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October 1st, 2014

By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 October 2014, 09:23

KLM uses Bluetooth beacons to help passengers navigate Schiphol Airport

Bluetooth beacons steer passengers to their gate at Schiphol Airport

Passengers travelling with KLM from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport can now use the airline’s app to get a map of the airport that shows the route they need to take to their gate and the time required to get to there.

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September 30th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 30 September 2014, 17:24

Uber runs NFC marketing campaign in London pubs and clubs

Taxi hailing service Uber is running an NFC marketing campaign in more than 100 London pubs, bars and clubs to promote downloads of its app to drinkers looking to book a taxi ride home.

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NFC

September 30th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 September 2014, 17:00

Transcript: eBay CEO John Donahoe discusses the future of PayPal as an independent company

"We want PayPal to be present whenever and wherever consumers want to pay so if that means being in other wallets, if that means being in any existing or other new ecosystems where payment occurs, our desire is to be a payments platform that can enable payments in any of those environments," says eBay's CEO.

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NFC

September 30th, 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 30 September 2014, 16:12

NFC technology report available for free download

NFC Technologies and Systems, a 98-page report that explains in detail the technology behind NFC tag reading and writing, the role and functionality of trusted service managers (TSMs), how secure elements work and how they keep sensitive data secure is now available as a free download in the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre.

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September 30th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 30 September 2014, 16:46

eBay to spin off PayPal as a separate company in 2015

eBay Inc is to be split into two separate publicly traded companies in 2015, the company has announced — and Dan Schulman, president of American Express’ enterprise growth group, has been hired as the new president of PayPal as well as CEO-designee post-spin off.

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September 29th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 29 September 2014, 15:30

Dartmouth researchers develop continuous authentication service based on smart wristbands

Researchers at Dartmouth College’s Trustworthy Health and Wellness (THaW) group have developed a service that uses a bracelet containing an accelerometer, gyroscope and radio to continuously authenticate the user of a computer system.

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BLE

September 29th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 29 September 2014, 12:47

Korea’s SK Planet buys US BLE offers platform Shopkick

Mobile offers platform Shopkick, which is working with a number of high profile US retailers to roll out a network of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, has been acquired by SK Planet (SKP), operator of Korea’s largest shopper rewards program and part of the same group as carrier SK Telecom.

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September 26th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 26 September 2014, 16:28

Miami Airport provides airlines and retailers with open access to Bluetooth beacons

Miami International Airport has become the first in the world to use an open approach to deploying Bluetooth beacons across its footprint. The beacons — located at entrances, check-in, gates, baggage claim and valet parking zones — can be used by a wide range of airport service providers including airlines and retailers, rather than being tied to one particular provider.

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NFC

September 26th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 26 September 2014, 12:23

TfL reports rapid adoption of contactless payments on London transport

More than one million journeys have been paid for using a contactless payment card since Transport for London (TfL) began accepting the cards on the underground and commuter rail services on 16 September.

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NFC

September 25th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 25 September 2014, 11:19

China Mobile picks Gemalto for NFC ticketing in Beijing

China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator, has chosen Gemalto to supply it with NFC-enabled SIMs “to protect consumer credentials used for mobile contactless applications​, starting with mass transit services in Beijing.”

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News in brief

RapidNFC examines iPhone 6 tag reading issue

By Mike Clark • 1 October 2014, 14:09 • Last updated 1 October 2014, 14:09

PARTNER VIEWS: The question of whether or not Apple has included NFC tag reading and writing capabilities in the iPhone 6 is examined in a new blog post by NFC tag specialist RapidNFC. The article explains why the NFC antenna in a mobile phone needs to be more powerful for tag reading than for payments and concludes that “there’s nothing to indicate that such an antenna doesn’t exist within the phone. Even if nobody seems to have actually found it yet.”

Apple falls out with PayPal over Samsung deal

By Mike Clark • 1 October 2014, 14:05 • Last updated 1 October 2014, 14:05

PayPal was excluded from the list of Apple Pay preferred partners due to a falling out between the two companies, Bank Innovation reports. The reason? PayPal’s decision to work with Samsung, which has its own mobile wallet ambitions, to deliver fingerprint-secured mobile payments on the Galaxy S5.

iPad to get Apple Pay support?

By Sarah Clark • 30 September 2014, 12:22 • Last updated 30 September 2014, 12:22

A text string in the beta release of iOS 8.1 spotted by a MacRumours reader appears to confirm reports that Apple will add a Touch ID fingerprint sensor to its next iPad, which may ship as soon as next month, and make it possible for owners to use Apple Pay to make online purchases. “Pay with iPad using Touch ID,” the hidden text says. “With Apple Pay, you no longer need to type card numbers and shipping information.”

InMarket reports on attitudes to beacon messages

By Mike Clark • 29 September 2014, 12:57 • Last updated 29 September 2014, 12:57

Sending customers more than one push notification from a beacon platform in the same store leads to a 313% decline in app usage, a study conducted by Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) marketing platform InMarket has found. “The same goes if the notifications customers received were irrelevant: the beacon app gets deleted,” BostInno reports.

John Lewis invests in BLE

By Sarah Clark • 29 September 2014, 12:51 • Last updated 29 September 2014, 12:51

Upmarket UK department store chain John Lewis has invested £100,000 in Localz, a startup that uses Bluetooth beacons to improve the in-store shopping experience and has won the retailer’s first JLAB incubator program. The company will use the money to develop its technology “in conjunction with John Lewis” and to “launch live trials in store”.

Amazon adds Wishlist tweets

By Mike Clark • 26 September 2014, 12:05 • Last updated 26 September 2014, 12:05

Amazon customers can now add items to their wish list directly from Twitter. “Customers who discover a Tweet from their favorite artist, expert, brand, or friend with an Amazon.com product link can simply add ‘#AmazonWishList’ to the reply on Twitter and the product is added to their Amazon Wish List”, the ecommerce giant explains.

Facebook picks Stripe for buy button

By Sarah Clark • 26 September 2014, 11:57 • Last updated 26 September 2014, 11:57

Stripe “is the sole Facebook payments partner” for its ‘buy’ button trial, Re/code reports. The service lets users purchase products from Facebook ads and page posts without leaving the social network.

WeChat offers payments in stores

By Rian Boden • 24 September 2014, 13:56 • Last updated 24 September 2014, 13:56

Tencent’s instant messaging app WeChat can now be used to make payments in the retail stores of nine Chinese merchants including DQ Ice Queen, NUS Pharmacy, Rainbow, One Plus One, Lotus, Good Neighbours, Baby Room, Minsheng Department Store and NUS 365, according to Iamwire. “Whenever they click into the credit card function, there will be a two-dimensional code for scanning and barcode on the screen, respectively,” the report explains.

US bank tests NFC Wave add-on

By Sarah Clark • 24 September 2014, 13:28 • Last updated 24 September 2014, 13:28

“One of the largest financial institutions in North America” is conducting an NFC mobile payments pilot that uses the Wave NFC device developed by On Track Innovations (OTI) in combination with provisioning and mobile wallet technology provided by ABnote. Wave is certified by both Visa and MasterCard and has also been selected by Hong Kong’s Joint Electronic Teller Services (Jetco) for an NFC payments service it is to offer consumers via its 30 member banks.

NFC Forum publishes connection handover paper

By Mike Clark • 24 September 2014, 13:20 • Last updated 25 September 2014, 09:39

The NFC Forum has published guidelines for developers looking to use NFC to easily establish a connection between two devices and then hand over to Bluetooth or WiFi for high speed or long distance data exchange. Connection Handover User Experience Recommendations includes general guidance for all applications, for audio and video streaming use cases, and recommendations specific to Bluetooth use.

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October 1st, 2014

Latest news

  1. RapidNFC examines iPhone 6 tag reading issue
  2. Apple falls out with PayPal over Samsung deal
  3. KLM uses Bluetooth beacons to help passengers navigate Schiphol Airport
  4. Uber runs NFC marketing campaign in London pubs and clubs
  5. Transcript: eBay CEO John Donahoe discusses the future of PayPal as an independent company
  6. NFC technology report available for free download
  7. iPad to get Apple Pay support?
  8. eBay to spin off PayPal as a separate company in 2015
  9. Dartmouth researchers develop continuous authentication service based on smart wristbands
  10. InMarket reports on attitudes to beacon messages
  11. John Lewis invests in BLE
  12. Korea’s SK Planet buys US BLE offers platform Shopkick
  13. Miami Airport provides airlines and retailers with open access to Bluetooth beacons
  14. TfL reports rapid adoption of contactless payments on London transport
  15. Amazon adds Wishlist tweets
  16. Facebook picks Stripe for buy button
  17. China Mobile picks Gemalto for NFC ticketing in Beijing
  18. WeChat offers payments in stores
  19. US bank tests NFC Wave add-on
  20. NFC Forum publishes connection handover paper
 
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