Swatch teams up with Union Pay for pay-by-the-wrist Swatch Bellamy

Swatch Bellamy

Swatch first announced plans to release a smartwatch capable of making mobile payments back in February. The company had hoped to have it out by the summer but it took until yesterday for the Swiss company to officially unveil this new watch. Dubbed the “pay-by-the-wrist” watch, the Swatch Bellamy comes with built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) technology to support contactless payments. The Swatch Bellamy […]

Apple limits iPhone 6 NFC functionality to Apple Pay

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple may have finally hopped on the NFC bandwagon with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus but it is doing so in a very controlled fashion. Anyone hoping to be able to quickly pair Bluetooth headphones or sharing contact information with a simple tap will be disappointed to learn that the iPhone 6’s NFC functionality will be limited to Apple Pay. […]

Apple announces Apple Pay

Apple Pay

Along with the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch (and a small OS upgrade called iOS 8), Apple today announced a new mobile payment service aptly called Apple Pay. The NFC-based technology promises to “transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” Initially available only in the U.S., Apple Pay will launch with support […]

Visa announces support for cloud-based payments using Android Host Card Emulation

Visa payWave

Visa yesterday announced that a new feature in Google Android will allow it to host Visa payWave-enabled accounts in a secure, virtual cloud. This service eliminates the need to store secure payment data on SIM cards by instead storing it in the cloud. The feature in question, called Host Card Emulation (HCE), was added in Android 4.4 KitKat. It allows […]

Mobile commerce coming to MTS in 2013

MTS today announced that it bring secure mobile payment technology to Manitoba in 2013 after signing an initial agreement with EnStream LP, a joint venture between Bell, TELUS and Rogers focused on mobile payments. It will allow MTS customers to make payments using supported smartphones and mobile devices. “mCommerce will quickly become the way people go about their day-to-day business, […]

Rumour: New Apple iPhone to sport 1GB RAM, LTE and NFC

In today’s Apple iPhone rumour, BGR has learned “from a trusted source” that the next-generation iPhone will come with 1GB RAM, twice the amount of RAM of the current iPhone 4S, integrated 4G LTE radios and NFC chipset. BGR also disputed previous rumours that mass production had begun. It reports instead that it is currently in the EVT3 stage, the […]

NFC coming to the Barnes & Noble Nook

Barnes & Noble and Microsoft yesterday announced a new partnership in the e-reading space that will see the Nook and Barnes & Noble’s college textbook business spun off into a new subsidiary called Newco (until they come up with a new name). In an interview with Fortune, Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch shed a bit more light on what […]