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August 28, 2016
MediaPost

Malibu Rum Launches Connected Bottles To Deliver Consumer Content

In the Internet of Things, anything that can be connected will be connected

That now even holds true for bottles of rum.

Absolut Vodka, which ships around 100 million bottles a year, was experimenting with connecting bottles last year, as I wrote about here at the time (‘Agency Of Things’ Aims To Connect Brands).

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August 25, 2016
The Verge

Apple’s next iPhones could support tap-to-pay for Japan’s trains

Next generation iPhone owners in Japan may soon be able to use their smartphones to pay for train, subways, and bus rides. Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to add FeliCa technology — the wireless standard used by Japan’s mass transit systems to accept payments —  to its next iPhone, allowing users to store virtual pay-as-you-go passes in their Wallet app, and touch their phone to station barriers to travel.

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August 23, 2016
EE Times Europe

Deploying Bluetooth® Low Energy and NFC for secure connections and easy pairing

By supporting wireless applications that can operate with ultra-low power consumption, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) opens up a number of new application opportunities for designers – particularly when it is combined with the benefits of NFC technology.
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August 23, 2016
Android Headlines

Samsung Pay has over 100M Transactions in First Year

It was exactly a year ago today that Samsung Pay launched. Of course, it only launched in South Korea and then the US, now it is available in a few more countries. Samsung Pay has seen some pretty impressive success over its first year of being around. The biggest reason for that is the marketing that Samsung has, as well as the ease of use for Samsung Pay. The company bought LoopPay before they launched Samsung Pay. And in that purchase they got their hands on some MST technology. This allows Samsung to be able to use their contactless payment service just about anywhere, without merchants needing to upgrade their terminals. Meaning that just about every store, or restaurant were immediately compatible with Samsung Pay.

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August 18, 2016
Mobile Payments Today

EMVCo intros streamlined approvals for mobile payment devices

The EMV Technical body EMVCo has announced that it has implemented a formal approval process to confirm that contactless mobile payment-enabled devices can operate seamlessly with EMV Level 1-approved payment acceptance terminals.

According to a press release, this is the first time that EMVCo has provided formal certification for contactless mobile payment devices.

The new approval process incorporates Level 1 tests traditionally managed by the individual payment systems, bringing efficiencies to the process and reducing time to market, the release said.

 

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August 18, 2016
NFC World

EMVCo to certify mobile devices for NFC and HCE payments

EMVCo has introduced a formal industry testing and certification process for contactless mobile payment devices. The new process “incorporates Level 1 tests traditionally managed by the individual payment systems,” the payments standards body says, “bringing efficiencies to the process and reducing time to market”.

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August 16, 2016
NFC World

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

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. 72% expect to be equipped to accept NFC mobile payments by the end of the same year, with 68% planning to accept only one or “very few” types of digital wallets.

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August 12, 2016
Business Wire

Increasing Adoption of NFC to Create Opportunities for the Global Mobile Wallet Market until 2020, Reports Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio analysts forecast the global mobile wallet market to grow at a CAGR of 34.58% during the forecast period, according to their latest report. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global mobile wallet market for 2016-2020. The report considers the total revenue generated from retail transactions sourced through mobile wallets. These transactions, include m-commerce, mobile ticketing and coupons, money transfer, and micropayments.

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August 12, 2016
The Fiscal Times

PayPal Is Winning the Mobile Payment Wars, but Apple Has This One Advantage

While pundits have been promising for years that we’ll soon be able to leave our wallets at home and pay for everything via our cell phones, mass adoption of mobile, digital payment systems hasn’t yet taken hold. But the numbers are improving every year, and a new report from Park Associates finds that more than 25 percent of U.S. smartphone owners use payment apps at least once a month.

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August 12, 2016
Android Headlines

Android Pay To Soon Provide Details On NFC Antenna Location

A new version of Android Pay seems to be en route to devices at the moment, version 1.5. However, on the face of it, there does not seem to be too much included at the end user level. Although, buried in the app are some nice indications of one particular feature which will likely be on its way to Android Pay in the future. Information on where your device’s NFC antenna is located.

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August 12, 2016
MediaPost

CVS Launches NFC-Based Payment Service

Rather than adopt Apple Pay or some other NFC-based payment service, CVS just launched a mobile payment solution of its own. “It’s aptly called CVS Pay, and it shows a barcode on the phone screen that the pharmacy can then scan to ring up your purchases, so long as you link a credit or a debit card to it,” Engadget reports.

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August 11, 2016
Sys-Con Media

Konica Minolta Reshapes Work With Launch of New Multifunction Printer Series

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), continues to give workers the competitive edge necessary to increase productivity and improve workflow while saving time, energy and resources with the introduction of the multifunction printer bizhub C658 series.

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August 10, 2016
NFC World

Samsung Pay offers US$5 rewards

Samsung Pay users are being offered rewards via a new introductions promotion called the High Five Referral program, which credits their account with US$5 every time a customer they referred to the mobile payment app makes a first qualifying purchase.

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August 8, 2016
Juniper Research

Contactless POS Terminal Retail Transactions to Approach $500 Billion by 2017

Hampshire, UK – 8th August 2016: A new study from Juniper Research has found that the global value of contactless POS (point of sale) terminal transactions, conducted in-store via cards, mobile and wearables, will approach $500 billion annually by 2017; this is up from an estimated $321 billion this year.

However, the low value nature of contactless payments means that it will only represent just 5% of the total value of all POS transactions in 2017

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July 22, 2016
Computerworld

Going cardless at the ATM catches on

Several major banks in the U.S. now support the use of a smartphone to withdraw cash from an ATM — many by way of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology — instead of requiring customers to use a bank card.

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July 21, 2016
CTIMES

“Life Is Easier, More Connected With NFC” Video Unveiled By NFC Forum

The NFC Forum announced today the release of a fun, fast-moving animated 80 second video titled “What is NFC?” The educational and shareable video shows how, with one tap of an NFC-enabled mobile device, NFC can make daily life easier and more connected. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q9iISSRx7k

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July 21, 2016
TelecomReseller

Life Is Easier, More Connected With NFC Video Unveiled By NFC Forum

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – July 20, 2016 – The NFC Forum announced today the release of a fun, fast-moving animated 80 second video titled “What is NFC?”  The educational and shareable video shows how, with one tap of an NFC-enabled mobile device, NFC can make daily life easier and more connected.  The video can be used in presentations and shared directly from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q9iISSRx7k

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July 19, 2016
Mobile Payments Today

Setting the record straight on contactless transactions and terminology

Without singling any party out, I think we can agree that there is a blanketed air of confusion in the mobile industry – a conflation of language, if you will.

Those of us working with this technology day in and day out (myself included) can default to jargon, and media conversations often follow suit as they surmise what specific technology, category of devices, app providers or ecosystem is going to “win.” There’s an inescapable deluge of acronyms used to describe the technologies that power and secure mobile transactions in particular: NFC, HCE, BLE, RFID, EMV, MST…the list goes on. It’s important for us to draw distinctions between terms that are misused or incorrectly interchanged. It’s time to set the record straight on exactly what these contactless terms represent, what the technologies do and why there is confusion in the first place.

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July 15, 2016
Yahoo Tech

NFC may help trainers trade their pocket monsters in ‘Pokémon Go’

Pokémon Go is already a huge hit — but the game is missing a few key features that fans of the franchise have come to expect. Trading pokémon with friends has long been an essential component of catching ’em all, but this activity isn’t currently available to Go players.

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July 15, 2016
Focus U

Added support for the embossing by the IC card (NFC embossing)

Stamped by the IC card to the new embossing line-up has been added (NFC embossing) way!

On the NFC-enabled Android devices, you can easily stamped by simply holding the Felica corresponding IC card.

Pre-settings, launch the app after downloading a dedicated app from the Play Store. 
The first time after setting the specific information to be issued from us, simply register by holding your hand of the IC card to the NFC sensor.

This article is in the Japanese language.

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