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Schoolboys protect Macs with Touch ID

January 27th, 2015

Two Dutch schoolboys have developed KeyTouch, an app that uses Apple’s Touch ID technology to protect access to Mac computers. “Apple fans who happen to own Touch ID-enabled iPhone and iPad models can use the app to unlock and lock their Macs as long as their OS X computers have Bluetooth 4.0 LE support and are running the KeyTouch companion app,” BGR reports.

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

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

CardMobili adds beacons to mobile wallet

January 15th, 2015

CardMobili has added support for Bluetooth beacon-based marketing services to its digital wallet platform. “CardMobili’s solution is beacon-hardware agnostic, enabling it to be deployed in all types of commercial wallet applications,” the company says. “For example, [it can be] fully integrated with an MNO’s existing digital wallet ecosystem as well as within individual partner brands’ wallets.”

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

Fujitsu unveils smart ring with NFC

January 13th, 2015

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a wearable ring-style device targeted for use by factory and building workers that offers a handwriting-in-the-air functionality and NFC to enable the lookup of relevant documentation and instructions with a tap of… More

Verifone and Samsung to offer Android mPOS

January 13th, 2015

Verifone and Samsung have announced a global partnership to deliver Android-based mobile point of sale (mPOS) solutions to multi-lane and enterprise retailers. The initial offering is due to be introduced later this year and will include a Samsung Galaxy Tab Active tablet and support for EMV, NFC, beacon and magnetic stripe payments.

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

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.

US mall operator tests BLE beacons

January 6th, 2015

US mall operator Taubman is piloting BLE beacons for an indoor navigation service at its Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, Florida, with plans to roll out the platform to other properties throughout the year. The platform is powered by Spreo and works in conjunction with a The Mall at UTC mobile app. Taubman owns, manages and leases 21 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centres in the US and Asia.

CES gets BLE beacons

January 5th, 2015

Visitors at this year’s International CES in Las Vegas will be guided around the mammoth tradeshow with their smartphones and Bluetooth beacons provided by Radius Networks. “Through the CES app, users can select a CES destination such as an exhibitor booth,” the organisers explain. “The app will then show directions from the current position using the BLE beacons placed throughout the show floor.” The navigation system covers an area estimated at four million square feet.

McDonald’s introduces Bluetooth beacon offers

December 19th, 2014

Twenty-six McDonald’s franchises in Columbus, Georgia have installed Bluetooth beacons that can be used to deliver coupons, alerts, employment opportunities and customer satisfaction surveys directly to a consumer’s smartphone as they enter a participating location…. More

Brixton Pound to add NFC

December 19th, 2014

Brixton Pound (B£), a local currency designed to encourage consumers to spend in independent businesses, is to launch an NFC ‘tap and pay’ service in 2015. “The currency will implement contactless payment terminals for B£ businesses and traders, which will further speed and simplify payments,” the organisation says. The service currently lets Brixton residents make payments via Bluetooth beacons or pay-by-text.

Brazilian online fashion retailer installs Bluetooth Fashion Spots

December 15th, 2014

Dafiti, Latin America’s largest online fashion retailer, is to place Bluetooth beacons in restaurants, bars and newsstands in the Brazilian city of São Paulo to send out promotional messages to shoppers’ smartphones. “Users can opt… More

Ubudu turns beacons into two-way communications devices

December 15th, 2014

Mobile proximity solutions provider Ubudu has unveiled uBeacon Mesh, a platform that enables Bluetooth beacon installations to be used to create two-way mobile communications with consumers. The technology could be used to let shoppers respond… More

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