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    18 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 18 January 2017, 12:29

    Mercedes Pay mobile payments unveiled for Daimler mobility services

    Customers of Daimler’s mobility services will soon be able to use a dedicated Mercedes Pay mobile payments platform, allowing them to “easily and securely pay for mobility offerings and services using their smartphones”, the German automotive giant has announced.

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    17 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 January 2017, 12:59

    Mobile marketplace offers African farmers promise of richer, cashless harvest

    Thousands of small-scale farmers across East Africa will soon be using their feature phones to buy, sell and receive payments for their goods through a mobile app and SMS service developed by Mastercard. The payments giant says 2Kuze offers farmers greater price transparency, more direct access to buyers and financial services, and “paves the way to a cashless agricultural sector”.

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    16 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 16 January 2017, 15:24

    One in 10 UK consumers have used mobile payments, survey reveals

    More than one in 10 (11%) of UK consumers have made an in-store mobile payment and do so occasionally, with 2% doing so “wherever possible”, research from price comparison service uSwitch reveals. 6% of Britons value mobile payment technology as the most useful feature of their smartphone, rising to 8% among 18- to 34-year-olds.

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    13 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 January 2017, 11:44

    US consumers to use loyalty points as currency for in-store payments

    US consumers will soon be able to purchase goods using loyalty points from multiple programs through Verifone Points Redemption, a new service designed for merchants which connects to third party loyalty programs and alerts shoppers when they have enough points available to complete a payment.

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    13 January 2017 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 13 January 2017, 09:48

    Palm vein authentication system launched for mobile devices

    A palm vein authentication system compact enough to be used in tablets and other mobile devices as “dependable as current optical units” has been unveiled by Japanese electronics firm Fujitsu. The company says it expects a “corresponding prevalence of highly secure mobile services” to be introduced as it aims for practical implementation of the system during 2017.

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    12 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 12 January 2017, 17:13

    Secure element security added to web applications

    GlobalPlatform has released Web API for Accessing Secure Elements v1.0, a standardised communications interface between web applications and secure elements (SEs) that will enable sensitive data from online applications to be stored and processed in a secure, isolated environment.

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    11 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 11 January 2017, 14:48

    European Central Bank calls for Europe-wide P2P mobile payments by end of 2017

    Consumers will be able to make peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile payments across Europe using only the payee’s mobile phone number which will act as proxy for their international bank account number (IBAN) by the end of 2017, the European Central Bank (ECB) has revealed.

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    10 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 January 2017, 10:24

    Biometric payments pilot to test palm vein replacement for cards

    South Korea’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) is planning to launch a pilot in the first half of 2017 that will allow consumers to make payments at the point of sale using palm vein authentication technology, without the need of a physical payment card.

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    9 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 January 2017, 17:29

    Korean central bank to put small change on cards

    The Bank of Korea (BOK) is to pilot a service that allows merchants to give customers change in the form of a top-up onto a prepaid card instead of coins. The project forms part of the central bank’s Coinless Society Project (PDF) which aims to “ease the inconvenience of using and carrying coins”.

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    9 January 2017 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 9 January 2017, 15:40

    Huawei installs Amazon Alexa on flagship smartphone for US market

    Chinese mobile phone giant Huawei is to pre-load Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant on its flagship Mate 9 smartphone, which has now launched in the US, as Amazon bids for a leading role in the emerging voice-activated services market.

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    March 30th, 2017

    This week's news

    1. Dunkin’ Donuts customers get mobile ordering through Google’s navigation app
    2. Apple Pay goes live in Taiwan with support from seven banks
    3. NXP adds new NFC chips and sensors to secure the Internet of Things
    4. Square arrives in the UK
    5. Nordic banks roll out first mobile payment services with support for Dankort
    6. Boston Fed calls for clearer value proposition to encourage mobile payments
    7. Apple Pay to launch in Taiwan on March 29?
    8. Wells Fargo to add NFC mobile withdrawals to ATMs later this year
    9. Android Pay to launch in Korea in May?
    10. Nordea Bank: PSD2 will require banks to adopt a ‘totally new way of viewing their customer base’
    11. UK consumers want more biometric security options for online banking
    12. Apple Pay struggles in China in the face of tough competition
    13. Study reveals US attitudes to authentication methods
    14. Ted Baker and Mondaine to add NFC payments to watches
    15. US Payments Forum offers card-not-present fraud advice
    16. Starbucks to add gift cards to iMessage as Mobile Order & Pay grows
    17. Dynamics CEO shares details on how LG Pay will work with magnetic stripe card terminals
    18. Esso customers get mobile payments and rewards at 1,000 Canadian gas stations
    19. White paper explores how dedicated Android NFC devices can be used to improve the delivery of financial services in emerging markets
    20. Android O to offer autofill for payments
     
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