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The Dawn of the Payment Tattoo
The NFC tattoo is far different from the inked lettering and designs many people have. It's even a stretch to call it a "tattoo" – despite the branding, it's really more of an adhesive bandage with a high-tech spin.
VivaLnk's NFC tattoo, which can be used to unlock the Moto X smartphone.
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A Montreal-based laboratory for Fime has earned Visa's accreditation to perform tests for its contactless EMV payment specifications. more »
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Amazon.com, which just launched its own smartphone, may be nearing the launch of a mobile card reader that would work like Square's device, according to reports. Such a move would complement the company's many recent payment initiatives. more »
The credit union-driven CU Wallet is mindful that if it comes on too strong with its mobile-payment pitch, consumers will be turned off. more »
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Amazon.com's Fire Phone
PayPal will support the new Amazon Fire phone, which went on sale this week, in the latest move by the eBay subsidiary to make sure it has an app for any newly launched mobile device. more »
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Zing is releasing an iPad app that leverages Web hosted technology to access a large selection of business functions through the point of sale. more »
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Mobile payments now account for over 15% of transactions in U.S. company-operated Starbucks stores, where the company accepts an average of six million mobile transactions every week. This is a sharp increase from a year ago. more »
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Visa, which just revamped its digital payment system, will introduce secure "tokens" in September to replace the 16-digit account number for online payments. more »
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PayPal has expanded its mobile payment options in the Netherlands by working with Rabobank's MyOrder. more »
A Happy Belly food truck.
Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen, which operates out of food trucks, is planning to become a sit-down restaurant within the next year and is relying on mobile point of sale technology to make the transition. more »
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Apple may have to place more emphasis on the iPad's capabilities as mobile point of sale devices to help it recover from a small but sharp decline in tablet sales. more »
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Nearly 80 percent of U.S. consumers responding to an online poll said they are aware that they could be using digital wallets, but not nearly as many actually do. more »
MasterCard is planting its roots deeper into mobile commerce as a growing number of rivals try to edge it out of the market. more »

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