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25 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 June 2015, 15:20

Evercoss to pre-install mobile wallet on handsets

Indonesia’s largest smartphone and tablet manufacturer is to pre-install a mobile wallet on up to three million of its mobile devices annually, allowing users to make QR code-based in-store payments, online payments and P2P funds transfers using a platform supplied by mobile wallet provider Cellum.

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NFC

25 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 June 2015, 14:08

McGee Group adds NFC inspection tags to trucks

Truck drivers from UK-based construction firm McGee Group can now log their daily vehicle inspections by tapping a tablet or smartphone against NFC tags mounted on their lorries, using a platform supplied by mobility solutions provider Mobilengine.

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25 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 June 2015, 13:38

Amazon’s voice-driven home shopping device available for pre-order in the US

US consumers will soon be able to reorder supplies and control their home appliances using Amazon Echo, the connected device that uses voice recognition to complete spoken commands to shop, play music, read the news and more. It is now available for pre-order following an invitation-only trial that began in November 2014.

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24 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 June 2015, 14:09

CUA credit union reports rising interest in redi2PAY HCE mobile payments service

The number of customers using CUA’s redi2PAY HCE mobile payments service more than 35 times per month was about three times higher in March 2015 than it was six months earlier, and the number of customers using mobile payments five to 14 times per month was up 63% for the same period, the Australian credit union has revealed.

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24 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 June 2015, 13:40

Alibaba and Ant Financial invest nearly $1bn in Koubei mobile commerce platform

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Alipay parent Ant Financial have each invested RMB3bn (US$483m) into Koubei, a joint venture that will let consumers order and pay for local services in China using their smartphone, “with an initial focus on the food and beverage segment”.

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24 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 June 2015, 11:42

30% of donors use contactless card during London charity trial

Nearly a third of shoppers at Westfield London shopping centre who donated to charity during a 100-day pilot put in place by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Save the Children and Visa Europe Collab used their contactless card, as did one in five who donated at one of the city’s Costa coffee shop counter collection points.

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23 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 June 2015, 16:23

Canadian carriers sign up for independent Suretap platform

Canadian carrier Rogers has spun off its Suretap NFC mobile wallet service as a separate company, with the brand now operating independently and open to other carriers. Mobile network operators Bell, Telus, Koodo and Virgin have begun offering the service to their customers on Android and BlackBerry devices from today.

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23 June 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 23 June 2015, 16:50

NXP introduces plug and play NFC solution for Internet of Things

PARTNER NEWS: NXP Semiconductors has unveiled a ‘plug and play’ NFC controller with integrated firmware and an NCI interface that is aimed at accelerating NFC adoption in the internet of things (IoT) by allowing hardware makers to rapidly build the technology into any device.

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23 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 June 2015, 15:26

Crunchfish unveils touchless storefront using gesture recognition

Swedish gesture recognition firm Crunchfish has developed an interactive screen that can be placed in shop windows to encourage passersby to browse deals, read reviews and compare products with a swipe, push or grab of their hand.

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23 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 June 2015, 13:00

Spanish supermarket chain Bonpreu rolls out mobile payments to 170 stores

Spanish supermarket chain Bonpreu is to roll out a mobile payments service to 170 stores, using a platform developed by Dinube that combines proprietary tokenization algorithms, NFC and biometric fingerprint security.

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July 4th, 2015

This week's news

  1. Next iPhone to get NFC upgrade?
  2. “Highly interested” Canadians ready for mobile payments
  3. Ant Financial valued at US$45bn
  4. ING adds biometrics to mobile banking app payments
  5. 38% of Americans back biometrics
  6. Apple files P2P via NFC patent
  7. Koreans claim Apple Pay talks
  8. Researchers unveil breakthrough in weaving NFC chips into clothes
  9. Cab:app taxis to accept NFC mobile payments
  10. Rémy Martin to launch NFC bottle in China for authentication and rewards
  11. Las Vegas gets park and reward meters
  12. Mobile tickets launch for Houston buses
  13. PayPal buys money transfer provider Xoom
  14. MasterCard to pilot biometrics for online shopping
  15. Fido Alliance adds authentication support for NFC and BLE
  16. London buses get on board beacon rollout
  17. Beacons on menu for Cathay Pacific lounge guests
  18. 25% of British consumers fear mobile payments will make them spend more
  19. Facebook rolls out Messenger mobile payments across US
  20. Apple Watch patent transfers data in a shake
  21. KFC China restaurants to accept Alipay mobile payments next month
  22. Global payments company to launch biometric cards with fingerprint scanner
  23. Mahindra Comviva and Pole SCS in European partnership
  24. NFC smartphone sales up 55% year on year in 2015
  25. 2.2bn NFC-enabled handset shipments by 2020, IHS Technology predicts
  26. Beacons guide Hong Kong airport passengers
  27. Maple Leafs install beacons for draft party
  28. Sharp includes fingerprint sensor in flagship smartphone
  29. US$2.7tn mobile wallet market by 2020
  30. Cale parking card readers to accept Apple Pay
  31. Barclaycard launches second generation bPay wearable payment devices
  32. Apple publishes UK contactless FAQ
  33. PayPal set to float on 17 July
 
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