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...

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