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14 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 July 2015, 13:11

Barclays confirms it will support Apple Pay in the UK

Barclays has confirmed it will support Apple Pay in the UK “in the future,” having been a notable absence from the list of participating banks when Apple announced in June it would expand the mobile payments service.

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13 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 July 2015, 14:43

GlobalPlatform makes it easier to launch secure element-based NFC services

Standards body GlobalPlatform has updated its End-to-End Simplified Service Management Framework to make it easier and quicker for service providers to launch NFC payments services using a SIM or embedded secure element. The new guidelines reduce the time taken to deploy a service to just three to six months, and slim down the current 1,500 pages of documentation to only 30 pages.

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10 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 July 2015, 13:19

WHSmith India to accept MobiKwik mobile payments in 55 stores

More than 17m users of Indian mobile wallet service MobiKwik will be able to make in-store payments at 55 WHSmith India stationery and book stores, the first time the service has been available for payments in physical locations.

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10 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 July 2015, 13:00

American Express unveils online checkout service

American Express has launched an online checkout service that works across desktop, mobile and native apps to let its US card members make payments with their existing American Express user ID and password, without having to create or manage a new account. The company has also teamed up with payment platform Stripe to extend the solution to all Stripe participating merchants.

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10 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 July 2015, 12:17

Alfa-Bank customers get contactless watches to make payments

Customers of Russia’s Alfa-Bank can now use a contactless-enabled watch designed and supplied by Austrian company Watch2Pay to make payments with a tap of their wrist wherever MasterCard PayPass is accepted.

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10 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 July 2015, 12:07

Eight in 10 Americans aware of contactless payments

Some 82% of US consumers have heard of contactless or tap-and-go payments and 69% are now using chip cards or plan to use them soon, research from MasterCard reveals. Three quarters of Americans have also heard of biometric payments and 56% are currently making in-app and online mobile payments.

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9 July 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 9 July 2015, 13:17

Gemalto pilots contactless wristbands for transport in China

PARTNER NEWS: Digital security company Gemalto is supplying wristbands carrying an embedded Optelio Contactless Minitag and a fitness tracker across the transportation network in Wuhan — one of the most populous cities in central China —  to enable commuters to ride on buses and the metro with a wave of their hand.

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9 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 July 2015, 13:10

Henry Holland to weave NFC and BLE into clothes for London Fashion Week

British fashion designer Henry Holland is to integrate NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies into clothing designs as part of his spring/summer 2016 collection that will feature on stage during London Fashion Week in September.

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8 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 July 2015, 12:50

Alipay 9 launches with support for Koubei merchant payments and P2P transfers

Ant Financial has released a new version of its Alipay app for iOS and Android, adding new Friends and Merchants tabs that provide support for peer-to-peer payments and for Koubei, the US$1bn mobile commerce joint venture between Ant Financial and Alibaba that was announced last month.

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7 July 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 July 2015, 13:41

Barclays to support Zapp ‘Pay by Bank app’ mobile payments

Barclays has become the latest bank to announce its support for Zapp, a mobile payments startup formed by payments infrastructure operator VocaLink that will work via an integration with existing mobile banking apps for online payments initially, with in-store payments based on NFC to be launched at a later date. The announcement follows reports that Apple Pay is set to launch in the UK on July 14.

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July 31st, 2015

This week's news

  1. London markets could go contactless
  2. Amex cardholders use reward points for Best Buy purchases
  3. US IT decision makers unprepared for EMV
  4. New Google Glass ‘released soon’
  5. US shoppers make more mobile payments
  6. Subway adds PayPal to mobile app
  7. Commonwealth Bank adds loyalty to mobile app
  8. Samsung and MasterCard prepare Europe for Samsung Pay
  9. Stripe gets access to Visa Token Service through strategic partnership
  10. Tech firms do “better job” than banks, say 24% of young Brits
  11. Smart Ticketing Alliance and GlobalPlatform sign MOU
  12. 42% of US iPhone 6 owners use Apple Pay in May and June
  13. Jobseekers offered head start on new vacancies with a tap of NFC phone
  14. Colombia festival visitors first to use Plazez mobile payments service
  15. MasterCard token platform close to Australia launch
  16. Burger King adds MasterPass to US app
  17. HSBC and First Direct go live with Apple Pay in UK
  18. HKT launches NFC mobile payments service in Hong Kong
  19. Wearable payments to reach $501bn by 2020
  20. OneBit tests Bitcoin payments via NFC
  21. US shoppers buying into mobile payments
  22. Square ‘files for public offering’
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