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January 20th, 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 January 2015, 14:50

SimplyTapp explains the role of token requestors in mobile payments

PARTNER NEWS: Token requestors play a key role in the delivery of mobile payment services like Apple Pay, Doug Yeager, CEO of SimplyTapp, explains in a blog post — and taking the time to get a detailed understanding of what that role involves could pay dividends in the future.

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January 19th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 19 January 2015, 14:11

USAA adds face and voice verification to mobile banking app

Financial services group the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is to enable its members to use biometric authentication, including face and voice verification, to log in to their accounts on their smartphone. The function is expected to be available in early 2015.

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NFC

January 19th, 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 19 January 2015, 14:09

Google in talks to buy Softcard to combat Apple Pay?

Google is responding to the successful launch of Apple Pay by going on the mobile payments acquisition trail, according to industry rumours — and US carrier-owned NFC venture Softcard, which laid off 60 staff last week, could be a key target.

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January 19th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 19 January 2015, 13:55

TempTraq offers wearable Bluetooth thermometer

Printed power solutions provider Blue Spark Technologies has unveiled TempTraq, a thermometer in the form of a patch that adheres to the skin to monitor body temperature for 24 hours and sends the results to a compatible mobile app via Bluetooth.

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NFC

January 16th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 16 January 2015, 14:07

Wirecard unveils HCE wristband for payments, loyalty and more

German payments technology provider Wirecard has developed a wearable wristband that allows a user to make a payment using host card emulation (HCE) at any contactless POS terminal.

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BLE

January 16th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 16 January 2015, 13:59

Apple Watch owners to get beacon promos at Marsh Supermarkets

US grocery chain Marsh Supermarkets is to use Bluetooth beacons to deliver targeted information such as shopping lists and recipes directly to a shopper’s Apple Watch or smartphone, marking the “world’s first iBeacon-wearable integration at retail”.

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BLE

January 15th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 January 2015, 15:31

Calorie counting app uses Bluetooth beacons in fridges to help users lose weight

Carrot, a suite of mobile apps designed to push users into better behaviours, has added a calorie-counting app that works in conjunction with a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon placed inside a fridge to help users lose weight, by keeping track of their daily calorie intake and punishing them for overeating.

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January 15th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 January 2015, 15:27

ViewSonic gives glimpse of smartphone with iris scanner

Projector and display manufacturer ViewSonic has released a teaser video for a smartphone equipped with iris recognition that would enable users to unlock their phone, files and folders as well as authenticating mobile payments.

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NFC

January 14th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 January 2015, 16:03

Pey equips merchants with Bitcoin POS terminals that support iBeacon, QR and NFC

Fifty merchants in the German city of Hannover have signed up to accept Bitcoin payments using a terminal supplied by startup Pey, that uses a combination of iBeacon, QR code and NFC technology.

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BLE

January 14th, 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 January 2015, 15:37

FitLinxx unveils 24/7 wearable fitness device

FitLinxx has begun taking pre-orders for AmpStrip, a 24/7 wearable device that sends a range of health and fitness data direct to a user’s smartphone using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

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January 27th, 2015

This week's news

  1. Starbucks increases mobile payments to 16% of total
  2. Wirecard to offer white label HCE wristband
  3. Samsung Pay to launch at MWC?
  4. Schoolboys protect Macs with Touch ID
  5. Descartes offers ear verification for mobile devices
  6. Taiwanese banks to use Wave NFC dongle
  7. Android devices get multifactor biometrics
  8. Ringly raises US$5.1m for light-up rings
  9. Cancer Research brings contactless donations to shop windows
  10. New York metro heads to NFC
  11. Payment security tops retailer priorities
  12. Chocolate shop sweet talks tourists with Bluetooth beacons
  13. Clear2Pay explains HCE, tokenization and the role of testing with infographic
  14. Most US retailers won’t be ready for EMV
  15. Juniper forecasts biometric authentication market
  16. Young Brits ready to ditch PINs for biometrics
  17. FNB to offer Apple Pay
  18. Amazon shuts mobile wallet
  19. Evaluating NFC security strategies webinar: See it now on NFC World+
  20. Turkish banks get HCE mobile payments option
 
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