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    Digital wallet engagement revealed

    July 9th, 2015

    Three in 10 fully engaged US customers used their digital wallet every time or almost every time they could in the past 30 days, compared to 12% of indifferent customers and 2% of actively disengaged customers, research from Gallup finds. “Apple Passbook users who are fully engaged (96%) say they are very likely to start using Apple Pay in the next 12 months,” the research reveals. “Users who are fully engaged with a competing digital wallet are very unlikely to switch to Apple Pay.”

    Shoppers spend more on iPhones than Android

    July 9th, 2015

    Shoppers making online mobile payments using an iPhone have an average transaction value (ATV) of £54 compared to Android users with £49, Adyen’s 2015 Q2 Mobile Payments Index reveals. Smartphones now account for 64.1% of browser-based mobile transactions, up from 61% in Q1, with the use of tablets dropping from 38% to 35.9%. iPhone devices are now used for 10% of all global online transactions.

    ZTE includes embedded secure element in Nubia Z9

    July 9th, 2015

    Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE is to include Oberthur Technologies’ (OT) Pearl embedded secure element (eSE) in its new Nubia Z9 and Z9 Max smartphones. “OT’s advanced eSE opens the door for Nubia to deploy convenient payment and transport services in its new flagship smartphones,” OT says.

    Amano McGann brings NFC mobile payments to US car parks

    July 9th, 2015

    More than 5,000 attended and unattended Amano McGann car parks in the US are to be upgraded to support EMV and NFC mobile payments, using security solutions provider Apriva’s Gateway system. “Once integrated, applications and POS solutions can communicate with the Apriva Gateway over a wired or wireless network, providing access to payment processing providers,” Apriva explains.

    Revel adds Zapper mobile payments

    July 9th, 2015

    US restaurants using Revel Systems’ iPad point-of-sale service will be able to activate mobile payments platform Zapper as an additional payment option for customers. “Diners will be able to scan a QR code printed on their bill and pay from the app, without having to wait on their server,” Zapper says. “The offering gives restaurants a fully integrated pay-at-table mobile solution.”

    Apple Pay faces problems in Korea

    July 9th, 2015

    Apple faces challenges in introducing Apple Pay in Korea after failing to “coordinate different opinions” over transaction fees with local credit card companies, including Shinhan Card, Hyundai Card and KB Card. “There is a big difference in technical issues as well, including fingerprint recognition,” Business Korea reports. The news follows reports that Samsung Pay entered beta testing in Korea this week.

    Apple gets face verification patent

    July 9th, 2015

    Apple has been granted a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for an authentication system to allow owners to unlock content on their devices by taking a picture of their face. “The methods include processing a captured image of a user seeking to access a resource by conforming a subset of the image to a reference model,” the patent says.

    Singapore to trial contactless payments for transport

    July 8th, 2015

    Singapore’s Ministry of Transport and Land Transport Authority (LTA) will trial contactless payments using devices including wristbands later this year. “The LTA is also studying the feasibility of a Be-In-Be-Out system, where a commuter does not need to tap their smart cards in and out to register the trip; instead, the technology will be able to detect and register commuters so long as they have their fare card on them,” Today Online reports.

    23 more US banks add Apple Pay

    July 8th, 2015

    Apple has added an additional 23 banks and credit unions to the list of financial institutions that support Apple Pay in the US. “The expansion comes ahead of the international expansion for Apple Pay with a UK launch planned for later this month,” 9to5mac reports.

    Mercedes E-Class to get secure NFC keys

    July 8th, 2015

    Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming W213 E-Class car will come equipped with NFC to allow keyless entry and starting. “Simply tap a phone with NFC on the driver’s door handle to lock and unlock the car,” Paul Tan’s Automotive News reports from a preview event in Stuttgart. “Once inside, placing the phone on the wireless charging plate enables the ignition. A secure SIM card is required for these functions.”

    Samsung Pay enters beta testing

    July 7th, 2015

    Korean credit card firm Samsung Card is recruiting beta testers for Samsung Pay to pilot the mobile payments service in “various major offline member stores” from July 15 to August 20, Korea Bizwire reports. Eight Korean card companies have been “thoroughly testing” Samsung Pay, according to Android Authority, to ensure it is ready for public launch in Korea and the US in September 2015.

    One in four think UK will be cashless in 10 years

    July 7th, 2015

    Nearly one in four UK consumers (23%) think the country will become a cashless society within 10 years, research from Equifax and Gorkana Surveys reveals. “Apple Pay highlights that consumers are now widely receptive to payment approaches which use biometric technology and contactless methods and are comfortable accepting them as secure payment mechanisms,” says Equifax’s John Marsden.

    Macau shops to get Alipay mobile payments upgrade

    July 7th, 2015

    Shops and restaurants in Macau which accept the Macau Pass contactless card can now apply to upgrade their terminals to enable support for Alipay mobile payments and China UnionPay Quick Pass cards. “This new service mainly targets the city’s souvenir shops, supermarkets, convenience stores, bakeries and restaurants,” George Zhang from Macau Pass’ said in Macau Business Daily.

    Barclaycard offers 50% off bPay wearables

    July 7th, 2015

    Barclaycard is offering 50% off its second generation bPay contactless wearables during July via an online code that can be redeemed from its website. The devices were unveiled at the end of June 2015 and include a wristband, keyfob and sticker. The offer comes as reports emerge that Apple Pay is set to launch in the UK on July 14.

    MyOrder to add HCE virtual cards for in-store payments

    July 7th, 2015

    Dutch mobile order and payment provider MyOrder is to add virtual cards based on host card emulation (HCE) issued by German payments technology provider Wirecard to its app later this year, which will let users make in-store payments at any terminal that accepts Maestro contactless. The service lets users order and pay in advance using their smartphone at more than 14,500 participating retailers in the Netherlands.

    Famoco raises €4m in financing round

    July 7th, 2015

    French NFC device maker Famoco has secured €4m in a financing round led by Hi Inov. “Famoco will allocate a significant portion of its funding to R&D but also to international expansion, particularly in emerging countries and in the US market in the medium term,” the company says, after selling 10,000 terminals in 2014, with 60% of sales outside of France. Famoco unveiled its B2B Android NFC device in 2013.

    Fingerprint sensor market to grow at 17% CAGR

    July 6th, 2015

    The fingerprint sensor market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17% between 2015 and 2020, research from MarketsandMarkets has found, with its value projected to reach US$14.5bn by 2020 from $5.5bn in 2014. “In terms of shipments, the market is projected to reach $10bn by 2020 at CAGR of double digits between 2015 and 2020,” the research team adds.

    McDonald’s to pilot mobile order and pay in China

    July 6th, 2015

    McDonald’s is to begin piloting a mobile ordering and payment service in China in the third quarter of this year, with the aim of speeding payments and to meet consumer demand. “Given Chinese consumers being so digital, we are now preparing,” a spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal. The news follows fast food chain KFC’s partnership with Alipay to accept mobile payments in nearly 5,000 locations.

    Apple Pay UK launch set for July 14?

    July 6th, 2015

    Apple is reportedly planning to launch Apple Pay in the UK on July 14. “Apple has informed some Apple retail employees in the UK that Apple Pay support will go live on that Tuesday, while internal memos for supermarket Waitrose plus an additional retail partner indicate the same date,” 9to5mac reports. “Apple will also begin training its UK staff on supporting Apple Pay on July 12.”

    Next iPhone to get NFC upgrade?

    July 3rd, 2015

    Pictures of a circuit board believed to be part of the next iPhone show the device includes a different NFC chip from NXP. Images published by 9to5Mac reveal the company’s 65V10 part, used in the iPhone 6, has been replaced by a new IC labelled 66VP2. NFC World has reached out to NXP for clarification of the capabilities of the chip, likely to be a version of the PN66T NFC controller launched in November 2014.

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