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HBC deploys iBeacons in Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor department stores across the US and Canada

July 30th, 2014

HBC Department Store Group has begun using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons placed around its Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor department stores in Canada and the US “to deliver digital experiences to consumers’ smartphones… More

NXP CEO: NFC secure elements will continue to see strong demand

July 29th, 2014

“We feel very comfortable with the strength of the secure element,” NXP Semiconductors CEO Rick Clemmer has told analysts during the chip maker’s second quarter earnings call. “We think that the real killer app will have… More

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

Starbucks now processes six million mobile payments a week

July 28th, 2014

Coffee chain giant Starbucks now has 12 million active users of its mobile app in the US and Canada alone. Customers make six million mobile payments a week — representing more than 15% of all… More

Microsoft publishes WP8.1 NFC guide

July 28th, 2014

Microsoft has published a guide to developing UICC-based card emulation apps for WP8.1 devices. “In Windows Phone 8.1, it’s faster and easier than ever to create a card-emulation app; you just use the Windows Phone SDK and a regular developer account,” Microsoft says. “You don’t need special privileges to give your app the basic emulation functionality” but “you do have to partner with a mobile operator to launch your app”.

Turkish Airlines offers travel benefits via BLE

July 25th, 2014

“Visitors to Turkish Airlines’ Lounge Istanbul at Atatürk Airport will now be able to access the digital Sky Library on their own devices following the installation of iBeacons in the lounge,”  Future Travel Experience reports. “When a passenger with the app installed on their device is within the vicinity of an iBeacon, they will automatically receive a WiFi password, a support number and access to the Sky Library, which includes a selection of digital books and magazines.”

Waitrose showcases QR payments

July 25th, 2014

Upmarket UK supermarket chain Waitrose has shown off a proof-of-concept mobile shopping service, based on Ensygnia’s Onescan technology, that “allows customers to complete a payment in-store using a mobile phone app, completing a purchase direct from any iPad screen in the store, without the need to head to the till point”.

Visa to launch new payments service in September, Apple could be the first customer

July 24th, 2014

Visa has unveiled a suite of services designed to “facilitate secure payments across a broad range of internet-connected devices and wearables”. The announcement of the new Visa Digital Solutions service comes amid reports that Apple… More

Festival uses BLE to gain insights into attendee activity

July 23rd, 2014

This year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has used Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to track how visitors moved around the site so that it can “shape and streamline the festival in the future”. One… More

Target launches image recognition app

July 23rd, 2014

US retail chain Target has launched an image recognition app that lets customers buy items from magazine adverts, catalogs and other media showing the retailer’s ‘In a Snap’ icon. Shoppers hold their phone over a product to capture its image and are then presented with product information and the ability to add the item to their cart and buy it from Target.

Amazon releases mobile wallet app for Android

July 22nd, 2014

Amazon Wallet, an Android app that lets users store gift cards and loyalty cards on their mobile phone, is now available to download from Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Amazon Wallet also ships with… More

Westpac trials HCE mobile payments in New Zealand

July 22nd, 2014

Westpac has begun a host card emulation (HCE) pilot in New Zealand, enabling customers’ credit and debit card details to be securely stored in the cloud and then used at the point of sale to… More

Consult Hyperion demos EMV mobile payments over BLE on an iPhone

July 22nd, 2014

UK payments technology specialist Consult Hyperion has unveiled a proof-of-concept solution that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and host card emulation (HCE) to enable both iPhone and Android NFC phone owners to make MasterCard, Visa… More

Four in ten mobile wallet users choose mobile as primary mode of payment

July 21st, 2014

While convincing consumers to make use of a mobile wallet remains an issue for many providers, shoppers that do convert to mobile payments make extensive use of the technology, Nielsen’s Q2 2014 Mobile Wallet Report… More

Barclays reports Pingit stats

July 18th, 2014

Barclays’ Pingit P2P payments service has been used to send £540million since the launch of the service in February 2012, the bank has revealed, and the app has been downloaded 3m times. One in four UK Pingit users are based in London and users in the capital sent more than £60m via Pingit in the first six months of 2014.

Wallaby launches Gear 2 app

July 18th, 2014

Card management app Wallaby, which helps holders of multiple credit cards view their balances and decide which is the best to use for any given transaction, is now available for use on Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches. Wallaby already offers apps for Google Glass and the Pebble smartwatch.

Snapchat to add payments?

July 18th, 2014

Messaging app Snapchat has applied to extend its trademark into two classes relating to payments, Techcrunch reports. Trademark #86335306 covers “computer application software for processing electronic payments to and from others that may be downloaded from a global computer network” while trademark #86335307 applies to “electronic transfer of money for others; providing electronic processing of electronic funds transfer, ACH, credit card, debit card, electronic check and electronic, mobile and online payments”.

Google Wallet adds support for gift cards and P2P payments

July 17th, 2014

Google Wallet users can now store gift cards on their mobile phone and redeem them electronically in stores. Users can also send money requests to friends, make debit card payments free of charge and access… More

Base launches NFC payments and coupons in Germany

July 17th, 2014

German customers of mobile network operator Base, part of the E-Plus group, can now make payments, store membership cards and redeem coupons with their NFC phone. Giesecke & Devrient is providing Base with the SkySIM… More

Visa Inc abandons digital wallet ambitions, Visa Europe to continue investing

July 17th, 2014

Visa Inc is replacing its V.me digital wallet service with Visa Checkout, a new payment service that enables consumers in the US, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device, in “just… More

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