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    9 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 December 2014, 10:51

    Fujitsu uses LED lights to send data to smartphones

    Fujitsu Laboratories has shown off a way to use LED lighting to transmit data about a particular product in a store, an exhibit in a museum or a song being performed during a concert to a consumer’s smartphone.

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    8 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 December 2014, 14:28

    Mobile payments platform Sixdots goes live with multiple banks in Belgium

    Customers of nine banks representing 80% of the Belgian market can now make use of Sixdots, a mobile wallet service that uses a combination of QR codes and a six-digit PIN to make payments in stores, online and between friends.

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    8 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 8 December 2014, 12:13

    Bluetooth 4.2 to increase speed and security of Smart devices

    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has adopted version 4.2 of the Bluetooth core specification, introducing security improvements that mean Bluetooth beacons are now unable to engage with smartphones without permission from the user and making it harder for eavesdroppers to track a device via its Bluetooth connection.

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    5 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 5 December 2014, 12:18

    Barcelona equips 8,000 city locations with NFC and QR touchpoints

    More than eight thousand locations across the Spanish city of Barcelona are to be equipped with NFC and QR touchpoints that deliver information on local services directly to visitors’ and citizens’ smartphones.

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    4 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 December 2014, 19:16

    One in ten US iPhone 6 owners have now used Apple Pay

    Apple Pay is yet to gain widespread adoption among iPhone 6 owners due to poor awareness of which stores accept the NFC payments technology and a lack of understanding of how the service works, a survey conducted by InfoScout has found. Those who have used it, however, compare it highly favourably to using a traditional plastic card.

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    4 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 December 2014, 18:08

    Starbucks launches Mobile Order & Pay in Portland

    Starbucks’ Mobile Order & Pay service is now live in Portland, Oregon ahead of a planned nationwide roll out across the US that will begin in 2015. The coffee chain first spoke about its plans in October, following the introduction of a QR code-based mobile ordering service in Korea earlier this year.

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    4 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 4 December 2014, 13:18

    Blarney Castle identifies trees with NFC horti-tags

    Blarney Castle, a medieval stronghold and tourist attraction in Ireland, is attaching custom-developed NFC tags to its trees so that gardeners will be able to easily create and update a database of information about each individual tree while they work.

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    4 December 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 4 December 2014, 11:02

    Payments security survey finds NFC and HCE are now top priorities

    Seven in ten (71%) US IT operations, security, and electronic deployment professionals consider NFC to be essential or very important to their organization’s security, a survey by Ponemon Institute for HP Atalla has found, with host card emulation (HCE) following closely behind at 68%.

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    3 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 December 2014, 13:46

    BitStraat equips Dutch merchants with Bitcoin POS terminals

    Dutch startup BitStraat has launched a project aimed at turning Amsterdam into Bitcoin City, providing one hundred merchants with a free tablet-based POS terminal they can use to process mobile payments made using the virtual currency.

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    3 December 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 December 2014, 13:06

    Office Depot delivers marketing messages to shoppers via Shazam audio watermarks

    Office Depot has become the first retail chain to roll out Shazam In-Store, a mobile marketing platform that makes use of the Shazam music discovery app, inaudible digital watermarks, a merchant’s overhead music system and a location-based platform developed by Mood Media to send promotional messages to shoppers’ mobile phones.

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    December 10th, 2016

    This week's news

    1. App offers order ahead restaurant service
    2. Facebook given licence to launch Messenger payments in Europe
    3. NFC clothing range connects US Ski Team with winter sports fans
    4. Google’s browser connects with BLE
    5. Belgian bank joins mobile payment platform
    6. India Reserve Bank drops two-factor authentication
    7. Lessons learned from implementing HCE for cloud-based NFC mobile payments — See the webinar now on NFC World
    8. Cartes Bancaires picks Gemalto to ease member banks’ NFC mobile payments offer
    9. Alipay comes to more Australian stores
    10. Australian bank reveals NFC payments sticker use
    11. Apple Pay adds US and Australian banks
    12. German MNO begins SIM-based NFC mobile payments pilot
    13. Take part in our ‘Lessons learned from implementing HCE’ webinar today
    14. Apple Pay targets US retail and transport expansion
    15. Pakistan bank offers mobile ATM cash withdrawals
    16. Samsung Pay set for 2017 UK launch
    17. Canadian bank replaces NFC SIM-based service with HCE
    18. Android Pay launches in Ireland
    19. E-wallet added to Carrefour Romania app
    20. MacBook Pro Touch Bar has NFC controller
    21. Indian payments app ties up 15 mobile wallets
    22. Alipay expands across Europe after deals with major banks and payment providers
    23. Android Pay offers Christmas rewards
    24. Loyalty and gifts added to Apple Pay
    25. Amazon Go store will let customers shop and go without checkout queues
    26. Join us on Thursday for HCE mobile payments webinar
    27. Graphene NFC antennas pave way for cheaper, stronger connected wearables
    28. Indian government working on Aadhaar mobile payments app
    29. Wirecard to integrate insurance into Boon
    30. Army cadets develop NFC medical bracelet
    31. Royal Mint to develop blockchain for gold trade
    32. Battery-less smartwatch powered by body heat
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