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Google exits digital goods payments

November 17th, 2014

Google is to “retire” its Google Wallet for digital goods API and has told merchants who currently let customers pay for digital goods via Google Wallet on their websites that they will need to remove API calls to the service by 2 March 2015. Those who exclusively use Google “will need to transition to an alternate solution”, the company says. Support will continue for both in-app payments and apps sold via the Google Play store, Google adds.

Android 5.0 SDK now available

October 20th, 2014

The Android 5.0 SDK is now available to developers ahead of the scheduled launch of Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ in November. The software development kit includes finalised APIs and behaviours so developers can update their apps to take advantage of new features including enhanced BLE and NFC support.

Transcript: Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP Eddy Cue introduce Apple Pay mobile payments and NFC

September 9th, 2014

“It’s all about the wallet,” Apple CEO Tim Cook explained during the unveiling of Apple Pay mobile payments and the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch with NFC on 9 September. “Our vision… More

HotelTonight to offer NFC keys

June 27th, 2014

HotelTonight is to upgrade its Android app to enable customers to unlock their rooms via NFC, where a hotel supports the technology. The on-demand mobile booking service is using Brivo Labs’ Sam API to provide the service.

Android L speeds up NFC P2P sharing

June 27th, 2014

New support for Android Beam, the name used for NFC peer-to-peer sharing in Android, is to be introduced with Android L, version 5.0 of Google’s operating system. Currently, Android Beam only springs into action once… More

Android L to offer wide range of new features for mobile payments and commerce

June 26th, 2014

The next generation of Android, unveiled at the Google I/O developer conference, will offer mobile payments, banking and commerce providers a wide range of new functions. Android L includes support for BLE’s peripheral mode, tighter… More

BioCatch raises $10m to expand behavioural biometrics platform

June 24th, 2014

BioCatch has raised US$10million to expand its behavioural biometric authentication platform. The service collects and analyses more than 400 behavioural signals and is used by banks to detect suspicious behaviour online. It is now also available… More

American Airlines pilots BLE beacons in Dallas

June 19th, 2014

American Airlines is to run a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon pilot at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), allowing travellers to access a range of wayfinding and location-based services from their mobile device. The project will… More

CardFlight to add Touch ID to mPOS

June 5th, 2014

US mPOS provider CardFlight is to make use of Apple’s new Touch ID API to provide an extra level of security to merchants using its SwipeSimple service with an Apple iPhone. “Merchants will have the option to log in to their mobile payment application via scanning their fingerprint using Touch ID, rather than entering the traditional email address and password,” the company says.

Edgetech to offer acoustic mobile payments in Zimbabwe

June 5th, 2014

Zimbabwe-based banking solutions provider Edgetech Solutions is preparing to launch a new mobile payment service that uses sound-based communication technology from NearBytes to let people make payments in stores with their phones. When launched, the Edgepay solution… More

Telstra uses NFC to cut costs and improve customer service for broadband users

May 22nd, 2014

Australian telecommunications provider Telstra is now applying NFC tags to all its broadband modems, enabling customers to access personalised help, information and support recommendations by tapping the tag with their NFC phone. The company’s Telstra… More

Sberbank to launch HCE payments in Russia

May 20th, 2014

Russia’s Sberbank, Europe’s third largest bank with more than 100million customers, has begun piloting NFC payments in Moscow using embedded secure elements. It will follow the trial with a service using host card emulation (HCE) later this… More

Mobispot to offer multifunction NFC wristband platform

April 4th, 2014

Singapore-based Mobispot Social Systems has introduced a platform that enables “modern city residents” to access a variety of services — including payments, transportation, ticketing, access control, discounts, membership and information sharing — via NFC wristbands…. More

Cuscal tests HCE in Australia

March 28th, 2014

An NFC payments service using host card emulation (HCE) is being tested in-house by Australian transactional banking services provider Cuscal. The company aims to make the solution commercially available mid 2014, as either a client-branded mobile app or via an API, enabling its clients’ customers to use their mobile phones to make payments at any Visa payWave contactless terminal.

W3C publishes draft NFC API

January 29th, 2014

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a draft specification for an NFC API that will provide web developers with a standard way to access the NFC functionality on an NFC-enabled device. The Web… More

Chrome OS to get NFC unlock?

December 11th, 2013

Users may be able unlock their Chrome OS devices using NFC in the future, The Next Web reports. An API called chrome.screenlockPrivate will allow select apps to “use the USB, NFC, and/or Bluetooth APIs to communicate with a secondary trusted device such as a phone, ring, watch, or badge, thereby allowing that trusted device to serve as an alternative form of authentication for the user.”

SimplyTapp gets funding for HCE

November 27th, 2013

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…. More

Wirecard adds CorFire technology to NFC platform

October 3rd, 2013

Electronic payments specialist Wirecard has integrated CorFire’s Mobile Payment Service Application (MPSA) NFC API stack into its products and services, enabling secure NFC capabilities to be supported from within mobile apps. Wirecard, whose clients include… More

NFC couponing service launches in Tokyo stores

June 26th, 2013

Korean mobile network operator SK Telecom‘s subsidiary SK Planet has launched an NFC couponing service in the Shin-Okubo neighbourhood of Tokyo, the centre of the city’s Korean community, in partnership with Japanese carriers KDDI and… More

VeriFone and SK C&C team up for NFC wallets

February 27th, 2013

POS maker VeriFone and Korea-based IT company SK C&C have announced they are working together to deploy mobile wallet solutions for “several large mobile network operators”. “Our partnership with VeriFone will enable MNOs to rapidly and easily… More

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