Emirates Islamic is first Islamic bank to integrate blockchain technology into cheques

Emirates Islamic is first Islamic bank to integrate blockchain technology into cheques — Emirates Islamic — “Emirates Islamic will issue new cheque books carrying a unique QR (Quick Response) code on every leaf, along with a string of 20 random characters… In the next phase of the Cheque Chain project, the bank will have each cheque leaf registered on the Bank’s blockchain platform enabling it to validate the authenticity of the cheque at source.”



Walmart adds instant card issuance to Walmart Pay

Walmart Pay instant card issuance

Customers of US supermarket giant Walmart will now be able to make in-store payments using their Walmart credit card as soon as they are approved through the retailer’s Walmart Pay QR code-based mobile payments service — without having to wait for the physical card to arrive in the post... More


US pharmacy deploys NFC shelf labels for greater product insight

Chambers' Apothecary

Customers visiting US pharmacy and wellness center Chambers’ Apothecary in Chambersburg can now tap their NFC devices against NFC tags affixed to shelves throughout the store to interact with products and access a “wide variety of information” including user reviews, customer surveys and videos directly on their mobile phone... More




China UnionPay rolls out QR payment solution

China UnionPay rolls out QR payment solution — ECNS — “The latest UnionPay product offers multiple payment modes with customers able to scan seller QR codes or vice versa, while transfers can be made person-to-person, facilitating payments between individuals, individuals and businesses, and among businesses. In future, cash withdrawals from ATMs via QR codes and other premium service solutions will also be available.”



OCBC Bank launches cashless QR code payments with its first standalone mobile payments app

OCBC Bank launches cashless QR code payments with its first standalone mobile payments app — OCBC Bank — “The new standalone OCBC Pay Anyone app brings together all OCBC Pay Anyone services and enhancements – peer-to peer e-payments, QR code payments and access to OCBC Pay Anyone integrated with Apple iPhone’s Siri and iMessage – into a fast and easy onestop access to e-payments.”



Thailand to get standardised QR code payments in move towards cashless society

Bank of Thailand

Mastercard, Visa and UnionPay International have introduced a standardised QR code platform for payments in Thailand that will let consumers make a transaction with their mobile device at any supporting location. The service has been designed to support the Bank of Thailand’s cashless agenda which aims to “drive innovation, interoperability and security in payments” across the country. More





Australian banks lose fight to gain access to NFC functionality in Apple iPhones

Apple Australia

The group of Australian banks seeking stronger negotiating powers with Apple over the NFC technology within its iPhone handsets have been denied access to it by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the grounds that the proposed conduct would “reduce or distort competition in a number of markets” and that the benefits are “outweighed by the detriments”. More




Samsung Pay goes live across India with support for Paytm and UPI money transfers

Samsung Pay India

Samsung Pay has launched in India with support from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards and Standard Chartered Bank, with Citibank India support expected “shortly”. The service has also integrated India’s leading mobile wallet Paytm and comes with support for peer-to-peer money transfers through the Indian government’s Unified Payments Interface platform. More



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