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    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.

    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”.

    Santander to offer voice-activated mobile banking

    March 22nd, 2016

    Santander customers in the UK with an Apple iOS device will soon be able to use their voice to interact with their SmartBank mobile banking app in order to make payments, retrieve information such as… More

    Coca Cola to launch vending machine loyalty programme

    March 15th, 2016

    Coca Cola is planning to launch a loyalty programme at select vending machines this spring that would let customers accumulate points to earn a free drink. “Running on iOS and Android, the service allows people to buy a Coke through select connected vending machines, accumulating points that will let them get a free drink,” The Drum reports from the SXSW show. “The drinks maker gets to know where and when people are buying its products — something that could also be fuelled by its exploration of Blockchains, a transaction database that allows it to see what’s happening at every stage of the value chain.”

    Google pilots hands-free payments in San Francisco

    March 3rd, 2016

    Shoppers in San Francisco’s South Bay area are being invited to take part in a pilot test of Hands Free, a payment service developed by Google that uses a combination of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Wi-Fi and location services to let consumers make in-store payments without taking their mobile phone out of their pocket. More

    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

    UK startup unveils smart card that will store multiple bank cards for contactless payments

    February 19th, 2016

    London-based startup Curve has launched a physical payment card that will let consumers store an “unlimited number” of bank cards and make contactless payments at point-of-sale terminals wherever MasterCard cards are accepted. More

    Security update fixes Apple Pay flaw

    February 11th, 2016

    Apple has released a security update that fixes more than 100 iOS bugs, including a vulnerability in Apple Pay that allowed third parties to see sensitive information as a payment was made. “The security issue would have allowed hackers to trace the recent transactions that users made through Apple’s mobile payment system,” Tech Times reports. “All the information regarding the transactions could be obtained by hackers through the log feature of the platform. With the update, the functionality has been entirely removed.”

    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

    Apple’s Error 53 shuts down handsets with Touch ID repairs

    February 9th, 2016

    iPhone 6 users have been left with broken handsets as a result of Apple’s latest iOS 9 operating system update permanently disabling devices if it detects that Touch ID’s hardware integrity has been compromised —… More

    Gemalto brings PKI-based authentication to mobile devices over BLE

    December 11th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has launched a solution which can bring public key infrastructure-based authentication and security to any device through a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection. “SafeNet MobilePKI uses Bluetooth Smart technology… More

    Walmart launches QR code mobile payments service in the US

    December 10th, 2015

    Customers at US supermarket chain Walmart will soon be able to pay for purchases by scanning a QR code at the point of sale using Walmart Pay, the retailer’s own mobile payment service. Walmart Pay will be integrated into the Walmart app and introduced in select stores this month, with a nationwide launch expected in the first half of next year. More

    United Overseas Bank offers HCE mobile payments in Singapore

    November 24th, 2015

    Customers of United Overseas Bank (UOB) in Singapore can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments for transactions of any value at all Visa PayWave or MasterPass terminals. The new service also makes use of tokenization. More

    Four in ten US consumers plan to make an in-store mobile payment this holiday season

    November 20th, 2015

    A total of 39% of US consumers surveyed by Research Now for Inside Secure say they plan to use their smartphone to make an in-store purchase during this holiday season, up from 33% last year. 17% of those who did not make a mobile payment last year say they plan to use a service like Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay this year. More

    First National Bank adds coupons and vouchers to mobile app

    November 18th, 2015

    Customers of South Africa’s First National Bank (FNB) can now redeem mobile coupons and vouchers through the bank’s mobile banking app directly at the point of sale. Participating retailers include supermarket chains Checkers and Shoprite…. More

    College students make payments with selfies

    November 10th, 2015

    Students at Southwestern College in Kansas can now pay for their food and drink and earn loyalty points and rewards using their face, with no need to pull out their wallet or mobile device at the point-of-sale. More

    Kohl’s and Walgreens add loyalty to Apple Pay

    November 5th, 2015

    US retailers Kohl’s and Walgreens have become the first to integrate their loyalty programs with Apple Pay, allowing Kohl’s Charge Card and Walgreens’ Balance Reward customers to earn and redeem points using their iPhones. Loyalty was introduced into the mobile payment service in iOS 9, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

    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

    Blocks smashes Kickstarter campaign for build-your-own NFC smartwatch

    October 15th, 2015

    A UK startup raising funds on Kickstarter for a modular smartwatch that includes NFC and contactless payment functionality has amassed pledges totalling more than double its US$250,000 target in just two days. More

    Ultracash launches sound-based mobile payment service in Bangalore

    October 13th, 2015

    Bangalore-based Ultracash Technology Labs has launched a mobile payment service that lets consumers make payments at close to 500 merchants in the city using a high frequency sound-based technology. Some 24,000 transactions were conducted using… More

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