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2 February 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 2 February 2015, 16:22

McDonald’s lets customers pay with love

McDonald’s restaurants across the US are adding a new payment method for a two-week promotion, letting customers pay for their orders with “random acts of loving” such as giving out high fives and hugs, taking selfies, calling family members, dancing and blowing kisses.

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2 February 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 2 February 2015, 15:43

Facebook to test Bluetooth beacons in New York

Facebook has unveiled a new service called Place Tips that works with Bluetooth beacons, WiFi and GPS to show the social network’s iOS app users “useful and relevant” information about the places they visit.

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2 February 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 2 February 2015, 14:48

Urevu unveils wearable BLE beacons for customer reviews

Shop owners and service providers could in future get real-time feedback on the service delivered by individual members of their staff, and thus improve the experience delivered to customers, thanks to a new mobile app from New York-based startup uRevu.

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30 January 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 30 January 2015, 14:36

Join NFC World for a free workshop on tokenization

The next event in NFC World’s free educational webinar series will be held at 15:00 GMT on Tuesday 17 February when mobile payments expert David Worthington from Bell ID will explain how tokenization works and how it can help you better secure mobile payment services.

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29 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 January 2015, 15:07

Spanish airline lets customers tap to add contactless card to app

Passengers can now add a payment card to Spanish low-cost airline Vueling’s app and use it to pay for flights, just by tapping a contactless credit card to their NFC phone.

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29 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 January 2015, 13:39

Vinci Park introduces NFC car parking tickets

Drivers in the French city of Caen can now tap their NFC phone to terminals in Vinci Park car parks to retrieve a virtual parking ticket, with NFC payments due to be added in future.

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29 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 January 2015, 15:13

NFC pioneer Proxama cuts jobs ahead of trading update

UK-based mobile marketing and NFC pioneer Proxama has announced a round of redundancies at its Norwich headquarters with up to 21 people believed to be at risk of losing their jobs.

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28 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 January 2015, 15:03

NXP sues Marvell over Xbox NFC chips

NXP Semiconductors has filed a patent infringement suit against rival chip maker Marvell, claiming that the NFC chips supplied by Marvell to Microsoft for use in the Xbox One video gaming console infringe four of its patents.

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28 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 January 2015, 14:41

Cachet adds prepaid cards to Apple Pay

Prepaid card issuers using Cachet Financial Solutions’ Select Mobile Money white label platform can now offer their customers a way to charge Apple Pay transactions to their prepaid account balance, the company has announced.

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28 January 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 January 2015, 14:09

Apple CEO says 2015 will be the “year of Apple Pay”

Apple Pay now accounts for more than two-thirds of Visa, MasterCard and American Express contactless payments by value across the US, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed during a first quarter earnings call.

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