Japan's top banks unite on new mobile payments system

Three of Japan's largest banks are coming together to push a new mobile payment system that will depend on QR codes, according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Mizuho Financial Group and Sumitomo Mitsui...

Barclaycard's contactless index reveals rise in mobile, wearable payments

Barclaycard's latest Contactless Spending Index reveals mobile and wearable payments are surging in popularity, seeing the highest growth rates of any form of 'touch-and-go' payment technology, according to press release. The amount spent using Barclaycard's Android Contactless Mobile facility has...

MasterCard partners with Russian MNO for mobile virtual payment cards

A partnership between MasterCard and Russia's MegaFon will enable the subscribers of the mobile network operator to link their mobile phone account to Apple Pay or Samsung Pay by creating a virtual MasterCard card and tokenizing it via the Mastercard...

14 companies join Visa's Ready for Transit program

Visa has signed 14 new technology companies, from across 10 countries, as part of its Visa Ready for Transit program, according to a press release. The program works with companies whose technology products are accelerating commuting with contactless payments, which...

Fit Pay intros unique spin on bitcoin retail payments

Fit Pay Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID Inc., is now accepting preorders for Flip, a new contactless payment device that enables cryptocurrency holders to use the value of their currency to make purchases at millions of retail locations,...

Mobeewave extends mPOS product to Samsung devices

Montreal-based Mobeewave has signed a global partnership agreement with Samsung Electronics that will enable Mobeewave to offer its patented in-person contactless payment acceptance product on Samsung devices, according to a press release. Mobeewave offers this technology to banks as a...

Paytronix brings Apple Pay with NFC loyalty ID to restaurants

Paytronix Systems announced that its Apple Pay with Loyalty ID products for restaurants is now live in two fast casual restaurant locations, according to a press release. The Newton, Massachusetts-based company said that the integration of Apple Pay with the...

US Payments Forum provides merchants, issuers guidance on digital wallets

The U.S. Payments Forum has released a new white paper meant to help merchants and issuers understand the key factors and considerations for developing a mobile or digital wallet strategy, according to a press release on the paper. "For merchants...

NYC Asian American grocery chain to accept Alipay

New York City-based iFresh, an Asian American grocery supermarket chain and online grocer, announced that its customers will soon be able to pay for items using Alipay's mobile wallet, according to a press release. Once available, iFresh will provide Alipay...

WeChat Pay preps virtual red envelopes for Chinese Lunar New Year

WeChat Pay, the mobile payment unit of China's most popular social app, WeChat, has launched a series of promotions in cooperation with internationally renowned merchants in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, according...

8 Hong Kong banks to deploy QR code-based mobile payment app

A company called Joint Electronic Teller Services Ltd., or Jetco, in Hong Kong has brought together eight banks to deploy a QR code-based mobile payments app consumers can use to make purchases in-store and online, according to a press release....

Wells Fargo adds support for Garmin Pay

Wells Fargo announced that its customers are now able to use Garmin's vívoactive 3 smartwatch to conveniently and securely make purchases at stores with payment terminals set up to accept NFC payments, according to a press release. The smartwatch launched...

Israel first Middle East country to accept Alipay

Israel Credit Card and OneBill will be cooperating with Chinese payment market leader Alipay to facilitate payments for Chinese visitors to Israel. The availability of Alipay means Israel becomes the first country in the Middle East in which it can...

Industry players unite to drive mobile payments in Singapore

Seven mobile wallets, acquirers and payment networks, including Diners Club, EZi Wallet, EZ-Link, Liquid Pay, MasterCard, UnionPay International and Wirecard, have formed a consortium to enable interoperable QR payments in Singapore for consumers and merchants, according to a press release....

Alipay expands reach with Blackhawk partnership

Blackhawk Network and Alipay have partnered to expand Alipay's mobile payment acceptance and engagement offerings to participating U.S. retailers, according to a press release. Blackhawk intends to roll out the service in select participating retailers beginning January 2018. Through this...

Verifone helps expand Alipay acceptance to select Lacoste US stores

Verifone and Alipay are expanding their global partnership to enable select Lacoste U.S. stores to accept Alipay, according to a press release. Lacoste is a French, sport-inspired lifestyle brand. Verifone and Alipay began partnering in 2016 to enable merchants in...

Visa, Dynamics aim to provide a more "intelligent" payment card

Visa and Dynamics have unveiled the Dynamics Wallet Card, which the companies describe as a connected payment card that has the ability to access multiple card accounts, and has a programmable on-card display that enables account information, such as alerts...

Google rebrands payments programs as Google Pay

Google has brought all of its payments platforms under one umbrella with a new name: Google Pay. "With Google Pay, it'll be easier for you to use the payment information saved to your Google Account, so you can speed through...

Wirecard, Fortress GB launch first integrated contactless payments card in UK sports market

Fortress GB, which heads customer management products for stadiums and entertainment venues, has chose Wirecard to issue an all-in-one season ticket and member card with contactless payment functionality, according to a press release. Season ticket holders and members can use...

Gemalto to help power biometric contactless EMV card in Cyprus

The Bank of Cyprus has selected Gemalto to supply what the firms are calling the world's first EMV biometric dual interface payment card for both chip and contactless payments, according to a press release. Using fingerprint recognition instead of a...

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