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Newspaper tests BLE beacons

October 21st, 2014

Dutch newspaper publisher NDC Media is testing Bluetooth beacons with thirty shops in the town of Leeuwarden, Netherlands, to send offers to consumer smartphones running the Lightcurb mobile app. “The overarching goal is to connect shoppers and entrepreneurs together; this test is designed to gain experience,” NDC explains. The company is working with Lightcurb platform operator Snakeware for the pilot, which is scheduled to run until the end of 2014.

iOS 8.1 brings Apple Pay NFC payments to iPhone

October 20th, 2014

Version 8.1 of iOS is now available for download, and brings with it the US consumer rollout of the Apple Pay mobile payments system. Apple Pay’s NFC payment capability is available to US-based owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets and can be used at 220,000 stores nationwide that accept contactless payments. Last week Apple revealed that 500 banks have now signed up to offer the service to their customers.

NFC World+ breaks all records in September

October 3rd, 2014

144,508 unique visitors read NFC World+ in September 2014, up 24% on a year ago, and we served 395,029 pages (up 22%) as business executives and technical experts flocked to the site to learn about Apple Pay, NFC and the future of mobile payments. More

RapidNFC examines iPhone 6 tag reading issue

October 1st, 2014

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

October 1st, 2014

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.

NFC technology report available for free download

September 30th, 2014

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… More

InMarket reports on attitudes to beacon messages

September 29th, 2014

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.

Amazon adds Wishlist tweets

September 26th, 2014

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.

NFC Forum publishes connection handover paper

September 24th, 2014

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.

SD Association adds support for TransferJet communications

September 23rd, 2014

Memory card standards group the SD Association has expanded its iSDIO specification to include support for TransferJet, a short range contactless communications technology that enables data to be transferred between devices at high speed. “TransferJet technology… More

Samsung and PayPal to offer smartwatch payments

September 23rd, 2014

Samsung is working on a smartwatch that will include biometric verification and support for PayPal payments and location-based offers, reports Business Korea. The device is set to include a fingerprint sensor and could launch at Mobile World Congress 2015.

SimplyTapp releases new HCE SDK

September 22nd, 2014

PARTNER NEWS: Host card emulation (HCE) specialist SimplyTapp has released a new version of its Mobile SDK. Version 2.3 includes a SimplifiedTapp app that “offers refined code base which will help accelerate developers’ understanding of HCE implementation”, the company says.

UL white paper explains Apple Pay

September 18th, 2014

A new white paper that describes what is known about Apple Pay in both technical and organizational terms — as well as what questions still remain to be answered — is now available to download free of charge from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. Produced by the transaction security team at UL, “Apple Pay — What do we know?” aims to “provide insight and knowledge that UL has gathered, in order to best inform all stakeholders involved.”

SimplyTapp compares Apple Pay and Android HCE

September 17th, 2014

PARTNER NEWS: A new blog post from HCE specialist SimplyTapp explains how Apple is using tokens in its new Apple Pay NFC mobile payments service — and how that compares with the way tokens are used to enable Android phones to make NFC mobile payments using host card emulation (HCE). “The important concept that has gotten lost with the Apple announcement is that the concept of ‘tokenization’ as Apple Pay uses [it] is still the exact plan for tokenization in the Android space,” CEO Doug Yeager explains.

MasterCard issues European contactless POS mandate

September 10th, 2014

European merchants who accept either MasterCard or Maestro will be required to switch to contactless POS terminals by 1 January 2020, “ensuring that consumers will be able to pay with their contactless cards and NFC enabled devices at all point-of-sale (POS) terminals”, the payment network has announced. “New POS terminals must adhere to the new standard upon deployment as from 1 January 2016,” MasterCard adds.

Apple posts PassKit payments dev guide

September 9th, 2014

Apple has posted a guide to iOS 8.0’s new Apple Pay mobile payment features in its developer library. “The PassKit framework adds support for payment passes and payment requests,” says the company. “Payment passes are added to Passbook by payment networks, such as credit card issuers and banks, and let the user select their account on that payment network to fund payments.”

NXP publishes guide to NFC and the Internet of Things

September 9th, 2014

Chip maker NXP has published a 20-page guide to NFC and the Internet of Things (IoT) that is available for readers to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. “NFC for Embedded Applications: Your Critical… More

NFC Business Models report available for free download

September 5th, 2014

NFC Business Models, NFC World’s landmark 2011 research report on strategies for monetising NFC, is now available as a free download in the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. “This 170-page report continues to provide many lessons that can be applied to advantage by businesses introducing mobile payments and digital wallet services today — and provides unique insight into how and why it has taken so much longer than expected for mobile payments to take off,” says author Sarah Clark.

NXP launches dynamic NFC tag chip for consumer devices

September 5th, 2014

PARTNER NEWS: NXP has unveiled a dynamic NFC chip that can be used by electronic device makers to let consumers use their mobile phone as a remote user interface “rather than relying on expensive touchscreens… More

Introducing the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre

September 4th, 2014

NFC World+ now has a Knowledge Centre which provides readers with in-depth reports, technical guides and market briefings on the technologies shaping the future of mobile payments and commerce. Sign up to the NFC World+… More

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