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December 9th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 December 2014, 16:49

MasterCard to offer interactive payment cards to its issuers around the world

Interactive payment card developer Dynamics has signed a deal with MasterCard that will see the payments network offering the startup's technology to its issuers around the world. MasterCard has also participated in Dynamics' US$70m Series C funding round along with Canada's CIBC and existing investors.

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December 9th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 December 2014, 10:51

Fujitsu uses LED lights to send data to smartphones

Fujitsu Laboratories has shown off a way to use LED lighting to transmit data about a particular product in a store, an exhibit in a museum or a song being performed during a concert to a consumer’s smartphone.

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QR

December 8th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 December 2014, 14:28

Mobile payments platform Sixdots goes live with multiple banks in Belgium

Customers of nine banks representing 80% of the Belgian market can now make use of Sixdots, a mobile wallet service that uses a combination of QR codes and a six-digit PIN to make payments in stores, online and between friends.

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BLE

December 8th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 December 2014, 12:13

Bluetooth 4.2 to increase speed and security of Smart devices

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has adopted version 4.2 of the Bluetooth core specification, introducing security improvements that mean Bluetooth beacons are now unable to engage with smartphones without permission from the user and making it harder for eavesdroppers to track a device via its Bluetooth connection.

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NFC

December 5th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 5 December 2014, 12:18

Barcelona equips 8,000 city locations with NFC and QR touchpoints

More than eight thousand locations across the Spanish city of Barcelona are to be equipped with NFC and QR touchpoints that deliver information on local services directly to visitors’ and citizens’ smartphones.

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NFC

December 4th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 December 2014, 19:16

One in ten US iPhone 6 owners have now used Apple Pay

Apple Pay is yet to gain widespread adoption among iPhone 6 owners due to poor awareness of which stores accept the NFC payments technology and a lack of understanding of how the service works, a survey conducted by InfoScout has found. Those who have used it, however, compare it highly favourably to using a traditional plastic card.

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December 4th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 December 2014, 18:08

Starbucks launches Mobile Order & Pay in Portland

Starbucks’ Mobile Order & Pay service is now live in Portland, Oregon ahead of a planned nationwide roll out across the US that will begin in 2015. The coffee chain first spoke about its plans in October, following the introduction of a QR code-based mobile ordering service in Korea earlier this year.

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NFC

December 4th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 December 2014, 13:18

Blarney Castle identifies trees with NFC horti-tags

Blarney Castle, a medieval stronghold and tourist attraction in Ireland, is attaching custom-developed NFC tags to its trees so that gardeners will be able to easily create and update a database of information about each individual tree while they work.

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NFC

December 4th, 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 4 December 2014, 11:02

Payments security survey finds NFC and HCE are now top priorities

Seven in ten (71%) US IT operations, security, and electronic deployment professionals consider NFC to be essential or very important to their organization’s security, a survey by Ponemon Institute for HP Atalla has found, with host card emulation (HCE) following closely behind at 68%.

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December 3rd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 December 2014, 13:46

BitStraat equips Dutch merchants with Bitcoin POS terminals

Dutch startup BitStraat has launched a project aimed at turning Amsterdam into Bitcoin City, providing one hundred merchants with a free tablet-based POS terminal they can use to process mobile payments made using the virtual currency.

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December 21st, 2014

Latest news

  1. McDonald’s introduces Bluetooth beacon offers
  2. RBC adds HCE to mobile payments app
  3. Mozido buys CorFire
  4. Touch ID patent adds fingertip motion
  5. Brixton Pound to add NFC
  6. Mobile barcode scanning booms
  7. Iowa to launch mobile driving license
  8. Line Pay makes debut
  9. Google Wallet adds Touch ID
  10. US consumers trust banks most with card data
  11. Samsung in talks with LoopPay?
  12. Cooper Hewitt museum visitors to use NFC pens to interact with multi-touch display tables  
  13. Apple Pay hits 90% of credit cards by volume
  14. Alipay extends fingerprint IDs
  15. Suncorp to offer NFC payments
  16. Barclaycard tests contactless payment gloves
  17. Brazilian online fashion retailer installs Bluetooth Fashion Spots
  18. Jeweller debuts NFC pearls
  19. Ubudu turns beacons into two-way communications devices
  20. Half of Brits interested in mobile payments
 
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