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    Apple granted patent for device-based car keys

    May 26th, 2016

    Apple has been granted a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for a service that would store vehicle keys on an iPhone. “Apple’s granted patent generally relates to wireless communication between computing devices and, more particularly, to using portable computing devices to access a vehicle,” Patently Apple reports. The service would let users open their car doors, start the engine and shut it off for specific time periods and program personalised vehicle settings.

    Xiaomi to launch Xiaomi Pay?

    March 30th, 2016

    Handset maker Xiaomi has filed a patent in Korea for a mobile payment service called Xiaomi Pay, The Korea Herald reports. “There is speculation that Xiaomi’s upcoming mid-range smartphone Mi5 will feature the NFC mobile payment service,” the publication says. “The patent filing in the Korean market indicates that the Chinese tech firm plans to roll out its smartphone here.” The Mi5 was unveiled during Mobile World Congress and is equipped with NXP’s secure element and NFC solution.

    Amazon files selfie pay patent

    March 15th, 2016

    Amazon has applied for a patent that would enable consumers to authenticate a transaction by taking a picture of their face. “The user is identified using image information which is processed utilizing facial recognition,” the patent says. “The device verifies that the image information corresponds to a living human using one or more human-verification processes.” MasterCard announced in February that it would be rolling out its ‘selfie pay’ service this summer.

    Amex patent turns reward points into virtual currency

    March 7th, 2016

    American Express is exploring a system that would let its customers use reward points for purchases in third-party digital wallets, according to a newly published patent application. “This system, method and computer program may allow certain transaction account holders to directly pay with their loyalty points in any third-party digital wallet,” the patent says. “Utilizing the system, transaction account holders may earn one or more points for virtually every dollar charged on eligible, enrolled transaction accounts and then redeem their points for a wide array of rewards, including merchandise or travel.”

    Samsung looks into vein authentication

    February 5th, 2016

    A patent filed by Samsung describes how a sensor on a smartwatch or other wearable device could authenticate identity by reading the user’s vein structure. “A wearable device may capture an image of a portion or all of the user’s body and may identify the user wearing the wearable device based on the captured image,” the patent says. “For example, a smartwatch may be worn on the user’s wrist to capture an image of the user’s veins in order to identify a user.”

    Apple to allow P2P transfers through iMessage?

    January 5th, 2016

    A patent filed by Apple suggests that the company may be looking at letting iPhone users send money over iMessage as well as via phone calls, emails and calendar invitations. “The function could work in a number of ways,” Quartz reports. “It explicitly mentions a phone call, text messaging, conversations, an email thread and calendar events, among other uses.” News that Apple was working on a P2P payment service first surfaced in November 2015.

    Samsung Pay to add P2P payments?

    November 9th, 2015

    Korean startup Hankook NFC has reportedly applied for a patent for a hardware module that would allow consumers to use Samsung Pay to transfer money between devices and pay with a credit card. “Once the module is installed, smartphones can be used as mobile credit card payment terminals,” Business Korea reports. “When you order some food for delivery or go to a gas station, you can pay for food or gas with your smartphone without any wireless credit card payment devices.”

    US banks pilot mobile wallet authentication and issuance at the ATM

    October 21st, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: ATM manufacturer Diebold has teamed up with HCE specialist SimplyTapp to offer banks a way to use their ATM network to add a layer of card present security to their mobile wallet provisioning… 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

    Apple patent reveals details of NFC payments ring

    October 1st, 2015

    Apple has developed a concept NFC ring that would allow a wearer to make payments, transfer information to others with a handshake and access secure documents on a shared device with a tap of their… More

    RBC gets Secure Cloud payments patent

    September 2nd, 2015

    Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has been awarded a patent for its Secure Cloud mobile payments platform by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, covering the use of secure tokens by the bank’s clients to facilitate payments from mobile devices. RBC introduced the Secure Cloud technology in January 2014 and added host card emulation (HCE) support in December last year.

    Apple granted NFC and Touch ID patents

    September 1st, 2015

    Apple has been granted 45 patents relating to NFC, Touch ID and Apple Watch in the US, Patently Apple reports. An NFC element “may serve as an antenna for transmitting NFC signals to external equipment” such as NFC hearing aids, POS equipment and security card readers. The Touch ID patent details a system of scanning a fingerprint’s “flow angles” as they pass over the sensor.

    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

    Apple to show ads based on prepaid balance?

    July 21st, 2015

    Apple could begin sending targeted advertising to users based on the amount of prepaid funds they have available, according to a newly published patent application. “Goods and services are marketed to particular target groups of users sharing a common profile which may be selected to increase the likelihood of the users responding to the advertisements,” the patent says. “The common profile of users may be based on the amount of prepaid credit available to each user.”

    Apple gets face verification patent

    July 9th, 2015

    Apple has been granted a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for an authentication system to allow owners to unlock content on their devices by taking a picture of their face. “The methods include processing a captured image of a user seeking to access a resource by conforming a subset of the image to a reference model,” the patent says.

    Apple files P2P via NFC patent

    July 3rd, 2015

    Apple has filed a US patent application for a payments service that would enable peer-to-peer money transfers via NFC and Bluetooth. Person to Person Payments Using Electronic Devices describes how two individuals can use electronic devices “such as cellular telephones” to directly conduct financial transactions with each other by communicating encrypted financial credentials.

    Apple Watch patent transfers data in a shake

    July 1st, 2015

    Apple’s latest patent details how an Apple Watch could exchange information with another when wearers greet each other with a handshake. “The wearable devices can detect their proximity to the other (using BLE or NFC-based proximity sensors),” Patently Apple reports. “Each device can communicate with the other (using Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi or other wireless communication channels) to verify it experienced similar acceleration.”

    Google files item pairing patent

    June 23rd, 2015

    A new Google patent details a system to allow the pairing of items such as keys or a wallet with a mobile device to alert a person when they are about to leave the house without one of the items. “The monitoring device monitors the presence of items in its vicinity using a short-range wireless communication or sensing technology such as NFC, Bluetooth, RuBee, RFID or any other method of wireless communication or sensing,” the patent says.

    Amazon gets ear authentication patent

    June 17th, 2015

    Amazon has been granted a US patent that describes how a person’s ear could be used to authenticate them when answering a phone call or to unlock an audio file. “The device attempts to recognise the user based on ear shape or other parameters and can provide customised functionality of the device based at least upon that determination,” the abstract explains.

    NFC inventors win award

    June 12th, 2015

    NXP engineers Franz Amtmann and Philippe Maugars have won the European Patent Office (EPO) European Inventor Award in recognition of the role they played in the birth of NFC. The pair were nominated in April for the prize which aims to reward inventors who contribute to technological progress and economic growth. Three previous finalists have gone on to collect Nobel Prizes.

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