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20 March 2015 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 20 March 2015, 15:44

Bulgari unveils luxury NFC smartwatch

Italian jewellery brand Bulgari will enter the luxury smartwatch market next year when it launches the NFC-enabled Diagono Magnesium watch – allowing users to make contactless payments, access personal data, as well as unlocking doors at home, at work, or on their own car or yacht.

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20 March 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 March 2015, 15:34

PayPal explains why it’s buying mobile wallet provider Paydiant

“What Paydiant has is a clarity of focus on mobile and how large merchants need to utilise mobile to connect with their customers — they’re a small company doing that very successfully with some really cool brands,” Anuj Nayar, senior director of global initiatives at PayPal, has told NFC World as the payment giant prepares to complete its acquisition of the payments platform provider for a reported US$280m.

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18 March 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 18 March 2015, 17:38

Microsoft says Hello to biometric security

Windows 10 users will be able to use biometric technology to secure access to their devices, Microsoft has announced. Windows Hello will support face, iris and fingerprint verification and will ship with the new edition of the operating system “this summer”.

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18 March 2015 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 18 March 2015, 15:01

Facebook rolls out payments with Messenger app

Facebook users in the US will soon be able to make and receive secure mobile payments for free via the social network’s Messenger app. The service is rolling out “over the coming months”, Facebook says.

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16 March 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 16 March 2015, 19:47

Alibaba boss demonstrates selfie payments

Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has demonstrated a prototype biometric verification service that could enable a payment to be authorized by simply capturing an image of a mobile phone user's face.

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16 March 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 16 March 2015, 18:03

Finnish banks add HCE payments to Pivo mobile wallet

Finland’s largest financial services group is to add support for HCE payments to the mobile wallet app it introduced two years ago. OP’s Pivo wallet has been downloaded more than 500,000 times and allows customers of the co-operative group’s member banks to monitor their spending, track loyalty programmes and access vouchers.

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13 March 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 13 March 2015, 15:27

Four in ten US iPhone 6 owners have now used Apple Pay

Apple Pay has been tried at least once by 42% of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners in the US, a survey by Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG) has found — and almost half the owners who haven’t yet tried the NFC mobile payments service (47%) say they intend to do so within the next six months.

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13 March 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 March 2015, 14:58

All smiles as UK shoppers use contactless to give to charity

UK shoppers have been able to make contactless donations to a national charity via 10 larger-than-life statues of famous comedians placed in cities across the country.

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13 March 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 13 March 2015, 13:48

Swatch CEO discusses NFC watch plans

Swatch will launch its first watch containing an NFC chip within two months, CEO Nick Hayek has announced — and deals signed with China UnionPay as well as one other payments network mean that owners will be able to use their watch to make payments around the world.

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12 March 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 12 March 2015, 16:49

Carrefour extends grocery shopping to smartwatches

Customers at a Carrefour hypermarket in Paris are now able to use their smartwatch to access their digital shopping list, tick off items as they go and receive loyalty points when they check out.

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April 1st, 2015

This week's news

  1. French banks begin HCE payments pilot
  2. Alibaba checks in simple hotel booking
  3. Apple Pay users report merchant POS problems
  4. New Zealand NFC wallet venture Semble goes live
  5. AMP Bank adds HCE payments to mobile app
  6. 82% of UK marketers unaware of NFC OOH advertising
  7. Vodafone combines tokens and SIMs for NFC payments in Europe
  8. One in five US mobile phone users made a mobile payment in 2014
  9. NFC wristbands to help swimmers track performance
  10. TEB to roll out HCE payments in Turkey
  11. Jameson serves up 25,000 NFC stubby holders
  12. ANZ to add HCE payments to mobile banking app
  13. China Telecom launches NFC ticketing
  14. SaskTel plans mobile payments
 
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