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    15 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 July 2016, 09:38

    Samsung Pay to launch in Brazil this month

    Samsung Pay will begin rolling out across Brazil on July 19, Samsung has confirmed, making it the first market in South America to introduce the mobile payment service. It will be supported by both MasterCard and Visa as well as Banco do Brasil, Brasil Pré-Pagos, Caixa, Porto Seguro, and Santander.

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    14 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 July 2016, 13:47

    Europeans keen to use biometric authentication for payments, says Visa

    More than two thirds (68%) of European consumers want to use biometrics as a method of payment authentication, research from Visa reveals, and 73% see two-factor authentication as a secure way to confirm an account holder's identity.

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    14 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 July 2016, 12:55

    Android Pay launches in Australia

    Google has begun rolling out its Android Pay mobile payment service in Australia with support from American Express and Visa. The service will be available from 27 banks and credit unions at launch and from an additional seven financial institutions “soon”. MasterCard support is expected “in a few days”.

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    13 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 July 2016, 15:04

    TfL to license contactless ticketing system across the globe

    Transport for London (TfL) is to begin licensing its contactless ticketing system to other major cities across the globe as part of a deal worth up to £15m with Cubic Corporation’s business unit Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS).

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    13 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 July 2016, 14:24

    Starbucks launches mobile payments in China

    Customers at Starbucks stores in China will now be able to pay for their order using their mobile phone and the coffee giant's QR code-based mobile payment service which has now been launched in 2,200 locations across the country.

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    13 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 July 2016, 13:41

    Vodafone Wallet launches NFC mobile ticketing in Albacete

    Commuters in the Spanish city of Albacete can now add their PayBus Albacete transport card to the Vodafone Wallet app and validate their journeys by tapping their NFC device against a contactless terminal on board.

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    13 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 July 2016, 11:38

    Samsung Pay launches in Puerto Rico

    Samsung Pay has gone live in Puerto Rico with support from Banco Popular, the country’s largest bank. The service is supported by MasterCard and Visa and is available from mobile network operators AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Claro.

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    13 July 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 July 2016, 09:34

    Golfer to showcase contactless payments jacket at Royal Troon

    Professional golfer Graeme McDowell has been equipped with a payment-enabled jacket by MasterCard for The 145th Open at Royal Troon this week that will let him pay while he plays by tapping his sleeve on a contactless reader.

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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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    August 27th, 2016

    This week's news

    1. Indian employees make NFC payments using everyday objects
    2. Two in three young Brits have made a mobile payment in-store
    3. Japanese bank eyes facial recognition
    4. IHG to accept Alipay in hotels worldwide
    5. NFC Ring circles the globe
    6. JPMorgan Chase to support Android Pay
    7. Apple Pay bank list grows
    8. Samsung Pay hits 100m transactions in first year
    9. Transport for NSW seeks bright ideas
    10. MegaFon launches contactless card with carrier billing
    11. QuickPass launches in Macau
    12. Singapore aims for cashless society
    13. Barclaycard reveals large contactless increase across UK
    14. UK contactless spending hits record high
    15. Walgreens integrates rewards with Android Pay
    16. Apple Pay adds two UK banks
    17. ACCC rejects Australian banks’ negotiation bid
     
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