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...

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