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    24 March 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 March 2017, 15:03

    Starbucks to add gift cards to iMessage as Mobile Order & Pay grows

    Users can send each other Starbucks gift cards in Apple's messaging app

    Starbucks customers across the US will soon be able to purchase gift cards using Apple Pay and send them to friends and family within Apple’s iMessage platform. The move comes as the coffee giant reveals it now has approximately nine million mobile paying customers with one in three using Mobile Order & Pay, which accounted for 8% of all transactions made across US stores last month.

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    24 March 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 March 2017, 13:26

    Dynamics CEO shares details on how LG Pay will work with magnetic stripe card terminals

    The Wireless Magnetic Communication technology being used for LG’s mobile payment service will allow consumers to pay with their phones in more places without having to change any of the point of sale terminals or re-educate merchants, technology provider Dynamics’ CEO has told NFC World.

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    23 March 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 March 2017, 15:37

    Esso customers get mobile payments and rewards at 1,000 Canadian gas stations

    Motorists across Canada can now pay for fuel and car washes as well as accumulate loyalty rewards using a mobile payment service that is being rolled out by fuel retailer Imperial Oil to 1,000 Esso-branded gas stations nationwide.

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    23 March 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 March 2017, 15:04

    White paper explores how dedicated Android NFC devices can be used to improve the delivery of financial services in emerging markets

    Secure, affordable and dedicated Android NFC devices issued to local agents, farmers and financial institutions in emerging markets are improving the delivery of a wide range of services including branchless banking, know your customer procedures and food aid distribution, according to a 19-page white paper that is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre.

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    22 March 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 March 2017, 17:47

    Westpac launches payments keyboard for chat apps

    Customers of Australian bank Westpac will soon be able to use an innovative replacement for the default keyboard found in social messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp to make P2P money transfers to friends, family and businesses as well as send cardless cash codes to recipients for ATM withdrawals.

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    22 March 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 March 2017, 15:22

    US airport stores to automatically file expense reports for business travellers

    Business travellers will soon be able to make in-store purchases at select retailers and restaurants inside three US airports and have their expenses automatically submitted on their behalf through the point-of-sale system so that they “don’t need to worry about creating an expense claim down the line”.

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    22 March 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 March 2017, 13:04

    LG to launch mobile payments service using magnetic communication technology

    LG will launch its LG Pay mobile payments service in Korea in June this year using a mobile payment technology that works by “generating a magnetic signal from a mobile device such as a smartphone, and paying it to a general credit card terminal”.

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    22 March 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 March 2017, 12:42

    Samsung Pay goes live across India with support for Paytm and UPI money transfers

    Samsung Pay has launched in India with support from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards and Standard Chartered Bank, with Citibank India support expected “shortly”. The service has also integrated India’s leading mobile wallet Paytm and comes with support for peer-to-peer money transfers through the Indian government’s Unified Payments Interface platform.

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    21 March 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 March 2017, 14:29

    Canadian banks to test blockchain digital identity network for consumers

    A blockchain-based digital identity network that will let Canadians verify their identity to organisations of their choice and access services such as new bank accounts, driving licenses or utilities using a mobile app is now undergoing testing ahead of a planned launch later this year. The service is backed by a group of Canadian banks that includes BMO, CIBC, Desjardins, RBC, Scotiabank and TD.

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    20 March 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 March 2017, 11:38

    ABN Amro shares lessons learned deploying a mobile wallet service

    Convenience, speed, reliability and security are the four most important pillars to building and delivering a successful mobile payment service, says Dutch bank ABN Amro’s senior product manager for mobile payments. Seven key lessons learned along the way are also shared in an in-depth paper which is now available in the NFC World Knowledge Centre.

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    News in brief

    US Payments Forum offers card-not-present fraud advice

    By Rian Boden • 24 March 2017, 15:17 • Last updated 24 March 2017, 15:17

    The US Payments Forum has published a survey of card-not-present (CNP) fraud worldwide to help the US payments industry assemble “layered, effective and systematic” mitigation strategies. “While many attribute the rise in CNP fraud seen in other countries to the implementation of EMV chip technology, there are other factors such as the rapid growth of online sales and the fact that fraud prevention tools have not been fully adopted and implemented by all stakeholders,” says the trade body’s Randy Vanderhoof.

    Android O to offer autofill for payments

    By Rian Boden • 23 March 2017, 12:19 • Last updated 23 March 2017, 12:19

    The next version of Google’s Android operating system will include a new API that enables mobile apps to add autofill services which automatically enter a user’s passwords, payment details and other personal information. “Android O makes filling forms, such as account and credit card forms, easier with the introduction of the Autofill Framework,” Google says. “The Autofill Framework manages the communication between the app and an autofill service.”

    Wells Fargo moves forward with ATM mobile withdrawal plans

    By Rian Boden • 22 March 2017, 16:27 • Last updated 22 March 2017, 16:27

    US bank Wells Fargo will become the first in the country to upgrade its entire network of ATMs with mobile withdrawal functionality next week, as the bank prepares to roll out the service to 13,000 machines. “Customers would get unique eight-digit codes from their Wells Fargo smartphone app and enter the code into the ATM along with their PIN number,” CBS San Francisco reports. The bank will also upgrade its ATMs with NFC technology “later this year,” the publication adds.

    Samsung Galaxy S8 to feature Bixby virtual assistant

    By Rian Boden • 21 March 2017, 17:07 • Last updated 21 March 2017, 17:07

    A virtual assistant called Bixby will come preinstalled on a “subset” of applications on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone, Samsung has confirmed. “This set will continue to expand over time,” the company says. “Our plan is to eventually release a tool (in SDK) to enable third-party developers to make their applications and services Bixby-enabled easily.” Reports that Bixby will be compatible with Samsung Pay emerged in January 2017. The Galaxy S8 will be unveiled on 29 March.

    More French banks get HCE payments with Paylib

    By Rian Boden • 21 March 2017, 15:13 • Last updated 21 March 2017, 15:13

    Customers of French banking group Groupe BPCE’s Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne will be able to make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments from April through the banks’ mobile banking apps and Paylib, an online payment platform supported by France’s main banks. BNP Paribas also enabled HCE Paylib mobile payments last month, following a launch by Crédit Mutuel Arkéa earlier in February.

    US Bank adds Visa corporate cards for mobile payments

    By Rian Boden • 21 March 2017, 14:43 • Last updated 21 March 2017, 14:43

    US Bank customers can now add their Visa Corporate Travel Card to Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. “This new functionality allows commercial cardholders to conveniently and securely pay on the go with compatible devices, making US Bank the first financial institution to offer a mobile payment solution for Visa corporate card transactions,” the bank says. Select US Bank customers can make use of the function now, with a “wider launch to all commercial clients” coming in the spring.

    QR code security under scrutiny in China

    By Rian Boden • 21 March 2017, 12:00 • Last updated 21 March 2017, 12:00

    A recent spate of scams involving QR code mobile payments in China has sparked calls for the authorities to “do more to protect consumers”, according to the South China Morning Post. “By replacing legitimate merchants’ codes with malevolent copies, fraudsters can gain access to consumers’ data and even raid their bank accounts,” the report says. “The proliferation of this type of crime has been made possible by the explosion of mobile payments in China.”

    Paytm adds insurance to mobile wallet

    By Rian Boden • 21 March 2017, 11:50 • Last updated 21 March 2017, 11:50

    Indian mobile wallet provider Paytm has added an insurance feature to its service that covers users for fraudulent transactions of up to Rs 20,000 (US$306) due to loss of device or unauthorised access to the service. “All Paytm users with balance in their wallets would be automatically covered under this scheme at no additional cost and the lost money would be refunded to their Paytm Wallets,” the company writes in a blog post. Indian mobile wallet FreeCharge also added insurance to its service in December 2015.

    Samsung Pay set for India launch on 22 March

    By Rian Boden • 21 March 2017, 11:36 • Last updated 21 March 2017, 17:08

    Samsung Pay will officially launch in India on 22 March, according to Gadgets 360. “Samsung has sent out invites for an event on Wednesday, March 22, where it says it will be ready with the next revolution,” the publication says. Samsung Pay launched an early access program in India earlier this month. “Presumably, more details on commercial availability will be unveiled on Wednesday.”

    McDonald’s adds mobile ordering in the UK

    By Rian Boden • 21 March 2017, 11:21 • Last updated 21 March 2017, 11:21

    Customers at select McDonald’s restaurants across the UK can now order ahead using their mobile phone. “Simply select your nearest participating restaurant, choose your meal and check-in by scanning one of the QR codes at your selected restaurant when you arrive,” the fast food giant says. The service is available in 22 locations across the UK. McDonald’s is also trialling a mobile order and pay service in 29 restaurants in Northern California ahead of a wider US roll out.

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    March 26th, 2017

    This week's news

    1. US Payments Forum offers card-not-present fraud advice
    2. Starbucks to add gift cards to iMessage as Mobile Order & Pay grows
    3. Dynamics CEO shares details on how LG Pay will work with magnetic stripe card terminals
    4. Esso customers get mobile payments and rewards at 1,000 Canadian gas stations
    5. White paper explores how dedicated Android NFC devices can be used to improve the delivery of financial services in emerging markets
    6. Android O to offer autofill for payments
    7. Westpac launches payments keyboard for chat apps
    8. Wells Fargo moves forward with ATM mobile withdrawal plans
    9. US airport stores to automatically file expense reports for business travellers
    10. LG to launch mobile payments service using magnetic communication technology
    11. Samsung Pay goes live across India with support for Paytm and UPI money transfers
    12. Samsung Galaxy S8 to feature Bixby virtual assistant
    13. More French banks get HCE payments with Paylib
    14. US Bank adds Visa corporate cards for mobile payments
    15. Canadian banks to test blockchain digital identity network for consumers
    16. QR code security under scrutiny in China
    17. Paytm adds insurance to mobile wallet
    18. Samsung Pay set for India launch on 22 March
    19. McDonald’s adds mobile ordering in the UK
    20. Cook: China has “higher willingness” to embrace mobile payments
    21. Rambus hosts payments leaders in Rotterdam for Mobey Day
    22. Chinese millennials rush to pay by mobile in stores
    23. ABN Amro shares lessons learned deploying a mobile wallet service
     
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