Nintendo is a funny old company. Just when you think it is out of ideas, it has a habit of springing innovation on the market that changes things forever. The Wii brought us motion gaming, and the 3DS saw the mass market arrival of glasses-free 3D tech. Now the Wii U may revolutionize digital sales on home consoles, using communication technology that can link real world items with video games.
[vimeo 34050199 w=640 h=360] Bump CEO Dave Lieb took some time to chat with us in the VentureBeat studio recently, and we talked all kinds of trash.
Mobile payments startup Square now has more than 1 million merchants charging credit cards with the service, the company announced today.
Near-field communication (NFC) technology has seen quite a bit of hype over the past year, but many companies have been taking a wait and see approach with NFC because it’s difficult to manage and still unproven with consumers.
Verizon wants to own your mobile identity, which may be why the company has blocked the Google Wallet mobile payments app on the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
You could say that mFoundry was totally into mobile payments before it was cool. Now the company is reaping the rewards of being an early adopter, announcing today that it has received $18 million in growth-capital funding led by MasterCard, following a recently announced partnership between the two companies.
Verifone has acquired European alternative payments provider Point, in an effort to broaden its range of mobile payment services for merchants and retailers, the company announced today.
If you’re one of the lucky few with an NFC (near-field communications) capable Android phone, PayPal’s updated Android app will finally give you a reason to give NFC transfers a spin.
Google is taking its mobile payment product, Google Wallet, on the road.
Confused about the many different flavors of mobile payments? The below infographic may help, courtesy of Mobile Payments Today.
Retail management software company Erply is planning a new mobile credit card reader for iOS devices, the company announced today.
Visa’s mobile payments future just got real. The company announced today that it will deploy dual-mode chips in its infrastructure that will pave the way for NFC-based mobile payments, and it has also come up with an aggressive strategy to bring retailers on board.
I have a bit of a crush on group-texting application GroupMe, which lets a bunch of phone owners jump into an ad-hoc chat room that’s powered by text messages. It’s simple, and best of all, it doesn’t use data.
eBay‘s goal is to bring in $15 billion in yearly revenue by 2013, eBay chief executive John Donahoe said today. PayPal and a new unannounced product that will bring eBay offline might take them there, according to the company’s second quarter earnings report.
Isis, the mobile payment network put together by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, today announced that it now has the support of Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Mobile payments will be mainstream within two years, according to a growing number of executives in financial, tech, telecommunications and retail industries.
Online payments enabler PayPal today unveiled its first NFC (near-field communication) solution for Android devices at the MobileBeat 2011 conference in San Francisco.
With eBay’s acquisition of Zong Thursday for $240 million, it’s hard not see it as the first salvo in a major war over today’s most important business theatre, mobile payments.
The market for mobile payments — which includes mobile shopping, money transfers and near-field communication (NFC) transactions — will hit $670 billion globally by 2015, a significant jump from $240 billion this year, according to Juniper Research’s latest report.
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Zoosh, a new technology developed by Sunnyvale startup Naratte, aims to deliver all the benefits of NFC (near-field communication) with any device that has a speaker and microphone. Instead of relying on NFC chips, Zoosh uses ultrasound to perform secure mobile transactions.
Guest Post [This post by Rachel Youens of mobile app consultancy and developer Mutual Mobile, was originally published at mutualmobile.com and is republished here with permission.]
Google today finally spilled the beans on its long-rumored mobile payments platform, Google Wallet, at a New York City event. Unexpectedly, Google also tied in some announcements about its Groupon competitor, Google Offers.
After countless rumors and reports, Google is apparently gearing up to unveil its mobile payments platform on Thursday at a New York City event, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Near-field communication (NFC) chips and Nokia phones with the Windows Phone 7 operating system will be the big things driving the smartphone market forward in the next couple of years.
Jiepang, China’s version of location check-in service Foursquare, has begun near field communication (NFC) trials with its popular location-based application. Users will be able to check into locations using NFC, a wireless technology built into a device that communicates with a reader when it is in close proximity (a few centimeters). Jeipang is the first location-based service of its kind to begin testing NFC in the Chinese market.
When it was announced in November, the Isis mobile commerce network seemed like a bold attempt by wireless carriers to edge out credit companies on mobile payments.
Guest Post Near field communication (NFC) — the technology that lets people pay for items in stores by swiping their mobile phone over a reader — was standardized almost eight years ago. So why is it that it’s still only being used experimentally in the U.S.? Quite simply, this technology has been the victim of the classic chicken and egg problem. People who buy an NFC-enabled device, such as Google’s Nexus S phone can “initiate”, but unless there’s a target that can “receive”, they’re just carrying cool technology with limited to no utility…
There’s simple elegance in a text message: Maybe you send an emoticon or an “I love you,” but more often than not it’s just a quick update. It’s like a Tweet, except more ubiquitous. You can’t count on people reading Twitter. With text, you most always can.
Near-field communications, or NFC for short, is on the cusp of making e-commerce look like chump change, and much more quickly than most people think. The naysayers have arrived, and that’s a good thing: it means this disruptive technology is about to take down their business.
Guest Post Editor’s note: This discussion about mobile payments and commerce is one of the five themes we’ll debating at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit, on April 25-26. We’ve carefully invited the top mobile executives to help solve what we think are the biggest challenges in mobile. And for payments, we’ll have the top executives in the sector around the table, including representatives from Verizon, AT&T, Sybase, Boku, Zong, Visa, Square and disruptive credit card company Dynamics. (If you think you should be part of the discussion, you can apply for a ticket. More on the series here.)
Amazon.com, the colossal online retailer, is considering a service that would let users buy goods in stores using their mobile phones, Bloomberg Businessweek reported today.
Google is once again throwing its weight behind near-field communications (NFC) technology by joining the NFC Forum, an industry association that has been advancing the technology for years.
Every day, new headlines hit about how near-field communication (NFC) chip technology is about to shake up the mobile payment industry. The carriers are pushing it. Google and even Mastercard are too, according to reports.
Making payments with your mobile phone is one of the great dreams of technophiles. Wave your phone in front of a reader and buy something just like that. To make that a reality, Google is teaming up with MasterCard and Citigroup to embed the technology in Android mobile phones, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The latest batch of leaked information from Apple’s Foxconn production plant indicates that the next iPhone might have a metal back and a larger screen along with the rest of its new bells and whistles, according to 9to5mac.
Google will reportedly start testing its near-field communication (NFC) mobile payment service in New York and San Francisco stores within four months, sources tell Bloomberg.