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    HP picks Carta for NFC mobile payments

    July 22nd, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Transaction technology provider Carta Worldwide has been selected to support the delivery of “tap-and-go” mobile payment services to HP customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Canada. “Flexible enough to be… More

    Half of UK consumers want to pay with contactless

    July 22nd, 2015

    Just under half of UK consumers (47%) either expect or would prefer businesses to offer contactless payments for transactions of less than £20, research conducted by GfK for Lloyds Bank Cardnet reveals. 12% think not… More

    Gemalto and InComm to deliver prepaid contactless cards to mobile devices

    July 21st, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security specialist Gemalto has partnered with prepaid card provider InComm to enable mobile wallet providers to offer prepaid NFC mobile payment services. “The InComm Mobile Platform (IMP) enables mobile wallet providers and… More

    Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance aims for global NFC public transport ticket system

    July 16th, 2015

    An alliance has been launched which aims to develop a global standard for people to buy public transport tickets in cities around the world on their mobile devices, using a single application, and verify the… More

    Ferngrove Wines to trial NFC smart bottles in China

    July 15th, 2015

    Australia’s Ferngrove Wines is to equip smart wine bottles in China with NFC tags to help authenticate individual bottles throughout the supply chain, ensuring they are packaged, shipped, stocked and purchased in their original factory-sealed state…. More

    Google introduces Eddystone, a new open format for BLE beacons

    July 15th, 2015

    Google has introduced an open format for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that is designed to address the shortcomings of existing beacon services and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. More

    Apple Pay goes live across the UK

    July 14th, 2015

    Apple Pay is now live across the UK, enabling consumers with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch devices to make NFC mobile payments at more than 250,000 locations and across the Transport for… More

    Barclays confirms it will support Apple Pay in the UK

    July 14th, 2015

    Barclays has confirmed it will support Apple Pay in the UK “in the future,” having been a notable absence from the list of participating banks when Apple announced in June it would expand the mobile payments… More

    GlobalPlatform makes it easier to launch secure element-based NFC services

    July 13th, 2015

    Standards body GlobalPlatform has updated its End-to-End Simplified Service Management Framework to make it easier and quicker for service providers to launch NFC payments services using a SIM or embedded secure element. The new guidelines reduce the time taken to deploy a service to just three to six months, and slim down the current 1,500 pages of documentation to only 30 pages. More

    WHSmith India to accept MobiKwik mobile payments in 55 stores

    July 10th, 2015

    More than 17m users of Indian mobile wallet service MobiKwik will be able to make in-store payments at 55 WHSmith India stationery and book stores, the first time the service has been available for payments… More

    American Express unveils online checkout service

    July 10th, 2015

    American Express has launched an online checkout service that works across desktop, mobile and native apps to let its US card members make payments with their existing American Express user ID and password, without having… More

    Alfa-Bank customers get contactless watches to make payments

    July 10th, 2015

    Customers of Russia’s Alfa-Bank can now use a contactless-enabled watch designed and supplied by Austrian company Watch2Pay to make payments with a tap of their wrist wherever MasterCard PayPass is accepted. “AlfaPay wristwatch is a… More

    Eight in 10 Americans aware of contactless payments

    July 10th, 2015

    Some 82% of US consumers have heard of contactless or tap-and-go payments and 69% are now using chip cards or plan to use them soon, research from MasterCard reveals. Three quarters of Americans have also… More

    Gemalto pilots contactless wristbands for transport in China

    July 9th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security company Gemalto is supplying wristbands carrying an embedded Optelio Contactless Minitag and a fitness tracker across the transportation network in Wuhan — one of the most populous cities in central China —  to… More

    Henry Holland to weave NFC and BLE into clothes for London Fashion Week

    July 9th, 2015

    British fashion designer Henry Holland is to integrate NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies into clothing designs as part of his spring/summer 2016 collection that will feature on stage during London Fashion Week in… More

    Alipay 9 launches with support for Koubei merchant payments and P2P transfers

    July 8th, 2015

    Ant Financial has released a new version of its Alipay app for iOS and Android, adding new Friends and Merchants tabs that provide support for peer-to-peer payments and for Koubei, the US$1bn mobile commerce joint venture between Ant Financial and Alibaba that was announced last month. More

    Barclays to support Zapp ‘Pay by Bank app’ mobile payments

    July 7th, 2015

    Barclays has become the latest bank to announce its support for Zapp, a mobile payments startup formed by payments infrastructure operator VocaLink that will work via an integration with existing mobile banking apps for online… More

    Semble adds Snapper public transport payments to mobile wallet

    July 7th, 2015

    Users of New Zealand’s NFC mobile wallet Semble will be able to pay for public transport using the app through a partnership with prepaid transit card provider Snapper. The move follows Semble’s launch as a SIM-based… More

    France’s Teleshopping network tunes into PowaTag mobile payments

    July 7th, 2015

    More than 400,000 viewers of France’s largest television shopping network will soon be able to buy products featured on the TV channel by holding up their smartphone to the screen to scan audio tags that will then… More

    Lloyds Bank authenticates customers with contactless ‘tap to bank’ service

    July 6th, 2015

    Lloyds Bank is testing a ‘tap to bank’ service that lets its mobile banking app users tap their contactless debit card against their NFC phone to authenticate themselves during the mobile banking registration process. The process replaces… More

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