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    GoCardless warns customers after burglary

    February 7th, 2017

    Fintech startup GoCardless has contacted customers to warn of possible data loss after a break-in at its London offices in January. The company, a gateway for direct debit payments taken from consumers’ bank accounts, says it lost 19 password-protected laptops in the raid. “All of our payment processing systems are secure, remain uncompromised and were unaffected by the burglary,” GoCardless says.

    Eight in 10 US consumers would prefer an Amazon Go automated store to traditional shopping

    February 7th, 2017

    Some 84% of US consumers say they would enjoy shopping at an Amazon Go automated store more than a traditional grocery store, but a fifth think they would lose out on traditional shopping experiences by… More

    Bluetooth rail ticketing service to include biometrics?

    February 7th, 2017

    Fingerprint and iris scanning technology “could eventually” be incorporated into a Bluetooth and geolocation-based ticketing service to be piloted by UK rail firm Chiltern Railways in July 2017. The proposal from Rail Delivery Group aims to help in “reducing delays and increasing the number of passengers through the gates at busy times”.

    Chrome 56 adds BLE connectivity to web apps

    February 7th, 2017

    Consumers can now communicate with nearby Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices through web apps using Google’s Chrome 56 update for Android. “With Chrome 56, your web apps can communicate with nearby BLE devices in a secure and private manner using the Web Bluetooth API,” Google’s Pete LePage says in a blogpost. He adds this can also be combined with physical web beacons to control nearby devices. Google began supporting the physical web in its Chrome browser in February 2015.

    Cities will launch own digital currencies ‘within 10 years’

    February 7th, 2017

    Cities will begin separating from their country’s national currency to launch their own digital money within 10 years, according to the CEO of blockchain-based financial network Bluzelle. “Blockchain and digital currencies make now the right time for a city to adopt its own currency,” Pavel Bains writes in an opinion piece published by CoinDesk.

    Music fans pay for drinks with finger veins

    February 7th, 2017

    Customers at London music venue Proud Camden can now pay for orders using Fingopay finger vein technology and get £10 cashback to spend on their next visit. “We rely heavily on speed of service,” says venue founder Alex Proud. “As such we need to avoid time-consuming payment problems.”

    GlobalPlatform framework gives consumers control over their own secure element section

    February 1st, 2017

    GlobalPlatform has released a new framework that gives consumers control over which secure applications can be used within part of the secure element (SE) of their trusted devices, without compromising security for the SE as a whole.  More

    Tostitos tortilla chip bags use NFC to order an Uber when consumers are too drunk to drive

    February 1st, 2017

    US consumers can now order a discounted Uber ride by tapping their NFC smartphone against a bag of Tostitos tortilla chips when they have had too much to drink. The bag detects the presence of alcohol on a person’s breath and shows either a green or red steering wheel to alert the consumer of whether or not they are safe to drive home. More

    White paper sets out ‘game changer’ role for NFC in public transport ticketing

    January 31st, 2017

    A 14-page white paper that aims to educate public transport operators, mobile network operators and handset manufacturers on how to implement NFC technology across transportation systems, while ensuring consistent, reliable and efficient performance between devices and mobile ticketing systems, is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    NXP predicts ePassports will become virtual mobile identities

    January 27th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: The electronic passport could soon become a “virtual mobile identity” that will allow owners to interact with and authenticate applications, as well as send credentials to other electronic devices using NFC smartphones and wearables, according to NXP. “The ePassport is evolving from just being a travel document to being a government-issued root credential for other applications, including a virtual mobile identity,” the company says. NXP has identified virtual mobile identity as one of three “distinct” global trends for electronic passports, along with increasing functionality and stronger security.

    Indian bank customers to open accounts with eye scans

    January 27th, 2017

    Customers of DCB Bank in India will be able to carry out transactions such as opening a bank account by having their eyes scanned and verified against the country’s Aadhaar biometric ID database. “A bank representative points the camera at the person’s eyes for about three to five seconds and the Aadhaar details are retrieved from the Aadhaar database,” The Economic Times reports. The feature will roll out to nearly 250 branches in the next six months.

    Galaxy S8 to get iris scanner for payments authentication?

    January 27th, 2017

    Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone will come with an iris scanner to allow owners to unlock their devices and authenticate purchases with their eyes, according to The Guardian. The technology was first made available on the company’s Galaxy Note 7 device unveiled in August 2016. “The Galaxy S8 will also come with an artificial intelligence assistant, which can perform tasks such as object recognition,” the publication reports.

    Facebook strengthens security with Fido-compliant authentication

    January 27th, 2017

    Social media giant Facebook has added the Fido Alliance’s Universal Second Factor (U2F) specification to its platform to strengthen its range of two-factor authentication methods which have previously been offered through an SMS service or… More

    Apple Watch strap to get customisable links?

    January 26th, 2017

    A newly published patent reveals Apple could be working on a strap design for the Apple Watch that will let wearers add extra functions to their device through modular links that connect together. The modular links contain working electronic components to enable features such as a blood pressure sensor or speaker. “The wearable device may receive identifiers from each of the modular functional band links, determine functionality available using the identifiers and communicate with one or more of the modular functional band links to utilise the determine functionality,” the patent reads.

    Australian government pushes for biometrics to replace passports at airports

    January 25th, 2017

    International travellers arriving at Australian airports may soon be able to pass through immigration and customs using biometric recognition without having to show their passports. “Passengers will be processed by biometric recognition of the face, iris and/or fingerprints matched to existing data,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Australian government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection is now seeking a service provider to implement the “seamless traveller” system, which it hopes will process 90% of travellers automatically by 2020.

    Samsung Pass roll out takes biometrics to the web

    January 25th, 2017

    Consumers with Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices can now log into select websites and mobile apps using their fingerprint and Samsung Pass, the biometric authentication service unveiled by Samsung in August 2016. The feature is being added through support for Android 7.0 Nougat, which is currently being rolled out by Samsung, and “will soon be expanded to support mobile banking app integration,” according to the company. The platform also supports iris recognition for authenticating payments through Samsung Pay, but the feature has not been activated yet.

    Austrians to open bank accounts from home using online video ID service

    January 24th, 2017

    Customers of Austria’s Erste Bank und Sparkassen can now open a current or student account using video-based online identification through either a mobile device or desktop computer, saving the “time and effort involved in visiting… More

    Rail passengers pilot Bluetooth and geolocation service for ticket-free travel

    January 23rd, 2017

    Passengers on UK rail company Chiltern Railways will soon be able to travel without tickets using a service integrating a mobile app with Bluetooth and geolocation services, which will track commuters throughout their journey, give… More

    Chinese to get cash using face recognition ATMs

    January 23rd, 2017

    Customers of China Merchants Bank will be able to withdraw cash using face recognition technology installed in all of the bank’s ATMs in Shanghai by the end of 2017, South China Morning Post reports. “We have launched face recognition at our ATMs for cash withdrawal to grant clients more options,” the bank’s Zhu Sihua told the publication. The bank operates nearly 1,000 ATMs in 106 cities.

    Consumers to personalise makeup and perfume with electronic ink and NFC packaging

    January 23rd, 2017

    Beauty product buyers will soon be able to add their name to their makeup compact and perfume bottles, write personal messages to gift recipients, access information based on skin conditions, receive targeted advertisements and connect… More

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