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    Norwich buses get Bluetooth beacons that deliver offers to passengers on the move

    November 25th, 2014

    UK transportation operator FirstGroup has installed Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons on buses in the city of Norwich to help deliver content and offers to passengers’ smartphones. Twenty merchants have signed up for a six… More

    Ugo launches open NFC payments and rewards wallet in Canada

    November 25th, 2014

    Ugo, an open NFC mobile wallet developed by Canadian banks President’s Choice Financial and TD Bank Group, is now available to customers of all three major Canadian carriers who own one of a range of… More

    Saatchi & Saatchi designs beacon loyalty rewards for Japan’s TenTen Technologies

    November 21st, 2014

    Japanese startup TenTen Technologies is to offer retailers USB-based Bluetooth beacons that plug into POS terminals and vending machines so that rewards can be issued automatically to users of the company’s mobile app when they… More

    Motorola secures Android and Apple devices with smart keyfob

    November 20th, 2014

    Motorola has unveiled Motorola Keylink, a US$24.99 smart keyfob that uses Bluetooth Low Energy to enable iOS and Android device owners to track down their smartphone or their keys if they misplace them. “If your… More

    United Airlines to let passengers pay for airport food and drinks using award miles

    November 20th, 2014

    United Airlines is to install more than 6,000 iPads across Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport to enable members of the airline’s MileagePlus reward scheme to use their award miles to pay for food,… More

    White paper quantifies consumer attitudes to wearable payments

    November 19th, 2014

    A white paper examining the attitudes of consumers to using smartwatches and other wearables for payments, ticketing and other applications is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. Wearables: Geek Chic or… More

    Polish banks join up for launch of Blik mobile payments service

    November 18th, 2014

    The National Bank of Poland has given the go-ahead for the launch of Blik, a mobile payments service backed by six Polish banks that lets customers make payments in stores and online, withdraw cash from… More

    Japan Airlines tests battery-free beacons at 13 airports

    November 18th, 2014

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that use energy harvesting technology to avoid the need to change batteries have been installed by Japan Airlines (JAL) at 13 major Japanese airports to provide users of its JAL… More

    Keyssa unveils high speed short range ‘kiss’ connectivity technology

    November 17th, 2014

    Keyssa, a US startup backed by US$47m in funding from investors that include Intel, Samsung and Dolby Family Ventures and chaired by Nest founder Tony Fadell, has unveiled Kiss Connectivity, a solid-state embedded connector that can be used to transfer data between two devices at up to six gigabits per second. More

    Optus launches NFC payments in Australia

    November 17th, 2014

    Australian carrier Optus has teamed up with Visa and Heritage Bank to launch an NFC mobile payment service that lets customers load up to A$500 into a prepaid account and then make payments at any… More

    EcoCash takes mobile money to the point of sale

    November 17th, 2014

    EcoCash, Africa’s second largest mobile money provider with 3.7m users, is to offer customers in Zimbawe a MasterCard debit card linked to their EcoCash wallet. This will enable them to use the funds in their… More

    Softcard picks Muppet mascot for online advertising campaign

    November 14th, 2014

    US carrier mobile payments venture Softcard has unveiled Tappy, a mascot designed by the company behind The Muppets that will be used initially in an online advertising blitz reported to be valued at US$1.5m. More

    Visa CEO: We may not charge a fee for tokenization

    November 14th, 2014

    Visa will not charge a fee to card issuers making use of its tokenization service until at least the end of 2015 and may or may not charge a separate fee for the service in… More

    Paris restaurant equips waiters with wearables that alert them when orders are ready

    November 14th, 2014

    Waiters in a Paris restaurant have been equipped with mobile phones that let them take orders on the go — and smartwatches that let bartenders and kitchen staff alert them when an order is ready to be served, avoiding delays and improving service times. More

    Korean banks partner with messaging giant for mobile banking service

    November 13th, 2014

    Korean internet and messaging giant Daum Kakao has launched BankWalletKakao, a mobile wallet service provided in partnership with 16 Korean banks and Korea Financial Telecommunications and Clearing Institute (KFTC). The service leverages instant messaging technology… More

    Samsung launches Proximity mobile marketing platform

    November 13th, 2014

    Samsung has unveiled Proximity, a location-based marketing platform that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and works in a similar way to Apple’s iBeacon system — but without the need for consumers to be persuaded… More

    MasterCard and Visa to create new security standard to replace passwords for online payments

    November 13th, 2014

    MasterCard is working with Visa to create a new authentication standard for online payments that will gradually replace the 3D Secure protocol with “invisible authentication”, far fewer prompts for passwords and support for a range… More

    McDonald’s on mobile payments: We prefer to let our customers choose how they pay

    November 13th, 2014

    McDonald’s sees accepting NFC mobile payments as part of its on-going customer service improvement remit, the fast food giant’s Anja Carroll has told NFC World+. “We can accept all payment products that leverage standard NFC… More

    Kili acquires NFC microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity

    November 12th, 2014

    NFC-on-microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity has been acquired by Kili Technology, a payments processing solution provider which launched an mPOS “solution-on-a-chip” range last month. DeviceFidelity will now operate as a subsidiary of Kili with founders Deepak Jain… More

    SimplyTapp raises US$6m to grow HCE

    November 12th, 2014

    PARTNER NEWS: Host card emulation (HCE) specialist SimplyTapp has closed a US$6m Series B funding round. The round was led by a new, undisclosed lead investor with both Lightspeed Venture Partners and Blue Sky Capital… More

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