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July 1st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 July 2014, 11:16

Walgreens tests augmented reality offers in stores

US pharmacy chain Walgreens is piloting a shopper marketing platform that uses Google’s Project Tango 3D augmented reality technology to let shoppers locate a particular product, get directions to the correct aisle and earn rewards as they shop.

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June 30th, 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 1 July 2014, 18:36

VivaLnk develops digital tattoos that unlock NFC phones

Moto X phone owners can now protect access to their mobile using a ‘digital tattoo’ developed by VivaLnk that can be positioned on the wrist and stays in place for five days.

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June 30th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 30 June 2014, 13:36

Russian Standard Bank adds embedded NFC payments

Russian Standard Bank has partnered with Samsung and MasterCard to offer NFC payments to consumers with a Galaxy S4 or Note 3 mobile phone. The service is the second embedded NFC payments service to be introduced by Samsung and MasterCard and follows the launch of a similar service by Commonwealth Bank of Australia in December 2013.

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June 30th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 July 2014, 11:18

BBVA launches NFC payments based on Visa HCE specifications

BBVA has become the first bank to launch a commercial NFC payments service that makes use of Visa’s cloud-based payments specifications. Customers in Spain with an Android NFC handset can use host card emulation (HCE) to make contactless payments today and the service will be extended to customers in the US, Mexico and Chile later this year.

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June 30th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 June 2014, 11:24

Samsung launches VIP program for NFC phone owners

Samsung is providing Galaxy NFC device owners with a range of exclusive rewards and incentives via a new service that offers access to VIP lounges and suites, seat upgrades and vouchers for concessions and merchandise at 41 AEG venues across the US.

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June 30th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 June 2014, 11:14

New York bars adopt mobile payments service that lets customers send drinks to friends

Twenty bars and restaurants in New York are using a new service that combines mobile payments with social networking, enabling customers to pay their tab, meet up and communicate with friends and send ‘Goodies’ like drinks and food to their contacts.

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June 30th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 June 2014, 10:36

Edinburgh trams use QR codes to validate mobile tickets before boarding

The city of Edinburgh’s new tram service is using QR codes placed at tram stops to validate passengers’ mobile tickets before they board.

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June 27th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 June 2014, 13:09

LevelUp offers restaurants real-time customer feedback

LevelUp has added in-app surveys to its mobile payments platform, enabling restaurant owners to collect feedback from customers and respond straight away to any complaints. The idea, LevelUp says, is to give merchants a way to identify and instantly resolve any problems before a diner has the chance to tell friends or post about a bad experience on social media.

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June 27th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 27 June 2014, 12:51

Chromecast to use ultrasonic connectivity to pair mobiles and TVs

Google’s Chromecast media streamer, which enables users to send shows, movies, music and more to large screens, is to use a new ultrasonic connectivity technology to enable mobile devices to be paired with a Chromecast-equipped television, GigaOm reports.

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June 27th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 27 June 2014, 12:30

Android L speeds up NFC P2P sharing

New support for Android Beam, the name used for NFC peer-to-peer sharing in Android, is to be introduced with Android L, version 5.0 of Google’s operating system.

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September 17th, 2014

Latest news

  1. Apple Pay to get 0.15% transaction fee
  2. No Apple Pay for Walmart, Best Buy
  3. Weve drops wallet plans?
  4. Apple confirms NFC chip lockdown
  5. Transcript: Apple VP Kevin Lynch and CEO Tim Cook show off how Apple Watch can be used beyond payments
  6. Video demos show how Apple Pay users will make a payment with the iPhone 6
  7. How Apple will generate revenues from mobile payments begins to become clear
  8. Discover in talks on Apple Pay support
  9. MasterCard issues European contactless POS mandate
  10. MasterCard launches MDES token platform for mobile payments
  11. No support for carriers’ NFC SIMs in Apple devices?
  12. iPhone, NFC and Apple Pay: How should banks react?
  13. Visa launches token service to support Apple Pay and more
  14. Apple NFC: No support for tags or pairing?
  15. Apple posts PassKit payments dev guide
  16. Transcript: Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP Eddy Cue introduce Apple Pay mobile payments and NFC
  17. iPhone 6 to ship with NFC and support for Apple Pay mobile payments
  18. NXP publishes guide to NFC and the Internet of Things
  19. Apple to offer rewards to mobile payment users?
  20. Twitter adds Buy button
 
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