RIM has recently announced that their Secure Element Manager (SEM) for NFC based mobile payments has been approved by Visa. The approval of what is known as a very strict process opens the door for secure mobile payments for all future NFC enabled BlackBerry devices. Continue reading ‘RIM Gets Approved by Visa for NFC Mobile Payments’
Mobile payment system Square and retail coffee giant Starbucks Coffee partner to bring Square’s innovative mobile payment system to Starbucks Retail stores. This is a huge boost for Square as Starbucks boasts lots of retail locations and clients who are open to alternate payment systems that give additional benefits.
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HID Global and ASU is piloting a program that allows students and staff to use NFC on smartphones in order to gain access to certain facilities and thus making the access card obsolete. Generally, it makes more sense to use a smartphone with NFC versus a card because the smartphone is more secure and much more difficult to lose. Below is a video demonstrating the pilot program, which for some reason shows an iPhone which doesn’t have NFC, although RIM is credited in the press release as being a hardware partner.
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The BlackBerry Music Gateway is a great way to play music remotely from your BlackBerry Playbook or phone. With the ability to pair to new sources using NFC, RIM’s stereo connectivity solution is easier than ever.
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This is what we’ve been waiting for: a bank and a carrier to finally announce a mobile wallet application with at least of hint of when it will launch. Rogers and CIBC have announced a mobile payment solution that will allow customers to use their NFC-enabled BlackBerry exactly as they would a credit card. The app will be available “later this year” and will initially be limited to CIBC Mastercard and Visa credit card customers.
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Last week at BlackBerry World 2012, Foursquare launched NFC checkins for their city discovery app. This will allow checkins via Foursquare-configured NFC tags as well as share venue and tip data simply by tapping devices together. Here’s a video demo of how it all works.
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