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    SimAlliance: HCE will grow the market for SIM-based NFC payments

    June 23rd, 2014

    Host Card Emulation (HCE) is likely to lead to higher demand for SIM-based NFC payments services and new opportunities for mobile network operators, SIMalliance — which initially warned against HCE for security reasons — has now… More

    Brixton Pound uses BLE to let residents pay local businesses with their mobiles

    June 20th, 2014

    Businesses across the London district of Brixton are to be equipped with Bluetooth beacons that will allow residents to make mobile payments using the Brixton Pound, a local currency designed to encourage consumers to spend their money in independent local businesses. More

    Planet Sub picks LevelUp for mobile payments and rewards

    June 20th, 2014

    US sandwich chain Planet Sub is now offering customers a mobile app that lets them make payments and earn rewards. The company is using a white label version of LevelUp for the service. “Mobile payment… More

    Pajco lets US consumers pay by mobile at the pump

    June 20th, 2014

    Pajco, owner of convenience store chains Rhodes 101 and Mercato di Rodi, is working with NCR to offer its customers the ability to pay for fuel by scanning a QR code on a fuel dispenser… More

    Denny’s tests mobile rewards

    June 20th, 2014

    US family restaurant chain Denny’s is piloting a mobile rewards program that lets diners use an iOS or Android app to collect a point for every dollar they spend. The trial is taking place at restaurants… More

    Tap2Tag launches NFC medical alert devices

    June 19th, 2014

    UK-based startup Tap2Tag has introduced a range of NFC wristbands, key fobs, cards and stickers that can be used to instantly retrieve a person’s medical history and associated information in an emergency. Users upload the… More

    American Airlines pilots BLE beacons in Dallas

    June 19th, 2014

    American Airlines is to run a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon pilot at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), allowing travellers to access a range of wayfinding and location-based services from their mobile device. The project will… More

    Amazon unveils smartphone that lets users shop the world around them

    June 19th, 2014

    Amazon has launched Fire, a smartphone that includes 3D “dynamic perspective” technology and a dedicated Firefly button that lets users recognize — and buy from Amazon — physical products, movies and music that they come… More

    InMarket reports positive consumer response to Bluetooth beacons

    June 19th, 2014

    Shoppers who receive marketing messages via inMarket’s Mobile to Mortar (M2M) iBeacon platform interact more with advertised products, increase their in-store app usage and are more likely to keep an app on their phone, a… More

    AT&T to introduce its own NFC platform for merchant offers, access control and more

    June 18th, 2014

    US telecoms firm AT&T is to use technology from CorFire to power NFC Connect, a new platform that will enable it to offer a wide range of NFC services outside of the Isis mobile commerce venture it… More

    LevelUp to build BLE into payments terminals

    June 18th, 2014

    US mobile payments service LevelUp is to provide its merchants with the ability to push offers to shoppers via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons built into the next version of its POS device. The move… More

    Verifone launches acoustic payments in Philadelphia

    June 18th, 2014

    POS maker Verifone has expanded its Way2Ride mobile payments service to Philadelphia, allowing taxi users in the US city to pay for their journey using a sound-based proximity mobile communications technology. Way2Ride works in conjunction with Verifone’s… More

    New guide explains how to connect BLE and NFC devices

    June 17th, 2014

    The NFC Forum and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) have updated their “Bluetooth secure simple pairing using NFC” developer guide. The new edition includes information on how NFC can be used to let consumers… More

    Spanish banks and carrier launch mobile offers platform that links discounts to bank cards

    June 17th, 2014

    Yaap, a joint venture between Spanish banks CaixaBank and Banco Santander and mobile network operator Telefonica, has launched a mobile commerce platform that lets consumers access merchant offers on their mobile device and then redeem… More

    Ticketmaster adds animated watermarks to mobile tickets

    June 17th, 2014

    Ticketmaster has launched an iPhone app that uses an animated watermark to prove that a mobile ticket is authentic and valid. The app also lets ticket buyers resell tickets they own and transfer tickets to… More

    Intel patents multi-surface NFC antenna design

    June 17th, 2014

    The USPTO has published a patent application by three Intel engineers that describes an NFC antenna design which makes use of a cascaded coil concept to enable interactions to be performed without a user needing… More

    French bank card association backs biometric payments

    June 16th, 2014

    Groupement des Cartes Bancaires CB, the French bank card association which pioneered the use of chip cards for payments in the 1980s, expects to enable member banks to issue customers with keyfobs supporting fingerprint payments… More

    Priceline CEO outlines its plans for OpenTable

    June 16th, 2014

    “In the area of mobile, there is just tremendous opportunity to enhance the end-to-end experience in both the accommodation business as well as the restaurant business by leveraging mobile as an asset,” Darren Huston, president… More

    Chick-Fil-A tests mobile payments

    June 16th, 2014

    Fast food chain Chick-fil-A has begun a mobile payments pilot in the Triad area of North Carolina. Twenty restaurants are taking part in the trial and the chain plans to expand the test to further… More

    Mobile payments provider Powa valued at over US$2.6bn

    June 12th, 2014

    Mobile payments provider Powa Technologies has acquired Hong Kong-based MPayMe for US$75m and signed up Taiwan Mobile to offer its PowaTag mobile payments platform. As a result of the MPayMe deal, “Powa’s worth is now… More

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