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    Square rolls out first contactless readers

    November 23rd, 2015

    Mobile POS provider Square is rolling out the first of its $49 contactless readers to 100 US businesses, allowing them to accept chip cards, contactless and NFC payments including Apple Pay. “The first group of businesses to use Square’s new reader include Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago, Philz Coffee in San Francisco, Sump Coffee in St Louis, Cafe Grumpy in New York City and all 20+ merchants in the Urbanspace Vanderbilt food hall in New York,” the company says.

    Microsoft adds Windows Hello to new devices

    October 7th, 2015

    Microsoft has added its Windows Hello biometric authentication solution to its Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL devices, launched at a press event in New York this week. “Windows Hello Beta is an incredibly personal and secure way to unlock your Lumia 950/950 XL — simply wake up your device, look directly at the screen and our infrared camera technology automatically authenticates you,” Microsoft says.

    Samsung Pay gets seven city US promo tour

    October 2nd, 2015

    Samsung is to run a seven city tour to promote the launch of Samsung Pay in the US. “Samsung will give consumers in Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles a special opportunity to unlock special offers and prizes through Samsung Pay,” the company says. The service launched in the US this week.

    Velocity acquires mobile payments app Cover

    September 29th, 2015

    Restaurant payment app Velocity has acquired mobile payments solution Cover for an undisclosed sum. Cover is accepted at more than 350 restaurants in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. “The acquisition will accelerate the expansion of Velocity’s global hospitality platform, which connects premier restaurants with affluent diners, empowers them to settle their bill directly from their phone and builds loyalty through tailored status and rewards programs,” Velocity says.

    PaidEasy raises $2m in seed funding

    August 11th, 2015

    Mobile payment startup PaidEasy has announced a seed round of funding valued at US$2m. “PaidEasy launched out of beta this week and plans to use the money to establish a footprint in New York City and its surrounding areas,” the company says. “PaidEasy gives users the ability to open, view, split, tip and pay bills in real time [and] has integrated with Apple Pay.”

    Target tests Bluetooth beacons in 50 US stores

    August 6th, 2015

    US retail giant Target has begun testing Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons in 50 stores nationwide to send deals and recommendations on nearby products directly to a shopper’s smartphone running the retailer’s iOS mobile app…. More

    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

    Facebook rolls out Messenger payments to New York

    May 28th, 2015

    Facebook is to roll out its mobile payments service to New York City and surrounding metro areas and will add additional functionality to make it “easier to send and receive money”, an email sent out by the social network and seen by VentureBeat reveals. The service was first unveiled in March as a way for users to send and receive money for free through the Messenger app. New features include hyperlinked dollar amounts and the possibility to send payments to a single person when part of a group conversation.

    Starbucks opens express store with mobile POS ordering

    May 7th, 2015

    Visitors to Starbucks’ newly opened express store on Wall Street in New York are being met by one of the coffee chain’s employees upon entry, who then takes their order using a handheld device. “Getting… More

    Apple demonstrates smartwatch keys and payments

    March 9th, 2015

    How Apple Watch owners will be able to use their device to make payments, unlock hotel rooms and the garage doors at their home has been demonstrated by Kevin Lynch, Apple’s VP of Technology, at… More

    NJ Transit expands mobile ticketing app

    February 2nd, 2015

    NJ Transit has expanded availability of its MyTix mobile ticketing app to interstate routes between New Jersey and New York City after launching in South Jersey last year. To use MyTix customers install the app and create an account before purchasing their monthly pass. “Customers then simply display the monthly pass on their mobile device to the bus operator when boarding the bus,” NJ Transit says.

    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

    Urevu unveils wearable BLE beacons for customer reviews

    February 2nd, 2015

    Shop owners and service providers could in future get real-time feedback on the service delivered by individual members of their staff, and thus improve the experience delivered to customers, thanks to a new mobile app… More

    New York metro heads to NFC

    January 23rd, 2015

    New York City’s Metro Transit Authority (MTA) is in discussions to replace its MetroCard payment system with a new US$450m system set to include support for NFC mobile payments and contactless cards. The plan calls for passengers to be able to pay by phone on buses and on the subway by 2020, and at vending machines in 2022.

    MasterCard partners with Masabi

    January 15th, 2015

    MasterCard has announced a global partnership that will combine its payment technology with Masabi’s JustRide mobile ticketing platform. “The first city to benefit from this alliance will be Athens, where passengers of the Greek capital’s transit systems are now able to use an innovative mobile solution to pay their fare,” MasterCard says. Masabi is active in a number of cities including New York, London and San Diego.

    Softcard lays off 60 staff in bid to cut costs

    January 12th, 2015

    US carrier-owned mobile payments venture Softcard has laid off 60 employees out of an employee base of “hundreds” as part of an effort to “reduce costs and strengthen its business”. “This includes simplifying the company’s organisational… More

    Cooper Hewitt museum visitors to use NFC pens to interact with multi-touch display tables

    December 17th, 2014

    Visitors to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York are to be given the opportunity to use an NFC pen to interact with a range of NFC-enabled multi-touch display tables, enabling them to… More

    TD Bank partners with Moven

    December 2nd, 2014

    Toronto-Dominion Bank is expected to announce a partnership with New York based banking app maker Moven to help its customers use their smartphones to keep track of every purchase they make, The Globe and Mail reports. “Moven’s app works in much the same way as health-tracking apps,” the article explains. “The service allows users to make purchases using their smartphones as mobile wallets, but also keeps track of every purchase. The result is an instant analysis of the user’s financial health.”

    Sephora adds Apple Pay

    December 1st, 2014

    Cosmetics store chain Sephora has rolled out support for Apple Pay in all five of its Bay Area stores in the US and is also testing NFC payments acceptance in one Manhattan location in New York. “Sephora will continue to roll out Apple Pay to its stores nationwide soon after this initial launch,” the retailer told NFC World+.

    HouseTab drives usage with charity donations

    December 1st, 2014

    Mobile app HouseTab is to donate US$1 to the Food Bank For New York City each time someone registers to use the app until the beginning of January, and will make additional donations every time the app is used to pay for a tab or to send drinks or food. “The more users transact in HouseTab, the more we will donate to Foodbank,” the company says. “To show our appreciation, we’re also sending every new user a free drink via the application.”

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