Funding is being raised on Kickstarter to commercialize an ultra-slim wall plaque that enables visitors to connect to a host’s WiFi network without having to ask for and enter a password, by just tapping their phone on entry to a home or commercial location... More
Commonwealth Bank of Australia has announced a series of upgrades to its mobile banking and payments service, including plans to offer NFC payments using secure elements embedded in “certain phones” and NFC stickers that can be used to make payments by customers with a standard mobile phone... More
“We would prefer to start using the chip that comes with the phone,” says CommBank’s head of online banking, but “currently the NFC chip (the secure element) in Android NFC-enabled phones is not available to us.” More
PayPal has outlined its vision for providing consumers with a mobile ‘wallet in the cloud’, but revealed it is agnostic about NFC as a technology for turning that aim into reality, ReadWriteWeb reports... More
News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Czech mobile payments • Akbank pushes contactless • Visa opens up • The rich love a bargain • Germany moves to contactless ID • mFoundy’s mobile banking guarantee • Amsterdam shops to refuse cash • Starbucks expands 2D payments • M-Pesa adds supermarkets • WiFi goes P2P • and more… More
A new technology from US start-up Bump, which lets consumers use phones equipped with accelerometers to make peer-to-peer payments and share images or contact details, has been adopted by PayPal for its new Send Money service. More
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