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One of the biggest services hitting the market this year, at least on the mobile front, is mobile payments. Put simply, they're everywhere, and they're spread fast. The North American market has been slow to move towards this technology, but now that NFC, Google Wallet, and Square are making waves, it seems like every company in the world is trying their hand at something similar. The newly announced Card.io SDK adds yet another new player to the mix, but it's a market that could stand the competition. Basically, this makes accepting credit cards via your iPhone even easier, as it taps into the camera to just photograph and process the card. A demo video below does a great job of showcasing what's... Read more...
Sony Ericsson and NFC in the same sentence? It's true! Only one major SE phone to date (the Xperia Arco in Japan) has been released with NFC, but that single handset will soon be joined by a number of others. The handset maker has just chosen NXP's NFC solution for future Android-based smartphones, paving the way for yet another handset maker to push Google Wallet and all sorts of other contactless payment solutions. Using simple touch gestures, consumers will be able to make purchases or connect to a point of sale (POS) terminal, ticketing terminal or location-based promotional tag simply and securely with their NFC-enabled smartphones, and it makes us wonder what exactly Sony Ercisson has up... Read more...
What's needed to really get people hooked on contactless payments? Lots and lots of industry support. Google Wallet has set the bar for what's possible with NFC in the smartphone, and now Visa is making a play to expand their own reach for when the time comes to take advantage. The company recently acquired South African firm Fundamo, with the purchase costing Visa a staggering $110 million. Separately, a 5-year deal with UK-based Monitise will help it "grow the new technology-enabled payments business." Since Visa's currently outside of the Google Wallet loop (and instead is taking part in ISIS), they'll need as much support as they can get in order to go up against the monster. The Fundamo... Read more...
On the same day that Google unveiled its mobile payment service, Google Wallet, it was sued by PayPal. The suit claims trade secret misappropriation related to (what else) mobile payment systems. Reportedly, the timing of the lawsuit was coincidental, in terms of Google's announcement. The Google executives targeted in the lawsuit were not: the suit named Osama Bedier and Stephanie Tilenius, who directly oversee Google Wallet. In addition, the pair led the unveiling of the payments system on Thursday. Bedier is Google’s VP of payments and Tilenius is VP of e-commerce. They both formerly worked for PayPal, with Bedier working for nine years at PayPal, most recently serving as vice president... Read more...
Well, if there's anything creating tons of buzz this year, it's 3D and tablets. But if there's anything else, it's NFC. Near-field Communication has taken America by storm, just years after taking other continents for a ride. NFC is short for a technology that allows users to pay for items with just a tap of their mobile, and it has the potential to revolutionize the way consumers purchase products. With the saturation of mobile phones so high now, it's becoming more feasible to think of a world where we use phones instead of credit cards to pay for items. And Amazon knows it. Amazon's obviously a huge, huge retailer, and it would make a lot of sense for them to start invested or at least evaluating... Read more...
It took a really long time to get popular here in the United States, but mobile payments are finally starting to take off. Other nations, particularly in Asia, have been using similar techniques for years to pay for groceries and subway rides, but near-field communication (NFC) has taken a great deal of time to mature here. Now, Google is obviously looking to get into the game. The Google-powered Nexus S is one of the first smartphones in the States to have an embedded NFC chip, and this week The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company will be joining Citi Group and MasterCard in order to "embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving... Read more...
Is RIM gearing up with a fight with carriers regarding mobile payments? That's the latest on the street, and based on the facts, we too agree that a battle is in store. The reason? Money, as always. As NFC chips become more and more popular, mobile payments are set to boom in North America. Near Field Communication is a widely used technology in other parts of the world, but it's just now starting to blossom in the U.S. The dispute is apt to happen between handset makers like RIM and carriers; the carriers have been fighting for years to not become "dumb pipes." Apple is already exploiting AT&T and Verizon Wireless by allowing iPhone users to tap into their networks to download apps. Basically,... Read more...
Google may be opting out when it comes to joining the social networking game, but they're saying yes to mobile payments. The Samsung-built Nexus S was one of the first NFC-enabled smartphones to ship in America, and now Google is reportedly ready to start testing a mobile payment trial at stores in NY and SF. The Bloomberg article on the matter suggests that the trials could begin in four months, and it will let shoppers use their phones to buy items at those stores. NFC and contact-less payments have frequently been used to pay for mass transit, but particularly in America, it's still rare to see stores setup to accept NFC payments. Google will be footing the bill to install these systems (VeriFone... Read more...
It's finally happening. Well, maybe we should rephrase that. It's finally happening in America. NFC payments, as well as other contactless options, have been all the rage in places like Japan for years now, with many cellphones having these chips embedded in them, enabling consumers to pay for metro rides and groceries with a swipe of their handset. It's a brilliant idea that would greatly simplify life for those sick and tired of fiddling with credit cards. But for whatever reason, the concept has had a very difficult time taking hold in North America. Finally, it seems that's changing. The Samsung-built Nexus S is the first major smartphone in this market with a built-in NFC chip, and it looks... Read more...
eBay on Thursday announced a giant new strategy for PayPal that it hopes will squash the up-and-coming threat of Apple and Google with near-field communications payments. In one of those karmic twists, earlier this week news broke on the very thing that would let people feel safe enough to outfit their mobile devices with NFC payment systems: identity theft is becoming harder to pull off. The Nokia 6216 has supported NFC since 2009. In 2010, the number of identity theft incidents hit their lowest levels in years, according to a new report by Javelin Strategy & Research. The total number of incidents dropped 28 percent and the total annual fraud also decreased to $37 billion from $56 billion... Read more...
The second Nexus phone is out, and rather than being built by HTC, the new Nexus S is built by Samsung and Google. The highlights have already been covered, and it's bound to do well in sales. Those who prefer a pure Android experience won't do much better, and if you can't wait for Android 2.3 to ship, it's the fastest way to get into Gingerbread. But there's one major hardware upgrade associated with the Nexus S as well: NFC. That's short for Near Field Communications, and it's a type of technology that enables short range transfers to take place. Globally, the most common usage for NFC is contact-less payments. At gas stations, grocery stores, subways, etc. Simply tap your phone, which is... Read more...
Samsung and Google announced the Nexus S, the first smartphone to feature Android 2.3 also known as Gingerbread. With Android 2.3, you'll get a new and improved keyboard with multi-touch support, support for VoIP/SIP, and a new user interface. Touting a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, this smartphone also features Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which lets you read information from stickers and posters that have NFC chips. The Nexus S is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor and 16GB of internal memory. It also has a 5 megapixel rear facing camera and camcorder as well as a VGA front facing camera. The Nexus S smartphone will be available as an unlocked smartphone from Best... Read more...
After Apple recently hired an expert in near field communication (NFC) technology, there is speculation that Apple could be working on a contactless payment system for its iPhone. Benjamin Vigier has been working with near field communication technology since 2004. Vigier is now the new product manager for mobile commerce at Apple. Most recently, Vigier was the product manager for mobile wallet, payment and NFC at mFoundry. At mFoundry, Vigier conceived and managed the PayPal Mobile service and Starbucks' barcode-based mobile payments service. He also has worked on developing mobile wallet applications for two top US mobile network operators as well as a NFC wallet application for a top three... Read more...
Not sure if you've heard, but NFC is all the rage these days. At least it is in countries not named "USA." As America largely shuns the short-range communication technology, Nokia's looking to take advantage of NFC-friendly nations elsewhere with its new 6216 classic phone. The phone is Nokia's first SIM-based Near Field Communication device, which enables carriers to build NFC services on to the SIM card. With NFC, users can benefit from enhanced ease-of-use when it comes to sharing media and data with others as well as when using secure payment and ticketing transactions. Remember that PayPass initiative that has largely vanished in the US? It's the same concept here -- just tap with your phone,... Read more...
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