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    Apple Pay adds Visa, MasterCard and five major banks in Singapore

    May 25th, 2016

    Consumers in Singapore can now add their MasterCard and Visa cards to Apple Pay, after the mobile payment service launched there in April 2016 with support from American Express alone. Five of the country’s major… More

    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

    Wearable device gives users electric shock if they overspend

    May 23rd, 2016

    Owners of a Pavlok wearable device will now be given an electric shock whenever they spend too much money using a new service developed by UK-based Intelligent Environments. More

    Fitbit buys Coin’s wearable payment assets

    May 19th, 2016

    Fitness wristband maker Fitbit has acquired the wearable payment assets of connected device maker Coin in a move that will enable the company to add NFC payment capability to its future devices. More

    UK charity collects contactless donations using dogs

    May 18th, 2016

    UK consumers can now make a £2 donation to the Blue Cross animal charity by tapping their contactless card against specially designed jackets worn by dogs. Each jacket houses a PayPal Here contactless terminal, which launched… 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

    Swatch Bellamy to launch with Cornèr Bank in mid-June

    May 11th, 2016

    Cornèr Bank has signed an agreement with Swiss luxury watchmaker Swatch to make its Cornèrcard available for payments on the Swatch Bellamy NFC watch from mid-June. “Clients can sign up with the bank, pre-load the watch with funds and start shopping in Switzerland and around the world wherever Visa contactless is accepted,” Swatch says. Swatch confirmed its agreement with Visa and Visa Europe to roll out the NFC payments watch in the US, Switzerland and Brazil in November 2015.

    Gemalto and Visa roll out contactless payment wristbands at Eurovision

    May 10th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Visitors to the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Stockholm, Sweden, this month will be able to purchase contactless payment wristbands that will enable payments at any Visa contactless terminal in the world. The wristbands, which will be active until the end of October, will be rolled out by Visa and digital security giant Gemalto. More

    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.

    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

    NXP and HID Global to enable wearable devices to unlock doors

    April 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has teamed up with HID Global to work on enabling consumers to open electronic locks at commercial buildings, hotels and workplaces with a tap of an NFC wearable device.  More

    Wearable smart stamp to support NFC payments

    April 18th, 2016

    Healthcare technology provider MC10 and product solutions provider PCH are to commercialise MC10’s Wearable Interactive Stamp Platform (WiSP), an ultrathin, stretchable and disposable stamp worn on the skin that will enable brands to develop a “variety of consumer applications” including NFC payments. More

    61% of US Apple Watch owners use Apple Pay

    April 12th, 2016

    Nearly two thirds of Americans with an Apple Watch (61%) use the device to make payments with Apple Pay, research from Fluent reveals. “With 61% saying they have made a purchase using their watches, there is room for improvement but that’s a healthy number of users right out of the gate and should only grow with future releases,” the firm’s Jordan Cohen writes in a blog post.

    NFC payments to reach $95bn by 2018

    April 11th, 2016

    The global value of NFC mobile and wearable payments is expected to reach US$95bn annually by 2018, up from less than $35bn last year, according to Juniper Research. “Apple’s entry into NFC gave the industry a much needed boost and could well be seen as the tipping point for the technology,” says the firm’s Nitin Bhas.

    Barclays goes live with Apple Pay in the UK

    April 5th, 2016

    Barclays bank debit cardholders and Barclaycard credit cardholders can now use Apple Pay to make mobile payments, nine months after the service launched in the UK without the participation of the ‘big four’ bank. “The… More

    Visa Europe reports “significant growth” in higher value contactless transactions

    April 4th, 2016

    The increase in the UK contactless card payment limit from £20 to £30 has had “a transformative effect” on consumer spending habits, according to Visa Europe, with contactless transactions over £20 seeing an average monthly… More

    Meet NFC World’s partners at Money20/20 Europe

    March 31st, 2016

    NFC World partners Proxama, Giesecke & Devrient, Gemalto, Carta Worldwide and Bell ID will be exhibiting at the Money20/20 Europe expo in Copenhagen from April 4-7.  More

    Singapore commuters get NFC payments

    March 30th, 2016

    Customers of mobile network operators M1, Singtel and StarHub can now pay for journeys on public transport services in Singapore with a tap of their NFC device as a result of a partnership between the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and transport card issuer EZ-Link. More

    Proxama makes the case for digital PIN delivery

    March 24th, 2016

    A white paper that examines the advantages of using new, digital PIN delivery mechanisms to replace traditional PIN mailers is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. More

    Swatch to focus on mass market smartwatches

    March 18th, 2016

    Luxury watchmaker Swatch will focus its smartwatch activities on its plastic Swatch brand before considering the technology for its pricier models. “Making progress in the smartwatch market is crucial for Swatch, which is seen as the most vulnerable of the Swiss watchmakers to inroads by the Apple Watch and similar watches produced by Samsung Electronics and others,” The Wall Street Journal reports. The company launched its first NFC payments watch, the Swatch Bellamy, in China in October 2015.

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