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September 2nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 2 September 2014, 12:38

Downtown uses Bluetooth beacons to deliver orders to customers’ tables

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 each order with the table the customer is seated at, enabling waiting staff to bring ordered items directly to the correct table.

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NFC

September 2nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 2 September 2014, 11:07

BBVA reports 250,000 mobile wallet users

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 (HCE)-based payments for customers with an NFC phone running Android 4.4 or later.

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NFC

September 1st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 September 2014, 17:21

Vodafone to launch NFC payments in the UK this month

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, the carrier has told NFC World+.

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NFC

September 1st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 September 2014, 16:52

Broadcom offers IoT developer kit

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.”

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September 1st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 September 2014, 16:19

Alipay partners with Huawei to add biometric security to mobile payments

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 tie-up, Alipay says, will provide “a way to fast-track biometric payment technology in China.”

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NFC

September 1st, 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 3 September 2014, 13:38

Barclays calls time on Quick Tap NFC payments

UK bank Barclays is to close its pioneering NFC payments service on 30 October.

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NFC

September 1st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 September 2014, 13:37

Apple iPhone NFC payments rumours reach fever pitch

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.

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QR

August 28th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 28 August 2014, 18:28

Verizon aims to replace usernames and passwords with QR codes

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.

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August 27th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 27 August 2014, 14:08

Square lets consumers send cash by text

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.

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BLE

August 27th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 27 August 2014, 13:13

IPC Media promotes magazine sales via convenience store beacons

Publisher IPC Media is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in 740 One Stop convenience stores across the UK to offer discounted copies of its Chat, Pick Me Up, Woman and TV & Satellite Week magazines.

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November 1st, 2014

Latest news

  1. MCX prepares to open its wallet to NFC and bank cards
  2. Ralph Lauren promotes new line with NFC and QR codes in Harrods windows
  3. Visa CEO identifies mobile payment as major growth driver
  4. 60% of consumers will share data with stores
  5. Bedier unveils Poynt POS
  6. Kili puts mPOS in a chip
  7. Charity picks up contactless pennies
  8. Taco Bell app lets customers rotate to reorder
  9. Football fans get BLE promos
  10. MCX suffers email address data breach
  11. Samsung to offer money transfers
  12. MCX responds to criticism
  13. White paper explores the role of TSMs in cross-border NFC payments
  14. McDonald’s adopts Softcard
  15. A million consumers sign up for Apple Pay in first 72 hours
  16. Apple Pay and HCE to push NFC payments to more than 500m users
  17. NRF defends retailers’ decision to block NFC payments
  18. US payments body hits out at Rite Aid and CVS
  19. NFC tech included in iPad Mini 3
  20. MCX retailers turn off NFC payments
 
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