Chase agrees to purchase MCX technology

JPMorgan Chase intends to acquire MCX payments technology to help expand Chase Pay, the FI's mobile and digital wallet, according to a press release. MCX, a network of America's largest merchants, was the premier launch partner for Chase Pay in...

Inside Secure touts card network-certified HCE product

Inside Secure has announced that it is the first host card emulation software platform provider to obtain both functional and security accreditation from MasterCard and Visa, according to a press release. Inside Secure said that its URPay platform (previously known...

Samsung Pay debuts in Sweden with beta

Nordea Bank AB customers in Sweden can now use Samsung Pay, according to a press release from the financial institution. Sweden is the first Nordic market for Samsung Pay. Samsung Pay is available to all Nordea Swedish customers with an...

Smart Card Alliance reveals new name and focus

The Smart Card Alliance, a nonprofit long known for its advocacy of smart card technology, is expanding its charter to include a broader range of security and privacy-enhancing technologies. Reflecting its expanded mission, the Smart Card Alliance is changing its...

New smartwatch collection to include Android Pay

Movado has announced a partnership with Google to launch Movado Connect, a smartwatch collection powered by Android Wear 2.0. The watches will include Android Pay and will launch this fall with five men's styles at a starting price of $495.

Study: Consumers show affinity for mobile rewards

New data from the Auriemma Consulting Group Mobile Pay Tracker survey suggests that transaction-based incentives may provide the nudge needed to get higher frequency and spend through mobile payments, according to a press release. The online survey of 1,505 U.S....

Apple Pay debuts in Ireland

Apple Pay is now live in Ireland, almost three years after the service first debuted in the United States. Ulster Bank and KBC are the only two banks in Ireland that support Apple Pay, but the Boon digital prepaid MasterCard...

China UnionPay expands QuickPass acceptance

China UnionPay has announced an agreement with Chinese commercial property developer Wanda Group to expand its contactless QuickPass system to Wanda partner merchants, according to local media reports. China UnionPay said it will work with Wanda to develop a cardholder...

PayPal, Starbucks top consumers' mobile payments preferences, study says

New mobile research from Parks Associates shows that nearly 20 percent of U.S. smartphone users have used a mobile payment app at a retail location, according to a press release about the report. The report, 360 View: Mobility and the...

Samsung Pay preps for India

Samsung has begun accepting registrations for early access to Samsung Pay in India, according to several media reports. Potential users must have a Samsung Pay-eligible device and an account with Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards or Standard...

Study: Digital wallets increasingly interest consumers worldwide

Digital wallets continue to gain prominence in smartphones and laptops and dominate the global discussion of new ways to pay, with a mention rate of 75 percent in the 2017 edition of the MasterCard Digital Payments Study. At the same...

G&D, Caixabank outfit Mobile World Congress visitors with payment wristbands

Giesecke & Devrient, in collaboration with CaixaBank, is giving out contactless payment wristbands to Mobile World Congress 2017 attendees. The G&D-manufactured wristband is lightweight, submersible and ergonomically designed, according to a press release. The device, which operates much like a...

Visa expands QR code mobile payments to more countries

Visa has announced that mVisa, its QR-based payment service, is now live in India, Kenya and Rwanda, and will soon be available to merchants and consumers in Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Vietnam, according to a press release....

Run the jewels: Barclaycard to embed payment technology in jewelry, watches

Barclaycard's contactless payments technology, bPay, will now find its way into watches and jewelry thanks to a new partnerships with DCK Group and Tappy Technologies. Barclaycard said it will work with the DCK Group to embed bPay into jewelry, and...

Mobile Payments Today seeks editorial contributors, bloggers

Mobile Payments Today is seeking editorial content in 2017 from industry thought leaders in the form of contributed articles and blog posts. We're looking for high-level thought leadership pieces that are free of a marketing pitch. Submissions should be between...

India's Vijaya Bank launches QR code payments

First Global Data has announced that the Vpayqwik service launched in partnership with Vijaya Bank is now accepted nationally across India at all retail locations. According to a press release, Vpayqwik is one of a select few mobile wallets in...

Cayan gives merchants more payments flexibility with new device

Payment technology company Cayan has introduced their new Genius Handheld, a first-of-its-kind, semi-integrated, EMV-enabled mobile payment device in the U.S., according to a press release. Cayan said Genius Handheld enables sales associates to get out from behind the counter and...

Starbucks gets fashionable in Japan with contactless keychain

Starbucks' Japanese operations has teamed with a local fashion label in the country to create what's essentially a contactless key chain that coffee lovers can use to pay for their drinks. The device, known as "Starbucks Touch the Drip", features...

Apple Pay leads the way in merchant acceptance

Apple Pay can boast the highest merchant support of all mobile wallets currently on the market, according to a report from Boston Retail Partners. Apple Pay is accepted by 36 percent of U.S. merchants, followed by PayPal at 34 percent,...

Mobile wallet spend expected to rise in 2017

Global mobile wallet spend is expected to rise nearly 32 percent this year to $1.35 trillion, according to a new Juniper Research study. The report, "Mobile Wallets: Service Provider Analysis, Market Opportunities & Forecasts," says spending via mobile is concentrated...

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