explains. “After a quick setup, simply use your fingerprint to log in and view your account, send money to friends, or access your digital wallet.”

Audi Q7 includes NFC tablet

May 26th, 2015

German car maker Audi’s new Q7 model features an NFC-enabled tablet, allowing passengers to transmit information and entertainment to and from their smartphones which can then be distributed throughout the vehicle. The Audi tablet uses the Android operating system and connects to the car’s MMI information and entertainment system via Wifi, allowing passengers to send a planned route to the driver’s navigation display, for example, or the driver can start a radio or media programme.

Danske Bank pilots Zwipe biometric cards

May 26th, 2015

Denmark’s Danske Bank has become the latest financial institution to pilot a contactless biometric card developed by Norway-based Zwipe that features an integrated fingerprint sensor and has received the backing of MasterCard. “We’re working on this as one of our pilot projects,” Danske Bank told NFC World. “We are not ready to disclose any further [information] at this time.”

UK cash payments fall to 48%

May 22nd, 2015

The total number of cash payments made by consumers, businesses and financial organisations in the UK fell to 48% last year, marking the first time that non-cash payments have exceeded those made with cash, the Payments Council reports. Some 52% of consumers continued to use cash for more than half of their transactions in 2014, however, and “there is no prediction for cash to disappear”.

NXP ‘focused on mobile wallet’

May 22nd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: “What we’re focused on is the mobile wallet,” NXP CEO Rick Clemmer has told CNBC in an interview in which he discusses the company’s smartphone products, growth in China and its partnership with Qualcomm. “The mobile wallet is really where we bring a unique proposition; we want to be able to supply that across the world with all of the leading smartphone companies to really make life easier and secure.”

Android to get fingerprint authentication

May 22nd, 2015

Android M, the next edition of Google’s mobile operating system, will include native fingerprint authentication to allow users to log in to their Android devices without entering a password, BuzzFeed reports. The feature is expected to be announced next week at Google I/O.

Apple Pay headed to Belgium?

May 21st, 2015

Belgium’s KBC Bank has tweeted that it will be adding support for Apple Pay as early as this summer in response to a customer’s question about whether the financial institution would ever support for the mobile payment service. The bank has since retracted its original statement, “now saying in a second tweet that Apple Pay is not yet in scope,” 9to5mac reports.

Join NFC World and the GSMA today for an NFC transport ticketing webinar

May 21st, 2015

More than 300 NFC World readers are set to take part in a free webinar on NFC in transport ticketing presented in association with the GSMA and the Mifare4Mobile Industry Group at 3pm BST/4pm CEST/10am EDT today. Attendees will learn about delivering interoperable and standardised ticketing and access services at scale on NFC-enabled devices in the 45-minute online event, which also offers a chance to question some of the experts behind the GSMA’s Mifare4Mobile Implementation Guidelines. You can take part by signing up here.

Express rolls out support for Apple Pay

May 20th, 2015

Clothing retailer Express has begun accepting Apple Pay across its stores in the US. “To date, relatively few clothing chains have thrown support behind Apple Pay,” AppleInsider reports. “Apple has promised more additions down the road, including Anthropologie, Free People, L.L. Bean and Urban Outfitters.”

Sekur.me brings Apple Pay online

May 20th, 2015

Online authentication provider Sekur.me has made it possible for merchants to accept Apple Pay for online payments for the first time, via a Universal Buy Button that works with a wide range of platforms and gateways, browsers and on both Android and iOS devices. “Sekur.Me can work with payment methods like Apple Pay or directly with any payment gateway, with PayPal and Google Wallet support in the works,” says CEO Jack Bicer. Apple Pay has previously only been available for in-store and in-app payments.

iZettle adds support for NFC and contactless payments

May 20th, 2015

Sweden-based mPOS provider iZettle has begun distributing a contactless-enabled terminal to select partners in the UK that will allow them to begin accepting NFC mobile payments, as well as contactless and chip and pin transactions. The Card Reader Pro Contactless terminal will be rolled out more broadly in June with other countries to follow in the “coming months”. It will retail for about £79 (US$122) with price variations depending on markets.

MasterCard launches P2P payments service

May 20th, 2015

MasterCard has unveiled a P2P payments service that lets consumers send and receive funds “within seconds” from “virtually any” US debit card account. “Through a single connection to the MasterCard Send platform, businesses, merchants, governments, non-profits, issuers and other senders can send money to consumers whether they are banked or unbanked, located domestically or abroad,” the company says. “This includes the receipt of funds on MasterCard and non-MasterCard cards, into mobile money and bank accounts and via cash agent outlets.”

Apple gets Concert Ticket+ patent

May 20th, 2015

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for its Concert Ticket+ concept, first unveiled in 2010. “Apple’s newly granted patent covers their invention relating to tickets to events and to obtaining, storing and accessing tickets to events and benefits associated with such tickets using an electronic device,” Patently Apple reports. It adds the original patent went on to help form the Passbook application, and is now “directly related to the use of Apple Pay”.

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