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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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    Partner news NFC

    9 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 January 2017, 09:14

    Dejamobile joins the NFC World partner program

    NFC World today welcomes mobile payments solution provider Dejamobile as a member of our partner program. Founded in 2012 by technical experts who pioneered NFC payments at Orange Labs, Dejamobile specialises in the provision of secure mobile services, and offers a modular HCE and tokenisation solution which is fully certified by Visa and Mastercard.

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    6 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 6 January 2017, 17:13

    Honda unveils in-vehicle payment service for fuel and parking at CES 2017

    Honda is conducting the first proof-of-concept demonstration of its in-vehicle payments platform at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas. The service allows drivers to pay for parking and fuel with a touch of a button on the vehicle dashboard.

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    6 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 6 January 2017, 16:45

    Deutsche Telekom shuts down NFC SIM-based mobile payments service in Germany

    Deutsche Telekom has discontinued its NFC-based MyWallet mobile payment service in Germany, citing a lack of customer use and doubts over whether a SIM-based solution is going to be adopted as a standard in light of “internationally competing companies” investing heavily in competing approaches.

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    5 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 5 January 2017, 17:04

    Apple Pay users to get rewards at 300,000 self-serve machines

    US consumers making purchases at 300,000 self-serve machines across the country will soon receive exclusive offers, promotions and discounts toward future purchases when using Apple Pay to complete a payment.

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    5 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 5 January 2017, 12:04

    Carnival unveils NFC and BLE wearable for cruise ship passengers

    Holidaymakers aboard Carnival Corporation cruise ships will soon be given an NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled wearable device, designed by the man behind Disney’s MagicBand, that will let them access a range of next generation services including boarding without checking in, unlocking rooms, accessing personalised entertainment, ordering food and making payments.

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    Partner news Tokens

    5 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 5 January 2017, 11:24

    ST creates reference design to simplify wearable payment deployments

    PARTNER NEWS: A new reference design from STMicroelectronics (ST) will make it easier for wearable manufacturers to develop and deploy integrated tokenized payment services that meet Mastercard and Visa requirements.

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    Partner news NFC

    5 January 2017 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 5 January 2017, 11:22

    NXP reveals solutions for secure wearables and IoT at CES 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has unveiled a series of solutions for secure wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) at CES 2017, including a new test bed to support the development of products and applications using embedded secure element (eSE) technology and a new module to add support for NFC to a wide range of wearables, home appliances and IoT devices.

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    January 24th, 2017

    This week's news

    1. Rail passengers pilot Bluetooth and geolocation service for ticket-free travel
    2. Chinese to get cash using face recognition ATMs
    3. Consumers to personalise makeup and perfume with electronic ink and NFC packaging
    4. Next iPhone to include facial or gesture recognition?
    5. Test for European Central Bank mobile P2P platform
    6. India to rank states on digital transactions
    7. HSBC to launch Hong Kong P2P mobile payments app
    8. Indian mobile wallet adds healthcare services
    9. Singapore commuters to get NFC-enabled transport payment wearables
    10. Call to ‘digitise Indian rupee’ using blockchain
    11. Mercedes Pay mobile payments unveiled for Daimler mobility services
    12. P2P service expands to Macau
    13. GlobalPlatform standardises TEE management
    14. Google to add payments for Home Assistant?
    15. Japanese bank plans new biometrics firm
    16. Boon launches in France for Apple Pay users
    17. Mobile marketplace offers African farmers promise of richer, cashless harvest
    18. US bank backs top five mobile payment services
    19. Mobile payments market worth $3,338bn by 2022
    20. Apple Pay offers Chinese New Year discounts
    21. Facebook gets Spanish e-money licence
     
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