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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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May 29th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 29 May 2014, 15:16

Silicon Craft unveils NFC smart poster with multiple touchpoints

Thailand-based technology provider Silicon Craft Technology (SCT) has shown off a low-cost interactive poster that contains multiple touchpoints, enabling one NFC interface to be used to provide consumers with a range of content, coupons and offers from a variety of different promoters.

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May 29th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 May 2014, 14:29

Meadowhall shopping centre provides special offers via Bluetooth LE

Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield, UK is to use iBeacon technology to gamify a shopping event, with brands providing offers, discounts, pampering freebies and prize giveaways. Participating retailers include Krispy Kreme, Hotel Chocolat, Cath Kidston and House of Fraser.

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May 28th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 May 2014, 11:44

Thinfilm shows printed NFC smart label with temperature sensor

Printed electronics specialist Thinfilm has demonstrated an NFC-enabled label that includes a temperature sensor, which can be used to track a product throughout its journey to a store and report on whether or not the item has exceeded a particular temperature threshold at any point.

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May 27th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 27 May 2014, 17:58

Apple patents NFC antenna that works on all sides of a mobile device

Apple has applied for a patent on an antenna design that allows NFC signals to be transmitted from both the top and bottom of a mobile phone — front and rear — reducing the need for a user to orientate their device in a particular way when conducting an NFC transaction.

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May 27th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 May 2014, 11:53

Walmart turns digital receipts into shopping opportunities

The retail giant is introducing a digital receipt service across its 4,200 US stores, enabling shoppers to store a digital version of their receipt in a mobile app by scanning a QR code on their paper receipt or by entering their mobile number at the point of sale. Customers will then be able to use the receipts to create a shopping list on their device, making the in-store experience "easier and more convenient".

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May 27th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 May 2014, 15:23

Payments Council outlines expansion plans for Paym mobile payments platform

More than 500,000 UK bank account holders have signed up for Paym mobile payments since its launch last month, the Payments Council reports, and the organisation is now looking at adding additional proxies to the service, such as email addresses and driving license numbers, as well as making Paym available for other types of payment requests and international transfers.

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May 27th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 May 2014, 14:16

Authentify to add fingerprint and NFC security to mobile transactions

Mobile authentication provider Authentify is to provide a way for banks, payments networks and other secure service providers to make use of the fingerprint scanner built into the Samsung Galaxy S5 to add an extra layer of security to mobile transactions.

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May 27th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 May 2014, 09:57

Aurnhammer takes BLE on a New York pub crawl

Digital design agency Aurnhammer is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons placed in bars and restaurants to guide participants to their next pub crawl destination — and provide them with sponsored rewards for taking part. The first BeaconCrawl took place in New York City last week and tours are now planned for London, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Ibiza.

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December 22nd, 2014

Latest news

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