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    19 June 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 19 June 2014, 11:53

    Amazon unveils smartphone that lets users shop the world around them

    Amazon has launched Fire, a smartphone that includes 3D “dynamic perspective” technology and a dedicated Firefly button that lets users recognize — and buy from Amazon — physical products, movies and music that they come across as they shop, browse and socialize. Fire supports NFC and will support Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) in the future.

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    BLE

    19 June 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 29 September 2014, 12:40

    InMarket reports positive consumer response to Bluetooth beacons

    Shoppers who receive marketing messages via inMarket’s Mobile to Mortar (M2M) iBeacon platform interact more with advertised products, increase their in-store app usage and are more likely to keep an app on their phone, a survey of 25,000 US consumers has found.

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    NFC

    18 June 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 28 January 2015, 17:32

    AT&T to introduce its own NFC platform for merchant offers, access control and more

    US telecoms firm AT&T is to use technology from CorFire to power NFC Connect, a new platform that will enable it to offer a wide range of NFC services outside of the Isis mobile commerce venture it co-owns with Verizon and T-Mobile. CorFire technology will also be used to deliver the carrier’s AT&T Commerce Connect mobile marketing platform.

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    BLE

    18 June 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 June 2014, 22:41

    LevelUp to build BLE into payments terminals

    US mobile payments service LevelUp is to provide its merchants with the ability to push offers to shoppers via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons built into the next version of its POS device. The move follows a pilot with 20 merchants in Boston which saw participating retailers experiencing a 22% lift in the volume of LevelUp transactions made by customers.

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    NFC

    18 June 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 18 June 2014, 11:32

    Verifone launches acoustic payments in Philadelphia

    POS maker Verifone has expanded its Way2Ride mobile payments service to Philadelphia, allowing taxi users in the US city to pay for their journey using a sound-based proximity mobile communications technology.

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    NFC

    17 June 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 17 June 2014, 16:41

    New guide explains how to connect BLE and NFC devices

    The NFC Forum and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) have updated their “Bluetooth secure simple pairing using NFC” developer guide. The new edition includes information on how NFC can be used to let consumers quickly and easily pair two devices that support Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), such as a smartphone and a smartwatch or other wearable device.

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    17 June 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 June 2014, 09:16

    Spanish banks and carrier launch mobile offers platform that links discounts to bank cards

    Yaap, a joint venture between Spanish banks CaixaBank and Banco Santander and mobile network operator Telefonica, has launched a mobile commerce platform that lets consumers access merchant offers on their mobile device and then redeem them automatically by simply paying for a purchase with a pre-linked debit or credit card.

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    17 June 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 June 2014, 15:28

    Ticketmaster adds animated watermarks to mobile tickets

    Ticketmaster has launched an iPhone app that uses an animated watermark to prove that a mobile ticket is authentic and valid. The app also lets ticket buyers resell tickets they own and transfer tickets to their new owner.

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    NFC

    17 June 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 18 June 2014, 08:15

    Intel patents multi-surface NFC antenna design

    The USPTO has published a patent application by three Intel engineers that describes an NFC antenna design which makes use of a cascaded coil concept to enable interactions to be performed without a user needing to precisely orientate their phone.

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    16 June 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 16 June 2014, 15:55

    French bank card association backs biometric payments

    Groupement des Cartes Bancaires CB, the French bank card association which pioneered the use of chip cards for payments in the 1980s, expects to enable member banks to issue customers with keyfobs supporting fingerprint payments by the end of this year. A microSD option for mobile phones is also expected to be approved.

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    May 1st, 2016

    This week's news

    1. SumUp and Payleven merge
    2. Payback to add NFC payments to mobile app
    3. PayPal CEO announces NFC payments expansion
    4. Deutsche Bank to launch NFC payments in Q3
    5. Gemalto named as leading mobile ticketing vendor
    6. MasterCard to reduce EMV checkout time
    7. Samsung Pay goes live at Woori Bank ATMs
    8. Australia’s ANZ adds support for Apple Pay
    9. A quarter of Brits have made an in-store mobile payment
    10. Tangerine adds biometrics to mobile banking app
    11. Samsung Pay to launch in Australia “very soon”
    12. More than half of payment cards shipped in 2015 were contactless
    13. Apple Pay gets 1m new users every week
    14. Adidas builds NFC into racing suits for FIA authentication
    15. IoT security spending to reach $348m this year
    16. Three quarters of Brits expect to be cash-free by 2021
    17. European spend on payments technology to rise
    18. Emirates Islamic takes banking to Twitter
    19. Tutuka to roll out cloud-based payments with Proxama
    20. NFC SIM shipment remains static in 2015 due to Softcard closure
    21. Vodafone Wallet wins PX Award
    22. Visa amends financial details of Visa Europe acquisition
    23. Nearly one in four payments at US Starbucks made via mobile
    24. 42% of UK mobile users don’t trust NFC mobile payments
    25. Xiaomi to launch Xiaomi Pay in China
     
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