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    Americans open to mobile wallets

    August 11th, 2016

    Nearly three in ten US consumers (29%) express a willingness to use mobile wallets in the next six months, a survey by Computer Services Inc. (CSI) reveals, with 12% strongly agreeing that they plan to do so. “This willingness was even more prevalent among millennials, with 19% of consumers aged 18-34 planning to use it,” the company says. Only 7% of baby boomers (ages 55+) claimed a strong chance of doing likewise. The study was conducted by Harris Poll.

    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.

    British athletes at Rio 2016 sport NFC payment bands

    August 11th, 2016

    All British athletes competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are being given NFC payment bands that will allow them to make purchases by tapping their wrists against a contactless terminal. More

    Alibaba developing VR mobile payments

    August 11th, 2016

    Chinese internet giant Alibaba is developing virtual reality-enabled mobile payment technology, according to China Daily. The company is working on a project that would “allow users to pay bills in a 3D virtual world by nodding their heads or making other gestures to log in payment accounts,” the publication reports. No official release date has been given, though an Alibaba employee has been quoted saying September is a possibility.

    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.

    Wristbands speed Olympic visitors onto Rio transport

    August 10th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Visitors to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are paying for journeys on buses, ferries and trains across the city with NFC wristbands provided by digital security giant Gemalto and public transportation ticketing operator RioCard. More

    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

    Cypriot bank introduces NFC wristbands

    August 9th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers of Cyprus’ Hellenic Bank can now make payments using PayBand, an NFC wristband provided by digital security giant Gemalto via its Optelio wearable range. “Gemalto has worked alongside its local partner Mellon Cyprus to provide Hellenic with an initial end-to-end solution for black silicone payment wristbands,” Gemalto says. “The solution features an embedded Visa applet and links seamlessly to the user’s Hellenic Bank debit or credit card account.”

    ČSOB launches HCE in Czech Republic

    August 9th, 2016

    Customers of Czech bank ČSOB can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using its new NaNákupy mobile wallet. The app virtualizes Mastercard and Visa cards using technology supplied by payment processor SIA. “By the end of 2016, NaNákupy app users will have the possibility to pay on the internet, easily manage the settings of different credit cards and constantly monitor transactions made via mobile,” SIA says. “In addition, it will be possible to virtualize loyalty cards and store receipts, or share shopping lists on a smartphone.”

    Yandex.Checkout gets QR codes

    July 29th, 2016

    Russians can now make payments through online payment service Yandex.Checkout by scanning a QR code with the Yandex.Money mobile app. “Once the code is scanned, the app will show the product’s name, seller and price,” the company says. “The user chooses a payment method — either Yandex.Money e-wallet or a bank card linked to it. QR codes can be placed either on material goods, documents or digital products.” More than 76,000 online stores use Yandex.Checkout, while Yandex.Money has 4m users. Yandex.Money added NFC to its mobile app in April 2016.

    ANZ accused over Apple Pay support

    July 29th, 2016

    Australian bank ANZ is being accused of “pulling a fast one” after walking away from a collaborative effort with its big four rivals to seek stronger negotiating powers over third party mobile wallets and announcing its support for Apple Pay. “One of the applicants was ANZ Bank,” says Lance Blockley, a spokesman for the applicant banks, as reported by news.com.au. “They chose to pull a fast one on their competitors and their joint applicants earlier this year when they withdrew from the group of applicants and decided to negotiate separately with Apple.”

    Starbucks’ Mobile Order & Pay on the rise across the US

    July 29th, 2016

    Nearly 5% of total US transactions in coffee giant Starbucks locations are now made through the company’s Mobile Order & Pay service, representing close to 20% of all mobile payments in store. More

    Spanish clothing retailer to roll out QR code payments

    July 28th, 2016

    Customers at stores belonging to Spanish clothing company Inditex will soon be able to use their mobile phone to make in-store payments by scanning a QR code at the terminal via the company’s InWallet mobile payment service. More

    US and UK consumers warm to mobile payments, loyalty and coupons

    July 28th, 2016

    The majority of US and UK consumers (54%) have now used a mobile wallet, research from Urban Airship reveals, with 30% of respondents using them in the past week. More

    Australian banks seek stronger negotiating powers with third party mobile wallet providers

    July 27th, 2016

    A group of Australian banks have submitted an application to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), urging for the right to ensure they are able to “collectively negotiate” with third party mobile wallet providers.  More

    Scotiabank gives Apple Pay users 10% cashback

    July 25th, 2016

    Canada’s Scotiabank is offering its customers a 10% cashback on everyday purchases of up to US$20 whenever the payment is made using Apple Pay. “This offer is available to our first 50,000 customers who make Apple Pay purchases,” an email sent to a Red Flag Deals forum member reveals. The promotion will run until the end of September 2016. Scotiabank began supporting Apple Pay in June this year.

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