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    7 March 2017 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 7 March 2017, 11:37

    Smart posters and clothes piggyback on FM signals to talk to phones and car radios

    A technique to develop smart posters and clothing, which communicate directly with car radios or smartphones by using background FM radio signals to transform them into mini FM radio stations consuming virtually zero power, has been unveiled by a University of Washington (UW) team.

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    6 March 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 6 March 2017, 14:30

    McDonald’s to roll out mobile order and pay in 20,000 restaurants this year

    McDonald’s will launch its mobile order and pay service in 20,000 restaurants in “some of our largest markets including the US” by the end of 2017, with the fast food giant aiming to enhance its digital capabilities and the use of technology to “dramatically elevate the customer experience” and “unlock meaningful growth and increase guest counts”.

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    3 March 2017 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 3 March 2017, 15:05

    Contactless payments tripled in the UK last year

    British consumers made contactless transactions to the value of £25bn (US$30.6bn) last year, up from £7.75bn (US$9.48bn) in 2015, The UK Cards Association reports. One in four card payments in the UK was made using a contactless card in November 2016, up from one in seven at the beginning of the year.

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    2 March 2017 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 2 March 2017, 12:06

    Samsung Pay to launch in India with support from five Visa and Mastercard issuers — and Paytm

    Samsung has begun inviting Galaxy phone owners in India to register for early access to Samsung Pay. Customers can opt to pre-register Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Standard Chartered Bank debit or credit cards and SBI Cards credit cards today with support for American Express and Citibank to follow. Paytm's market leading mobile wallet will also be supported by the service.

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    1 March 2017 • By Christopher Brown in Barcelona • Last updated 1 March 2017, 12:24

    Mobile World Congress survey: IoT and mobile payments ‘biggest business opportunities’ for 2017

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is seen as the biggest business opportunity of 2017 by nearly half of visitors and exhibitors at Mobile World Congress surveyed by the GSMA (48.2%), followed by mobile payments (14.5%) and artificial intelligence (14%).

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    1 March 2017 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 March 2017, 11:38

    Apple Pay begins major promotional campaign in Japan

    Apple is promoting adoption of Apple Pay in Japan via a two month campaign that offers a wide range of rewards and benefits to consumers who choose to use the NFC payments service.

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    28 February 2017 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 28 February 2017, 13:21

    UK sees 250% rise in NFC mobile payments in stores

    The number of mobile transactions as a percentage of all in-store transactions has grown by 247% in the UK over the last year, analysis of transaction data and a consumer survey conducted by payments processor Worldpay has found. Workers paying for lunch on the go and payments for drinks in bars are the main drivers of the increase in transaction volume.

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    28 February 2017 • By Christopher Brown in Barcelona • Last updated 28 February 2017, 12:04

    More than 500m people now have a mobile money account

    Over half a billion mobile money accounts have been registered in 92 countries, with 1.3bn transactions processed in December 2016 alone, research from GSMA reveals.

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    27 February 2017 • By Christopher Brown in Barcelona • Last updated 27 February 2017, 16:59

    Mahindra Comviva adds offers and promotions to mobile money platform

    PARTNER NEWS: Mahindra Comviva is making it possible for mobile money operators to increase user engagement with the addition of a new service that enables relevant offers and promotions to be delivered automatically to users’ mobile devices.

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    27 February 2017 • By Christopher Brown in Barcelona • Last updated 27 February 2017, 13:55

    Mastercard adds bar tab feature to Qkr! mobile payments app

    Mastercard has unveiled a new feature for its Qkr! mobile payments solution that will allow customers in a bar or restaurant to open a tab and pay their bill when they want, without leaving a payment card or identity document with the bartender or waiting to pay at the bar.

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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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