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    Bank of America adds Android Pay withdrawals at ATMs

    May 19th, 2016

    Bank of America (BofA) customers can now make cash withdrawals at ATMs in the US using their mobile phone and Google’s Android Pay mobile payment service, the bank has announced at this week’s Google I/O… More

    US Smart City Challenge adds NXP’s RFID tagging solutions

    May 18th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has expanded its Smart City Challenge initiative to include NXP’s RFID tagging solutions and smart card ICs. The addition of NXP RFID tagging will enable automatic vehicle… More

    Android Pay to expand into Europe ‘soon’

    April 5th, 2016

    Google is actively working towards launching Android Pay in Europe, director of emerging platforms Spencer Spinnell has revealed at Money20/20 Europe. “Europe is particularly exciting,” he explained, and an expansion of the service to the… More

    Google pilots hands-free payments in San Francisco

    March 3rd, 2016

    Shoppers in San Francisco’s South Bay area are being invited to take part in a pilot test of Hands Free, a payment service developed by Google that uses a combination of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Wi-Fi and location services to let consumers make in-store payments without taking their mobile phone out of their pocket. More

    Super Bowl fans explore Bay Area with BLE beacons

    February 8th, 2016

    Attendees at Super Bowl 50 over the weekend were notified of related events, points of interest and prizes on their smartphones via a mobile app and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in locations across the San Francisco Bay Area. The beacons were deployed by Gimbal.

    Estimote raises US$10.7m

    January 18th, 2016

    Beacon manufacturer Estimote has raised US$10.7m in a Series A investment round led by Javelin Venture Partners. “The investment will help us to accelerate innovation and expand our operations in New York, in our European office in Krakow and expand our San Francisco office,” the company says.

    Facebook pilots Buy Tickets button

    December 7th, 2015

    Facebook has begun piloting a service that allows users to buy concert tickets through the social network’s event pages using a Buy Tickets button. “The tickets, when purchased, will be available for pickup at Will Call windows,” Buzz Feed reports. “A Facebook spokeswoman said the company is partnering with a small group of independent venues, artists and event promoters in the San Francisco Bay Area for the pilot.”

    Chevron to offer NFC mobile payments at the pump

    October 6th, 2015

    Oil and gas company Chevron has teamed up with Visa to offer mobile payments at the pump at 20 locations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley from “later this fall”. The service will be compatible… More

    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.

    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

    Google to trial hands-free mobile payments

    June 1st, 2015

    Google has announced it will pilot a new payment service in the San Francisco Bay area later this year that will let users make hands-free, in-store mobile payments without having to get their phone out of… More

    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+.

    Macy’s unveils mobile payments and customer marketing plans

    September 17th, 2014

    Macy’s Inc, owner of the Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department store chains, has unveiled plans to implement a range of new technologies designed to provide an omnichannel shopping service to its customers. The plans include Bluetooth… More

    Levi’s Stadium adds BLE beacons

    August 21st, 2014

    The Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco has installed 1,700 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that can be used “to give people pinpoint directions to their seats as well as to any other place in the stadium,” Time reports. “They can also be used to send them alerts about specials from concession stands and other promotions.”

    BLE guides the blind at SFO

    August 5th, 2014

    Visually-impaired travellers at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) are now being guided through terminals via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons supplied by Indoo.rs. Some 500 devices have been placed at boarding gates, restaurants and power outlets to trigger audible calls on a passenger’s smartphone when in beacon range. “The prototype version will undergo additional testing and refinement before being released for use by the traveling public,” SFO says.

    Visa Inc abandons digital wallet ambitions, Visa Europe to continue investing

    July 17th, 2014

    Visa Inc is replacing its V.me digital wallet service with Visa Checkout, a new payment service that enables consumers in the US, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device, in “just… More

    Tapit powers Google I/O and Game of Thrones NFC promotions

    July 2nd, 2014

    NFC marketing platform provider Tapit has run two high-profile campaigns with Google in recent weeks. Google Music used Tapit at the internet giant’s developer conference in San Francisco last week to deliver free music to… More

    InMarket reports positive consumer response to Bluetooth beacons

    June 19th, 2014

    Shoppers who receive marketing messages via inMarket’s Mobile to Mortar (M2M) iBeacon platform interact more with advertised products, increase their in-store app usage and are more likely to keep an app on their phone, a… More

    Priceline CEO outlines its plans for OpenTable

    June 16th, 2014

    “In the area of mobile, there is just tremendous opportunity to enhance the end-to-end experience in both the accommodation business as well as the restaurant business by leveraging mobile as an asset,” Darren Huston, president… More

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