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…

EU antitrust chief examines Apple Pay

Apple Pay “has attracted regulatory scrutiny” from the EU’s Competition Commission due to “several expressions of concern about the US tech giant’s mobile payment service,” Reuters reports. “We’ve been asking quite a number of questions because we get many, many concerns when it comes to Apple Pay for pure competition reasons,” the EU’s Commissioner for…

DressCode ships contactless payments shirts

UK-based DressCode has begun offering a range of tailored men’s shirts that include a contactless payments module incorporated into the sleeve cuff. “We designed CashCuff for the fashion conscious high-tech lover; it’s hidden away out of sight, but always there when you want it,” says DressCode CEO Andy Boothman. “With a CashCuff shirt from DressCode,…

Brits warm to biometric verification

Just under half of British consumers are ready to completely replace traditional verification methods with biometrics for withdrawing cash (46%), starting their car (45%) and unlocking their front door (41%), according to new research from Equifax. Six in ten are ready to use biometrics for verifying their age at bars, clubs and shops (60%), 58%…

Mastercard partners with Tappy Technologies for wearable payments in Asia

PARTNER NEWS: Mastercard has announced a strategic partnership with Tappy Technologies that will see the two companies working together to let fashion brands easily add contactless payments to watches, jewellery and other accessories. Timex Group will be the first brand to use Mastercard and Tappy’s payment technologies, beginning with “a variety of collections and straps”…