EMVCo releases QR code payment specs

EMVCo, the global technical body that manages EMV specifications, has released QR code payment specifications that support use cases for both merchant- and consumer-presented QR codes. The technical documents define QR code payments in a manner that simplifies the development...

BBVA intros Android Pay in Spain

BBVA and Google have announced the launch of Android Pay in Spain, according to a press release. Android Pay will be operational in the more than 1 million businesses in Spain with contactless technology, according to the announcement.

Crane Co. acquires payment solutions maker Microtronic AG for $18 million

Crane Co., parent company of Crane Payment Innovations and Crane Connectivity Solutions, has acquired Microtronic AG, a manufacturer of closed-site and mobile payment solutions, for approximately $18 million, according to a press release. With operations in Oensingen, Switzerland, Microtronic develops...

Payably partners with CardConnect to simplify mobile payments for small businesses

Payably, which calls itself a fintech platform offering one of the only mobile payments products to integrate data with QuickBooks Online in real-time, has announced its partnership with CardConnect, a payment processing and technology company. Payably will integrate CardConnect's payment...

ANZ now boasts 4 mobile wallet connections with Samsung Pay addition

ANZ bank announced its customers in Australia can now use Samsung Pay to make purchases wherever contactless payments are accepted, according to a press release. The introduction of Samsung Pay marks the fourth mobile payment service ANZ offers its Australian...

List your mobile wallet in our Mobile Payments Today comparison guide

Mobile Payments Today is preparing the 2017 edition of the Mobile Wallet Comparison Guide. If your company provides a mobile wallet, you're eligible for a free listing in this guide. Please note the guide is meant for mobile wallets that consumers can use in multiple locations and not limited to a single retailer.

MasterCard puts more stock into QR code mobile payments

MasterCard has outlined plans for greater choice in retail payments through the planned expansion of its QR-based programs, according to a press release. Beginning this month, the company will broaden its products to offer QR codes that can be scanned...

Subway tests self-order kiosks that include Apple Pay, Samsung Pay

Subway has formally announced its "fresh forward" design that includes self-order kiosks in 12 pilot locations, along with digital menu boards and Samsung Pay and Apple Pay options. "We've created a modern design that gives our guests choices – from...

European consumers to see benefits from Visa, PayPal partnership

Visa and PayPal are extending their strategic partnership to Europe to accelerate the adoption of secure and convenient online, in-app and in-store payments, according to a press release. The companies already were doing this in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific region....

PayPal finds way into Samsung Pay

Samsung has announced an expanded strategic partnership with PayPal, adding PayPal as a payment method within Samsung Pay wherever Samsung Pay is accepted, whether in-app, online and in-store, according to a press release. Access to PayPal will be available for all Samsung Pay users in the U.S. and will expand to other countries soon.

Visa touts free money transfers in Kenya via mVisa service

Visa announced that customers of a Visa-affiliated banks in Kenya will be able to send money to each other domestically without paying transaction fees using mVisa, according to a press release. The card network last year introduced mVisa, a QR...

NEXTEP Systems teams with LevelUp on POS integration

NEXTEP Systems, a provider of self-order POS solutions, has partnered with LevelUp, a U.S. mobile payment platform, to make the ordering experience faster and more seamless for guests when they pay with their LevelUp app at NEXTEP self-order kiosks, touchscreen...

Google set to bring Android Pay to India

Google is in talks with the National Payments Corporation of India to integrate Android Pay with the country's Unified Payments Interface, which is regulated by India's central bank. In fact, Facebook, WhatsApp and Uber are also in discussion to support...

FitPay intros prepaid card linked to wearables

Fit Pay Inc., a provider of payment, credential management, and authentication platform services, will offer prepaid capabilities on wearable devices connected to the Fit Pay Payment Platform. The general purpose reloadable program, The FitPay Prepaid MasterCard, will give consumers with...

1B journeys made by contactless payment on London's transport network

London's transport network has now seen more than one billion fares paid through contactless payment cards, according to a press release from Transport for London. Of these, almost one in 10 contactless transactions are now made using mobile devices, with...

MasterCard tests contactless ticketing in Australia

Mastercard and Transport for NSW in Australia has launched a trial for contactless ticketing payment to Sydney Ferries on the F1 Manly to Circular Quay service, according to a press release. In an Australian first, commuters can use their MasterCard...

Citi Pay arrives in the US

Citi MasterCard credit customers in the U.S. can now begin using Citi Pay, the mobile tap-and-pay service the bank first announced in November. Citi Pay launched in Singapore, Australia and Mexico in 2016. Customers with an Android device will have the ability to make in-store purchases via NFC at contactless point-of-sale terminals.

Visa turns to QR codes in Taiwan for mobile payments

Visa plans to introduce a new QR code-based mobile payments system in Taiwan, according to local reports. The company said that it is using QR codes in the hope that the universal platform will attract larger numbers of users than more limited platforms offered by Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

Tesco adds contactless tech to loyalty card program

U.K.-based Tesco has added contactless functionality to its loyalty card that enables users to collect points with a tap at the point of sale, according to a press release. The retailer has also made what it calls significant improvements to...

CanPay expands marijuana mobile payments to Oregon

CanPay, which calls itself the first legitimate debit payment product for the cannabis industry, has announced its availability to dispensary owners, customers and patients in Oregon's recreational and medical cannabis marketplaces, according to a press release. Dispensaries in the state...

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