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    1 March 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 March 2016, 15:10

    McDonald’s turns Happy Meal boxes into virtual reality goggles

    Diners at McDonald’s restaurants in Sweden can now turn their Happy Meal boxes into a set of virtual reality goggles and play a skiing game endorsed by the Swedish National Ski Team using their smartphone.

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    29 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 February 2016, 16:32

    Generation Z leads the way in US mobile payments adoption

    US consumers aged between 18 and 24 are by far the most likely to make a payment while using their mobile phone, research from GfK shows, with more than half (53%) having made a mobile payment while using the internet in the past six months.

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    29 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 February 2016, 15:49

    Barclaycard reports increase in UK contactless spending

    Contactless spending by Barclaycard’s UK customers in pubs and bars, pharmacies, supermarkets and on commuter transport increased 164% in 2015, the company has revealed.

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    26 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 26 February 2016, 14:19

    Contactless spending in the UK topped £7.75bn in 2015

    UK spending on contactless cards rose more than threefold in 2015 to reach £7.75bn (US$10.8bn), research from The UK Cards Association reveals, meaning that total contactless spending last year was more than double that of the preceding seven years combined.

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    25 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 February 2016, 13:38

    Nearly 1bn to use NFC payments by 2019

    A total of 1.09bn people will be making mobile proximity payments globally by 2019, of which 939.10m will be made through NFC, Ovum’s new m-payments forecast reveals. The total transaction value of mobile proximity payments will grow from US$4.77bn to $141.21bn over the same time period.

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    24 February 2016 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 24 February 2016, 15:06

    NXP backs two new IoT development platforms

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has put its support behind two new reference platforms that will enable “innovation and rapid development” for smart wearables. The platforms target a range of internet of things (IoT) applications with open-source hardware and software, form-factor flexibility and expandable solutions for designers to adapt to changing market needs.

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    24 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 February 2016, 13:05

    Connected car can find parking, reserve it and pay with a fingerprint

    Car manufacturer Seat, Samsung Electronics and software giant SAP have created a technological alliance to develop connected car projects that could enable drivers to reserve car parking spaces and pay with a fingerprint using Samsung Pay. The companies are showing their ideas at Mobile World Congress this week.

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    24 February 2016 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 24 February 2016, 11:32

    Gemalto and Prosa bring HCE payments to Mexico

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto and payment processor Prosa have partnered to bring host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments to Mexico. Prosa operates in eight Latin American countries and will be offering the service to all of its customers, which include “95% of credit, debit and prepaid card issuers in Mexico”.

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    23 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 February 2016, 18:41

    Canadian credit unions to launch HCE mobile payments using Interac TSP

    Customers of four Canadian credit unions will be able to make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments at Interac Flash contactless terminals across the country from this spring. The service will be the first to use Interac’s Token Service Provider (TSP), the tokenization platform launched this week.

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    23 February 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 February 2016, 18:12

    Vodafone to roll out NFC mobile ticketing in Spanish cities

    Vodafone Spain is to begin rolling out NFC mobile ticketing through its Vodafone Wallet in cities across Spain. The mobile network operator has teamed up with Gemalto and transport ticket provider PrePay Technologies to develop the platform, which will enable “any public transport agency or body to offer mobile accessible public transport”.

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    July 27th, 2016

    This week's news

    1. Apple Pay accounts for 75% of all contactless payments in the US
    2. Australian banks seek stronger negotiating powers with third party mobile wallet providers
    3. Americans expect cashless society in their lifetime
    4. Absa Bank comes to Facebook Messenger
    5. Mobile-only bank goes live in Germany
    6. LTA signs up Mastercard for account-based contactless ticketing in Singapore
    7. BBA reports UK contactless increase
    8. Mastercard planning to become a PSP in China
    9. PBOC working to regulate QR code mobile payments in China
    10. Scotiabank gives Apple Pay users 10% cashback
    11. PayPal to roll out NFC mobile payments across the US through Visa deal
    12. White paper advises banks on launching Android-based mobile payment services
    13. Mastercard takes majority stake in VocaLink
    14. Visa reports EMV uptake in the US
    15. Motorists rewarded for mobile payments at the pump
    16. More than half of Irish consumers now using contactless
    17. Marseille gets SMS payments for on-street parking
    18. Apple Pay adds 13 US banks
     
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