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    Calorie counting app uses Bluetooth beacons in fridges to help users lose weight

    January 15th, 2015

    Carrot, a suite of mobile apps designed to push users into better behaviours, has added a calorie-counting app that works in conjunction with a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon placed inside a fridge to help… More

    ViewSonic gives glimpse of smartphone with iris scanner

    January 15th, 2015

    Projector and display manufacturer ViewSonic has released a teaser video for a smartphone equipped with iris recognition that would enable users to unlock their phone, files and folders as well as authenticating mobile payments. The… More

    Pey equips merchants with Bitcoin POS terminals that support iBeacon, QR and NFC

    January 14th, 2015

    Fifty merchants in the German city of Hannover have signed up to accept Bitcoin payments using a terminal supplied by startup Pey, that uses a combination of iBeacon, QR code and NFC technology. More

    FitLinxx unveils 24/7 wearable fitness device

    January 14th, 2015

    FitLinxx has begun taking pre-orders for AmpStrip, a 24/7 wearable device that sends a range of health and fitness data direct to a user’s smartphone using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Waterproof and rechargeable, it sticks… More

    Deloitte: Mobile payment volumes to increase 1000% in 2015

    January 14th, 2015

    In-store mobile payments will increase by more than 1,000% worldwide this year with 5% of the world’s smartphones being used to make a payment in a store at least once a month, up from under… More

    Fujitsu unveils smart ring with NFC

    January 13th, 2015

    Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a wearable ring-style device targeted for use by factory and building workers that offers a handwriting-in-the-air functionality and NFC to enable the lookup of relevant documentation and instructions with a tap of… More

    US consumers call for more retailers to accept mobile payments

    January 13th, 2015

    More than half (53%) of US consumers think it is important for more retailers to install devices that enable them to pay with their smartphones, a Verifone survey conducted by Wakefield Research has revealed, with… More

    Wintrust lets customers withdraw cash with their mobile phones

    January 12th, 2015

    Wintrust Financial is updating its fleet of 190 ATMs in Chicago to enable its mobile banking customers to withdraw cash by requesting money on their smartphone then scanning an on-screen QR code when they get to the ATM.  More

    The future of mobile payments at CES: Video now available

    January 12th, 2015

    The key to mass market adoption of mobile payments will be the creation of a compelling consumer experience that incorporates both payments and value added services, the Future of Mobile Payments session at the International CES 2015, chaired by NFC World’s Sarah Clark, has found. More

    Softcard lays off 60 staff in bid to cut costs

    January 12th, 2015

    US carrier-owned mobile payments venture Softcard has laid off 60 employees out of an employee base of “hundreds” as part of an effort to “reduce costs and strengthen its business”. “This includes simplifying the company’s organisational… More

    HyprKey unveils biometric mobile wallet add-on

    January 9th, 2015

    A US startup is taking pre-orders for a biometrically secured mobile wallet, consisting of a payment app and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-based “bio-sticker” attached to the back of the user’s phone. The system, shown at… More

    RedCritter launches classroom rewards with NFC

    January 8th, 2015

    Business productivity management specialist RedCritter has unveiled a platform for schools that recognises, rewards and socialises students’ learning achievements via NFC and QR codes. More

    BMW offers contactless credit card that can unlock and start hire cars

    January 7th, 2015

    BMW has partnered with MasterCard to offer an NFC-enabled contactless credit card that makes it possible to hire, unlock and operate a BMW or Mini from a car rental fleet that has more than 2,800 vehicles… More

    Nine Polish banks to launch HCE mobile payments

    January 7th, 2015

    Nine Polish banks are to launch host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments services using Visa’s cloud-based payment specifications “from early this year,” allowing their customers to make contactless payments using NFC-enabled Android smartphones. Taking part… More

    LoopPay signs up OEMs to embed contactless tech into more products

    January 6th, 2015

    Mobile payments startup LoopPay has announced deals with XPal Power and Trident Case to embed its Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) mag stripe emulation technology into a broad range of products including smartphones, wearables, cases and… More

    VivaLnk shows wearable NFC thermometer

    January 6th, 2015

    Digital tattoo inventor Vivalnk is to launch an NFC-based wearable thermometer that adheres to skin and provides accurate temperature measurements directly to a smartphone without requiring a battery. The eSkin Thermometer, on show at the… More

    Yale introduces residential deadbolt with NFC unlocking

    January 6th, 2015

    Lock maker Yale has introduced an NFC-based door lock for homes which can be operated with a tap of a smartphone and allows homeowners to send keys to others, control when others have access, get… More

    Digipas secures suitcases with NFC luggage lock

    January 6th, 2015

    An NFC-enabled luggage lock that can be unlocked with a tap of an NFC device or a pre-programmed NFC tag has been shown off at CES in Las Vegas. The eGeeTouch luggage lock is made… More

    Toshiba launches TransferJet dongle for iPhones

    January 5th, 2015

    Toshiba has unveiled an add-on adapter for iOS devices that will enable users to transfer large data files such as movies and images from one device to the other using TransferJet, a high-speed short range… More

    KDDI releases Japan’s first Firefox OS smartphone

    January 5th, 2015

    Japan’s KDDI has launched an LTE smartphone with NFC that runs Mozilla’s Firefox OS, the open mobile platform advocated by the Firefox browser maker. The LG Fx0 offers a 4.7-inch HD screen and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon processor running Firefox OS 2.0, the latest version of Mozilla’s operating system. More

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