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EDITORIAL: Apple Pay launches, cash gets tweeted, cards go biometric…

Contactless Intelligence Weekly News Review Editorial – Week 43 2014: After Apple’s big announcement concerning Apple Pay, the question on everyone’s mind was “When will it launch?” Last week, the date announced by Apple during their developers conference was the 20th October – today! This is it – D-Day, or Pay-Day rather… With another 500 […]

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Driving forward with Tokenization and HCE – new paper from the SPA

The Smart Payment Association (SPA) have released a new paper that seeks to clarify the relationship between Tokenization and HCE, and evaluates the potential impact of Apple Pay. The SPA also attempts to set out why smart card technology represents the perfect baseline for a new generation of payment instruments that fulfil the needs expressed […]

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Bell ID launches tokenization manager solution

Payment credential management specialist, Bell ID, has launched its Tokenization Manager software. The solution will be used by card issuers and merchants to enhance security and limit fraud by facilitating tokenized payments.    EMV payment tokenization is the process of replacing a personal account number (PAN) with a unique identifier, known as a ‘payment token’. The payment […]

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FEATURED: Mobey Day 2014 – The HCE tap is open, let NFC services flow

By Sirpa Nordlund, Executive Director, Mobey Forum I was prepared for Mobey Forum’s third annual Mobey Day event to be a lively affair. Bringing banks together with, amongst others, GSMA, chip manufacturers and mobile payment software providers to discuss the future of near field communication (NFC) was always going to ignite debate. What I was less […]

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MasterCard brings contactless payment to the 2014 World Series

MasterCard is bringing contactless acceptance to ballpark food and beverage concessions at the 2014 World Series through a partnership with mobile technology leader MLB Advanced Media, enabling fans to make payments using a variety of NFC-enabled devices and services, including the newly introduced Apple Pay. These two ballparks will be the first professional sports facilities […]

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Diamonds (and NFC) could be a girls best friend

A Tokyo-based jewelry maker has found a way to mix technology with its diamond rings, according to Wall Street Journal: TSLJ Co., which operates Core Jewels, will shortly begin to take orders for what it is calling “the world’s first diamond items by a jewelry brand to come with near-field communication technology”. “There have been […]

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MasterCard and Zwipe launch world’s first biometric contactless payment card

MasterCard and Zwipe has announced their partnership for the launch of the world’s first contactless payment card featuring an integrated fingerprint sensor. The launch of the card comes after a successful live pilot with Norway’s Sparebanken DIN, aligned to the Eika Group, as an answer to the complex challenge of providing a fast, convenient payment […]

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Apple Pay available to millions of Visa and Mastercard cardholders in US from Monday

In readiness for mondays launch of Apple Pay in the US, both Visa and MasterCard have announced to their U.S. consumers that via the iOS 8.1 update on Monday, October 20th Apple Pay will be available to both Visa and MasterCard cardholders on their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. […]

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NFC Forum Approves KEOLABS’ Validation Solution

KEOLABS, a provider of testing tools and services for smart objects and NFC, has announced the NFC Forums’ accreditation of its NFC Forum Digital Validation Solution. This solution allows companies designing NFC capable products to verify the strict conformance of their protocol implementation to NFC Forum standards and thus ensure interoperability with other NFC products […]

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Use S-Money to Tweet some cash

We reported earlier this week on French bank Groupe BPCE  allowing all Twitter users in France – irrespective of their bank – to ‘Tweet’ money to one another thanks to their S-money service. Everyone with a bank card and a Twitter account in France will be able to send money to other users easily, rapidly, […]

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EDITORIAL: Is the secret to mobile payment adoption location, location, location?

Contactless Intelligence Weekly News Review Editorial – Week 42 2014: Mobile interaction (payment, ticketing, ID, marketing etc) is supposed to be the ultimate demonstration of free movement, expression and of a simplified lifestyle. After all, you only need your phone, no cumbersome wallet, cards etc. So how ironic is it, that such an expanding and […]

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