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November 18th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 18 November 2014, 17:06

Polish banks join up for launch of Blik mobile payments service

The National Bank of Poland has given the go-ahead for the launch of Blik, a mobile payments service backed by six Polish banks that lets customers make payments in stores and online, withdraw cash from ATMs and send P2P transfers with their mobile phones.

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BLE

November 18th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 18 November 2014, 16:00

Japan Airlines tests battery-free beacons at 13 airports

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that use energy harvesting technology to avoid the need to change batteries have been installed by Japan Airlines (JAL) at 13 major Japanese airports to provide users of its JAL Countdown mobile app with “real-time departure, gate and other timely information”.

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November 17th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 November 2014, 15:59

Keyssa unveils high speed short range ‘kiss’ connectivity technology

Keyssa, a US startup backed by US$47m in funding from investors that include Intel, Samsung and Dolby Family Ventures and chaired by Nest founder Tony Fadell, has unveiled Kiss Connectivity, a solid-state embedded connector that can be used to transfer data between two devices at up to six gigabits per second.

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NFC

November 17th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 November 2014, 12:48

Optus launches NFC payments in Australia

Australian carrier Optus has teamed up with Visa and Heritage Bank to launch an NFC mobile payment service that lets customers load up to A$500 into a prepaid account and then make payments at any Visa contactless POS terminal.

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November 17th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 November 2014, 12:22

EcoCash takes mobile money to the point of sale

EcoCash, Africa’s second largest mobile money provider with 3.7m users, is to offer customers in Zimbawe a MasterCard debit card linked to their EcoCash wallet. This will enable them to use the funds in their mobile money account to make payments at merchant POS terminals and withdraw cash from ATMs.

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NFC

November 14th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 November 2014, 17:46

Softcard picks Muppet mascot for online advertising campaign

US carrier mobile payments venture Softcard has unveiled Tappy, a mascot designed by the company behind The Muppets that will be used initially in an online advertising blitz reported to be valued at US$1.5m.

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November 14th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 November 2014, 12:12

Visa CEO: We may not charge a fee for tokenization

Visa will not charge a fee to card issuers making use of its tokenization service until at least the end of 2015 and may or may not charge a separate fee for the service in the future, CEO Charles Scharf has revealed at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Banking & Financial Services Conference.

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November 14th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 November 2014, 16:07

Paris restaurant equips waiters with wearables that alert them when orders are ready

Waiters in a Paris restaurant have been equipped with mobile phones that let them take orders on the go — and smartwatches that let bartenders and kitchen staff alert them when an order is ready to be served, avoiding delays and improving service times.

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November 13th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 November 2014, 16:45

Korean banks partner with messaging giant for mobile banking service

Korean internet and messaging giant Daum Kakao has launched BankWalletKakao, a mobile wallet service provided in partnership with 16 Korean banks and Korea Financial Telecommunications and Clearing Institute (KFTC). The service leverages instant messaging technology to let users make online payments, transfer funds to friends and make ATM withdrawals with their mobile phone.

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BLE

November 13th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 November 2014, 15:17

Samsung launches Proximity mobile marketing platform

Samsung has unveiled Proximity, a location-based marketing platform that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and works in a similar way to Apple’s iBeacon system — but without the need for consumers to be persuaded to download a marketer’s own app to access the service.

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November 27th, 2014

Latest news

  1. Swirl reports positive consumer feedback on in-store beacon offers
  2. High value contactless payments arrive in the UK
  3. Latvian merchants and ski resorts adopt NFC loyalty platform
  4. Semble picks Gemalto for NFC in NZ
  5. White paper explains NFC-enabled sensors and their uses
  6. Contactless makes Word of the Year shortlist
  7. Harris+Hoole reports 200,000 mobile payments
  8. Dunkin’ Mobile gets 10m downloads
  9. CUP to launch Android Pay in China
  10. Norwich buses get Bluetooth beacons that deliver offers to passengers on the move
  11. Ugo launches open NFC payments and rewards wallet in Canada
  12. Square Register to support NFC
  13. EMVCo publishes guide to EMV chip technology
  14. America First Credit Union adds Apple Pay
  15. Google Wallet offers discounts
  16. Here forms NFC ticketing alliance
  17. Cartamundi to develop flexible NFC tags
  18. 30% of US smartphone owners to use mobile payments this holiday season
  19. Drop offers beacon-based payments
  20. Square eyes global expansion
 
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