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BLE

8 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 June 2015, 14:26

Bucharest buses to use Bluetooth beacons to guide the blind

Five hundred Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons are to be installed on buses and trolleybuses on two public transportation lines in the city of Bucharest, Romania to guide visually impaired passengers on and off buses so that they can use public transportation services without needing a personal assistant.

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5 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 5 June 2015, 12:33

Vodafone Turkey adds eye verification to mobile wallet app

Vodafone Turkey is adding support for eye verification to its mobile wallet to enable users to unlock the app using biometric provider EyeVerify’s Eyeprint ID technology.

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Partner news NFC

4 June 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 4 June 2015, 16:56

Verizon announces investment in SimplyTapp

PARTNER NEWS: Verizon Ventures, the investment arm of US carrier Verizon, has revealed that it was the undisclosed lead investor in a Series B funding round for HCE specialist SimplyTapp that totalled US$6m.

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NFC

4 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 June 2015, 15:55

One in five Europeans expect to make daily mobile payments by 2020

One in five Europeans expects to use their mobile phone to make payments on a daily basis by 2020, growing from the one in ten who do so already today, research from Visa Europe has found. 53% expect to use their devices for payments at least once a week and 43% are also interested in making in-store NFC mobile payments.

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NFC

4 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 June 2015, 14:54

Kantar: 13% of US iPhone 6 owners have used Apple Pay

Some 13% of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners in the US have used Apple Pay and 11% are planning to do so, a survey conducted by Kantar Worldpanel has revealed. Only 2% choose not to use the mobile payments service due to lack of trust, 4% do not use it because they don’t understand how it works, while 11% say their credit cards “work just fine.”

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4 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 June 2015, 11:05

Pinterest integrates Apple Pay into Buyable Pins

Visual discovery app Pinterest is to let its users make payments through Apple Pay on its platform by clicking on Buy buttons that will be integrated into a retailer’s page, including those from Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

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NFC

4 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 June 2015, 12:04

Four in ten UK smartphone owners willing to make NFC mobile payments

Almost two fifths (38%) of UK smartphone owners are willing to make NFC mobile payments, research carried out by YouGov on behalf of business process management company Firstsource Solutions has revealed. More than half (55%) of 18- to 24-year-olds are willing to do so, compared to less than a quarter (24%) of those aged over 55.

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3 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 June 2015, 14:41

Samsung mobile commerce boss talks Samsung Pay, Android Pay and launch delay

Samsung Pay is to launch in Korea and the US in September 2015, later than originally planned, and then roll out to Europe, China, Australia and South America, executive vice president of mobile commerce Dr Injong Rhee has revealed at the Samsung Electronics 2015 Investors Forum.

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3 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 June 2015, 14:44

Samsung delays Samsung Pay launch

Samsung has delayed the launch of its Samsung Pay mobile payment service from this summer to September this year, Dr Injong Rhee, Samsung’s executive vice president of mobile commerce, has revealed during an investor meeting.

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NFC

2 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 June 2015, 13:32

Google demonstrates how Android Pay will work

Google has demonstrated how its Android Pay mobile payments service will work for making in-store and in-app purchases, for payments made through a banking partner mobile app, and how users will be able to pay for items such as a Coca-Cola from a vending machine using just the points stored in a customer loyalty account.

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July 7th, 2015

This week's news

  1. Fingerprint sensor market to grow at 17% CAGR
  2. McDonald’s to pilot mobile order and pay in China
  3. Lloyds Bank authenticates customers with contactless ‘tap to bank’ service
  4. Europeans make more than 1bn Visa contactless transactions in 12 months
  5. Apple Pay UK launch set for July 14?
  6. Next iPhone to get NFC upgrade?
  7. “Highly interested” Canadians ready for mobile payments
  8. Ant Financial valued at US$45bn
  9. ING adds biometrics to mobile banking app payments
  10. 38% of Americans back biometrics
  11. Apple files P2P via NFC patent
  12. Koreans claim Apple Pay talks
  13. Researchers unveil breakthrough in weaving NFC chips into clothes
  14. Cab:app taxis to accept NFC mobile payments
  15. Rémy Martin to launch NFC bottle in China for authentication and rewards
  16. Las Vegas gets park and reward meters
  17. Mobile tickets launch for Houston buses
  18. PayPal buys money transfer provider Xoom
  19. MasterCard to pilot biometrics for online shopping
  20. Fido Alliance adds authentication support for NFC and BLE
  21. London buses get on board beacon rollout
  22. Beacons on menu for Cathay Pacific lounge guests
  23. 25% of British consumers fear mobile payments will make them spend more
  24. Facebook rolls out Messenger mobile payments across US
  25. Apple Watch patent transfers data in a shake
  26. KFC China restaurants to accept Alipay mobile payments next month
  27. Global payments company to launch biometric cards with fingerprint scanner
  28. Mahindra Comviva and Pole SCS in European partnership
  29. NFC smartphone sales up 55% year on year in 2015
  30. 2.2bn NFC-enabled handset shipments by 2020, IHS Technology predicts
  31. Beacons guide Hong Kong airport passengers
  32. Maple Leafs install beacons for draft party
  33. Sharp includes fingerprint sensor in flagship smartphone
  34. US$2.7tn mobile wallet market by 2020
  35. Cale parking card readers to accept Apple Pay
 
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