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    Valeo and Gemalto launch mobile car keys for Bluetooth access

    September 22nd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Drivers will soon be able to use their smartphone or connected watch to lock or unlock their car, start it, control applications and remotely access useful vehicle information using Bluetooth technology and automotive… More

    Estimote Mirror turns screens into personalised displays

    September 15th, 2016

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon manufacturer Estimote has unveiled Estimote Mirror, a video-enabled beacon platform that communicates with nearby phones and their corresponding apps to produce content that is personalized to a consumer for display… More

    Gemalto helps Spanish Carrefour customers get mobile payments

    September 12th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers shopping at supermarket giant Carrefour in Spain will soon be able to load a digital version of their existing PASS Carrefour banking card and the retailer’s loyalty program to their Android phone… More

    Visa Checkout coming to Braintree merchants

    September 7th, 2016

    Visa Checkout will soon be offered as a service for US retailers using the PayPal-owned Braintree payments platform. “Visa Checkout will be available to US merchants through Braintree’s SDK in early 2017,” PayPal says. “Visa Checkout now has more than 14m consumer accounts. Hundreds of thousands of merchants and more than 900 financial institution partners now offer Visa Checkout in 16 countries around the world; expansion into five additional European countries and India will take place by the end of 2016.”

    Valassis enables personalised offers through TV and radio ads

    July 19th, 2016

    Consumers can now automatically receive personalised offers on their mobile devices as they watch television or listen to the radio and save them to third party mobile wallets through a new solution launched by intelligent media provider Valassis. More

    Proxama and Mapway launch BLE beacon service on London buses

    May 4th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Commuters on some 500 Transport for London (TfL) buses can now receive real-time travel updates and relevant location-based advertising using transport app developer Mapway’s Bus Times London app.  More

    Nets and Carta bring tokenized mobile payments to Nordic and Baltic banks

    February 16th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: More than 200 banks across northern Europe are now able to deploy token-based secure mobile payments services to their customers via a partnership between digital payments services provider Nets and Carta Worldwide. Nets… More

    Facebook bots to enable Messenger commerce

    January 6th, 2016

    Facebook has given some developers access to an as yet unannounced Chat SDK that allows them to build interactive experiences and “bots” in Messenger for shopping, booking travel and more, according to TechCrunch. “The Chat SDK allows developers to create bots that users can send text messages to directly and that automatically respond with information, images, location services, product prices, buy buttons and more,” the publication reports. “The Chat SDK can also tap into Messenger’s built-in payments system to let users make purchases via bots.”

    Kona unveils customizable payment platform that supports cards, tokens, NFC, HCE and wearable devices

    October 29th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: South Korean smart card provider Kona has unveiled the Kona Payment platform, a customizable, end-to-end solution for card issuers that supports tokenization, physical cards, mobile payments via both HCE and SIM-based secure elements,… More

    Payworks to enable chip and PIN for Stripe in UK

    October 22nd, 2015

    POS payment platform provider Payworks is to enable Stripe users to accept payments via chip and PIN card readers in the UK. “UK-based merchants selling via marketplaces and platforms built on Stripe Connect will be able to use the Payworks SDK to connect card readers and instantly start accepting physical credit card payments, as well as NFC payments such as Apple Pay,” Payworks says.

    Carta launches turnkey tokenization platform for cloud-based payments

    October 15th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Transaction technology provider Carta Worldwide has introduced an appliance-based turnkey solution that aims to dramatically reduce the time it takes for large banks, processors and domestic networks to bring tokenized HCE mobile payment… More

    Blocks smashes Kickstarter campaign for build-your-own NFC smartwatch

    October 15th, 2015

    A UK startup raising funds on Kickstarter for a modular smartwatch that includes NFC and contactless payment functionality has amassed pledges totalling more than double its US$250,000 target in just two days. More

    Stripe gets access to Visa Token Service through strategic partnership

    July 29th, 2015

    Mobile and online payment provider Stripe has entered into a strategic partnership with Visa that will make it one of the first beta partners to connect to Visa’s network capabilities, giving its developer community access… More

    Spanish supermarket chain Bonpreu rolls out mobile payments to 170 stores

    June 23rd, 2015

    Spanish supermarket chain Bonpreu is to roll out a mobile payments service to 170 stores, using a platform developed by Dinube that combines proprietary tokenization algorithms, NFC and biometric fingerprint security. Dinube charges merchants a… More

    Windows 10 for mobile gets HCE

    March 25th, 2015

    Microsoft is to introduce support for host card emulation (HCE) payments in the mobile version of its Windows 10 operating system. SIM-based secure elements will continue to be supported with “improved payment integration flows” enabling… More

    NXP to host Mifare SDK webinar

    December 8th, 2014

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP is to host a webinar exploring its recently launched Mifare SDK Advanced NFC development kit at 10:00 CET and 17:00 CET on Tuesday 16 December. Attendees will “learn how Mifare SDK Advanced makes it easy to implement any Android application idea based on our Mifare, Ntag and Icode hardware and how you could benefit from this new development kit,” says the company. Readers can register for the webinar free of charge here.

    Broadcom IoT SDK adds NFC

    December 5th, 2014

    Chip maker Broadcom has integrated NFC into its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (Wiced) software development kit with the aim of making it easier for developers to build smart homes and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that combine NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth Smart functionality. “The SDK enables developers to create more complex products with a wider variety of use cases,” Broadcom says.

    Visa CEO identifies mobile payment as major growth driver

    October 31st, 2014

    Mobile payments will be a “great driver” for Visa, CEO Charles Scharf has told analysts during the company’s Q4 earnings call, and Apple Pay is just the beginning. “A proliferation of exciting mobile and digital… More

    Android 5.0 SDK now available

    October 20th, 2014

    The Android 5.0 SDK is now available to developers ahead of the scheduled launch of Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ in November. The software development kit includes finalised APIs and behaviours so developers can update their apps to take advantage of new features including enhanced BLE and NFC support.

    SimplyTapp releases new HCE SDK

    September 22nd, 2014

    PARTNER NEWS: Host card emulation (HCE) specialist SimplyTapp has released a new version of its Mobile SDK. Version 2.3 includes a SimplifiedTapp app that “offers refined code base which will help accelerate developers’ understanding of HCE implementation”, the company says.

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