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Brightwire: Apple signs mobile payments deal with China UnionPay

May 12th, 2014

“Apple is likely to incorporate a near field communication (NFC) payment function in the next generation iPhone and has reached an agreement with China UnionPay on a mobile payment service,” investment newswire Brightwire reports, citing… More

OTP Bank launches mobile payments in Hungary

May 12th, 2014

Hungary’s OTP Bank has launched a mobile wallet that allows consumers to pay in stores by scanning a QR code placed next to the cash register. The new OTPay service can also be used to… More

nTrust pilots Bluetooth payments in Canada

May 12th, 2014

Canadian payments and money transfer provider nTrust has begun piloting a new mobile payments service that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons placed in stores to make wireless purchases. nTrust is using hardware from Estimote… More

DNP to add invisible smart ink to printed media

May 9th, 2014

Japan-based Dai Nippon Printing has signed a partnership deal with US startup T+ink, developer of an invisible conductive ink technology that can be used to let consumers interact with books, magazines, advertising, tickets, product packaging… More

Vodafone adds support for barcode loyalty and membership cards to NFC wallet

May 8th, 2014

Mobile network operator Vodafone is expanding the functionality of its mobile wallet beyond NFC with a deal to add Austria-based Bluesource’s Mobile-Pocket technology to the service, enabling customers to store hundreds of loyalty, membership, transit and promotional cards in their Vodafone wallet by simply scanning them in using the camera on their smartphone. More

Yapital expands mobile payments to advertising media

May 8th, 2014

Retailer-owned mobile payments provider Yapital is to add “one click” purchases from printed advertising media to its app, enabling shoppers to order and pay for promoted products by scanning QR codes in merchants’ billboard and… More

Nintendo to launch NFC toys and payments

May 8th, 2014

A new Nintendo Figurine Platform and a range of NFC toys that makes use of the NFC functionality in the Wii U GamePad is to be unveiled at the E3 games show next month, company president Satoru Iwata has announced. A standalone device that will enable NFC toys to be used with the Nintendo 3DS handheld console will also be introduced and NFC payments for games are to added, initially in Japan, from this summer. More

Duane Reade installs Bluetooth beacons in ten New York stores

May 8th, 2014

New York-based drugstore chain Duane Reade has upgraded its iPhone app to include support for iBeacons and ten of its 240 New York stores have been equipped with Bluetooth LE beacons in a bid to… More

Brioche Dorée pilots mobile coupons and payments in 20 stores

May 8th, 2014

Groupe Le Duff, owner of 1,260 restaurants and bakeries, is piloting a mobile wallet developed by mobile shopping solutions provider Airtag in 20 of its Brioche Dorée quick service bakery outlets in France. The mobile… More

Deutsche Telekom launches NFC mobile wallet in Germany, with Slovakia and Hungary to follow

May 7th, 2014

Deutsche Telekom has launched MyWallet, an NFC service that allows customers with any of 18 supported Samsung and Sony Android NFC devices to make payments at MasterCard PayPass merchants. The service is live in Germany… More

Worldline develops interactive fridge magnets that make it easy to add items to shopping lists

May 7th, 2014

Transaction services provider Worldline has unveiled Connected Kitchen, an electronic fridge magnet aimed at online food retailers that lets consumers add everyday products to their shopping list as they use them, by scanning the product’s… More

CaixaBank integrates bank accounts with Facebook

May 7th, 2014

Spain’s CaixaBank has become the first bank in Europe to launch a Facebook application that allows users to view their bank accounts and perform transactions via the social network. The bank will start by supporting… More

Introducing NFC World+, the new way to keep up to date with the mobile transaction revolution

May 7th, 2014

Starting today, NFC World has a new name and a new mission — to report on the full array of emerging technologies that are transforming how consumers choose what to buy, who to buy from,… More

Tribeca Film Festival fans get free passes via NFC

May 6th, 2014

More than 1,000 film fans attending last month’s Tribeca Film Festival tapped a promotional poster with an NFC phone to get a free movie ticket, technology providers HID Global and Tamoco report. Overall, the posters… More

Blackhawk adds barcode gift cards to Rogers NFC wallet

May 6th, 2014

Customers of Canadian carrier Rogers can now add a range of merchant gift cards, managed by prepaid card provider Blackhawk Network, to their Suretap NFC mobile wallets. The gift cards are redeemed at merchants using… More

London venue picks Poken to add NFC interactions to events

May 6th, 2014

Exhibition and convention centre ExCel London is to use technology from Poken to provide event organisers with an NFC-based digital networking and content collection platform. Poken’s USB NFC devices enable event visitors to swap digital… More

Dimple to offer NFC sticker with four customizable buttons

April 30th, 2014

US-based startup Dimple has developed a US$27 sticker for Android NFC smartphones which contains four buttons that the user can personalize to perform their choice of NFC quick actions. “The buttons can do numerous tasks including… More

Orange Poland adds debit cards to NFC platform

April 29th, 2014

Orange Poland has launched NFC Pass, a new service that builds on its existing Orange Cash platform to enable customers to make debit card payments using their NFC phone. NFC Pass is currently available to… More

Samsung adds Galaxy K Zoom with NFC

April 29th, 2014

Samsung has expanded its NFC phone range with the addition of the Galaxy K Zoom. The “camera-specialized smartphone” enables users to “effortlessly capture and share their most important everyday moments in stunning clarity, with the… More

Warner Music distributes NFC guitar picks to fans

April 29th, 2014

Fans attending gigs by Warner Music act The Wild Feathers have been provided with guitar picks containing an NFC tag. These could then be used to enter a competition, share content via social media and… More

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