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Global

Apple Pay Goes Live in Mexico

“Apple Pay has rolled out in Mexico, with support for American Express and for Mastercards issued by the country’s Banorte and Citibanamex banks. According to the payment service’s updated Mexican website , retail chains supporting Apple Pay in the country at launch include 7-Eleven , Chili’s , Domino’s Pizza , Italianni’s , MacStore , Petco […]
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Tech

Covid-19: Contactless ATM Withdrawals Go Mainstream

“Covid-19 has accelerated the trend towards contactless cash withdrawals in Switzerland, according to SIX, which says that more than a third of machines in the country are now equipped with QR code readers while another 20% have NFC readers. The number of ATMs that offer contactless cash withdrawals has been on the rise for some […]
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Tech

More Amazon Go Stores Are Getting Contactless One Palm Readers

“Last September Amazon introduced a touchless payment system called One that literally reads your palm to authenticate purchases in Amazon’s retail stores . That’s apparently going so well that the company has decided to expand it, at least at its home base in Seattle. Starting today, Amazon One touchless palm-reading tech is coming to the […]
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Tech

Apple Pay Offers Germ-Free Shopping — If Only We Could Figure Out How It Works

“Rachel Carmack thought Apple Pay was the answer to her pandemic-induced germaphobia. No more plastic credit cards, with their button-pushing and receipt-signing. Instead, she would simply wave her phone to pay for things. Her plan hasn’t gone so smoothly. On two trips to a fast-food drive-through in Jonesboro, Ark., cashiers grabbed her phone when she […]
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Tech

Nine Out of 10 UK Card Payments in 2020 Were Contactless

“Contactless payments accounted 88.6% of total card payments in 2020 as restrictions on contact-based payments drove people to the payment method, according to data from Barclaycard. Despite many shops closing for long periods during various lockdowns to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the total value of contactless payments increased by 7% in 2020 compared to […]
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Global

Standard Bank to support contactless payments in 15 African countries

“Standard Bank is supporting the mass rollout of contactless cards across Africa as the financial services group reports an accelerated increase in the use of tap and pay across the continent.  Based in South Africa, the group is currently enabling contactless payment capabilities for customers in 15 African markets, including Botswana, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ghana, Kenya, […]

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Companies

Mastercard Evolves Contactless Technology for Quantum World

“Mastercard today announced that it is applying the latest quantum-resistant technologies to develop the next generation of contactless payments. The new Enhanced Contactless (Ecos) specifications are an industry-first and will help ensure that as our dynamic digital landscape evolves, and new technologies like quantum computing are introduced, contactless technology is future-proofed to ensure consumers will […]
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Domains

O-CITY enters Kenya to drive contactless payments across Matatu bus service

“O-CITY , the automated fare collection provider by BPC, today announces its initiative to drive contactless payments across bus services in Nairobi, Kenya. The O-CITY pilot, designed to reduce the use of cash in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, was launched in partnership with transport savings and credit specialists, NikoDigi, and Kenyan payments firm, Tracom, to […]
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Companies

Mastercard enables Google Pay rollout across Europe

“Starting today, Mastercard will extend the Google Pay service to cardholders across Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, and Romania together with its issuing partners. With Google Pay, users with eligible Android devices will be able to make secure, fast and convenient purchases in stores and online. Furthermore, this will also give them the […]