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    15 December 2016 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 15 December 2016, 13:24

    Amazon trials drone delivery system in UK

    Online retail giant Amazon has begun trials in the UK of a package delivery system using autonomous drones, which aims to deliver goods to customers within 30 minutes.

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    14 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 December 2016, 12:33

    Two fifths of global card-present payments use EMV standard

    More than two fifths of all card-present transactions conducted globally (42%) between July 2015 and June 2016 used the EMV chip card standard, up from 33% for the previous 12-month period, standards body EMVCo has revealed.

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    14 December 2016 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 14 December 2016, 11:01

    Google unveils updated Android for Internet of Things

    Google has unveiled Android Things, an update to its Internet of Things (IoT) developer platform, which it says will make it “faster and easier to create smart, connected products” powered by Android’s operating system and secured with updates directly from the internet giant.

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    14 December 2016 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 13 December 2016, 16:52

    46bn IoT devices by 2021 as sensor market surges, research says

    The number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors will reach more than 46bn by the year 2021, a 200% increase from 2016, with the global sensors market generating revenues of US$162.36bn on its own by 2019, two research reports from Juniper Research and Frost and Sullivan reveal.

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    13 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 December 2016, 12:07

    Android Pay launches in Japan with prepaid card provider

    Google has launched its Android Pay mobile payments platform in Japan in collaboration with prepaid card provider Rakuten Edy, allowing consumers to make payments with their compatible devices at more than 470,000 locations accepting Rakuten Edy eMoney.

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    13 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 December 2016, 11:32

    Japanese financial service providers begin facial recognition payment trials

    Employees of Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Card have begun a facial recognition service trial to authenticate purchases, with payments being deducted from their wage at the end of the month.

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    12 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 12 December 2016, 15:29

    White paper presents contactless success stories from around the world

    A 15-page white paper that presents the success stories of contactless implementations in payment, transport and events from around the world is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre.

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    12 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 12 December 2016, 12:35

    Starbucks in China to accept WeChat Pay mobile payments

    Customers at about 2,500 Starbucks locations across mainland China can now make mobile payments using Chinese internet giant Tencent’s WeChat Pay mobile payments platform by scanning a QR code at the point of sale.

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    9 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 December 2016, 14:41

    Facebook given licence to launch Messenger payments in Europe

    Facebook has secured an e-money licence from the Central Bank of Ireland that will allow the company to launch charitable donations and P2P payments through its Messenger service across Europe.

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    9 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 December 2016, 14:10

    NFC clothing range connects US Ski Team with winter sports fans

    Ski and performance brand Spyder is to add NFC technology to its US Ski Team clothing collection, allowing skiers to connect with team members via social media and share location-based information with a tap of an NFC device against the company’s logo.

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    January 20th, 2017

    This week's news

    1. India to rank states on digital transactions
    2. HSBC to launch Hong Kong P2P mobile payments app
    3. Indian mobile wallet adds healthcare services
    4. Singapore commuters to get NFC-enabled transport payment wearables
    5. Call to ‘digitise Indian rupee’ using blockchain
    6. Mercedes Pay mobile payments unveiled for Daimler mobility services
    7. P2P service expands to Macau
    8. GlobalPlatform standardises TEE management
    9. Google to add payments for Home Assistant?
    10. Japanese bank plans new biometrics firm
    11. Boon launches in France for Apple Pay users
    12. Mobile marketplace offers African farmers promise of richer, cashless harvest
    13. US bank backs top five mobile payment services
    14. Mobile payments market worth $3,338bn by 2022
    15. Apple Pay offers Chinese New Year discounts
    16. Facebook gets Spanish e-money licence
    17. One in 10 UK consumers have used mobile payments, survey reveals
    18. 25% of UK card payments now contactless
     
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