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July 28th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 July 2014, 12:13

Starbucks now processes six million mobile payments a week

Coffee chain giant Starbucks now has 12 million active users of its mobile app in the US and Canada alone. Customers make six million mobile payments a week — representing more than 15% of all transactions in its US stores — and the company is pursuing a range of opportunities to expand the potential of its mobile payments platform, CEO Howard Schultz has revealed.

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July 28th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 July 2014, 11:59

Hillshire sells more sausages with BLE beacons

A national in-store mobile marketing campaign that used Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and geofencing technology to drive sales and awareness of American Craft Link Sausages has seen a 20-fold increase in purchase intent by those exposed to messaging, a 36% increase in brand awareness and a lift in overall sales, owner Hillshire Brands has revealed.

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July 25th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 25 July 2014, 12:12

London Underground to accept NFC payments

Users of mobile network operator EE’s Cash on Tap NFC payments service will be able to use their mobile phone to pay for travel on the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground services from 16 September, when Transport for London (TfL) introduces the ability for passengers to pay for travel using contactless cards.

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July 24th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 24 July 2014, 20:15

Visa to launch new payments service in September, Apple could be the first customer

Visa has unveiled a suite of services designed to “facilitate secure payments across a broad range of internet-connected devices and wearables”. The announcement of the new Visa Digital Solutions service comes amid reports that Apple is in talks with the payments network to enter the mobile payments market this year and includes the news that Visa’s cloud-based tokenization service will go live in September 2014 — the same month that the next iPhone and the first iWatch are expected to launch.

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BLE

July 23rd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 July 2014, 12:02

Festival uses BLE to gain insights into attendee activity

This year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has used Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to track how visitors moved around the site so that it can “shape and streamline the festival in the future”.

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July 22nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 July 2014, 15:48

Amazon releases mobile wallet app for Android

Amazon Wallet, an Android app that lets users store gift cards and loyalty cards on their mobile phone, is now available to download from Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Amazon Wallet also ships with the online retail giant’s recently launched Fire phone.

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July 22nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 July 2014, 15:18

Westpac trials HCE mobile payments in New Zealand

Westpac has begun a host card emulation (HCE) pilot in New Zealand, enabling customers’ credit and debit card details to be securely stored in the cloud and then used at the point of sale to make mobile payments on their Android NFC device.

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July 22nd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 July 2014, 14:30

Consult Hyperion demos EMV mobile payments over BLE on an iPhone

UK payments technology specialist Consult Hyperion has unveiled a proof-of-concept solution that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and host card emulation (HCE) to enable both iPhone and Android NFC phone owners to make MasterCard, Visa and other open loop EMV payments at the point of sale.

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July 21st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 21 July 2014, 15:30

GSMA publishes NFC coupon and loyalty technical proposal

The GSMA has published Mobile Commerce, NFC Coupons and Loyalty Acceptance, a technical proposal based on open standards that aims to provide “the tools, knowledge and methodology for mobile operators and the wider retail ecosystem to work together to develop a consistent approach to mobile loyalty and couponing”.

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July 21st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 21 July 2014, 13:08

Four in ten mobile wallet users choose mobile as primary mode of payment

While convincing consumers to make use of a mobile wallet remains an issue for many providers, shoppers that do convert to mobile payments make extensive use of the technology, Nielsen’s Q2 2014 Mobile Wallet Report has found.

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October 21st, 2014

Latest news

  1. iOS 8.1 brings Apple Pay NFC payments to iPhone
  2. Over 20m NFC devices now in use in Japan
  3. Bionym begins shipping wristband
  4. Amex commits $10m to EMV upgrades
  5. Twitter preps for Buy button launch
  6. Starbucks to offer mobile ordering and payments across US in 2015
  7. JPMorgan Chase CEO outlines mobile wallet strategy
  8. Capital One founder hails Apple Pay “breakthrough”
  9. MasterCard backs Zwipe fingerprint payment card
  10. Obama signs chip and pin law
  11. Android 5.0 SDK now available
  12. Dubai ambulances adopt NFC
  13. Welsh museum tests iBeacons
  14. Visa details Apple Pay setup process
  15. Amex warns of slow mobile wallet adoption
  16. Apple builds SIM into iPad Air 2
  17. Five hundred banks sign up for Apple Pay
  18. Groupe BPCE launches Twitter money transfers
  19. Alipay expands to USA
  20. Tesco tests PowaTag mobile payments
 
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