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October 15th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 October 2014, 13:21

Tesco tests PowaTag mobile payments

UK supermarket giant Tesco is conducting a one week test of Powa's PowaTag mobile payments technology at its Dean Street store in London. To promote the service, a free lunchtime Meal Deal was offered on 13 and 14 October to the first five hundred shoppers to download the PowaTag app and use it to pay with their mobile phone.

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BLE

October 14th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 14 October 2014, 12:13

Hong Kong carrier SmarTone rolls out Bluetooth marketing platform to retailers

Hong Kong mobile network operator SmarTone has introduced ST Beacon, a marketing service that lets retailers send promotional messages to customers with an Android or iOS device using Bluetooth.

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BLE

October 13th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 13 October 2014, 15:53

Square lets customers make P2P payments via BLE

Square has added a feature to its Square Cash app that lets users leverage Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to make payments to anyone nearby, as well as an order ahead service for users of its Android and iOS apps.

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BLE

October 13th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 October 2014, 14:53

Hailo reports on BLE payments in taxis

Pay with Hailo, a service that uses Apple’s iBeacon technology to let users of the Hailo taxi hailing app pay drivers with their smartphone, is experiencing “steady growth”, Naoise Irwin, the company’s VP of strategic initiatives, has told NFC World+ — and Hailo now plans to roll out the service across its growing international network.

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NFC

October 9th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 9 October 2014, 18:44

Patent provides insights into the inner workings of Apple Pay

A newly published Apple patent application provides insights into how the iPhone maker’s new Apple Pay service will work, how the company has optimized the iPhone’s NFC capabilities to ensure the best possible user experience at the point of sale, and how secure payment credentials will be provisioned onto secondary devices such as the Apple Watch.

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October 9th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 9 October 2014, 13:44

CaixaBank rolls out contactless wristbands across Spain

Spain’s CaixaBank is making contactless wristbands available to customers at all of its branches, enabling customers to make payments at any of the more than 300,000 contactless terminals in Spain by simply touching the band to a merchant’s POS device.

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October 8th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 8 October 2014, 16:18

ALH rolls out Clipp mobile payments to 300 pubs across Australia

ALH Group, operator of more than 300 pubs in Australia, is to introduce a mobile payment service developed by Clipp that allows customers to “open, view, share and pay their bar tab or restaurant bill securely and instantly.”

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NFC

October 8th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 8 October 2014, 15:32

New Zealand banks and carriers to begin Semble NFC wallet rollout in November

TSM NZ, the NFC payments joint venture between New Zealand’s carriers and the Paymark payments network, has announced a new brand name, a November date for its first trials — and a marketing partnership with Samsung.

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October 8th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 8 October 2014, 12:14

Major UK merchants sign up for Zapp mobile payments

Zapp, the mobile payments startup formed by UK payments infrastructure operator VocaLink, has announced that major retail chains including Sainsbury’s, Asda, House of Fraser, Thomas Cook, Shop Direct, Spar and Clarks are to use its service to let customers make payments with their mobile phones. Rollout is due to begin in 2015.

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NFC

October 7th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 October 2014, 17:55

Bill Gates talks Apple Pay, NFC, Bitcoin and mobile money

“Apple Pay is a great example of how a cell phone that identifies its user in a pretty strong way lets you make a transaction that should be very, very inexpensive,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates has told Bloomberg TV.

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October 30th, 2014

Latest news

  1. MCX suffers email address data breach
  2. Samsung to offer money transfers
  3. MCX responds to criticism
  4. White paper explores the role of TSMs in cross-border NFC payments
  5. McDonald’s adopts Softcard
  6. A million consumers sign up for Apple Pay in first 72 hours
  7. Apple Pay and HCE to push NFC payments to more than 500m users
  8. NRF defends retailers’ decision to block NFC payments
  9. US payments body hits out at Rite Aid and CVS
  10. NFC tech included in iPad Mini 3
  11. MCX retailers turn off NFC payments
  12. Swirl serves ads to shoppers inside stores
  13. SIA offers Europeans instant P2P payments with Jiffy
  14. Apple patent unlocks cars with BLE
  15. Ecocash tests NFC payments in Zimbabwe
  16. Alipay demos biometrics for in-store payments
  17. CBD launches bank branch in Facebook
  18. Survey finds US consumers willing to switch platforms to get Apple Pay
  19. Aston Club reaches 22,000 users
  20. Total and BKM Express launch in-car mobile payments
 
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