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    Sweatcoin pays Brits to get fit

    May 6th, 2016

    UK consumers will soon be rewarded whenever they are physically active with Sweatcoin — a virtual currency that can be earned by exercising and then exchanged at select retailers via a mobile app set to launch next week. “Sweatcoin offers one coin for every 1,000 steps,” Reuters reports. “Within weeks, users can have enough to exchange for fitness products or services in its marketplace. Rewards include Vivobarefoot running shoes, Kumira infra-red clothing and fitness classes from Wonderush or BoomCycle.”

    Mobeam passes 40m in-store transactions

    May 5th, 2016

    Mobile barcode beaming technology provider Mobeam has processed more than 40m in-store transactions and is now handling more than 2m transactions per month through apps from multiple retailers as well as the company’s own Beep’nGo service. “Mobeam currently operates on more than 375m Samsung phones and the company is in talks with other manufacturers to expand the technology to other market leading devices,” the company says.

    Kohl’s integrates Apple Pay with reward points

    May 5th, 2016

    Customers at approximately 250 branches of US department store chain Kohl’s can now earn Yes2You Rewards loyalty points when they use Apple Pay to pay for their purchases at the checkout with a Kohl’s Charge card. More

    Paytm moves towards launching payments bank

    May 4th, 2016

    Indian mobile payments provider Paytm has partnered with IT services company Wipro for the launch of its payments bank, which is expected in the first quarter of this fiscal year. “Wipro will implement core-banking solutions for Paytm and also the programme to manage the integration of other key systems,” says The Economic Times. The company plans to double its in-store merchant acceptance to four million locations this year.

    Australian digital payments to reach nearly A$1.9bn by 2020

    May 4th, 2016

    Digital payments across Australia, including those made with a mobile device at the point of sale, will be worth A$1.897bn (US$ 1.42bn) by 2020, Frost & Sullivan predicts. “Mobile payments are expected to take off in 12-18 months,” says the firm’s Saranga Sudarshan. “Apple Pay and Android Pay will revolutionise this market. Smartphone prevalence facilitates a high adoption rate for a more convenient and secure form of paying, compared to physical cards or cash.”

    A third of Europeans have made a mobile payment

    May 4th, 2016

    Nearly a third of European consumers (32%) have now made an in-store mobile payment, research by Fujitsu shows, while 22% have adopted wearable technologies. 44% still use cash every day, 37% would consider leaving their current bank or insurer if they don’t offer up-to-date technology, 47% would let banks or insurers use their data to recommend relevant products and services and 44% want their data used to keep them informed of their spending habits.

    Boon launches in the UK and adds Apple Pay support

    May 3rd, 2016

    Consumers across the UK can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using German payments technology provider Wirecard’s Boon service. The service has also been integrated into Apple Pay for the first time, enabling those… More

    Turkey aims to be cashless by 2023

    May 3rd, 2016

    Turkey has introduced its own card payment system in an attempt to move towards a cashless society by 2023. Known as Troy, the system has been built into all point-of-sale terminals and ATMs across the… More

    SumUp and Payleven merge

    April 29th, 2016

    UK mobile payment companies SumUp and Payleven have announced that they are to merge and operate as one company under the SumUp name. “By joining forces, the combined company will be perfectly positioned to leverage both SumUp’s proprietary end-to-end hardware and payment platform and Payleven’s leading merchant acquisition capabilities to accelerate growth in a very dynamic market,” SumUp says. “Existing merchants are not affected by the transaction.”

    PayPal CEO announces NFC payments expansion

    April 29th, 2016

    Vodafone Wallet with PayPal NFC-enabled payments is now live in Spain and is expected to be made available across Europe throughout the “back half of 2016”, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman revealed during the company’s Q1 earnings call.  More

    MasterCard to reduce EMV checkout time

    April 28th, 2016

    MasterCard has unveiled M/Chip Fast, a technology advancement designed to help speed up EMV transactions at the checkout. “A shopper inserts his or her card into an M/Chip Fast-enabled terminal,” the company explains. “M/Chip Fast provides counterfeit fraud protection by creating a unique code for each transaction. Once the code is generated, the card can be removed from the reader.” The announcement follows the unveiling of Visa’s Quick Chip for EMV service.

    A quarter of Brits have made an in-store mobile payment

    April 27th, 2016

    Almost a quarter of UK adults (24%) have used their mobile phone to make an in-store mobile payment and 12% do so on a regular basis, the Prepaid International Forum (PIF) reports. 49% of 18… More

    Three quarters of Brits expect to be cash-free by 2021

    April 26th, 2016

    Almost three quarters of UK consumers (73%) do not expect to be using cash in five years’ time in light of the rise of contactless payments and mobile wallets, research released by digital media agency Starcom reveals, and a third believe cash will be extinct within the next 15 years. More

    European spend on payments technology to rise

    April 26th, 2016

    Nearly three quarters of European retailers and financial institutions (71%) plan to increase their spending on payments technology in the next 18 to 24 months due to increasing competition and a feeling of being “under siege”, research from ACI Worldwide and Ovum shows. “Banks are seen as the primary provider of payment services by European retailers,” says ACI Worldwide. “87% want to work directly with banks.”

    Tutuka to roll out cloud-based payments with Proxama

    April 26th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Prepaid card processor Tutuka has begun the implementation of digital payment solutions provider Proxama’s Digital Enablement Platform (DEP) for a fully independent cloud-based payment (CBP) solution in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. “Proxama will… More

    Nearly one in four payments at US Starbucks made via mobile

    April 25th, 2016

    Mobile payments now account for 24% of all transactions across Starbucks’ US locations, the company’s president and COO Kevin Johnson has revealed, with an average of 8m transactions per month taking place through the coffee chain’s Mobile Order & Pay service. More

    Walmart Pay goes live for iPhone users

    April 22nd, 2016

    US retail giant Walmart has begun rolling out its Walmart Pay QR code-based mobile payment service for iOS devices. The service has been added to the latest update of the Walmart iPhone app, enabling customers to register credit, debit and gift cards for making payments at the checkout. The company announced the launch of Walmart Pay in December 2015 and says that it will be “available in all stores soon”.

    Micromax to launch NFC mobile payments with TranServ and Visa

    April 21st, 2016

    Handset maker Micromax will soon begin offering its customers in India an NFC mobile payment service through a collaboration with Visa and payment solutions provider TranServ. More

    Visa tech speeds up EMV checkout time

    April 20th, 2016

    Visa has launched Quick Chip for EMV, a technology enhancement that speeds up the checkout time when paying with an EMV card. “The Quick Chip specification is available free-of-charge to payment processors, acquiring banks and other payment networks to offer to merchants,” Visa says. “The upgrade streamlines the processing of chip card transactions to enable customers to dip and remove their EMV chip card from the terminal, typically in two seconds or less — several merchant processors, terminal providers and vendors plan to implement and offer Quick Chip in the coming months.”

    Bell ID white paper explores tokenization

    April 20th, 2016

    A 26-page white paper that explores tokenization, how it is implemented and the role of token service providers (TSPs), token vaults and token domains is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. ‘Tokenization — Everything You Need to Know’ has been produced by Bell ID with the aim of educating issuers about the technology, with a specific focus on how tokens can be used to protect payments.

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