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July 23rd, 2014

By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 July 2014, 12:02

Festival uses BLE to gain insights into attendee activity

Bonnaroo Festival uses BLE to gain insights into attendee activity

This year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has used Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to track how visitors moved around the site so that it can “shape and streamline the festival in the future”.

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QR

July 22nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 July 2014, 15:48

Amazon releases mobile wallet app for Android

Amazon Wallet, an Android app that lets users store gift cards and loyalty cards on their mobile phone, is now available to download from Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Amazon Wallet also ships with the online retail giant’s recently launched Fire phone.

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NFC

July 22nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 July 2014, 15:18

Westpac trials HCE mobile payments in New Zealand

Westpac has begun a host card emulation (HCE) pilot in New Zealand, enabling customers’ credit and debit card details to be securely stored in the cloud and then used at the point of sale to make mobile payments on their Android NFC device.

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NFC

July 22nd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 July 2014, 14:30

Consult Hyperion demos EMV mobile payments over BLE on an iPhone

UK payments technology specialist Consult Hyperion has unveiled a proof-of-concept solution that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and host card emulation (HCE) to enable both iPhone and Android NFC phone owners to make MasterCard, Visa and other open loop EMV payments at the point of sale.

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NFC

July 21st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 21 July 2014, 15:30

GSMA publishes NFC coupon and loyalty technical proposal

The GSMA has published Mobile Commerce, NFC Coupons and Loyalty Acceptance, a technical proposal based on open standards that aims to provide “the tools, knowledge and methodology for mobile operators and the wider retail ecosystem to work together to develop a consistent approach to mobile loyalty and couponing”.

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NFC

July 21st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 21 July 2014, 13:08

Four in ten mobile wallet users choose mobile as primary mode of payment

While convincing consumers to make use of a mobile wallet remains an issue for many providers, shoppers that do convert to mobile payments make extensive use of the technology, Nielsen’s Q2 2014 Mobile Wallet Report has found.

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QR

July 21st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 21 July 2014, 11:14

CU Wallet signs up 65 credit unions for QR mobile payments

CU Wallet, a mobile payments platform developed for US credit unions and majority owned by its cooperative members, has been adopted by 65 credit unions with a combined total of more than seven million customers, the company reports.

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NFC

July 18th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 18 July 2014, 10:32

Taiwanese carriers and transit card provider to launch NFC TSM this year

The TSM service for NFC payments being built by a joint venture between five Taiwanese carriers and prepaid card provider Easycard is to go live by the end of 2014, the partners have announced. A rival TSM backed by Taiwan’s financial institutions is also due to begin operations in December 2014.

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NFC

July 18th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 18 July 2014, 10:23

Clear Channel launches NFC advertising in the US and Canada

Out-of-home advertising giant Clear Channel’s Connect interactive advertising platform is now available in 29 US and Canadian markets. Bluetooth beacons may also be added to the service “when client demand and consumer benefit arise”, the company says.

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July 17th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 17 July 2014, 14:20

Google Wallet adds support for gift cards and P2P payments

Google Wallet users can now store gift cards on their mobile phone and redeem them electronically in stores. Users can also send money requests to friends, make debit card payments free of charge and access a Spanish language version of the app if they have activated Spanish language settings on their mobile device.

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News in brief

Target launches image recognition app

By Rian Boden • 23 July 2014, 11:05 • Last updated 23 July 2014, 11:05

US retail chain Target has launched an image recognition app that lets customers buy items from magazine adverts, catalogs and other media showing the retailer’s ‘In a Snap’ icon. Shoppers hold their phone over a product to capture its image and are then presented with product information and the ability to add the item to their cart and buy it from Target.

IBM partners with Monitise

By Rian Boden • 21 July 2014, 15:55 • Last updated 21 July 2014, 15:41

IBM and Monitise have formed a strategic alliance designed to help financial institutions deliver cloud-based mobile banking, payments and commerce solutions to their customers. “The combination of our capabilities with Monitise will provide value to our clients, enhance the customer experience and drive business growth,” says IBM senior vice president Steve Mills.

Nintendo adds NFC payments

By Sarah Clark • 21 July 2014, 15:11 • Last updated 21 July 2014, 15:11

Nintendo Wii U users in Japan can now use the NFC interface built into their GamePad controller to purchase games with a Suica contactless payment card. The plan to offer contactless payments was detailed by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in May this year. Gamers that use the service will receive Suica loyalty rewards at the rate of one point for every ¥200 they spend.

Barclays reports Pingit stats

By Sarah Clark • 18 July 2014, 13:19 • Last updated 18 July 2014, 12:42

Barclays’ Pingit P2P payments service has been used to send £540million since the launch of the service in February 2012, the bank has revealed, and the app has been downloaded 3m times. One in four UK Pingit users are based in London and users in the capital sent more than £60m via Pingit in the first six months of 2014.

Wallaby launches Gear 2 app

By Sarah Clark • 18 July 2014, 12:14 • Last updated 18 July 2014, 12:15

Card management app Wallaby, which helps holders of multiple credit cards view their balances and decide which is the best to use for any given transaction, is now available for use on Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches. Wallaby already offers apps for Google Glass and the Pebble smartwatch.

Apple expands iTunes Pass availability

By Sarah Clark • 18 July 2014, 12:08 • Last updated 18 July 2014, 12:08

Apple’s new iTunes Pass service, which enables iOS users to buy iTunes credit from their mobile device rather than purchase a physical gift card, is now available internationally, 9to5Mac reports. iTunes Pass buyers need to visit an Apple store in order to activate their purchase.

Facebook tests buy button

By Sarah Clark • 18 July 2014, 11:54 • Last updated 18 July 2014, 11:54

Facebook is testing a ‘buy’ button which allows consumers to purchase products through the social media platform. “With this feature, people on desktop or mobile can click the ‘buy’ call-to-action button on ads and page posts to purchase a product directly from a business, without leaving Facebook,” says the social network.

Twitter buys Cardspring

By Sarah Clark • 18 July 2014, 11:39 • Last updated 18 July 2014, 11:39

Twitter has acquired card-linked offers platform Cardspring for an undisclosed sum. “As we work on the future of commerce on Twitter, we are confident the CardSpring team and the technology they have built are a great fit with our philosophy regarding the best ways to bring in-the-moment commerce experiences to our users,” Twitter says.

CrucialTec to secure mobile banking with fingerprints

By Rian Boden • 18 July 2014, 11:33 • Last updated 18 July 2014, 11:33

Korean mobile input technology specialist CrucialTec is developing a fingerprint authentication solution that will replace passwords when consumers access mobile banking services on their smartphones, Korea Herald reports. The solution, which is designed to achieve the necessary security certification for use in online banking in Korea, is set to be introduced later this year.

PayPal volumes grow 29%

By Rian Boden • 18 July 2014, 11:22 • Last updated 18 July 2014, 11:22

PayPal’s total payment volume (TPV) grew 29% with merchant services volume up 35% and on-eBay volume up 13% during the quarter to end June 2014, parent eBay has reported. Revenue grew to US$1.9bn and PayPal gained four million new active accounts to end the quarter up 15% year-on-year at 152m users.

More news in brief...


July 24th, 2014

Latest news

  1. Festival uses BLE to gain insights into attendee activity
  2. Target launches image recognition app
  3. Amazon releases mobile wallet app for Android
  4. Westpac trials HCE mobile payments in New Zealand
  5. Consult Hyperion demos EMV mobile payments over BLE on an iPhone
  6. IBM partners with Monitise
  7. GSMA publishes NFC coupon and loyalty technical proposal
  8. Nintendo adds NFC payments
  9. Four in ten mobile wallet users choose mobile as primary mode of payment
  10. CU Wallet signs up 65 credit unions for QR mobile payments
  11. Barclays reports Pingit stats
  12. Wallaby launches Gear 2 app
  13. Apple expands iTunes Pass availability
  14. Facebook tests buy button
  15. Twitter buys Cardspring
  16. CrucialTec to secure mobile banking with fingerprints
  17. PayPal volumes grow 29%
  18. Snapchat to add payments?
  19. PayPal offers loyalty rewards
  20. PosteMobile to roll out NFC
 
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