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November 14th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 November 2014, 17:46

Softcard picks Muppet mascot for online advertising campaign

US carrier mobile payments venture Softcard has unveiled Tappy, a mascot designed by the company behind The Muppets that will be used initially in an online advertising blitz reported to be valued at US$1.5m.

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November 14th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 November 2014, 12:12

Visa CEO: We may not charge a fee for tokenization

Visa will not charge a fee to card issuers making use of its tokenization service until at least the end of 2015 and may or may not charge a separate fee for the service in the future, CEO Charles Scharf has revealed at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Banking & Financial Services Conference.

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November 14th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 November 2014, 16:07

Paris restaurant equips waiters with wearables that alert them when orders are ready

Waiters in a Paris restaurant have been equipped with mobile phones that let them take orders on the go — and smartwatches that let bartenders and kitchen staff alert them when an order is ready to be served, avoiding delays and improving service times.

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November 13th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 November 2014, 16:45

Korean banks partner with messaging giant for mobile banking service

Korean internet and messaging giant Daum Kakao has launched BankWalletKakao, a mobile wallet service provided in partnership with 16 Korean banks and Korea Financial Telecommunications and Clearing Institute (KFTC). The service leverages instant messaging technology to let users make online payments, transfer funds to friends and make ATM withdrawals with their mobile phone.

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November 13th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 November 2014, 15:17

Samsung launches Proximity mobile marketing platform

Samsung has unveiled Proximity, a location-based marketing platform that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and works in a similar way to Apple’s iBeacon system — but without the need for consumers to be persuaded to download a marketer’s own app to access the service.

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November 13th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 13 November 2014, 14:20

MasterCard and Visa to create new security standard to replace passwords for online payments

MasterCard is working with Visa to create a new authentication standard for online payments that will gradually replace the 3D Secure protocol with “invisible authentication”, far fewer prompts for passwords and support for a range of biometric technologies.

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November 13th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 November 2014, 11:26

McDonald’s on mobile payments: We prefer to let our customers choose how they pay

McDonald’s sees accepting NFC mobile payments as part of its on-going customer service improvement remit, the fast food giant’s Anja Carroll has told NFC World+. “We can accept all payment products that leverage standard NFC and we prefer to allow our customers to choose how they prefer to pay,” she explained.

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November 12th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 12 November 2014, 15:49

Kili acquires NFC microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity

NFC-on-microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity has been acquired by Kili Technology, a payments processing solution provider which launched an mPOS “solution-on-a-chip” range last month.

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November 12th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 2 December 2014, 15:38

SimplyTapp raises US$6m to grow HCE

PARTNER NEWS: Host card emulation (HCE) specialist SimplyTapp has closed a US$6m Series B funding round. The round was led by a new, undisclosed lead investor with both Lightspeed Venture Partners and Blue Sky Capital participating. The funds will be used to expand operations, CEO Doug Yeager has told NFC World+.

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November 11th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 11 November 2014, 15:46

Sainsbury’s tests mobile shopping and payments app

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is to pilot a mobile shopping app that allows customers to build a virtual basket of favourite products from anywhere before they visit a store, get directions when they arrive at the store to find the items in their virtual basket, scan selected items as they shop, and then check out and pay with their mobile phone.

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December 21st, 2014

Latest news

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