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    Deutsche Bank to launch NFC payments in Q3

    April 28th, 2016

    Customers of Deutsche Bank will be able to make NFC mobile payments using the version of its mobile banking app that will become available for Android in the third quarter of this year. “Contactless payment at the point of sale based on NFC is scheduled to become available when the Android version of the app is released,” the bank says. Deutsche Bank ran a trial in December 2015 of technology that verified the identity of their customers by the way they handle and hold their mobile device.

    Tangerine adds biometrics to mobile banking app

    April 27th, 2016

    Customers of Canada’s Tangerine Bank can now log into its mobile banking app for iOS by authenticating themselves with their iris or voice. The bank is using technology supplied by EyeVerify and Nuance’s VocalPassword for the service, which will be supported on the Android platform in the coming months.

    Adidas builds NFC into racing suits for FIA authentication

    April 27th, 2016

    Adidas has developed a connected race suit that comes equipped with an NFC chip to confirm whether or not the product complies with current Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) regulations. More

    Walmart Pay goes live for iPhone users

    April 22nd, 2016

    US retail giant Walmart has begun rolling out its Walmart Pay QR code-based mobile payment service for iOS devices. The service has been added to the latest update of the Walmart iPhone app, enabling customers to register credit, debit and gift cards for making payments at the checkout. The company announced the launch of Walmart Pay in December 2015 and says that it will be “available in all stores soon”.

    Fibank launches HCE in Bulgaria

    April 21st, 2016

    Customers of First Investment Bank (Fibank) of Bulgaria can now make host card emulation (HCE) based payments through its mobile banking app using a digital card supplied by MasterCard. The service makes use of technology supplied… More

    Joey Restaurants launches mobile payments

    April 21st, 2016

    Customers at Joey Restaurants across the US and Canada can now pay with their iPhones using a new Joey Pay mobile app. “The guest inputs the six digit code located at the bottom of their bill in the app,” the chain says. “From the app, guests have the ability to pay with multiple credit cards or Joey gift cards within their profile. Guests receive a message letting them know payment was successful.”

    Banco Santander launches HCE in Spain

    April 21st, 2016

    Customers of Banco Santander in Spain can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using their NFC devices and the Santander Wallet mobile app. “The customer can select the card they want to pay for each purchase but, for convenience, they can also choose a favourite to be used by default,” the bank says. “For payments under €20, the PIN code is not required.”

    Yandex.Money adds NFC to mobile app

    April 20th, 2016

    Russian online payment service Yandex.Money has added NFC to its Android mobile app so that users can make mobile payments by tapping their smartphone on contactless terminals. “To enable NFC payments, users can simply update the Yandex.Money app on their phones,” the company says. “A virtual MasterCard will be issued to their account automatically — its balance is the balance of the user’s Yandex.Money e-wallet.”

    Mobile ticket purchases to hit 23bn by 2020

    April 19th, 2016

    Almost 23bn transport and events tickets will be purchased globally using mobile devices by 2020, Juniper Research predicts, more than double the volume expected this year. “With a number of transport agencies enhancing app capabilities and integrating new payment services such as Apple Pay, the past 12 months have witnessed an increase in mobile ticketing users using apps for payments as well as ticket delivery and validation,” the firm says.

    Baidu Wallet launches in Thailand

    April 19th, 2016

    China’s Baidu has launched its Baidu Wallet mobile payment service in Thailand, enabling Chinese tourists to pay for goods and services there with their mobile phone. “Travelers can use Baidu Wallet to scan the QR codes of the app’s partnered merchants and enter the amount they need to pay,” China Daily reports. The service is also expected to expand to South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

    Apple Pay launches in Singapore

    April 19th, 2016

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Singapore, letting consumers pay in store with compatible Apple devices and make purchases within participating mobile apps using their American Express cards, with support from Visa expected “soon”…. More

    Verizon gives 2GB of free data to Android Pay users

    April 15th, 2016

    Android Pay users across the US with a Verizon handset can get 2GB of free data when they make in-store purchases using the mobile payments service between now and mid-June. More

    WeChat integrates with Givex to push in-store presence

    April 14th, 2016

    Chinese ecommerce giant Tencent’s WeChat mobile payments and messaging app has been integrated with Givex’s Vexilor point-of-sale solution to enable users of the service to make in-store purchases by scanning a QR code. More

    Mobeewave launches P2P payments app

    April 14th, 2016

    Canadian consumers can now accept payments by having a contactless card tapped against their NFC phone using PayMeTap, a P2P payments app developed by Mobeewave. After entering the amount to be paid, “the only action required is to tap the card you want to charge to your phone and money is deposited in your account within 48 hours,” the company says. “The person making the payment doesn’t need to be signed up to the service.”

    Dutch gas stations enable mobile payments with MyOrder

    April 14th, 2016

    Motorists will be able to order and pay in advance for fuel at 220 Tamoil gas stations in the Netherlands from this summer using their smartphone and a new mobile refuelling feature enabled through MyOrder… More

    Shake enables Bitcoin payments using NFC

    April 13th, 2016

    Bitcoin wallet provider Shake has introduced the first version of its app to let consumers make everyday purchases using the virtual currency with a tap of their NFC device at any contactless terminal. Shake Alpha will also enable users to make online payments using a web app that displays their virtual card. The company is now inviting users to sign up for early access to the service.

    US brewery installs BLE beacons on beer taps

    April 12th, 2016

    Drinkers of Schlafly Beer in St Louis, Missouri can now receive information about drink specials, tasting notes, new beer releases and customised campaigns on their smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons attached to the craft brewery’s beer taps. More

    Barclays goes live with Apple Pay in the UK

    April 5th, 2016

    Barclays bank debit cardholders and Barclaycard credit cardholders can now use Apple Pay to make mobile payments, nine months after the service launched in the UK without the participation of the ‘big four’ bank. “The… More

    Google confirms Wallet Card termination

    April 1st, 2016

    Google has confirmed that it is to terminate its Wallet Card on June 30. “Moving forward, we want to focus on making it easier than ever to send and receive money with the Google Wallet app,” the company says. Reports that Google was to end support for the physical card emerged earlier this week following an app teardown by Android Police.

    Swiss banks and retailers to launch joint mobile payments solution

    April 1st, 2016

    The five largest banks in Switzerland are in talks with financial infrastructure operator SIX and retail giants Coop and Migros over the launch of a common solution for mobile payments “across all channels” that can be “rapidly spread” across the country. More

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