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    US startup raises funds for NFC necklace

    December 8th, 2015

    A US startup is raising funds on Kickstarter for its first production run of Lockett, a customisable necklace that can be tapped with an NFC phone to retrieve personal photos, videos and messages. “The limited early bird rewards begin at US$65 for a single sterling silver NFC necklace and $750 for 10 sterling silver necklaces customised with a logo,” says the company, which hopes to debut the product in Austin, Texas.

    Samsung Pay delays on Gear S2

    December 8th, 2015

    Samsung Pay will not be made available on the Gear S2 smartwatch until 2016, despite reports that it would be going live on the device from November 2015. “Samsung Pay is now coming to the Gear S2 in 2016,” Samsung Mobile US said in a tweet. “Stay tuned for more information.”

    ANZ adds HCE to mobile banking app

    December 8th, 2015

    ANZ Bank New Zealand customers can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using its goMoney banking app. “Around 90,000 customers will meet the criteria for the ANZ mobile wallet,” ANZ says. “The key benefit of the goMoney wallet is that it is within ANZ’s trusted mobile banking app, removing the need for a separate app or SIM card upgrade.” The bank announced its plan to add HCE in March 2015 and is using Bell ID’s Secure Element in the Cloud software platform to deliver the service.

    Masabi secures US$12m to develop mobile ticketing

    December 7th, 2015

    Mobile ticketing specialist Masabi has secured investment from MasterCard, Lepe Partners, MMC Ventures and public transport operator Keolis amounting to US$12m. “MasterCard and Masabi are working together to help drive cash and its associated costs out of public transport including integrating the one-touch MasterPass digital wallet platform into JustRide,” Masabi says.

    Dutch city rolls out BLE beacons

    December 7th, 2015

    More than 100 retailers and hospitality locations across the city of Tilburg in the Netherlands have begun installing Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to send out targeted messages to customers. “The technology was demonstrated last summer at the Fair in Tilburg,” Emerce reports. The platform is scheduled to roll out to other cities in the Netherlands including Breda, Oirschot and Etten-Leur.

    Facebook pilots Buy Tickets button

    December 7th, 2015

    Facebook has begun piloting a service that allows users to buy concert tickets through the social network’s event pages using a Buy Tickets button. “The tickets, when purchased, will be available for pickup at Will Call windows,” Buzz Feed reports. “A Facebook spokeswoman said the company is partnering with a small group of independent venues, artists and event promoters in the San Francisco Bay Area for the pilot.”

    Deutsche Bank trials multi-factor authentication

    December 7th, 2015

    Customers of Deutsche Bank are testing technology which verifies their identity by the way they handle and hold their mobile device. “The technology analyses about 50 different factors to build a picture of a user from pressure applied to the pin-pad to how the phone is held, location, facial recognition and thumbprint,” the Financial Times reports. “The bank hopes the system will free customers from passwords and allow it to lift limits on mobile transactions.”

    Analyst details new iPhone with NFC and Apple Pay

    December 7th, 2015

    A research note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will release a new iPhone equipped with NFC and Apple Pay early next year. “Kuo expects the new 4-inch iPhone to have an A9 chip manufactured by both TSMC and Samsung, 2.5D cover glass with curved edges like on the iPhone 6s, NFC for Apple Pay, metal casing with at least two to three colour options and identical camera specs to the iPhone 5s,” MacRumors reports.

    Burger King launches mobile rewards in New Zealand

    December 4th, 2015

    Customers of fast food chain Burger King in New Zealand can now receive personalised offers, coupons and reward points on their mobile device. “Crowns accumulate with each purchase,” platform provider Tillster says. “Burger King guests can elect to save crowns and get a higher value item or redeem quickly and start earning toward their next redemption.”

    Barclaycard update shows HCE feature

    December 4th, 2015

    Barclaycard has begun updating its mobile app in preparation for the rollout of its host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments feature. “Our development team released an update to the Barclaycard app this week, which means some users will now be able to see the feature,” Barclaycard told NFC World. “More updates and full functionality will follow in the new year.”

    Apple adds 40 US banks to Apple Pay

    December 3rd, 2015

    Apple has added another 40 banks to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, bringing the total close to 800. “As has become common in recent months, most of today’s additions are smaller regional institutions, rather than nationwide businesses,” AppleInsider reports.

    Mahindra Comviva wins innovation awards

    December 3rd, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Mahindra Comviva has picked up prizes at India’s annual Aegis Graham Bell Awards, winning in both the mcommerce and the m-money categories with its Mobiquity Money solutions. “We are honored to receive the most prestigious award of the telecom sector as it demonstrates our market leadership in the mobile financial space,” says Srinivas Nidugondi, the company’s head of mobile financial solutions.

    NFC Forum pushes for NFC at the point of sale

    December 3rd, 2015

    A six-page white paper that explores whether US retailers are prepared to make the most of the shift to EMV and mobile payments is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. “Caught between risks and opportunities, many retailers, large and small, have yet to decide about the future of their payment systems,” says the NFC Forum which produced the ‘US Retailers: Why you’re not as ready as you think for today’s retail payments migration’ paper.

    Two thirds of Aussies prefer contactless

    December 2nd, 2015

    Almost two thirds of Australian consumers (64%) prefer contactless payments to cash and 66% prefer using tap and go to entering their PIN for transactions under $100, research from MasterCard reveals. “Shoppers in West Australia have the highest preference for contactless payments in the country (72%), followed by shoppers in New South Wales (67%), Victoria and Tasmania (66%),” the payment network says.

    ING opens up HCE to all Netherlands customers

    December 1st, 2015

    ING has made its host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments service available to all its customers in the Netherlands with an NFC phone running Android 4.4 or higher following a trial that began in September 2015. The service was made available to 5,000 customers initially and opened up to a further 5,000 customers in November. The beta users scored the app 8.5 out of 10.

    JCPenney piloting store cards on Apple Pay

    December 1st, 2015

    Customers of US department store chain JCPenney in Texas are piloting the ability to add their store cards to Apple Pay for in-store use. “Cardholders nationwide will be able to add their JCPenney credit cards to their wallets and pay using Apple Pay in spring 2016,” the company says in a statement spotted by a MacRumors forum member who attempted to add a JCPenney card to the mobile payment service.

    Fashion mag drives 500,000 store visits with beacon campaign

    December 1st, 2015

    Women’s fashion magazine Elle has seen more than half a million in-store visits and a greater than 12% engagement rate result from its BLE beacon based ‘Shop Now! With Elle’ promotional campaign in the US. “Results were so strong that Elle will be expanding the program in the coming year,” says platform provider Swirl. The campaign ran in August and September 2015 to promote the magazine’s 30th anniversary issue.

    One in five US consumers have used an EMV card

    November 30th, 2015

    21% of US consumers have now used an EMV card, with the highest adoption rates among 25-34 year olds (25.3%), research from Harbortouch shows. “One in five consumers consider transaction time as their top concern,” the company says. “67% of people still believe that traditional swipe cards are the fastest method available. Nearly four times as many survey respondents are more worried about speedy processing times over chip card security or availability of EMV terminals.”

    US Bank to donate $50,000 to charity through Apple Pay

    November 27th, 2015

    US Bank is to raise up to US$50,000 for the US Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots charity programme by donating $1 whenever one of its customers in Minnesota completes an Apple Pay transaction. “This holiday season, we’re encouraging customers to try using Apple Pay and at the same time support the Toys for Tots campaign,” says SVP Cliff Cook. “Joining us in promoting this additional donation opportunity with Apple Pay are more than 140 small businesses in the Twin Cities.”

    Beacons to drive $7.5bn in holiday season spending

    November 27th, 2015

    Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacons and proximity marketing solutions will drive US$7.5bn in spending by millennials in the US this holiday season, research from beacon network inMarket predicts. “In 2015, the top five product categories to benefit from in-store proximity engagements were deli items, over the counter medication, wine and spirits, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks,” the company adds.

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