For over a year, Australia's largest banks have been engaged in a quiet war with Apple. Their goal is to force the world's largest technology company to open access to the iPhone's NFC chip and allow collective bargaining over Apple Pay. Apple is fighting back, of course, and the next few weeks and months will determine the future of mobile payments in Australia.
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Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, NAB and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank have suffered a minor setback in their journey to jointly negotiate with Apple to bargain down the mobile giant's payment fees — or collectively boycott the service if they don't get the result they want — with ACCC withholding an interim authorisation for the coalition to go ahead with the process.
CBA customers will soon be able to collect cash from ATMs with a few clicks of their CommBank smartphone app. The ‘cardless’ cash service is the first in Australia and will be rolled out via a new app update in May. The app update will also introduce a new 'Lock and Limit' tool to help customers keep their card secure and rein in their spending.
Square hasn't even launched in Australia yet, and already the Commonwealth Bank is running scared. The bank has plans this week to launch a small, portable mobile payments device to gobble up the small business payments market before competitors Square, PayPal, MYOB or local rival Westpac have the chance. Meet Emmy.
Heartbleed is serious. It's a vulnerability in OpenSSL that means people's passwords, usernames and other information transacted over the HTTPS standard may have been compromised in the last two years. One industry that has been particularly cagey has been the Australian banking sector. The Commonwealth Bank just took to its blog to "explain" the situation, and it's now getting out of hand.
You know those Commonwealth Bank PayTags we were talking about earlier? Turns out that they're a bit of tech from Mastercard, and Coles has them too.
Let's all be honest with ourselves, Facebook isn't the kindest or most secure service in the world. That's ok, though, because we don't do anything too sensitive on there except maybe send inappropriate pictures to our significant others. That's all about to change however with the introduction of banking via Facebook thanks the the Commonwealth Bank.
There's no denying the Commonwealth Bank loves its technology. It spent billions refreshing the way it does business so that it could support cool stuff like real-time transactions and contactless/phone-based NFC payments, but what has it given us lately? What's the next big thing for payments in Australia? Could this big bank be about to support Bitcoin?
I often catch myself dreaming that one day we will live in a world where everyone will be able to pull out their phone, wave it against a terminal, EFTPOS machine or even petrol pump without having to open any sort of app and be on their way. Coles today revealed it's experimenting with a 60-person trial of SIM-based loyalty and rewards payments which is on one hand excellent, but on the other, diabolically misguided.
The Commonwealth Bank outed its Kaching near-field communications product for payments way back in 2011, and since then all seems to have gone quiet around the whole idea of paying for stuff with your phone, until now.
Tired of the Commonwealth Bank blaming Android handset manufacturers for the lack of NFC-support in its phone wallet product, Kaching? Well so is Westpac, and today it's announced a new Android contactless payment application that uses the SIM card to transmit the payment data. No case required.
Meet Albert. Albert is the new point-of-sale transaction tablet from the Commonwealth Bank. Albert likes Pi. Pi is the software platform that powers Albert so that he can help merchants offer custom-built apps like loyalty programs, bill splitters and merchandise trackers to their customers. Confused yet?
Yesterday, the Commonwealth Bank minted the Android version of Kaching after months upon months of waiting for it, and the most notable thing in the app was the complete absence of NFC payments capabilities. The bank blames Google and device manufacturers for not giving it the keys to the secure element on Android devices, but chief marketing officer Andy Lark spoke to Gizmodo Australia briefly after the event, where he made his real feelings known.
Picture this: You're sitting in La Premiere, watching the latest superhero blockbuster on the big screen. Just as the superhero in question is about to be pummelled by the bad guy, you have a sudden and irrepressible craving for a choc top. Do you leave the movie to satisfy your hunger, missing the key action sequence? Or do you suffer through until the movie shifts to the unavoidable romance subplot? The answer is neither, thanks to a new technology being trialled by Mastercard, Commbank and Hoyts.
We got told about it back in October, but the Commonwealth Bank's Kaching app, offering NFC functionality and the ability to send payments to others, is now officially available.