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Windows 10 for mobile gets HCE

March 25th, 2015

Microsoft is to introduce support for host card emulation (HCE) payments in the mobile version of its Windows 10 operating system. SIM-based secure elements will continue to be supported with “improved payment integration flows” enabling… More

Carrefour extends grocery shopping to smartwatches

March 12th, 2015

Customers at a Carrefour hypermarket in Paris are now able to use their smartwatch to access their digital shopping list, tick off items as they go and receive loyalty points when they check out. The… More

TfL tests guide beacons for the blind

March 9th, 2015

Transport for London (TfL) is testing the use of Bluetooth beacons that work with a mobile app to provide guidance to visually impaired passengers travelling on the London Underground. “Currently most have to rely on friends to help them get used to familiar routes or phone ahead to request assistance from London Underground staff,” the BBC reports. “Many do not feel confident about using the whole network.”

Optus shows off wearable payments

March 5th, 2015

Australian mobile network Optus has shown off a prototype watch that can be used to make contactless payments as an extension of its Cash by Optus prepaid NFC payment app. “Payments can be made using only… More

Pizza Hut could let customers order and pay for pizza from their cars

March 4th, 2015

Pizza Hut is testing a proof-of-concept “connected car” system that would let its customers order and pay for pizza from their vehicle before identifying themselves when arriving at the restaurant through Bluetooth beacons placed in… More

PayPal readies contactless reader

March 2nd, 2015

PayPal is preparing to launch a new version of its PayPal Here card reader that can handle transactions with contactless cards and NFC devices. “Just like the current PayPal Here Chip and PIN reader, it… More

White paper identifies clear consumer preference for NFC

February 23rd, 2015

NFC Technology: How Changing Consumer Preferences Create New Opportunities For Retailers, a 26-page white paper that presents the results of a Strategy Analytics and NFC Forum study into US consumer attitudes to NFC, QR codes and Bluetooth beacons in retail, is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. “In five of six use cases identified, more than twice as many consumers preferred NFC to the leading alternative,” the survey found.

Brooklyn Museum reports on BLE issues

February 18th, 2015

Brooklyn Museum has produced an in-depth report that examines the practical issues it experienced implementing and managing a network of Bluetooth beacons. Key concerns include installation of the beacon devices, difficulties keeping them in place and programming beacon signal strength. “We are still happy we went this route, but the practicalities have been difficult,” Shelley Bernstein from the museum says.

Bluetooth beacons to generate new revenue stream for mobile banking apps

February 17th, 2015

2,500 US banks and credit unions will soon be able to add an “additional potential revenue source” by sending out branded, local offers to users of their mobile banking apps. The move follows a deal… More

Liber8 raises funds for e-ink bracelet that uses NFC to change designs

February 16th, 2015

A bracelet that combines an e-ink display with NFC to let the wearer change its design by simply selecting an image on a mobile app and tapping their smartphone against the bracelet has beaten its… More

NFC gets 75% approval rating from US consumers

February 13th, 2015

The speed, convenience and control of NFC have made it a clear winner with the American public in a study conducted by Strategy Analytics for the NFC Forum. “Once you get the technology into the… More

Bluetooth beacons could be just the ticket for UK rail passengers

February 9th, 2015

UK rail passengers could soon have their tickets verified automatically as they walk through fare gates at a station, using a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-enabled mobile ticketing app due to be built by Bytemark. The… More

Facebook to test Bluetooth beacons in New York

February 2nd, 2015

Facebook has unveiled a new service called Place Tips that works with Bluetooth beacons, WiFi and GPS to show the social network’s iOS app users “useful and relevant” information about the places they visit. Those… More

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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