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20 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 January 2015, 16:56

Alibaba invests in visual QR codes

Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has invested an undisclosed sum in Israeli start-up Visualead, developer of the “visual” QR code technology adopted by Chinese social media site RenRen in May last year. The companies have also entered into a strategic cooperation agreement that will give Alibaba the right to use Visualead’s patents and technology across its ecosystem.

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20 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 January 2015, 14:11

One in three Germans ready to use mobile payments

Almost one third of German consumers (31%) would use mobile payments if it meant they could do away with a purse or wallet completely, a survey by TNS Infratest for mobile payments provider Yapital has revealed.

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20 January 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 January 2015, 14:50

SimplyTapp explains the role of token requestors in mobile payments

PARTNER NEWS: Token requestors play a key role in the delivery of mobile payment services like Apple Pay, Doug Yeager, CEO of SimplyTapp, explains in a blog post — and taking the time to get a detailed understanding of what that role involves could pay dividends in the future.

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19 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 19 January 2015, 14:11

USAA adds face and voice verification to mobile banking app

Financial services group the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is to enable its members to use biometric authentication, including face and voice verification, to log in to their accounts on their smartphone. The function is expected to be available in early 2015.

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19 January 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 19 January 2015, 14:09

Google in talks to buy Softcard to combat Apple Pay?

Google is responding to the successful launch of Apple Pay by going on the mobile payments acquisition trail, according to industry rumours — and US carrier-owned NFC venture Softcard, which laid off 60 staff last week, could be a key target.

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19 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 19 January 2015, 13:55

TempTraq offers wearable Bluetooth thermometer

Printed power solutions provider Blue Spark Technologies has unveiled TempTraq, a thermometer in the form of a patch that adheres to the skin to monitor body temperature for 24 hours and sends the results to a compatible mobile app via Bluetooth.

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16 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 16 January 2015, 14:07

Wirecard unveils HCE wristband for payments, loyalty and more

German payments technology provider Wirecard has developed a wearable wristband that allows a user to make a payment using host card emulation (HCE) at any contactless POS terminal.

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16 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 16 January 2015, 13:59

Apple Watch owners to get beacon promos at Marsh Supermarkets

US grocery chain Marsh Supermarkets is to use Bluetooth beacons to deliver targeted information such as shopping lists and recipes directly to a shopper’s Apple Watch or smartphone, marking the “world’s first iBeacon-wearable integration at retail”.

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15 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 January 2015, 15:31

Calorie counting app uses Bluetooth beacons in fridges to help users lose weight

Carrot, a suite of mobile apps designed to push users into better behaviours, has added a calorie-counting app that works in conjunction with a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon placed inside a fridge to help users lose weight, by keeping track of their daily calorie intake and punishing them for overeating.

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15 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 January 2015, 15:27

ViewSonic gives glimpse of smartphone with iris scanner

Projector and display manufacturer ViewSonic has released a teaser video for a smartphone equipped with iris recognition that would enable users to unlock their phone, files and folders as well as authenticating mobile payments.

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September 2nd, 2015

This week's news

  1. Singapore commuters trial wristband payments
  2. PayPal launches PayPal.Me
  3. India biometrics market to grow 35% by 2020
  4. Ingenico joins WorldPay bidding war
  5. Sony unveils Wena Wrist with NFC payments
  6. Uber ‘to launch mobile wallet in India’
  7. Samsung unveils Gear S2 with NFC
  8. Apple granted NFC and Touch ID patents
  9. Payments boost from contactless limit rise
  10. Brits spend £2.5bn with contactless in first half of 2015
  11. Google Play adds Android Pay option
  12. UK contactless limit increases to £30
  13. Join NFC World and Gemalto to learn how to develop a successful mobile payments roadmap
  14. Oxigen Wallet loyalty program partnership
  15. Half of Brits expect to replace cash with new technologies
  16. Wienerschnitzel launches mobile payment and loyalty app
  17. CaixaBank launches HCE mobile payments app
  18. PayAnywhere reader supports Apple Pay
  19. SumUp raises €10m in funding
  20. Google invites for Project Soli tests
  21. Cyber Group and Sensoro roll out beacons across Greater China
  22. $14.9bn biometrics market by 2024
  23. Samsung Pay opens US beta test
  24. UK contactless spending up 150% in last 12 months
  25. Coin unveils EMV-ready Coin 2.0 with NFC
  26. MCX adds offers and discounts to CurrentC mobile wallet
  27. Google says Android Pay is coming ‘soon’
  28. 620m biometric app downloads by 2020
  29. PREIT installs BLE beacons in US malls
  30. NFC chip market to rise 50.6%
  31. PayPal One Touch expansion
  32. UK consumers increase contactless spending 560% in 12 months
  33. Line Pay expands to Taiwan
  34. 80,000 cards added to Samsung Pay in Korea
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