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December 19th, 2014

By Rian Boden • Last updated 19 December 2014, 19:36

McDonald’s introduces Bluetooth beacon offers

Ads on payment terminals prompt customers to download the Piper app

Twenty-six McDonald’s franchises in Columbus, Georgia have installed Bluetooth beacons that can be used to deliver coupons, alerts, employment opportunities and customer satisfaction surveys directly to a consumer’s smartphone as they enter a participating location.

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December 19th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 19 December 2014, 19:08

RBC adds HCE to mobile payments app

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has added support for host card emulation (HCE) to its RBC mobile app, “allowing Canadians to pay with most Android mobile phones without worrying about being on the right mobile network or having the right SIM card.”

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December 17th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 December 2014, 12:06

Cooper Hewitt museum visitors to use NFC pens to interact with multi-touch display tables  

Visitors to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York are to be given the opportunity to use an NFC pen to interact with a range of NFC-enabled multi-touch display tables, enabling them to ‘draw’ on the tables and keep track of the objects in the collection that they interact with.

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December 16th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 16 December 2014, 13:57

Barclaycard tests contactless payment gloves

Barclaycard has begun ‘testing’ woollen gloves that can be used to make payments at any of the 300,000 contactless POS terminals in the UK with a touch of a hand.

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December 15th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 December 2014, 13:34

Brazilian online fashion retailer installs Bluetooth Fashion Spots

Dafiti, Latin America’s largest online fashion retailer, is to place Bluetooth beacons in restaurants, bars and newsstands in the Brazilian city of São Paulo to send out promotional messages to shoppers’ smartphones.

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December 15th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 December 2014, 13:22

Jeweller debuts NFC pearls

US jeweller Galatea has unveiled Momento Pearl, a cultured pearl that contains an NFC chip. Using an accompanying NFC app, “the user records a message or uploads an audio file,” the jeweller explains. “By tapping the pearl against an NFC-enabled mobile device, the audio is played and other digital material displayed.”

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December 15th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 December 2014, 12:54

Ubudu turns beacons into two-way communications devices

Mobile proximity solutions provider Ubudu has unveiled uBeacon Mesh, a platform that enables Bluetooth beacon installations to be used to create two-way mobile communications with consumers.

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December 15th, 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 15 December 2014, 10:35

NFC World’s Sarah Clark to chair mobile payments session at CES 2015

The editor of NFC World+ will be at the International CES in Las Vegas from 4-9 January to chair the future of mobile payments conference session and meet up with readers to discuss the latest technologies and trends.

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December 11th, 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 11 December 2014, 17:27

Join NFC World for a free webinar on NFC security strategies

The next event in NFC World’s free educational webinar series will be held at 15:00 GMT on Tuesday 20 January and will focus on how to select the right security strategy for your NFC service.

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December 9th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 December 2014, 18:21

MIT researchers unveil NFC sensors that detect hazardous chemicals

MIT chemists have devised a way to detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants using an NFC-enabled sensor and a smartphone. The low cost of the sensors means the technology could be widely deployed as a way to monitor food spoilage as well as to detect the presence of other hazards such as explosives, the researchers suggest.

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News in brief

Mozido buys CorFire

By Rian Boden • 19 December 2014, 16:50 • Last updated 19 December 2014, 16:50

Cloud-based mobile payments platform provider Mozido has acquired the majority ownership of mobile commerce specialist CorFire, previously wholly-owned by South Korean IT services provider SK C&C. “By adding [Corfire’s] strength in NFC-enabled mobile wallets to Mozido’s extensive mobile financial services and retail marketing capabilities, we can now give merchants around the world access to a powerful mobile ecosystem,” says Mozido’s Michael Liberty.

Touch ID patent adds fingertip motion

By Rian Boden • 19 December 2014, 16:31 • Last updated 19 December 2014, 16:31

Future iPhones may use a combination of Touch ID and fingertip motion to protect access, a recent Apple patent application has revealed. “An electronic device may include a finger biometric sensor, a display and a processor coupled to the finger biometric sensor and the display,” the filing explains. The patent application goes on to explain how a phone could be partially unlocked by drawing the correct pattern on the fingerprint sensor, or fully on providing a biometric match.

Brixton Pound to add NFC

By Rian Boden • 19 December 2014, 16:18 • Last updated 19 December 2014, 16:18

Brixton Pound (B£), a local currency designed to encourage consumers to spend in independent businesses, is to launch an NFC ‘tap and pay’ service in 2015. “The currency will implement contactless payment terminals for B£ businesses and traders, which will further speed and simplify payments,” the organisation says. The service currently lets Brixton residents make payments via Bluetooth beacons or pay-by-text.

Mobile barcode scanning booms

By Rian Boden • 17 December 2014, 13:12 • Last updated 17 December 2014, 13:12

Consumers scanned more than 4.5m barcodes with Scandit-powered mobile shopping apps this Black Friday, the company has revealed, “with some US-based apps experiencing as much as 40 times increase over last year”. Total scan volumes across mobile apps that utilise Scandit “more than doubled year-over-year.”

Iowa to launch mobile driving license

By Rian Boden • 17 December 2014, 13:09 • Last updated 17 December 2014, 13:09

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) in the US is developing a smartphone-based driver’s license using an app that would co-exist with traditional plastic cards, WSJ reports. How the service will work and when it will be launched remain unclear however, due to concerns surrounding privacy and security. Iowa DOT is now focusing on working out how police and transportation officers will be able to interact with the mobile licenses and on ways to prevent fakes.

Line Pay makes debut

By Rian Boden • 17 December 2014, 13:01 • Last updated 17 December 2014, 13:01

Line Pay, the mobile payments service unveiled in October by Tokyo-based instant messaging service Line, has made its global debut with the release of version 4.8.0 of the Line app. “At the first stage of its release, Line Pay will only support payments on Line Store,” the company explains. “Select Line Pay when paying on Line Store to open the Line Pay service, then simply select a credit card to pay with to complete the purchase.”

Google Wallet adds Touch ID

By Rian Boden • 17 December 2014, 12:48 • Last updated 17 December 2014, 12:48

The iOS version of Google Wallet now enables users to use Touch ID fingerprint verification for “secure and quick access” to the mobile wallet. Google Wallet 8.0 for iOS also lets consumers divide the cost of any transaction through a split the check function.

US consumers trust banks most with card data

By Rian Boden • 17 December 2014, 12:41 • Last updated 17 December 2014, 12:41

Three in four online buyers (76%) are dissatisfied with the strength of credit card and personal information security among retailers with some 72% of respondents saying they trust their own bank the most with credit card data and personally identifiable information, US research from Bizrate Insights reveals. 48% trust PayPal with their payment and personal information, 45% trust Amazon, 21% trust Apple, 12% trust American Express, 18% trust eBay, 12% trust Google and 12% trust none of the above.

Samsung in talks with LoopPay?

By Rian Boden • 17 December 2014, 12:33 • Last updated 17 December 2014, 12:33

Samsung is in talks with mobile payments startup LoopPay with a view to launching a mobile payments system to rival Apple Pay in the US in 2015, “multiple sources” have told Re/code. The service could “allow payment information to be transmitted to the merchant via NFC technology in addition to via LoopPay’s magnetic stripe-mimicking technology.”

Apple Pay hits 90% of credit cards by volume

By Rian Boden • 16 December 2014, 18:54 • Last updated 16 December 2014, 18:54

Apple Pay has signed up support from “dozens more banks, retail stores and start-ups”, with new additions including SunTrust, Barclaycard, USAA, TD Bank North America, Commerce Bank and Amway Center — the home of the Orlando Magic basketball team —  The New York Times reports. Including the recent sign-ups, Apple says it now supports cards that represent some 90% of the credit card purchase volume in the US.

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December 20th, 2014

Latest news

  1. McDonald’s introduces Bluetooth beacon offers
  2. RBC adds HCE to mobile payments app
  3. Mozido buys CorFire
  4. Touch ID patent adds fingertip motion
  5. Brixton Pound to add NFC
  6. Mobile barcode scanning booms
  7. Iowa to launch mobile driving license
  8. Line Pay makes debut
  9. Google Wallet adds Touch ID
  10. US consumers trust banks most with card data
  11. Samsung in talks with LoopPay?
  12. Cooper Hewitt museum visitors to use NFC pens to interact with multi-touch display tables  
  13. Apple Pay hits 90% of credit cards by volume
  14. Alipay extends fingerprint IDs
  15. Suncorp to offer NFC payments
  16. Barclaycard tests contactless payment gloves
  17. Brazilian online fashion retailer installs Bluetooth Fashion Spots
  18. Jeweller debuts NFC pearls
  19. Ubudu turns beacons into two-way communications devices
  20. Half of Brits interested in mobile payments
 
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