Mobile Tap to Pay trend picks up speed among US retailers

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Shoppers have started to see the appeal of using their smartphones to pay for purchases in-store. Compared to many other countries worldwide, the US has been slow to adopt mobile payments, but Tap to Pay technology has started catching on among American shoppers. Adyen, one of the largest US payment services providers is now supporting this tech for retailers. Adyen has now officially launched support for Tap to Pay in its merchant networks and retailers. This has opened the door to allowing people using iPhone XS or newer, as well…

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Apple mobile wallet practices hurt competition, says EU regulators

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The European Commission’s preliminary findings were that the policies harmed competition. European regulators have notified Apple Inc. that its mobile wallet practices were, in their initial view, harmful to competition. The preliminary findings of the European Commission do not “prejudge the outcome” in antitrust investigations. The European Commission (EC) announced in a news release that it had advised Apple “of its preliminary view that it abused its dominant position in markets for mobile wallets on iOS devices.” The focus of the concerns expressed about the payment app had to do…

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Does Apple have the right to the NFC technology used for its mobile wallet?

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Aire Technology patent-holding company has filed a lawsuit against the iPhone maker. Irish patent-holding company Aire Technology has sued Apple over alleged patent infringement for the NFC technology and digital wallet tech used in many iPhone models. The lawsuit was filed with the US District Court for the Western District of Texas. The company’s lawsuit asserts that Apple products such as the iPhone and Apple Watch “that support NFC and/or mobile payment applications, such as Apple Pay […] infringe at least one claim” of three US patents. Those patents were…

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French city launches Android-compatible NFC ticketing service

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In Strasbourg, all Android phones enabled with near field communication technology can use the service. Android smartphone owners with near field communication in their devices can use a new NFC ticketing service in Strasbourg to purchase, store and validate digital tickets and passes. The service can be used across the French city for monthly or annual bus passes and other transportation. The NFC ticketing service works for riders of buses, trams, and other forms of public transportation in Strasbourg, France, including regional rail services. The system was implemented by the…

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Researchers use phone NFC technology to hack ATMs

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A security firm consultant also used card reader tech flaws to mess around with point-of-sale systems. Security issues with ATMs aren’t anything new for cybercriminals and security researchers, but recently readily available phone NFC technology was used to hack into an ATM. The researcher found bugs letting him use near field communication technology as a quick hack. The bugs in the systems let the researcher use his phone’s NFC technology to simply wave the device over ATMs and point-of-sale terminals to hack them. By using the contactless credit card readers…

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