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June 5th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 June 2014, 20:23

Edgetech to offer acoustic mobile payments in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe-based banking solutions provider Edgetech Solutions is preparing to launch a new mobile payment service that uses sound-based communication technology from NearBytes to let people make payments in stores with their phones.

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June 4th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 June 2014, 11:04

Starbucks Korea lets customers place orders with their mobile phone, more countries to follow

Starbucks customers in South Korea have become the first to be able to place their order at the coffee shop chain using their mobile phone. The new service is integrated with Starbucks Coffee Korea’s mobile app and is available at all 600+ Starbucks outlets in the country. Customers can also pay for their drink with their mobile device.

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June 3rd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 June 2014, 15:23

Top London shopping street installs beacons in 100 stores

One hundred retailers with stores on London’s upmarket Regent Street, one of the city’s busiest shopping locations, have installed Bluetooth Low Energy beacons that trigger personalized offers and communications for shoppers who have downloaded a mobile app developed by landowner The Crown Estate.

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June 3rd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 June 2014, 14:39

Tesco-backed coffee chain Harris+Hoole introduces mobile payments

Tesco-backed coffee chain Harris+Hoole has updated its mobile app to enable customers to order and pay at any of its 36 outlets without having to touch, tap or scan at a counter.

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June 3rd, 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 3 June 2014, 14:10

Samsung includes NFC and BLE in first Tizen phone

Samsung has announced the first commercially available phone based on its Tizen operating system, and it will come with NFC. The Samsung Z is a 4.8-inch touchscreen smartphone with a 2.3GHz quad core processor and 2GB of RAM, and boasts high-end features including a fingerprint sensor and a heart rate monitor.

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June 2nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 2 June 2014, 12:15

Broadcom patents multiple antenna solution for NFC phones

Chip maker Broadcom has developed a way for multiple NFC antennas to be built into an NFC device, making it possible in future for consumers to conduct NFC interactions without having to orientate their phone in a particular way.

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June 2nd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 2 June 2014, 11:49

French retailer uses PowaTag to create 10,000 virtual shops, major UK chains to follow

French fashion retailer Comptoir des Cotonniers is using a platform developed by Powa Technologies to turn posters, billboards, magazines, cafe table tops, postcards, flyers and clothing into ‘virtual boutiques’ that let consumers order and pay for goods with their mobile phone.

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May 30th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 30 May 2014, 13:31

GE lets retailers send offers to shoppers via LED lighting

GE Lighting and US startup Bytelight have unveiled a marketing platform that lets merchants use LED lighting installed in and around their stores to send offers, directions to particular products and information services to shoppers, based on their precise location within a retail store.

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May 30th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 May 2014, 12:13

Alfa-Bank uses activity trackers to offer higher interest rates to customers who exercise

Russia’s Alfa-Bank has introduced a new savings account linked to an activity tracker, which rewards customers who exercise more with a higher interest rate.

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May 30th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 30 May 2014, 11:23

Apple begins mobile payments talks with retailers

Apple is holding talks with a number of upmarket US retailers to gauge how interested they would be in the iPhone maker introducing its own mobile payments service, according to 9to5Mac which cites “a source with direct knowledge of the talks”.

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October 20th, 2014

Latest news

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