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14 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 July 2015, 13:11

Barclays confirms it will support Apple Pay in the UK

Barclays has confirmed it will support Apple Pay in the UK “in the future,” having been a notable absence from the list of participating banks when Apple announced in June it would expand the mobile payments service.

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13 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 July 2015, 14:43

GlobalPlatform makes it easier to launch secure element-based NFC services

Standards body GlobalPlatform has updated its End-to-End Simplified Service Management Framework to make it easier and quicker for service providers to launch NFC payments services using a SIM or embedded secure element. The new guidelines reduce the time taken to deploy a service to just three to six months, and slim down the current 1,500 pages of documentation to only 30 pages.

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10 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 July 2015, 13:19

WHSmith India to accept MobiKwik mobile payments in 55 stores

More than 17m users of Indian mobile wallet service MobiKwik will be able to make in-store payments at 55 WHSmith India stationery and book stores, the first time the service has been available for payments in physical locations.

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10 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 July 2015, 13:00

American Express unveils online checkout service

American Express has launched an online checkout service that works across desktop, mobile and native apps to let its US card members make payments with their existing American Express user ID and password, without having to create or manage a new account. The company has also teamed up with payment platform Stripe to extend the solution to all Stripe participating merchants.

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10 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 July 2015, 12:17

Alfa-Bank customers get contactless watches to make payments

Customers of Russia’s Alfa-Bank can now use a contactless-enabled watch designed and supplied by Austrian company Watch2Pay to make payments with a tap of their wrist wherever MasterCard PayPass is accepted.

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10 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 July 2015, 12:07

Eight in 10 Americans aware of contactless payments

Some 82% of US consumers have heard of contactless or tap-and-go payments and 69% are now using chip cards or plan to use them soon, research from MasterCard reveals. Three quarters of Americans have also heard of biometric payments and 56% are currently making in-app and online mobile payments.

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9 July 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 9 July 2015, 13:17

Gemalto pilots contactless wristbands for transport in China

PARTNER NEWS: Digital security company Gemalto is supplying wristbands carrying an embedded Optelio Contactless Minitag and a fitness tracker across the transportation network in Wuhan — one of the most populous cities in central China —  to enable commuters to ride on buses and the metro with a wave of their hand.

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9 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 July 2015, 13:10

Henry Holland to weave NFC and BLE into clothes for London Fashion Week

British fashion designer Henry Holland is to integrate NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies into clothing designs as part of his spring/summer 2016 collection that will feature on stage during London Fashion Week in September.

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8 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 July 2015, 12:50

Alipay 9 launches with support for Koubei merchant payments and P2P transfers

Ant Financial has released a new version of its Alipay app for iOS and Android, adding new Friends and Merchants tabs that provide support for peer-to-peer payments and for Koubei, the US$1bn mobile commerce joint venture between Ant Financial and Alibaba that was announced last month.

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7 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 July 2015, 13:41

Barclays to support Zapp ‘Pay by Bank app’ mobile payments

Barclays has become the latest bank to announce its support for Zapp, a mobile payments startup formed by payments infrastructure operator VocaLink that will work via an integration with existing mobile banking apps for online payments initially, with in-store payments based on NFC to be launched at a later date. The announcement follows reports that Apple Pay is set to launch in the UK on July 14.

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October 4th, 2015

This week's news

  1. Second generation NFC Ring seeks funding
  2. BNP Paribas pilots cards with dynamic security codes
  3. Samsung Pay gets seven city US promo tour
  4. Starbucks takes mobile ordering to the UK
  5. Clear2Pay adds certified testing solutions for US move to EMV
  6. 60% of US cards to support EMV by year end
  7. One in three Americans have an EMV card
  8. Twitter expands Buy Now buttons
  9. Apple patent reveals details of NFC payments ring
  10. Kona white paper explores HCE and tokenization
  11. Worldpay tests facial recognition for payments in stores
  12. Auchan rolls out Bluetooth and NFC payment beacons in Luxembourg
  13. Three in four Poles aware of NFC mobile payments
  14. Bell ID gets HCE certification from global payment schemes
  15. Nexus Imprint brings fingerprint sensor support to Android M
  16. Rio Olympics to get NFC wristbands?
  17. Zapp to delay Pay by Bank launch?
  18. SumUp expands to Sweden
  19. Riyad Bank goes contactless with Gemalto
  20. iPhone 6s includes NXP’s 66V10 NFC controller
  21. PayPal to launch contactless reader in US
  22. Alibaba and Ant Financial make “strategic investment” in India’s Paytm
  23. Velocity acquires mobile payments app Cover
  24. Samsung Pay goes live in the US
  25. Cyber experts unsure of mobile payment security
  26. Citrus Pay enables in-store mobile payments via gift cards
  27. US carriers push Samsung Pay to phones
  28. China’s FiiSmart to develop smartwatch that supports Alipay
  29. USA Technologies adds NFC to 100,000 vending machines
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