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    Apple unveils new MacBook Pro with Touch ID integration for Apple Pay payments

    October 28th, 2016

    Apple has unveiled a new version of its MacBook Pro, including Touch ID to allow owners to make secure payments with Apple Pay from their laptop, as well as unlocking the machine and switching user… More

    UK consumers eye up iris scanning for banking biometrics

    October 27th, 2016

    Iris scanning technology has overtaken fingerprinting as the biometric security measure most UK consumers would consider using, with more than a third saying they would be more likely to use a bank that offers biometric… More

    NFC to lead sharp rise in global smart packaging market

    October 27th, 2016

    The global smart packaging market is expected to reach US$26.7bn by 2024, according to a new report from market research firm Grand View Research. NFC is projected to be the fastest-growing segment, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 12% in the next eight years. Rising need for smart packaging products in electronics and automotive industries in Asia Pacific and the Middle East in particular is expected to fuel the growth.

    Bank of America adds AI to mobile app

    October 25th, 2016

    A digital assistant that makes use of artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and cognitive messaging is to be built into Bank of America’s mobile app from next year. ‘Erica’ was unveiled at Money2020 this week and will “help customers do things like make payments, check balances, save money and pay down debt,” CNBC reports.

    Mastercard to roll out biometric ID service in North America

    October 25th, 2016

    Mastercard will launch its biometric identity verification system across North America in the first half of 2017, with Canadian bank BMO Financial Group the first to offer the service to its corporate customers. Identity Check Mobile was soft launched earlier this year, and uses fingerprint and facial recognition to verify a cardholder’s identity. “Moving this technology beyond the pilot phase is a significant milestone in the evolution of payments,” says Ajay Bhalla from Mastercard. The service was rolled out in 12 European countries earlier this month.

    Mastercard to launch artificial intelligence bots for banks and merchants

    October 25th, 2016

    Mastercard has unveiled plans to launch artificial intelligence (AI) bots for its merchant and bank partners, allowing consumers to use chat, messaging and natural language interfaces to shop and manage their finances. Mastercard KAI, the… More

    US banks told to improve cyber security

    October 24th, 2016

    Bank regulators in the US have outlined cyber security standards designed to protect financial markets and consumers from online attacks against the nation’s financial firms, Reuters reports. Leading banks will be expected to use the most sophisticated anti-hacking tools on the market and to be able to recover from any attack within two hours. Banks with assets of at least US$50bn must satisfy new rules that will be finalized “in the months ahead”.

    Visa works on blockchain B2B payment system

    October 21st, 2016

    Visa says it is working with blockchain developer Chain to develop a near real-time transaction system for high-value international payments between participating banks. “The time has never been better for the global business community to take advantage of new payment technologies and improve some of the most fundamental processes needed to run their businesses,” says Visa’s Jim McCarthy. The Visa B2B Connect system will pilot in 2017.

    Gemalto mobile security survey

    October 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A 17-page survey that reveals key insights into the expectations of end users when it comes to app usage and mobile security is now available from digital security company Gemalto. “Overall, the insights revealed similar trends in attitude that transcend regional/cultural differences,” Gemalto says. “In this report, we use these insights to offer a series of recommendations to help build greater trust in the mobile ecosystem, and deliver a secure and convenient experience for users.”

    Gemalto explores MNO role within eIDAS regulation

    October 19th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A four-page white paper exploring the role of the mobile network operator (MNO) in digital identity, authentication and digital signatures — within the framework of the European eIDAS regulation — is now available from digital security giant Gemalto. “The eIDAS regulation enables the use of electronic identification (eID) and electronic trust services by citizens, businesses and public administrations to access online services or manage electronic transactions,” Gemalto says. “Find out why MNOs are ideally positioned to act as trust service and eID providers for companies and governments, leveraging their five field-proven key assets.”

    UPDATE The white paper is now available free of charge for NFC World Knowledge Centre members here.

    Yes Bank unveils iris scan PoS

    October 18th, 2016

    India’s Yes Bank has partnered with Lastmile.mobi to develop a biometric point-of-sale terminal using iris scanning technology. The Iris EMV PoS integrates card payments with the Indian government’s Aadhaar identity project’s electronic know your own customer (E-KYC) and E-signing systems. Yes Bank senior president Ritesh Pai said the device “has multiple uses for both retail and corporate customers right from e-KYC verification and ATM functionalities to disbursal of small loans to merchants”.

    Apple blood vessel biometric patent

    October 18th, 2016

    Apple is developing a biometric sensor that determines the wearer’s identity by the arrangement of blood vessels in their body. “Light emitters and light sensors can be used to perform biometric identification of a user based on identifying characteristics of the user’s vasculature,” a patent application says. “Light information can be obtained at one or more light sensors and the information can be compared to stored information associated with a user identity.”

    Bank of Scotland customers get selfie sign-ups

    October 10th, 2016

    Bank of Scotland customers in the UK can now apply for a current account by taking a picture of their face. “They will be able to complete a simple step-by-step application process to open a current account and take pictures of their UK driving licence or passport, along with selfie images to confirm their identity,” says Lloyds Banking Group. “As the ID verification technology is web-based, customers can use a web browser on their smartphone or tablet to submit images.”

    South Korean store launches smart shopping experience

    October 7th, 2016

    Customers at Lotte Department Store in the Bundang district of Seoul, South Korea, are being offered a new service that enables them to shop by scanning the barcode on their desired products using a shopper scanner… More

    Google unveils VR headset that pairs with NFC

    October 5th, 2016

    Google has launched a virtual reality headset that works in conjunction with smartphones supporting its Daydream mobile VR platform and uses NFC to connect the devices. The first smartphones to support the new Daydream View… More

    Sarine to add NFC to share details on diamonds and gemstones

    September 29th, 2016

    Diamond and gemstone production technology provider Sarine is to integrate NFC into its sales and consumer support system to make it possible for shoppers to retrieve information about a diamond — such as its history,… More

    WhatsApp tests NFC for group invites

    September 29th, 2016

    Social messaging service WhatsApp has begun testing a service that enables users to send group invites and join a group chat via links, NFC or QR codes. “The feature is live in version 2.16.281 of the app, which is still in beta,” Android Police reports. Reports that WhatsApp was working on adding NFC for group invites surfaced in May 2016.

    NXP rebrands Mifare SDK as TapLinx

    September 28th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has updated its Mifare SDK and changed the name of the developer tool to TapLinx. The update allows “smoother and faster” creation of Android-based NFC mobile applications and offers support for the… More

    Samsung adds biometrics to mobile transactions

    September 23rd, 2016

    Samsung’s IT service arm Samsung SDS has teamed up with vision and voice technology provider Sensory to offer embedded biometric recognition technologies to banks and enterprise customers that will also enable authentication and completion of… More

    Glacéau Smartwater sends tips to Londoners using BLE beacons

    September 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Coca-Cola owned Glacéau Smartwater has launched a campaign to send on-the-go recommendations to Londoners’ smartphones using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons provided by digital payment solutions provider Proxama. It will be live until the… More

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