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    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.

    Phillips 66 to accept Chase Pay across US

    August 18th, 2016

    Fuel retailer Phillips 66 is to allow customers at its Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 branded locations to make QR code-based mobile payments using Chase Pay across the US, in collaboration with mobile commerce provider P97 Networks. “Consumers of Phillips 66’s fuel brands will soon be able to make purchases through the My Phillips 66, My 76 and My Conoco mobile apps,” says Chase. Oil and gas company Shell is also set to accept Chase Pay across the country.

    NSW government adopts Android Pay

    August 18th, 2016

    Residents in New South Wales, Australia can now pay for government services using Android Pay. “The new contactless payment service is available to Android users in all Service NSW centres across the state,” the New South Wales government says.

    Kona unveils Kona Money for digital gift cards and mobile payments

    August 17th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: South Korean smart card provider Kona has unveiled Kona Money, a mobile payment service that integrates gift cards and allows for purchases to be made at the point of sale using NFC, QR… More

    Xiaomi unveils Mi Pay NFC mobile payments in China

    August 17th, 2016

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled Mi Pay, an NFC-based mobile payment service expected to be made available on the Xiaomi Mi 5 handset with support from a number of the country’s banks. More

    Three quarters of US retailers plan to accept Apple Pay before 2018

    August 16th, 2016

    More than three quarters of US retailers (76%) plan to accept Apple Pay by the end of 2017, research released by the National Retail Federation and Forrester reveals.  More

    Android Pay v1.5 shows NFC antenna location

    August 16th, 2016

    Version 1.5 of Android Pay will tell users where the NFC antenna on their device is located so that they know where on the phone to tap when making a payment, an APK teardown reported by Android Police reveals. “The guide will be accessible through a command titled ‘How to pay’ in the overflow menu,” the publication says. “Instructions are specific to each model of phone.”

    PNC goes live with Microsoft Wallet

    August 16th, 2016

    Customers of US bank PNC can now add PNC Visa consumer and small business debit and credit cards to Microsoft Wallet. “SmartAccess cards will be available soon,” the bank says. PNC commercial and Mastercard credit cards are not eligible at this time. The NFC mobile payment service was unveiled in June 2016 with announced support from nine other US banks and financial institutions.

    New players in Apple Pay controversy

    August 16th, 2016

    Australia’s Heritage Bank and payment platform provider Tyro are the latest to enter submissions to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), seeking to “collectively negotiate” with third party mobile wallet providers, while also urging Apple to open up the NFC technology in its handsets. Apple responded to the banks’ proposal last week, saying that doing so would undermine the security of Apple Pay.

    Samsung denies security flaw claim

    August 12th, 2016

    Claims of a potential security flaw in Samsung Pay’s tokenization technology, presented by researcher Salvador Mendoza at the Black Hat security conference and demonstrated in a video, have been dismissed. “Samsung Pay does not use the algorithm claimed in the Black Hat presentation to encrypt payment credentials or generate cryptograms,” Samsung says, adding that the possibility of completing a payment in this way is “extremely unlikely”.

    US pharmacy chain launches barcode payments

    August 12th, 2016

    Customers at US pharmacy chain CVS can now make purchases by presenting an on-screen barcode at the point of sale using CVS Pay, the retailer’s own mobile payment service. The feature has been integrated into the existing… More

    Emirates NBD launches NFC payments

    August 11th, 2016

    Customers of UAE-based bank Emirates NBD can now make mobile payments using Emirates NBD Pay, a feature added to the bank’s mobile banking app utilising Visa Token Service. “Emirates NBD’s Visa credit and debit card customers can use their NFC-enabled Android mobile devices to make purchases at NFC-enabled point of sale terminals by upgrading their mobile banking app on the Google Play store,” the bank says.

    US vending supplier to offer mobile payments

    August 11th, 2016

    US consumers will soon be able to make mobile payments at vending machines belonging to American Food & Vending, by tapping their device against a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) plug-in dongle provided by digital payments enabler PayRange. “The PayRange app may be funded with credit and debit cards, Apple Pay, Android Pay, coupons and even payroll deductions,” the company says. PayRange raised US$12m in June 2015.

    Samsung Pay on menu in US restaurants

    August 10th, 2016

    Diners at 3,000 US restaurants with Ziosk pay-at-the-table tablets can now settle their bill using Samsung Pay. “Customers simply launch Samsung Pay, authorize the transaction with their fingerprint or PIN and then hover the device over the Ziosk card reader,” Ziosk says. Samsung Pay is giving guests at participating Red Robin, Friendly’s and Uno Pizzeria & Grill locations US$5 off bills of $10 or more when using the mobile payment service.

    Apple says Australian banks’ plans would “diminish” security

    August 10th, 2016

    Apple is urging the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to reject a request from a group of the country’s banks to “collectively negotiate” with third party mobile wallet providers over the introduction of mobile payment services. More

    Samsung Pay preps South African launch

    August 10th, 2016

    Samsung is involved in “detailed work” with South African banks and regulators to launch Samsung Pay in the country early next year. “We are quite far down the line talking to local banks,” says Craige Fleischer, the company’s South African director for integrated mobility, as reported by Techcentral.

    Samsung Pay offers US$5 rewards

    August 10th, 2016

    Samsung Pay users are being offered rewards via a new introductions promotion called the High Five Referral program, which credits their account with US$5 every time a customer they referred to the mobile payment app makes a first qualifying purchase. “The program leverages our new Samsung Rewards Card functionality,” the company says. The card was added through the Samsung Pay 2.2 update.

    Samsung Pay update brings rewards

    August 9th, 2016

    The latest Samsung Pay update introduces a Samsung Rewards Card. “It appears that the card is a virtual one, not physical,” Android Headlines reports. “When you fire up the app after updating to version 2.2, you will see a screen talking about what’s new in this version and it’ll tell you all about Samsung Rewards.”

    Samsung Pay to get iris authentication with Galaxy Note 7

    August 9th, 2016

    Samsung Pay users will soon be able to secure purchases by scanning their eyes with the Galaxy Note 7, the latest addition to the Korean phone-maker’s pen-oriented line up. More

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