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Hilton to let guests unlock their doors with smartphones

July 31st, 2014

Hotel chain Hilton Worldwide has announced a plan to enable guests to use their smartphones as keys at the majority of its properties around the world. “We are developing proprietary technology that is safe and… More

Consumers shop more on smartphones

July 25th, 2014

“Nearly all mobile payments growth on Adyen’s platform in Q2 originated from smartphones,” the payments processor’s latest global Mobile Payments Index has found. “Europe leads the world in mcommerce transactions, with 22.7% of all transactions originating from a mobile device (12.4% phone; 10.3% tablet). This represents a near 40% increase from June 2013, when mobile represented 16.3% of total transactions.”

Online furniture retailer tests NFC in London showroom

July 16th, 2014

Online furniture retailer Made.com is trialling an NFC shopping experience at its London showroom, enabling consumers to tap NFC tags to find out further information about items and email themselves a wishlist of products they… More

DMA warns on push messaging

July 15th, 2014

One in three UK smartphone or tablet owners have never enabled push notifications on their connected devices and 78% of those who have enabled it would immediately delete the app or disable the notification if they were unhappy with the push notifications they receive, a DMA UK survey has found. Sales promotions (34%), new product launches (26%) and location-based offers (24%) top the list of push notifications consumers are most willing to receive.

Brits turn to mobile for purchase decision making

July 11th, 2014

Nearly half of all UK consumers with a tablet or smartphone (46%) now use mobile devices as their primary tool for telecoms purchase decision making, 39% for insurance and 33% for retail, according to new… More

British Banking Association reports on UK’s banking ‘revolution’

July 9th, 2014

Mobile and internet banking in the UK is now being used for transactions worth nearly £1bn a day and totalling £6.4bn a week, up from £5.8bn last year, according to an industry-wide report on how… More

Nigerian farmers use NFC to access seed and fertilizer subsidies

July 1st, 2014

“In some parts of the developed world, NFC can sometimes be a solution looking for a problem but we’ve got plenty of problems here in Africa and it is an ideal solution for quite a few of them,” says mobile money expert Susie Lonie. More

Android L to offer wide range of new features for mobile payments and commerce

June 26th, 2014

The next generation of Android, unveiled at the Google I/O developer conference, will offer mobile payments, banking and commerce providers a wide range of new functions. Android L includes support for BLE’s peripheral mode, tighter… More

Mahana uses BLE to help hotels improve customer service

June 26th, 2014

Hospitality technology startup Mahana has introduced a customer service platform that gives hotel and casino staff a way to improve customer service by accessing guest information on the go. The platform plugs into a hotel’s… More

5.5bn people to use biometric security by 2019

June 24th, 2014

There will be 5.5 billion users of mobile and wearable biometric technology around the world by 2019, according to a new report from Goode Intelligence. “We believe that smartphones and tablets will be the first… More

Chili’s adds table kiosks

June 13th, 2014

Restaurant chain Chili’s Grill & Bar is installing 45,000 Ziosk tabletop tablets in 823 outlets across the US, enabling customers to browse the menu, place orders, leave feedback, access entertainment services and pay from their table, using an integrated card reader. In restaurants that have already installed Ziosk, 80% make use of their tablet and over 60% of credit card users opt to use it to pay.

Samsung Tab S gets finger ID

June 13th, 2014

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab S, a new Android tablet that is available in 10.5 inch and 8.4 inch versions. Both devices include a built-in fingerprint scanner to provide “safe and convenient access”.

Bendigo Bank launches QR code mobile payments in Australia

June 12th, 2014

Australia’s Bendigo Bank has partnered with Samsung to rollout Redy, a mobile payments service that lets shoppers make payments and receive rewards by scanning a QR code generated by a merchant’s tablet-based POS terminal. The… More

GE lets retailers send offers to shoppers via LED lighting

May 30th, 2014

GE Lighting and US startup Bytelight have unveiled a marketing platform that lets merchants use LED lighting installed in and around their stores to send offers, directions to particular products and information services to shoppers,… More

Groupon lets merchants redeem vouchers via BLE

May 23rd, 2014

Prepaid voucher provider Groupon has launched an iPad-based point-of-sale terminal that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to let merchants “instantly recognize their Groupon customers as they enter their business, seamlessly redeem Groupons and save time… 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

Famoco’s NFC tablet finds a home on buses

April 1st, 2014

Lisbon-based contactless ticketing provider Card4B is to offer Famoco’s FX 100 Android NFC tablet to public transportation operators for ticket validation applications on board buses and other services and, later, for topping up travel passes in retail outlets. More

Kiroco launches NFC jewellery, scoops award

March 27th, 2014

UK-based Kiroco has won the Best Innovation of The Year award at London’s Wearable Technology Conference and Expo for a range of interactive jewellery that allows a recipient to tap an NFC phone to see… More

HP adds NFC printers

March 12th, 2014

HP has added the HP Officejet Pro 8630 and 8620 to its range of printers that support NFC, enabling users to tap their NFC phone or tablet to a printer to start a print job. HP also offers the Color LaserJet Pro MFP M476 with NFC, four enterprise printers and two add-ons for existing devices.

Flypay raises £1m to develop NFC and QR based restaurant payment app

March 12th, 2014

Flypay has raised £1 million from mobile payment specialist Entree Capital to further develop its restaurant-based mobile payment app, which uses NFC and QR codes to enable consumers to pay at their table at participating… More

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