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    Clear2Pay tests payment apps

    November 10th, 2011

    Clear2Pay has released its MPA Test Solution test tool, used to confirm that new mobile payment applications comply with industry standards. The tool runs a set of scenarios to verify mobile application user interfaces and over-the-air communications with mobile gateways. Companies seeking certification for mobile applications can submit an output file from the tool as proof of compliance, simplifying the certification process.

    Starbucks m-payments for Canada

    November 10th, 2011

    Starbucks is now accepting mobile payments from customers in Canada, reports The Globe and Mail. The coffee chain has processed more than 20 million mobile payments since launching its barcode-based payment app in the US in January, and some 65% of Starbucks’ customers in Canada and the US have smartphones.

    Amex to invest $100m

    November 10th, 2011

    American Express is to invest US$100 million in digital commerce startups over the next several years. A new Silicon Valley office will fund innovative technologies in loyalty and rewards, mobile and online payments, fee-based services, security and fraud detection, and data analysis. Investments will vary in size but will focus on early-stage startups.

    Samsung joins OSPT alliance

    November 10th, 2011

    Samsung Electronics has joined the Open Standard for Public Transport (OSPT) Alliance, becoming the seventh company to join the association developing the Cipurse open standard for secure transit fare collection. Dojun Rhee of Samsung explained that the chipmaker expects “to play an important role in facilitating adoption of the new standard to smart card and NFC-based transportation payment eco-systems.”

    Nokia turns on N9’s NFC

    November 8th, 2011

    Nokia has released a software update that switches on NFC tag reading functionality in its MeeGo-based N9 handset. Once the PR1.1 update is loaded on the phone, the company says, it will “instantly interact with NFC tags”.

    Jamba Juice explains why it adopted Google Wallet

    November 8th, 2011

    Jamba Juice‘s VP of information technology has explained to Nation’s Restaurant News why the California-based beverage chain decided to accept Google Wallet. “First of all, the Google brand name carries a lot of weight, and… More

    Schreiner stickers certified

    November 8th, 2011

    MasterCard has certified secure labeling specialist Schreiner ProSecure‘s NFC-Sticker for use in contactless payments. The sticker is preloaded with Mastercard software and can be applied to the back of any mobile phone and then used as a contactless credit card anywhere MasterCard PayPass is accepted. The Global Vendor Certification Program (GVCP) certification confirms the company has the required security infrastructure and complies with the necessary standards throughout the entire production process.

    Qmuzik takes Vivotech to Africa

    November 8th, 2011

    South African mobile solution provider Qmuzik Technologies is to resell, implement and support Vivotech‘s NFC trusted service manager (TSM) software suite throughout Africa. “Qmuzik’s broad African footprint and local expertise make it an ideal partner to bring Vivotech’s proven NFC technology to the region,” says Vivotech.

    LG’s Prada K2 adds style to NFC

    November 8th, 2011

    LG’s latest designer handset comes with NFC and has just passed through FCC approval in the US. The Prada K2, also referred to as the LG-P940, is the Korean phone maker’s first Android-based NFC device,… More

    Isobar takes NFC hackathon to SF

    November 8th, 2011

    Digital marketing agency Isobar is holding an NFC Hackathon in San Francisco later this month, to coincide with the Appnation III conference. The Create 32 event will follow a similar format to the Create 48 hackathon held in Boston in September and will start at 8am on November 30. Developers, hackers, and start-ups are invited to create new NFC applications in just 32 hours before demonstrating them to a judging panel.

    Starbucks hits 20m m-payments

    November 8th, 2011

    Starbucks has processed more than 20 million mobile payments since rolling out the application in January, according to VentureBeat. Users with the coffee chain’s mobile applications can pay with their smartphones at 9,000 locations by showing an on-screen barcode at the cash register. At its recent earnings call, the company disclosed that there are now over a million smartphones with at least one registered Starbucks Card.

    Docomo buys German bank

    November 8th, 2011

    Japanese telco NTT Docomo is investing an additional 28.4m euros in Net Mobile AG, which it acquired in 2009, to allow the mobile content distributor to purchase a controlling stake in private German bank Bankverein Werther. Adding the bank’s ecommerce and payment services will strengthen Net Mobile’s — and Docomo’s — payments platform in Germany, and its banking and credit licenses will allow Net Mobile to offer direct debit and credit card payments.

    Verifone buys Global Bay, expands into retail systems

    November 8th, 2011

    POS terminal maker Verifone has bought mobile retail specialist Global Bay. The purchase enables Verifone to move from the point of sale to the retail floor, accepting payments on smartphones and tablets using Global Bay’s… More

    Masabi raises $4m and moves into NFC

    November 8th, 2011

    London-based mobile ticketing specialist Masabi has raised US$4m in Series B funding from M8 Capital to support a move into NFC and expansion to the US. Many UK rail passengers now use the company’s barcode-based… More

    RIM publishes NFC tag primer

    November 7th, 2011

    BlackBerry maker RIM has published a second NFC primer for developers creating NFC applications for BlackBerry smartphones. Written by Martin Woolley and John Murray from the company’s developer relations team, the document explains reading and writing NFC smart tags.

    Digitas opens next-gen retail showcase in Boston

    November 3rd, 2011

    US ad agency Digitas has opened a mobile retail showcase in Boston to teach clients how to use mobile to attract and keep customers. Hands-on demonstrations of NFC and other technologies show companies how consumers… More

    Johnson & Johnson picks NFC displays

    November 1st, 2011

    Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has installed NFC smart posters at its High Wycombe offices in the UK. The Enlighten posters, developed by signage specialist Signbox, let staff and visitors tap the NFC tags with… More

    Jamiroquai takes NFC on tour

    November 1st, 2011

    UK jazz funk band Jamiroquai is set to use NFC technology in its upcoming European tour. Concert-goers will be able to tap their NFC phones on smart posters inside arenas to see a video and enter a fan competition. Entertainment agency Media Junction‘s Neil Cartwright explains “NFC is a powerful technology when marketing artists because the process is straightforward and the rewards are instant for fans.”

    NXP: Our NFC now designed into 90 devices

    November 1st, 2011

    NXP technology has been designed into more than ninety unique devices, the chip maker’s CEO told analysts during a conference call for its Q3 earnings — up from sixty devices in July. More

    iPad and NFC capture event leads

    November 1st, 2011

    Event registration specialist ITN International has added iPad support to its NFC-based “Touch ‘n Go” attendee credential system. The Bcard Reader App lets exhibitors capture, qualify and manage leads on an iPad which has been paired with the company’s NFC badge reader.

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