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    Domino’s offers pizza orders with Google Home

    December 20th, 2016

    Domino’s Pizza customers can now order pizza through Google Home, the voice-activated home assistant unveiled by Google in October 2016. “The customer can order their saved Easy Order or recent order,” the fast food chain says, “and can also ask Google to track their order progress with Domino’s Tracker.” The company allowed customers to speak orders into Amazon’s Echo device in February 2016 and enabled Facebook Messenger ordering in September.

    Smart machines to enter mainstream in five years

    December 15th, 2016

    Smart machines incorporating cognitive computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning will enter mainstream adoption by 2021, with 30% adoption by large companies, a report from Gartner says. Spending on smart machine consulting and system integration services will rise from US$451m in 2016 to nearly US$29bn in 2021, the technology research company adds. “Smart machines will profoundly change the way work is done and how value is created,” says Susan Tan from Gartner.

    Amazon trials drone delivery system in UK

    December 15th, 2016

    Online retail giant Amazon has begun trials in the UK of a package delivery system using autonomous drones, which aims to deliver goods to customers within 30 minutes. The Prime Air beta test is taking… More

    Two fifths of global card-present payments use EMV standard

    December 14th, 2016

    More than two fifths of all card-present transactions conducted globally (42%) between July 2015 and June 2016 used the EMV chip card standard, up from 33% for the previous 12-month period, standards body EMVCo has… More

    Face recognition adds AR to app experience

    December 13th, 2016

    Augmented reality start-up Blippar is adding real-time facial recognition technology to its mobile app, Business Insider reports. Users will be able to scan faces to unlock a “unique augmented reality experience”. Profiles for more than 70,000 public figures have been created, while users will eventually be able to set up their own profile. Blippar is this Christmas working with London’s Covent Garden to deliver what is claimed to be the largest showcase of AR technology attempted in one location.

    New guidelines to ‘simplify’ Mobile Connect service

    December 13th, 2016

    Trade association SIMalliance has published a set of guidelines allowing mobile network operators and service and solution providers to more easily deploy Mobile Connect, which aims to provide a universal phone-based identity and authentication service to consumers worldwide. Mobile Connect SIM Applet Interoperability Stepping Stones aims to “simplify the interactions” of the SIM, authentication application, over-the-air (OTA) platform and the mobile signature service provider (MSSP) platform.

    Machine ‘learns’ face recognition skills

    December 13th, 2016

    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a machine-learning system that appears to have worked out itself a key factor in how the human brain recognises people’s faces. The team trained the system to recognise faces by feeding it a set of sample images. They found an intermediate processing step had emerged, which took into account the angle of rotation of the face being scanned, spontaneously duplicating a feature seen in primates.

    Japanese financial service providers begin facial recognition payment trials

    December 13th, 2016

    Employees of Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Card have begun a facial recognition service trial to authenticate purchases, with payments being deducted from their wage at… More

    White paper presents contactless success stories from around the world

    December 12th, 2016

    A 15-page white paper that presents the success stories of contactless implementations in payment, transport and events from around the world is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. ‘The Global Contactless… More

    NFC clothing range connects US Ski Team with winter sports fans

    December 9th, 2016

    Ski and performance brand Spyder is to add NFC technology to its US Ski Team clothing collection, allowing skiers to connect with team members via social media and share location-based information with a tap of… More

    India Reserve Bank drops two-factor authentication

    December 9th, 2016

    The Reserve Bank of India has removed two-factor authentication — involving the use of one-time passwords sent to mobile phones — for online card transactions up to Rs 2,000 (US$29), Live Mint reports. “Discarding two-factor authentication is an opt-in service, which means that customers will have to specifically opt for it.” The move follows the withdrawal of Rs 500 (US$7) and Rs 1,000 ($14) notes.

    Pakistan bank offers mobile ATM cash withdrawals

    December 7th, 2016

    Customers of Pakistan’s Askari Bank can now withdraw cash from ATMs using their mobile phone. “All customers need to do is log in to their mobile wallet to generate a voucher,” technology provider TPS says. “A unique voucher code (one-time password) is instantly sent to customers via a text message on their registered mobile number. Customers can redeem the voucher at all Askari Bank ATMs across Pakistan.”

    MacBook Pro Touch Bar has NFC controller

    December 7th, 2016

    A teardown conducted by iFixit has revealed an NFC controller in the Touch Bar of Apple’s new MacBook Pro. The controller is an NXP 66V10 NFC controller, “containing Secure Element 008 and NXP PN549 (as seen in the iPhone 6s)”, iFixit says. The MacBook Pro includes Touch ID integration for Apple Pay payments, unlocking and the switching of user accounts.

    Graphene NFC antennas pave way for cheaper, stronger connected wearables

    December 5th, 2016

    Fully flexible NFC antennas made from graphene could match the performance of conventional metallic antennas, making connected wearable devices cheaper and more energy-efficient, a consortium backed by the European Commission says. Researchers from the Graphene… More

    Army cadets develop NFC medical bracelet

    December 5th, 2016

    A group of Israeli military cadets have developed a bracelet using NFC technology to store injured soldiers’ medical notes as they are transported from the battlefield to hospital, the Times of Israel reports. The prototype was developed in 10 days by a team of cyber, engineering and software cadets, and is now being trialled by medical teams within the army.

    Royal Mint to develop blockchain for gold trade

    December 5th, 2016

    The UK’s Royal Mint is working with derivatives marketplace CME Group to develop a new gold trading system using blockchain technology. Launching in 2017, Royal Mint will issue Royal Mint Gold (RMG) as a digital record of ownership for gold stored at its storage facility. CME Group will develop and operate the digital trading platform to “provide an easier, cost-effective and cryptographically secure alternative to buying, holding and trading spot gold”.

    Battery-less smartwatch powered by body heat

    December 5th, 2016

    Devices such as smartwatches could be powered by little more than the heat of the wearer’s body, if the promise of a California-based startup is delivered, EE Times reports. Matrix Industries has developed the prototype PowerWatch, which it says will not require a battery, as it can draw all of its operating power from a small thermoelectric unit made from a silicon nanomesh that generates electricity from body heat. The company also aims to discuss use applications in the medical and IoT markets.

    600m mobile devices to include biometrics by 2021

    December 2nd, 2016

    More than 600m mobile devices worldwide will include biometric authentication within the next five years, up from 190m in 2016, with demand for methods that involve less hardware raising the profile of solutions such as… More

    Austrian bank deploys NFC-ready ATMs

    December 2nd, 2016

    Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank Group has signed a deal to install 1,200 Diebold Nixdorf ATMs in its branches equipped with QR code scanners and NFC readers. Customers will be able to pay bills by scanning the QR code printed on the bill and using the ATM’s touchscreen display. Those who already have NFC-capable cards will be able to use the ATM’s contactless functionality. The bank says this will enable it to “deploy many other new applications that allow ATMs to interact with customers’ smartphones in the future, such as a cardless cash function”.

    Mastercard launches AI across global network

    December 1st, 2016

    Mastercard has introduced an artificial intelligence solution to help financial institutions increase the accuracy of real-time approvals of genuine transactions and reduce false declines, while marking the first time AI has been implemented on a global scale directly on the Mastercard network. “Decision Intelligence examines how a specific account is used over time to detect normal and abnormal shopping spending behaviours,” Mastercard says. “It leverages account information like customer value segmentation, risk profiling, location, merchant, device data, time of day and type of purchase made.”

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