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China’s FiiSmart to develop smartwatch that supports Alipay

September 28th, 2015

Shenzhen-based wearable device maker FiiSmart has launched a campaign on ecommerce giant Alibaba’s Taobao Crowdfunding website for a smartwatch that will support Ant Financial’s mobile payment platform Alipay and allow its wearers to make payments… More

Engineers trial wireless communication via human body

September 3rd, 2015

Electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated a new wireless communication technique that works by sending magnetic signals through the human body. More

Singapore commuters trial wristband payments

September 1st, 2015

Commuters in Singapore are testing a contactless wristband to pay for public transport services and for goods at retailers equipped with contactless readers. The trial, involving 200 customers using a Sony SG50 SmartBand, is being conducted… More

SIX and Swisscom partner with banks for national mobile payments service

August 6th, 2015

Switzerland’s financial infrastructure operator SIX and telecommunications provider Swisscom have partnered with a number of banks in the country to establish a nationwide mobile payments service that would enable consumers to make in-store mobile payments… More

August smart lock update lets Apple Watch users unlock their front door

August 4th, 2015

Smart lock maker August has updated its iOS app to allow people to unlock their front doors using an Apple Watch. The solution will also let users view a log of who has entered and… More

Apple files P2P via NFC patent

July 3rd, 2015

Apple has filed a US patent application for a payments service that would enable peer-to-peer money transfers via NFC and Bluetooth. Person to Person Payments Using Electronic Devices describes how two individuals can use electronic devices “such as cellular telephones” to directly conduct financial transactions with each other by communicating encrypted financial credentials.

Fido Alliance adds authentication support for NFC and BLE

July 1st, 2015

The Fido Alliance has added new NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) transport protocols to its Universal Second Factor (U2F) authentication specification. “With these new transport specifications, Fido U2F is appropriate for mobile and wireless… More

Apple Watch patent transfers data in a shake

July 1st, 2015

Apple’s latest patent details how an Apple Watch could exchange information with another when wearers greet each other with a handshake. “The wearable devices can detect their proximity to the other (using BLE or NFC-based proximity sensors),” Patently Apple reports. “Each device can communicate with the other (using Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi or other wireless communication channels) to verify it experienced similar acceleration.”

Google files item pairing patent

June 23rd, 2015

A new Google patent details a system to allow the pairing of items such as keys or a wallet with a mobile device to alert a person when they are about to leave the house without one of the items. “The monitoring device monitors the presence of items in its vicinity using a short-range wireless communication or sensing technology such as NFC, Bluetooth, RuBee, RFID or any other method of wireless communication or sensing,” the patent says.

Facebook expands free Bluetooth beacon program

June 11th, 2015

Facebook is offering free Bluetooth beacons to select businesses across the US that will enable them to send “useful and relevant” information to customers about the places they visit. The move comes as an update to… More

Shazam launches visual recognition marketing platform with global brands

June 2nd, 2015

Shazam has launched a visual recognition marketing platform that lets its mobile app users scan Shazam-enabled logos or QR codes placed on images to access custom mobile experiences including interactive content, special offers and the… More

DS Tags launches electronic luggage label with NFC and Bluetooth

May 28th, 2015

Netherlands-based DS Tags is at an advanced stage with “several top-tier airlines” in planning the delivery of DS Bagtag, a solution that incorporates an NFC- and Bluetooth-enabled electronic luggage label, a secure cloud-based travel document delivery… More

Exterion to roll out beacons across public transport in the UK

May 20th, 2015

Out-of-home media owner Exterion Media UK is to roll out Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons across public transport services in “major cities” in the UK to deliver marketing messages to passengers’ smartphones. The move follows… More

Italian zoo visitors walk on the wilder side with iBeacon network

May 15th, 2015

Visitors to Zoom Torino Biopark in Cumiana, Italy will be able to unlock information and rewards on their smartphones thanks to a network of Bluetooth Low Energy beacons that send location-based messages to their devices. “The 160,000… More

Apple Watch carries NFC components from NXP and AMS

May 1st, 2015

A teardown of the Apple Watch shows a design centred on a custom processor with NFC components from NXP and AMS, ABI Research has revealed. The device includes NFC so that wearers can make Apple Pay contactless… More

Starwood guests unlock hotel rooms with Apple Watch app

April 28th, 2015

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has launched an app for the Apple Watch that enables wearers to tap their device to unlock hotel room doors via Bluetooth. The SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) app incorporates the… More

PayPal begins piloting NFC and records 40% growth in mobile payments

April 27th, 2015

Online payments giant PayPal has revealed it is again testing NFC, though the company’s president has made clear that he’d like the company’s platform to be technology agnostic and he doesn’t see the long-term success… More

SnapScan rolls out beacon payments in South Africa

April 13th, 2015

South African mobile payments company SnapScan has rolled out Bluetooth beacon based in-store mobile payments at 50 merchants in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The SnapBeacons system pops up a “pay here” button on the customer’s phone as they come within range of a store’s beacon. “SnapScan customers can now simply tap a button in the app to initiate the transaction via Bluetooth,” Ventureburn explains. “A message on the customer’s phone will alert them when the option is available.”

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

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