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    NXP and HID Global to enable wearable devices to unlock doors

    April 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has teamed up with HID Global to work on enabling consumers to open electronic locks at commercial buildings, hotels and workplaces with a tap of an NFC wearable device.  More

    Two billion smartphones to come with fingerprint sensors by 2021

    March 23rd, 2016

    The global biometrics market will reach more than US$30bn by 2021, representing a 118% increase from 2015, according to a new forecast from ABI Research. “Consumer electronics, particularly smartphones, continue to boost the biometrics market, with embedded fingerprint sensors anticipated to reach two billion shipments by 2021, at a 40% compound annual growth rate (CAGR),” the firm says.

    NXP backs two new IoT development platforms

    February 24th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has put its support behind two new reference platforms that will enable “innovation and rapid development” for smart wearables. The platforms target a range of internet of things (IoT) applications with open-source hardware and software, form-factor flexibility and expandable solutions for designers to adapt to changing market needs. More

    Chase Pay goes to Starbucks mobile app

    February 24th, 2016

    Users of Chase Pay will soon be able to buy food and drinks at more than 7,500 Starbucks cafés in the US through the coffee chain’s own mobile app or with the Chase Pay app. “[The] Chase Pay mobile app will be accepted at 7,500 Starbucks locations by the end of this year,” JPMorgan Chase’s Gordon Smith revealed at the bank’s 2016 Investor Day. The solution will also be “embedded in the Starbucks mobile app”. Chase Pay, unveiled in October 2015, is a closed-loop barcode based mobile payment system available to holders of 94m credit, debit and prepaid card accounts.

    NXP launches improved NFC connected tags and reader chips

    February 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has unveiled two new NFC products — an improved “connected tag” range designed to add intelligent tap-and-go connectivity to just about any electronic device and the PN7462 family of single chip NFC… More

    ARM includes AMS NFC payments booster in wearables reference design

    February 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A new reference design for wearables from processor designer ARM includes high-performance NFC technology from AMS that enables small-footprint devices with tiny antennas to couple with NFC readers as easily and reliably as… More

    Visa expands Visa Ready Program to wider range of connected devices

    February 22nd, 2016

    Visa is expanding its Visa Ready certification program to include Internet of Things (IoT) companies such as manufacturers of wearables, automobiles, appliances and clothing so that secure payments can be added to a wider range of connected devices, the payment network has announced at Mobile World Congress.  More

    PayPal adds buy buttons

    February 15th, 2016

    PayPal has unveiled a new platform that enables merchants and partners to embed buy buttons in emails, social shares, blogs, articles, ads and apps through a set of APIs. “The PayPal Commerce tools, which are currently in beta, allow merchants to securely sell across contexts — anywhere consumers are online or on their mobile devices,” the company says. The platform is the result of the company’s acquisition of mobile commerce platform Modest in the second half of 2015.

    Musician Beatie Wolfe promotes new single with NFC jacket

    February 3rd, 2016

    British singer songwriter Beatie Wolfe is promoting the release of her new single with an NFC jacket that lets fans listen to the song by tapping their NFC phone onto the fabric. It has been designed in… More

    NXP and Guala add NFC security to wine and spirit bottle caps

    January 19th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Leading bottle cap supplier Guala Closures Group is working with chip maker NXP to develop NFC-enabled closures for wine and spirit bottles that will allow consumers to check the product’s authenticity and whether or not the beverage has been tampered with. More

    Samsung unveils Smart Swing golf wear with NFC

    January 13th, 2016

    Samsung’s fashion division has developed a t-shirt designed for golfers that comes equipped with an NFC chip in its sleeve. When tapped with an NFC device, the chip launches a mobile app that provides the golfer with information about the course they’re playing on. More

    NXP to showcase NFC and IoT technologies in 86 cities around the world

    January 7th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP is to showcase NFC and the Internet of Things (IoT) in a world tour that includes stops in 86 cities. The Smarter World Tour “is a highly visible, 36 tons, 2 levels, fully mobile semi-truck trailer designed by Luigi Colani which turns into a large and spacious mobile tradeshow,” NXP says. More

    G&D provides NFC chip and operating system for Swatch smartwatch

    November 4th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is providing the embedded smart card chip and operating system used in the NFC contactless payment smartwatch launched by Swatch in China last month. “We are very proud and… More

    MasterCard extends tokenization platform to clothing, accessories and wearable devices

    October 26th, 2015

    MasterCard has extended the capabilities of its tokenization service to enable payments to be made using “virtually any device”, including NFC-enabled clothing, jewellery and vehicle keyfobs. “Products will begin rolling out in 2016 in the US,” the payments network says, “with plans to expand to other markets.” More

    Hublot lets customers check watch authenticity with NFC

    October 20th, 2015

    Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot is letting customers check the authenticity of their timepieces, download manuals and register for the brand’s Hublotista Club by tapping a contactless card against their phone. The service is being offered with all Hublot watches as the official method of certifying authenticity. More

    Dubai commuters to replace travel cards with watches

    October 20th, 2015

    Commuters in Dubai may soon be able to pay for travel using contactless watches from Watch2Pay. “People will be able to use the NFC-enabled watches to pay for metro, bus and taxi fares as well as using them for shopping through the embedded credit card,” Khalid Al Awadhi of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) told Gulf News. “We have tested the devices and they have received the pass certificate by our technical team.”

    DigiSEq gets MasterCard approval to provision payments to mass market wearables

    August 4th, 2015

    MasterCard has approved a solution that enables payment credentials to be provisioned to wearable devices with a secure element and NFC antenna. The move could give consumers the option of buying any wearable from a… More

    Samsung and MasterCard prepare Europe for Samsung Pay

    July 30th, 2015

    Samsung has announced it is extending its global partnership with MasterCard to deliver Samsung Pay to European card issuers using the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) — and is currently working with European banks and… More

    Rabobank launches embedded NFC payments service

    February 16th, 2015

    Customers of Dutch financial institution Rabobank with a Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 can now use a mobile wallet app that works with the secure element embedded in their mobile device to make… More

    RBC adds HCE to mobile payments app

    December 19th, 2014

    Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has added support for host card emulation (HCE) to its RBC mobile app, “allowing Canadians to pay with most Android mobile phones without worrying about being on the right mobile… More

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