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    Covent Garden offers augmented reality gift for Christmas shoppers

    November 22nd, 2016

    London’s Covent Garden shopping district is showcasing what it claims to be the largest showcase of augmented reality (AR) technology attempted in one location, with Christmas shoppers offered exclusive offers, gift guides and immersive shopping… More

    Airport launches Android app to deliver offers via iBeacon

    November 11th, 2016

    Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar has launched an Android version of its mobile app, which uses iBeacon technology to deliver passengers information about special offers at retail outlets, as well as real-time details on flights, baggage claim and location-based services. The iOS version of the HIA Qatar app has also been upgraded to make use of Apple’s indoor mapping service. “Investing in state-of-the-art technology is crucial for maintaining our position among the top airports in the world,” says Suhail Kadri at HIA.

    Google Maps update enables food ordering from app

    November 1st, 2016

    An update to Google Maps on iOS allows users to order food from their favourite restaurants directly from the app. “For instance, if you search for a restaurant that works with one of the major online delivery services like GrubHub or EatStreet, you’ll see a new ‘Place an order’ option in the details of the location,” 9to5mac reports. “Tapping on that option will direct you to the website of the delivery service and allow you to quickly place an order.” The availability of this feature varies per country.

    OCBC Bank adds Siri and iMessage payments

    October 31st, 2016

    Customers of Singapore’s OCBC Bank can now send money using Apple’s Siri virtual assistant or via text using Apple’s iMessage platform. “Users tell Siri whom to send the payment to and how much they want to send,” OCBC says. “Within the iMessage conversation screen, users can choose the OCBC Pay Anyone iMessage app to initiate the payment.” The Siri and iMessage services for OCBC Pay Anyone are available to all OCBC Bank customers using iOS10 devices and the latest OCBC mobile banking app.

    Azimo adds Siri money transfers

    October 20th, 2016

    Users of the Azimo money transfer service can now send money through Apple’s voice-activated Siri system. “Customers can transfer money by telling Siri the amount of money they want to send and the recipient’s name,” Azimo says. “Existing Azimo customers can get the free iOS upgrade now by clicking the App Store icon and tapping updates in the bottom right.”

    Australian banks call Apple’s NFC restriction “completely baseless”

    October 17th, 2016

    Apple’s claim that allowing access to the NFC technology within its iPhones would diminish the security of Apple Pay has been branded “completely baseless” by a group of four Australian banks, who are seeking greater… More

    Valeo and Gemalto launch mobile car keys for Bluetooth access

    September 22nd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Drivers will soon be able to use their smartphone or connected watch to lock or unlock their car, start it, control applications and remotely access useful vehicle information using Bluetooth technology and automotive… More

    Mobiquity Wallet brings iOS voice command money transfers

    September 19th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers using mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva’s Mobiquity Wallet for iOS will now be able to send and request payments via a straightforward voice command. The feature forms part of the latest version… More

    Smartphone cases get bPay to enable NFC mobile payments

    September 15th, 2016

    Smartphone case manufacturer Case Station has integrated Barclaycard’s bPay contactless payment technology into its new range to allow consumers to make NFC mobile purchases with a tap of their handset at any contactless terminal. “All… More

    FeliCa NFC technology confirmed for Apple Pay in Japan

    September 7th, 2016

    Apple has confirmed that its new flagship smartphones — the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — and the second generation Apple Watch will be equipped with Sony FeliCa NFC technology. The move will allow for… More

    Wirecard eases Alipay acceptance in Europe

    September 2nd, 2016

    German technology provider Wirecard has launched an app allowing European retailers to accept Alipay QR code mobile payments from Chinese tourists. “Retailers will soon be able to download the Scan Alipay iOS app from the app store,” Wirecard says. “An Android version will follow in the course of this year. The app will be taken up predominantly by catering establishments and clothing retailers.” Wirecard began rolling out support for Alipay mobile payments across Europe in December 2015. In June 2016 it was reported that Alipay is in talks to negotiate a 25% stake in Wirecard.

    Sharp rise for Apple Pay and Android Pay

    September 1st, 2016

    Online and in-app purchases made via Apple Pay and Android Pay will reach US$8bn in 2018, up from $540m this year, Juniper Research predicts. “Staples, for example, has already reported that over 30% of its iOS app users make in-app purchases through Apple Pay,” the firm says. “Meanwhile, despite the continued contraction of the consumer tablet market, more than 85% of remote goods payments are forecast to be made using mobile devices in 2021.”

    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

    Walmart Pay completes nationwide rollout

    July 7th, 2016

    US supermarket giant Walmart has completed its nationwide rollout of Walmart Pay, making the service available in more than 4,600 stores across the country. The retailer has also recorded a 45% increase in Walmart Pay transactions in the last week. More

    Retailers reward in-app Apple Pay purchases

    July 4th, 2016

    US retailers are offering discounts on in-app purchases made through Apple Pay until September as part of a recently launched iOS App Store promotion. “Hotel Tonight is offering a US$25 coupon for new customer bookings paid for with Apple Pay, while GrubHub is taking $10 off first-time orders,” AppleInsider reports. “Other notables include Ticketmaster, which is knocking 25% off ticket four-packs to select events, a $10 voucher for future purchases from Under Armour‘s UA Shop.”

    Samsung Pay Mini to launch on iOS

    June 1st, 2016

    The Samsung Pay Mini online payments app expected to go live in South Korea this month will be compatible with Apple devices as well as Android smartphones, according to ETNews. “Samsung Electronics is planning to provide this application for free and has designed it so that it can be used on all smartphones such as iPhones and LG Electronics’ phones,” the publication reports. News that Samsung is preparing to roll out the Samsung Pay Mini app emerged last week.

    US startup raises funds for multipurpose smart wallet

    May 26th, 2016

    US startup Spendwallet is raising funds on Indiegogo for an electronic wallet device that can store up to 20 magnetic stripe cards and will let the owner make payments at the point of sale using the company’s self-developed Magnetic Flux Emulation (MFE) technology. More

    Analyst predicts exceptional growth for Apple Pay due to secure element approach

    May 25th, 2016

    Apple Pay will experience greater success than Android Pay and will “grow exceptionally based on a belief that Apple Pay using a Secure Enclave/secure element inside of iOS has an advantage over Android Pay’s host card emulation (HCE) in that it’s more secure, with a similar user experience,” according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. “We believe that Apple Pay will offer the most seamless payment experience on iOS regardless of whether its in-app, in-browser or in-store,” Barron’s reports Munster as saying.

    Walmart rolls out Walmart Pay across Arkansas and Texas

    May 17th, 2016

    US supermarket chain Walmart has begun rolling out its QR code-based mobile payment service in Arkansas and Texas. Walmart Pay is now available in all 480 Walmart stores across Texas and at more than 110 locations in Arkansas. More

    Barclays to roll out HCE mobile payments across the UK in June

    May 12th, 2016

    Barclays is to begin rolling out a host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment feature to its mobile banking app in June, the UK bank has confirmed to NFC World. The service — known as Barclays Contactless Mobile — will enable customers to make transactions at any contactless terminal as well as pay for services across Transport for London (TfL) with a tap of their Android device. More

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