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    10 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 February 2017, 15:18

    Australia’s retailers join the banks in their battle with Apple Pay

    The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has come out in support of the group of four Australian banks seeking stronger negotiation powers with Apple over the introduction of Apple Pay in the country, saying they believe access to the NFC functionality in the iPhone would allow retailers to provide “a richer and more convenient customer experience”.

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    10 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 February 2017, 11:39

    Apple Pay boss claims Australians will be ‘happy to switch banks’ for the mobile payments service

    Apple Pay boss Jennifer Bailey says she believes Australians will be “happy to switch banks” in order to use Apple Pay, while the group of four Australian banks wanting the ability to collectively negotiate with Apple over the introduction of the mobile payments service risks “being left behind” in the development of digital wallets by doing so.

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    9 February 2017 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 9 February 2017, 11:12

    Google unveils Android Wear 2.0 and new watch with support for NFC mobile payments

    Google has officially unveiled Android Wear 2.0, the new version of its operating system for smartwatches, and two new watches from LG — one of which comes with NFC to support HCE mobile payments using Android Pay.

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    8 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 February 2017, 13:13

    ‘World first’ plastic NFC tag opens up new possibilities for NFC deployments

    Global playing card and board game producer Cartamundi, nanoelectronics research centre Imec and Holst Centre — an initiative set up by Imec and Dutch research institute TNO — have unveiled a “world first” NFC tag made entirely out of plastic that offers the chance of “manufacturing chips in large volumes at low cost”.

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    7 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 February 2017, 16:34

    Apple Pay most popular mobile payment service among US retailers, survey finds

    Apple Pay has the largest percentage of supporting US merchants with 36% accepting the mobile payment service today, up from 16% last year, research released by Boston Retail Partners (BRP) reveals. Some 22% of retailers are planning to accept Apple Pay in the next 12 months and 11% plan to do so within the next one to three years, while 31% are adopting a “wait and see” approach.

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    7 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 February 2017, 13:34

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

    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 doing so, the results of a survey of 1,000 shoppers released by packaging solutions provider Shorr Packaging show.

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    6 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 6 February 2017, 16:49

    Apple accuses Australian banks of Apple Pay transaction fee ‘trojan horse’

    Australian banks are using fees on Apple Pay transactions as a “trojan horse” to discourage the use of its mobile payments service and to condition consumers to accept transaction fees with the “longer term view to setting a precedent for charging for mobile payments on other digital wallets,” Apple claims in its latest submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

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    6 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 6 February 2017, 15:12

    Smart Benches offer Londoners chance to make contactless charity donations

    Ten Smart Benches have been installed across London to enable passersby to donate £2 (US$3) to Cancer Research UK with a tap of their contactless debit or credit card. The Smart Bench network is currently being piloted in two boroughs in the city, with a further 90 benches to be permanently rolled out later this year.

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    3 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 February 2017, 14:27

    Australian festival goers trial contactless sunglasses for payments

    Festival goers at the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival taking place across five Australian cities are trialling prototype sunglasses that let them make contactless payments by tapping them against a contactless POS terminal.

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    3 February 2017 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 3 February 2017, 09:18

    Bluetooth bus ticketing trial lets passengers travel without buying a ticket

    Bus passengers in northern England are trialling a mobile ticketing system that works with Bluetooth beacons placed on buses and at bus stops, and a smartphone app that tracks the user’s journey and then charges them the best-value price over the course of a day or week.

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    April 30th, 2017

    This week's news

    1. Meet NFC World partners at Seamless Middle East
    2. Goode reports on growth of biometric authentication
    3. 3.4bn phones will support Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay by year end
    4. Apple to launch P2P payments and debit card this year?
    5. Guide introduces how Android Pay works
    6. Samsung Pay launches in Sweden and the UAE, enters early access in Hong Kong and Switzerland
    7. bPay contactless wearables enable automatic donations to UK charities
    8. UK restaurant chains test digital mobile banking receipts tied to customer purchases
    9. Apple marks Earth Day with Apple Pay donations
    10. WeChat Pay and offline mobile payments see “incredibly high” uptake in China
    11. Visa EMV transactions pass 1bn in the US
    12. Singapore banks add in-store QR code payments to mobile apps
    13. US Bank ties credit card points to mobile payments
    14. Mahindra Comviva explores the evolution of digital payments in India
    15. Amazon gets approval for digital wallet in India
     
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