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28 September 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 September 2015, 12:28

China’s FiiSmart to develop smartwatch that supports Alipay

Shenzhen-based wearable device maker FiiSmart has launched a campaign on ecommerce giant Alibaba’s Taobao Crowdfunding website for a smartwatch that will support Ant Financial’s mobile payment platform Alipay and allow its wearers to make payments by generating a QR-code that can then be scanned at the point-of-sale.

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25 September 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 September 2015, 14:17

Three in four Android users would use an NFC payments service

More than three quarters of Android users (78%) would use a service similar to Apple Pay if it became available to them, a survey conducted by Helixion has found.

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25 September 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 September 2015, 11:23

uBirds seeks funding for strap that brings NFC to any watch

Warsaw-based start-up uBirds has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a leather strap that can be fitted onto any standard watch to add a range of smartwatch-like capabilities. The Unique strap includes a programmable NFC tag and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology that is used to link the watch to a user’s smartphone device.

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24 September 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 September 2015, 13:57

McDonald’s to accept Alipay in more than 2,100 restaurants in China

Chinese customers of fast food chain McDonald’s will soon be able to use Ant Financial’s Alipay QR code mobile payment platform to pay for their food and drink in more than 2,100 restaurants.

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24 September 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 September 2015, 12:54

Korean Samsung Pay users spend $30m in first month of launch

More than US$30m has been spent through Samsung Pay since the mobile payment service’s launch in Korea one month ago, Samsung has revealed. In total, more than 1.5m transactions were conducted, of which 60% took place using a Galaxy Note 5 device.

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23 September 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 September 2015, 15:43

40% of UK Apple device owners have used Apple Pay

Four in ten UK consumers with an Apple Pay compatible device (40%) have used the mobile payment service to pay for goods or services since its launch in July 2015 and 15% feel that the introduction of Apple Pay will increase the amount of contactless payments they make, eDigitalResearch has found.

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23 September 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 23 September 2015, 11:59

How to develop a mobile payments roadmap — See it now on NFC World

NFC World’s ‘How to develop a mobile payments roadmap’ webinar is now available to view online. 584 people signed up to take part in the live event and participants gave the webinar an overall rating of 3.8 out of five.

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23 September 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 September 2015, 09:34

Grupo Aval introduces in-store mobile payments and offers in Colombia

Grupo Aval, Colombia’s largest financial services group, has launched a mobile payment and offers service that lets customers of its Av Villas, Banco de Bogotá, Banco de Occidente and Banco Popular banks make in-store payments using a code generated on their mobile phone.

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22 September 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 September 2015, 14:19

Pizza Hut installs Bluetooth beacons at 1,471 locations in China

Some 1,471 Pizza Hut restaurants in mainland China have installed Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons from Sensoro to send out coupons, WeChat movie ticket prizes, special offers and discounts directly to customers’ smartphones.

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22 September 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 September 2015, 13:35

Henry Holland uses NFC rings to let London Fashion Week VIPs buy direct from the catwalk

VIP guests attending fashion designer Henry Holland’s show at this week’s London Fashion Week were able to make purchases from the catwalk by tapping NFC rings against payment receiver tags attached to clothes and accessories.

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October 5th, 2015

This week's news

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