Rise of the technophobe – education key to tech adoption, says HSBC — HSBC — “The study of more than 12,000 people in 11 countries reveals four in every five people (80%) believe that technology makes their lives easier but less than half (46%) trust fingerprint recognition to replace their password, despite it being recognised to be at least five times more secure and significantly more convenient than traditional passwords.” 


Emirates Islamic is first Islamic bank to integrate blockchain technology into cheques — Emirates Islamic — “Emirates Islamic will issue new cheque books carrying a unique QR (Quick Response) code on every leaf, along with a string of 20 random characters… In the next phase of the Cheque Chain project, the bank will have each cheque leaf registered on the Bank’s blockchain platform enabling it to validate the authenticity of the cheque at source.” 


KT introduces ‘mother of all credit cards’ — Korea Herald — “Dubbed ‘Clip Card’ the device looks like credit and debit cards issued by financial institutions, but it has a 1.3-inch display on the surface of the card that enables users to register all their cards, which are displayed in barcodes… The KT platform is compatible with all types of credit cards regardless of card companies and financial institutions, and with any operating systems.” 




Zelle now live! in mobile banking apps today, a new way to pay — Zelle — “Beginning this month, more than 86-million U.S. mobile banking consumers will be able to send and receive money through Zelle… Beginning this week, and continuing on a rolling basis over the next 12 months, Zelle will become available in the mobile banking apps of more than 30 participating financial institutions.” 


KISA to unveil bio authentication for mobile banking in 2018 — Korea Herald — “Korea Internet & Security Agency is developing bio authentication for mobile banking to commercialize it by late 2018… The biometric authentication reads heart rates and electrocardiograms on a user’s smartwatch, which sends the information to his or her smartphone. The smartphone is then unlocked with the user’s fingerprint which enables the use of mobile banking.” 


Dubai to pilot biometric border system based on digital passports

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Passengers travelling to Dubai will soon begin piloting a biometric border system that makes use of blockchain technology and lets them walk straight to baggage reclaim through a short tunnel which conducts a three dimensional scan of their face and instantly checks them into the country using an entirely digital version of their passport. More


Ant Financial extends online credit service to retailers — China Daily — “Ant Financial Services Group, the online finance firm backed by billionaire Jack Ma, will extend its online consumer credit service to four million retail businesses across the country to boost sales and encourage spending-as China’s consumers increasingly feel more comfortable shopping with borrowed money.” 


Citadele launches contactless mobile payments in Latvia — Citadele Bank — “Citadele’s mobile payment service is currently operable in a beta testing programme, where it is being used by Citadele employees and select client groups… Initially, mobile phone payments will be available on the Android operating system… Citadele will soon offer alternative mobile payment solutions for users of other mobile operating systems: bracelets and stickers with near field communication technology.” 


International standard completed for high rate close proximity wireless communications exceeding 10 Gbps data rate — TransferJet Consortium — “This new standard maintains the intuitive ease-of-use and can instantly transfer any type of data including large 4K definition and VR (virtual reality) video files… The required connection setup time has been reduced to 2 msec or less, allowing new usage scenarios such as the delivery of content while walking through ticketing gates.” 


Chinese mobile payments up in Q1 — China Daily — “Chinese commercial banks dealt with 9.3 billion payments from mobile banking services in Q1, up 65.7% from a year ago, the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said in a report… Combined value of mobile payments rose 16.4% to 60.65 trillion yuan ($9 trillion).” 


Orange adds Android Pay to mobile banking app in Poland

Mobile network operator Orange has become “the first Polish telecom operator” to integrate Android Pay into its Orange Finanse mobile banking app, allowing its customers with an active Mastercard debit or credit card to make payments using their Android handsets without having to download the Android Pay app separately. More



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