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August 28th, 2014

By Sarah Clark • Last updated 28 August 2014, 18:28

Verizon aims to replace usernames and passwords with QR codes

Verizon

Verizon Enterprise has introduced Universal ID, a service designed to replace usernames and passwords with a QR code that consumers can scan with their mobile phone to gain access to a website or app.

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August 27th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 27 August 2014, 14:08

Square lets consumers send cash by text

Payments startup Square has expanded its Square Cash service, which lets US consumers send money to a contact via email, to include support for sending funds via an SMS text message.

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BLE

August 27th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 27 August 2014, 13:13

IPC Media promotes magazine sales via convenience store beacons

Publisher IPC Media is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in 740 One Stop convenience stores across the UK to offer discounted copies of its Chat, Pick Me Up, Woman and TV & Satellite Week magazines.

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August 27th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 27 August 2014, 11:43

St George adds fingerprint security to mobile banking app

Customers of Australia’s St George Bank will be able to use the Touch ID fingerprint verification technology built into the iPhone 5S to log into mobile banking when iOS8 launches in September.

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NFC

August 26th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 26 August 2014, 13:56

Orderella to install NFC tags and Bluetooth beacons in 79 UK pubs and bars

Orderella, the developer of an app that lets customers place drinks orders and make payments from their mobile phone, is to install NFC tags and Bluetooth beacons in all the 79 pubs and bars across the UK that use its service.

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NFC

August 22nd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 August 2014, 16:57

NFC brings statues to life in London and Manchester

Visitors to the UK cities of London and Manchester can now interact via NFC with 35 high-profile statues that have been given a voice by actors, comedians and writers, including Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Paxman and Hugh Dennis.

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August 21st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 August 2014, 15:40

PayPal introduces one touch mobile payments

PayPal has launched One Touch, a mobile payments solution that lets consumers make payments in supported apps with a single touch. The service, PayPal says, is the “absolute fastest way to pay on any mobile device, across platforms, on all of your favourite apps” and will support credit and debit card payments as well as PayPal transactions.

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BLE

August 21st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 August 2014, 14:05

UK retailers install hi-tech mannequins that let customers buy what they see in the window

UK retailers House of Fraser, Hawes & Curtis and Bentalls are using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in display mannequins to let customers get information about outfits displayed in their shop windows and around their stores, receive special offers and buy items with their mobile phone.

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August 7th, 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 7 August 2014, 10:37

Invitation to contribute to the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre

NFC World+ is introducing a new service in September 2014 that will go beyond the news to provide our readers with in-depth information on the technologies driving the future of commerce. Initial expressions of interest are now invited from readers who would like to share their knowledge and experiences with our 100,000+ monthly visitors.

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BLE

August 7th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 August 2014, 08:24

Merchants to test BLE payments at Vilnius street fair

More than 250 merchants taking part in this year’s Vilnius City Fiesta will be testing out a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) mobile payments service that uses EVP International’s Paysera platform. The solution will also use QR codes to trigger payments.

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News in brief

Mapco adds mobile payments at the pump

By Sarah Clark • 28 August 2014, 13:50 • Last updated 28 August 2014, 13:37

Customers of US fuel and convenience store chain Mapco can now pay at the pump with their mobile phone at 276 of the retailer’s stores. “Consumers who download the app can now drive up to the nearest Mapco location, open the app, enter how much they want to pay, and checkout using PayPal,” says Brad Brodigan, ‎VP Retail for North America at PayPal, the exclusive payment option offered by the My Mapco app.

CaixaBank invests in contactless ATMs

By Sarah Clark • 28 August 2014, 13:36 • Last updated 28 August 2014, 13:36

Spain’s CaixaBank has signed a €500million agreement with Fujitsu for the delivery of a new network of 8,500 ATMs equipped with contactless readers “capable of scanning cards, mobile phones and wearables”. The ATMs also feature dual screens, “one to handle transactions and the other to provide operational and sales support, thus providing a much more pleasant user experience with the terminal”.

Evidence builds for NFC in iPhone 6

By Sarah Clark • 28 August 2014, 13:20 • Last updated 28 August 2014, 13:20

Apple’s next iPhone will feature its own payment platform, “sources familiar with the matter” have told Wired. “In fact, that platform will be one of the hallmark features of the device when it is unveiled on September 9. We are told the solution will involve NFC.” Analysis of a leaked logic board by a MacRumours reader, meanwhile, adds weight to previous suggestions that Apple will include NXP’s PN65 NFC chip in the iPhone 6.

Smart Card Alliance offers HCE paper

By Sarah Clark • 27 August 2014, 14:13 • Last updated 27 August 2014, 14:13

The Smart Card Alliance has published Host Card Emulation (HCE) 101, a white paper that “takes a deep dive into HCE and NFC opportunities and security considerations”. HCE is “an opportunity for application developers to more easily provide convenient and consumer-friendly NFC applications, but also increases the chances of hackers gaining access to information through malware and/or denial of service attacks,” says executive director Randy Vanderhoof.

Citi launches digital wallet

By Sarah Clark • 27 August 2014, 13:32 • Last updated 27 August 2014, 13:32

Financial services giant Citi has launched a digital wallet that uses MasterCard’s MasterPass technology to let US credit card holders “more quickly and conveniently make purchases at thousands of online merchants”. Customers who sign up for Citi Wallet will “no longer have to enter their credit card, billing and shipping information when making purchases,” the bank says.

Estimote unveils BLE stickers

By Sarah Clark • 27 August 2014, 13:22 • Last updated 27 August 2014, 13:22

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon maker Estimote has introduced a new product category that it calls “nearables”, stickers that contain a Bluetooth Smart controller, an ARM processor and both an accelerometer and a temperature sensor. “Simply attach a sticker to an item to turn it into a nearable — a smart, connected object that broadcasts data about its location, motion and temperature,” the company says.

Boston Fed reports on mobile payments

By Sarah Clark • 26 August 2014, 15:15 • Last updated 26 August 2014, 14:27

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has published Update on the US Regulatory Landscape for Mobile Payments, a summary of the latest meeting of the Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup (MPIW). “The industry and regulators are still trying to come to a common understanding about the different mobile technology solutions and how they impact the payments system,” the report found.

Walmart moves to EMV

By Sarah Clark • 26 August 2014, 15:00 • Last updated 26 August 2014, 14:29

Walmart MasterCard holders are to receive a replacement card “in the next few weeks” that includes an EMV chip. “Walmart has long been a proponent for EMV chip technology and installed EMV-capable terminals in stores about eight years ago,” SVP Mike Cook and MasterCard North America president Chris McWilton explain. “These terminals are now activated in more than 4,600 stores, including all Sam’s Club locations. Terminals in the remaining US stores will be activated before the end of the year.”

NTT Docomo picks Gemalto for NFC

By Sarah Clark • 26 August 2014, 14:45 • Last updated 26 August 2014, 14:18

NTT Docomo, Japan’s largest mobile phone carrier, is to use Gemalto’s Allynis trusted service management (TSM) service and its UpTeq SIMs for the rollout of its NFC platform. “The launch will deliver a rich variety of contactless services encompassing mobile payments, loyalty programs, e-ticketing and access control,” Gemalto says.

QikServe raises funds

By Rian Boden • 26 August 2014, 14:30 • Last updated 26 August 2014, 14:30

QikServe has raised a further US$880,000 to support the expansion of its mobile ordering and payment platform for the hospitality sector. The funds “will provide the resources needed to support our strategic partners as well as continue to roll out our mobile ordering system with customers in our target markets”, says CEO Ronnie Forbes.

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August 30th, 2014

Latest news

  1. Verizon aims to replace usernames and passwords with QR codes
  2. Mapco adds mobile payments at the pump
  3. CaixaBank invests in contactless ATMs
  4. Evidence builds for NFC in iPhone 6
  5. Smart Card Alliance offers HCE paper
  6. Square lets consumers send cash by text
  7. Citi launches digital wallet
  8. Estimote unveils BLE stickers
  9. IPC Media promotes magazine sales via convenience store beacons
  10. St George adds fingerprint security to mobile banking app
  11. Boston Fed reports on mobile payments
  12. Walmart moves to EMV
  13. NTT Docomo picks Gemalto for NFC
  14. QikServe raises funds
  15. Twitter to add payments?
  16. eBay to spin off PayPal?
  17. Orderella to install NFC tags and Bluetooth beacons in 79 UK pubs and bars
  18. NFC brings statues to life in London and Manchester
  19. Aruba Airport to test biometric tokens
  20. EyeVerify raises $6m
 
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