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IPC Media promotes magazine sales via convenience store beacons

August 27th, 2014

Publisher IPC Media is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in 740 One Stop convenience stores across the UK to offer discounted copies of its Chat, Pick Me Up, Woman and TV & Satellite… More

Facebook closes gifts business

August 1st, 2014

Facebook is to close down its gifts service on August 12, Techcrunch reports. “Most of the team has already been reassigned to other commerce initiatives. Those include the Buy button for making ecommerce purchases within Facebook, Auto-Fill for auto-populating your billing info in other shopping apps, and Custom Audiences that let brick-and-mortar merchants retarget Facebook ads to existing customers.”

Zuckerberg: Facebook is working on payments but it will take time to get it right

July 28th, 2014

Facebook is looking into the potential of adding payments capabilities across its business, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has explained during the company’s first earnings call following the hiring of PayPal boss David Marcus to head its… More

Facebook tests buy button

July 18th, 2014

Facebook is testing a ‘buy’ button which allows consumers to purchase products through the social media platform. “With this feature, people on desktop or mobile can click the ‘buy’ call-to-action button on ads and page posts to purchase a product directly from a business, without leaving Facebook,” says the social network.

PayPal CEO joins Facebook as head of messaging products

June 10th, 2014

PayPal CEO David Marcus is leaving the online payments provider at the end of June to take up a new role at Facebook, as vice president of messaging products — prompting speculation that he will oversee… More

Bitcoin gets Facebook transfers

May 29th, 2014

US startup QuickCoin is making it possible for Facebook users to send Bitcoins to friends from within the social networking platform. “Simply log in, find a friend, click send and they get Bitcoin,” the company says. “QuickCoin works on any device, is usable anywhere in the world and, best of all, QuickCoin transfers are instantaneous, regardless of time or day.”

US sports venues to get interactive displays

May 19th, 2014

Sports venue display provider Access Sports Media is to use Blue Bite’s mTag platform to add NFC, QR, SMS and geofencing capabilities to its more than 20,000 displays in 200 US sports venues. Access’ network… More

Bank sends money to Facebook friends

May 14th, 2014

Customers of Singapore’s OCBC Bank can now send up to S$100 a day to any of their Facebook friends from their phone, using a new Pay Anyone feature in the bank’s mobile app. Recipients are notified of a payment via a post on their Facebook wall and must enter a six-digit code given to them by the sender to receive the money. Pay Anyone can also be used to transfer funds to anyone in a customer’s email or phone contacts list.

MoneyGram offers cash transfers via Facebook

May 8th, 2014

Money transfer service provider MoneyGram has partnered with PicomoPay to enable US consumers to send funds to any of MoneyGram’s 336,000 agents around the world from the social payments provider’s Facebook application. “We are giving our consumers innovative options to send money for life’s essentials, however they want, wherever they want, whenever they want,” says MoneyGram’s Alex Hoffmann.

CaixaBank integrates bank accounts with Facebook

May 7th, 2014

Spain’s CaixaBank has become the first bank in Europe to launch a Facebook application that allows users to view their bank accounts and perform transactions via the social network. The bank will start by supporting… More

Mobispot to offer multifunction NFC wristband platform

April 4th, 2014

Singapore-based Mobispot Social Systems has introduced a platform that enables “modern city residents” to access a variety of services — including payments, transportation, ticketing, access control, discounts, membership and information sharing — via NFC wristbands…. More

Fashion retailer uses NFC to engage party-goers

December 5th, 2013

Hong Kong fashion retailer Central Central has used NFC at a party celebrating its second anniversary. By checking in at NFC tablets placed at key locations around the store, guests could interact with motion-based games… More

Applebee’s to put 100,000 NFC tablets on dining tables

December 4th, 2013

NFC is to be included in 100,000 tabletop tablets that are to be installed in US casual dining restaurant chain Applebee’s 1,800 locations. The tablets, supplied by software provider E la Carte, will be on… More

Absolut runs NFC campaign

November 27th, 2013

Absolut Vodka is promoting its new bottle designs using NFC posters located in 20 venues in Dublin. Tapping the smart posters takes the user to the Absolut Originality Ireland website where they can connect through Facebook and enter a prize draw. “There is also a gallery showing a selection of the new designs,” Aisling O’Connor from marketing agency The Picture Works told NFC World.

Marvel promotes Thor with NFC tables

November 20th, 2013

Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster has been promoted in France via NFC posters placed below the surface of glass-topped dining tables in participating cafes and restaurants. More

CommBank to launch NFC payments using embedded secure elements

October 22nd, 2013

Commonwealth Bank of Australia has announced a series of upgrades to its mobile banking and payments service, including plans to offer NFC payments using secure elements embedded in “certain phones” and NFC stickers that can… More

US politician uses NFC campaign to attract younger voters

October 15th, 2013

Aspiring US politician Rico Reyes is using NFC solutions provider Camintel’s Touch2Vote platform to send out NFC and QR code-enabled flyers in a bid to attract the support of younger voters in Austin, Texas. The… More

National Australia Bank launches NAB Flik mobile payments via NFC, QR and more

September 30th, 2013

National Australia Bank has launched a mobile payment service that lets users send, receive and request payments via NFC, QR codes, a mobile phone number, an email address or Facebook. Customers can use the service… More

Dutch retailers to test NFC coupons

September 18th, 2013

Online shopping platform MyOrder is to conduct an NFC mobile marketing pilot with 25 retailers in the Dutch city of Leiden. During the three month trial, shoppers will be encouraged to tap in-store NFC touchpoints… More

Sony announces Xperia Z1 smartphone

September 4th, 2013

Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z1, a 4G LTE handset that features NFC, a 2.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 20.7 megapixel camera and a 5-inch full HD Triluminous display. The fully waterproof device… More

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