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Jawbone adds NFC payments to fitness trackers with AmEx

April 17th, 2015

Wearable device maker Jawbone has unveiled a fitness tracking wristband that can be linked to the wearer’s American Express card account and used to make NFC payments. US card members with an Up4 tracker “will… More

Europeans back banks for mobile payments

April 10th, 2015

Some 185m Europeans will use a mobile payment app this year, up 51% on 2014, a survey of 14,000 consumers for ING has revealed, and respondents say they are far more likely to use apps… More

Barclays offers Apple Watch app

April 10th, 2015

Barclays has unveiled an Apple Watch app which will let customers check their current account balance when the watch goes on sale in the UK on April 24. Customers will be able to check the balance of up to five accounts linked to the Barclays Mobile Banking app, which the user can swipe through to view. “The extension of our popular mobile app on Apple Watch will allow customers to keep track of their money wherever they are,” said Matt Hammerstein, head of customer and client experience at Barclays.

New Zealand NFC wallet venture Semble goes live

March 31st, 2015

Close to one million New Zealanders now have the ability to make NFC payments with the nationwide launch of Semble, a SIM-based mobile wallet introduced by two New Zealand banks, three carriers and payments network… More

AMP Bank adds HCE payments to mobile app

March 31st, 2015

Australia’s AMP Bank has added HCE-based NFC mobile payments to its banking app for Android, allowing AMP Visa debit card holders to make payments with their phone at any contactless terminal. The bank, which joins a growing list of financial institutions which have introduced HCE payments in Australia, will continue to offer PayTag contactless stickers for those who can’t use the new AMPwave service.

Vodafone combines tokens and SIMs for NFC payments in Europe

March 30th, 2015

Vodafone customers in five major European markets will be able to use their Visa cards to make NFC mobile payments from the second quarter of this year with a new SIM-based service that makes use of tokenization technology. More

One in five US mobile phone users made a mobile payment in 2014

March 27th, 2015

22% of US mobile phone users made a mobile payment last year, up from 17% in 2013, research from the Federal Reserve Board reveals. The most common type of mobile payment was paying bills through an online system or mobile app, followed by online and in-app purchases, with in-store payments in third place, the Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2015 (PDF) report found.

NFC wristbands to help swimmers track performance

March 27th, 2015

Swimmers will soon be able to use NFC wristbands to set up personal training regimes and measure their performance in the pool. A pilot in five pools in Israel will use the wristbands, a mobile… More

ANZ to add HCE payments to mobile banking app

March 26th, 2015

ANZ Bank New Zealand is to add NFC mobile payments to its popular goMoney mobile banking app later this year. The goMoney Wallet feature will be available to 120,000 customers with Android NFC phones and… More

Bulgari unveils luxury NFC smartwatch

March 20th, 2015

Italian jewellery brand Bulgari will enter the luxury smartwatch market next year when it launches the NFC-enabled Diagono Magnesium watch – allowing users to make contactless payments, access personal data, as well as unlocking doors… More

PayPal explains why it’s buying mobile wallet provider Paydiant

March 20th, 2015

“What Paydiant has is a clarity of focus on mobile and how large merchants need to utilise mobile to connect with their customers — they’re a small company doing that very successfully with some really… More

Facebook rolls out payments with Messenger app

March 18th, 2015

Facebook users in the US will soon be able to make and receive secure mobile payments for free via the social network’s Messenger app. The service is rolling out “over the coming months”, Facebook says…. More

Finnish banks add HCE payments to Pivo mobile wallet

March 16th, 2015

Finland’s largest financial services group is to add support for HCE payments to the mobile wallet app it introduced two years ago. OP’s Pivo wallet has been downloaded more than 500,000 times and allows customers… More

Four in ten US iPhone 6 owners have now used Apple Pay

March 13th, 2015

Apple Pay has been tried at least once by 42% of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners in the US, a survey by Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG) has found — and almost half the owners who haven’t yet tried… More

Carrefour extends grocery shopping to smartwatches

March 12th, 2015

Customers at a Carrefour hypermarket in Paris are now able to use their smartwatch to access their digital shopping list, tick off items as they go and receive loyalty points when they check out. The… More

Commbank turns on HCE

March 11th, 2015

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) is now offering customers with an NFC mobile phone running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher the ability to make mobile payments using host card emulation. “The payments can be made via CBA’s mobile banking app, which so far has 3.2 million registered users and has been used to make more than $100bn in transactions since late 2013,” Australian Financial Review reports.

SXSW to deploy 1,000 beacons

March 9th, 2015

The organizers of the annual SXSW music and film festival are working with Gimbal, RightRound and Urban Airship to place 1,000 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons around the event’s venues. The beacons support Around Me, a new social networking addition to the SXSW Go app that lets attendees who check into zones at official venues discover what’s happening nearby and connect with other people that have also checked into the location.

Softcard to close down on 31 March

March 9th, 2015

The Softcard mobile wallet service is to close down altogether at the end of March 2015 in the wake of a deal between Google and the three US carriers that founded the NFC payments venture. “As of 3/31 your Softcard app will no longer work,” the company says. “You can continue to use the Softcard app until 3/31. After that your account will be closed. To keep using a digital wallet app download Google Wallet now.”

Visa prepares to launch HCE services with multiple banks

March 9th, 2015

Visa is to launch NFC payments services based on host card emulation with “several leading financial institutions around the world” in the coming months, with BBVA and Cuscal already live. Others coming soon include Banco… More

CaixaBank lets drivers speak to mobile banking app

March 6th, 2015

Spain’s CaixaBank has launched an app which allows customers to use voice commands to perform simple online banking operations, opening the way for drivers to check balances and initiate transfers as they travel. The Android… More

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