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Android devices get multifactor biometrics

January 23rd, 2015

Voice control specialist Sensory has released AppLock, a mobile app that can secure other apps on any Android device with multifactor biometric authentication. “This authentication can use the camera to see the user’s face or the microphone to hear their password or both simultaneously for maximum security needs,” Sensory explains. “In just a few seconds, the user can enroll his/her face and voice by simply looking at the phone while speaking the passphrase at the prompts.”

Chocolate shop sweet talks tourists with Bluetooth beacons

January 22nd, 2015

The largest producer of confectionery in Latvia has installed Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons in its stores in the capital Riga to send information directly to a customer’s smartphone in the default language of their device. Laima has used Knoq, an… More

Juniper forecasts biometric authentication market

January 22nd, 2015

More than 770m mobile apps that make use of biometric authentication will be downloaded annually by 2019, up from 6m this year, Juniper Research predicts. “Fingerprint authentication would account for the overwhelming majority of such apps in the medium term, driven by increasing deployment of fingerprint scanners within mid-range smartphones,” the researchers say.

Turkish banks get HCE mobile payments option

January 21st, 2015

Turkish payment system operator BKM has added a host card emulation (HCE) option to its platform, providing the country’s issuing banks with a way to offer HCE payments to their customers for the first time…. More

USAA adds face and voice verification to mobile banking app

January 19th, 2015

Financial services group the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is to enable its members to use biometric authentication, including face and voice verification, to log in to their accounts on their smartphone. The function is expected… More

TempTraq offers wearable Bluetooth thermometer

January 19th, 2015

Printed power solutions provider Blue Spark Technologies has unveiled TempTraq, a thermometer in the form of a patch that adheres to the skin to monitor body temperature for 24 hours and sends the results to… More

Wirecard unveils HCE wristband for payments, loyalty and more

January 16th, 2015

German payments technology provider Wirecard has developed a wearable wristband that allows a user to make a payment using host card emulation (HCE) at any contactless POS terminal. “The Wirecard Smart Band with its contactless… More

Apple Watch owners to get beacon promos at Marsh Supermarkets

January 16th, 2015

US grocery chain Marsh Supermarkets is to use Bluetooth beacons to deliver targeted information such as shopping lists and recipes directly to a shopper’s Apple Watch or smartphone, marking the “world’s first iBeacon-wearable integration at… More

Calorie counting app uses Bluetooth beacons in fridges to help users lose weight

January 15th, 2015

Carrot, a suite of mobile apps designed to push users into better behaviours, has added a calorie-counting app that works in conjunction with a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon placed inside a fridge to help… More

Shazam adds support for Bluetooth beacons

January 15th, 2015

Music recognition app Shazam has partnered with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) specialist Gimbal to add support for Bluetooth beacons to its platform. The move “represents a further evolution in the way consumers are looking to Shazam to magically connect them with the world around them”, Shazam says, and will “expand opportunities for brands, advertisers and media owners to offer a more personalised experience” to its more than 100 million monthly active users.

Pey equips merchants with Bitcoin POS terminals that support iBeacon, QR and NFC

January 14th, 2015

Fifty merchants in the German city of Hannover have signed up to accept Bitcoin payments using a terminal supplied by startup Pey, that uses a combination of iBeacon, QR code and NFC technology. More

FitLinxx unveils 24/7 wearable fitness device

January 14th, 2015

FitLinxx has begun taking pre-orders for AmpStrip, a 24/7 wearable device that sends a range of health and fitness data direct to a user’s smartphone using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Waterproof and rechargeable, it sticks… More

Starbucks takes payments app to Germany and France

January 13th, 2015

Coffee giant Starbucks has launched its mobile payment app in Germany and France to allow its customers to make payments using a mobile version of their Starbucks card. “It is the same app which operates in the US and UK,” Starbucks told NFC World+. “The app works in the same way globally.”

Wintrust lets customers withdraw cash with their mobile phones

January 12th, 2015

Wintrust Financial is updating its fleet of 190 ATMs in Chicago to enable its mobile banking customers to withdraw cash by requesting money on their smartphone then scanning an on-screen QR code when they get to the ATM.  More

Nedbank tests BLE mobile payments app

January 9th, 2015

South Africa’s Nedbank is internally testing a proof-of-concept mobile payments app called Accolades that uses BLE beacons to connect customers to retailers as they enter the store. “In concept, the app would provide the product list or menu of the participating store, letting customers select the product and quantity and check it out in their mobile shopping cart without queues,” BusinessTech reports.

HyprKey unveils biometric mobile wallet add-on

January 9th, 2015

A US startup is taking pre-orders for a biometrically secured mobile wallet, consisting of a payment app and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-based “bio-sticker” attached to the back of the user’s phone. The system, shown at… More

Toshiba puts NFC on memory cards

January 8th, 2015

Toshiba has added NFC to a SDHC memory card, allowing consumers to check the card’s contents by tapping it against their NFC phone instead of plugging it into a PC or digital camera. An Android app allows users to see previews of images stored on the card as well as the amount of free space available. The card will be available in 8, 16 and 32GB versions from February 2015.

BMW offers contactless credit card that can unlock and start hire cars

January 7th, 2015

BMW has partnered with MasterCard to offer an NFC-enabled contactless credit card that makes it possible to hire, unlock and operate a BMW or Mini from a car rental fleet that has more than 2,800 vehicles… More

Kontakt.io puts on $1m beacon hunt at CES

January 7th, 2015

Beacon solution provider Kontakt.io is hosting a Bluetooth-based treasure hunt with a million dollar prize at the CES in Las Vegas. Show visitors can download the $1m Beacon Hunt app and look for Bluetooth beacons hidden throughout the North, Center and South halls. “Anyone can download the app from the Android or iOS app stores, and can check out the 24 hints to get 24 chances to win the big prize,” the company explains.

Circle adds NFC to Bitcoin payments app

January 7th, 2015

Bitcoin wallet provider Circle has added NFC to its Android app to enable users to make payments using the digital currency with a tap of their smartphone. “Using this NFC integration, Circle customers can tap to pay when checking out with the app at physical locations where Bitcoin is accepted,” the company explains. “Since our friends at BitPay have also enabled NFC, thousands of merchant locations worldwide will support this feature.”

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