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    5 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 5 December 2014, 12:18

    Barcelona equips 8,000 city locations with NFC and QR touchpoints

    More than eight thousand locations across the Spanish city of Barcelona are to be equipped with NFC and QR touchpoints that deliver information on local services directly to visitors’ and citizens’ smartphones.

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    4 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 December 2014, 19:16

    One in ten US iPhone 6 owners have now used Apple Pay

    Apple Pay is yet to gain widespread adoption among iPhone 6 owners due to poor awareness of which stores accept the NFC payments technology and a lack of understanding of how the service works, a survey conducted by InfoScout has found. Those who have used it, however, compare it highly favourably to using a traditional plastic card.

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    4 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 December 2014, 18:08

    Starbucks launches Mobile Order & Pay in Portland

    Starbucks’ Mobile Order & Pay service is now live in Portland, Oregon ahead of a planned nationwide roll out across the US that will begin in 2015. The coffee chain first spoke about its plans in October, following the introduction of a QR code-based mobile ordering service in Korea earlier this year.

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    4 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 December 2014, 13:18

    Blarney Castle identifies trees with NFC horti-tags

    Blarney Castle, a medieval stronghold and tourist attraction in Ireland, is attaching custom-developed NFC tags to its trees so that gardeners will be able to easily create and update a database of information about each individual tree while they work.

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    4 December 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 4 December 2014, 11:02

    Payments security survey finds NFC and HCE are now top priorities

    Seven in ten (71%) US IT operations, security, and electronic deployment professionals consider NFC to be essential or very important to their organization’s security, a survey by Ponemon Institute for HP Atalla has found, with host card emulation (HCE) following closely behind at 68%.

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    3 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 December 2014, 13:46

    BitStraat equips Dutch merchants with Bitcoin POS terminals

    Dutch startup BitStraat has launched a project aimed at turning Amsterdam into Bitcoin City, providing one hundred merchants with a free tablet-based POS terminal they can use to process mobile payments made using the virtual currency.

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    3 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 December 2014, 13:06

    Office Depot delivers marketing messages to shoppers via Shazam audio watermarks

    Office Depot has become the first retail chain to roll out Shazam In-Store, a mobile marketing platform that makes use of the Shazam music discovery app, inaudible digital watermarks, a merchant’s overhead music system and a location-based platform developed by Mood Media to send promotional messages to shoppers’ mobile phones.

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    BLE

    3 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 December 2014, 12:39

    BKM and Mekanist let Turkish diners pay by beacon

    Diners at Turkish restaurant Olivia’s Pizzeria have become the first in the country to be able to use their BKM Express digital wallet to pay for their meals with their mobile phone.

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    QR

    3 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 December 2014, 12:18

    Quikkly offers QR code alternative

    UK startup Quikkly has unveiled an alternative to QR codes that aims to provide an improved user experience and increased consumer uptake. “QR codes are great for machines, but they weren’t designed for people,” Quikkly says. “We’ve designed Quikkly Tags to be understandable by everyone. It’s clear what app to use and it’s clear what will happen when you scan the tag."

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    2 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 2 December 2014, 18:31

    White paper explores the benefits of host card emulation

    A new white paper that explores how host card emulation (HCE) can overcome the challenges faced by service providers when implementing secure NFC services is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre.

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    September 29th, 2016

    This week's news

    1. Japanese government to trial biometrics
    2. Sarine to add NFC to share details on diamonds and gemstones
    3. WhatsApp tests NFC for group invites
    4. Samsung Pay gets new features and gives away $100,000 in prizes
    5. NXP rebrands Mifare SDK as TapLinx
    6. FCC authorizes mysterious Apple product
    7. Android Pay users get free London travel and coffee
    8. Gemalto and BankAxept to simplify mobile payments for Norwegian banks
    9. Danish shoppers to get BLE mobile payments in 2017
    10. LG Pay delays launch, cites testing issues
    11. Square brings contactless reader to Australia
    12. Study shows growing appetite for mobile payments and biometrics
    13. mBeaconVend enables mobile vending machine payments
    14. US gets same day ACH
    15. Samsung adds biometrics to mobile transactions
    16. Kohl’s to allow checkouts from mobile app
    17. Glacéau Smartwater sends tips to Londoners using BLE beacons
     
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