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Now you see it, now you don’t

Biometric authentication looms large in the summer handset line-up of Japan’s NTT Docomo. With Fujitsu, the operator unveiled what it claimed was the world’s first smartphone with iris recognition. And it also paraded three handsets — two from Samsung and …

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The HCE tap is open, let NFC services flow

I was prepared for Mobey Forum’s third annual Mobey Day event to be a lively affair. Bringing banks together with, amongst others, GSMA, chip manufacturers and mobile payment software providers to discuss the future of near field communication (NFC) was …

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Ending M-Pesa’s solo story

NEW BLOG: The mobile industry has always preached interoperability because helping one another delivers mutual benefits. The past evidence quoted in favour of interoperability includes both SMS and voice services whereby ubiquity delivered wider take-up, hence revenue and profit for …

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Bitcoin’s bit part for mobile money

NEW BLOG: From central bankers and academics to speculators, everyone is getting over-excited about Bitcoin. Everyone that is apart from consumers, very few of whom have first-hand experience of buying actual goods with the virtual currency. The currency can only be traded …

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PayPal’s no-brainer

NEW BLOG: In a blog entitled “Why We’ve Agreed to Acquire Braintree”, PayPal CEO David Marcus listed the well-known mobile apps already served by the payment giant’s newly acquired unit. “I admire Braintree because they were one of the very …

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Profiting from hard times

Last week, the UK’s Office for National Statistics published data showing that UK GDP grew by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter of the year. The government hailed the figure as a sign of economic recovery. Happy days are …