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    G&D gets Amex accreditation for HCE payments solution

    February 12th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has received Amex Enabled accreditation for Convego CloudPay, a host card emulation (HCE) based solution that lets a bank’s customers use their mobile banking app to load payment card credentials… More

    PayPal partners with Vodafone for NFC payments in Europe

    February 12th, 2016

    Vodafone Wallet users in Europe will soon be able to make NFC mobile payments at stores, restaurants and other retail locations using their PayPal accounts. The agreement between the online payments provider and Vodafone marks the… More

    Android users to get app-free beacon messages

    February 11th, 2016

    Google has begun supporting the physical web in its Chrome browser for Android, enabling users to discover web content relevant to their surroundings via Eddystone Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons — without needing to download… More

    Mobeam update brings loyalty to POS scanners

    February 11th, 2016

    Mobeam has updated its mobile coupon and offer app Beep’nGo to let customers use retail loyalty cards, gift cards and barcode coupons on their smartphone at checkout scanners for the first time. “Mobeam currently operates with more than 330m Samsung Android phones and the company is in talks with other manufacturers to expand the technology,” Mobeam says of its infrared light based barcode system. The app currently has more than 10m installs.

    Apple Pay reaches mobile app inflection point

    February 10th, 2016

    Apple Pay has seen an acceleration in mobile app acceptance across the US, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who calls it an “inflection point” in a recent investor note reported by Quartz. “While most attention has been paid to which retail stores have started accepting Apple Pay, the iPhone-based payment service has quietly made serious progress in mobile commerce,” the publication says. Apple Pay is also leading POS mobile payments in the US, according to the firm.

    ANZ launches HCE mobile payments in Australia

    February 10th, 2016

    Customers of Australia’s ANZ bank can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments “with the broadest range of cards on offer” using a new ANZ Mobile Pay service. More

    Paym reports 89% increase in use in second half of 2015

    February 9th, 2016

    More than £146m has been sent using peer-to-peer mobile payments platform Paym since its launch in 2014, with 1.46m payments sent in the second half of 2015 compared to 774,628 in its first six months — an increase of 89% — the company has revealed.  More

    3bn loyalty cards will move to mobile by 2020

    February 9th, 2016

    More than 3bn loyalty cards will operate as mobile-only or will be integrated into mobile apps by 2020, up from 1.4bn last year, Juniper Research predicts. “Brands and retailers are increasingly responding to consumer demand for mobile integration, with many now offering customers the opportunity to store their loyalty cards within a dedicated digital wallet,” the research firm says.

    Cash by Optus adds contactless bands and stickers to reach beyond Android owners

    February 8th, 2016

    Consumers using Cash by Optus — the prepaid NFC SIM-based payments service launched by Australian mobile network operator Optus in November 2014 — can now make payments using a contactless wristband or a sticker attached to their mobile phone. More

    Super Bowl fans explore Bay Area with BLE beacons

    February 8th, 2016

    Attendees at Super Bowl 50 over the weekend were notified of related events, points of interest and prizes on their smartphones via a mobile app and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in locations across the San Francisco Bay Area. The beacons were deployed by Gimbal.

    MoboMoney takes sound-based mobile payments to India

    February 8th, 2016

    Indian consumers can now make payments at participating retail locations using their mobile device and sound based technology developed by startup ToneTag. The feature has been integrated into MoboMoney, an NFC payments platform launched by information technology provider Tech Mahindra in December 2015, to extend the service to a greater number of mobile devices and merchants across the country. More

    Apple Pay available in more than 2m US retail locations

    February 5th, 2016

    Apple Pay is now available in more than 2m US retail locations, according to Bloomberg, with the Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A and Au Bon Pain chains also due to roll out the service soon. “In addition to pushing past its goal to make Apple Pay available in 1.5m retail locations by the end of 2015, the company said the feature’s in-app purchase volume more than doubled in the last six months of the year compared with the first half,” Bloomberg reports.

    Viber to add money transfers to messaging app

    February 4th, 2016

    The more than 664m users of messaging app Viber will soon be able to send money to friends and family from anywhere in the world thanks to an integration with money transfer network Western Union. Users will need to add their debit, credit card or bank account to fund the transfers, which can be sent to Western Union locations for collection or transferred to a mobile wallet or bank account.

    MobileNow! enables parking payments from Apple Watch

    February 4th, 2016

    Apple Watch users can now pay for parking across the US directly from their wrist with a “few simple taps” using the MobileNow! app. The service can also be used to extend parking sessions. More

    Amazon Echo adds Domino’s pizza orders

    February 4th, 2016

    US customers of pizza chain Domino’s can now speak their orders into Amazon’s Echo voice-driven home shopping device, which is supported by virtual assistant Alexa. Customers can enable the service within the Amazon Alexa app by linking their account to their Domino’s profile. They can then place orders with their voice and get updates on its progress by telling Alexa the phone number associated with their order.

    NXP updates NFC Taginfo app

    February 2nd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: An Android app described as a “Swiss Army knife for NFC” has been updated and can now also interrogate Mifare Plus SL3 cards. NXP’s NFC Taginfo, now at version 4.15.100, can identify and read contents from all types of NFC tags as well as Mifare and iCode-based systems. It can also display the value remaining on travel cards issued by a range of international public transport systems.

    Rail passengers pilot mobile ticketing at 230 UK stations

    February 2nd, 2016

    Technology that will enable rail passengers in the UK to travel across the country using a barcoded mobile ticket sent directly to their smartphone is undergoing pilot testing at 230 railway stations in the north of England, Scotland and the Midlands. More

    Visa launches cross-marketing network for coupon-free digital rewards

    February 1st, 2016

    US merchants can now send targeted offers and rewards to their customers that can be redeemed at other merchants’ locations via Visa Commerce Network, a new service launched by Visa that eliminates the need for coupons at the point of sale. More

    Uber China adds cross-border Alipay support

    February 1st, 2016

    Chinese consumers using taxi hailing app Uber will soon be able to pay for their journeys using Ant Financial’s mobile payment platform Alipay when travelling abroad. “The partnership will enable riders from mainland China to use their Alipay accounts to pay for Uber rides when they’re travelling in other regions,” Uber China says. “Uber riders have been able to use Alipay to pay for their rides in mainland China since 2014.”

    WeChat Wallet launches pilot in Hong Kong

    January 29th, 2016

    Chinese ecommerce giant Tencent is testing its WeChat Wallet service with users in Hong Kong. “Users who are part of the pilot programme will be able to link their Hong Kong credit cards to the service and purchase items using the WeChat app, including movie and flight tickets,” the South China Morning Post reports. “A source close to the company said it may take several months before the payment service is rolled out to all WeChat users in the city.” WeChat Wallet launched in South Africa in November 2015.

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