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13 February 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 February 2015, 15:46

Visa sets out tokenization expansion plans

Visa is to expand its Visa Token Service to more regions, to a range of mobile devices and to online transactions made using its Visa Checkout service in 2015, the payments network has announced, “helping to prevent exposure of sensitive consumer account information in online and mobile payments.”

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12 February 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 11 February 2015, 15:17

NXP and Enfucell give cold comfort to biopharmaceutical supply chain

Medical staff can now use an NFC phone to check that vaccines, hormones and other biopharmaceutical products have been kept at the correct temperature throughout the supply chain, using a disposable temperature logging foil that can be attached to each individual item.

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12 February 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 11 February 2015, 14:40

Supermarket in a box gives staff chance to shop at work

Employees at chip maker STMicroelectronics’ Catania office in Italy can now order and pay for fresh food, groceries and personal hygiene products from their mobile phone and then collect their order from a unique “supermarket in a box” based in the office car park.

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11 February 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 11 February 2015, 15:51

USA Technologies reveals secret of success for Apple Pay branding

“Certification work” with Apple was all that was needed to add 200,000 vending and other self-service machines supplied over the last five years to the list of Apple Pay acceptance points, USA Technologies (USAT) has told NFC World+.

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11 February 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 11 February 2015, 16:00

Samsung to mandate NFC in S6 accessories?

Samsung is to require companies that manufacture accessories for the forthcoming Galaxy S6 mobile phone to include NFC-enabled authentication chips in their products, according to DDaily.

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10 February 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 February 2015, 14:58

Shell UK picks PayPal for mobile payments at the pump

Oil and gas company Shell has partnered with PayPal to roll out mobile payments at the pump across the “vast majority” of its 1,000 service stations in the UK. The move follows a successful trial in 2013 and will begin with a pilot involving selected Shell Drivers’ Club customers in April ahead of a nationwide rollout later in the year.

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9 February 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 February 2015, 18:01

UK to increase contactless transaction limit by 50%

The spending limit for contactless transactions is to be increased from £20 (US$30) to £30 (US$46) in September 2015, The UK Cards Association has told NFC World. The move follows the news last week that contactless card usage surged in the UK in 2014 to 319.2m transactions with total spend more than trebling to a record £2.32bn.

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9 February 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 9 February 2015, 17:10

NXP offers pre-validated NFC mPOS module

PARTNER NEWS: An mPOS module that provides developers with “a complete hardware and software reference demonstrator for secure near field communication enabled mobile point of sale solutions” has been developed by NXP in partnership with Creditcall and ViewAt Technology.

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9 February 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 6 February 2015, 15:23

Bluetooth beacons could be just the ticket for UK rail passengers

UK rail passengers could soon have their tickets verified automatically as they walk through fare gates at a station, using a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-enabled mobile ticketing app due to be built by Bytemark.

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6 February 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 6 February 2015, 16:31

Contactless payment card shipments grow 35%

Four out of every 10 smart payment cards shipped in 2014 (40%) were contactless, representing a year-on-year growth of 35% with much of the increase driven by Europe and Asia, the Smart Payment Association’s annual review of the card payment market has revealed. A total of over 1.5bn smart payment cards were shipped globally last year.

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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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