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    Apple Pay launches in Spain

    December 2nd, 2016

    Apple Pay has been officially launched in Spain, with Apple developing partnerships with Banco Santander, payment giants American Express and Mastercard, retailer Carrefour and prepaid meal payment service Ticket Restaurant. Spain becomes the thirteenth country… More

    Android Pay launches with single bank support in New Zealand

    December 1st, 2016

    Android Pay is launching in New Zealand initially only for customers of BNZ bank who own a Visa Flexi debit card. “New Zealanders have a longstanding affinity with electronic payments, as shown most recently by… More

    USAA Bank adds insurance cards to digital wallet

    November 30th, 2016

    USAA Bank has updated its digital wallet offering to enable users to add their auto insurance card and medical insurance card to the app. “Members can access their proof of insurance, including a printable PDF for insured vehicles,” USAA says. “Members can also access their Medicare insurance information through their digital wallet.” The service also offers support for Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay for USAA Visa and American Express debit and credit cardholders. It added biometric authentication in January 2015.

    Off the cuff mobile payments from British fashion brand

    November 29th, 2016

    British accessories brand Tovi Sorga is working with Barclaycard to include contactless payment chips to their wallet cuff range, allowing wearers to make purchases across the UK. “Linked to any Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card registered to a UK address and managed by the bPay mobile app, users have full control and visibility of their spending,” Tami Hargreaves from Barclaycard says.

    Antelop Solutions joins the NFC World partner program

    November 28th, 2016

    NFC World today welcomes secure host card emulation (HCE) and tokenization provider Antelop Solutions as a member of our partner program. Antelop is a specialist in mobile payments security and was the first company to… More

    Carta to host payments and fintech leaders at Mobey Day Toronto

    November 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Carta Worldwide is preparing to welcome leaders from across the payments and financial technology industry to the first Mobey Day in North America, to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto… More

    Visa reports EMV increase in US

    November 23rd, 2016

    There are now 388.8m Visa EMV cards circulating in the US, 180.6m of which are credit cards and 208.3m debit cards, the payment network has revealed. “More than 1.7m merchants are now accepting chip cards, a 191% increase in the last year,” the company says. “There were more than three quarters of a billion Visa chip transactions in October, a 453% increase over last year. Chip-ready merchants now represent 41% of Visa’s in-store payment volume.” The US became Visa’s largest chip card market in the world last month.

    Visa warns of ‘serious disruption’ to online payments from EBA proposal

    November 22nd, 2016

    Visa is warning a proposal from the European Banking Authority (EBA) requiring every online transaction over €10 (US$10.61) to have additional authentication steps at checkout will “seriously disrupt online shopping and cause inconvenience for consumers”…. More

    Byblos Bank launches HCE mobile payments

    November 21st, 2016

    Customers of Lebanon-based Byblos Bank can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using ByblosPay, a new service developed by the bank with Visa, CSC Bank and mobile app developer Foo. “With the launch of ByblosPay, Byblos Bank becomes the first bank in Lebanon and the region extending from Jordan and Iraq to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and from Egypt to Morocco to adopt HCE technology,” the bank says.

    New Zealanders confidence in digital payments on increase

    November 21st, 2016

    Nearly three quarters of New Zealanders (72%) trust that payments made via digital and mobile methods are secure, compared to 51% when digital payment methods first emerged, Visa reveals. Those surveyed also believe scanning their fingerprint to confirm or validate payment is a good security measure to prevent fraud.

    Optus adds smart coffee cup to contactless payments range

    November 21st, 2016

    Australian mobile network operator Optus has updated its range of contactless payment accessories to include a SmartCup — a coffee cup that includes the new Optus Pay PayTag in its base allowing consumers to make… More

    French bank offers Visa cards with dynamic security codes

    November 18th, 2016

    French bank Societe Generale is to offer retail customers in France the chance to replace their current Visa cards with ones featuring a dynamic security code developed by Oberthur Technologies. The OT Motion Card replaces the three-digit security number on the back of the card with a mini-screen displaying a code refreshed automatically and randomly every hour. The move comes after French bank card association Cartes Bancaires issued certification for OT Motion Code earlier this month.

    16m NFC-ready POS terminals worldwide in 2016

    November 16th, 2016

    Annual shipments of NFC-ready POS terminals are anticipated to reach an estimated 16.1m units worldwide this year, Berg Insight reveals, with more than 90% of new units shipped across Europe and North America supporting the… More

    Visa and BioConnect work to enable multiple biometrics on mobile apps

    November 14th, 2016

    Visa is working with biometric identity platform provider BioConnect to enable multiple methods of biometric authentication through a single mobile app. This means that if the consumer’s default biometric authentication method fails, they can use… More

    NFC World webinar to share real-world lessons from HCE mobile payments pilot

    November 11th, 2016

    NFC World will host a free webinar on Thursday 8 December to provide insight into the lessons learned from a real-world implementation of a host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments service that makes use of… More

    Banca Intesa launches HCE mobile payments in Serbia

    November 11th, 2016

    Customers of Serbia’s Banca Intesa — a subsidiary of Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo — have become the first in the Balkan country to be able to make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments,… More

    Orange Cash supports Apple Pay

    November 10th, 2016

    Orange’s mobile wallet app Orange Cash now supports Apple Pay in France, with support from German payment firm Wirecard, the operator has announced. The prepaid NFC payments service announced by Orange and Visa went live in the country in 2014, with Orange saying it would support Apple Pay in the summer. “Our innovative spirit helps us to develop the most useful and advanced services for our customers,” says Nicolas Levi from Orange. “We believe Apple Pay is just that.”

    Smartphone maker offers mVisa QR code payments in India

    November 10th, 2016

    Smartphone maker Micromax is to offer the mVisa QR code-based mobile payments service through its Udio mobile app across India, in collaboration with Visa and payments solution provider TranServ. The service will be available to… More

    Ecobank to roll out mVisa in 33 African markets

    November 2nd, 2016

    Pan-African banking group Ecobank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Visa to roll out the mVisa QR code-based mobile payment service in 33 African markets by the end of 2016. “This MoU will help Ecobank reach 100m customers,” the company says. mVisa was unveiled in August 2015 through a pilot with Indian banks. Ecobank also signed an MoU with Mastercard last month to launch Masterpass QR mobile payments across Africa.

    Mastercard adds blockchain APIs to developer site

    November 2nd, 2016

    Mastercard has added blockchain APIs to its developer site to “facilitate new commerce opportunities for the digital transfer of value”, following Visa’s announcement last month it aims to pilot its B2B Connect system next year… More

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