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DigiSEq gets MasterCard approval to provision payments to mass market wearables

August 4th, 2015

MasterCard has approved a solution that enables payment credentials to be provisioned to wearable devices with a secure element and NFC antenna. The move could give consumers the option of buying any wearable from a… More

August smart lock update lets Apple Watch users unlock their front door

August 4th, 2015

Smart lock maker August has updated its iOS app to allow people to unlock their front doors using an Apple Watch. The solution will also let users view a log of who has entered and… More

FlexStr8 brings NFC tracking to hazardous chemicals

August 4th, 2015

Smart label systems provider FlexStr8 has unveiled an NFC solution for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) system that would allow users to print labels and give chemical handlers, emergency… More

Ola Cabs to apply for mobile wallet licence

August 4th, 2015

Indian mobile cab hailing service Ola Cabs is reportedly planning to apply for a mobile wallet licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). “Ola currently offers Ola Money as a digital payment option on its mobile app using payment technology powered by PayU and ZipCash Card Services,” Livemint reports. “If Ola gets the nod from RBI, it can offer the wallet on its app as well as other apps it plans to launch.”

Vodafone customers top up with PowaTag

August 3rd, 2015

Pay-as-you-go customers of Vodafone UK can now top up their mobile phones via Powa Technologies’ mobile payment platform PowaTag in more than 500 Vodafone stores as well as Argos, Brighthouse, Co-Op, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, JD Williams and Wilkinson. The platform is already in use by France’s Teleshopping, Denmark’s Danske Bank and retailer Comptoir des Cotonniers.

Subway adds PayPal to mobile app

July 30th, 2015

Restaurant chain Subway is to add PayPal as a payment option in its mobile order and pay app to allow customers to make in-app and in-store payments in 27,000 US locations. PayPal One Touch will also be enabled, allowing customers to pay without typing in usernames, passwords or payment credentials. Meanwhile, Android Pay has been added a mobile payment option alongside Apple Pay.

Commonwealth Bank adds loyalty to mobile app

July 30th, 2015

Commonwealth Bank has added a loyalty feature to its mobile banking app that also offers HCE payments, allowing users to store loyalty cards and redeem them at the checkout with their NFC phone or by scanning the loyalty card barcode. The bank is also set to pilot a separate offers app in a shopping centre run by Westfield, ZDNet reports.

Samsung and MasterCard prepare Europe for Samsung Pay

July 30th, 2015

Samsung has announced it is extending its global partnership with MasterCard to deliver Samsung Pay to European card issuers using the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) — and is currently working with European banks and… More

Tech firms do “better job” than banks, say 24% of young Brits

July 29th, 2015

More than a fifth (24%) of Britons aged between 18 and 34 believe companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon would do a “better job” of providing financial products and services than banks, with 8% now choosing their bank depending on the type of mobile service it offers, research from price comparison site uSwitch reveals.

42% of US iPhone 6 owners use Apple Pay in May and June

July 29th, 2015

More than two fifths of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users reported having used Apple Pay between the end of May and mid-June, with 84% making more than three in-store transactions, the bi-monthly Apple Pay… More

Jobseekers offered head start on new vacancies with a tap of NFC phone

July 29th, 2015

Jobseekers in Australia, New Zealand, the US and UK could soon be able to get a head start on new vacancies by tapping their NFC phone against signs, posters and window stickers placed in shopping… More

Colombia festival visitors first to use Plazez mobile payments service

July 28th, 2015

Thousands of visitors at last weekend’s Zona Picnic Club festival in the Colombian capital Bogota have become the first to use a mobile payment service developed by payment processor Paymentez and MasterCard to pay for… More

Burger King adds MasterPass to US app

July 28th, 2015

Burger King is to add MasterCard’s MasterPass functionality to its mobile app, allowing customers in the US to find the nearest restaurant, explore the menu and pay directly with their phone. “The platform securely stores payment and shipping information which is readily accessible when a consumer checks out using the ‘Buy with MasterPass’ button and logs into their account,” MasterCard says.

OneBit tests Bitcoin payments via NFC

July 27th, 2015

Bitcoin mobile wallet provider OneBit has begun alpha testing its mobile payment service which works via NFC at the point of sale wherever MasterCard is accepted. “It will no longer be about whether or not a certain store accepts Bitcoin because the app executes the payment in the local currency,” Cryptocoins News reports. “The company will be announcing a more public version of the software in the coming months.”

One in five Starbucks sales in the US made with mobile payments

July 24th, 2015

Coffee chain Starbucks is processing nearly nine million mobile payments a week across its US locations, representing 20% of all in-store transactions, CEO Howard Schultz revealed during the company’s third quarter earnings call. The company… More

Shell UK rolls out PayPal mobile payments at the pump

July 24th, 2015

Motorists at oil and gas company Shell UK service stations can now make mobile payments at the pump using their Shell Motorist app and PayPal account. The move follows the announcement of the company’s plans… More

More than 50,000 European taxis to accept NFC mobile payments

July 24th, 2015

Fifty thousand taxis across Europe will soon be upgraded to accept payments for journeys with either a tap of a passenger’s NFC phone using a mobile app provided by The Payment House or using a… More

In-store tests for CurrentC mobile wallet

July 24th, 2015

US retailer-owned mobile payments consortium MCX is to test its CurrentC mobile wallet in stores next month, Bloomberg reports, adding: “MCX expects to formally introduce the CurrentC app some time in the third quarter.” MCX unveiled the CurrentC brand in September 2014 and confirmed to NFC World it would launch in a “mid-sized market” in April.

Carrefour installs Bluetooth beacons in 28 hypermarkets across Romania

July 23rd, 2015

Supermarket giant Carrefour has installed 600 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons in its 28 hypermarkets in Romania to guide shoppers around the stores and to deliver personalised promotions and offers either directly to their smartphones or to Samsung tablets affixed to the handles of their shopping carts.  More

HP picks Carta for NFC mobile payments

July 22nd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Transaction technology provider Carta Worldwide has been selected to support the delivery of “tap-and-go” mobile payment services to HP customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Canada. “Flexible enough to be… More

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