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Two thirds of UK smartphone owners open to the idea of mobile wallets

July 10th, 2014

Two thirds of UK smartphone owners are open to the idea of using a mobile wallet, according to a survey conducted by Marketing Sciences — but most consumers want to use a mobile wallet to… More

Survey finds American cardholders are ready for EMV

July 4th, 2014

Almost 70% of Americans believe that EMV chip technology makes their debit and credit card transactions more secure, with only 5% feeling chip cards make their transactions less secure, a new survey released by NXP… More

Yapital tests fingerprint payments

July 3rd, 2014

Retailer-owned mobile payments provider Yapital is testing the use of fingerprint biometrics to replace PIN entry when paying by smartphone. “As the major smartphone manufacturers are now integrating fingerprint scanning into their products, we have immediately launched appropriate tests,” says Yapital’s Oliver Kress. The company already supports payments via NFC, QR and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

CaixaBank launches payments wristband that can be used at any Visa merchant

July 3rd, 2014

CaixaBank has become the first in Europe to launch a Visa-branded wristband that allows users to make contactless payments at locations equipped with a contactless POS terminal. This summer, the Spanish bank will distribute 15,000 wristbands… More

Sensory adds voice and face security to phones

July 2nd, 2014

US startup Sensory has unveiled a biometric security solution that enables individual apps on a consumer’s smartphone to be secured via voice verification, facial verification or, for higher security applications like mobile payments and banking,… More

Russian Standard Bank adds embedded NFC payments

June 30th, 2014

Russian Standard Bank has partnered with Samsung and MasterCard to offer NFC payments to consumers with a Galaxy S4 or Note 3 mobile phone. The service is the second embedded NFC payments service to be… More

Chromecast to use ultrasonic connectivity to pair mobiles and TVs

June 27th, 2014

Google’s Chromecast media streamer, which enables users to send shows, movies, music and more to large screens, is to use a new ultrasonic connectivity technology to enable mobile devices to be paired with a Chromecast-equipped… More

Android L to offer wide range of new features for mobile payments and commerce

June 26th, 2014

The next generation of Android, unveiled at the Google I/O developer conference, will offer mobile payments, banking and commerce providers a wide range of new functions. Android L includes support for BLE’s peripheral mode, tighter… More

Brixton Pound uses BLE to let residents pay local businesses with their mobiles

June 20th, 2014

Businesses across the London district of Brixton are to be equipped with Bluetooth beacons that will allow residents to make mobile payments using the Brixton Pound, a local currency designed to encourage consumers to spend their money in independent local businesses. More

Pajco lets US consumers pay by mobile at the pump

June 20th, 2014

Pajco, owner of convenience store chains Rhodes 101 and Mercato di Rodi, is working with NCR to offer its customers the ability to pay for fuel by scanning a QR code on a fuel dispenser… More

Amazon unveils smartphone that lets users shop the world around them

June 19th, 2014

Amazon has launched Fire, a smartphone that includes 3D “dynamic perspective” technology and a dedicated Firefly button that lets users recognize — and buy from Amazon — physical products, movies and music that they come… More

French bank card association backs biometric payments

June 16th, 2014

Groupement des Cartes Bancaires CB, the French bank card association which pioneered the use of chip cards for payments in the 1980s, expects to enable member banks to issue customers with keyfobs supporting fingerprint payments… More

Edgetech to offer acoustic mobile payments in Zimbabwe

June 5th, 2014

Zimbabwe-based banking solutions provider Edgetech Solutions is preparing to launch a new mobile payment service that uses sound-based communication technology from NearBytes to let people make payments in stores with their phones. When launched, the Edgepay solution… More

Standard Bank rolls out mobile payments to 10,000 merchants in South Africa

May 22nd, 2014

Standard Bank, one of South Africa’s largest financial services groups, has launched a service that allows small merchants to accept mobile payments by simply placing a QR code at their point of sale, with no… More

Total gas stations offer mobile payments in Uganda

May 22nd, 2014

Customers at 45 Total gas stations in Uganda can now use their Airtel Money account to pay for fuel and services as well as make in-store purchases with their mobile phone. The service is to… More

TD Canada Trust launches NFC mobile payments with support from all three major carriers

May 15th, 2014

TD Canada Trust, the retail banking arm of the Toronto-Dominion Bank, has become the first in Canada to offer an NFC mobile payment solution that is supported by the country’s three major wireless networks: Bell,… More

WiFi Alliance adds support for NFC

April 9th, 2014

The WiFi Alliance has updated its WiFi Protected Setup certification program to include tap-to-connect functionality via NFC. The first products to support the NFC option are available now from Broadcom, Marvell, Mediatek and Qualcomm. Tap-to-connect… More

Blaze seeks buyer for early NFC patent

April 8th, 2014

Blaze Mobile is selling US patent number 8,630,905, an NFC payments patent entitled “Single Tap Transactions using a Secure Element” that dates back to 2007. The patent sale is being handled by ICAP Patent Brokerage…. More

Mashreq offers NFC stickers

April 7th, 2014

UAE-based Mashreq Bank is now offering its credit card customers a contactless payment sticker that can be attached to a mobile phone. Purchases of under 100 dirhams (US$27.23) can be made with the Tap n Go stickers at any of the more than 4,000 points of sale in the UAE equipped with a contactless payment terminal, without the need for a PIN or signature.

Teasy combines NFC and biometrics for payments in Nigeria

March 21st, 2014

Nigerian mobile payments provider Teasy Mobile is to equip its mobile money agents with POS terminals that use biometric technology to verify a consumer and NFC to allow them to make a payment. VeriFone Mobile… More

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