Thursday, 28 April 2011

Amazon Checkout Now in Germany's own checkout and payment service "Amazon Checkout" is now available in Germany, following its recent release in the UK. Amazon Checkout came as a challenger to PayPal and Google Checkout alternative payments system.

Checkout by Amazon is meant for the e-commerce retailers. The service enables Amazon customers to use shipping addresses and payment information in their accounts to buy on a retailer's e-commerce or mobile website. Customers can also complete purchases quickly and conveniently, without ever leaving a retailer's website.

Amazon Checkout is even having talks with providers of online shop-systems and integrators such as XT Commerce, Best IT and DreamRobot to accept the Checkout system.

Sony May Face GBP-500K Fine over PSN Data Loss

Following our yesterday's news of Sony announcing that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), has contacted Sony to know where the Company stored PlayStation Network data in order to determine whether any of it is being stored in the UK or not.

If PlayStation Network (PSN) user data is stored in the UK, then it is subject to the Data Protection Act, which requires companies that hold personal information of their clients to provide adequate security to them.

According to the ICO, "If we found a breach, one of the actions we could take would be to issue an undertaking, which is an agreement between the ICO and the company that if they are handling personal information they have to bring about set improvements in order for them to be compliant with the act. If the company fails to comply, further action would be taken, and we might consider an enforcement notice or issue a monetary penalty. For a serious breach, the fine can reach 500,000 pounds (more than 800,000 US dollars)".

Travellers T-Mobile USA SIM Cards Now in Australia

An Australian online shop is selling prepaid USA telecommunication major T-Mobile SIM cards. The card will allow travellers to get their mobile phone set up statewide and avoid paying hundreds of dollars to the Australian mobile phone companies as global roaming fees. Travellers can get T-Mobile USA SIM cards in Australia, from the online travelgoods store

TravelGear is selling a range of T-Mobile prepaid plans. Essentially, a user orders a SIM card through TravelGear for $45 and it comes with US$20 of credit for the user to spend on a T-Mobile prepaid plan of his/her choice. The best plan appears to be the $80 plan with 2GB data and unlimited talk time within the USA and to Australian landlines. Calls to Australian mobiles cost 25c/min on the $80 plan.

Gemalto Recorded 17 Percent Increase in First Quarter 2011 Revenue

Gemalto, the worldwide leader in digital security, has reported 444 million euro (17% increase) revenue in the first quarter, ended March 2011. The Company reported 27% revenue growth in Secure Transactions.

Mobile Communication saw a dip in revenue with 214 million euro in q1 2011 compared to 215 million euro in q1 2010 (3% less).

Machine-to-Machine segment posted a solid 43 million euro revenue driven by the continuing growth of activity in multiple industrial sectors. The activity includes acquiring of Cinterion in July 2010.

Secure Transactions: In the first quarter of 2010, revenue earned was 95 million euro, while this year first quarter reported revenue of 121 million euro. Secure Transactions delivered remarkable revenue expansion, posting a record growth of +23% year-on-year at constant rates. Sales of microprocessor payment cards, led by worldwide EMV migration and dual interface contactless card deployments have benefitted Gemalto.

Security: revenue in the first quarter 2011 is 65 million euro, while last year Q1, revenue was 59 million euro. Revenue expansion was driven mainly by double-digit growth in Identity and Access Management (IAM), led by deployment of strong authentication solutions for online banking services.

Olivier Piou, Chief Executive Officer, said: "Gemalto recorded another quarter of solid revenue expansion, in line with its expectations. Secure Transactions continued to outperform, as chip-and-PIN and high-end contactless payment solutions deploy worldwide. Near Field Communication mobile payment generates considerable interest and our current investments have already led to key service contract wins. Together with record level of bookings in Security, this reinforces our strategic positioning and long-term growth prospects".

Korean KT to Introduce Galaxy S II for NFC Payment

South Korean mobile operator KT Corp. will release the Samsung Galaxy S II for NFC payment and other services, a source at KT reported to NFC Times.

KT Corp launched its first NFC service last October with the Samsung SHW-A170K feature phone. Now, the Company has decided to strengthen its NFC-based payment and other services through the Android-based Gingerbread Galaxy S II smartphone, successor to Samsung's popular Galaxy S. The smartphone supports the single-wire protocol and applications on SIM cards.

In February this year, Korea-based Samsung had announced that the NFC version of Galaxy S smartphone, would not be available until mid-2011. In that case, KT is getting an early version of the much-anticipated NFC phone.

According to news reports, KT Corp is introducing the smartphone with a promotional tie-in with big Korean retailer Lotte. The merchant will offer incentives for consumers to pay at Lotte Mart stores. The other probable merchants who may enter into an agreement with KT for its NFC-enable smartphone are GS Caltex, SPC Corp., Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins.

India's Capital To Get A Common Mobility Card

In the coming months, India's capital city - New Delhi will get a common mobility smartcard for use in metro and low floor public buses. At a later stage, travellers can use the card in taxis as well.

The Empowered Committee headed by cabinet secretary KM Chandrashekhar approved the urban development ministry's proposal to introduce a common mobility smartcard across different modes of public transport and operators. Initially, the card will start operating in the national Capital only and will be subsequently extended to other states of India.

The mobility smartcard will be issued by the urban development ministry through a well-structured public-private partnership model. Through the new smart card technology, riders will get a common ticket for use across different operators of the same and different modes. The card promises to offer convenience to common man in terms of one card for travel in diverse transport.

The funding for the project would be shared by Centre, state government and the operators.

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