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    iPhone 6 to ship with NFC and support for Apple Pay mobile payments

    September 9th, 2014

    UPDATED The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will include support for NFC, Apple has announced. The NFC functionality will let users make Apple Pay mobile payments in stores. More

    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

    23 Apple patents related to NFC and mobile payments

    September 8th, 2014

    Apple has been steadily building a portfolio of patents related to NFC and mobile payments over recent years, from as far back as 2009. NFC World+ has reported on these as they have been published and links are provided here to details of 23 patents covering technical innovations and use cases in payments, mobile marketing, coupon delivery, gifting, event ticketing, content sharing, travel and beyond.  More

    Barclays to provide corporate customers with finger vein biometric devices

    September 5th, 2014

    Barclays is to provide its UK corporate banking customers with finger vein biometric authentication devices that will let them “easily access their online bank accounts and authorise payments within seconds, without the need for PIN,… More

    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

    Graceland uses Bluetooth beacons to guide Elvis fans

    September 4th, 2014

    Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley and now a major tourist attraction, is offering every visitor the use of an iPad that works in conjunction with Bluetooth beacons placed around the Memphis mansion to… More

    Retailer-owned payments venture MCX unveils CurrentC brand

    September 3rd, 2014

    Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), the mobile payments venture co-owned by US retail chains with collective revenues of more than US$1 trillion annually, has announced that its payments, loyalty and offers platform is to be called… More

    Desjardins launches NFC payments in Canada

    September 3rd, 2014

    An NFC mobile payments service is now available to customers of Quebec-based financial institution Desjardins Group. The Desjardins Mobile Payment service works with NFC phones provided by Bell Mobility, Rogers and Virgin Mobile with Telus… More

    McDonald’s to launch NFC payments in the US this month?

    September 3rd, 2014

    Fast food giant McDonald’s will begin accepting NFC mobile payments in US stores on 15 September, an internal notice sent out to franchisees and seen by 9to5Mac suggests. Restaurants have already been sent a self-installation… More

    Melbourne Cricket Club equips roving snack vendors with Bluetooth beacons

    September 2nd, 2014

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons are being attached to the trays of roving snack and drink vendors for football matches taking place at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia this month. The beacons trigger location-specific messages… More

    Downtown uses Bluetooth beacons to deliver orders to customers’ tables

    September 2nd, 2014

    A café in Palo Alto, California is using a new service developed by startup Downtown that lets customers order and pay for their meals with their mobile phone. Bluetooth beacons placed at each table link… More

    BBVA reports 250,000 mobile wallet users

    September 2nd, 2014

    Spain-based banking group BBVA has signed up 250,000 customers for its BBVA Wallet service and is to expand availability to the US, Mexico and Chile this year. The wallet includes support for host card emulation… More

    Vodafone to launch NFC payments in the UK this month

    September 1st, 2014

    Mobile network operator Vodafone is preparing to make NFC payments available to its customers in the UK in time for the launch of contactless bank card payments on London’s public transport network on 16 September,… More

    Broadcom offers IoT developer kit

    September 1st, 2014

    Chip maker Broadcom has introduced Wiced Sense, a developer kit designed “to enable developers to rapidly prototype ideas and concepts for IoT devices and applications.” The kit includes a Broadcom BCM20737 Bluetooth Smart system-in-package (SiP)… More

    Alipay partners with Huawei to add biometric security to mobile payments

    September 1st, 2014

    Chinese online payments giant Alipay is working with Huawei to enable users of the phone maker’s new Ascend Mate 7 handset to secure their mobile payments using a fingerprint sensor built into the phone. The… More

    Barclays calls time on Quick Tap NFC payments

    September 1st, 2014

    UK bank Barclays is to close its pioneering NFC payments service on 30 October. Quick Tap was the first commercially available NFC payments programme in the UK and was launched with mobile network Orange in… More

    Apple iPhone NFC payments rumours reach fever pitch

    September 1st, 2014

    MasterCard, American Express and Visa have all signed deals with Apple for the launch of a mobile payments service that will make use of an NFC chip built into the next iPhone, due to launch on 9 September, according to reports in a number of publications including the Financial Times, Bloomberg and Re/Code. More

    Verizon aims to replace usernames and passwords with QR codes

    August 28th, 2014

    Verizon Enterprise has introduced Universal ID, a service designed to replace usernames and passwords with a QR code that consumers can scan with their mobile phone to gain access to a website or app. “Users… More

    Square lets consumers send cash by text

    August 27th, 2014

    Payments startup Square has expanded its Square Cash service, which lets US consumers send money to a contact via email, to include support for sending funds via an SMS text message. The update to the… More

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