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Google files item pairing patent

June 23rd, 2015

A new Google patent details a system to allow the pairing of items such as keys or a wallet with a mobile device to alert a person when they are about to leave the house without one of the items. “The monitoring device monitors the presence of items in its vicinity using a short-range wireless communication or sensing technology such as NFC, Bluetooth, RuBee, RFID or any other method of wireless communication or sensing,” the patent says.

Google to acquire Tesco’s Clubcard division?

June 22nd, 2015

Google is reported to be considering acquiring the Tesco-owned loyalty agency that is responsible for the development of the supermarket giant’s Clubcard rewards scheme. “Google would like to use Dunnhumby to offer more reward and loyalty bonuses for Android Pay users,” IT Pro Portal reports. “Acquiring Clubcard may allow Google more insider knowledge as to the workings of the UK market.”

Twin Peaks offers mobile payments with MyCheck

June 19th, 2015

US sports bar chain Twin Peaks will offer mobile payments through an integration with MyCheck at its locations in August. “The new Twin Peaks mobile app will allow customers to view, split and pay their bill using Apple Pay, PayPal, Google Wallet, debit or credit cards, order additional menu items and access exclusive rewards and special offers only redeemable in the app,” MyCheck says.

Almost one in six US consumers are using mobile wallets

June 17th, 2015

Almost one in six US consumers (15%) have used a mobile wallet in the past six months, up from 9% in the same period in 2013, and an additional 22% are likely to adopt mobile… More

Google files contact lens authentication patent

June 8th, 2015

Google has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office that describes a contact lens which collects reflected light through sensors to assemble an image of the iris that is then matched against a stored image to authenticate the wearer. “In various implementations, the contact lens can be employed in systems and/or methods associated with authentication and identification,” the patent says.

Google misses out on transaction fee revenues

June 8th, 2015

Google won’t earn any transaction fees from credit card issuers for Android Pay, unlike Apple which receives 0.15% of the value of each credit card transaction made with Apple Pay,  sources have told The Wall Street Journal.“That is because Visa and MasterCard recently standardised their tokenization card-security service and made it free, preventing payments services from charging fees to issuers,” the newspaper reports.

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

June 4th, 2015

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… More

Apple Pay added to 12 banks

June 4th, 2015

Apple has added a further 12 US banks and credit unions to its list of participating financial institutions. In the wake of Google’s unveiling of Android Pay, “Apple is expected to announce enhancements to Apple Pay … including a rewards system,” 9to5mac reports.

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

June 3rd, 2015

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… More

Google demonstrates how Android Pay will work

June 2nd, 2015

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. More

RBC unveils Android M mobile wallet app

June 2nd, 2015

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has developed an app for the Android M Developer Preview that will be used as part of the bank’s RBC Wallet service to let users authenticate themselves using their fingerprint for… More

Google’s Project Soli to bring hand controls to wearables

June 2nd, 2015

Google is working to create next-generation, hand-gesture technology that would enable rich interactions with smart devices regardless of screen size to “drive applications across wearable, home automation, automotive, industrial and medical markets”. A video produced… More

Google unveils Project Brillo

June 2nd, 2015

Google has unveiled Project Brillo, a development platform for the Internet of Things that will connect devices through a communication layer called Weave which “provides seamless and secure communication between devices both locally and through the cloud,” Google explains. “It’s integrated into the Google mobile platform so support is built in to Android and easily available for iOS.”

Google’s Project Vault microSD features NFC for storing sensitive data

June 1st, 2015

Google has unveiled Project Vault, a hardware and software isolated environment in the form of a microSD card that stores the user’s sensitive data and comes equipped with NFC for authorisation. “Project Vault is a… More

Google to trial hands-free mobile payments

June 1st, 2015

Google has announced it will pilot a new payment service in the San Francisco Bay area later this year that will let users make hands-free, in-store mobile payments without having to get their phone out of… More

Project Jacquard: Google and Levi’s collaborate on interactive clothing

June 1st, 2015

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group is working with Levi’s to develop interactive fabrics that would allow the wearer to use their phone just by tapping or swiping their clothes. Items would connect to… More

Chrome gets simpler Google Wallet checkout

June 1st, 2015

Google has announced the launch of Chrome 43 for Android which includes a faster checkout experience for Google Wallet users, the ability for a user to learn more about words and phrases by touching them on screen, plus a series of performance improvements. “Chrome 43.0.2357.78 will be available in Google Play over the next few days,” the search engine giant says.

Visa launches VDEP service to make it easier and cheaper for banks to offer mobile payments

May 29th, 2015

Visa has launched the Visa Digital Enablement Program (VDEP), a new service that builds on the company’s token technology and adds a “turn-key, toll-free commercial framework accessible to more than 14,500 Visa financial institution clients and… More

Bell ID analyses Android Pay

May 29th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: In a blog published today, tokenization specialist Bell ID outlines the differences between Google’s Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, and discusses what the NFC service means for banks. “Will Android Pay dominate the market for mobile payments and go head to head with Apple Pay? Currently, it is looking unlikely,” writes Bell ID’s Martin Cox.

Google working on “brand new” Wallet service for Android and iOS

May 29th, 2015

Google has confirmed it is developing a “brand new” Google Wallet app for Android and iOS that will allow anyone with a US debit card to send and receive money for free “within minutes”, even if… More

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