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    Apple Pay arriving in Germany?

    October 21st, 2016

    Apple Pay is about to launch in Germany, if a series of hints on the Apple website is confirmed. A recently edited article, spotted by a Reddit user, contained an image of Germany in a global coverage map dated October 10, which was updated with the country removed a week later. An apple.com/de/apple-pay URL, which is currently inactive, has also been spotted in search results.

    Azimo adds Siri money transfers

    October 20th, 2016

    Users of the Azimo money transfer service can now send money through Apple’s voice-activated Siri system. “Customers can transfer money by telling Siri the amount of money they want to send and the recipient’s name,” Azimo says. “Existing Azimo customers can get the free iOS upgrade now by clicking the App Store icon and tapping updates in the bottom right.”

    Eckoh and Worldpay conduct first telephone-based Apple Pay transaction

    October 20th, 2016

    Contact centre solutions provider Eckoh has performed the world’s first Apple Pay payment via a telephone call. The proof-of-concept solution, developed in collaboration with Worldpay, will enable telephone-based payments to be taken at call centres,… More

    Apple Pay adds US banks and BA app support

    October 19th, 2016

    Apple has added 24 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, AppleInsider reports. The mobile payment service is now also supported in British Airways’ mobile app, allowing Apple Pay users in the UK to book and pay for flights directly from their mobile phone.

    Apple blood vessel biometric patent

    October 18th, 2016

    Apple is developing a biometric sensor that determines the wearer’s identity by the arrangement of blood vessels in their body. “Light emitters and light sensors can be used to perform biometric identification of a user based on identifying characteristics of the user’s vasculature,” a patent application says. “Light information can be obtained at one or more light sensors and the information can be compared to stored information associated with a user identity.”

    PayPal tops mobile payment apps in US, but retailers want Apple Pay

    October 18th, 2016

    Nearly one in five US smartphone owners (18%) have now used a mobile payment app, research released by Parks Associates reveals, with PayPal proving to be the most popular among all US smartphone users with… More

    Apple targets cashless society

    October 18th, 2016

    Apple is planning to “pour further resources” into Apple Pay in Japan and across other Asian markets in an attempt to promote a cashless society. “We would like to be a catalyst for taking cash out of the system,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told Nikkei Asian Review. “We don’t think the consumer particularly likes cash.” Apple’s iPhone 7 flagship device will take Apple Pay to Japan utilising Sony FeliCa NFC technology this month.

    Yandex.Money adds iMessage transfers

    October 17th, 2016

    Russian consumers using online payment service Yandex.Money can now send money directly through Apple’s instant messaging service iMessage. “In order to send money to someone, a user opens iMessage, chooses a person from their contacts, selects the Yandex.Money app and specifies the amount to be transferred,” the company says. “The sender receives a message to confirm the money transfer. The sender then enters their Yandex.Money app password to complete the transfer.” Yandex.Money added NFC to its mobile app in April 2016.

    Paymark enables Apple Pay in New Zealand

    October 17th, 2016

    Payments network Paymark has enabled its entire network of retailers across New Zealand to accept Apple Pay. “More than 75% of New Zealand’s EFTPOS machines are on the Paymark network and, as long as the machine has contactless capability, Paymark retailers can now accept payment via Apple Pay,” the company says. Apple Pay launched in New Zealand last week.

    Australian banks call Apple’s NFC restriction “completely baseless”

    October 17th, 2016

    Apple’s claim that allowing access to the NFC technology within its iPhones would diminish the security of Apple Pay has been branded “completely baseless” by a group of four Australian banks, who are seeking greater… More

    Apple Pay launches in New Zealand

    October 13th, 2016

    Apple Pay has arrived in New Zealand with support for Visa credit and debit cards issued by ANZ Bank New Zealand. The mobile payment service will be accepted by some of the country’s major retailers… More

    Proxama to create UK’s biggest BLE beacon advertising network

    October 11th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital payment solutions provider Proxama has secured deals with media and location owners Mobile Media Group, Emblem Group and Hathaway Chivers to create the UK’s biggest Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon-based advertising platform…. More

    Apple Pay adoption low, says report

    October 7th, 2016

    Only one in ten iPhone owners have used Apple Pay and, among those who haven’t done so, 63% said it’s because their preferred merchants don’t support it as a payment option, research from Parks Associates reveals. “Only 19% of US smartphone owners and 15% of smartwatch owners have used a mobile payment app,” the firm adds.

    Apple Pay signs up more UK and US banks

    October 7th, 2016

    The UK’s Metro Bank and Co-operative Bank have begun supporting Apple Pay, taking the number of financial institutions backing the mobile payment service in the country to 23. Apple Pay has also added more than 25 banks and credit unions to its list of supporters in the US, 9to5mac reports.

    Desjardins to support Apple Pay in 2017

    October 7th, 2016

    Canadian cooperative financial group Desjardins is to begin offering Apple Pay to its members and customers. “Holders of Desjardins Cash Back Mastercard, Cash Back World Mastercard and World Elite Mastercard will be able to use Apple Pay in 2017,” the company says.

    Apple Pay goes live in Russia

    October 4th, 2016

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Russia, allowing consumers to pay in-store and make in-app and online purchases. The service is currently supported by Mastercard and Sberbank and is accepted at branches of Atak, Auchan,… More

    ABN Amro enables payment requests through Apple’s Siri

    October 3rd, 2016

    Customers of Dutch bank ABN Amro will soon be able to use Apple’s Siri voice command system to create payment requests by speaking through Tikkie, the mobile app launched by the bank in June 2016… More

    FCC authorizes mysterious Apple product

    September 28th, 2016

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized the sale of a mysterious Apple product that comes with support for NFC. “The A1844 model number does not match any product from the Apple catalog and there is little information on this device,” French publication Consomac reports. “Only the presence of NFC, which is now present on the iPhone and the Apple Watch as part of Apple Pay, may indicate a relationship with the Apple payment service.”

    Apple Pay adds more US financial institutions

    September 21st, 2016

    Apple has added more than 30 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, 9to5mac reports. The update comes as the latest macOS Sierra launches to take Apple Pay to the web on desktop devices.

    Sierra takes Apple Pay to Safari

    September 21st, 2016

    Apple’s latest macOS Sierra update is making Apple Pay available for web purchases through Safari on desktop devices. “Shoppers can now click the Apple Pay button at checkout on nearly 300,000 participating websites, including 1-800-Flowers, Gilt, Instacart, Lululemon, Warby Parker and more, and then complete their purchase with Touch ID on iPhone 6 or later, or with Apple Watch,” Apple says. The release of the iOS10 operating system allowed the launch of Apple Pay for mobile websites earlier this month.

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