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GlobalPlatform discovery specification eases NFC roaming

August 3rd, 2015

Standards body GlobalPlatform has published a new specification that enables an NFC system to discover the application protocols that are supported by a second NFC system. System Protocol Discovery Mechanism (SPDM) use cases include making… More

Nokia sells Here to Audi, BMW and Daimler

August 3rd, 2015

Nokia has sold its mapping and location intelligence service Here to a consortium of automotive companies including Audi, BMW and Daimler. “The transaction values Here at an enterprise value of €2.8bn,” Nokia says. Here launched the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance (OMTA) to develop a global standard for NFC ticketing services last month.

Commonwealth Bank adds loyalty to mobile app

July 30th, 2015

Commonwealth Bank has added a loyalty feature to its mobile banking app that also offers HCE payments, allowing users to store loyalty cards and redeem them at the checkout with their NFC phone or by scanning the loyalty card barcode. The bank is also set to pilot a separate offers app in a shopping centre run by Westfield, ZDNet reports.

Jobseekers offered head start on new vacancies with a tap of NFC phone

July 29th, 2015

Jobseekers in Australia, New Zealand, the US and UK could soon be able to get a head start on new vacancies by tapping their NFC phone against signs, posters and window stickers placed in shopping… More

HKT launches NFC mobile payments service in Hong Kong

July 28th, 2015

Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) subsidiary HKT Payment has launched a SIM-based NFC mobile payment service to let customers of its 1010 and Csl mobile service brands pay at more than three million locations worldwide which… More

OneBit tests Bitcoin payments via NFC

July 27th, 2015

Bitcoin mobile wallet provider OneBit has begun alpha testing its mobile payment service which works via NFC at the point of sale wherever MasterCard is accepted. “It will no longer be about whether or not a certain store accepts Bitcoin because the app executes the payment in the local currency,” Cryptocoins News reports. “The company will be announcing a more public version of the software in the coming months.”

More than 50,000 European taxis to accept NFC mobile payments

July 24th, 2015

Fifty thousand taxis across Europe will soon be upgraded to accept payments for journeys with either a tap of a passenger’s NFC phone using a mobile app provided by The Payment House or using a… More

In-store tests for CurrentC mobile wallet

July 24th, 2015

US retailer-owned mobile payments consortium MCX is to test its CurrentC mobile wallet in stores next month, Bloomberg reports, adding: “MCX expects to formally introduce the CurrentC app some time in the third quarter.” MCX unveiled the CurrentC brand in September 2014 and confirmed to NFC World it would launch in a “mid-sized market” in April.

25% of Brits to make NFC mobile payment this year

July 24th, 2015

A quarter of British consumers (25%) expect to make an NFC mobile payment in the next year, research from MasterCard reveals. Seven in 10 of the 1,044 respondents worry that if they lost their phone someone could use it to buy things, while more than half fear their phone could be hacked. Four in 10 plan to wait for others to confirm NFC mobile payments are safe before trying it themselves.

Apple Pay adds 35 US banks

July 23rd, 2015

Apple has added an additional 35 banks and credit unions to the list of US financial institutions that support Apple Pay. “Apple Pay now has over 375 participating issuers nationwide and dozens more plan to support the NFC-based mobile payment service in the future,” MacRumors reports.

Joint venture to develop painless diabetes monitoring with NFC

July 22nd, 2015

A new joint venture that includes the US-based Mayo Clinic and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute is developing an NFC-based diabetes monitoring system to replace the traditional glucometers that are currently used to monitor patients’ blood sugar levels. The system will also use phones to control insulin delivery, using disposable NFC insulin delivery systems. More

HP picks Carta for NFC mobile payments

July 22nd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Transaction technology provider Carta Worldwide has been selected to support the delivery of “tap-and-go” mobile payment services to HP customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Canada. “Flexible enough to be… More

LivQuick raises $1.6m for mobile wallet

July 22nd, 2015

Mumbai-based LivQuik, the company behind mobile payment service QuikWallet, has raised US$1.6m from existing investor Snow Leopard Ventures to scale its team, technology and merchant base. “Payment options include SMS, NFC, QR codes, mobile applications and POS software,” IndianWeb2 reports. “Currently, it caters to 1,000 merchants. It has around 100,000 users.”

One in ten UK consumers experience Apple Pay issues

July 21st, 2015

One in ten UK consumers using Apple Pay experienced issues when using the contactless payment service during its first week, research from social media company Brandwatch reveals. The findings, based on analysis of more than 26,000 tweets, also reveal the most popular use for the mobile payments service so far is paying on Transport for London’s (TfL) transportation network, followed by making purchases at Pret a Manger, Tesco, Waitrose and Boots.

Gemalto and InComm to deliver prepaid contactless cards to mobile devices

July 21st, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Digital security specialist Gemalto has partnered with prepaid card provider InComm to enable mobile wallet providers to offer prepaid NFC mobile payment services. “The InComm Mobile Platform (IMP) enables mobile wallet providers and… More

Transport for London warns of Apple Pay risks

July 17th, 2015

Transport for London (TfL) has warned commuters of potential risks when using Apple Pay to pay for journeys on the city’s public transport network, including a flat battery that could result in penalty fares and the possibility of being charged twice if they carry both an iPhone and Apple Watch. The notice comes in the week Apple Pay launched in the UK. Meanwhile, London Evening Standard reports that passengers using contactless bank cards were penalised by almost £8m in eight months “after failing to touch out at ticket barriers”.

Lenovo adds eSE to new smartphones

July 17th, 2015

Lenovo is to equip its new smartphones in China with Oberthur Technologies’ (OT) Pearl embedded secure element (eSE) to offer mobile payment and transport services. “Equipping three different smartphones models with OT’s eSE, Lenovo will provide Chinese users with convenient and secure NFC services, enhancing their transit and payment experience,” OT says.

Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance aims for global NFC public transport ticket system

July 16th, 2015

An alliance has been launched which aims to develop a global standard for people to buy public transport tickets in cities around the world on their mobile devices, using a single application, and verify the… More

Ferngrove Wines to trial NFC smart bottles in China

July 15th, 2015

Australia’s Ferngrove Wines is to equip smart wine bottles in China with NFC tags to help authenticate individual bottles throughout the supply chain, ensuring they are packaged, shipped, stocked and purchased in their original factory-sealed state…. More

Braintree supports UK launch of Apple Pay

July 14th, 2015

PayPal-owned payment processor Braintree has announced its support for the UK launch of Apple Pay via its v.zero SDK that will allow merchants to add the mobile payments service as an online checkout option alongside PayPal, credit and debit cards. “We are enabling UK and global merchants to be some of the first to accept Apple Pay in the UK,” the company says.

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