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    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.

    Mobiquity Wallet brings iOS voice command money transfers

    September 19th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers using mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva’s Mobiquity Wallet for iOS will now be able to send and request payments via a straightforward voice command. The feature forms part of the latest version… More

    Smartphone cases get bPay to enable NFC mobile payments

    September 15th, 2016

    Smartphone case manufacturer Case Station has integrated Barclaycard’s bPay contactless payment technology into its new range to allow consumers to make NFC mobile purchases with a tap of their handset at any contactless terminal. “All… More

    Apple Pay introduces payments on the web

    September 14th, 2016

    Apple Pay is now available for payments on the web following the release of the company’s latest iOS 10 operating system, allowing users to make online purchases using a ‘Pay with Apple Pay’ button. “Shopping online is now faster, safer and more private than ever,” Apple says. “Just browse, then pay in your browser.” The company announced its plans to launch Apple Pay on the web at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2016.

    UOB to launch NFC ATMs and instant credit card issuance

    September 14th, 2016

    Customers of Singapore’s United Overseas Bank (UOB) will soon be able to withdraw cash from ATMs with a tap of their NFC mobile phone and get instant digital credit card issuance straight to their smartphones… More

    South Korean firms the latest to take action against Apple

    September 13th, 2016

    A group of South Korean financial services providers are following in the footsteps of four Australian banks by preparing to take action against Apple in a bid to pressurise the technology giant into opening up… More

    Venmo to get NFC mobile payments

    September 9th, 2016

    The PayPal-owned Venmo mobile payments app may soon allow users to make in-store purchases using NFC. PayPal is also adding NFC mobile payments to its PayPal Wallet through an agreement reached with Visa in July 2016 and the Mastercard deal announced this week. “Venmo and its parent company, PayPal, are adding in-store payments to their mobile apps in the first half of 2017,” Quartz reports. “Jim Magats, PayPal’s head of global core payments, tells Quartz that PayPal is in discussions with Apple to see how they can work together in the future.”

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