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    LG Pay delays launch, cites testing issues

    September 27th, 2016

    LG has delayed the introduction of LG Pay mobile payments due to issues testing the service in South Korea, according to Android Headlines. It had been expected to launch this month. In January 2016 the company announced it had developed an electronic LG Pay White Card allowing users to register multiple credit cards for in-store payments and ATM withdrawals. LG confirmed plans to introduce its own mobile payment service in November 2015.

    Kohl’s to allow checkouts from mobile app

    September 23rd, 2016

    US department store chain Kohl’s is rolling out a new capability that will allow holders of its store-branded charge card to checkout directly from its mobile app. “The feature is in addition to Kohl’s existing mobile wallet capabilities, which lets shoppers store their payment information to the app and aggregate promotions and rewards,” CNBC reports.

    Glacéau Smartwater sends tips to Londoners using BLE beacons

    September 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Coca-Cola owned Glacéau Smartwater has launched a campaign to send on-the-go recommendations to Londoners’ smartphones using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons provided by digital payment solutions provider Proxama. It will be live until the… More

    Curve launches rewards, raises $3m in funding

    September 21st, 2016

    London-based startup Curve has launched a virtual Curve Rewards card through an app that allows consumers to spend points as currency when using the company’s physical payment card. “When you earn rewards, they’ll pop up on your Curve Rewards card as points,” the company says. “Simply choose the Rewards card in the app and use it to pay like you would any other bank card.” The Curve card was unveiled in February 2016. The company has also recently raised US$3m, taking its seed funding to around $5m.

    Lenovo launches NFC transport payments in Beijing

    September 20th, 2016

    Commuters in Beijing can now use Lenovo X3 smartphones to make NFC mobile payments across public transportation services. The option has been launched by the handset maker in collaboration with Oberthur Technologies (OT) and transportation… More

    NAB to allow instant use of approved cards through NAB Pay

    September 13th, 2016

    Customers of National Australia Bank (NAB) will soon be able to use the bank’s NAB Pay host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment app to make purchases via newly approved personal Visa credit cards without… More

    Facebook updates Messenger bots to enable payment

    September 13th, 2016

    Businesses across the US will now be able to sell products and services through Facebook’s Messenger app. An update to the social network’s recently launched Messenger chatbot platform will enable bots to accept payments without having… More

    Cardiff Blues fans get BLE beacon messages

    September 9th, 2016

    Fans of Welsh rugby union club Cardiff Blues can now receive personalized messages and coupons on their mobile phone through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed at the team’s stadium. The beacons will initially be used to deliver welcome messages, discount coupons and reminders to vote for the fans’ man of the match. GCell provided the devices which work in conjunction with the Cardiff Blues mobile app.

    CBA and Barclays team up for P2P payments

    September 9th, 2016

    Customers of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and UK bank Barclays will soon be able to send money to each other using a mobile phone number through CBA’s CommBank app and Barclays’ Pingit P2P payment service. The option will… More

    Coop Denmark to launch mobile loyalty and payments platform

    September 8th, 2016

    Supermarket chain Coop Denmark is launching a new mobile loyalty and rewards platform incorporating mobile payment functionality in all of its stores from October. The service will enable customers in Irma, Kvickly, Brugsen and KNB locations… More

    Wirecard eases Alipay acceptance in Europe

    September 2nd, 2016

    German technology provider Wirecard has launched an app allowing European retailers to accept Alipay QR code mobile payments from Chinese tourists. “Retailers will soon be able to download the Scan Alipay iOS app from the app store,” Wirecard says. “An Android version will follow in the course of this year. The app will be taken up predominantly by catering establishments and clothing retailers.” Wirecard began rolling out support for Alipay mobile payments across Europe in December 2015. In June 2016 it was reported that Alipay is in talks to negotiate a 25% stake in Wirecard.

    MDM Bank launches HCE in Russia

    September 2nd, 2016

    Customers of Russia’s MDM Bank can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using the bank’s mobile banking app. The service is currently available for Mastercard customers only and makes use of OpenWay’s Way4 HCE and tokenisation technology. “Using the MDM Bank mobile app, customers can now pay from their Mastercard account with no need to enter a PIN code or additional app password or even to activate the application before payment,” OpenWay says.

    MTS launches NFC mobile payments

    September 1st, 2016

    Customers of Russian mobile network operator MTS can now make NFC mobile payments using the carrier’s new MTS Money service, which enables users to upload virtual banking cards, public transport tickets and discount coupons. “MTS subscribers will be able to upload their MTS Money banking card into the app or register a new one without visiting MTS offices,” MTS says. “The balance of the card can be replenished directly through the app from the cards of other banks.”

    Gear S3 smartwatch comes with Samsung Pay

    September 1st, 2016

    Samsung has unveiled its latest smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S3, which includes support for Samsung Pay. “Now, Gear S3 users in select markets can use their smartwatch to make a purchase almost anywhere they can swipe or tap with Samsung Pay,” the company says. The mobile payment service launched in beta for Gear S2 watches in July 2016.

    Apple to offer iPhone with FeliCa NFC payments in Japan

    August 30th, 2016

    Apple is planning to launch an iPhone in Japan equipped with Sony FeliCa NFC technology to allow owners to make payments for travel and other services. The company is intending to work with “multiple transit… More

    Google Wallet gets automatic transfers

    August 30th, 2016

    An update to Google Wallet is adding support for automatic transfers to bank accounts. “Users will now be able to select a bank account or debit card for automatic transfers within the app or via the web,” TechCrunch reports. “Once enabled, you won’t have to manually cash out money from your Wallet balance — it will just automatically become available.” The update will begin rolling out gradually this week. Google relaunched Google Wallet as a P2P payment solution in September 2015.

    Coles backs Australian banks versus Apple

    August 30th, 2016

    Supermarket giant Coles is backing the group of Australian banks seeking power to “collectively negotiate” with third party mobile wallet providers. “We believe the ability to tailor solutions for customers and provide them with greater value should be the driver for customer choice and not a technical lockout,” says the retailer in a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Earlier this month the ACCC ruled that it would not grant the banks interim authorization to collectively negotiate.

     

    Indian employees make NFC payments using everyday objects

    August 26th, 2016

    Some 8,000 employees across India are making payments in workplace cafeterias by tapping their pens, ID cards or even key chains against contactless terminals using Zeta Super Tag, an NFC tag that adheres to any object. More

    JPMorgan Chase to support Android Pay

    August 24th, 2016

    US bank JPMorgan Chase is to support Android Pay from 7 September 2016, claims a leaked internal document seen by Android Police. “According to an anonymous Chase employee, Chase will begin supporting Google’s NFC-based payment system in just over two weeks,” the publication says. “This includes Chase consumer credit cards that are Visa-branded, both business and consumer debit cards and Chase Liquid cards.” The bank unveiled its own Chase Pay mobile payments service in October 2015.

    Walgreens integrates rewards with Android Pay

    August 22nd, 2016

    US drugstore giant Walgreens has become the first retailer to integrate its loyalty program with Android Pay, allowing more than 85m active Balance Rewards members to earn and redeem points in-store through the mobile payments service. “Before payment, members simply hold their Android device near the PIN pad and the appropriate rewards information is applied,” Walgreens says. The company integrated its loyalty program with Apple Pay in November 2015.

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