Tropical Smoothie Cafe links with Appetize for mPOS system

Appetize, a point-of-sale developer specializing in foodservice and retail payment technology, has announced an agreement with Tropical Smoothie Cafe, according to a press release. Tropical Smoothie Cafe said in the press release that it selected Appetize for its cloud-based POS,...

PredictSpring intros 'modern' mobile commerce platform for brick-and-mortar

PredictSpring has launched what it calls a complete in-store technology product for retailers and brands, which includes a mobile point-of-sale system, according to a press release. PredictSpring's offering also includes mobile-based features such as clienteling, endless aisle and store pickup....

Stripe debuts mPOS product

Stripe has unveiled Stripe Terminal, a mPOS product that enables online businesses and platforms to accept in-person payments with Stripe, according to a press release. Stripe Terminal consists of three components: A set of SDKs and APIs for creating a...

Banyan joins Ingenico's unattended payments program

Banyan Hills Technologies, an IoT company and provider of software products, announced it has joined the Unattended Partner Program from Ingenico Group, according to a press release. Banyan said the relationship enables merchants deploying unattended retail technology to use its...

Amazon eyes NYC for next Go store

Amazon is reportedly eyeing New York City as the next location for its cashierless Amazon Go retail store. Amazon operates one in Seattle and is supposedly looking to launch Go stores in San Francisco and Chicago, according to a New...

First Hawaiian Bank says "Aloha" to Alexa voice banking

Fiserv has helped First Hawaiian Bank develop a skill for Amazon Alexa. The new voice capabilities are a first for a financial institution based in the state, the companies said in a press release. First Hawaiian is using the voice...

TableSafe nabs First Data EMV certification for pay-at-the-table device

TableSafe Inc., which provides pay-at-the-table technology for table service restaurants, has announced the EMV certification of its Rail payment platform with First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC), according to a press release. TableSafe's platform can now be used to process transactions...

Visa saunters down the runway with Fashion Week partnership

Visa this past week announced a new relationship with New York Fashion Week that will enable consumers to experience new ways to pay, including tapping to pay with contactless cards and devices, throughout the on-site experience at NFYW this month,...

Fido Alliance debuts new certification process for biometrics

The FIDO Alliance recently announced its Biometric Component Certification Program, the first such program for the industry at large, according to a press release. The program utilizes accredited independent labs to certify that biometric subcomponents meet globally recognized performance standards...

Shake Shack moves forward with self-service, cashless kiosks despite previous consumer pushback

Shake Shack is moving forward with testing of self-serve, cashless kiosks in combination with cashiers, and is exploring a mobile ordering app, according to the company’s second-quarter financial report. CEO Randy Garutti told analysts that five of the restaurants are...

Identity and payments platform Nuggets partners with IoT company

Nuggets, the blockchain e-commerce payments and ID platform, announced a partnership with CPChain, a China-based blockchain company focused on revolutionizing the Internet of Things, to enable secure identity and payments from IoT consumers and merchants, according to a press release....

GlobalOnePay launches EMV-ready mPOS product

GlobalOnePay, a division of Pivotal Payments offering global omnichannel payment processing technologies and merchant services, announced the release of its EMV-ready, mobile point-of-sale product, according to a press release. GlobalOnePay Mobile is intended to deliver an enhanced experience for accepting...

Apple Pay touches 1B Q3 transactions

Apple CEO Tim Cook gushed about the company's mobile-payment service during a Q3 earnings call Tuesday as Apple Pay saw some 1 billion transactions in the quarter. That figure is triple the amount from March 2017, according to Cook.

TNS assists Thailand bank with enhanced merchant POS service

Thailand's Thanachart Bank is strengthening the point-of-sale services provided to merchants and their 30,000 terminals thanks to a new agreement with Transaction Network Services and INET. TNS, in partnership with INET, will upgrade Thanachart Bank's merchant offerings with the TNS...

Wirecard brings more wearable payment options to Europe via Mastercard deal

Wirecard and Mastercard are expanding an existing strategic cooperation with the aim of making digital, contactless payments via wearables accessible to more consumers. As a result, boon from Wirecard will be available in Germany via Garmin Pay, according to a...

Cellum helps bring contactless wristbands to Hungary music festivals

Cellum, a Hungary-based mobile payments technology provider, is working with Festipay to bring contactless-enabled wristbands to music festival patrons to use as a ticket and payment device, according to a press release. Patrons can use the wristband in conjunction with...

BBVA tests facial recognition payments

BBVA is testing a facial recognition program with its employees that enables them to use the technology to pay for food at the company's cafeterias and restaurants throughout a seven-building complex, according to a report from BankingTech. Employees who dine...

Visa touts contactless payments at World Cup venues

Approximately one in every five (17 percent) purchases with Visa cards at World Cup soccer matches in Russia used contactless payment technology, including smartphones, bracelets and rings, according to a press release from the card network. Within the stadiums the...

Study: mPOS devices to account for almost 25% of POS transactions by 2023

A new study from Juniper Research has found that the adoption of mPOS devices connecting wirelessly or via mobile devices, such as those from iZettle and Square, will drive annual mPOS transactions to over 87 billion by 2023. This will...

Bank Customer Experience Awards accepting entries through June 15

Through Friday, June 15, Networld Media Group is accepting entries for the annual Bank Customer Experience Awards competition. The awards honor financial institutions and fintech providers whose unique strategies and technologies are heightening the consumer experience in four categories: Best...

ABN Amro touts success with wearable payments test

ABN Amro might be on to something with its recent wearables pilot. The bank launched a pilot earlier this year in which 500 clients were asked to make payments using wearables. Of these clients, 78 percent of users now prefer...

Ingenico achieves Google Mobile Services certification for Axium D7 POS terminal

Ingenico Group has announced that its Axium D7 ECR-POS has achieved Google Mobile Services certification, making it the world's first secure POS terminal to meet GMS requirements and properly run applications by Google. Ingenico said the certification demonstrates that a...

Walmart tests new mobile checkout at lawn and garden centers

Walmart is piloting a new "Check Out With Me" service in lawn and garden centers at more than 350 store locations nationwide. The service, according to a press release, is aimed at helping customers save time by having associates use...

Coinstar kiosks now double as Amazon Cash top up location

Amazon Cash users can now add funds to their account balance at selecte Coinstar kiosks. There are no fees for adding cash, Coinstar said on its website.

Square serves up custom POS system for restaurants

Square is getting more involved in the restaurant space with a new point-of-sale system meant specifically for that segment. Square for Restaurants is the company's first product built to serve full-service restaurants, bars, lounges and similar establishments, according to a...

Westpac enables voice banking on Amazon's Echo Spot

Westpac customers can now access the Westpac Banking Skill offered via Amazon Alexa on Echo Spot, Amazon's latest voice-enabled and touchscreen device, according to a press release. The Westpac Banking Skill on the Echo Spot gives customers the option to...

Google adds P2P function to voice-powered assistant

Google has added a payments function to its voice assistant that enables users to send or request money from family and friends via Google Pay, according to a company blog post. The feature first will be available through Google Assistant...

Smartwatches poised to get their moment with consumers

Worldwide shipments of wearable devices is on track to grow 15.1 percent in 2018, totaling 132.9 million units over the course of the year, according to an IDC report. The overall market is also expected to deliver a compound annual...

Study: Consumers seek self-service kiosks at fast casual, QSR chains

Self-serve kiosks are catching on with customers, according to Tillster's Self-Service Kiosk Index. In the last three months, 18 percent of fast casual and QSR customers surveyed have used a self-service ordering kiosk, but 60 percent said they would visit...

TouchBistro links with WePay to launch pay-at-the-table device

TouchBistro, a provider of iPad POS software and WePay, a Chase company, are teaming up to deliver TouchBistro Payments — an instant payment processing and integrated mobile payment device that enables customers to pay at the table via contactless payment,...

First Data brings Clover smart terminals to Austria and Germany

First Data last week announced the launch of its smart terminals, the Clover Mini and Clover Flex, in Germany and Austria, according to a press release. Clover Mini and Clover Flex provide businesses with custom hardware and software, plus girocard...

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...

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,...

Grab, Samsung to push mobile payments as part of financial inclusion plan in Southeast Asia

Grab, the on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform in Southeast Asia, and Samsung Electronics announced that they have signed a multi-year memorandum of understanding to drive digital inclusion in the region, according to a press release. Grab and Samsung will...

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...

MasterCard, HERE to work on the connected car experience

MasterCard and HERE Technologies announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show an agreement to jointly create more connected experiences for people on the move in their vehicles, according to a press release. Under the agreement, the two companies will...

Report: Apple's QR code enhancements to help mobile coupon redemption

A study from Juniper Research has found that the number of QR code coupons redeemed via mobile will reach 5.3 billion by 2022, up from an estimated 1.3 billion in 2017. The research, Mobile & Online Coupons: Leading Vendors, Technologies...

Honda plans to make Alipay part of the connected car in China

Alipay will soon be a part of Honda's connected car experience in China as the auto manufacturer plans to develop a service that would enable drivers to make payments on the go from a vehicle, according to a report from...

Australia's Bankwest set to launch contactless payments ring

Customers at Australia's Bankwest now have the ability to join a waiting list to purchase the financial institution's contactless payments ring, according to local reports. The ring, which costs $39, is Bankwest's first foray into wearable payments. Bankwest tested wearable...

Study: UK consumers more likely to use proximity mobile payments than US counterparts

The future of mobile payments appears more bright in the U.K. than the U.S.

Sweden's iZettle raises $47M to expand mPOS business

Sweden-based mobile point-of-sale company iZettle has raised some $47 million in new funding as the firm ponders a future IPO. The round is led by early backer venture capital firm Dawn and The Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund and is...

Garmin Pay welcomes Visa cardholders

Garmin International and Fit Pay announced that the Garmin Pay contactless payment feature is now available for eligible Visa credit, debit and prepaid accounts from many of the network's major participating issuing banks, according to a press release. The new...

MasterCard helps Nairobi merchants with SMS-based micro-loans

MasterCard has unveiled a new platform called Kionect, a digital ordering system that enables small kiosk owners in Nairobi to order and pay for products from wholesalers via SMS, according to a press release. Orders submitted via a feature phone...

Apple Pay arrives for CaixaBank customers in Spain

Comercia Global Payments, a joint venture between U.S.-based Global Payments and Spain-based CaixaBank, announced that Apple Pay is available to its customers. Using the new CaixaBank Pay app, users can now add their Caixabank cards to Apple Wallet and use...

SumUp strikes mPOS deal with Chilean bank

Mobile point-of-sale provider SumUp and BancoEstado de Chile, the largest national bank of Chile, have launched a joint venture offering mobile card acceptance to small businesses, according to a press release. Through the newly formed joint venture, SumUp increases its...

Garmin Pay now live on Garmin vívoactive 3 smartwatch

Garmin International and Fit Pay, a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID, have announced that the Garmin Pay contactless payment feature is now live on Garmin's vívoactive 3 smartwatch and available to cardholders of issuing banks supporting the new service, according...

Visa launches program to help transit agencies with contactless payments

Visa has launched Visa Global Transit Solutions, a program designed to accelerate the use of open-fare contactless systems for mass transit commuter worldwide, according to a press release. "Visa played an important role in partnering with Transport for London," Michael...

Visa helps to bring contactless wearables to upcoming Winter Olympics

Visa, the exclusive payment technology partner at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, has introduced three commercially available wearable payment devices that fans and athletes will be able to use at venues during the Games in South Korea. "We are looking...

NCR partners with Samsung on POS device

NCR, in collaboration with Samsung Electronics America Inc., has launched NCR Silver Quantum, an all-in-one point-of-sale commerce station featuring an integrated payment device with mobile wallet acceptance capability, customer display, loyalty scanner and Samsung Galaxy tablet. The Silver Quantum commerce...

USA Technologies set to acquire software provider for $85M

USA Technologies Inc., a payment technology service provider of integrated cashless and mobile transactions in the self-serve retail markets, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cantaloupe Systems Inc., a provider of cloud and mobile solutions for micro markets, vending...

KFC China location tests facial-recognition kiosk payments with Alipay assist

Yum China Holdings is testing self-serve kiosks with facial recognition at a store called KPRO in Hangzhou, according to Fox News. Yum China Holdings spun off from its former parent company, Yum Brands Inc., a year ago. Customers go to...

Rambus collaborates with Samsung Canada, Interac to deliver Samsung Pay in Canada

Rambus, a company that provides digital security, semiconductor and IP products and services, is teaming with Samsung Canada and Interac Association/Acxsys Corp., the organizations behind Canada's leading payment brand, to help enable Interac Debit on Samsung Pay in Canada. The...

Elavon brings Poynt mPOS to Canada

Elavon and California-based Poynt are bringing Poynt's Smart to businesses across Canada, according to a press release. Poynt is a wireless, dual touchscreen, smart terminal that debuted in 2013. "Poynt makes the payment experience easy and engaging for customers, which...

MasterCard works with India state to advance cashless society

MasterCard is working with the state government of Andhra Pradesh, India to make this particular region of the country a cashless society and a smart city, according to local reports. MasterCard and Andhra Pradesh signed a two-year memorandum of understanding...

Square brings contactless reader to Canadian merchants

Square’s contactless and chip reader is now available to local businesses across Canada, according to a press release. The device accepts contactless cards and Interac Flash, as well mobile wallets such as Apple Pay and Android Pay. "Businesses of all...

NCR partners with Maine FI to improve Alexa voice banking

NCR Corp. has partnered with Maine-based Town & Country Federal Credit Union to create a new skill for Amazon Alexa-enabled devices that enables consumers to securely link and manage their personal bank account information through the device, according to a...

NCR debuts new mPOS system for micro merchants

NCR Corp. has launched a new mobile point-of-sale product intended for micro businesses, which are merchants that tend to have 10 employees or fewer. The product, Ring Up by NCR Silver, is intended to provide these businesses with a simple...

Shake Shack tests cashless kiosk at NYC location

Shake Shack will introduce its first-ever cashless kiosk at a new restaurant in Astor Place in New York City this month, according to a Kiosk Marketplace report. The company will use this "playground" to test digital innovations.

Starbucks enables account reloads via Apple Watch

Starbucks now is enabling Apple Watch users to reload their Starbucks Card account from within the coffee retailer's app for the device, according to a report at 9to5 Mac. Apple Watch owners could always pay with the Starbucks app on...

Drink Command makes it easier to self-serve, pay for beer

An Ireland-based company called Drink Command has released a new self-service draft beer system that enables customers to pour and pay for their drinks directly at the beer tap with the help of a full-service payment management system from Verifone,...

Study: Consumers OK with IoT payments, but want control over purchase

Nearly half of consumers in the U.S. polled for a Worldpay survey said they would feel comfortable with a connected device, such as a refrigerator, ordering items on their behalf, according to a press release from the company about the...

Thinfilm launches NFC Scanner app for iPhones

Thinfilm Electronics ASA, a provider of NFC mobile marketing and smart product products, has debuted its new NFC scanner app for iPhone users, according to a press release. With the release of iOS 11, Apple has extended the iPhone's NFC...

Swarovski's new VR app lets users buy goods via Masterpass checkout

MasterCard and Swarovski launched a virtual reality shopping app for the Atelier Swarovski home décor line, a collection of functional and decorative crystal home accessories. The app immerses consumers in a tastefully decorated home where they can browse and purchase...

Study: Consumers not keen on facial ID for payments

A new survey by Juniper Research has found that more than 40 percent of iOS users in the U.S. consider themselves unlikely to use facial recognition as a payment security technology, according to a press release. Contactless payment users consider...

Europeans lead charge with mobile banking, payments, according to Visa survey

The uptake of mobile devices to manage money, conduct banking and make payments is greater than ever in Europe as 77 percent of Europeans now use their mobile devices to keep track of their finances and make everyday payments such...

BofA, FitPay hope to expand IoT payments with new pact

Bank of America and FitPay, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NXT-ID Inc., are extending contactless payment capabilities to a range of new devices, giving Bank of America customers more payment options. The collaborative effort, according to a press release, enables Bank...

First Data sending mobile POS devices to help retailers hit by Hurricane Harvey

First Data is sending free mobile payment devices to Houston in a move to help retailers and businesses get back up and running as soon as possible following Hurricane Harvey. The commerce-enabling technology company is sending thousands of Clover Go...

U.S. Bank harnesses power of Alexa for everyday banking transactions

U.S. Bank customers can now check an account balance, make a payment on their U.S.

Study: Mobile payments reach tipping point in some countries

Mobile wallet adoption is on the rise globally, and the U.S. and Europe are catching up with fast-growing economies in Asia and Latin America where mobile wallets have already become the dominant payment platform, according to new benchmark data from ACI Worldwide and Aite. The research shows that 17 percent of U.S.

MasterCard helps to turn smartphones into POS terminals in Poland

MasterCard has unveiled a pilot project in Poland that enables merchants to use only an NFC-enabled smartphone to accept contactless payments, according to a press release. MasterCard is working with Elavon, Polskie ePłatności and Mobeewave on the project. Mobeewave earlier...

Another smartwatch, another 'Pay' as Garmin Pay debuts

A day after FitBit introduced a new smartwatch capable of making contactless payments, Garmin has introduced its own device with the same capability. The vivoactive 3 is a smartwatch featuring Garmin Pay, which supports Visa and MasterCard payment cards, according...

Nintendo gamers can use PayPal to make game purchases

Consumers with a Nintendo Switch now can use PayPal to make purchases with their Nintendo eShop accounts directly from the game console. Game also can use PayPal on the official Nintendo website to fund balances and to purchase software downloads...

Payroc launches iOS and Android mPOS product

Payroc LLC, a merchant services and payment processing organization, has launched iTransact Mobile Merchant. The iTransact Mobile Merchant app, a mobile point-of-sale product for iOS and Android devices, is available to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play....

Little Caesars introduces self-service, mobile order pizza pick-up station

Little Caesars has streamlined the process of getting a pizza with a heated, self-service, mobile order pick-up station called the Pizza Portal. Customers get hot, ready pizza after they walk in the store using automated, self-service hot-holding technology. The "Reserve-N-Ready"...

Cash use in Canada expected to fall 70 percent by 2030

By 2030, cash will account for only 10 percent of purchases in Canada, according to a prediction by Moneris Solutions Corp., a Canadian card processor. This compares with 35 percent of transactions in 2014, a company press release said. This...

Online grocery service debuts Alexa skill for hands-free voice order capability

Consumers who like to order from Stop and Shop's online Peapod grocery service can now enlist the help of Amazon's Alexa devices. The grocer is offering an "Ask Peapod" feature which enables voice ordering, according to a Progressive Grocer report....

MagTek goes big on features with new Dynasty mPOS device

MagTek, a supplier of secure digital transaction technology and hardware, has launched Dynasty, the company's newest addition to its roster of mPOS offerings. Dynasty supports magnetic Stripe, chip card and contactless payments via a certified PIN entry device with a...

Spanish winemaker mixes NFC with marketing campaign

Thin Film Electronics ASA, which specializes in NFC mobile marketing and smart products, has announced that Spanish winemaker Barbadillo has launched a consumer-focused marketing campaign using SpeedTap tags and brand analytics platform, according to a press release. The national campaign...

USAA testing Amazon Alexa skill

USAA is testing an Amazon Alexa skill that will enable its customers to get answers to some of the most frequent and basic questions fielded by service representatives answering member phone calls, according to a press release. The San Antonio-based...

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...

Domino's makes using Alexa to order pizzas even easier

Domino's Pizza is expanding the Amazon Alexa ordering platform added last year to include customized ordering without customers needing to have a saved account or previous order history, a news release said. "Now it's as simple as asking Alexa to...

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...

Report: Online payment fraud detection spend to hit $9.3B by 2022

Spending on online fraud detection and prevention products will hit $9.3 billion by 2022, an increase of 22 percent over this year's anticipated spend, according to a new Juniper Research study. The research reveals perceptions of high software costs, alongside...

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...

Study: UK consumers begin to prefer smartphones for mobile shopping

The smartphone will soon blow past the tablet in the U.K. when it comes to mobile shopping, with smartphones grabbing 51.5 percent of spend next year. The big reason is consumers are loving smartphones more than tablets and using them more, according to the new GlobalData research.

Voice-controlled devices playing bigger part in consumer purchasing

Just about one in three shoppers will make a purchase through a voice-controlled device in the next year, and nearly one in five, 19 percent, made a voice purchase in the past year. Those statistics, according to the latest Walker...

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.

Study: Nearly 1 in 3 merchants can't identify international transactions

While merchants have made a lot of progress when it comes to mobile security, they have a long way to go in order to minimize fraud risk, with 28 percent of merchants still not able to identify whether a mobile...

Dutch bank tests wearable payments

ABN Amro in the Netherlands is testing wearables technology that would enable its customers to make payments directly from their current accounts using such devices, according to a press release. A select group of users is currently testing various wearables,...

Verifone reveals 2 new POS terminals

Verifone has launched two new portable and mobile point-of-sale products that are meant for on-the-go businesses, line-busting scenarios and pay-at-the table for restaurants, according to a press release. Verifone released the products at the annual Money2020 Europe show in Copenhagen....

Danal secures strategic funding for mobile identity platform

Danal Inc. has closed a strategic investment round with Orange and Bangkok Bank to accelerate its mission of expanding global coverage of its mobile identity platform, according to a press release. "The investments expand the company's footprint in a number...

Australian payments provider brings Samsung Pay to 38 FIs

Australian-based payments provider Cuscal has struck a deal with Samsung to help link 38 financial institutions with Samsung Pay, according to multiple local media reports. Banks such as Credit Union Australia, Teachers Mutual Bank, People's Choice Credit Union and Bank...

Report: Worldwide spending on the IoT could to reach some $1.4T in 2021

Worldwide spending on the Internet of Things is expected to grow 16.7 percent year-over-year in 2017, reaching just over $800 billion, according to a new report from from IDC. By 2021, global IoT spending is expected to total nearly $1.4...

Diebold, Samsung demo mobile-based biometric ID for cardless ATM transactions

Diebold Nixdorf and Samsung SDS America have partnered to demonstrate how integrating advanced mobile technology — such as facial recognition and the self-service channel can lead to enhanced security and an improved consumer experience. The mobile-based transaction uses Samsung SDS...

Visa kicks cash to the curb at FIFA event

Visa is implementing 1,600 point-of-sale terminals and deploying 120 mobile concessionaires throughout the stadium concourses that are hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup, according to a press release. Visa is also collaborating with Russia-based Alfa-Bank, the official European Bank of the...

Visa expands global network of providers to drive IoT payments

Visa has signed 13 new partners to participate in its token service provider program, according to a press release. The company said that it has built out a global network of partners to offer secure, digital payment token services and...

Online payments provider adds Apple Pay integration to merchant services

BlueSnap, an online payments technology company, announced that it is bringing Apple Pay integration to its customers through the firm's Powered Buy platform, according to a press release. With a single integration to the platform, merchants can add Apple Pay...

Report: Apple, Xiaomi lead the way in wearables

The worldwide wearables market maintained its upward trajectory during the first quarter of 2017 with Xiaomi and Apple leading all companies and multiple products, experiencing double- and triple-digit growth, according to a new report from IDC. Companies shipped a total...

Messaging service Telegram adds chatbot payments

Telegram, a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app that touts its security, recently introduced payments for chatbots to its platform. The program, called Bot Payments, enables chatbot developers to accept payments through the addition of a pay button. "When you...

Keep the change: PayRange brings mobile payments to the laundromat

PayRange, maker of a mobile payment product for machines, has announced its availability for use in commercial laundries, according to a press release. The Portland, Oregon-based company said that existing machines can be upgraded within two minutes to accept payment...

Contactless retail payments to top $1T worldwide by 2019

New data from fintech analysts at Juniper Research forecasts that the global value of contactless transactions made via payment cards, mobile devices and wearables, will reach $1.3 trillion by 2019, more than doubling from an estimated $590 billion in 2017....

First Data Clover platform to support Android Pay smart tap NFC system

First Data has announced that its Clover platform will support Android Pay's new NFC-based smart tap messaging, making it available to developers, according to a press release. As part of the collaboration between First Data and Google, the Clover Customer...

DC taxis to feature Square payment system

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles in Washington, D.C. has announced the addition of new digital meter products in taxis, with payments powered by Square. The organization said in a press release that Square technology will support the shift to an...

Cayan preps new mPOS device, the Genius Mini

Cayan, a Boston-based payment technology company, has introduced a smaller version of its Genius line of point-of-sale devices called the Genius Mini. Cayan said in a press release that the Genius Mini supports the growing trend of retailers and restaurants...

Youtap intros micro POS for mobile money transactions

Youtap has introduced what it calls an inexpensive retail enablement product to help mobile network operators, banks and payment providers boost transaction revenue. The solution allows Tier 2 and Tier 3 merchants to accept NFC and QR code-based mobile money...

US Bank adds Masterpass support for Android devices

U.S. Bank customers with an Android device now have access to the MasterCard Masterpass digital wallet when shopping in-store at participating merchants.

Samsung Pay officially arrives in the UK

Samsung Pay is officially live in the U.K. after a substantial delay from the originally planned launch, according to multiple media reports. The mobile wallet currently is limited to only three banks — customers MBNA, Nationwide and Santander can use the service. Samsung Pay comes to the U.K.

Survey: Consumers embrace biometric authentication

It's long-accepted wisdom that the American masses will resist biometric identification as an intrusion into their privacy. However, the uptake of Apple Touch ID and subsequent biometric technologies for unlocking mobile devices seems to have effectively won over those masses...

Visa makes it easier for issuers to enhance digital card experiences

Visa has announced that it will help its financial institution partners create customized digital card management experiences for their customers. The company said in a press release that as the Internet of Things grows, consumers are placing their card on...

Industry bodies want to standardize mobile transit ticketing

Industry association GlobalPlatform has published a technical document that details the service management process to deliver transport ticketing securely on mobile devices, according to a press release. Designed in collaboration with the Smart Ticketing Alliance and the GSMA, the document...

Verifone adds mPOS, unattended capabilities to UK payment service

Verifone has announced that it has extended its omnichannel payment as a aervice product in the U.K. to support mobile point of sale and unattended devices.

UAE company partners with Oberthur to launch 'wearable' contactless payments

UAE Exchange, a global remittance, foreign exchange and payment products brand has partnered with Oberthur Technologies to launch a prepaid account that's linked to a mini contactless card users can slip onto a watchband, keyring, or other, similar item. The...

Consumers love mobile browsing but mobile purchasing not so much

Delays in website load times are a prime reason today's mobile shoppers aren't purchasing via a mobile device as much as they are using the device for product search and browsing. In fact, while half of consumers tap smartphones for...

IDology aims to enhance security in mobile commerce

IDology, a company that specializes in multilayered identity verification and fraud prevention, has announced the addition of two digital authentication products, ExpectID Mobile Authentication and ExpectID Secure SMS, to its fully integrated platform, according to a press release. The company...

Bangladesh to launch nationwide mobile payments in 2018

The Bangladesh government plans to launch a nationwide mobile payments system by early 2018, according to report by GovInsider. The government of Bangladesh wants to use the system to bring the nation's unbanked citizens into the financial mainstream.

Satisfy a snack craving with Masterpass at vending machines

MasterCard has announced a partnership with PayRange, a company that provides a mobile payment product for vending machines, to enable consumers to buy beverages and snacks with Masterpass at vending machines across 300 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Using...

Big IoT adoption on horizon, claims new report

Seven in 10 retailers will be investing in Internet of Things technologies as a way to improve customer experience, according to the newly released 2017 Retail Vision Study from Zebra Technologies. The report claims nearly 70 percent of retail decision...

Infinite Peripherals secures First Data approval for EMV device

Infinite Peripherals has been certified by First Data to accept mobile EMV payments via its integrated payment framework, according to a press release. The InfineaPay mobile EMV payment application and InfineaEngine semi-integrated payment framework are intended to help customers across...

Mobifone, Fortumo launch carrier billing on Google Play

Vietnamese mobile operator Mobifone and mobile payments company Fortumo have launched carrier billing on Google Play, according to a press release. More than 25 million Mobifone subscribers can now purchase apps and in-app content from the app store and charge...

Apriva, OTI partner on new EMV device for unattended payments

Apriva, a provider of omnichannel payment products and secure mobile communications, and On Track Innovations Ltd., a global provider of NFC, cashless payment and fuel management products, have announced a partnership to bring a new end-to-end EMV product to markets...

Demise of Softcard affected NFC SIM shipments in 2016

While the global NFC picture presents an expanding ecosystem, consumer uptake of SIM-based mobile payments has been lower in recent years than expected, according to a new report from the SIMalliance on 2016 global SIM shipments. The organization said that...

IoT and its promise to change the customer journey faces one big hurdle

The Internet of Things boasts big potential for the customer experience, the customer journey, digital commerce and companies striving to better understand their customers. But security issues remain a big obstacle when it comes to IoT delivering on all its...

Samsung, Visa connection opens door for more remote payments

Samsung last week announced a new partnership with Visa that will enable Samsung Pay transactions at thousands of online merchants who already accept Visa Checkout. "Users with fingerprint authentication-enabled Samsung devices will be able to click the Visa Checkout/Samsung Pay...

Study: Cellular IoT device growth will hit 530M by 2022

New Berg Insight research predicts cellular Internet of Things device shipments will hit 530.1 million by 2022, with an annual growth rate of 22.7 percent. That's a healthy jump from 155.6 million units shipped in 2016, noted a press release...

Australian banks lose decision on Apple Pay

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a determination denying authorization to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corp., National Australia Bank, and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to collectively bargain with Apple and collectively boycott Apple Pay, according...

MasterCard acquires NuData Security

MasterCard this week announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire NuData Security, a global technology company that helps businesses prevent online and mobile fraud using session and biometric indicators, according to a press release. MasterCard will build on...

Square arrives in the UK

Square has announced its launch in the U.K., marking the fifth country where it is available, along with existing markets Australia, Canada, Japan and the U.S. "We founded Square to empower small businesses with tools to accept all forms of...

Samsung puts focus on contactless payments with new platform

Samsung Electronics has launched something it calls the Contactless Companion Platform, which will have a focus making contactless payments a reality using a smart card, wristband, key fob, or even a mechanical watch or a smart ring. Samsung has partnered...

LG Pay set to debut in South Korea

LG Pay is set to make its debut in June, but the new mobile payment system will only be available to consumers in South Korea, according to multiple media reports. LG will use a technology from the company Dynamics called...

Industry bodies align to standardize on-device NFC service management

ETSI, GlobalPlatform and the NFC Forum have detailed a standardized approach to implementing and managing NFC services across all technologies and platforms, according to a press release. The shared work initiative explains how to ensure that NFC services successfully coexist...

'Alexa, what's in my checking account?'

D3 Banking, a provider of digital solutions to replace online and mobile banking products, has introduced intelligent voice banking using Amazon's virtual personal assistant, Alexa. A high level of precision, combined with consumers' desire for convenience, gives voice-activated digital the...

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.

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...

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...

MasterCard mimics direct carrier billing model with new Veon pact

MasterCard has announced a new business relationship with Veon, a communications provider, that will bring Masterpass to the new Veon platform. Veon provides voice, fixed broadband, data and digital service to approximately 235 million customers in 12 markets. As part...

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...

Fujitsu tech links smartphone biometrics to IoT devices

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technology that enables the use of cloud services through IoT devices through the biometric authentication functionality of smartphones and near field wireless functionality, according to a press release. Fujitsu said that the technology, which adheres...

IBM gets serious about IoT

IBM aims to drive collaborative innovation with dozens of clients and partners with the opening of its new $200 million global headquarters for its Watson Internet of Things business in Munich, Germany. IBM will work with companies such as Avnet,...

Report: 20B connected devices by 2020

Gartner Inc. forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017 — up 31 percent from 2016 — and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion...

Mobile Payments Today publishes new mobile app guide

One of the bigger trends to emerge in 2016 was how payments became a larger focus for retailers as they attempt to keep customers within their app for the entire shopping experience. To that end, Mobile Payments Today is proud...

Mitek launches UK office

Mitek, a company that specializes in mobile capture and identity verification software products, has launched in the U.K. with an office in London. The U.S.-based company works with more than 5,500 organizations that provide its technology to 70 million consumers...

Samsung Pay Mini set to debut in South Korea

Samsung plans to launch Samsung Pay Mini, a system that will enable online payments for all Android smartphones, according to multiple media reports. Android smartphone owners using Android 5.0 Lollipop or later, and whose phones have at least an HD (1280 x 720) display can use Samsung Pay Mini.

Mobile POS company iZettle adds China UnionPay acceptance

Stockholm-based iZettle has announced the addition of UnionPay, one of the world's largest card networks, to its range of accepted credit and debit cards. The company's mobile card reader, iZettle Reader, is the first of its kind to accept UnionPay...

MasterCard delivers mobile platform to farmers in Africa

MasterCard has launched 2KUZE, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East Africa. The card network said in a press release that the system enables farmers to buy, sell and receive payments for agricultural goods...

Fifth Third adds Android Pay, Microsoft Wallet to the mix

Fifth Third Bancorp customers can now add payment cards to Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet, according to a press release. This is in addition to the FI's existing digital and mobile wallets, which inlcude Apple Pay, Masterpass and Samsung Pay....

Disney Magicband-style experience coming to Carnival cruises

Princess Cruises, a global cruise line and tour company, announced last week at CES in Las Vegas that it will be the first Carnival Corp. brand to feature the Ocean Medallion, a contactless wearable device that vacationers can use to...

3 companies join forces for contactless payments in wearables

STMicroelectronics, Giesecke & Devrient and FitPay have joined forces to "overcome traditional barriers to OEMs implementing payment applications on wearable devices," according to a press release. The companies are using STMicroelectronics' security chip to create what they're calling the first...

Honda, Visa demo in-vehicle payments at CES

Honda is conducting the first proof-of-concept demonstration of in-vehicle payments for parking and fuel at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, according to a press release. The demo is part of the auto-maker's ongoing partnership with Visa Inc....

Ok, Google: Talk to Domino's

Domino's Pizza recently added Google Home ordering to its lineup of AnyWare ordering capabilities, according to a press release. Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant, similar to the Amazon Echo. "We're proud to once again...

Boku expands carrier billing to Windows 10 devices on Orange France

Boku has extended an agreement with Microsoft to bring direct carrier billing to all Windows 10 devices on Orange France, including Windows phones, Surface tablets, PCs and laptops, according to a press release. As part of the expanded integration with...

NXP, Huawei to increase transit mobile payment options in China

NXP and Huawei, one of the world's most popular manufacturers of smartphones, have announced that they will extend a strategic collaboration intended to result in a more secure and convenient mobile payment experience at public transit systems in Shanghai City,...

Trade group releases new specs for NFC devices

The NFC Forum has announced the availability of three adopted and one candidate technical specifications, following approval by the board of directors. The specifications are available on the NFC Forum website. Significant enhancements to these specifications include the addition of...

Beer me: Barclaycard tests contactless-enabled, self-pouring ale pump

Barclaycard is testing what it calls the first-of-its-kind self-pouring beer pump that allows drinkers to pour their own pint of ale and pay in just 60 seconds with a touch of their contactless card or device, according to a press release. Barclaycard tested the prototype earlier this week at Henry’s Café and Bar in London.

Samsung Pay coming to more company devices in 2017

Samsung plans to bring Samsung Pay to all its devices next year with the exception of a few low-end models, according to a report from Business Korea. Earlier this year, a Samsung official said the company believed it could install...

IoT revenue on the rise

Internet of Things revenue is projected to spike big time next year, growing 116 percent and hitting the $2 billion dollar mark. The top activity, according to MachNation’s "IoT Application Enablement Platform ScoreCard for 2016," is within the smart homes,...

Chase Pay gets order-ahead feature thanks to LevelUp partnership

Chase is collaborating with Boston-based LevelUp to use its technology so that Chase Pay users can order ahead at participating restaurants, according to a press release. Customers will have the option to pay either when they order ahead or at...

Apple Pay debuts in Spain with Banco Santander

Banco Santander introduced Apple Pay to its customers in Spain this week, according to a press release. "Apple Pay shows we are committed to collaborate and to bring innovation and new technology to our customers to make their payments easier, faster and more secure," said Rami Aboukhair, country head of Santander Spain.

Amex Pay now live for Canadian Android users

American Express has announced the launch of AmEx Pay in Canada as part of an update to its Android mobile app, according to a press release. AmEx Pay is available exclusively through the AmEx app for eligible consumer, small business...

Chase Pay officially debuts with acceptance at Best Buy, Starbucks

Chase has officially launched its Chase Pay app, which the financial institution introduced in October 2015 at the Money20/20 conference in Las Vegas. At the time, the much-maligned Merchant Customer Exchange was Chase Pay's premier partner. MCX earlier this year...

Cardtek gets involved with wearable payments

Cardtek, a payments technologies provider, has partnered with NXP Semiconductors to introduce a payments system for wearables called the Digital Enablement Platform. Cardtek said in a press release that its platform enables consumers to make safer and simpler transactions with...

IoT will spur mobile going forward, reveals study

Mobile will continue to grow in North America and a prime factor is the advancement of IoT adoption, specifically machine-to-machine and general digitalization of services and industries. That's the focus of a new GSMA Intelligence study which predicts almost 41...

US Payments Forum broadens focus on mobile payments

The U.S. Payments Forum has formed a Mobile and Contactless Payments Working Committee to explore the opportunities and challenges, identify possible approaches, and develop practical implementation guidance and best practices for the variety of mobile and contactless payments product being...

Wine on the go: CardFlight partners with Traveling Vineyard for mPOS service

CardFlight, a mobile point-of-sale technology provider, has announced that Traveling Vineyard, a direct marketer of wines through in-home wine tasting events, will use its services to enable Traveling Vineyard distributors to accept payments from chip cards and mobile devices, according...

Latest Android malware targets mobile banking apps

The latest Android malware bugs targets 94 different mobile banking and payment apps, including the likes of American Express, PayPal and Santander, according to multiple media reports. Fortinet, which develops and markets cybersecurity software, first spotted the virus, which is...

InAuth, Early Warning partner to enhance security of mobile payments

InAuth, a device authentication company, and Early Warning, a real-time payments, authentication and risk mitigation provider, have announced a strategic alliance intended to enhance the security of real-time payment services within the mobile channel by leveraging the advanced device intelligence...

Alipay acceptance comes to US via industry partnerships

First Data and Verifone each announced separate deals this past week to bring the Alipay mobile-payment system to U.S. merchants. Merchants that use First Data's Clover Mini POS system will be able to accept Alipay payments. "There are more than...

Elavon, Poynt partner on smart terminal distribution for small merchants

U.S. Bancorp subsidiary Elavon and California-based Poynt have announced a partnership to offer small to mid-sized businesses in the U.S.

First Data intros new, smaller Clover Go POS

First Data is adding an updated version of Clover Go to its Clover point-of-sale product line. The standalone device accepts EMV, mag stripe and contactless transactions, which includes NFC-enabled mobile payments. The device processes EMV transactions in less than 3.5...

Park and forget it: Autonomous parking payment service arrives in Calgary

Motorists in Calgary now have the opportunity to pay for parking using a fully autonomous payment service thanks to technology from PayBySky. PayBySky uses a small in-vehicle device called a 'Skymeter' to pinpoint a vehicle's exact location so it can...

Vodafone updates mobile wallet with support for PayPal NFC payments

Vodafone and PayPal have joined forces to enable U.K. customers to make contactless payments in shops, restaurants and on transport services with their Android smartphones, funded from their PayPal accounts, according to a press release about the announcement. From today,...

Staples adds Apple Pay to mobile site

Staples has announced the availability of Apple Pay on its mobile website,, according to a company press release. Apple Pay introduced Apple Pay Safari browser payments last month. "Staples' customers demand seamless check-out when making purchases on the go,...

Company's new beacon a boost for mobile payments at vending machines

Netclearance, a smart beacon technology provider, has announced the launch of its latest beacon: the mBeaconVend. The new mobile-agnostic beacon technology enables vending machines to accept payments directly from a smartphone's mobile wallet, according to a press release. "The vending...

Ripple acquires $55 million in bank investments

Ripple, a blockchain startup backed by Google, has acquired $55 million in investments from some big banks. Banks such as Santander Innventures, SCB Digital Ventures and Accenture Ventures contributed to the investments, according to a report by CNBC. Ripple has raised $93 million in total since it began its investments push.

Toast Restaurant POS to enhance dining experience with Samsung Pay

Toast Restaurant POS, a mobile restaurant technology company, has announced compatibility with Samsung Pay to enable table side payments using tablet POS devices. "Toast is committed to empowering restaurants with innovative technology," said Chris Comparato, CEO of Toast. "This partnership...

Bango brings direct carrier billing to Microsoft Windows Store

Bango announced that it has expanded the availability of direct carrier billing for Microsoft Windows Store. For the first time, users in Finland, Norway and Hungary can make purchases from any Windows 10 device, including their Xbox One consoles, using...

Carrefour payment cards go mobile in Spain

Carrefour, a French multinational retailer, has chosen Gemalto to deploy a mobile-payment product for its banking card in Spain, according to a press release. Market Pay is part of a multichannel strategy that is intended to leverage connected technologies to...

Report: Venmo to add NFC capability for in-store payments in 2017

You can now add Venmo to the growing list of in-store payment options available to consumers as PayPal plans to add NFC-based payments to the popular person-to-person app in the near future, according to a report from Quartz. A PayPal...

Android Pay adds more banks, Uber loyalty relationship

Chase today became the latest financial institution to make its cards eligible for Android Pay. Chase said in a press release that cardholders will maintain all of the rewards, benefits and services they have come to expect when using their...

Chinese handset manufacturer launches mobile-payment system

China-based handset manufacturer Xiami is the latest company to introduce an NFC-based mobile-payment scheme as Mi Pay debuted in the country last week. Some 20 banks support Mi Pay, which also has the support of China UnionPay. Xiami also said...

Oberthur makes wearables more flexible for payments

Oberthur Technologies, a global provider of embedded security software products and services, has introduced a new line of wearables that can consumers can use to make contactless payments on the go, according to a press release about the announcement. The...

Jersey shore pizza chain adds pay-at-the-table from Ingenico

Ingenico Group and Datacap Systems, an integrated payments middleware provider, have announced the installation of its pay-at-the-table product at Uncle Oogie's, a New Jersey and Philadelphia-based chain of pizzerias. Using Ingenico's smart terminals, Datacap's point-of-sale partner, PDQ Signature Systems, was...

Ring bling: Company launches contactless wearable

NFCRing Inc. has introduced what it claims is the world's first EMVCo-compliant payment ring.

Walgreens adds rewards integration to Android Pay

Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now apply their loyalty account at checkout through Android Pay, according to a press release about the announcement. This latest integration gives the more than 85 million active Balance Rewards members, many of whom use...

BluePay partners with CardFlight to offer EMV mobile processing

BluePay, a merchant account provider dedicated to delivering secure payment technology, has announced the availability of EMV mobile processing using Cardflight's point-of-sale product, SwipeSimple. SwipeSimple is an out-of-the-box mobile processing platform with a cloud-based inventory and item-tracking, and a reporting...

Taiwanese banks set to launch HCE mobile payments from Mozido

Mozido, a global provider of digital commerce and payment products, has announced 14 banks within the Taiwan Mobile Payment Co consortium have adopted its HCE technology products. Two banks will immediately launch the product and the 12 remaining banks will...

CVS Pay now available in select markets

CVS is the latest retailer from the Merchant Customer Exchange to launch its own mobile payment solution.Today, the pharmacy chain announced CVS Pay. A CVS spokeswoman confirmed to Mobile Payments Today that CVS Pay does not use the same QR...

Digital coupon app presents mass transit users with en route offers

Mass transit riders in Hoboken, New Jersey, now have the ability to begin receiving discounts, savings and special offers from merchants along their travel routes through the Shop and Ride mobile app for iOS devices. The Shop and Ride app,...

Mobile Payments Today releases new Mobile Wallet Comparison Guide

Choosing the right mobile wallet can be tricky and time consuming, but we've done the research for you! The 2016 Mobile Wallet Comparison Guide gathers in one spot a compendium of the industry's top mobile wallets, compiling their differing capabilities...

Gemalto preps contactless wristbands for Rio de Janeiro's transit system

Gemalto has announced a partnership with RioCard, Rio de Janeiro's public transportation ticketing operator, to implement contactless transport ticket wristbands, according to a press release. When fully implemented, the product is intended to simplify secure payments and improve convenience, ensuring...

Welcome to Miami: Mobile payments coming to area's transit system

Cubic Transportation Systems, a business unit of Cubic Corporation, announced it was awarded a $33 million contract from the Miami-Dade County's Department of Transportation and Public Works to modernize the Cubic-supplied EASY Card and will include the system's acceptance of...

Ziosk lures Samsung Pay users to fast casual chains with food discounts

Ziosk, maker of the world's first ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the table tablet, announced that it is teaming with Samsung Pay to make it easier to pay the bill at leading casual dining restaurants. As part of the announcement, Samsung Pay...

Total Merchant Services finds its Groovv with new POS models

Total Merchant Services today announced the Groovv POS, a point-of-sale product that is EMV compliant with NFC capabilities and comes with a software suite that includes inventory management and integrated marketing tools, according to a company press release. Total Merchant...

Scan and pay: Yandex wants QR codes everywhere

Yandex Checkout, which was launched in 2013 by Russia’s Yandex Money, has introduced a new feature for merchants that will enable them to accept payments through QR codes. Sellers would need to place QR codes on their merchandise, and customers...

Visa on board with Apple Pay in Hong Kong

Visa has announced that as of today eligible Visa cardholders in Hong Kong will be able to use Apple Pay and begin to make purchases at selected merchants. "In Hong Kong contactless payments have become a necessity for everyday life,...

Cubic to replicate London's mobile transit acceptance worldwide

Cubic Transportation Systems, a business unit of Cubic Corporation, has announced a technology licensing agreement with Transport for London to license EMV contactless chip card and mobile device payment acceptance and account-based systems to other transit agencies worldwide, according to...

Russia's Yandex Money adds Apple Watch support

Yandex Money, which is considered the equivalent of PayPal in Russia, announced that it has released an app for its service for the Apple Watch. Consumers can use the app to top up their mobile phone minutes or transfer funds to other Yandex users, according to a press release.

Starbucks' China customers join the mobile fun

Starbucks this week brought its popular mobile-payment system to China as more than 2,200 stores nationwide are now equipped to handle such transactions, according to a press release from the coffee giant. "Our customers in China have a very high...

Samsung Pay is live in Puerto Rico

Samsung Electronics today announced that it is bringing Samsung Pay to Puerto Rico. Starting today, Samsung Pay will support eligible credit cards from Banco Popular, Puerto Rico’s largest bank, and will be available on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Claro networks...

EMVCo, FIDO Alliance collaborate on mobile payment authentication

EMVCo, the global payment specification body, and the FIDO Alliance, an industry consortium tasked with developing open, interoperable authentication standards, have announced that they will work together to determine how FIDO authentication standards can support EMV payment use cases. A...

Sionic Mobile adds free iBeacons to loyalty program

Sionic Mobile today announced the addition of complimentary iBeacons to its ION Loyalty small business merchants, according to a company press release. The ION Loyalty merchant app has been enhanced to monitor the iBeacon with little or no impact on...

Apple Pay coming to Orange Cash customers in France

French-based telcom Orange has announced its support for Apple Pay as part of the expansion of the Apple mobile payments service into France later this year. The telecom said it will make Apple Pay available to Orange Cash customers, who...

French city hopes contactless wristbands ease transit congestion for soccer matches

Gemalto has announced the world's first commercial rollout of a contactless transport ticket wristband in cooperation with Keolis Lille, the public transit operator in the French city of Lille. Transpole, the transport network operated by Keolis Lille, is expecting a...

Malauzai wants remote deposit capture to have a say in mobile payments

Malauzai Software has announced that its latest small business offering, Mox Pay, has become the first app to market remote deposit capture as a payment method, according to a company press release. The product was officially introduced at FinovateSpring in...

Visa to help banks break into mobile payments

Visa has introduced the Visa Digital Commerce App, an issuer-branded mobile commerce product that enables financial institutions to offer their own mobile app to customers. Card management features in the app can help an FI to expand and strengthen its...

Beacons and dinner: Allrecipes, Verifone aim to make food shopping easier

Allrecipes, which dubs itself as the world's largest digital food brand with more than 1.3 billion visits annually, has introduced in-store beacon triggered experiences in Marc's stores to provide shoppers with personalized meal recommendations through the Allrecipes Dinner Spinner app....

Put a ring on it: Visa offering contactless option to Rio Olympians

Visa has introduced a contactless ring that Team Visa athletes can use at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to make purchases at venues with contactless payment terminals, according to a press release. Visa said the wearable ring is the first...

Fortumo expands reach in Asia with Indonesia partnership

Fortumo and PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia, owner of the GSM provider 3 ("Tri"), have announced the launch of direct carrier billing in Indonesia. The partnership will allow 55.5 million Tri subscribers to make online purchases and have them charged to...

Inside Secure touts Visa-approved HCE product

Paris-based Inside Secure, which provides software security products for mobile and connected devices, announced in a press release that financial institutions can now select its MatrixHCE, a VisaReady, approved mobile banking and payment product, to roll out mobile wallet applications...

MasterPass-enabled robot to invade Pizza Hut Asia

MasterCard today unveiled the first commerce application for SoftBank Robotics' humanoid robot, Pepper. MasterPass, which is MasterCard's digital wallet service, will power the application, according to a press release. Pizza Hut Restaurants Asia P/L will be the inaugural launch partner...

Kiosk provider brings more payment options to US SMBs

PayPal and Bouncepad, a kiosk provider, have extended their mobile point-of-sale partnership in the U.K. to the U.S., according to a press release. Bouncepad and PayPal partnered in August 2015 to bring the PayPal Here mPOS device to SMBs in the U.K.

Run and pay? Fitbit acquires wearable payments assets from Coin

Fitbit announced it has acquired the wearable payment assets of Coin, a Silicon Valley consumer electronics and financial technology company. The deal includes key personnel and intellectual property specific to Coin's wearables payment platform, according to a press release. While...

KCB Bank and GoSwiff roll out mobile payments in Rwanda

KCB Bank and GoSwiff, a global payment acceptance products provider, are rolling out a mobile point-of-sale service for Rwandan merchants that is intended to drive financial inclusion and digital payments in the country, accoiding to a press release from GoSwiff....

UK consumers place high value on mobile banking

A consumer survey conducted by Juniper Research has found near universal satisfaction among U.K. mobile banking users, with 98 percent of those surveyed saying that they were "very happy" or "quite happy" with their service, according to a press release...

AnywhereCommerce EMV mPOS devices certified by First Data

AnywhereCommerce, an mPOS solutions provider, has announced that its Walker chip-and-signature and Nomad chip-and-PIN acceptance devices have achieved end-to-end certification with the First Data Rapid Connect program. The devices are also EMVCo-certified, a press release said. The certification covers the...

SumUp, payleven merge mPOS operations

Two of Europe's leading mobile point-of-sale providers, SumUp and payleven, have announced a merger agreement that will combine the companies under the SumUp brand. The shareholders of both companies have approved the transaction and will continue to support the merger....

Microtronic, oti partner on NFC payments for vending machines

On Track Innovations Ltd, commonly known as oti, has formed a strategic partnership with Swiss-based Microtronic, a European provider of closed-loop cashless payment systems for vending and office coffee services. The companies will introduce a product that integrates Microtronic's e-vending...

Moneris, talech partner on mPOS product distribution

As part of the partnership, talech's mobile point-of-sale product will be offered to merchants exclusively via Moneris bank channels.

Samsung to work with major POS providers

The company wants consumers to have the best possible experience when using Samsung Pay.

Bulgarian bank launches region's first HCE-enabled mobile wallet

The bank said is using MasterCard's certified Host Card Emulation technology to enable contactless payments through its current mobile banking app.

Report: Mobile ticket purchases expected to double by 2020

Juniper said with a number of transport agencies enhancing app capabilities and integrating payment services such as Apple Pay, the past 12 months have witnessed an increase in mobile ticketing users using apps for payments, as well as ticket delivery and validation.

Ingenico's SDK to 'help mobile developers integrate EMV payment acceptance'

The SDK's semi-integrated approach handles all the payment logic and enables ISVs and developers to bypass the EMV certification process and reduce their PCI scope.

Giesecke & Devrient's CloudPay integrates Visa Token Service for bank wallets

The Visa Token Service helps provide provisioning and life-cycle management services for payment applications on Host Card Emulation-enabled mobile devices.

Outfront Media makes strategic investment in digital payments startup

Waltz is said to be developing a mobile-focused transit fare payment system to provide a secure, fast, and efficient transaction between any smartphone and turnstiles, buses or platform validators.

AnywhereCommerce, Bluefin form payment, security pact

AnywhereCommerce can now offer Bluefin Payment Systems' PCI-validated P2PE product suite through its current platform using the Nomad mobile device paired with a smartphone or tablet.

Sensibill brings digital receipts to Canada with UGO partnership

Sensibill Receipts will enable UGO customers to store, access and manage digital versions of their receipts from UGO's existing mobile wallet application.

Mobeewave expands P2P app across Canada

PayMeTap, which is available for Android in the Google Play Store, lets users accept a payment by tapping a credit card against their smartphone.

FIME test tools selected to support mobile payments in China

The Shanghai Integrated Circuit Technology & Industry Promotion Center will use FIME's RF Test Bench and Global Device test tool to support local mobile vendors with the evaluation of EMV and trusted execution environment products.

Apriva, iPayment extend partnership on EMV mPOS

The companies said that this extension of iPayment's point-of-sale products brings EMV functionality to customers using the iPayment MobilePay application.

Ingenico acquires Think&Go NFC, a connected screens startup

Think&Go has developed a technology that enables any kind of digital display to interact with connected objects such as smartphones and transit passes.

Report: Contactless payments via mobile and wearables to approach $100B by 2018

The emergence of a range of connected wearables has piqued the interest of NFC stakeholders.

Point Inside launches new indoor location product that unlocks beacons for retailers

StoreLocation consists of two services, the Beacon Planner and Beacon Activator.

SlabbKiosks inks partnership to deploy EMV-enabled bill payment kiosks

Kiosk manufacturer SlabbKiosks has partnered with Ingenico Group to deploy EMV-enabled bill payment devices. SlabbKiosks will integrate Ingenico's payment system into its kiosks.

BMO, MasterCard roll out biometric corporate card program

Corporate cardholders will be able to use selfies and fingerprint scans to verify their identity when making online purchases.

US Bank launches mobile deposit app for small businesses

The bank said Deposit Express Mobile is best for small businesses that deposit fewer than 200 checks a month or for those with employees out in the field accepting checks from their customers.

Boku expands Google Play direct carrier billing across Europe

As a result of the new deals, subscribers can use one-tap mobile payments to purchase games and apps in the Google Play store.

CommBank partners with Kounta to enhance mPOS offering

Australian businesses using Kounta on Albert can now accept payments, manage tables, take customer orders, split bills and update inventory levels at the same time from the one device.

ICICI Bank set to launch mobile payments in India

Bank employees are currently testing the app.

FIDO Bank launches HCE-enabled mobile payments app

PriNum has developed mobile contactless payments system for FIDO Bank, the first among the Ukrainian banks.

TD Bank adopts Visa tokenisation tech for Android mobile app

This tokenization technology provides TD customers with enhanced security by substituting sensitive account information with encrypted "tokens" during mobile payment transactions.

Samsung Pay adds Wells Fargo support

The mobile wallet now supports eligible credit and debit cards from 70 banks and credit unions.

Android Pay reportedly set to debut in the UK

Google's mobile wallet is expected to debut in late March.

MasterCard strikes a pose with Fashion and Design Hack event

The card network announced a partnership with The New School's Parsons School of Design.

Canadian credit unions to offer members mobile-payment service

Credit union members will be able to use their supported smartphones to make purchases directly from their savings or checking accounts at retailers displaying the Interac Flash logo.

NXP, Qualcomm expand partnership to include mobile transit payments

The collaboration enables mobile device makers to accelerate their time to market and benefit from the strong growth in the mobile transactions industry.

Luxury watches get high tech with contactless payments

MasterCard and WISeKey announced a partnership at Mobile World Congress in Spain to enable contactless payments on select luxury brand watches and wearables.

Visa brings Visa Ready Program to the IoT

The first IoT companies to join the Visa Ready Program will focus on payments for wearables and automobiles.

Danal works with GSMA on mobile identity services

Danal said it is assisting mobile network operators that are currently using indigenous authentication technology to transition to the GSMA's Mobile Connect product.

POS provider Lavu join forces with PayPal

PayPal will bring payment processing of EMV or traditional swipe credit and debit card payments to restaurants, bars, food trucks, and other food and beverage businesses nationwide.

TeleSign to provide Orange with mobile identity services

The companies said the new partnership brings together TeleSign's portfolio of authentication and mobile identity products with Orange's unique insights about its network and subscribers.

Bell ID to support Android Pay

Bell ID customers can use its Token Service Provider software to enable and secure NFC payments functionality on Android phones.

Oberthur Technologies to support Android Pay in Australia

Oberthur will support financial institutions offering the new service by enrolling their customers' payment cards into Android Pay.

Mobeewave unveils contactless acceptance for mobile payment apps

The company said the technology can be integrated into a mobile wallet or mobile banking app.

Apple Pay set to debut in China this week

At least three banks will launch the mobile-payment service, according to Chinese media reports.

Mobile POS provider iZettle releases Pro device in more countries

Merchants in Denmark, The Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Norway and France can now buy the chip-and-PIN reader.

Apple Pay awareness, adoption plateau, according to consumer survey

Only 15 percent of respondents who own an iPhone use Apple Pay on a regular basis.

Time to get cash? Check your smartwatch

The direct-banking FI has added a feature for Android smartwatches that directs the user to the nearest ATM or cash-back store.

Fit Pay launches Kickstarter campaign for contactless Pebble smartstrap

Pagaré, enables users of Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel and Pebble Time Round to make secure, contactless payments at millions of retail locations worldwide.

PayPal tackles 'old money' in Super Bowl 50 TV spot

PayPal tackles 'old money' in Super Bowl 50 TV spot

The company says that its 'new money' campaign, which will run throughout 2016, 'indicates just how significant the change in money will be to people’s lives.'

Contactless payments dominate London transit

Since July 2015, commuters have used mobile devices to pay for more than 3.2 million journeys.

Harland Clarke, Mitek partner to improve remote mobile deposit

Checks printed by Harland Clarke now include 'Photo Safe Deposit' features recognized only by advanced computer vision embedded in Mitek mobile deposit software.

EMV solution by CreditCall, ID Tech promises time, money savings

ID Tech card readers will be supported by the Creditcall EMV software development kit, ChipDNA for Windows and Linux, which can be integrated by developers.

Global Payments, Mobeewave intro new mPOS product

The product is designed to enable transactions using a contactless credit card or NFC-enabled mobile wallet directly on an NFC-enabled mobile device without additional hardware such as a card reader or dongle.

Elo expands retail self-service efforts with integrated EMV and NFC-enabled product

The company is using Verifone's e355 for its all-in-one tablet products.

Dutch MNO, bank partner for NFC mobile payments

RoboWallet is compatible with any smartphone that runs on Android version 4.4 or higher.

OTI to outfit financial self-service terminals with NFC

The total addressable market comprises more than three million terminals worldwide.

Mobile Payments Today report shows consumers not ready to embrace change

This year's state-of-the-Industry report contains 50-plus pages of charts, comparison data and actionable advice.

Verifone to supply EMV-ready product to Microsoft Dynamics customers

The new service is built on Verifone's Secure Commerce Architecture, which connects payment terminals directly to the company's payment gateway.

Dubai dreams of a cashless society

A cloud-based payments product from Quisk requires only a mobile phone number and a PIN to create a new type of digital cash account.

Study: For weekly banking, US adults choose mobile over branch

In a new report, Javelin Strategy forecasts that 81 percent of US adults will be using mobile banking services by 2020.

Creditcall EMV-ready mPOS device gains First Data certification

Creditcall is now integrated with NCR Silver, making NCR Silver one of the first EMV-certified mobile point-of-sale systems.

Samsung Pay coming to three more countries

Consumers in Australia, Brazil and Singapore will get an opportunity to use the mobile wallet sometime this year.

FreedomPay brings new pay-at-the-table device to Firebirds

The company's new offering is PCI-validated with point-to-point encryption and supports EMV and contactless payments.

Broadcom touts improvements to NFC controller

The BCM20797 is intended to provide greater transaction range, improved security and faster transaction speeds, which is ideal for mobile payments and transit applications.

MasterCard moves forward with wearables

The card network has partnered with Coin to bring MasterCard payments to a wide array of fitness bands, smart watches and other wearable devices.

Elavon offers Apple Pay acceptance to Canadian merchants

Following the recent launch of Apple Pay in Canada for American Express cardholders, Elavon is among the first payment processing companies to offer Apple Pay to Canadian businesses.

Apple might have bigger plans for iOS payments

The company has filed a patent for a system that would give iPhone users the ability to transfer funds to others through text, phone call and email.

GoSwiff lands mPOS deal with telecom provider

The partnership will cover nine markets including Algeria, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Myanmar, Maldives, Oman, Qatar and Tunisia.

Mobile Payments Today seeks editorial contributors, bloggers

We're looking for high-level thought leadership pieces that are free of a marketing pitch.

Ghana becomes a force in mobile money

Some 17 percent of Ghana's 27.3 million citizens now have a mobile money account.

India smartphone maker readies mobile wallet

Yu Televentures, a subsidiary of Micromax, said it's close to an agreement with TranServ.

Verifone launches new mPOS product

The Verifone e265 is intended to give independent and micro merchants the flexibility to accept all major payment types and integrate with smart devices for value-added commerce capabilities.

Infinite Peripherals intros new EMV mPOS products

The Infinea mPOS and Infinea mPOS Flat are all-in-one mPOS products for the iPhone 5 and the iPod touch 5th and 6th generations.

Mobile device shoppers made Cyber Week a lucrative retail week

Mobile devices accounted for more than 50 percent of shopping traffic on Black Friday and 40 percent of Cyber Monday traffic.

Biometric company reveals new fingerprint authentication sensor

SonicTouch is a a FIDO-ready ultrasound biometric authenticator system-in-package module that can be used in mobile and the Internet of Things.

ING debuts mobile payments in the Netherlands

The bank's Android banking app is now capable of making contactless payments at more than 100,000 retailers throughout the country.

GlobalPlatform updates mobile-NFC service management specification

The trade association made the changes to reflect the current changing market.

Samsung Pay coming to budget phones?

Samsung Electronics reportedly is planning to bring its new mobile-payment system to mid- and low-end handsets.

Fortumo intros cross-platform license management solution for digital merchants

The voucher platform has built-in support for giving users access to content for multiple accounts on several platforms through a single voucher.

Cardtek partners with MasterCard processor for HCE mobile payments

The collaboration will enable MasterCard Payment Transaction Services to provide managed services to its banking customers for NFC payments on smartphones.

Study: People use their mobiles everywhere ...

As if you didn't know, right? But what's surprising is how little thought goes into protecting the vital information we store on them.

Payworks releases SDK for white label mPOS product

ConCardis will be the first provider to release the new product to its clients.

Amazon shutters Register mPOS service

The company on Friday stopped selling the $10 device that hit the market last year with an attractive 1.75 percent transaction rate.

Sequent intends to provision more cards for smartphones

Sequent has licensed NXP's MIFARE DESFire and MIFARE4Mobile V1.01 and integrated them into the Sequent Platform, enabling consumers to access potentially millions of credentials for use in real-world environments with their mobile devices.

Study: biometrics important to mobile payments' growth

Fingerprint scanners could push the number of biometrically authenticated transactions to nearly 5 billion by 2019, according to a new report from Juniper Research.

OmnyPay latest mobile payments effort for retailers

The company this week announced what it calls the first integrated mobile loyalty, rewards and payment system designed specifically for retailers.

GSMA: North America leads new mobile tech adoption

A new report highlights that the region has been an early adopter of 4G networks, which are driving considerable growth in mobile data traffic.

Report: Apple Pay adoption slows

Higher adoption rates are shown among millennials and Gen X'ers and, currently, these two groups account for 92 percent of Apple Pay users.

Mitek adds mobile facial recognition to Photo Verify

The company will combine the capability with instant ID document verification.

Verifone launches new line of connected of payment devices

The company will demonstrate Verifone Engage products next week at Money 20/20 in Las Vegas.

Poynt touts certifications for mPOS device; raises $28 million

The company's hardware and software platform have received PCI PTS, PCI-DSS, PA-DSS and EMV-certification.

Partners debut secure ATM-based card loading for mobile wallet

Xpression SafeLoad uses 'inherently secure' ATM network architecture to ensure fraud-free onboarding of payment cards to a mobile wallet.

Cloud-based POS provider talech launches EMV product

Customers using talech's cloud-based POS can connect to Ingenico Group's payment terminals.

Verifone Mobile Money brings NFC mobile payments to Indonesia

Merchants in Indonesia including 7 Eleven, McDonald's, and Wendy's will be equipped to accept NFC mobile payments from the TCash mobile wallet.

Capital One adds NFC mobile payments to Android app

The bank said it used Mastercard's Digital Enablement Service to add the feature.

VTB Bank intros cloud-based mobile payments in Georgia

The app, Mobile Pay, is for NFC-enabled Android devices.

Apple Pay coming to Starbucks' registers in 2016

Chili's and KFC will also accept the mobile-payment system next year.

Philippine MNOs launch carrier billing for Windows Phone Store

More than 70 million customers of Smart and DMPI’s Sun can now charge purchases of apps and games from the Windows Phone Store to their phone bill.

Samsung Pay transactions top $30 million in South Korea

Consumers have made more than 1.5 million total transactions to date, with approximately 60 percent of the transactions taking place on the Galaxy Note5 device.

Centili launches browser-based direct carrier billing in South Africa

The service enables consumers to buy online and digital items from mobile Web browsers and charge those purchases to their mobile phone bill.

Security experts expect increase in mobile payment-related breaches

The 2015 Mobile Payment Security Study from global cybersecurity association ISACA suggests that cybersecurity professionals are willing to balance benefits with perceived security risks of mobile payments.

MyCheck adds menu reordering capability for custom mobile payment apps

MyCheck said the feature leverages its integrations with point-of-sale systems, sending orders directly to POS terminals and prep stations, eliminating the need for tablets or special tableside hardware.

Starbucks expands mobile order and pay nationwide

The service enables customers to place and pay for their order in advance of their visit and pick it up at a participating Starbucks location.

ShopKeep acquires iPad and iPhone POS system provider

Ambur provides a feature-rich set of options specifically designed for full-service, quick-service and fast casual restaurants, as well as bars and food trucks.

Mobeam partners with Mobiquity to enhance geolocation offers

As part of the agreement, Mobeam will integrate Mobiquity's location-based advertising and app engagement software into its Beep’nGo app.

Barclaycard sidesteps Apple Pay, Android Pay with its own mobile payments app

The bank will introduce new features to its Android app in November that will allow NFC-enabled payments and real-time replacement of lost cards.

Urban FT announces support for Sprint's Money Express digital wallet

The service will enable Sprint customers to sign up for a Sprint-branded prepaid MasterCard and store it in a digital wallet.

BofA revamps mobile banking app

Updates include the introduction of fingerprint and Touch ID sign-in, the launch of an Apple Watch mobile banking app, a streamlined 'accounts overview' page, and a new security center.

ShopKeep offers free EMV readers to qualifying merchants

The offer comes in advance of the October 1 deadline for the EMV liability shift.

Android Pay officially arrives

Expect in-app payments support from Android Pay to roll out by the end of the year.

Study: Mobile wallets using contactless tech set to explode

A new study from Juniper Research has found that the number of mobile wallets using contactless technology is expected to reach 200 million by the end of 2016.

Survey participants wanted for 2016 Mobile Payments State of the Industry Report

Mobile Payments Today has released its latest survey for the upcoming 2016 Mobile Payments State of the Industry Report.

All-in-one Android smartphone mPOS device on its way

Hong Kong-based BBPOS announced it is set to launch its new WisePOS, which features full Android smartphone functionality.

North American Bancard mPOS device to debut in Apple stores

The device will retail for $39.95 and North American Bancard is also offering merchants $5,000 in free Apple Pay transaction processing.

Report: Biometric device shipments for financial industry to total 212M units by 2024

Tractica anticipates that finance biometrics hardware and software revenue will increase from $126 million in 2015 to $2.2 billion in 2024.

Nok Nok Labs completes latest funding round with $8 million

New strategic investors were added to the oversubscribed round, including DaouKiwoom Group from South Korea; DOCOMO Capital from Japan; and Thundersoft from China.

Global Payments to deploy EMV-ready, Apriva mPOS devices

The agreement enables Global Payments to provide white-labeled mobile payment products to its U.S. clients through Apriva's mobile payments solution, AprivaPay Plus.

Australian banks reportedly at odds with Apple over interchange

At the center of the debate is the $2 billion in interchange fees the banks make per year.

PayPal to power P2P mobile payments in Blackberry Messenger

Users do not need to use the PayPal app to send funds.

Heartbeat payments come to Canada

Over 100 TD users in Toronto, Ottawa and Regina will be testing the Nymi Band's contactless payment functionality until the end of the summer, as part of this closed payment pilot.

Chile processing network to deploy Verifone mPOS device

Verifone's VX 520 3G includes an integrated color screen, PCI 3.0 compliance and the ability to accept EMV, NFC and all other forms of payment.

Moneris makes EMV mPOS line available in US

PAYD Pro and PAYD are two smartphone-based mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) products.

Apple Pay support comes to Amex corporate cards

The mobile payment option is available today for eligible US corporate cards.

Visa tests new mobile wallet service in India

Starting in September, mVisa will be available to 20,000 merchants in the greater Bangalore region.

Mobeam releases Android SDK

The license will be offered free to developers for an initial period of 120 days with extensions available on a case-by-case basis.

Vodafone links with Powa for mobile top-ups via QR code

All customers will have to do is download the app, scan the PowaTag in a magazine or other advertisement, and choose their top-up value.

Samsung Pay coming to Europe

A partnership with MasterCard will make it possible for European card issuers to add their products to the service.

Virtual Piggy adds more functionality to Oink P2P mobile app

The Neon release of the app provides increased visibility and control of potential funders of the youth wallet.

Centili signs direct carrier billing deal with major MNOs in Pakistan

The company will work with Mobilink, Telenor, Zong, Ufone, and Warid, which have a combined 136 million subscribers.

ShopKeep raises $60 million in Series D funding

The company plans to launch international operations in the U.K. this month.

Apple Watch to hit Best Buy shelves in time for holiday retail season

Apple Watch to hit Best Buy shelves in time for holiday retail season

Best Buy tapped to sell Apple Watch starting Aug. 7.

EMVCo qualifies FIME contactless terminal RF test tool

FIME says that its test tool is the first to achieve EMVCo qualification for Level 1 PCD analog testing on contactless terminals.

Study finds mobile plays larger role in consumers' shopping habits

Results show that the use of mobile technology by shoppers continues to climb, with adoption growing among key segments of the population.

PayPal officially separates from eBay

PayPal previously was listed on the Nasdaq under the same ticker symbol "PYPL" before it was acquired by eBay Inc. in 2002 for $1.5 billion.

Sequent plans to make HCE mobile payments safer

The company has entered a strategic partnership with Arxan Technologies to fortify security efforts.

PAI, CardFlight partner on white-label mPOS device

Payment Alliance will offer CardFlight's EMV mPOS acceptance products to its market partner distribution network and merchant customers nationwide.

Study: Biometric services now a priority for FIs

Nearly 90 percent of banks surveyed said they offer — or are planning to offer — biometric services for customer authentication and transaction approval.

Western Union expands services to Rwanda and Ivory Coast

The new service enables MTN customers in both countries to receive a Western Union money transfer transaction in their mobile wallet.

PayPal acquires Xoom in $890 million deal

Xoom is considered one of the leading international remittance companies in the U.S. It enables consumers to send funds to, and pay bills for, family and friends worldwide using their mobile phones, tablets or computers.

FIDO trumpets new specifications

FIDO U2F is appropriate for mobile and wireless applications and devices that do not have a USB port.

Yandex Money app coming to Nokia Lumia smartphones in Russia

Yandex said in the announcement that Microsoft will make the app available on Nokia Lumia smartphones this summer after a Windows Phone update.

Study: As smartphone use increases, so does mobile banking

Bank of America's Trends in Consumer Mobility Report examines Americans' smartphone habits.

Inside Secure launches new product to meet cybersecurity demand

Inside said the joint product with Trustonic can provide payment, IoT, enterprise and other mobile product providers to meet market demands for government-grade security.

Cellum to supply mobile wallet tech to Indonesian smart device-maker

Cellum will develop and operate ECPAY, a mobile wallet that enables consumers to use it for bill payment, prepaid phone account top-up, peer-to-peer funds transfers, QR-code payments and online checkout.

Groupon Apple Watch app lets users buy deals

Consumers can also discover Groupons from nearby local businesses.

FBI issues ransomware warning, offers tips for prevention

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center says that ransomware continues to spread, posing a threat to individuals and businesses alike.

Singapore telco launches mPOS product with CIMB, MasterCard

The M1 mPOS also enables the merchant to track and view all transactions through the mobile app and online Web portal.

Revel opens NYC office to give retailers closer look at iPad system

The space will allow customers and prospects to view and interact with Revel’s iPad POS platform and work with sales representatives to select the best POS setup for their specific business needs.

Orange chooses Danal for mobile ID services

Danal will provide services such as auto form-filling/checkout and registration, ID check and localization services.

MasterCard announces tokenization support for private-label cards

BJ's Wholesale Club, Kohl's and JCPenney will be among the first retailers to bring mobile payments to their private label cardholders later this year.

Global Payments works with merchants in Canada on mobile payments, loyalty

Through its relationship with Virtual Next, Global Payments said it will offer a unique product designed to leverage Passbook and Google Wallet.

Mitek acquires IDchecker for mobile identity services

The deal is worth $10.6 million, of which $5.85 million will be payable in cash.

NTT Docomo joins FIDO Alliance

Company is the world's first mobile network operator to deploy FIDO authentication throughout its network.

Mobey Forum seeks to help FIs understand mobile options

A white paper by the forum analyzes the impact of the secure element and the role of third parties, as well as current acceptance status and business models.

Danish bank teams with Powa to enhance mobile payment features

Powa says that its PowaTag platform adds a new level of engagement to MobilePay, creating a way for Danske Bank to enable instant purchases through a variety of different triggers.

Vibes brings mobile marketing platform to Apple Watch

The company announced that its mobile ad tech also is compatible with the smartwatch.

USA Technologies to equip M&M's Sales vending machine fleet for mobile payments

M&M operates 25 full-service vending routes servicing approximately 4,000 vending machines and single-cup coffee brewers, as well as a growing number of micromarket locations.

Mobile POS provider iZettle launches new device to accept mobile payments

The company's new hardware will support contactless payments in addition to chip-and-PIN transactions.

NCR unveils mPOS for hospitality industry

The Orderman7 handheld devices can be used by servers to take orders and payment at the table or in seats at theaters, to line-bust during peak traffic periods, and to serve guests in bars and nightclubs.

Hackers exploit Starbucks mobile payment app

The issue goes back as far as December, according to a published report.

Stratos upgrades digital card issuance strategy

The platform will enable card issuers to instantly fulfill digital cards, analyze real-time cardholder behavior and increase loyalty and engagement.

Mooney succeeds Davidson as MCX interim CEO

Mooney was most recently CEO and a board member of Bank of America Merchant Services.

Best Buy accepts Apple Pay, still involved with MCX

Best Buy was one of several large retailers who did not accept Apple Pay at launch in October because it was involved with a competing system called CurrentC.

Global Payments peddles Ingenico mPOS device in Canada

The iCMP mPOS product includes a secure Bluetooth-enabled reader that pairs with a merchant’s Apple iOS or Android device.

Discover comes to Apple Pay

When Apple first announced Apple Pay last fall, Discover was the only card brand that did not have an agreement to be included in the new mobile-payment system.

Canadian coffee chain goes mobile with loyalty platform

Second Cup, a Canada-based coffee shop, has launched a free mobile loyalty program.

Study looks at Apple Pay prospects six months on

A research note from Mercator contends that future prospects for Apple's payment tool are brighter than current use data might suggest.

Wallaby brings PFM app to Apple Watch

The new app will enable Apple Watch users to optimize credit card rewards for each purchase with a simple tap of the wrist.

Apple Pay outperforming PayPal, according to consumer survey

Apple Pay is the top choice in terms of mobile payment applications consumers plan on using going forward.

On the run? Tap and pay with Amex and the Jawbone fitness tracker

American Express and Jawbone announced a new partnership that gives eligible U.S. American Express cardholders the ability to tap to pay with the new Jawbone UP4 fitness tracker.

Community FIs counting down the hours to Apple Watch launch

Maluzai Software is working with eight community FIs to offer its SmartwearApps to mobile banking customers who plan to strap on an Apple Watch when it becomes available on the 24th.

Barclays expects huge gains in UK spending on mobile devices

Barclays said the influence of mobile on spending, however, is expected to more than double this figure from £18.4 billion to £112 billion over the same period.

Fortumo signs pact with India-based OEM for carrier billing

Through the agreement, Mitashi can start collecting payments made by users of its smartphones in 88 countries through carrier billing.

Optimal Payments integrates Jumio's ID authentication service

Jumio's Netverify product converts the customer's mobile device camera or webcam into an ID scanning terminal.

Digital Insight brings mobile banking to Android Wear smartwatch

Wright-Patt Credit Union members who own an Android Wear watch can now check account balances with a flick of the wrist.

Inside Secure to provide security for Hong Kong OEM

The security company will work with Yulong Coolpad on the manufacturer's flagship Android phone.

'Look Ma, no hands!' Apple patents button-free facial ID

The company has been granted a U.S. patent for technology that employs facial recognition to unlock and lock a device — entirely without the use of buttons.

Pyrim intends to educate merchants about mobile commerce

The company introduced what what it calls the Mobile Commerce Education Resource Kit, a guide designed to teach merchants about the mobile commerce ecosystem.

Semble emerges as New Zealand's go-to mobile wallet

MasterCard is helping to power the product, which is a joint venture between Paymark and the country's mobile network operators.

Vodafone partners with Visa, Carta Worldwide for contactless m-payments

Following new agreements with Visa and Carta Worldwide, bank card payments via Vodafone Wallet will be enabled in European markets from the second quarter of 2015 onward.

Bell ID powers ANZ's HCE mobile wallet

The project, for the New Zealand division of ANZ Bank, will bring contactless mobile payments to the smartphones of more than 120,000 ANZ customers.

CardFlight takes off with EMV mPOS

The EMV-ready card readers pair with CardFlight's SwipeSimple mobile POS product.

InAuth raises $20 million to enhance mobile fraud services

InAuth said the investment comes after a year of record growth in which the company added four of the five largest U.S. banks as customers.

Report: Global revenues in biometrics expected to rise in 2015

ABI Research forecasts $3B in global revenues this year with much of the growth coming from smartphone solutions.

US retailers struggling to meet consumer expectations around mobile, in-store experience

Only 42 percent of shoppers found it easy to complete a purchase using a mobile device, and when asked which aspect of the shopping experience is most in need of an upgrade, 39 percent ranked the physical store first.

Report: Business pros lean on mobile payments

Of 300 professionals surveyed, 52 percent said they use their mobile phones for payments, with business professionals in Asia-Pacific performing mobile payment transactions most frequently.

SIMalliance to host workshop for banks and NFC service providers

The organization will host a free-to-attend, half-day interactive workshop ahead of CARTES Secure Connexions America 2015, in Washington on May 4.

MasterCard hits sweet spot with mobile payments at golf events

Card brand will enable fans to use their smartphones to pay for concessions and merchandise.

UK bank hopes to get to the heart of secure authentication

​The Halifax is testing the Nymi Band, a wearable device that authenticates its owner using an electrocardiogram.

Korean Web portal to launch mobile payment system

Naver Pay is set to debut in June with partnerships from major banks and credit card companies in South Korea.

Swiss company brings 3D facial authentication to smartphones

OneVisage said its SelfiLogin product is meant to eliminate the two-step authentication process that it believes is the cause of transaction cancellations.

Agilysys, Compass supply mPOS products to dining facilities

Agilysys and Compass Group North America introduced the products in the Café 2400 dining facility at the company's corporate headquarters in January and will be rolling out to other locations nationwide later this year.

More banks to offer cloud-based mobile payments with Visa

BBVA and Cuscal have already launched, while Banco do Brasil, PNC and US Bank intend to launch supported apps in the near future.

Fortumo reveals emerging markets payment index

The tool is intended to be used by Web, game and app developers to benchmark their revenue in markets with high smartphone growth and low credit card penetration.

Firms seek to secure bitcoin wallets, e-commerce apps on Android

Intercede and Rivetz partner to enable software developers to integrate a security product into their apps.

Vibes seeks to improve mobile marketing with new initiative

WalletAds is a patent-pending mobile ad technology that enables consumers to "tap and save" branded content and offers to Apple's Passbook or Google Wallet directly from a mobile ad.

Study: Use of mobile by young customers will drive change in retail banking

A new study predicts that with the next five years mobile will become the No. 1 channel for millennials and younger consumers.

Mobile Payments Today publishes wallet comparison guide

The 61-page document details the capabilities of 151 leading mobile wallets.

Budget-friendly smartphone maker chooses Fortumo for DCB

Alcatel OneTouch users in 88 countries can make one-click payments in the App Center app store.

Belly opts for Moki to drive consumer-facing tablets

Cloud-based software provider Moki has announced that Belly, which it says is the country's largest customer loyalty network and marketing solution, has selected Moki's Total Control to manage, secure and analyze 11,500 customer-facing digital signage kiosk tablets that power Belly's loyalty program in more than 10,000 businesses worldwide.

Report: Mobile accounts for 25 percent of online transactions in Q4 2014

The holiday shopping season accounted for the majority of such transactions.

More Apple Pay touchpoints arrive

TCF Bank, Western Union and USA Technologies all announce integration within their respective businesses.

Mobile use in car shopping rises dramatically

The increase in mobile device usage is being led by used car buyers, who showed the most significant increases in using smartphones and tablets for car shopping.

Calpian sees increasing use for mobile money service in India

Money-On-Mobile is a mobile payments service provider that enables Indian consumers to use a mobile phone to pay for goods and services, or transfer funds from one cell phone to another using SMS text.

Twitter buys Indian mobile marketing firm ZipDial

The user experience combines SMS, voice, mobile Web, and access to mobile apps to bridge users from offline to online.

Google reportedly in talks to acquire Softcard from telcos

Almost two weeks after it laid off 60 employees, Softcard is reportedly an acquisition target and Google might be the buyer. TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal both reported over the weekend Google is in negotiations with to acquire the...

CallUp releases new SIM management system for MNOs

The product enables cellular operators to manage files and applets on subscribers' SIM cards.

CardMobili adds beacon capability to digital wallet offering

Company's beacon product is designed to provide wallet owners with a powerful set of new marketing initiatives that help increase customer acquisition and influence purchasing decisions.

PayPal debuts BlackBerry app

Consumers in three countries can use the app with the BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Z10, and the new BlackBerry Classic smartphone.

BitPay launches open source bitcoin mobile wallet for Windows phone

The company is encouraging developers to review and build upon its software.

Fortumo debuts in Kenya

Direct carrier biller enables online payments and in-app purchases for more than 18 million Safaricom customers.

LoopPay expands OEM partnerships

Trident Case and XPAL plan to embed company's MST technology into device cases and covers to conduct mobile payments.

COMPRION joins EMVCo to help test mobile payments

Company will assist association as a Technical Associate to offer its experience and expertise in detecting communication problems of the contactless interface used for mobile payments.

Banks, MNO show support for Taiwanese mobile commerce

Some 30,000 retail locations will accept NFC-based system.

Calpian trumpets mobile money service in India

Money-On-Mobile is a mobile payments service provider that enables Indian consumers to use their mobile phones to pay for goods and services.

Golden Pacific Bank teams with Digital Insight to offer mobile RDC

RDC allows Golden Pacific customers to deposit checks using the FI's mobile banking app and the camera in their mobile device.

Walt Disney World adds Apple Pay, Google Wallet acceptance

Disney will leverage the contactless infrastructure it already has in place for the MagicBand.

Royal Bank of Canada adds HCE to mobile banking app

Bank said it is the first North American financial institution to develop an HCE payment product.

Global mobile NFC payments to exceed $130 billion by 2020

This equates to 254 million mobile users making five payments per month at an average of slightly less than $9 per transaction.

Samsung reportedly talking with LoopPay about mobile payments

Smartphone manufacturer's handsets could feature startup's wireless payment technology.

Mobile bill payment grows

Some 27 million U.S. online households now pay at least one bill from their phone, up nearly 70 percent over 2013.

Chinese mobile game publisher partners with Fortumo

Developers publishing games on 9Game now have the opportunity to collect additional revenue from up to 83 countries through direct carrier billing.

UK consumers want more mobile purchasing options, survey says

Some 47 percent of mobile users in the U.K. would like to use their mobile phone more to pay for physical or quasi-physical goods and services.

Bango brings direct carrier billing to Telkom Samsung mobile users

South African MNO customers can purchase applications from Samsung's Galaxy Apps store and charge it directly to their mobile phone bill or airtime.

Interactive Customer Experience Summit coming to Chicago in June

The conference will focus on technologies such as digital signage, self-service kiosks, mobile and tablets, as well as emerging technologies like beacons, virtual assistants and augmented reality.

Pay the rent from your mobile device

PayLease announced the launch of several mobile products that will enable residents to pay rent or HOA dues using a smartphone.

Fortumo snags billing pact in China

Company will work with Changyou, a digital entertainment company that operates the Mobogenie app store.

Square reaches $100 million single-day sales milestone

Square also announced over 40 percent of its payment volume comes from sellers who process over $125,000 a year.

SIMalliance updates OMAPI specification

Requirement specifies how mobile applications may access different SEs, including the UICC and embedded SEs, within a mobile device

The paper check: One step closer to extinction?

VerifyValid Mobile Checkbook lets businesses and consumers write, approve, sign, receive and deposit checks directly from their Android-based mobile device.

BitStraat providing free tablets to Amsterdam retailers

Goal is "to make Amsterdam the bitcoin capital."

Fortumo signs partnership with two smartphone makers

Company's direct carrier billing product will be implemented for payments in the manufacturers' app stores and Fortumo's app catalog will become available for device preloads.

NFC, in-app purchases expected to drive mobile commerce transactions

Apple Pay is expected to drive NFC purchases together with a host of anticipated deployments by banks using solutions based on HCE technology.

US smartphone owners want to use Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Survey found some 30 percent of respondents want to use the mobile wallets but are unsure where they're accepted.

6-year-olds with smartphones? That's what Ericsson predicts

Yes, you read that right. What's more, the mobile network provider predicts that units will exceed 6.1 billion by 2020.

Canadians resist mobile payments

Only 21 percent of Canadian shoppers reported making a mobile payment online and in-store in the past six months, according to GfK survey.

GSMA spills details about Mobile World Congress Shanghai

Conference will focus on how mobile technology is revolutionizing and enhancing every aspect of individuals' lives.

PayPal intros Pebble smartwatch app

The app enables users to check-in to pay, or pay with a payment code at retailers accepting PayPal as payment.

Smart device users contributing to mobile commerce

Juniper Research study finds mobile consumption is surging as consumers are either migrating from desktop usage or becoming first-time ecommerce users through their smartphones or tablets.

Intuit updates mobile bill-payment app

Check has been updated for iOS 8 and comes with some new features exclusive to the iPad.

Trade association set to host mobile payments session in DC

The Merchants Payments Coalition wants to educate Congress members and their staffs about upcoming innovations in payments.

GSMA publishes Code of Conduct for MNOs

The trade group has outlined common practices for companies who serve as mobile money providers.

Infobip touts data protection certification

Company used recent investments to enhance its security efforts.

North American consumers embrace mobile payments and virtual currency

Accenture survey finds that 40 percent of consumers in Canada and the U.S. have used their smartphone to make a payment at a merchant location.

Three-quarters of consumers plan to use their mobile for holiday shopping this year

According to a new survey, 82 percent plan to spend the same amount or more on holiday spending as compared to last year, while just 18 percent plan on scaling back and spending less.

Bitpay intros NFC-based merchant POS app

Bitcoin Checkout is available today and can sit alongside existing systems.

QVC shoppers get one-touch checkout in update app

The new app will give customers the option to log in to their QVC accounts on all iOS 8-enabled iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus mobile devices. ​

Etsy gets crafty with branded mPOS

The new device is meant to help Etsy users create a better presence for themselves at places such as craft fairs.

Samsung signs with Bango for direct carrier billing

Bango will provide carrier billing, collection and settlement for digital content such as games, e-books, music and videos purchased through the Samsung Galaxy Apps store.

Bell ID launches Tokenization Manager software

The company said the product will be used by card issuers and merchants to enhance security and limit fraud by facilitating tokenized payments.

Jumio intros new scanning tech for mobile retailers

BAM Checkout's embeddable product is intended to provide a simple checkout experience by enabling users to bypass nearly all manual key entry when completing a mobile purchase.

Nok Nok Labs adds Apple Touch ID support

The FIDO Ready NNL Multifactor Authentication Client now supports the public Touch ID API, released in iOS 8, on the iPhone.

Study charts 10 percent rise in shoppers who buy via mobile device

Since 2012, the incidence of shoppers using mobile devices to make purchases has increased from 25 percent to 35 percent.

Mobile Payments Today publishes State of the Industry report surveyed consumers in the U.S., U.K., India and Brazil to discover how they are adapting to the growing mobile payments industry. Our fourth edition is available in five versions.

Apple snags Visa Europe mobile director

Mary Carol Harris, the former director of mobile at Visa Europe, has joined Apple as the tech company continues to push Apple Pay throughout Europe, according to multiple reports. Harris worked for mobile network operator Telefonica as the head of...

China Mobile selects Gemalto for mobile transit payments

Gemalto will preload China Mobile smartphones with transit application commuters can use to pay fares in Beijing.

FIME secures MasterCard accreditation in Japan

FIME's Japanese operation has been accredited as a MasterCard test laboratory for mobile handsets, according to a press release. The testing focuses on confirming the compliance and interoperability with the EMVCo contactless approval process.

Boston Fed identifies tokenization as key mobile payments feature

Mobile workgroup believes the security protocol should instill confidence in a payments environment challenged by frequent data breaches and other payments fraud activity.

Blackberry expands BBM Money in Indonesia

New partnership with TransferTo will bring contact to contact airtime remittance enabled from within BBM.

A better burger experience through mPOS

Infinite Peripherals and Digital Dining help a Chicago restaurant streamline the ordering process.

Zapp strikes a pose at UK vending machines

TouchGo has partnered with the mobile payments service that has partnerships with HSBC, first direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank.

Macy's new tech plans include Apple Pay, smart fitting rooms, more

The company outlined its latest advancements in omnichannel strategy and technology as the company continues to add new dimensions for attracting shoppers and serving the needs of individual customers.

Apple, China UnionPay work together on Apple Pay

The companies are working on a plan to bring the new mobile payments system to China.

Apple to use NFC, tokenization in new iPhone and iWatch, according to report

Devices will work in tandem to share tokens to verify payments.

Vodafone partners with Visa on UK mobile wallet

System will be for Android users and will use a special SIM card with NFC tech.

Smartphone shipments continue upward worldwide trend

More than 1.25 billion smartphones will be shipped worldwide in 2014.

Magazine subscriptions a text away

Boku and IPC Media partnership lets consumers subscribe to periodicals such as woman&home, Marie Claire, InStyle and Ideal Home.

Blazing Onion Burger partners with eTouchMenu for order and payment app

Blazing Onion Burger will partner with eTouchMenu to launch an iPad app for guest-initiated order and payment. "We have been searching for a company that will work with us on our vision," Blazing Onion CEO David Jones said in a...

Visa launches new tools to secure payments from Internet-connected devices and wearables

Visa Inc. today announced the creation of Visa Digital Solutions, what the card company said is a comprehensive suite of offerings that facilitate secure payments across a broad range of Internet-connected devices and wearables. Visa in the press release cited...

UK airline testing iBeacons across Europe

United Kingdom-based airline easyJet this week announced that it has become the first airline to trial iBeacon technology across Europe to help passengers navigate their way through the airport, according to a press release. The strategically placed beacons, which are...

Synchrony Financial reveals strategic investment with LoopPay

Synchrony Financial today announced the completion of a strategic investment in LoopPay, according to a press release. LoopPay is expected to provide Synchrony Financial with special features and benefits for its cardholders and retail partners. LoopPay recently introduced the LoopPay...

Trade groups collaborate to tackle NFC, Bluetooth integration

The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication technology, and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the trade association responsible for the development, promotion and protection of Bluetooth technology, today announced the publication...

Apple's iPhone 6 to include NFC

This fall's Apple iPhone 6 will include near field communications to enable mobile payments, according to "a source close to the situation," reports VentureBeat. VentureBeat said it was "unclear" if Apple will align itself with ISIS, the mobile commerce joint...

Zimbabwe firm phoning in acoustic mobile payments

Zimbabwe-based banking solutions provider Edgetech Solutions has announced it is testing a sonic mobile payments solution, according to ITWeb Africa. The sound-based mobile payment solution for point-of-sale transactions will let consumers pay for purchases using sound, without the need for...

More analysts predict NFC-enabled iPhone 6

Add Morgan Stanley to the long list of analysts predicting that the next iPhone will have an NFC chip and be at the center of Apple's mobile payments initiatives. Last month, KGI securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo also predicted a new...

InComm launches platform for mobile wallet providers

Prepaid product and transaction services company InComm has announced the launch of InComm Mobile Platform for mobile wallet providers and merchants. According to the company, IMP integrates with multiple platforms to provide a full breadth of capabilities required to process mobile payments made using prepaid cards at the retail POS.

Prepaid data SIM card kiosk arrives at Osaka airport

Osaka's Kansai International Airport has become the first Japanese airport to introduce a prepaid data SIM card vending machine. Tourists visiting Japan can buy So-net LTE SIM cards from the kiosk, insert them into their mobile devices and access the...

Another week, another Apple mobile payments rumor

Apple reportedly is interviewing candidates for two new positions that would focus on building a payments business based on its current iTunes user base, according to a report from re/code earlier this week. The technology publication reported Apple's head of...

Securities analyst predicts NFC-enabled iPhone

Apple this fall will release a new iPhone with NFC integration and also include the technology in its long-rumored iWatch, according to an investor note from KGI securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. Several media outlets Thursday reported about Kuo's research note.

Shift4 launches gateway for secure mobile payments

Independent payment gateway Shift4 Corp. today announced VT4, which is mobile payment product for enterprises.

Payleven to launch NFC chip-and-PIN card reader

German mPOS payments company Payleven announced it will launch an NFC mobile chip-and-PIN card reader in Europe in the second half of 2014. Payleven launched a contact-based chip-and-PIN card reader in 2013 in Europe, which connects to a merchant's mobile...

Giesecke & Devrient readies mobile payments in Brazil

Giesecke & Devrient is working with Brazilian mobile operator Claro and one of the country’s largest banks in Bradesco to enable consumers to conduct contactless payments using smartphones embedded with a special SIM card, according to a press release. Giesecke...

PayLab Networks creates mobile app for vending machine market

PayLab Networks announced it has created a mobile payment app and an embedded POS device for vending machines. The Calgary, Alberta-based company will launch its technology at NAMA 2014, which takes place in Chicago between April 9 and 11. Once...

BeautifulLab builds first payment app for Pebble smartwatches

U.S. startup BeautifulLab has built the first mobile payment app for Pebble smartwatches, using mPOS firm LevelUp's payment platform, according to an announcement. Launched with crowdfunding in 2012, Pebble builds smartwatches and runs an app store for wearable apps.

Isis offers Amex cardholders NYC taxi promotion

Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, has announced a moving promotion for American Express card members. From now through June 1, 2014, Amex cardholders who tap to pay with a registered card...

Gemalto supplies microSD cards for Garanti's mobile contactless rollout

Garanti Bank, Turkey's second largest private bank, is set to roll out mobile contactless services and mobile wallets with support from digital security company Gemalto. Amsterdam-based Gemalto is supplying its Optelio contactless microSD card technology to Garanti, along with consulting...

MWC14: PayPal and Samsung announce biometric payments system

PayPal and Samsung are collaborating on a payments system that uses fingerprint authentication for mobile shopping, the two companies announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Samsung also launched its fifth-generation Samsung Galaxy S5, which includes a fingerprint scanner,...

ROAM adds chip-and-PIN to its mobile POS

ROAM, an Ingenico company and a mobile commerce platform provider, announced it has expanded its mPOS solutions to include chip-and-PIN acceptance with the RP750x mobile card reader. According to the company, features include: compliant with the latest industry standards (PCI...

Loop launches contactless mobile wallet for mag-stripe readers

Boston-based Loop has released its LoopWallet app for storing magnetic-stripe cards on smartphones and using them in contactless payments at regular POS terminals, according to a company announcement. Mag-stripe cards for payment, gift, loyalty, ID or membership are read by...

CaixaBank launches 'wearable banking' applications

Spain's CaixaBank has created "wearable banking" services that allow users to follow the stock markets via smartwatches and locate branches and convert currencies using Google Glass, according to an announcement from the bank. CaixaBank says its stock market application is...

UK government innovation agency funds Voicekey m-commerce solution

Voice-based mobile authentication provider Voicekey has been awarded the second phase of a small business research initiative m-commerce contract by the U.K. government's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. SBRI contracts are being promoted by the Home Office, the U.K.

Google acquires SlickLogin for mobile sound authentication

Google has acquired SlickLogin, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based company with patent-pending authentication technology that uses sound and mobile phones. When logging onto a website, the user's computer plays a unique sound through its speakers that is picked up and analyzed...

Slyce buys imaging tech to aid mobile retailing

Slyce, a visual search technology firm, has acquired computer vision technology developed at York University that quickly analyzes and aggregates similar images. Through the acquisition, Slyce also hired former York doctoral student Ehsan Fazl-Ersi to lead the integration of the...

Isis rewards Wells Fargo m-wallet users

Isis, the joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, is promoting the use of Wells Fargo credit cards in the Isis Mobile Wallet. Until April 30, consumers using a participating Wells Fargo credit card in the Isis...

Westpac in Google Glass and iBeacon trials

Westpac wants to give its customers in Australia and New Zealand access to their bank accounts via Google Glass and other wearable devices, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. "We are currently trialling a version of the St. George MoneyMeter app on both smart watches and Google Glass (for the St.

PayPal pitches payment service to Apple

PayPal is offering its payment service on a white-label basis to Apple, according to Re/code. The information is based on conversations between three payments industry executives and Re/code. Rumors of Apple's interest in mobile payment have been rife since the...

Mobile account-opening grows in US

Mobile devices are being used increasingly for online account-opening in the U.S., according to a report from Andera. Providence, R.I.–based Andera provides an online and mobile account-opening and loans applications platform on a SaaS (Software as a Service) basis to...

Amazon making an in-store mobile payments play?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is looking at getting into the mobile POS business, by possibly providing brick-and-mortar retailers with in-store checkout systems based on Kindle tablets. Details are sketchy and few, but the report points to the...

Mobile money transforms Kenyan banking market

Sixty percent of Kenyans now use their mobile phone for banking transactions and 64 percent of Kenyans send or receive money locally through their mobile phones, according to a study by the Kenya Bankers Association. Forty-eight percent of bank customers...

Apple in-store payments coming soon?

Recent developments at Apple signal the company plans to offer in-store mobile payments for physical goods, according to The Wall Street Journal. Discussions about Apple's interest in handling payments for physical goods and services on its devices have taken place...

iZettle releases SDK for mobile chip-and-PIN card reader

Stockholm-based iZettle has released its first software development kit for its mobile chip-and-PIN card readers and receipt printers. The SDK, a package of pre-written code that developers can use to add iZettle payment services to their apps, is available for...

Could Target security breach help VeriFone?

There's no shortage of media analysis about who might benefit from the data breach at Target Corp., which exposed credit card information from millions of shoppers. Investors and analysts are circling companies that could benefit from a major upgrade in...

Infinite Peripherals partners with Mercury for mobile payments

The mPOS system provider Infinite Peripherals has formed a partnership with Mercury Payment Systems, a payment service provider for small to mid-sized businesses. As part of the agreement, IPC has securely integrated its mPOS technology with Mercury's payment processing platform, MercuryPay.

NearBytes launches NearPay proximity payments platform

Rio de Janeiro-based NearBytes has launched the NearPay system for secure proximity payments. NearPay uses encoded sound for communication, authentication and the exchange of payment data between mobile devices and computers. It allows mobile phones to be used for proximity...

Bluefin introduces QuickSwipe mobile POS

Cloud-based payment services provider Bluefin Payment Systems has introduced a mobile POS system for iOS devices. The QuickSwipe system is offered to independent software vendors and Software-as-a-Service SaaS providers who want to offer mPOS capability to merchants. Bluefin said QuickSwipe...

Juniper Research: Mobile retail purchases to exceed $700 billion by 2018

Annual retail payments on mobile handsets and tablets will reach $707 billion, or 30 percent of all e-Retail by 2018, compared with 11 percent in 2012 and 15 percent in 2013, according to a report by Juniper Research. Total global...

Central Bank of Jordan plans mobile wallets

The Central Bank of Jordan plans to allow Jordanian banks and telcos to launch mobile wallets as part of its Jordan Mobile Payment project in March, according to The Jordan Times. Jordanians will be able to use mobile wallets for...

Moneris upgrades countertop payments for mobile wallets

Moneris Solutions, Canada's largest card processor, will install VeriFone's VX 520 countertop card readers at its Canadian merchants, enabling them to accept alternative payments such as mobile wallets as well as EMV (chip-and-PIN) cards and traditional mag-stripe cards from a single device.

Emirates NBD offers mobile 'Shake n' Save' to encourage 'impulse saving'

Dubai-based bank Emirates NBD is encouraging customers to save small amounts of money by shaking their smartphones, according to Emirates NBD's app allows customers to pre-set limits for the amount of money they want to save each time they...

Hoyos introduces biometric ID app for smartphones

Hoyos Labs, a start-up digital infrastructure company based in New York City, is demonstrating its HoyosID biometric authentication app at the CES exhibition that is currently under way in Las Vegas. The HoyosID app is designed to replace user names...

Tablets and smartphones surge on shopping websites

Tablets and smartphones are gaining in popularity as a means for visiting shopping websites, accounting for a quarter of total visits, according to the U.S.-based marketing software firm Monetate. However, conversion rates remain higher for visits made with traditional devices...

Reserve Bank of India sees slower than expected mobile banking take-up

The Reserve Bank of India said in its latest Financial Stability Report that take-up of mobile banking in India has been encouraging but slower than expected over the last three years. Only banks that are licensed and supervised in India...

Three credit unions select CheckAlt, iParse, CU Wireless for mobile deposit

FAA Federal Credit Union, the University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union and Valley Credit Union are to offer a remote check deposit service from technology partners CU Wireless, CheckAlt and iParse. Salem, Ore.-based CU Wireless is a credit union-owned CUSO...

With checks still popular, UK looks to mobile devices to speed processing

The U.K. Treasury has announced plans to speed up check processing and to promote check imaging via smartphones, tablets and ATMs.

Canadians expect mobile payments growth

Expectations are running high among Canadian consumers for the future of mobile payments, according to a consumer survey from Canadian telecoms company Rogers Communications. According to the survey, "Rogers Innovation Report: Tech Trends 2013," 52 percent of Canadians own a...

Amazon, DoubleBeam divide up mobile POS firm GoPago

TechCrunch has provided an update on its report about Amazon’s acquisition of the mobile POS system provider GoPago. The site now reports that Amazon has bought Pasadena, Calif.-based GoPago’s technology and its engineering team, but that Amazon has not acquired GoPago's business or existing merchant relationships.

mPOs firm Pagpop to target 300,000 low-income Brazilians

PagPop, a Brazilian mobile card reader vendor, has announced it will join the Business Call to Action initiative, or BCtA, with plans to reach 300,000 new Brazilian credit card users in the next two years. The BCtA is a global...

Bank of China launches mobile payment app

Bank of China has launched the BOC mobile payment app for its credit card customers. The app is downloadable for free from the Apple app store, the Android store, Bank of China's website and its mobile website Bank of China said the app integrates its various mobile payment products, including mobile banking-based payments.

JD Sports launches in-store PayPal payments

The U.K. sports fashion chain JD Sports has launched mobile payments across its six brands and 630 U.K.

Eurostar punches ticket for iZettle mPOS to process upgrades

Eurostar, a high-speed train service linking the U.K., France and Belgium, will partner with the social payments provider iZettle to process passenger upgrades. Eurostar will use iZettle's chip-and-PIN mobile point-of-sale readers on its fleet of trains to service passengers who...

Spanish bank La Caixa partners with Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange, Visa for NFC

La Caixa has teamed up with Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange and Visa Europe to launch what the Spanish bank claims is Europe's largest NFC mobile payments service. The three mobile operators together have an 80 percent share of the Spanish mobile...

LifeLock adds Lemon Mobile Wallet to identity theft protection

The U.S. identity theft protection company LifeLock is enhancing its product offering with the $42.6 million cash acquisition of the mobile wallet provider Lemon. Lemon was set up in 2011 by Wences Casares.

Brazil's Vivo starts selling mPOS payments devices

Vivo, the Brazilian mobile telecoms subsidiary of Spain's Telefónica, has started selling the Vivo Mobile Rede mPOS card acceptance device in its stores in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Computerworld reports. (Note: The story is written in Portuguese.) According...

Onebip wins European Games Group mobile payments deal

The mobile payments company Onebip has been selected by European Games Group as the exclusive provider of mobile payments for its games in key European countries, including the U.K., France, Greece and Poland. Owned by Rome-based Neomobile, Onebip provides mobile...

New York City WIRED store displays Fiserv's mPOS solution

This Christmas holiday season, shoppers visiting WIRED magazine's ninth annual WIRED store in New York City will be able to experience Fiserv's SpotPay mPOS technology. WIRED, which is owned by Condé Nast, is operating its store at 353 W. 14th St.

Westpac plans New Year NFC launch in Australia

Westpac, one of Australia's largest banks, will launch a service enabling its customers to make NFC purchases with mobile devices in the New Year. Westpac said it will work with Visa on the rollout of the NFC point-of-sale payment service....

RBC releases Canadian Facebook money transfer app

RBC Royal Bank of Canada has brought person-to-person money transfers to Facebook via an enhancement to its existing mobile app. The new service notifies recipients of the arrival of funds via Facebook and does not require their email address or...

MasterCard in global NFC alliance with Samsung

MasterCard has announced a global strategic partnership with Samsung that will enable MasterCard cardholders to load and store their card credentials on NFC-enabled Samsung mobile devices. Commonwealth Bank of Australia is the first bank to collaborate with MasterCard and Samsung...

Moneris gift cards integrated with Passbook app

The North American card processor Moneris Solutions' gift and loyalty card program for medium to large businesses is now compatible with Apple's Passbook app. Merchants can now provide cardholders with the ability to digitize their physical gift or loyalty cards...

Processor, telco launch mPOS solution in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a new mPOS option. Global Payments Asia-Pacific Ltd., a regional card payment processor in Asia, and Hong Kong mobile operator 1010 have launched the solution that enables Visa, MasterCard and JCB cards to be swiped through an...

Kiind launches pay-on-use gift card platform in Canada

After launching in the U.S. this summer, the Victoria, Canada-based start-up Kiind has launched its digital gift card platform in Canada.

Kansas adds mobile payment solution for property taxes

In 2000, the state of Kansas launched a website that let people avoid a trip to their county treasurer's office and pay property taxes through a desktop version of the Kansas Property Tax Payments service. Now that service, which is...

Bank of Mexico promoting P2P payments via mobile devices

The Bank of Mexico is taking steps to promote the use of mobile devices for money transfers, according to Hispanically Speaking News. Customers can now ask their banks to link their deposit accounts to a mobile device to receive transfers....

UK consumers don't trust NFC payments

U.K. consumers have a low awareness of NFC payments and mistrust them, according to a report by the market research firm YouGov. YouGov's "The Future of Mobile Digital and Contactless Payments" report shows that only 35 percent of U.K.

Beacon wars heat up as two new entrants emerge

Beacon — a wireless sensor that transmits information to nearby smartphones — may be on its way to becoming a household word. At the least, the micro-location technology is in the news frequently these days. All Things D is reporting...

Lilitab launches iPad 4 mobile payment kiosk

Lilitab LLC announced the completion of Apple MFi certification for its latest self-service payment kiosk, the LiliSwipe Magnetic Stripe Reader, designed to process secure transactions through an iPad 4th generation tablet with Lightning connector, according to a company news release....

Meet the new and improved Square card reader

Square has launched the latest version of its mobile card reader, which it said performs better, is more accurate and uses less power than previous versions. The new Square Reader is also thinner and includes a custom-built magnetic-card read-head and...

AnywhereCommerce provides mPOS technology to Moneris

The North American merchant processor Moneris Solutions Corp. is to use mPOS technology from AnywhereCommerce to enable select merchant clients to accept credit, debit and gift card payments on smartphones and tablets. As part of the agreement, Montreal, Canada-based AnywhereCommerce...

PayAnywhere signs deal with Discover for PayPal payment card acceptance

U.S. mPOS payments technology vendor PayAnywhere has partnered with Discover Financial Services to provide PayAnywhere-affiliated merchants with the ability to accept PayPal at the point of sale. PayPal has more than 55 million active customers in the U.S., an increasing...

Apple Stores turning on iBeacons today

Earlier this week, The Associated Press got a demonstration of how Apple is going to use its iBeacon technology inside its retail stores. Those iBeacons are reportedly being activated today. The closest parallel to the iBeacon functionality is likely the...

Intel integrates NFC reader into core processor for secure MasterPass payments

Intel, MasterCard and NXP Semiconductors are teaming up to deliver two-factor authentication via MasterCard-branded contactless cards for online payments.

Mint launches Windows Phone 8 app

Account aggregation and personal financial management service Mint has launched a version of its app for Windows Phone 8-based smartphones and for Windows 8.1-based touchscreen desktop PCs and tablets. Mint is owned by Intuit, the vendor of Quicken and TurboTax....

KFC UK adds PayPal feature to mobile wallet

AIRTAG, a provider of mobile shopping solutions, announced a collaboration with PayPal to bring new features to the KFC Fast Track mobile wallet. Launched by KFC UK & Ireland and AIRTAG earlier this year, Fast Track enables customers to order and pay in advance for their meals before they arrive at the restaurant.

Monitise launches mobile top-up service in Hong Kong

Monitise announced it has launched its Mobile Money technology platform in Hong Kong through a partnership with Hong Kong mobile operator PCCW-HKT and local ATM network provider Joint Electronic Teller Service. The three companies are rolling out the Easy TopUp...

PayPal piloting mobile check-in and payments system in Germany

PayPal has partnered with a Orderbird, a Berlin-based startup that provides iPad-based point-of-sale systems to merchants, on a check-in service that recognizes users when they enter a business, according to TechCrunch.

Hungarian Red Cross taps social-mobile payments for Philippines typhoon relief

The Hungarian Red Cross has used mobile technology to raise funds for disaster relief — notably after the Japanese tsunami — but for the first time has enlisted social media in the process. The organization is running a Facebook campaign...

Barclays' Pingit enables large company payments to individuals

Barclays has added a feature to its Pingit mobile payment and P2P transfer service that gives large U.K. businesses such as insurers, retailers and utility companies the ability to pay individuals using their mobile phone numbers. The U.K.-based bank says...

With new funds, SimplyTapp CEO talks about the impact on HCE

It's been an eventful month for SimplyTapp Inc. The startup, which says it created host card emulation, just saw the technology be deployed in the new Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Today, the company announced it has raised its Series A...

Direct Auto Insurance adds mobile payments via SMS

DirectAuto Insurance has rolled out new mobile capabilities, including a pay-by-text feature and an app that evaluates driving habits. Customers with a mobile phone and bank account who choose to pay monthly premiums by SMS can text their payment up...

E-commerce holiday revenue up 18 percent over 2012

Custora, a provider of e-commerce marketing analytics software, has released its Custora E-Commerce Pulse, a real-time dashboard providing U.S. e-commerce key statistics and benchmarking data. According to the Pulse, for the holiday period starting Nov.

UK hospitality company rolls out mobile casino

A U.K. hospitality company has launched what it said is the country's first mobile casino, according to Mobile Marketing magazine.

UK bus operator brings mobile payments aboard

A U.K. bus operator has rolled out a mobile payments trial, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

Apple advertises for payments software engineer

The payments world has long wondered if, when and how Apple will jump into the space in a definitive way. Now there's one more tidbit to fuel speculation.

Thai telco will roll out mobile payments service

TOT Plc, Thailand's state-run telco, is getting into the mobile payments game, according to the Bangkok Post.

Bon-Ton Stores adds shoe-based mobile marketing solution

When in doubt, talk to the shoe. The retail chain Bon-Ton Stores has added a mobile solution that lets in-store shoe shoppers know if the store has the shoes they're looking for. If not, an RF/NFC-enabled display shoe will guide...

Mobile payments help off-grid Africans tap solar energy

In the developed world, mobile payments can be viewed as largely an extension of services that are already readily available in other forms. In the developing world, the technology can help transform daily life. Take the case of sub-Saharan Africa, where a number of startup companies are selling pay-as-you-go solar energy kits.

FirstBank is first regional FI to offer mobile bill payment

Denver-based FirstBank is about to roll out a mobile photo bill-pay solution that lets customers pay bills and add payees by snapping a photo of an invoice with smartphones, American Banker reports. FirstBank will become the first U.S.

Square Register gets a new look

Square has redesigned its POS solution. The company said the new Square Register is more intuitive for merchants and customers, optimized for efficiency and simple customization, and designed to provide a consistent experience across Android and iOS 7, as well...

VeriFone rolls out self-service payment devices

The point-of-sale systems provider VeriFone Systems has rolled out a series of unattended payment devices for vending machines and other self-service environments such as parking meters, gas pumps and ticketing machines. The UX Solutions line was announced at the CARTES...

TrustCommerce beefs up PayWithIt mPOS solution

TrustCommerce, a provider of secure payment solutions, has updated its PayWithIt mobile point-of-sale solution, which lets merchants take payments via encrypted card swipe or manually from Apple mobile devices. According to the company, the update contains numerous improvements: Users log...

MyRegistry introduces mobile app for retailers has announced the release of its "Kiosk" mobile app on iOS for merchants to operate an in-store gift registry service. According to the company, this new application enables any brick-and-mortar retailer to have sophisticated gift registry tools that in the past could only be afforded by major department stores.

Granbury Solutions launches tablet-based POS

Granbury Solutions, a provider of POS systems for restaurants, has launched Thr!ve Point-of-Sale for tablets, which the company said is aimed toward casual dining, fast casual and pizza delivery restaurants and bars. Thr!ve features include a graphical ordering system, complete...

Movie chain adds e-ticket system for Apple's Passbook

The U.K. cinema chain Cineworld is set to launch an e-ticketing system that integrates with Apple's Passbook, according to The Drum.

Motorola aims new Moto G smartphone at budget-conscious customers

Motorola's new Moto G aims to be a great phone for a great price, the company's CEO said. The new model, out today, is designed to sell for $179 or less without a contract, making it much more affordable than...

Mobile payments impacting Philippine typhoon relief

Numerous aid efforts are underway to help the Philippines after it was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan, and mobile payments are playing a key role. According to Quartz, a team from the non-profit Télécoms Sans Frontières was on the ground before...

Rabobank, G&D bring contactless solution to Netherlands

The Netherlands' Rabobank and Giesecke & Devrient will launch a mobile payment solution next year that lets customers pay using NFC-enabled smartphones at stores equipped with contactless point-of-sale terminals. Rabobank customers who want the service will apply for a mobile...

P2P payment provider M-Pesa expands in India

Vodafone India and ICICI Bank have launched M-Pesa in Assam and other northeastern Indian states, The Times of India reported. The mobile money transfer and payment service has been lauded for providing access to financial services for unbanked and under-banked...

Moneris goes wireless for new chip-and-PIN mPOS reader

Moneris, a Canadian debit and credit card processor, is set to roll out PAYD PRO, which it said is the first mobile POS system to use chip-and-PIN technology. Many mobile POS solutions plug directly into a smartphone, but PAYD Pro...

No more monthly pricing for Square customers

Just more than a year since it initiated monthly pricing, the mobile payment startup Square will do away with those plans, effective in February. Customers on the monthly plan will receive a bill on Jan.

FIME gets OK to test Visa mobile payment app on secure element

FIME, an advanced secure-chip testing company, announced it has been accredited by Visa to deliver Visa Mobile Payment Application testing. The accreditation extends FIME's existing Visa payment card and terminal testing portfolio to also include the validation of a Visa...

Russian mobile wallet adds contactless transport cards

I-Free Innovations, which introduced a mobile wallet app in Russia this spring, has added functionality that allows users to load a contactless transport card. The new feature will let public transit customers in 13 regions pay fares by touching their mobile phone to a validator device.

Payleven launches mPOS solution in France

The German mobile payments mPOS startup Payleven, which provides a wireless card reader that connects to mobile devices via Bluetooth, has launched a trial in France. The chip-and-PIN solution was already available in nine European countries. The product will sell...

Jumio updates card scanning tech for faster mobile checkout

The mobile payments credentialing company Jumio has added features to Netswipe, its credit card scanning and validation technology, including near-instant processing speed and more comprehensive card data extraction. With Netswipe, consumers use their mobile phone or computer camera to scan...

Jack Dorsey's Square: IPO in 2014?

Square Inc. CEO Jack Dorsey is contemplating taking his company public, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company, known for its credit card reader that plugs into mobile devices, has discussed a 2014 IPO with Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Sprint, Vantiv release tablet-based mPOS system

Sprint and Vantiv have launched a tablet-based, cloud-connected point-of-sale system.

Stratix, Ingenico partner on mPOS system

Stratix, an outsourcing managed mobile services provider, has formed a partnership with the payment solution provider Ingenico. The new combined offering provides merchants a fully managed mobile point of sale system and a support solution option to manage with a...

Healthcare finance company adds mobile payment option

CarePayment, a healthcare finance company that helps people manage out-of-pocket medical expenses, has added functionality to its member portal that allows patients to make payments using any smartphone or tablet. The company, which makes payment programs available through hospitals and...

New specs offer guidance for trusted UIs on mobile devices

GlobalPlatform, an association that standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology, has published "Trusted User Interface API Specification v1.0." The technical document is aimed at software developers who implement trusted applications that reside in the trusted execution environment...

CIBC adds mobile payments solution for business banking clients

Canadian payments provider Payfirma has signed an agreement with CIBC, one of the country's largest banks, to offer a mobile payments solution for CIBC business banking clients. Payfirma offers a range of hardware and software solutions on a single platform...

Michigan bank adds mPOS card reader for business clients

Holland, Mich.-based Macatawa Bank will offer a mobile payments solution that lets business customers accept card payments through smartphones or tablets. The SpotPay card reader works with Android or iOS devices. "The ability to pay anyone, anytime, anywhere is changing...

Square will sell mPOS tablet stands at Staples

Square announced a deal to sell its Square Stand in Staples, according to Tech Crunch. Square Stand is a $299 piece of hardware that turns a merchant's iPad into a mobile POS with card-swiping capabilities. The agreement covers 1,000 Staples locations and follows other arrangments to sell the device at Best Buy and Apple stores.

Swirl mobile marketing tool taps BLE beacons

Swirl Networks recently rolled out its Swirl In-Store Mobile Marketing Platform, which the company said is the first to let large-scale retailers create and deliver personalized content and offers to shoppers based on their specific locations within physical retail stores....

Trial puts GE credit card in NZ telco's mobile wallet

The New Zealand telco 2Degrees and GE Capital have launched an NFC-based mobile payments trial. Participants will be able to load a GE Capital credit card on their 2degrees Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones and tap to make payments. More...

After delays, South African bank launches mPOS solution

The South African banking group Absa is about to take its mobile point-of-sale device to market with pre-selected merchants, according to Business Tech. The bank initially planned to launch the product to small and mobile businesses earlier this year but...

New Android OS lets Google Wallet work around NFC block

Confirming rumors, the new Android operating system that was released on Thursday supports Host Card Emulation, which will let Google work around carrier restrictions on its mobile wallet. Previously, the wallet needed access to the Secure Element, which is controlled...

Campus Nation Network and Loop will market mobile wallet to universities

Campus Nation Network and Loop have entered into a strategic alliance to market mobile wallets to university campus communities in North America. Together the companies will create the Campus Loop product line, a joint offering for the university and college...

Is Google pulling end run around carrier blockage of NFC secure element?

When the new Android 4.4 KitKat OS is rolled out, possibly today, it may include a substantial change related to NFC, according to Android Police. Thus far, Google Wallet has been added to very few phones because it uses the...

Pilot project brings carrier billing to the parking lot

The carrier biller Boku and PassportParking, a provider of integrated cloud-based parking solutions, are running a pilot project to let drivers pay for parking via SMS. Boku said the partnership marks the first time carrier billing has been used to...

Samsung adds new mobile wallet partners

Samsung has brought on several new partners to beef up its mobile wallet, with a focus on transportation, coupons and hospitality. The list includes American Express, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Malaysia Airlines, Amtrak, Valpak, eGifter, Gyft, Yowza, SpotOn, Agoda, HRS,...

New transaction fees haven't slowed mobile payments in Kenya

Although the Kenyan government raised mobile money transaction fees earlier this year, the most recent figures show that mobile payments have increased nearly 22 percent year-on-year, according to Ventures, citing a report by the Central Bank of Kenya. The 10-percent...

Phone security provider Payfone gets $10M from anti-fraud firm Early Warning

Payfone Inc. which provides mobile phone security, has raised $10 million from Early Warning Services LLC, according to Bloomberg News.

Canadians can now use AmEx to pay via Square

Canadian businesses using the Square reader can now accept American Express payments to go along with Visa and MasterCard. Canada has more than 1 million small businesses, Square said in a news release, and 2.7 million people who are self-employed....

WorldPay mPOS keypads available at UK Apple stores

Apple is selling WorldPay Zinc mobile chip-and-pin keypads at 37 retail stores in the U.K. WorldPay, one of the U.K.'s largest merchant acquirers, expects the mobile point-of-sale market there to grow significantly over the next 12 months, driven by increased...

Lilitab teams with VeriFone for iPad POS kiosk

Lilitab LLC announced today that it has partnered with VeriFone Systems Inc. on the development of a new Apple MFi-certified self-service payment kiosk, the Lilitab Pro-V. The co-branded payment kiosk incorporates VeriFone's payment technology for secure transactions with Lilitab's patented Lilitab Pro tablet enclosure.

Firms that track shoppers via smartphones agree to code of conduct

Eight of the 10 leading location analytics companies have agreed to a new code of conduct in an effort led by U.S. Sen.

Flint launches swipe-free mobile payment solution for Android

After launching a swipe-free mobile payment app for iOS last fall, Flint Mobile has released the solution in the Google Play Store, the company announced during last week's Small Business Expo in Boston. The app is tailored to small businesses...

Rio de Janeiro pilots NFC ticketing for public transit

A pilot program is under way in Rio de Janeiro to let bus, train and ferry riders pay with NFC-enabled smartphones. The three-month initiative, expected to run through December, is a partnership between RioCard Tecnologia da InfRioCard Tecnologia da Informação,...

US company rolls out app to pay with bitcoins via Google Glass

A California firm has developed an app that lets users pay for in-store items with bitcoins via Google Glass. With the GlassPay app, developed by RedBottle Design, Google Glass and Android users will be able to scan the barcodes of items in a physical shopping cart, which will then be added to a virtual cart.

Stockholm homeless accepting mobile payments with iZettle solution

Want to buy that periodical to support the homeless but don't have any cash in your pockets? That's no longer a problem in Stockholm, where the hometown payments firm iZettle is providing a solution that lets the publication purveyors accept...

Flagship iPhone 5s doubles 5c sales in first month

Based on early returns, Apple's flagship iPhone 5s is selling twice as fast the cheaper iPhone 5c. According to a new analysis from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, which surveyed consumers who bought the latest iPhones in late September, the...

SDK will let Android users join the iBeacon party

Radius Networks, a provider of mobile proximity services, has released its software development kit for Android iBeacon location services. The iBeacon is a short range, Bluetooth Low Energy transmitter that can notify mobile devices when it comes within 100 feet...

SIMalliance publishes Open Mobile API specs for public comment

SIMalliance, the global non-profit industry association that works to simplify secure element implementation, has published the first release of its Open Mobile API Test Specification for public consultation. Mobile industry stakeholders with an interest in the Open Mobile API are...

PayPal, Viableware streamline payments platform at full-service restaurants

Viableware announced that PayPal payments will be accepted on the RAIL payment platform, a mobile payment device that enables full-service restaurants to securely accept various forms of payment at the table. The integration expands PayPal's presence in the dining vertical...

Square mPOS reader needs iOS 7 setting adjustments

Merchants using the Square credit card reader who have upgraded to iOS 7 need to adjust some settings to continue using the reader on iPhones. Apple's new operating system includes a security setting requiring the user to grant each app access to the microphone.

FICO launches mobile game to educate Brazilians about credit

FICO, the predictive analytics and decision-management software company that is known for providing credit scores in the U.S., has released a mobile game to provide financial education to Brazil's 30 million smartphone users. The company's "Missão: Positivo" game lets consumers...

After pilot project, regional grocery will expand mobile payments program

An Oklahoma City-based supermarket chain has concluded a mobile payment pilot program and will soon expand it. Homeland Stores, a 78-store regional chain, launched the "SwiftScan" program in June with the mobile payments technology provider Double Beam, according to a news release.  The mobile app lets customers pay with a smartphone.

Bump app maker acquired by Google

Google has acquired Bump, a start-up whose app lets users transfer files between smartphones by tapping them together. As The Wall Street Journal reports, local file transfers between phones is a recent focus among smartphone giants.

Direct seller Southwestern Advantage deploys ROAM mPOS system

Southwestern Advantage is a $255 million company that recruits and trains college students to sell educational products directly to consumers, door to door. With 2,500 independent contractors in the field, processing payments is an obvious challenge, particularly when customers opt to use a credit card.

MasterCard testing in-stadium mobile pay app

If you've ever craved another hot dog and beverage during a college football game but didn't have the heart to fight your way to the concourse, MasterCard may have an answer. The company said it is testing, with Legends Hospitality, an expansion of its QkR app that will let consumers order and pay for food without leaving their stadium seat.

Redesigned AT&T stores will include mPOS terminals

As the lines between the physical and digital retail worlds blur and consumers turn to their mobile devices and apps to enhance their mobile lifestyles, AT&T said it is transforming its retail stores in Kentucky and Ohio to enhance the...

Tanzanians can now pay taxes, vehicle fees via mobile phone

The Tanzanian government has begun using mobile phones to accept tax payments and motor vehicle licensing fees. According to IT News Africa, the Tanzania Revenue Authority announced last Friday that it had collected about $2.5 million since it launched the service about three weeks ago.

VeriFone aims new tablet mPOS solution at ISOs, acquirers

VeriFone Systems Inc. has launched a new point-of-sale software platform and support infrastructure designed to help ISOs and acquirers provide tablet POS solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. The solution, GlobalBay Merchant, is an extension of the company's GlobalBay line...

Motley Fool sees Apple disrupting mobile payments, challenging PayPal

It would be nice if Apple went ahead and released the iPhone 5S already, so stories about whether the company is about to disrupt the mobile payments ecosystem can be put to rest. (If only putting speculation to rest were that easy.) At any rate, there is no shortage of opinions on either side of the question.

Aussie taxi app startup Ingogo hails $1M in additional funding

Ingogo, an Australian startup that has developed a mobile payment app for taxis, has secured another $1 million in funding, bringing its overall total to $3.7 million. According to the Australian site, Ingogo has signed up 15 percent of...

Propay targets millennials with mobile rent payment solution

With scores of smartphone-owning millennials coming down the pike, property management firms may need to alter how they communicate with those potential customers. With that in mind, Propay, a merchant services, payment security and mobile payments company, has launched a...

IZettle launches mobile payments services in Brazil

The social payments company iZettle has launched its services in Brazil as part of its global partnership with Banco Santander. Individuals and small businesses there who register with iZettle and order a chip-and-signature card reader can can now accept card...

Fiserv touts new tablet banking solution

Fiserv Inc., which provides financial services technology solutions, has launched a turnkey application service provider solution for iPads and iPad minis. The new app, dubbed Mobiliti: Tablet, will let users pay bills and make person-to-person payments and mobile deposits, the company said.

Harris Teeter grocery chain will pilot Paydiant mobile wallet

Paydiant, provider of a cloud-based mobile wallet, cardless ATM access and offer redemption platform, today announced that the mid-Atlantic grocery chain Harris Teeter Inc. will deploy a pilot of Paydiant's white label mobile wallet. The mobile wallet will tested in Matthews, N.C., beginning this month, according to a news release.

HybridPayTech picks Vodafone M2M platform for mobile payment connectivity

HybridPayTech, a division of Montreal-based Freeport Capital Inc., will use Vodafone's global machine-to-machine platform to provide connectivity for its mobile payment service, the company announced. HybridPayTech's service allows businesses to equip mobile employees with smartphones or tablets that can securely...

Seattle parkers can now pay remotely

Seattle is known as a tech-savvy city, with a growing biotech sector and deep connections to companies like, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Microsoft, T-Mobile USA and Nintendo. Now the city has joined the roster of locations where drivers can use their...

Apple patent application includes NFC component for media 'gifting'

Apple has recently applied to patent a system that lets users "gift" media content from iTunes and their own library to other iOS device owners, Apple Insider reports. The transactions would be facilitated by near-field communication. Apple's plans regarding NFC are a topic of high interest in the mobile payments space.

New Honeywell mPOS tools for iOS take checkout to the shopper

Honeywell today announced two new iOS-based tools designed to help retailers shorten checkout times and make shopping more personalized for customers and store owners. The Captuvo SL42 and SL22 are encasements for the Apple iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod Touch...

VeriFone releases tap-and-pay app for New York City taxi riders

VeriFone today released Way2Ride, a new app that lets New York City taxi passengers pay by smarthphone. The app works with iOS and Android phones and allows users to preset payment preferences, the preferred card, tip percentage and how they'd...

Mobile payment processor Square fined for unlicensed activity in Florida

The Florida Office of Financial Regulation recently fined Square $507,000 for unlicensed activity. According to The South Florida Business Journal, the office alleged that San Francisco-based Square, which makes credit card readers for mobile devices, began operating in the state without the required license.

Western Union survey finds more using mobile devices to pay bills

Mobile devices are changing how U.S. consumers pay bills, even as people continue to use different payment channels such as in-person or mail, according to the latest findings from the Western Union Bill Payments Money Mindset Index. Fifteen percent of...

Singapore telco will let users pay for Google Play store apps via monthly phone bill

Customers of SingTel, a mobile phone provider in Singapore, will soon be able to pay for Android apps from Google's Play store through their monthly bill. According to The Straits Times, SingTel is the first carrier in Southeast Asia to...

New Heartland mobile payments app will let parents manage school-related fees via smartphone, tablet

Heartland School Solutions, a provider of child nutrition management and secure online payment solutions to U.S. public and private schools, has launched a mobile payments application that allows parents of school-aged children to manage school-related fees from smartphones and tablets.

VeriFone mobile payments solution now aboard French national railroad

VeriFone Systems Inc.'s PAYware Wynid managed payments solution is now powering passenger ticket purchases aboard France's national railroad, which is owned by SNCF Group, VeriFone announced today. Deployment began in April with 1,000 handheld devices.

Android market share rises in 2Q as Apple iOS drops

The Android smartphone operating system now claims nearly 80 percent of market share, according to the latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report from International Data Corp. Samsung's figure for the second quarter of 2013 (79.3 percent) represents a 10-percent...

Portland parkers can soon pay by smartphone

Motorists in Portland, Ore., will soon be able to pay by smartphone. The Oregonian reports that City Center Parking, which was acquired in January by ImPark of Vancouver, B.C., will begin accepting mobile payments in September. Using an app developed...

Will Apple's new iOS include a mobile payment option?

Apple's Passbook app can handle the management aspect of the digital wallet, but the company has stopped short of providing a full-fledged mobile payment app. But recent reports about the pending release of Apple's new operating system suggest that may...

Co-branded mobile credit card readers hit the market from iTransact

Salt Lake City-based iTransact recently introduced co-branded mobile credit card readers for corporate clients intended to make mobile payment transactions effortless, convenient and secure, the company announced. The readers are available for any device that is compatible with the iOS...

Wireless Dynamics brings NFC to iPhone 5

For some time, Wireless Dynamics Inc. has been pushing cases that enable NFC on iPhones, and the Canadian company announced today the availability of the third generation of its iCarte iPhone accessory.

Apple piques more speculation with another mobile payment patent

There are few questions mobile payment followers like to debate with as much gusto as "What's Apple up to?" A new patent application unearthed by Apple Insider will only add to the discussion. The patent, filed earlier this year, is...

Samsung, Telefónica Digital sign direct carrier billing pact

Telefónica Digital, the business division of wireless carrier Telefónica, is teaming with Samsung Electronics to make direct carrier billing easier. Direct carrier billing allows users to purchase virtual goods and place the cost of that purchase on their monthly phone...

Citi rolls out tablet banking app worldwide

Citi is rolling out its Citibank for iPad app worldwide, with plans to introduce the app in markets in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Europe through 2013.

The rise of the low-cost smartphone and the spread of mobile commerce

The feature phone is gradually giving way to the smartphone, yielding in markets once thought impervious to expensive mobile devices. But in many parts of the world, smartphone shipments today account for a larger percentage of mobile handset shipments than feature phones thanks to the rising availability of low-cost models.

Apple CEO: mobile payments "in its infancy"

For those playing the always entertaining game of "What's Next for Apple?", company CEO Tim Cook provided few clues as to whether Apple's next big thing will be mobile payments. During Apple's second quarter earnings call, Cook recognized the company's...

New NFC terminals, stickers from iKaaz offer low cost option

Oft cited by critics as a fundamental issue with merchant adoption of NFC payments is the cost of new equipment to accept the technology at the point of sale. Bangalore, India-based iKaaz, a provider of mobile payment solutions, is hoping to fix that.

First Tech first to offer native Windows phone banking app

First Tech Federal Credit Union has become the first credit union in the United States to introduce a native Windows Phone mobile banking app. So it should come as no surprise that Microsoft is the FCU's largest select employer group....

500M NFC phones to hit market by end of next year

Though there are plenty of NFC skeptics, one thing's for sure: If the technology doesn't take off it won't be for lack of consumer access. According to ABI Research, more than 500 million NFC-enabled devices will be in use by consumers worldwide by the end of next year.

Barnes & Noble taps Fortumo to provide in-app payments for NOOK devices

Retailer Barnes & Noble Inc. is making it easier for NOOK users to buy digital goods through their e-readers.

Rogers adds devices to lineup of suretap-ready phones

Canadian carrier Rogers Communications is expanding the range of phone choices for its suretap mobile payment service. New devices announced today include handsets from LG and Samsung running on the Android mobile operating system, as well as some new BlackBerry...

iPhone NFC rumors come with a biometric bonus this time

Is it ever too early to begin predicting NFC and mobile payments on the next iPhone? Of course not! And this time, predictable predictions about NFC come with an extra portion of cool: fingerprint sensors. According to, a fingerprint...

Digital donation kiosk accepts mobile payments, targets next-gen givers

Donation-supported organizations have another mobile-friendly, modernized means for giving. The iGIVE Digital Donation Kiosk is now available from self-service and digital signage provider inLighten and accepts payments ranging from personal checks to Google Wallet. "This unique kiosk has been created...

Indonesian mobile money product for BlackBerry devices launches

Indonesian bank PT Bank Permata TBK, BlackBerry and mobile money provider Monitise PLC announced that BBM Money, a mobile money product for BlackBerry smartphones, is being deployed in Indonesia. This is the official launch of the mobile money product Monitise...

Monitise piloting BlackBerry mobile money service in Indonesia

Monitise PLC has announced that it will collaborate with two other partners on the first mobile money and payments solution to be built on the BlackBerry Messenger platform.

RIM gets Visa approval for secure element management tool

Are mobile payments key to a resurgent Research In Motion? Could be. The maker of BlackBerry devices announced its Secure Element Manager solution for NFC mobile payments has been given the official Visa stamp of approval.

Revel Systems ups ante on tablet solutions with EMV compatibility

Revel Systems today announced that its iPad POS system now provides EMV compatibility in preparation for upcoming deadlines for EMV certification and PCI compliance in the U.S. With credit card fraud on the rise and standards set to change over...

NRF: VeriFone intros payment solution for iPad mini

VeriFone Systems today announced at the NRF BIG Show how its comprehensive suite of payments solutions is helping retailers interact with their customers. New solutions on the show floor include: A new, size-adaptable payment acceptance solution for tablets — the...

U.S. Bank to test NFC-enabled mobile payments for iPhone users

U.S. Bank will be offering FlexPerks Visa cardholders in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Portland, Ore., the option to try a new mobile payment product called U.S.

Time to start predicting NFC in the next iPhone

It begins again. The non-NFC-enabled iPhone 5 has been out for three months and already rumors the iPhone 5S (assuming Apple stays with the same naming convention it used with the iPhone 4/4S) will have NFC in it. According to...

Qualcomm to offer NFC chips next year

Qualcomm Inc., through its Qualcomm Atheros Inc. subsidiary, has announced that it will introduce an NFC chip beginning next year.

NFC market booms as the technology exits 'trial phase'

?The mobile NFC market isn't just growing — it's exploding, suggesting that contactless payments could quickly become the norm. Emerging technology forecasting and analysis firm ABI research expects an increase in NFC-enabled devices shipped to skyrocket from 102 million this...

RBS and NatWest offer NFC-enabled mobile payments for iPhone users

iPhone users can now access mobile payments using NFC technology thanks to the Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest. The FIs are launching TouchPay, a mobile contactless payments service for iPhone 4 and 4S models that uses a special protective...

Dongle from OTI offers NFC tech to any handset

On Track Innovations Ltd. thinks it has a solution to the issue of too few smartphones supporting NFC: a dongle.

New INSIDE Secure chip may end SE control debate

In the world of NFC payments, one of the big questions has been who will control the secure element, the chip that stores payment credentials and personal data. Will it be the carrier or the company providing the mobile operating system? Now semiconductor-maker INSIDE Secure may have a solution.

New mobile payment testing solution offered by Clear2Pay, TestPlant

Payment technology provider Clear2Pay and testing solution company TestPlant have announced a joint effort to offer a new test solution for the mobile payment space. The aptly named Mobile Payment App Test Solution will allow companies looking to enter the...

Isis: OK, so now it's really official

After months of speculation and weeks of rumor, it's now officially official: Isis launches pilot programs in Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas on Oct. 22.

Square ends NYC taxi pilot program early

GigaOm's Ryan Kim is reporting Square is shutting down a pilot program it was running with New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission. The company was testing an iPad-based system for processing payments in approximately 15 New York cabs. The...

Synapse makes case for iPad POS solution; Hubworks makes case for using it

When Coeur d'Alene, Idaho-based HubWorks developed software enabling diners to place orders and pay bills via a table-mounted iPad, the company turned to Seattle-based Synapse to develop the HubWorks iPad Case, solving crucial payment and durability concerns. Rob Berger, CEO...

DeviceFidelity relaunches moneto mobile wallet

Big changes are coming to moneto, the first multi-platform NFC-based mobile payment service for both iPhone and Android devices. Moneto was launched by Richardson, Texas-based DeviceFidelity earlier this year.

Apple's newest acquisition signals mobile payment play?

In a recent SEC filing, Florida-based security company AuthenTec revealed that it has been acquired by Apple Inc. The 8-K "Report of unscheduled material events or corporate event" said the two companies had entered into an agreement worth $356 million,...

Another report: iPhone 5 to include NFC

As the iPhone 5 release approaches, the game of "will it support NFC or not" is heating up (the same game that was played when the iPhone 4S was released last year). Now Boy Genius Report is joining other sources...

G&D introduces NFC payment sticker in Germany

Giesecke & Devrient, the Munich-based financial services and security company, is looking to stick it to mobile phone-makers — so to speak. G&D is introducing the first payment sticker to meet the German banking industry's specification. The new sticker, affixed...

Apple addressing potential in-app payment hack

Apple trackers at posted last week about an alleged workaround that allows hackers to obtain apps from Apple's in-app payment platform for free. According to the site, the hack was first identified by Russian developer.  According to the post, the hack requires little to make it work and can be accomplished by even a novice hacker.

Apple patents show company has plenty of interest in NFC

For those convinced that the Wall Street Journal's recent article on Apple's deliberations regarding NFC on the iPhone mean the company is bearish on the technology, NFC World has cataloged the many patents Apple has secured in the past few years that use NFC.

Aurus, Daily Systems partner on out-of-the-box mobile POS

Daily Systems LLC, a mobile point of sale hardware manufacturer, is partnering with Aurus Inc. to offer a complete mobile POS solution, the companies announced.

Report: Apple cautious about entering mobile payments

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple Inc. considered adding mobile payments and NFC technologies to its most recent iPhone 4S model.

IPhone 5 to support NFC?

We're months out from a new iPhone release so it must be time to speculate on whether the next iteration of the handset will include NFC support. Expectations are that Apple will show off the new device sometime in September,...

Microsoft gets in the NFC wallet game

What the world needs now, is one more digital wallet. So says Microsoft, at least.

HTC, MasterCard to partner on NFC payments in Taiwan

Taiwan handset-maker HTC Corp. revealed its newest smartphone and announced Taiwan's entry into the world of NFC payments with its partnership with Cathay United Bank, card issuer EasyCard Corp.

Perry Ellis hoping to enhance customer experience with mobile POS

Perry Ellis International is hoping to improve its customers' shopping experiences, grow in-store sales and increase brand loyalty by implementing POS capabilities to mobile devices within the store. The designer, distributor and licensor of a line of men's and women's...

Ericsson and Aconite collaborate on mobile contactless payments

Ericsson this week announced a partnership with Aconite to provide secure delivery and remote management of applications for consumers' NFC-enabled mobile phones. A story at Voicendata said the service will give application issuers a turnkey solution for distributing mobile-based products...

PayAnywhere adds BlackBerry support

PayAnywhere, a mobile POS provider, announced it's extending its product line. Its app and card reader will now work on a variety of BlackBerry smartphones, the company said. “One in six U.S.

Samsung Olympic phone features NFC, mobile payments

Handset manufacturer Samsung is teaming with Visa Inc. on a new limited edition device for this year's London 2012 Olympic Games.

MasterCard certifies new NFC devices

MasterCard Worldwide announced that several near field communications-enabled smartphones have been certified on its MasterCard PayPass technology. The phones are cleared by MasterCard to meet its standards for providing secure contactless payments. The new MasterCard-certified devices include phones from BlackBerry,...

INSIDE Secure powers Nokia phone's NFC capabilitites

Semiconductor company INSIDE Secure announced its technology is behind the NFC capabilities available in the new Nokia Lumia 610 NFC phone released last week. The Lumia 610 NFC is the first NFC-enabled phone running Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system.

Report: 700M NFC phones in 2016

A new report by Sweden-based Berg Insight may give supporters of NFC some encouragement. According to the report, global sales of handsets featuring the technology increased ten-fold in 2011 to 30 million units.

Heartland's Mobuyle iOS payment solution now available

Mobuyle mobile payment acceptance solution is now available on Apple iOS mobile devices, Heartland Payment Systems announced today. The app enables merchants to accept credit, debit and gift card payments on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The Mobuyle app...

Google in discussions to expand Google Wallet internationally

Following on the news that Google Wallet will expand to 10 handsets through Sprint by year's end, NFC World is reporting Google Wallet is expanding in other ways too: Google is in talks to take the mobile payment platform abroad. According to a post on NFC World, Google Wallet will "definitely arrive in the U.K.

Google Wallet to be on 10 devices by year's end

Fierce Mobile Content reported Osama Bedier, VP of Google Wallet and Payments, said partner Sprint Nextel will have at least 10 phones by year's end that will support Google Wallet. The first new smartphone will be the new LG phone available this spring.

Intel joins Visa in NFC, m-commerce partnership

Visa has been busy on the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Along with its Vodafone and Oberthur Technologies partnerships, the company is a part of a new strategic alliance with Intel Corp.

FeliCa and Samsung to develop interoperable chips

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd and NFC technology provider FeliCa Networks Inc.

Samsung, Visa unveil Olympic payment app

In preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games later this year, Visa Europe and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced the launch date of the official mobile payments application today.

Study shows retailers still struggling with mobile, tablet commerce

Fewer than one-third of retailers have optimized sites for tablet commerce, according to a report, "Mobile & Tablet e-Commerce: Is anyone really ready?" by Zmags, a provider of rich media mobile and social merchandising. Zmags commissioned HawkPartners, a marketing consulting...

Microsoft receives mobile wallet patent

Technology website Tom's Guide is reporting on a patent filing released last week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Skrill makes payments on mobile devices easier

Skrill, a U.K.-based digital wallet provider, announced it is launching a product meant to make online purchases through a mobile device easier. The new Skrill 1-Tap connects to Skrill's digital wallet and lets users enter payment details on participating merchant...

Siri's functionality may some day extend to ATMs

The patent office has made public Apple's patent for its iPhone bot, revealing some of the company's plans for Siri's future, according to a report at the Atlantic Wire. These could include the ability to assist ATM users, one Apple patent application suggests.

Visa approves mobile devices on its NFC POS technology

Visa Inc. and Visa Europe announced that NFC-enabled smartphones from Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Research In Motion (RIM) have been certified for use with Visa payWave, its mobile application for payments at the point of sale. "This is an...

Intuit to offer GoPayment mobile POS, redesigned reader to Canadian merchants

Intuit is looking to expand its GoPayment mobile point-of-sale product north of the border. The company announced it plans to offer GoPayment to merchants in Canada.

GUESS deploying iPads to better serve shoppers

GUESS Inc. is using iPads to put its products in front of shoppers by implementing the VeriFone GlobalBay iPad Retailing solution inside a dozen stores in the U.S.

UK's John Lewis uses QR codes for mobile shopping in stores

John Lewis, a popular UK department store, is merging online and offline sales with a virtual store allowing shoppers to buy products with smartphones via QR codes. According to Power Retail, the Brighton Waitrose store features a window display where...

Torex launches cloud-based mobile POS platform

The mobile POS is moving to the cloud. Torex, a U.K.-based retail systems provider, announced it has launched kachng!, a cloud-based HTML5 point of sale which will work via browsers on tablet devices, smartphones and the traditional POS. The combination...

GSMA announces worldwide support for SIM-based NFC

The GSMA, the international trade organization for the wireless industry, announced 45 mobile network operators (MNOs) from around the world have pledged support for SIM-based NFC solutions and services. Among the MNOs supporting the approach are China Mobile and China Unicom, Canada's Rogers Communications, Vodaphone Group and ISIS, the U.S.

Jumptap report shows increase in tablet shopping, mobile banking

Mobile ad network Jumptap released a new report today on mobile shopping habits. According to the research, tablets are quickly becoming the device of choice for their owners to make purchases over the Internet.

Discover to pilot NFC program in Chicago, Salt Lake City

NFC Times is reporting that Discover Financial Services will pilot a contactless payment method for iPhones using an NFC-enabled attachment preloaded with the application. Canadian Wireless Dynamics will provide the attachments. The pilot will use 400 to 500 of Discover's...

HP debuts mobile POS solution

HP has launched a mobile point-of-sale solution for retailers. The HP Retail Mobile Point-of-Sale Case attaches to the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC, adding an integrated magnetic stripe reader (MSR) and a barcode scanner, according to a company press release....

Nokia to bring NFC to NYC transit

NFC World is reporting that handset maker Nokia is working with the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority to develop a contactless ticketing system using NFC technologies. According to the NFC World post, the pilot phase for the program will begin...

Fortumo releases new cross-platform mobile billing

In-app billing and mobile payment platform provider Fortumo announced a new cross-platform billing service for HTML-5 supported applications. The new platform is important to digital content providers and developers because it gives them the ability monetize their mobile content regardless...

MasterCard Mobile is Hungary for mobile payments

MasterCard Europe is launching a new mobile payment tool, MasterCard Mobile, for the Hungarian market along with partners Telenor, Hungarian Telekom, FHB Bank and Cellum. The company announced the news yesterday.

Two BlackBerry devices receive MasterCard PayPass certification

Research in Motion has announced that two of its smartphones, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360, have been certified by MasterCard as PayPass-approved devices, the first SIM-based NFC smartphones to receive the certification. "NFC technology is making smartphones...

Polish mPay adds mass transit payments to service

Polish mobile payment service mPay announced that users with Android Smartphone on the Play, Plus and Orange services will be able to buy tickets for public transport in Warsaw using the Transportoid application on their mobile devices.

Square drops hold on funds, says it has shipped 800K readers

TechCrunch and AllThingsD both featured articles on mobile POS start-up Square today. According to the articles, the company's COO Keith Rabois called them to report Square has now shipped 800,000 readers.

A tantalizing glimpse of Samsung's next NFC phone? (UPDATED)

Lost amidst the hubbub of yesterday's rather lackluster launch of the iPhone 4S, and (at least from a mobile payment standpoint) its glaring omission of NFC capabilities, was the posting of this short video by Samsung on YouTube. The video...

Parking continues to prove itself a friend to mobile payments

Mobile payments continue to find an unlikely friend in parking lots, a fact made evident by news today from the National Parking Association. The NPA, the trade association for the parking lot industry, announced it has formed a strategic alliance...

ROAM plays politics...kind of

The Boston Globe has a great article up on the use of mobile point of sale technology by the campaign for Barry Hinckley, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Rhode Island.

Panelists discuss tokenization during Mobile Payments Today webinar

In a webinar held September 15, 2011, hosted by Mobile Payments Today and sponsored by Magtek Inc., industry experts discussed the role of various security methods in protecting consumer data during mobile transactions. The event, entitled "Bridging People and Payments:...

TIO launches Android version of PG&E app

Bill payment processor TIO Networks Corp. today announced it has launched a new Android version of its popular Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Mobile Bill Payment app.

Payment Data Systems to enter mobile POS market ... soon

The "mobile payments is all hype" crowd may be on to something. Apparently, it's no longer even necessary to build a mobile payment application before putting out an announcement about it. Payment Data Systems Inc., a San Antonio-based payment company,...

ERPLY joins crowded mobile POS field

As if there weren't enough options for a mobile POS system, the market has welcomed one more competitor. ERPLY, a provider of cloud-based POS and retail inventory management solutions, announced its new mobile credit card reader for handheld mobile devices...

Swedish iZettle introduces new mobile POS application to Sweden

Is iZettle Swedish for "square?" Swedish company iZettle announced its new mobile payment app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is available on the Swedish App Store. The app is similar to products in the U.S.

ParkMobile to offer mobile payment parking in Nashville

Parkmobile USA Inc. announced that motorists in downtown Nashville, Tenn., will be able to pay for parking using apps on their iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android smartphones.

HTC says it wants Taiwanese FIs to collaborate on mobile payment system

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC Corp. told Taiwanese financial institutions they need to develop a mobile payment platform jointly, according to Central News Agency.

First Data and VeriFone partner in mobile POS offer

Payment processor First Data Corp. and point of sale manufacturer VeriFone Systems Inc.

NFC capabilities hidden in Google+

There's some potential mobile payments technology hidden in the Google+ social networking service. It turns out NFC-enabled phones running the Google+ Android app can read NFC tags and incorporate them into the service. The functionality is currently limited to those...

VeriFone to release tablet POS device

The mobile point-of-sale battle keeps getting more and more intense. According to a report by Bloomberg, VeriFone Systems Inc.

Nokia confirms mobile money in all future Indian handsets

Indian English-language paper The Hindu is reporting Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has confirmed its plans to include its "Mobile Money" application in all of its handsets for the Indian market. A story on Nokia expanding the service nationwide had been reported in the Indian Economic Times earlier this month.

New tech from Naratte makes mobile payments ultrasonic

An exciting new technology is looking to disrupt the already disruptive mobile payments space. Silicon Valley-based Naratte Inc., a small start-up founded in 2009 that has only 12 employees, has announced its new technology, called Zoosh, that uses ultrasonic frequencies...

HP reported to be introducing NFC devices

Bloomberg, citing two sources familiar with plans, said Hewlett-Packard Co.

Nokia intends e-wallet for Indian market this year

While Google Inc. makes news with the introduction of its new Google Wallet product in the United States, Finnish handset maker Nokia Corp.

Apple's Jobs to keynote next week's WWDC, unveil new mobile OS

Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.'s CEO, may finally put questions over near field communication (NFC) support in the iPhone to rest next week. According to a release from Apple, Jobs will provide the keynote address at the company's annual Worldwide Developers...

PayPal says Google stole its Wallet (UPDATED)

(UPDATED) Claiming on its company blog that spending time in a courtroom isn't its thing, PayPal quickly followed Google's announcement of its new online payment method by filing a lawsuit against Google for stealing trade secrets and poaching employees. The...

Google to announce NFC payment program, partners include Sprint, MasterCard and Citi

(UPDATED) Sources familiar with plans say the much rumored Google mobile payment product using near field communication (NFC) technologies will finally be announced this week. Bloomberg is reporting that Google will announce on Thursday that it is partnering with wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corp.

MICROS and VeriFone partner on NFC POS for hospitality

MICROS Systems Inc., a provider of hardware and software solutions for the hospitality industry, and point of sale provider VeriFone Systems Inc., have announced a new point-of-sale solution that lets consumers pay their restaurant tabs using mobile phones enabled with...

DeviceFidelity looks to change the NFC game

Calling it a game-changer, Richardson, Tex.-based DeviceFidelity Inc. announced it has been granted a patent for its approach to providing secure near field communication (NFC) functionality to mobile devices.

Nokia to introduce NFC capabilities with new 'Angry Birds' game

Finnish mobile-phone maker Nokia Oyj is partnering with Rovio Mobile Oy, the maker of the hit game "Angry Birds," to create a new version of the game to leverage the near field communications (NFC) capabilities of its new phones. Players...

Nokia, Proxama announce NFC partnership

Proxama Ltd, a developer of near field communications (NFC) technology, has announced it will partner with Nokia Corp. in developing NFC applications for a new generation of smartphones.

Report: 300 million NFC smartphones by 2014

According to a new forecast from Juniper Research, the number of smartphones with near field communications (NFC) capabilities will reach 300 million by 2014. The Juniper report estimates that more than 1 in 5 smartphones will be NFC enabled worldwide....

AT&T announces Digby Mobile Commerce Solutions

AT&T today announced a new service, Digby Mobile Commerce from AT&T, created specifically for retailers to aid in design, deployment and management of mobile commerce websites and rich applications optimized for smartphones. Digby Mobile Commerce provides an interface for consumers...

ROAM Data chief weighs in on mobile POS security

A new voice has joined the debate that has been raging since VeriFone CEO Doug Bergeron published his open letter regarding security concerns with Square's mobile POS product. ROAM Data CEO Will Graylin published a letter to the mobile payment...

Swiss phone subscribers top up at kiosks

Mobile Software Provider Sicap and Telecoms Provider Swisscom have launched a contactless in-store kiosk to allow pre-paid subscribers to top up their phones. According to Near Field Communications World, the NFC feature of the kiosk allows customers to top up...

Google adds in-app billing to Android Market

Google announced on its Android Developer blog that its in-app billing service is ready for developers. The service allows developers of applications built on Google's Android mobile operating system to include a mechanism for users to buy digital goods while...

Report: Microsoft to include NFC on Windows Phone OS

Another company is including near field communication (NFC) support in its mobile operating system. This time it's Microsoft Corp.

Google teams with MasterCard, Citigroup on NFC payments

Citing sources familiar with the program, the Wall Street Journal reports today that Google Inc. is teaming with MasterCard Inc.

CHARGE Anywhere announces NFC-enabled mobile POS

CHARGE Anywhere LLC, a mobile payment provider and payment gateway, announced that its mobile payment application for devices running the Android mobile operating system now enables those devices to process near field communication (NFC) transactions as point-of-sale terminals. In order...

Mobile payment apps star in new iPhone ad

In a new advertisement for its iPhone, Apple prominently features two popular mobile payment applications. The ad, entitled “Apps,” pitches the wide variety of applications available for the iPhone through Apple's App Store.

Google to pilot NFC POS system

Google Inc. is looking to test a contactless, point-of-sale system allowing consumers to pay for in-store purchases using phones equipped with near field communication (NFC) technologies, according to Bloomberg.

Apple to wait on NFC?

The Independent is reporting that Apple Inc. will not include near field communication (NFC) capabilities in its next generation of iPhones coming out this summer.

VeriFone calls on Square to recall its hardware

(UPDATED) As the mobile point-of-sale battle continues to heat up, VeriFone CEO Doug Bergeron issued an open letter to Square today claiming Square’s hardware “is poorly constructed and lacks all ability to encrypt consumers’ data.” In the letter, and through...

Apriva and EVO team up for mobile POS

Apriva, a provider of end-to-end wireless transactions and secure information solutions, has teamed with EVO Merchant Services, the largest privately-held credit card processor in the United States and Canada, to deliver EVO Mobile Pay, a branded mobile payment-processing application based...

B of A expands NFC mobile payment trial

According to reports, Bank of America is set to expand its trials of an NFC payment application. American Banker reports the trial will be in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco starting in late March and lasting for three months....

Rising fuel prices and mobile devices pose threats to POS market growth

Mobile devices will impact traditional POS sales.

RIM to join NFC party

According to reports from Mobile World Congress, Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie said most of its BlackBerry devices shipped during 2011 will support near field communication (NFC). The comments were made during a keynote presentation on Wednesday at the Barcelona event. RIM's BlackBerry devices make up approximately 25 percent of the U.S.

Deutsche Telekom spoils Apple's NFC surprise?

Reports from Deutsche Telekom's press conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona seem to confirm Apple's entry into the world of mobile payments. In a pre-conference press release, Deutsche Telekom AG, the parent company of wireless carrier T-Mobile, announced...

VeriFone announces global expansion of mobile payment service

VeriFone, a manufacturer of point-of-sale hardware, announced the global expansion of its PAYware Mobile Service, a payment solution that allows small businesses to use their iPhones to accept credit and debit cards. The company, based in San Jose, Calif., made...

Sage Payment Solutions sets its sites on SMBs with mobile payment product

McLean, Va.-based Sage Payment Solutions, the payments division for Sage North America, is the latest company to target small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with credit card acceptance via mobile devices. According to a release, Sage Payment Solutions is bundling new...

Ericsson to launch mobile money service

Ericsson, the Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer, announced the launch of Ericsson Money Services, a new business line offering mobile financial services. According to the company, Ericsson Money Services and its Money Interconnect Service will give wireless carriers, banks and service...

LG set to introduce European NFC payment system in 2012

It looks like LG Electronics is joining other handset manufacturers in supporting near field communication (NFC) technologies, but the company is looking to go even further. In an interview with Reuters, Jin-Yong Kim, vice president for business solutions of the...

Visa and Wireless Dynamics test iPhone mobile payment solution in Europe

Visa and Wireless Dynamics test iPhone mobile payment solution in Europe

In yet more news on near field communication (NFC) technologies and payments, Visa Europe and Wireless Dynamics Inc. have announced the deployment of a mobile payment application for iPhones to customers in Turkey. The application requires an accessory from Wireless...

Next gen iPhones, iPads to support NFC

According to Bloomberg, Apple Inc. will ship the next generation of its iPhones for AT&T Inc.

Starbucks rolls out mobile payments

Starbucks Corp. has rolled out mobile payment acceptance.

Intuit's GoPayment tries freemium offer

It looks like Intuit’s GoPayment is taking the gloves off. According to Fortune Magazine’s Michal Lev-Ram, Intuit began offering a freemium version of its mobile credit card service beginning last week.

NRF: Paying by phone made easy

New IBM technology allows consumers to pay for their in-store products using their smart phones. The company launched the self-checkout system last week at the National Retail Federation's Big Show in New York City. We stopped by the booth to...

Obopay promotes Deepak Chandnani to CEO

Obopay Inc., a mobile banking and payments provider, has promoted Deepak Chandnani to CEO from president, officials of the Redwood City, Calif.-based company recently reported. Chandnani succeeds Obopay founder and CEO Carol Realini.

Orange announces large-scale NFC rollout

Orange, the key brand of Paris-based France Telecom S.A., has announced a large-scale near field communication (NFC) rollout that will enable consumers to pay for purchases with their mobile phones. Orange will begin issuing NFC Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards to current Orange subscribers in the second quarter of 2011.

TIO, iQmetrix announce mobile partnership

TIO Networks Corp. and iQmetrix Software Development Corp.

Montise, Visa to introduce mobile payments in Nigeria

Montise Plc today announced that the Central Bank of Nigeria has granted Montise and its partners a provisional license to introduce mobile payments in the oil-rich country.Montise, a Visa partner, will use the card association's global platform to offer mobile...

New Android phone could replace your wallet: Google CEO

The soon-to-be-released Google Android Gingerbread mobile phone will include Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, allowing for mobile payments with the phone, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said this week at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, according to PC World....

Target is testing shopkick

Target today became the first mass-discount retailer to make the shopkick mobile application available to its guests. Users of the app will receive points and other rewards, like instant mobile coupons, just for entering Target. The location-based retail app is...

Target launches iPad app

Target today announced its first app for iPad is available now on the App Store. The retailer said the app provides a rich and interactive shopping experience, which takes full advantage of iPad's large, high-resolution screen and multi-touch interface. "Target... launches Android app with barcode scanner, provider online gift registry technology, has announced the release of a new and free Android app that offers an additional method of building gift registries. By employing barcode-scanning technology, the app allows users to easily add any item imaginable...

Mobile payments with iPhone could cut into banks' wallets

American Banker's Mobile Banker reports that Apple's move into the mobile-payments space could soon pose a serious challenge for banks hoping to compete in the mobile space. Mobile Banker reports that several recently unveiled patent applications show Apple has a...

MerchantWARE debuts security-enabled mobile payment apps for delivery drivers

Merchant Warehouse, a premier provider of merchant accounts and credit card processing solutions, has launched its MerchantWARE Mobile applications integrated with MagTek's encrypted Bluetooth card reader, according to a company release.   MerchantWARE Mobile applications are ideal for pizza delivery drivers.

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