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November 25th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 November 2014, 16:51

Norwich buses get Bluetooth beacons that deliver offers to passengers on the move

UK transportation operator FirstGroup has installed Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons on buses in the city of Norwich to help deliver content and offers to passengers’ smartphones.

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NFC

November 25th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 November 2014, 16:42

Ugo launches open NFC payments and rewards wallet in Canada

Ugo, an open NFC mobile wallet developed by Canadian banks President’s Choice Financial and TD Bank Group, is now available to customers of all three major Canadian carriers who own one of a range of supported BlackBerry 10 and Android NFC devices.

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BLE

November 21st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 November 2014, 13:08

Saatchi & Saatchi designs beacon loyalty rewards for Japan’s TenTen Technologies

Japanese startup TenTen Technologies is to offer retailers USB-based Bluetooth beacons that plug into POS terminals and vending machines so that rewards can be issued automatically to users of the company’s mobile app when they make a purchase.

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BLE

November 20th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 November 2014, 16:33

Motorola secures Android and Apple devices with smart keyfob

Motorola has unveiled Motorola Keylink, a US$24.99 smart keyfob that uses Bluetooth Low Energy to enable iOS and Android device owners to track down their smartphone or their keys if they misplace them.

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NFC

November 20th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 November 2014, 16:14

United Airlines to let passengers pay for airport food and drinks using award miles

United Airlines is to install more than 6,000 iPads across Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport to enable members of the airline’s MileagePlus reward scheme to use their award miles to pay for food, beverages and other airport amenities. Support for NFC payments is expected to be added in the future.

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November 19th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 19 November 2014, 16:12

White paper quantifies consumer attitudes to wearable payments

A white paper examining the attitudes of consumers to using smartwatches and other wearables for payments, ticketing and other applications is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre.

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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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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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