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Masterpass comes to 30,000 South African merchants after SnapScan deal #QR #mobilepayments

South Africans can now use Mastercard’s Masterpass digital wallet to pay for goods and services at more than 30,000 merchants accepting SnapScan in South Africa, using their mobile phones by scanning a QR code at the point of sale. “To pay, Masterpass…
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Jaguar files facial and gait recognition system patent for vehicle entry #biometrics

Luxury car manufacturer Jaguar is working on a facial and gait recognition system for vehicle owners to unlock their cars, enhancing the development of “vehicle personalisation”, according to a patent filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office last…
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Beacons to deliver personalised marketing at ATMs #beacons #BLE

ATM manufacturer Diebold Nixdorf and Australian banking services provider Cuscal are using beacon technology to deliver personalised marketing offers to people as they approach cash machines or bank branches. Cuscal is testing the technology, which…
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The NFC World team welcomes Christopher Brown as our new editor

The NFC World team is pleased to announce that we have a new editor, Christopher Brown, who is joining us from BBC News. Rian Boden, who has been reporting for NFC World since 2013, has been promoted to associate editor and founding editor Sarah Clark is…
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Android Pay to include a game? #mobilepayments

Mobile payments service Android Pay could have a game built into it, with prizes on offer, an APK teardown report from Android Police suggests. A set of strings using a ‘tap_game’ prefix has been found, with the game likely to involve coins or tokens.…
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iPayYou enables #Bitcoin payments on Amazon

Customers will now be able to pay for Amazon purchases using Bitcoin through Bitcoin wallet iPayYou’s Amazon Direct service. “To use it, an iPayYou customer determines the dollar amount to transfer, then chooses a destination account at Amazon.com and…
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JustGiving to aid #contactless donations

Online donation platform JustGiving has showcased a prototype for a TapDonate mobile app in collaboration with UK charity Bloodwise that will enables contactless card donations to be made to charities through PayPal Here. “Once downloaded to a charity…
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Paytm suspends App POS feature #mobilepayments

Indian mobile payment provider Paytm has suspended a new feature in its mobile app two days after its launch, citing the need to “add additional certifications and features” before making it available again. App POS was launched to allow Paytm merchants…
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Dutch bank in logistics #blockchain project

Dutch bank ABN Amro is working with Delft University of Technology and 14 other partners to launch a two-year project to apply blockchain technology to the logistics sector. The TKI Dinalog project aims to deliver three user cases: supply chain finance,…
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Samsung Pay adds Singapore transport payments with EZ-Link #NFC #mobilepayments

Samsung Pay users in Singapore can add their EZ-Link NFC SIM cards to compatible Samsung devices and pay for public transport as well as retail purchases, in the same way as they would using their plastic EZ-Link contactless transit card. “Consumers can…
Samsung Pay users in Singapore can add their EZ-Link NFC SIM cards to compatible Samsung devices and pay for public transport as well as retail purchases.
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Text messages via household chemicals could lead to harmless medical #nanotechnology

A machine that translates digital messages and transmits them using household chemicals could provide low-cost, self-powered nanotechnology devices that could travel around the human body harmlessly. Postdoctoral research fellow Nariman Farsad has…
Machine that translates digital messages and transmits them using household chemicals could provide low-cost, safe nanotechnology devices.
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McDonald’s South Africa pilots #QR code #mobilepayments with WeChat

McDonald’s South Africa is piloting a mobile payment service at select restaurants in Johannesburg and Cape Town using social messaging app WeChat Africa, enabling customers to complete purchases by presenting QR codes generated by the app at the point of…
McDonald’s South Africa is piloting a mobile payment service at select restaurants in Johannesburg and Cape Town using social messaging app WeChat Africa.
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