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    Chili’s Grill & Bar to enable Android Pay at the table

    May 24th, 2016

    Customers of Chili’s Grill & Bar across the US will soon be able to pay for orders through Android Pay by tapping their phone against a pay-at-the-table tablet from Ziosk. The new functionality, which was unveiled at Google I/O, will be available in all of the chain’s restaurants from the third quarter of 2016. “Additionally, Chili’s guests can effortlessly enroll, login and access My Chili’s Rewards via Android wallet to leverage loyalty points and mobile payment for future restaurant visits,” Ziosk says.

    Pizza Hut Asia trials order and pay using a robot called Pepper

    May 24th, 2016

    Customers at Pizza Hut locations in Asia will soon be able to place orders, receive offers and complete payments on a tablet held by Pepper, a humanoid robot developed by SoftBank Robotics. The transactions will be completed through MasterCard’s MasterPass digital wallet service. More

    Wells Fargo to launch NFC mobile payments

    May 24th, 2016

    US bank Wells Fargo is expected to launch an NFC-based mobile payment service this week, according to the Los Angeles Times. “With mobile wallets such as the one Wells Fargo plans, consumers enter their credit card information in their phones before shopping with merchants who use NFC technology,” the publication reports. “The consumer holds the phone over a payment terminal and taps a button on the phone or enters a PIN.”

    Starbucks to take mobile payments and rewards to India

    May 23rd, 2016

    Starbucks is to launch its mobile payment and loyalty app in India this year. “The platform will allow you to make payments from your phone and allow you to participate in the My Starbucks Rewards programme through your phone,” the coffee chain’s Sumitro Ghosh told Business Standard. Mobile payments now account for nearly one in four transactions made across the company’s US locations.

    Inside Secure launches MatrixHCE solution

    May 23rd, 2016

    Financial institutions can now select Inside Secure’s Visa Ready MatrixHCE solution as a means of rolling out mobile payment solutions within a matter of weeks. “MatrixHCE is a proven software solution that effectively protects sensitive data on mobile devices and allows mobile phones to be used as payment cards in the retail environment and supports key features such as transaction logging, receipts, biometric authentication and token processing,” the company says.

    Wirecard supports launch of Curve

    May 23rd, 2016

    German payments technology provider Wirecard is supporting the launch of Curve, a physical payment card that will let consumers store an unlimited number of bank cards and make contactless payments at POS terminals where MasterCard is accepted. “The card and smartphone app solution is supported by Wirecard’s technology, ensuring global usage of the Curve card,” Wirecard says. “Curve is initially providing the card to small business users.”

    Jones adds NFC and QR codes to smart packaging with Tuku

    May 23rd, 2016

    Pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods companies can now add NFC tags and QR codes to packaging in order to send out messages, promotions and offers to their customers’ smartphones using an integrated solution developed by packaging provider Jones Packaging and mobile marketing specialist Tuku. More

    UK contactless spending totalled £1.5bn in March 2016

    May 20th, 2016

    UK contactless payments in March totalled £1.5bn (US$2.19bn), The UK Cards Association has revealed, four months after monthly contactless spending hit £1bn in November 2015. “The £0.5bn mark came in May last year,” the organisation says. “One in seven of all card transactions are now contactless, compared to one in 16 a year ago. There were a total of 179.6m contactless purchases in March, with 67 made every second. On the high street, one in six card purchases are now contactless [with] monthly contactless spending trebling in the past year, up from £431.1m in March 2015.” 86.5m contactless cards are now in circulation in the UK.

    Barclaycard sees surge in ‘silver spenders’ using contactless

    May 20th, 2016

    The number of UK consumers aged over 60 using contactless payments has risen by 116% in the last 12 months, research from Barclaycard reveals. Among the 18-24 age group, the number of contactless users has risen by… More

    Samsung Pay expected to enable support for Alipay

    May 19th, 2016

    Samsung and Chinese internet giant Alibaba are to announce a collaboration on mobile payment systems this week, according to Yonhap News Agency. “The partnership with Alipay will allow Samsung Pay users to make payments for their offline purchases using Alipay’s QR codes and barcode scanners,” the publication reports.

    Google enhances APIs to take Android Pay in-app and to mobile websites

    May 19th, 2016

    Google has enhanced its APIs to make it “easier than ever” for developers to integrate Android Pay for in-app and web payments with “just a few lines of code”. The company has launched Android Instant Apps, which gives users the ability to pay using Android Pay in-app “with a single tap”, and is opening its Android Pay API to all developers selling physical goods and services in markets where the mobile payment service is available. Google has also launched PaymentRequest, a new web API that will be standardized across Chrome browsers through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to enable Android Pay on mobile websites.

    Samsung Pay adds membership and loyalty cards in the US

    May 19th, 2016

    Samsung Pay users across the US can now add their merchant membership and loyalty cards to the mobile payment service and receive savings, rewards and other offers by having a card’s barcode scanned by the cashier at the point of sale. More

    US Smart City Challenge adds NXP’s RFID tagging solutions

    May 18th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has expanded its Smart City Challenge initiative to include NXP’s RFID tagging solutions and smart card ICs. The addition of NXP RFID tagging will enable automatic vehicle… More

    NXP unveils POS reader solution

    May 18th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has introduced a point-of-sale reader solution — SLN-POS-RDR — that will enable customers to develop and launch contact and contactless payment systems into the market. “The solution platform is the first to leverage and combine NXP’s market leading contact payment card reader silicon and a high-power NFC contactless frontend solution (PN5180),” the company says. “The POS reader solution is available now to lead customers, shipping to new customers in Q3.”

    Android Pay launches in the UK

    May 18th, 2016

    Google has launched its Android Pay mobile payment service across the UK, allowing consumers to make payments at any contactless terminal with a tap of their Android handset. The service launches with support from MasterCard, Visa and eight British banks, “with new banks being added all the time,” the company says. More

    Dallas commuters get NFC travel card and cash top-ups

    May 17th, 2016

    Commuters across the US city of Dallas and surrounding areas can now pay for travel using a GoPass NFC card launched by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Blackhawk Network. The card can be topped up using cash at nearly 800 stores served by electronic cash transaction network PayNearMe. “DART’s GoPass mobile app will allow riders to present the app on their smartphone to a store clerk within PayNearMe’s retail network and pay in cash to load DART fare value just as if they are making a purchase in store,” DART says.

    South African community shops to get NFC payments using stickers

    May 17th, 2016

    South African consumers will soon be able to make payments using an NFC sticker on the back on their mobile phone via a service launched by mobile financial services provider MobiCash and mobile payments platform Boloro…. More

    MCX delays launch of CurrentC and cuts 30 jobs

    May 17th, 2016

    US retailer-led consortium MCX has postponed the nationwide rollout of its CurrentC mobile wallet and has laid off approximately 30 of its employees. The decision was taken in order to “concentrate more heavily” on other… More

    Walmart rolls out Walmart Pay across Arkansas and Texas

    May 17th, 2016

    US supermarket chain Walmart has begun rolling out its QR code-based mobile payment service in Arkansas and Texas. Walmart Pay is now available in all 480 Walmart stores across Texas and at more than 110 locations in Arkansas. More

    Telefonica and Fidor Bank to launch mobile bank in Germany

    May 13th, 2016

    Mobile network operator Telefonica is to launch a mobile banking service in Germany this summer using technology supplied by Fidor Bank. Customers who sign up for an account will receive an O2 MasterCard for cash withdrawals and shopping, and a mobile app that will allow P2P transfers. “This cooperation is the first disruptive alliance in Germany between a telecommunications company and an innovative digital bank,” says Fidor Bank CEO Matthias Kröner.

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