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    US bank to upgrade all ATMs for mobile withdrawals

    January 13th, 2017

    US bank Wells Fargo expects to be the first bank to fully convert all its ATMs to support a mobile withdrawals service, allowing customers to get cash by entering an eight-digit code generated by the bank’s app plus their PIN into the machine, CNN Money reports. The bank will begin enabling its 13,000 ATMs in spring 2017. Reports that Wells Fargo was working to add NFC to its ATMs emerged in February 2016.

    Gemalto secures mobile payments and loyalty pilot

    January 12th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: Retail giant Carrefour is piloting a mobile payments and loyalty service in France, secured with Gemalto’s Mobile Protector platform, that allows customers to validate payments with a PIN code or their fingerprint, receive and redeem coupons and access loyalty programs. The Wa! mobile wallet was originally developed by French bank BNP Paribas and merged with Carrefour’s Fivory electronic wallet in October 2016 to create a “unified, universal mobile payment solution”.

    Samsung lets smart fridge owners use voice commands to order groceries

    January 4th, 2017

    US consumers will soon be able to use their voice to order groceries directly from their fridge with the latest edition of Samsung’s smart connected fridge platform and an updated version of the Groceries by… More

    Citi app adds range of biometric authentication options

    December 12th, 2016

    An update to US bank Citi’s mobile banking app allows customers to log in using a range of biometric authentication methods, including fingerprint, voice and facial recognition. “Citigold and Citi Priority clients may choose among five modes of authentication,” Citi says, including traditional PIN and password options.

    Indian government working on Aadhaar mobile payments app

    December 5th, 2016

    The Government of India is working on a mobile app that can be used by shopkeepers and merchants for receiving Aadhaar-authenticated payments, “bypassing credit and debit cards, PIN and password”, Business Standard reports. “Through this mobile application, the handset will be used for authenticating biometrics of customers making Aadhaar-enabled payment,” the publication says. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is also planning to increase the number of biometric authentications made through Aadhaar to 40 crore (400m) a day from 10 crore (100m) to “encourage more use of the platform”.

    Masterpass comes to 30,000 South African merchants after SnapScan deal

    November 28th, 2016

    South Africans can now use Mastercard’s Masterpass digital wallet to pay for goods and services at more than 30,000 merchants accepting SnapScan in South Africa, using their mobile phones by scanning a QR code at… More

    Barclays pilots cash withdrawals using NFC mobile phones and contactless cards

    November 21st, 2016

    UK bank Barclays has begun piloting a contactless mobile cash service that will enable customers to withdraw cash with a tap of their NFC mobile phones or contactless debit card. The service is scheduled to… More

    Banca Intesa launches HCE mobile payments in Serbia

    November 11th, 2016

    Customers of Serbia’s Banca Intesa — a subsidiary of Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo — have become the first in the Balkan country to be able to make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments,… More

    Italian bank customers get electronic PIN delivery

    November 9th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers of Italian retail bank Intesa Sanpaolo can now receive their PIN codes through SMS or via the web, without having to wait for postal delivery. The bank is using digital security giant… More

    Smartphone users rate security most important app attribute, survey finds

    October 28th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: More than two thirds of smartphone owners use mobile banking apps, while nearly 80% consider security and reliability the most important attributes of a paid app, says a survey by Gemalto which is… More

    UK Vodafone customers get NFC payments through PayPal

    October 10th, 2016

    Vodafone customers in the UK can now make NFC mobile payments through PayPal using Vodafone Wallet at any contactless terminal as well as across the Transport for London (TfL) network and on National Rail services… More

    Study shows growing appetite for mobile payments and biometrics

    September 27th, 2016

    Nearly two fifths of Western European consumers (38%) are ready to pay using their smartphones while more than 70% of those in Africa and the Middle East are prepared to do so, research by Mastercard reveals. Consumers… More

    Visa reveals growing Euro interest in biometric authentication

    September 19th, 2016

    More than three in five European consumers (62%) believe using biometric forms of payment authentication will be faster and easier than passwords and PINs, research by Visa reveals, with 42% believing that the procedure could completely… 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

    UK consumers save years using contactless

    September 7th, 2016

    UK consumers collectively save an average of 34 years of time every month by paying with contactless cards, research from Card Cutters reveals. “It takes the average person less than five seconds to transact when using a contactless payment card, with this timespan doubling for payments using a chip and PIN card,” the company says. “Women pay quicker using contactless than men (71% versus 65% taking under five seconds), while 53% of those using chip and PIN cards take longer than 10 seconds to pay.”

    Walgreens integrates rewards with Android Pay

    August 22nd, 2016

    US drugstore giant Walgreens has become the first retailer to integrate its loyalty program with Android Pay, allowing more than 85m active Balance Rewards members to earn and redeem points in-store through the mobile payments service. “Before payment, members simply hold their Android device near the PIN pad and the appropriate rewards information is applied,” Walgreens says. The company integrated its loyalty program with Apple Pay in November 2015.

    Samsung Pay on menu in US restaurants

    August 10th, 2016

    Diners at 3,000 US restaurants with Ziosk pay-at-the-table tablets can now settle their bill using Samsung Pay. “Customers simply launch Samsung Pay, authorize the transaction with their fingerprint or PIN and then hover the device over the Ziosk card reader,” Ziosk says. Samsung Pay is giving guests at participating Red Robin, Friendly’s and Uno Pizzeria & Grill locations US$5 off bills of $10 or more when using the mobile payment service.

    Samsung Pay to get iris authentication with Galaxy Note 7

    August 9th, 2016

    Samsung Pay users will soon be able to secure purchases by scanning their eyes with the Galaxy Note 7, the latest addition to the Korean phone-maker’s pen-oriented line up. More

    Motorists rewarded for mobile payments at the pump

    July 21st, 2016

    Motorists using the GC Express gas station in Caro, Michigan, are being offered a free coffee or drink whenever they pay for fuel purchases of US$10 or more with Team One Credit Union’s mobile banking app. More

    Safaricom pilots M-Pesa NFC cards

    July 19th, 2016

    Kenyan carrier Safaricom is testing a new PIN-based NFC-enabled ‘Tap-and-Go’ card for its M-Pesa mobile money service. “The telecommunications services provider says the new offering can integrate with an existing M-Pesa account and the pilot phase is currently being conducted among Safaricom staff, with plans to extend the service to university students,” ITWeb Africa reports. Reports emerged in March 2014 that Safaricom was working to add NFC to its M-Pesa service.

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