Samsung adds Promoted Cards to Samsung Pay in Australia

Samsung has teamed up with financial services comparison site Finder to add a credit card shopping feature to Samsung Pay, “enabling everyday Australians to discover compelling credit card offers from participating financial institutions” from within its mobile wallet. “The first-of-its-kind feature in Australia combines Samsung Pay’s secure digital payments platform and Finder’s deep understanding of…

Madeira to pilot fingerprint biometric cards for decentralized digital IDs

The Government of Madeira is to issue biometric cards containing an in-built fingerprint sensor to 3,400 of its citizens for the pilot test of Smart Island, a decentralized digital identity project encompassing 12 education, healthcare, port security, transport, payments, tourism and government services. The initial order for the credit card-sized biometric smart cards has been…

Google to offer bank accounts?

Google is to begin offering checking accounts to consumers from next year, in partnership with banks and credit unions, according to The Wall Street Journal. “The project, code-named Cache, is expected to launch next year with accounts run by Citigroup Inc and a credit union at Stanford University, a tiny lender in Google’s backyard,” the…

Facebook Pay launches on Facebook and Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp to follow

Facebook has unveiled a unified payments service designed to provide “a convenient, secure and consistent payment experience across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp”. “People already use payments across our apps to shop, donate to causes and send money to each other,” the company says. “Facebook Pay will make these transactions easier while continuing to ensure…

NXP combines NFC and UWB for mobile car keys

PARTNER NEWS: NXP has launched a new ultra-wideband chip designed to work together with Bluetooth, NFC and secure element technologies to enable “true secure hands-free smart access” to vehicles. “The NXP NCJ29D5 is the first of a new generation of UWB ICs designed specifically for the demands of the global automotive industry,” the chip maker…