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    Starwood’s mobile keys go live

    November 11th, 2014

    The Bluetooth-based mobile keyless entry solution unveiled by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide earlier this month is now live in 10 hotels in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles and Doha and will be rolling out to Aloft, Element and W Hotels across the globe. Starwood plans to rollout the SPG Keyless service to 30,000 doors in 150 hotels by early 2015.

    Starwood Hotels picks Bluetooth for mobile room keys that work on smartphones and Apple Watch

    November 3rd, 2014

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has unveiled a mobile keyless entry system that will allow guests to use smartphones to unlock rooms using Bluetooth at 150 hotels around the globe by early 2015. The service will also be available via an Apple Watch app when the new wearable device ships next year, the hotel chain has told NFC World+. More

    Mobile payments provider Powa valued at over US$2.6bn

    June 12th, 2014

    Mobile payments provider Powa Technologies has acquired Hong Kong-based MPayMe for US$75m and signed up Taiwan Mobile to offer its PowaTag mobile payments platform. As a result of the MPayMe deal, “Powa’s worth is now… More

    Aurnhammer takes BLE on a New York pub crawl

    May 27th, 2014

    Digital design agency Aurnhammer is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons placed in bars and restaurants to guide participants to their next pub crawl destination — and provide them with sponsored rewards for taking part…. More

    Samsung to add biometrics to more devices

    May 20th, 2014

    Samsung is to include biometric sensors in tablets and low-end mobile phones, delegates at the company’s 2014 Investors Forum in Hong Kong have heard. Injong Rhee, Samsung’s enterprise R&D chief, also revealed plans to make use of iris verification… More

    Octopus and Alibaba add NFC security to ecommerce

    February 19th, 2014

    Hong Kong prepaid card provider Octopus has partnered with Chinese online giant Alibaba’s Taobao ecommerce platform and Alipay mobile payments service to let customers make secure online purchases using a combination of contactless cards, QR codes and NFC phones. More

    Jetco picks Gemalto for NFC payments

    February 13th, 2014

    Hong Kong’s Joint Electronic Teller Services Limited — Jetco — is to use Gemalto’s LinqUs trusted service management platform for the NFC payments service it is to offer consumers via its 30 member banks. “Jetco… More

    Visa certifies OTI NFC add-on

    February 6th, 2014

    OTI has received Visa certification for its Wave NFC add-on, a device that plugs into the audio jack of a smartphone, tablet or PC to enable NFC payments. Wave is already certified by MasterCard and is to be used for cross-border mobile payments by a group of banks in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

    Hang Seng Bank to launch NFC payments in Hong Kong

    November 2nd, 2012

    The bank is partnering with PCCW Mobile, MasterCard, Gemalto and Samsung Electronics to introduce Hong Kong’s first NFC service in mid-2013. More

    ACS to launch contactless POS terminal

    August 8th, 2012

    Hong Kong-based NFC and smart card reader specialist Advanced Card Systems (ACS) is moving into the contactless point-of-sale terminal market. The company’s new ACR123 POS terminal will be EMV, Mifare, MasterCard PayPass and Visa PayWave… More

    Windows phones to get NFC in 2012

    October 20th, 2011

    WP7 phones will be able to support NFC functionality, including mobile payments, from next year. More

    New launch date for Android 4.0

    October 14th, 2011

    The much-anticipated unveiling of Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ and a new flagship Google phone from Samsung will now take place on Wednesday October 19 in Hong Kong, reports AllThingsD. The event was originally due to have been held on October 11.