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Barclaycard launches second generation bPay wearable payment devices

June 29th, 2015

Barclaycard has unveiled a second generation of its bPay wristbands and is to add contactless-enabled keyfobs and stickers to the range of bPay devices that will be made available for purchase on 1 July. More

Fans get contactless entry to football matches in Cyprus

June 26th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Season ticket holders at a Cypriot first division football club will soon get into the team’s Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium on match day by tapping contactless keyfobs — or wristbands for younger supporters — against NFC turnstiles at the entrance.  More

Almost one in six US consumers are using mobile wallets

June 17th, 2015

Almost one in six US consumers (15%) have used a mobile wallet in the past six months, up from 9% in the same period in 2013, and an additional 22% are likely to adopt mobile… More

TI opens NFC wearable design challenge

June 11th, 2015

Semiconductor maker Texas Instruments is running an NFC wearable design challenge, inviting developers to use its RF430FRL15xH NFC sensor transponder to create wearable health and fitness applications. “Developers can log on to the TI E2E Launch Your Design Portal and submit product and design ideas that utilize TI’s fully programmable NFC sensor transponder,” the company says.

Broadcom licenses Mifare

June 9th, 2015

Chip maker Broadcom has licensed Mifare, the widely deployed protocol for contactless ticketing, transportation and access applications. “With this adoption, Broadcom supports a growing set of NFC and related payment applications in mobile phones, tablets and wearable devices,” the company says, “to enable OEMs to integrate a wide array of applications that deliver a simplified and consolidated user experience for payments, access and contactless ticketing.”

Lycos unveils wearables with NFC

June 8th, 2015

Internet company Lycos has announced a line of NFC-equipped wearable devices including a ring ($59.99) and a wristband (US$124.99) that tracks the wearer’s physical activity, displays incoming calls and notifications and connects to a smartphone with a tap. The Lycos Life wearables “are primarily being pitched as devices that can be used to replace your password, using NFC to unlock your phone when they’re nearby,” The Verge reports.

Gazprombank pilots NFC tickets

June 4th, 2015

Russia’s Gazprombank and MasterCard are piloting NFC mobile and contactless card payments for transit fares using PayPass terminals across the K-39 bus route in St Petersburg. “Residents and guests will be able to quickly, easily and securely pay for their fare by bank cards and others devices; mobile phones, watches, key chains, stickers etc,” MasterCard says.

Google’s Project Soli to bring hand controls to wearables

June 2nd, 2015

Google is working to create next-generation, hand-gesture technology that would enable rich interactions with smart devices regardless of screen size to “drive applications across wearable, home automation, automotive, industrial and medical markets”. A video produced… More

Project Jacquard: Google and Levi’s collaborate on interactive clothing

June 1st, 2015

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group is working with Levi’s to develop interactive fabrics that would allow the wearer to use their phone just by tapping or swiping their clothes. Items would connect to… More

First West Credit Union unveils contactless wristband

May 29th, 2015

First West Credit Union has introduced the Dashband, a wearable payment wristband that comes equipped with Visa PayWave technology to allow wearers to make contactless payments. More

Marriott Hotels lets users check in with Apple Watch

May 28th, 2015

Hotel chain Marriott Hotels has released version 4.6 of its iOS mobile app that introduces support for Apple Watch, enabling users to check in, receive room-ready alerts and check out from their wrist. “Also, view the nearest hotel, your next reservation or your Marriott Rewards account details with a quick glance,” the company explains. Unlike the Starwoods Hotels app, users cannot unlock their hotel room doors using the device at this stage.

Global biometrics market to hit $14.9bn by 2024

May 15th, 2015

The global biometrics market will increase from US$2bn in 2015 to $14.9bn by 2024, with cumulative revenue for the 10-year period reaching $67.8bn, market intelligence firm Tractica forecasts. “Biometric modalities that are likely to generate the most revenue include fingerprint, iris image and voice recognition,” the company says. “Key use cases include consumer device authentication, mobile banking, ATMs, government IT systems, POS transactions, pharmacy dispensing and wearable device authentication.”

Saracens fans get contactless payment wristbands

May 6th, 2015

Supporters of Saracens rugby union club have been given prepaid contactless wristbands that let them pay for food and drink with a tap at the club’s Allianz Park stadium in north London, as well make payments outside… More

Barclaycard’s bPay band set for relaunch

May 6th, 2015

Barclaycard is to shut down its first generation bPay prepaid contactless wristband at the end of the month and will launch “a newly designed wristband that’s lighter, slimmer and comes in a choice of colours… in a couple of months”…. More

Tencent’s mobile OS to offer payments

May 1st, 2015

Chinese internet giant Tencent has released a mobile operating system that is set to include mobile payments functionality. TencentOS is designed for wearables, smartphones and other connected devices, and is part of TOS+, the company’s “intelligent hardware open platform strategy”. “The Shenzhen-based company will work with partners to integrate the software into devices including smart glasses,” Bloomberg reports.

Samsung Pay could work on smartwatches

April 30th, 2015

Samsung managing director Park Jin-young hinted during the company’s first quarter earnings call that the forthcoming Samsung Pay system may also work with its smartwatches. The mobile payments service is expected to launch in the US and Korea “in the latter half of the year” with the roll-out schedule for other territories still under discussion, reports WhowiredKorea.

Jawbone adds NFC payments to fitness trackers with AmEx

April 17th, 2015

Wearable device maker Jawbone has unveiled a fitness tracking wristband that can be linked to the wearer’s American Express card account and used to make NFC payments. US card members with an Up4 tracker “will… More

Jawbone to add NFC payments?

April 15th, 2015

Wearable device maker Jawbone could be about to add NFC payment capabilities to its fitness trackers. The company is expected to announce a mobile payments partnership with American Express this week, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Kairos mechanical smartwatches get NFC payments

April 15th, 2015

Luxury watchmaker Kairos is to add NFC payments to its hybrid “mechanical smartwatches” and smart wristbands using a host card emulation-based wearable payments solution from German payments technology provider Wirecard. Wirecard’s solution, launched earlier this… More

Barclays offers Apple Watch app

April 10th, 2015

Barclays has unveiled an Apple Watch app which will let customers check their current account balance when the watch goes on sale in the UK on April 24. Customers will be able to check the balance of up to five accounts linked to the Barclays Mobile Banking app, which the user can swipe through to view. “The extension of our popular mobile app on Apple Watch will allow customers to keep track of their money wherever they are,” said Matt Hammerstein, head of customer and client experience at Barclays.

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