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27 November 2013 • By Karl Dyer • Last updated 27 November 2013, 15:26

SimplyTapp gets funding for HCE

SimplyTapp, the US startup which created Host Card Emulation, bypassing the need to use a carrier controlled SIM-based secure element in NFC transactions, has raised a Series A funding round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners.

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27 November 2013 • By Karl Dyer • Last updated 27 November 2013, 13:50

Positive reaction sees Hungarian mobile wallet ready for market

Eight out of ten testers of the Hungarian mobile wallet pilot project have found the service “very useful” prompting the Hungarian Mobile Wallet Association — an alliance between mobile network operators Magyar Telekom, Vodafone and Telenor with MasterCard, OTP Bank and SuperShop — to declare the MobilTarca wallet ready for market.

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27 November 2013 • By Karl Dyer • Last updated 27 November 2013, 13:32

Diamond Circle to turn NFC tags into Bitcoin wallets

An Australian startup is to begin issuing NFC tags that act as Bitcoin wallets, NFC readers that merchants can use to charge customers in Bitcoins, and to provide Bitcoin ATMs that can be used to issue new wallet tags as well as top up and withdraw funds from Bitcoin accounts.

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27 November 2013 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 December 2014, 12:32

Federal Reserve reports on barriers to NFC adoption in the US

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has published a summary of a June meeting of its Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup (MPIW) that sets out a number of reasons why NFC has not yet taken off in the US. It also suggests actions the workgroup could take to increase the adoption of contactless mobile payments.

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26 November 2013 • By Karl Dyer • Last updated 26 November 2013, 13:32

Hong Kong banks agree NFC payment standards

The Hong Kong Association of Banks (HKAB) has issued Best Practice for NFC Mobile Payment in Hong Kong, a set of common standards and best practices that aims to help establish an interoperable, as well as safe and effective, NFC mobile payment infrastructure.

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26 November 2013 • By Karl Dyer • Last updated 26 November 2013, 11:56

OrientDeal offers OEM NFC phone

Chinese supplier OrientDeal has launched the OrientPhone P6 Plus, an OEM NFC smartphone with a 6-inch Full HD display and 13 megapixel rear camera.

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25 November 2013 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 November 2013, 15:52

One in ten consumers say they have an NFC phone

The number of consumers with an NFC phone has doubled since 2012 according to Deloitte‘s third annual Global Mobile Consumer Survey, with 10% of 37,600 consumers surveyed in 20 countries saying they know that they have the technology embedded in their smartphone. 62% say they do not and 28% do not know if their phone has NFC or not.

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25 November 2013 • By Karl Dyer • Last updated 25 November 2013, 15:17

US department stores add NFC tags to shoes

Thirty US department stores are to place NFC labels on items in their shoe sections, letting shoppers tap a product to find out if their size and preferred colour is in stock and, if not, get details of the nearest store that has stock available or place an online order for later delivery.

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22 November 2013 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 November 2013, 11:52

Vodafone to launch NFC mobile wallet across Europe

Mobile network operator Vodafone‘s NFC mobile wallet is going live today in Spain, will be available in Germany in mid-December and expand to the Netherlands, UK and Italy in spring 2014. Vodafone Wallet works with a range of NFC phones as well as with NFC tags that can be used by customers with other smartphones and feature phones.

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22 November 2013 • By Karl Dyer • Last updated 22 November 2013, 11:18

Isis Alliance Program to support merchant technology providers

US carrier joint venture Isis has introduced the Isis Alliance Program, an initiative designed to support “merchant technology ecosystem partners with exclusive tools and resources to capitalise on the opportunities created by mobile commerce.”

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October 5th, 2015

This week's news

  1. 226bn transactions to be secured with biometrics by 2020
  2. House of Fraser adds AR to mobile app
  3. Fingerprint sensor shipments to reach 1bn units by 2020
  4. Miami Heat fans get mobile payments and ticketing
  5. Pinterest expands availability of Buyable Pins
  6. Industry veterans seek funding for NFC payments ring
  7. Under half of US small businesses aware of EMV
  8. Second generation NFC Ring seeks funding
  9. BNP Paribas pilots cards with dynamic security codes
  10. Samsung Pay gets seven city US promo tour
  11. Starbucks takes mobile ordering to the UK
  12. Clear2Pay adds certified testing solutions for US move to EMV
  13. 60% of US cards to support EMV by year end
  14. One in three Americans have an EMV card
  15. Twitter expands Buy Now buttons
  16. Apple patent reveals details of NFC payments ring
  17. Kona white paper explores HCE and tokenization
  18. Worldpay tests facial recognition for payments in stores
  19. Auchan rolls out Bluetooth and NFC payment beacons in Luxembourg
  20. Three in four Poles aware of NFC mobile payments
  21. Bell ID gets HCE certification from global payment schemes
  22. Nexus Imprint brings fingerprint sensor support to Android M
  23. Rio Olympics to get NFC wristbands?
  24. Zapp to delay Pay by Bank launch?
  25. SumUp expands to Sweden
  26. Riyad Bank goes contactless with Gemalto
  27. iPhone 6s includes NXP’s 66V10 NFC controller
  28. PayPal to launch contactless reader in US
  29. Alibaba and Ant Financial make “strategic investment” in India’s Paytm
  30. Velocity acquires mobile payments app Cover
  31. Samsung Pay goes live in the US
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