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    Esso customers get mobile payments and rewards at 1,000 Canadian gas stations

    March 23rd, 2017

    Motorists across Canada can now pay for fuel and car washes as well as accumulate loyalty rewards using a mobile payment service that is being rolled out by fuel retailer Imperial Oil to 1,000 Esso-branded gas stations nationwide. More

    Android O to offer autofill for payments

    March 23rd, 2017

    The next version of Google’s Android operating system will include a new API that enables mobile apps to add autofill services which automatically enter a user’s passwords, payment details and other personal information. “Android O makes filling forms, such as account and credit card forms, easier with the introduction of the Autofill Framework,” Google says. “The Autofill Framework manages the communication between the app and an autofill service.”

    Westpac launches payments keyboard for chat apps

    March 22nd, 2017

    Customers of Australian bank Westpac will soon be able to use an innovative replacement for the default keyboard found in social messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp to make P2P money transfers to friends, family and businesses as well as send cardless cash codes to recipients for ATM withdrawals. More

    Wells Fargo moves forward with ATM mobile withdrawal plans

    March 22nd, 2017

    US bank Wells Fargo will become the first in the country to upgrade its entire network of ATMs with mobile withdrawal functionality next week, as the bank prepares to roll out the service to 13,000 machines. “Customers would get unique eight-digit codes from their Wells Fargo smartphone app and enter the code into the ATM along with their PIN number,” CBS San Francisco reports. The bank will also upgrade its ATMs with NFC technology “later this year,” the publication adds.

    US airport stores to automatically file expense reports for business travellers

    March 22nd, 2017

    Business travellers will soon be able to make in-store purchases at select retailers and restaurants inside three US airports and have their expenses automatically submitted on their behalf through the point-of-sale system so that they “don’t need to worry about creating an expense claim down the line”. More

    More French banks get HCE payments with Paylib

    March 21st, 2017

    Customers of French banking group Groupe BPCE’s Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne will be able to make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments from April through the banks’ mobile banking apps and Paylib, an online payment platform supported by France’s main banks. BNP Paribas also enabled HCE Paylib mobile payments last month, following a launch by Crédit Mutuel Arkéa earlier in February.

    Canadian banks to test blockchain digital identity network for consumers

    March 21st, 2017

    A blockchain-based digital identity network that will let Canadians verify their identity to organisations of their choice and access services such as new bank accounts, driving licenses or utilities using a mobile app is now undergoing testing ahead of a planned launch later this year. The service is backed by a group of Canadian banks that includes BMO, CIBC, Desjardins, RBC, Scotiabank and TD. More

    ABN Amro shares lessons learned deploying a mobile wallet service

    March 20th, 2017

    Convenience, speed, reliability and security are the four most important pillars to building and delivering a successful mobile payment service, says Dutch bank ABN Amro’s senior product manager for mobile payments. Seven key lessons learned along the way are also shared in an in-depth paper which is now available in the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    Paytm ‘goes global’ with payment app in Canada

    March 17th, 2017

    Indian mobile wallet provider Paytm has launched in Canada, marking the service’s first expansion outside India. The Paytm Canada app allows consumers to make bill payments and will “soon expand” to add a “full line-up of new use cases”, Paytm says. The company is currently targeting 10m merchants to accept its QR code-based service for in-store payments in India and aims to set up its own payments bank.

    Starbucks takes mobile payments to India

    March 16th, 2017

    Starbucks customers in India can now use their phones to pay for orders and earn loyalty program ‘Stars’ following the launch of the Starbucks India app. The prepaid service is being rolled out by Tata Starbucks — a joint venture between the coffee chain and Tata Global Beverages — which claims it is the “first major retailer in India to offer customers a mobile payment option linked to a loyalty program”.

    ING offers Mastercard HCE payments in Poland

    March 16th, 2017

    Mastercard cardholders at Polish bank ING Bank Śląski can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using a ‘Mastercard on the Phone’ feature inside the My ING app. “Customers may at any time activate the service and conveniently pay for purchases,” says the bank’s Barbara Borgieł-Cury. Nine banks in Poland, including ING, launched HCE payments services with support from Visa in 2015.

    Gmail offers Android app money transfer

    March 15th, 2017

    Gmail users in the US can now send and receive money through the email service’s Android mobile app. “Just tap on the attachment icon and choose whether you want to send or request money,” Google says. “Recipients are able to receive or request money right from the email itself — without having to install another payment app.” The service is already available in the US and UK in Gmail’s web-based client.

    Boston Fed calls for more education to boost mobile payments

    March 14th, 2017

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston says awareness of mobile payments “continues to grow” but “more education for consumers and employees” is needed to achieve mass adoption of mobile and digital wallets. The bank’s call comes after it completed a research project, which saw members of its payment strategies group testing a range of services on iPhones and Android devices for in-store and remote purchases.

    Hasbro to create new beat with NFC music mixing game

    March 13th, 2017

    A music mixing game that lets players create and share new tunes by mixing elements of their favourite songs contained on NFC-enabled cards is to be released globally by toy and board game provider Hasbro… More

    MSC Cruises passengers to get onboard mobile payments and tailored holidays with NFC, beacons and biometrics

    March 13th, 2017

    Holidaymakers aboard ships belonging to MSC Cruises will soon be able to make onboard payments, tailor their individual holiday preferences and access features such as a digital personal advisor through facial recognition technology, NFC and… More

    Royal Bank of Canada adds Siri money transfers

    March 9th, 2017

    Customers of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) can now send money using Apple’s Siri voice assistant using the latest version of the RBC Mobile iOS app. “Once you give the voice command, the Siri feature will confirm the name from your payee list and the RBC Mobile app automatically debits your chequing account and sends the payment,” the bank says.

    Wearable payments platform to be tested on three continents

    March 9th, 2017

    A digital cash service allowing consumers — including those without bank accounts — to load money onto a range of wearable items and make contactless payments in retail outlets will roll out across “eight or… More

    Supporting banks named ahead of Apple Pay’s Italy launch

    March 8th, 2017

    Apple Pay is “arriving” in Italy with support from Mastercard, Visa, Carrefour Banca, UniCredit and German payment processor Wirecard’s Boon service, Apple’s website says. No timescale for its launch has been revealed, but reports emerged the mobile payments service was heading to Italy last month, after Italian language instructions for Apple Pay were discovered on Apple’s website. The service launched in Ireland earlier this week.

    Belgium becomes tenth country to go live with Android Pay

    March 7th, 2017

    Android Pay has launched in Belgium with support for Mastercard and Visa credit cards from BNP Paribas Fortis, Hello Bank! and Fintro, with debit cards issued by the three banks plus CBC/KBC expected to be… More

    Apple Pay goes live in Ireland with support from Mastercard, Visa and two banks

    March 7th, 2017

    Apple Pay has been launched across Ireland with support from Mastercard, Visa, KBC and Ulster Bank, allowing customers to make in-store, online and in-app payments using their compatible devices. The mobile payment service will also… More

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