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    12 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 12 July 2016, 12:31

    NEC employees trial facial recognition for payments

    Employees at NEC Corporation’s head office in Tokyo are trialling the use of facial recognition to authenticate purchases made in small shops inside the building. The trial began in June 2016 and will run until August as part of NEC’s efforts to “apply its biometrics authentication technologies to a range of services including cashless payment”.

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    11 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 11 July 2016, 14:47

    Survey reveals Samsung Pay tops satisfaction list in US

    Apple Pay captures the greatest proportion of eligible users in the US with 33%, followed by Samsung Pay with 23%, research released by Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG) reveals. However, Samsung Pay users report higher satisfaction levels and fewer issues at the point of sale compared to Apple Pay users, with near equal proportions recommending both mobile payment services.

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    11 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 11 July 2016, 14:19

    AFSCM to launch NFC services across France with key MNOs

    French NFC trade association AFSCM has partnered with three major mobile network operators to roll out SIM-based NFC services in France. The association is working with Oberthur Technologies (OT) to build a common hub with Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR which will enable a “massive launch of NFC services” in the country.

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    11 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 11 July 2016, 12:53

    ING and KBC to combine mobile payments and loyalty in Belgium

    ING and Belgian bank KBC are to launch a mobile payment and loyalty platform in Belgium that will combine ING’s Payconiq mobile payment app with loyalty platforms Qustomer and CityLife in a single service.

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    8 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 July 2016, 13:25

    NFC mobile payment users tip more, says Square

    Customers who pay using NFC mobile payments are more likely to leave a tip, according to a survey by mobile POS provider Square. 73% of customers tipped when using NFC mobile payments compared to 71% who tipped using EMV and 67% who paid using magnetic stripe cards at the point of sale.

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    8 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 July 2016, 12:42

    Estimote adds NFC to BLE Proximity Beacons

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon manufacturer Estimote has added programmable NFC into its new range of Proximity Beacons to make it easier to identify and configure the devices and to enable a range of consumer experiences such as confirming payment, collecting loyalty points and clocking in.

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    7 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 July 2016, 12:51

    Printec to offer Proxama mobile payments solutions in Central and South-Eastern Europe

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital payment solutions provider Proxama is to supply transaction automation solutions provider Printec Group with its NFC mobile payment, PIN management, tokenization and EMV enablement solutions across Central and South-Eastern Europe.

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    7 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 July 2016, 12:00

    Swatch Bellamy launches in Brazil in time for Rio 2016

    Swiss luxury watchmaker Swatch has launched its Swatch Bellamy NFC payments watch in Brazil in partnership with Visa in time for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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    7 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 July 2016, 11:17

    Walmart Pay completes nationwide rollout

    US supermarket giant Walmart has completed its nationwide rollout of Walmart Pay, making the service available in more than 4,600 stores across the country. The retailer has also recorded a 45% increase in Walmart Pay transactions in the last week.

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    7 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 July 2016, 12:42

    Apple Pay launches in Switzerland

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Switzerland, allowing consumers to make in-store and in-app payments using their compatible devices. The mobile payment service launches with support from MasterCard and Visa as well as card issuers Bonus Card, Cornercard and Swiss Bankers.

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    July 23rd, 2016

    This week's news

    1. White paper advises banks on launching Android-based mobile payment services
    2. Mastercard takes majority stake in VocaLink
    3. Visa reports EMV uptake in the US
    4. Motorists rewarded for mobile payments at the pump
    5. More than half of Irish consumers now using contactless
    6. Marseille gets SMS payments for on-street parking
    7. Apple Pay adds 13 US banks
    8. Square preparing for European launch
    9. Apple promotes Apple Pay with iTunes gift cards
    10. Samsung Pay prepping rewards programme
    11. Apple Pay launches in Hong Kong
    12. Valassis enables personalised offers through TV and radio ads
    13. Alibaba unveils connected car with Alipay mobile payments
    14. Safaricom pilots M-Pesa NFC cards
    15. Mahindra Comviva introduces Mobiquity Wallet 2.0
    16. Samsung Pay Beta goes live on Gear S2
    17. Android Pay adds 19 banks
    18. Apple Pay launches in France
    19. Brazilian mobile bank launches with biometric authentication
    20. Cardless Cash heads to 70,000 additional ATMs
    21. Masterpass to enable in-store NFC mobile payments
    22. Pokemon Go to add NFC for trading
    23. Videotron launches SIM-based NFC mobile payments
    24. Droplet to close down
     
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