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30 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 June 2015, 15:27

Global payments company to launch biometric cards with fingerprint scanner

An undisclosed global payments company is to incorporate bendable fingerprint sensors into smart cards as part of a worldwide program to be rolled out in partnership with Norwegian biometrics provider Idex.

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30 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 July 2015, 13:14

2.2bn NFC-enabled handset shipments by 2020, IHS Technology predicts

Shipments of NFC-enabled handsets will increase to 756m in 2015, up from 444m last year, rising to 2.2bn by 2020, IHS Technology has forecast. The research firm adds NFC is “finally coming of age and gaining some traction”.

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29 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 June 2015, 15:44

Barclaycard launches second generation bPay wearable payment devices

Barclaycard has unveiled a second generation of its bPay wristbands and is to add contactless-enabled keyfobs and stickers to the range of bPay devices that will be made available for purchase on 1 July.

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26 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 26 June 2015, 17:48

Fans get contactless entry to football matches in Cyprus

PARTNER NEWS: Season ticket holders at a Cypriot first division football club will soon get into the team's Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium on match day by tapping contactless keyfobs — or wristbands for younger supporters — against NFC turnstiles at the entrance.

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25 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 June 2015, 15:20

Evercoss to pre-install mobile wallet on handsets

Indonesia’s largest smartphone and tablet manufacturer is to pre-install a mobile wallet on up to three million of its mobile devices annually, allowing users to make QR code-based in-store payments, online payments and P2P funds transfers using a platform supplied by mobile wallet provider Cellum.

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25 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 June 2015, 14:08

McGee Group adds NFC inspection tags to trucks

Truck drivers from UK-based construction firm McGee Group can now log their daily vehicle inspections by tapping a tablet or smartphone against NFC tags mounted on their lorries, using a platform supplied by mobility solutions provider Mobilengine.

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25 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 June 2015, 13:38

Amazon’s voice-driven home shopping device available for pre-order in the US

US consumers will soon be able to reorder supplies and control their home appliances using Amazon Echo, the connected device that uses voice recognition to complete spoken commands to shop, play music, read the news and more. It is now available for pre-order following an invitation-only trial that began in November 2014.

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24 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 June 2015, 14:09

CUA credit union reports rising interest in redi2PAY HCE mobile payments service

The number of customers using CUA’s redi2PAY HCE mobile payments service more than 35 times per month was about three times higher in March 2015 than it was six months earlier, and the number of customers using mobile payments five to 14 times per month was up 63% for the same period, the Australian credit union has revealed.

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24 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 June 2015, 13:40

Alibaba and Ant Financial invest nearly $1bn in Koubei mobile commerce platform

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Alipay parent Ant Financial have each invested RMB3bn (US$483m) into Koubei, a joint venture that will let consumers order and pay for local services in China using their smartphone, “with an initial focus on the food and beverage segment”.

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24 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 June 2015, 11:42

30% of donors use contactless card during London charity trial

Nearly a third of shoppers at Westfield London shopping centre who donated to charity during a 100-day pilot put in place by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Save the Children and Visa Europe Collab used their contactless card, as did one in five who donated at one of the city’s Costa coffee shop counter collection points.

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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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