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Western Union Enables Apple Pay, Emphasizes Biometric Convenience

Western Union Enables Apple Pay, Emphasizes Biometric Convenience

Western Union has enabled Apple Pay for money transfers. It’s a reflection of the growing popularity of the mobile channel. In a statement announcing the new functionality, Western Union SVP Khalid Fellahi noted that 60 percent of all of the company’s money transfers are now performed through mobile devices; as such, in enabling Apple Pay…

Samsung Pay Coming to UAE in Early Access Program

Samsung Pay Coming to UAE in Early Access Program

Samsung Pay is coming to the United Arab Emirates, announcing an “early access” program for the country. With Samsung having recently completed an “early access” program for India, this appears to be Samsung’s new way of announcing the coming arrival of its mobile payment platform for a given market. In India’s case, the early access…

Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission Grants Banks Apple Pay Approval

Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission Grants Banks Apple Pay Approval

Taiwan’s financial regulator, the Financial Supervisory Commission, has granted approval to seven major banks to offer Apple Pay – Apple’s biometrically secured mobile wallet – to their customers, paving the way for the service to launch in the state. The banks concerned are Union Bank of Taiwan, First Commercial Bank, CTBC Bank, Taishin International Bank,…

Apple Pay Gains Further Bank Support in China, US

Apple Pay Gains Further Bank Support in China, US

Having made a pioneering entry into the China market close to the start of 2016, Apple Pay is closing out the year with new bank support in the country. Fourteen new China-based financial services supporters have been announced, from ChengDu Rural Commercial Bank to HSBC. Apple Pay made its start in the country this past…

Citibank Deepens Commitment to Biometric Authentication With Touch ID

Citibank Deepens Commitment to Biometric Authentication With Touch ID

“A number of banks around the world have embraced Touch ID for mobile login, but Citibank has become the first to use such biometric authentication to enable mobile stock trading.” Citibank customers in Hong Kong can now log into their mobile banking apps via the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint scanning system. A number of banks…

Apple Pay Support Dramatically Expands in Russia

Apple Pay Support Dramatically Expands in Russia

Apple Pay’s base of support in Russia has dramatically expanded today, letting more Russians order products and services through their iPhones and verifying them with secure Touch ID fingerprint recognition. While the mPayment platform launched in the country almost a month ago, it was supported at launch only by Sberbank and Mastercard. Now, as MacRumors…

What to Expect at Money20/20 2016

What to Expect at Money20/20 2016

The Money20/20 conference kicks off today in Las Vegas, with digital security and biometric solutions in particular expected to once again be hot topics. Digital security companies are planning some big showings, of course. STC Group, represented in the US by SpeechPro, will show off its OnePass multimodal authentication system and its VoiceKey voice recognition…

Apple Pay Comes to New Zealand

Apple Pay Comes to New Zealand

Apple Pay has made its debut in New Zealand, but with somewhat limited support. Only one card issuer in the country is currently backing the mobile payment platform, and that’s ANZ, whose customers can upload their Visa cards to the app. It’s the same bank that is Apple’s only major supporter among financial institutions in…

Apple Pay Web Support Coming To Staples

Apple Pay Web Support Coming To Staples

“The brands are helping to popularize … with Touch ID fingerprint scans still required on paired devices for payment authentication.” Some big names are adding support for Apple Pay on the web, reports AppleInsider. Customers of office supplies retailer Staples will soon be able to make online orders via Apple Pay on the Safari browser. Meanwhile,…

South Africa’s First National Bank Launches Its Own Apple Pay Rival

South Africa’s First National Bank Launches Its Own Apple Pay Rival

“…the new version of the app will also support fingerprint scanning for login on both Android and iOS.” South Africa’s First National Bank is delving into mobile payments with a new version of its app. Taking its cue from the most prominent mPayment platforms, like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, the bank has dubbed this new…

Consumers Prefer Biometrics to PINs in Payments: Mastercard

Consumers Prefer Biometrics to PINs in Payments: Mastercard

“Mastercard says that its study revealed that over 90 percent of consumers report using their smartphones more than any other devices…” Mastercard has issued the results of its Impact of Innovation study, and they bode well for mobile payments. Conducted over the summer by IPSOS Research, the study collected online surveys from 23,000 bank account…

Deloitte Sees Rise of ‘Touch Commerce’

Deloitte Sees Rise of ‘Touch Commerce’

In a new market report, Deloitte is heralding the rise of ‘touch commerce’ – digital payment systems that let customers conduct transactions through their mobile devices’ fingerprint scanners. The financial consulting firm predicts that this year alone, the number of consumers regularly performing such transactions will reach 50 million, an increase of 150 percent. That’s because…

Hong Kong Gets Apple Pay

Hong Kong Gets Apple Pay

Apple Pay launched in Hong Kong yesterday, mere hours after it went live in France. The mobile payments service arrives in Hong Kong with the support of Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and domestic banks Bank of China, DBS, Hang Seng Bank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered. The service also launches with the support of 40 major…

Samsung Pay Will Launch in Brazil Next Week

Samsung Pay Will Launch in Brazil Next Week

“With Samsung Pay having launched in Australia, Singapore, and Spain in just the last couple of months, the mPayment service seems to be enjoying some momentum in its international expansion efforts.” Samsung Pay will launch in Brazil next week, Samsung has announced. The mPayment platform will go live in the country on July 19th. Brazil…

Apple Pay Has Launched in Switzerland

Apple Pay Has Launched in Switzerland

Apple Pay has launched in Switzerland. It’s the seventh country in which the mPayment service is now in operation, joining Australia, Canada, China, Singapore, the UK, and the US. Apple Pay arrives in Switzerland with the support of MasterCard and Visa, and payment cards issued by BonusCard, Cornèrcard, and Swiss Bankers. Domestic merchants supporting Apple Pay include Avec,…

Digital Marketing Boosts Touch ID Enabled Self-Serve Payments

Digital Marketing Boosts Touch ID Enabled Self-Serve Payments

USA Technologies (USAT), a POS solutions provider for the self-service retail market, has announced some interesting findings from an internal study on Apple Pay. Its results suggest that, when available with digital marketing, the mPayment platform can actually boost sales for vendors. USAT currently supports Apple Pay transactions at over 300,000 self-service POS terminals in applications…

Samsung Pay Officially Launches in Spain

Samsung Pay Officially Launches in Spain

Samsung Pay has finally beaten Apple Pay to a major market, with the service having now launched in Spain. It’s the first European market to support the mPayment platform, and represents a considerable business opportunity. As Samsung Spain VP Celestino García explained in a statement announcing the launch, Spain features a “high smartphone penetration rate” and…

Apple Pay Supported By BMO, Scotiabank, and TD in Canada

Apple Pay Supported By BMO, Scotiabank, and TD in Canada

Apple Pay has gained the support of three more major Canadian banks. BMO, Scotiabank, and TD have all now enabled support for the mPayment platform, rounding out Apple Pay’s support among the country’s leading banks. The banks’ support comes only a few weeks after prominent Canadian banks RBC and CIBC announced their support for the…

Samsung Pay Promo Rewards Sprint Users With Gift Cards

Samsung Pay Promo Rewards Sprint Users With Gift Cards

Samsung is continuing its promotional push of Samsung Pay in the US with a new partnership with telecom Sprint. Customers who purchase a Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge with Sprint will be eligible for up to $100 in gift cards. The amount that users receive will depend on how much…

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