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Moo launches range of NFC business cards

October 6th, 2015

UK-based printer Moo has launched a range of business cards that come equipped with NFC chips and an accompanying online platform, allowing the owner to upload the information of their choice and change or update it as and when they require. More

Miami Heat fans get mobile payments and ticketing

October 5th, 2015

Fans of basketball team Miami Heat will now be able to make purchases at concession stands across the AmericanAirlines Arena by having a QR code scanned on their mobile device. Funds are debited from a… More

Twitter expands Buy Now buttons

October 1st, 2015

Twitter is to integrate its Buy Now button technology with ecommerce platforms Bigcommerce, Demandware and Shopify to enable merchants including Best Buy, Adidas and PacSun to sell products via the platform. “With Buy Now, businesses can drive more conversions and remove much of the friction in the mobile purchasing process,” Twitter writes in a blog post.

PayPal to launch contactless reader in US

September 29th, 2015

PayPal is to introduce its PayPal Here contactless card reader in the US on September 30, following its launch in the UK in August 2015. “The reader works on both iOS and Android platforms and accepts chip card transactions, magnetic stripe and contactless NFC transactions including Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay and any other NFC-enabled device or card,” PayPal writes in a blog post.

Alibaba and Ant Financial make “strategic investment” in India’s Paytm

September 29th, 2015

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and its affiliate Ant Financial are to make a “strategic investment” believed to be worth some US$680m in Indian mobile payment platform Paytm through an agreement with its parent company One97 Communications…. More

Velocity acquires mobile payments app Cover

September 29th, 2015

Restaurant payment app Velocity has acquired mobile payments solution Cover for an undisclosed sum. Cover is accepted at more than 350 restaurants in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. “The acquisition will accelerate the expansion of Velocity’s global hospitality platform, which connects premier restaurants with affluent diners, empowers them to settle their bill directly from their phone and builds loyalty through tailored status and rewards programs,” Velocity says.

McDonald’s to accept Alipay in more than 2,100 restaurants in China

September 24th, 2015

Chinese customers of fast food chain McDonald’s will soon be able to use Ant Financial’s Alipay QR code mobile payment platform to pay for their food and drink in more than 2,100 restaurants. The roll-out… More

ING acquires Qustomer mobile loyalty platform

September 8th, 2015

Financial institution ING has acquired Belgian digital loyalty platform Qustomer for an undisclosed sum. “With Qustomer, users can collect and redeem loyalty points from shops and other retail outlets using a physical card with QR code technology or via the Qustomer application on their smartphone,” ING says. The bank said in June that it will launch an HCE mobile payments service in the Netherlands soon.

Samsung’s NFC smart suit to hit IFA 2015 catwalk

September 3rd, 2015

Samsung’s fashion division is to showcase a smart suit equipped with an NFC chip in its sleeve at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The item from Samsung C&T Fashion Group will be one of four on show over the next week as the company unveils its platform brand for wearables which aims to integrate fashion design and technology. 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.

SumUp raises €10m in funding

August 27th, 2015

European mPOS company SumUp has announced €10m (US$11.2m) in funding from investors including BBVA Ventures and Groupon, taking the company’s funding total to €50m. SumUp plans to use the investment to increase its footprint into 15 countries, roll out its payment platform that encompasses a payments gateway, in-house hardware and operations systems, and to support the development of new services.

Cyber Group and Sensoro roll out beacons across Greater China

August 27th, 2015

Chinese chain store operator Cyber Group has launched a joint venture with beacon platform provider Sensoro to roll out Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons across Japan and the Greater China region. The companies have already deployed beacons across Tokyo’s top shopping center Marunouchi and will roll out the platform to more than 20 shopping centers and retail stores in the city. They will also install more than 5,000 beacons in 40 shopping districts in Taiwan before the end of October.

MCX adds offers and discounts to CurrentC mobile wallet

August 27th, 2015

US retailer-led consortium MCX has announced a partnership with promotions management and processing provider Inmar to bring digital promotions from US brands to its yet-to-launch mobile wallet platform CurrentC. The deal will enable users to… More

Google says Android Pay is coming ‘soon’

August 27th, 2015

Google has broken its silence following speculation its Android Pay mobile payments platform was to be launched on August 26 by confirming it will be available soon. “Looking forward to Android Pay? Stay tuned. #soon,” a tweet from the official Android account read.

PayPal One Touch expansion

August 26th, 2015

PayPal has extended its One Touch mobile payments solution to 13 new markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. “Eligible merchants in these markets will automatically have One Touch enabled without needing to do any integration,” the company says. The platform was launched in August 2014 and is available in the US, UK and Canada.

JCDecaux to roll out PowaTag across Denmark

August 25th, 2015

Shoppers across Denmark will be able to make purchases from billboards, bus shelters and street furniture from outdoor advertising corporation JCDecaux subsidiary AFA JCDecaux via Powa Technologies’ mobile payments platform PowaTag. “AFA JCDecaux will utilise the PowaTag offering in 20 key cities including Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg, Odense and Vejle,” Powa says. The news follows Powa’s partnership with Denmark’s Danske Bank to integrate PowaTag into its MobilePay banking app.

Kona I unveils Kona Pay

August 12th, 2015

South Korean smart card provider Kona I has unveiled Kona Pay, a platform that allows banks and credit card firms to develop mobile payment services based on NFC, QR and barcodes. “Different from Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, card issuers can have tailored services for their payment systems built upon Kona Pay,” Korea Herald reports CEO Cho Chung-il as saying.

InMobi unveils Miip payment platform

August 10th, 2015

Indian advertising platform InMobi has unveiled Miip, a platform that can be integrated into mobile apps to allow users to make payments through buy buttons on product ads. The company has partnered with “several partners” to pilot the platform, including Amazon and India’s largest mobile wallet provider Paytm. “Miip will be available for all customers over the next few months,” InMobi says.

SmarTone unveils Kiss mobile marketing platform with NFC payments and Bluetooth beacons

August 7th, 2015

Hong Kong mobile network operator SmarTone has unveiled Kissco, an end-to-end mobile marketing platform incorporating Kiss Pay, a mobile payments service based on NFC and ultrasound technology, a Kiss Dollars loyalty program and Kiss Beacons… More

Flint adds Apple Wallet support

August 7th, 2015

Mobile payment provider Flint has added a new feature to its platform that lets its business users create coupons and distribute them to Apple Wallet users. “Businesses can easily create offers in the Flint app and send text messages with links that automatically download customized coupons into the Apple Wallet,” Flint says. “The app will handle redemption via an embedded QR code reader.”

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