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Firm that eases barcode reading for handsets raises US4.9 million

A US firm that enables retail point-of-sales systems to download a barcode downloaded onto a mobile phone screen has raised US$4.9 million in series A backing from yet2Ventures, Samsung Ventures and Mitsui along with independent investors.

New specification to boost P2P between NFC handsets

The NFC Forum has published a new specification called the Simple NDEF Exchange protocol, or SNEP, which it says eliminates the difference between reader-writer and peer-to-peer (P2P) modes and should boost global interoperability of NFC applications.

Report: Google ahead of rivals in m-pay market

A new report by Coleago Consulting, the telecoms consulting firm, says Google is currently in the best position to succeed in the mobile payments market. However the firm has some advice for rivals such as mobile operators and Apple to catch up.

New mobile bank set for trial launch

A self-styled “reboot of banking” that promises to integrate mobile, online engagement, social media and …

Isis handset announcement: it’s not the substance that counts

The Isis joint venture in the US between Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile this week …

Visa Europe launches new mobile payment services with more to come

Credit card giant Visa Europe is set to launch two new mobile payment services with the promise from its chief executive of more new products and services in coming months.

Handset giants back m-payment venture Isis

Isis, the mobile payment joint-venture between three of the leading US operators, has announced that …

Broadcom widens the competitive challenge to NFC chipset incumbents

Leading chip vendor Broadcom has revamped its NFC offering with a new chipset family. The company has upped its game in the NFC market following the acquisition of Innovision Research & Technology last year. The move gives the NFC chipset market a shot of much-needed optimism.

Broadcom ups its NFC challenge with new chipset

Leading vendor Broadcom has unveiled a new family of NFC chips in an attempt to narrow the gap with market leader NXP and rivals such as Inside Secure.

Safaricoms M-Pesa suffers outage

Subscribers to the M-Pesa mobile money service were among those impacted when Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom suffered a network outage over the weekend (24-25 September), according to Mobile Money Africa.