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November 3rd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 November 2014, 17:32

Starbucks claims a 90% share of the US mobile payments market

Starbucks accounted for more than 90% of all mobile transactions in the US last year, the coffee chain's CEO Howard Schultz has revealed during a fourth quarter earnings call in which he also set out plans to continue to dominate the mobile payments space.

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November 3rd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 November 2014, 19:04

Starwood Hotels picks Bluetooth for mobile room keys that work on smartphones and Apple Watch

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has unveiled a mobile keyless entry system that will allow guests to use smartphones to unlock rooms using Bluetooth at 150 hotels around the globe by early 2015. The service will also be available via an Apple Watch app when the new wearable device ships next year, the hotel chain has told NFC World+.

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November 3rd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 November 2014, 19:04

SK Planet to roll out Bluetooth beacons to 10,000 stores across Korea

SK Planet has launched a new Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) service in Korea that offers customers reward points and benefits directly on their mobile device whenever they enter a participating retail location. The BLE beacon-based solution is expected to be installed in more than 10,000 stores by next month.

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October 31st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 31 October 2014, 17:34

MCX prepares to open its wallet to NFC and bank cards

MCX is now open to supporting both NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy for payments and is in conversation with credit card issuers about opening up its CurrentC mobile wallet to payment cards, CEO Dekkers Davidson and COO Scott Rankin have told reporters.

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October 31st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 31 October 2014, 16:32

Ralph Lauren promotes new line with NFC and QR codes in Harrods windows

Ralph Lauren has taken over a 15-window display at luxury retail store Harrods in London to promote the launch of its new Polo Ralph Lauren collection using NFC and QR code stickers provided by proximity commerce specialist Proxama.

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October 31st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 31 October 2014, 14:50

Visa CEO identifies mobile payment as major growth driver

Mobile payments will be a “great driver” for Visa, CEO Charles Scharf has told analysts during the company’s Q4 earnings call, and Apple Pay is just the beginning. “A proliferation of exciting mobile and digital solutions” leveraging Visa’s capabilities will hit the market soon, he explained.

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October 31st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 31 October 2014, 12:09

Taco Bell app lets customers rotate to reorder

US quick-service restaurant chain Taco Bell has launched a mobile ordering and payment app that lets customers place their orders through a customisable menu and complete a payment using a stored Taco Bell card, credit card or debit card before arriving at the counter.

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October 29th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 October 2014, 17:01

MCX suffers email address data breach

“Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the email addresses of some of our CurrentC pilot program participants and individuals who had expressed interest in the app,” retailer-owned mobile payments consortium MCX has revealed.

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October 29th, 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 29 October 2014, 14:33

White paper explores the role of TSMs in cross-border NFC payments

A 26-page white paper that explores the role of the trusted service manager (TSM) and whether they can help or hinder the globalisation of NFC services is now available for download in the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre.

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October 28th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 October 2014, 13:43

A million consumers sign up for Apple Pay in first 72 hours

Apple Pay saw more than one million card activations within 72 hours of launch and is already the leading NFC payments player in the US, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed during the Wall Street Journal's WSJDLive event. Cook also outlined future growth plans for the service, including a potential partnership with Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba.

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November 24th, 2014

Latest news

  1. Cartamundi to develop flexible NFC tags
  2. 30% of US shoppers to use mobile payments this holiday season
  3. Drop offers beacon-based payments
  4. Square eyes global expansion
  5. Saatchi & Saatchi designs beacon loyalty rewards for Japan’s TenTen Technologies
  6. First Bus takes Pingit nationwide
  7. Millennials more open to mobile payments
  8. Motorola secures Android and Apple devices with smart keyfob
  9. United Airlines to let passengers pay for airport food and drinks using award miles
  10. 65% of Canadians plan to make mobile payments
  11. Google Wallet adds refer-a-friend program
  12. White paper quantifies consumer attitudes to wearable payments
  13. SunTrust adds Apple Pay
  14. US mobile payments to reach $142bn in 2019
  15. inMarket hits 18% of US mobile shoppers
  16. Bi-Lo adds Apple Pay
  17. Polish banks join up for launch of Blik mobile payments service
  18. Post Office offers Tweet-to-donate service
  19. Venmo adds TouchID
  20. Japan Airlines tests battery-free beacons at 13 airports
 
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