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House of Fraser adds AR to mobile app

October 5th, 2015

UK department store chain House of Fraser has introduced augmented reality (AR) into its iOS mobile app to let shoppers make purchases from videos, 3D product previews, recipes and lookbooks via a Scan to Explore feature. “The AR function was introduced into the apps through integrating the Layar AR SDK technology with our app commerce platform,” says platform provider Poq.

Miami Heat fans get mobile payments and ticketing

October 5th, 2015

Fans of basketball team Miami Heat will now be able to make purchases at concession stands across the AmericanAirlines Arena by having a QR code scanned on their mobile device. Funds are debited from a… More

Pinterest expands availability of Buyable Pins

October 5th, 2015

Visual discovery app Pinterest is expanding its Buyable Pins, which let users make payments through Apple Pay, to more commerce platforms including Bigcommerce, IBM Commerce and Magento. “We’re also rolling out new Buyable Pins from Bloomingdale’s, Wayfair, DVF, Steven Alan and thousands of new merchants from our launch partners Demandware and Shopify,” the company writes in a blog post. More than 60m Buyable Pins have been activated since June 2015.

Industry veterans seek funding for NFC payments ring

October 5th, 2015

A team of NFC payments veterans has launched a campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for an NFC ring that can be used to make payments at contactless POS terminals and across the Transport for London network. More

Starbucks takes mobile ordering to the UK

October 2nd, 2015

Coffee chain Starbucks has expanded its Mobile Order & Pay service to the UK, allowing customers to use its iOS mobile app to pre-order and pay for their food and drinks in more than 150 stores across London. The announcement follows the roll out of the service to all US locations and to Android devices last month.

Auchan rolls out Bluetooth and NFC payment beacons in Luxembourg

September 30th, 2015

Supermarket chain Auchan is installing Digicash Bluetooth and NFC payment beacons at checkouts at its hypermarket in Luxembourg to enable shoppers to pay for purchases and collect loyalty points with their mobile phone. The rollout by… More

Zapp to delay Pay by Bank launch?

September 29th, 2015

Zapp, the UK mobile payments start-up formed by payments infrastructure operator VocaLink, has reportedly confirmed that it is to delay its Pay by Bank service, due to launch in autumn, because of integration issues. In… More

Velocity acquires mobile payments app Cover

September 29th, 2015

Restaurant payment app Velocity has acquired mobile payments solution Cover for an undisclosed sum. Cover is accepted at more than 350 restaurants in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. “The acquisition will accelerate the expansion of Velocity’s global hospitality platform, which connects premier restaurants with affluent diners, empowers them to settle their bill directly from their phone and builds loyalty through tailored status and rewards programs,” Velocity says.

Citrus Pay enables in-store mobile payments via gift cards

September 28th, 2015

Indian payment services provider Citrus Pay has announced a partnership with gift card solutions provider Qwikcilver to enable its 17m users to make in-store mobile payments using a gift card or voucher generated in Qwikcilver’s… More

uBirds seeks funding for strap that brings NFC to any watch

September 25th, 2015

Warsaw-based start-up uBirds has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a leather strap that can be fitted onto any standard watch to add a range of smartwatch-like capabilities. The Unique strap includes a programmable… More

Samsung Pay adds new features

September 24th, 2015

Samsung Pay has updated its app for Android devices for those currently using the service in a beta test in the US. “Most importantly are the new ‘Simple Pay’ settings, which let you control where and when the phone is ready to launch Samsung Pay so you can use it in a store,” Android Central reports. The service is due to launch in the US this month.

Barclays’ Pingit partners with Verifone

September 23rd, 2015

Some 20,000 online retailers in the UK that use Verifone’s Payware Ocius m-commerce gateway will now be able to accept online payments through Barclays’ mobile payments app Pingit. “Verifone and Barclays will also look at broadening the acceptance of Pingit via Verifone at physical retail and POS payment terminals,” Barclays says. The partnership expands Pingit to a total of 90,000 online stores.

CTIA visitors get NFC badges

September 23rd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Visitors at CTIA Super Mobility Week 2015 in Las Vegas and IBC 2015 in Amsterdam were able to capture and exchange business cards with other attendees using NFC badges powered by NXP’s Mifare DESFire EV1 chips. NFC event solutions provider ITN International’s BCard Reader and Interact mobile apps let visitors use their NFC mobile devices to read other attendee’s badges, add notes and save contacts.

Grupo Aval introduces in-store mobile payments and offers in Colombia

September 23rd, 2015

Grupo Aval, Colombia’s largest financial services group, has launched a mobile payment and offers service that lets customers of its Av Villas, Banco de Bogotá, Banco de Occidente and Banco Popular banks make in-store payments… More

HTC lists devices supporting Android Pay

September 22nd, 2015

Handset maker HTC has released a list of its Android Pay supporting devices following the mobile payment service’s launch across the US earlier this month. A standalone Android Pay mobile app became available on the Google Play store on September 18 to allow all US consumers with a compatible device to download and use the service.

Axis Bank launches mobile wallet that uses sound for in-store payments

September 21st, 2015

India’s Axis Bank has launched Lime, a mobile wallet that combines banking, shopping and payment services and lets customers make in-store purchases using an encrypted audio signal generated by their device. “The pay feature will allow… More

Macy’s adopts PayPal in-store mobile payments

September 18th, 2015

US department store chain Macy’s will enable PayPal as a payment option for in-store, online and mobile purchases by the end of September 2015. “In-store customers can checkout via Payment Code on the PayPal app or on the Macy’s app which enables consumers to scan a QR code on their mobile device,” PayPal says. The integration will also enable PayPal’s One Touch checkout for online and mobile.

Japanese coffee chain lets customers charge purchases to their mobile phone bill

September 18th, 2015

Japan’s largest coffee chain Ueshima Coffee is to let customers make purchases by charging the cost to their mobile phone bill through a partnership with carrier billing solutions provider Boku and mobile network operators KDDI… More

80% of Brits have used alternative payment methods this year

September 17th, 2015

Eight in ten UK consumers with bank accounts have used an alternative to traditional cash and plastic cards in the last 12 months, research by Gocompare.com has found. 4% have made an NFC mobile payment,… More

iOS 9 adds loyalty cards to Apple Pay

September 17th, 2015

Apple has begun rolling out its latest software update, iOS 9, which brings store credit cards and reward cards to Apple Pay. “Soon you’ll be able to add your favourite store credit cards and reward cards to your Wallet app to make purchases and redeem rewards,” the company says. Apple announced its plans to add loyalty cards to its mobile payment service in June 2015.

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