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    30 more banks add Apple Pay

    June 17th, 2015

    Apple has added a further 30 US banks and credit unions to the list of financial institutions that support Apple Pay. “The latest addition includes more than two dozen institutions now supporting Apple’s iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch-based mobile payment service,” 9to5mac reports.

    Wells Fargo pilots face and voice authentication

    June 11th, 2015

    US bank Wells Fargo is piloting a face and voice authentication system with 100 customers using its mobile app on their iPhones. “A person just needs to let their face and voice do all the work,” Fortune reports, following a first-hand demonstration of the technology. “Wells Fargo estimates that it takes about 23 seconds or so to pass the security test.”

    Kantar: 13% of US iPhone 6 owners have used Apple Pay

    June 4th, 2015

    Some 13% of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners in the US have used Apple Pay and 11% are planning to do so, a survey conducted by Kantar Worldpanel has revealed. Only 2% choose not… More

    MasterCard ready to “switch on” Apple Pay in Europe

    June 4th, 2015

    MasterCard is “absolutely ready” to switch on Apple Pay in the UK and Europe and is just waiting for the iPhone maker’s green light. “That’s one of the advantages of doing this on a global platform,” the payment network said during a press briefing covered by International Business Times. “It’s there, it’s switched on, we just have to connect the services at the back end. It takes a couple of days.”

    Starwood guests unlock hotel rooms with Apple Watch app

    April 28th, 2015

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has launched an app for the Apple Watch that enables wearers to tap their device to unlock hotel room doors via Bluetooth. The SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) app incorporates the… More

    MCX member Best Buy to accept Apple Pay across the US

    April 28th, 2015

    US retail giant Best Buy, a founder member of retailer-led consortium MCX which requires members to exclusively support its own yet-to-launch mobile payments service, has announced that it will accept Apple Pay NFC payments in… More

    Discover to add support for Apple Pay

    April 27th, 2015

    Apple Pay will be supported by all major US credit card companies “beginning this fall” after Discover announced plans to join Visa, MasterCard and American Express in letting its cardholders add cards and make NFC… More

    Forecast: 100m Apple Pay-capable phones in US by 2020

    April 24th, 2015

    Some 100m Apple Pay-capable smartphones will be available in the US in 2020, up from 53m this year, according to Mercator Advisory Group. The company is also forecasting that the future of the mobile payment service… More

    Apple Pay users report merchant POS problems

    March 31st, 2015

    Two in three Apple Pay users have encountered a problem when attempting to pay with the mobile payment service in a store, a survey from Phoenix Marketing International reveals. Most issues related to terminals not… More

    Carrefour extends grocery shopping to smartwatches

    March 12th, 2015

    Customers at a Carrefour hypermarket in Paris are now able to use their smartwatch to access their digital shopping list, tick off items as they go and receive loyalty points when they check out. The… More

    Optus shows off wearable payments

    March 5th, 2015

    Australian mobile network Optus has shown off a prototype watch that can be used to make contactless payments as an extension of its Cash by Optus prepaid NFC payment app. “Payments can be made using only… More

    SpotMe app lets Android users spend Apple Pay cash

    March 3rd, 2015

    Android users can spend their iPhone-owning friends’ money using a new app that can capture NFC payment transaction tokens from other devices and hold onto them before spending them later. More

    Mobile app just the ticket for Barcelona fans

    February 20th, 2015

    Fans of FC Barcelona are now able to use their smartphones instead of paper tickets to gain access to the Nou Camp stadium. The Spanish club has launched the Mobile Ticket project, a service that… More

    Apple CEO says 2015 will be the “year of Apple Pay”

    January 28th, 2015

    Apple Pay now accounts for more than two-thirds of Visa, MasterCard and American Express contactless payments by value across the US, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed during a first quarter earnings call. Some 750… More

    Schoolboys protect Macs with Touch ID

    January 27th, 2015

    Two Dutch schoolboys have developed KeyTouch, an app that uses Apple’s Touch ID technology to protect access to Mac computers. “Apple fans who happen to own Touch ID-enabled iPhone and iPad models can use the app to unlock and lock their Macs as long as their OS X computers have Bluetooth 4.0 LE support and are running the KeyTouch companion app,” BGR reports.

    Toshiba launches TransferJet dongle for iPhones

    January 5th, 2015

    Toshiba has unveiled an add-on adapter for iOS devices that will enable users to transfer large data files such as movies and images from one device to the other using TransferJet, a high-speed short range… More

    Touch ID patent adds fingertip motion

    December 19th, 2014

    Future iPhones may use a combination of Touch ID and fingertip motion to protect access, a recent Apple patent application has revealed. “An electronic device may include a finger biometric sensor, a display and a processor coupled to the finger biometric sensor and the display,” the filing explains. The patent application goes on to explain how a phone could be partially unlocked by drawing the correct pattern on the fingerprint sensor, or fully on providing a biometric match.

    Alipay extends fingerprint IDs

    December 16th, 2014

    Alipay has extended its fingerprint log-in capability for the Alipay Wallet to iPhone users, China Daily reports. The function is also available to users of Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 handset and was first demonstrated at a conference in Beijing in October.

    Westpac adds fingerprint access

    December 8th, 2014

    Westpac customers with an Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S5 or Note 4 incorporating a fingerprint sensor will be able to use the technology to log into their mobile banking app from January 2015, the Australian bank has announced. “This is the next step in moving forward our already successful digital banking service Westpac Live which has been used by over 2.9m customers to manage their accounts on the move,” says the bank’s Jason Yetton.

    One in ten US iPhone 6 owners have now used Apple Pay

    December 4th, 2014

    Apple Pay is yet to gain widespread adoption among iPhone 6 owners due to poor awareness of which stores accept the NFC payments technology and a lack of understanding of how the service works, a survey conducted by InfoScout has found. Those who have used it, however, compare it highly favourably to using a traditional plastic card.  More

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