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    Mattel includes NFC in AI for kids

    January 11th, 2017

    Toy maker Mattel has unveiled an NFC-enabled, voice-activated artificial intelligence assistant for children. Aristotle is compatible with Amazon Alexa and can answer a child’s questions, sing lullabies and play games with them using NFC-enabled toys. “Imagine what happens with Hot Wheels and Thomas the Train when you have this connected hub,” Robb Fujioka, Mattel’s chief products officer, told Fast Company.

    Huawei installs Amazon Alexa on flagship smartphone for US market

    January 9th, 2017

    Chinese mobile phone giant Huawei is to pre-load Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant on its flagship Mate 9 smartphone, which has now launched in the US, as Amazon bids for a leading role in the emerging… More

    Domino’s offers pizza orders with Google Home

    December 20th, 2016

    Domino’s Pizza customers can now order pizza through Google Home, the voice-activated home assistant unveiled by Google in October 2016. “The customer can order their saved Easy Order or recent order,” the fast food chain says, “and can also ask Google to track their order progress with Domino’s Tracker.” The company allowed customers to speak orders into Amazon’s Echo device in February 2016 and enabled Facebook Messenger ordering in September.

    Amazon India launches online wallet

    December 20th, 2016

    Indian shoppers on Amazon India can now store funds and complete online purchases in a new feature called Amazon Pay Balance, Live Mint reports. “Amazon Pay Balance can be credited with money using internet banking and credit or debit card, and used for multiple payments for purchases from the ecommerce portal,” it says. The feature “will also enable faster refunds” to Amazon Pay Balance rather than to the user’s bank account or credit card.

    Las Vegas hotel to install Amazon Echo in every room

    December 16th, 2016

    Luxury hotel and casino Wynn Las Vegas will install Amazon’s Echo in all its 4,748 rooms by summer 2017. Guests will initially be able to control room lights, temperature, drapery and the television by talking to Alexa, the virtual assistant on the Echo device. As the project evolves, future features such as personal assistant functions will be introduced, the hotel says.

    Amazon trials drone delivery system in UK

    December 15th, 2016

    Online retail giant Amazon has begun trials in the UK of a package delivery system using autonomous drones, which aims to deliver goods to customers within 30 minutes. The Prime Air beta test is taking… More

    Lessons learned from implementing HCE for cloud-based NFC mobile payments — See the webinar now on NFC World

    December 8th, 2016

    NFC World’s ‘Case study: Lessons learned from implementing HCE for cloud-based NFC mobile payments’ webinar is now available to view online. 245 people signed up to take part in the live event and participants gave… More

    Amazon Go store will let customers shop and go without checkout queues

    December 6th, 2016

    Amazon employees in the US are testing a physical grocery store format that will use technology developed for self-driving cars to allow consumers with a dedicated mobile app to walk in, pick up the items… More

    iPayYou enables Bitcoin payments on Amazon

    November 24th, 2016

    Customers will now be able to pay for Amazon purchases using Bitcoin through Bitcoin wallet iPayYou’s Amazon Direct service. “To use it, an iPayYou customer determines the dollar amount to transfer, then chooses a destination account at Amazon.com and clicks a button to make a transfer,” Silicon Angle reports. “Once the transfer is complete, the amount credited to the Amazon account can be used to make any sort of purchase.”

    AT&T customers can ask Alexa to text a friend

    November 24th, 2016

    Customers of US telecoms giant AT&T can send text messages to up to 10 contacts using Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence assistant. The AT&T Send Message skill went live on 18 November allowing users to ask to text a friend, after which the assistant prompts them to say their message. The launch came on the same day that Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices were made available on the AT&T website and in its retail stores.

    NFC World webinar to share real-world lessons from HCE mobile payments pilot

    November 11th, 2016

    NFC World will host a free webinar on Thursday 8 December to provide insight into the lessons learned from a real-world implementation of a host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments service that makes use of… More

    Apple Pay ranks fifth in online payments survey

    November 10th, 2016

    Apple Pay now has a 0.25% share of payments on the top 10,000 websites, analytics firm SimilarTech reveals, ranking in fifth place behind PayPal with a 2.36% lead, followed by the PayPal Subscribe Button (0.98%), Stripe (0.35%) and Braintree (0.32%). Amazon Payments comes in eighth place with 0.07%. Among the top 100,000 websites, Apple Pay remains in fifth place with a 0.11% share of the number of overall payments. It launched on the web in September 2016.

    Amazon expands Amazon Dash to 60 new brands

    October 31st, 2016

    Amazon has added more than 60 brands to its Amazon Dash Button program that allows consumers to reorder consumables around their home with a press of a button. “Customers will now find even more brands to choose from across a variety of new beverages and pantry essentials, as well as pet treats and personal care items like toothbrush heads and dry shampoo,” the company says. The program expanded internationally in August, launching in Austria, Germany and the UK. The Dash Replenishment Service was launched in January 2016.

    Amex enables rewards purchases on Amazon

    October 3rd, 2016

    Canadian customers of American Express who are enrolled in the company’s Membership Rewards program can now pay for purchases using their reward points on Amazon. “Cardmembers need to complete a one-time registration to securely link their Membership Rewards account to their Amazon.ca account,” American Express says. “Membership Rewards points are available immediately for use on Amazon.ca any time cardmembers are shopping.”

    Domino’s Pizza enables Messenger ordering

    September 22nd, 2016

    US consumers can now make purchases from Domino’s Pizza through Facebook’s Messenger app using the fast food chain’s new ordering bot. “Make sure you have a Pizza Profile and an Easy Order,” Domino’s says. “Open a new chat with Domino’s Pizza on Facebook Messenger or click the message button on Domino’s Facebook page. Click the get started button or type “hello” to select between placing your Easy Order, placing a recent order or tracking your most recent order.” The chain allowed its customers to speak orders into Amazon’s Echo voice-driven home shopping device in February 2016.

    Three quarters of US retailers plan to accept Apple Pay before 2018

    August 16th, 2016

    More than three quarters of US retailers (76%) plan to accept Apple Pay by the end of 2017, research released by the National Retail Federation and Forrester reveals.  More

    Amazon to expand Dash service despite “cool” response

    June 27th, 2016

    Amazon is to announce that it is adding “dozens of new brands” to its Dash push-button ordering devices despite “evidence that consumers are cool to them”, The Wall Street Journal reports. “Fewer than half of people who bought a Dash button since March 2015 have used it to place an actual order, estimates Slice Intelligence,” the publication says. “Those consumers who do order make a purchase roughly once every two months.” The Dash Replenishment Service was launched in January 2016.

    Amazon expands its payments business

    April 5th, 2016

    Amazon has launched the Amazon Payments Partner Program, a new service designed to enable ecommerce platform providers and developers to offer merchants Amazon Payments, which allows customers to log in and pay using their account with the online retail giant. “The program is free to participate in and available by invitation in the US, Germany, UK and Japan,” Amazon says.

    Amazon files selfie pay patent

    March 15th, 2016

    Amazon has applied for a patent that would enable consumers to authenticate a transaction by taking a picture of their face. “The user is identified using image information which is processed utilizing facial recognition,” the patent says. “The device verifies that the image information corresponds to a living human using one or more human-verification processes.” MasterCard announced in February that it would be rolling out its ‘selfie pay’ service this summer.

    Capital One integrates with Amazon’s Alexa

    March 15th, 2016

    Capital One customers can now check their balances, pay bills and track their spending by talking to Alexa, the virtual assistant on Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo home shopping device. “You’ll need to download the Alexa app on your smartphone,” Capital One says. “When you have the app open, tap Skills in the menu and search for Capital One. Then click Enable and follow the prompts to enter your Capital One username and password so Alexa can access your account information.”

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