Tag: NFC

The security problem with QR codes and the real role of NFC

The security problem with QR codes and the real role of NFC

Written by on June 21, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

A decade ago I remember writing that one of the problems with QR codes is that there is no security. Some years later I wrote an article pointing out that NFC ought to be safer than QR codes because NFC included a standard for digitally-signing tags (although I did also note that no-one used it) […]

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US retailers need their heads read

US retailers need their heads read

Written by on October 31, 2014 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Am I missing something or are the retailers behind the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) and CurrentC really as dumb as they seem? The latest attempt at providing a mobile wallet as an alternative to established credit/debit cards is doomed to failure and for a market sector crying at the loss of trade to online stores, […]

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Mixed drinks, no mixed messages

Mixed drinks, no mixed messages

Written by on October 17, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Bars and pubs of all levels of repute have several things in common that are obvious as soon as you walk in the door, and actually before you even walk in. From the outside, you’ll likely see flashing neon and other colorful signs for various brands of beer and other liquid refreshment. This bombardment of ads […]

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Apple Pay – evolution or revolution?

Apple Pay – evolution or revolution?

Written by on September 10, 2014 in BillingViews, Guest Blog with 4 Comments

Innovation in payments tends to be evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. The success stories in payments tend to be based on taking what’s already there and making it work better. This approach also happens to be the way Apple has approached technology innovation for its successful product lines. An Apple move into payments has been much […]

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Does paying by text make paying easier?

Does paying by text make paying easier?

Written by on September 4, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

For those who choose to forgo cash and credit cards for point of sale payments, there are a plethora of options to choose from today. From standalone payment apps like those offered by Starbucks (easily the most popular) to mobile payment apps or wallets from PayPal, Google, Isis, Apple’s Passbook, Square and more, there are […]

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NFC to be, or not to be?

NFC to be, or not to be?

Written by on September 2, 2014 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

For the third year running the tech press has been debating whether or not the new iPhone will have an NFC chip and whether Apple will launch an NFC based payments service. This year leaked parts from the new iPhone appear to confirm that an NFC chip is definitely present and speculation has focussed on what exactly […]

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Has Amazon already won the mobile payments game?

Has Amazon already won the mobile payments game?

Written by on August 21, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Small businesses and mom and pop shops have always gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to credit card payments. Already on thin margins, they are forced by the credit card companies to fork over a percentage of each card swipe and follow a dizzying fee schedule that can easily add up […]

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Is Amazon winning the mobile payments race?

Is Amazon winning the mobile payments race?

Written by on August 21, 2014 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Small businesses and mom and pop shops have always gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to credit card payments. Already on thin margins, they are forced by the credit card companies to fork over a percentage of each card swipe and follow a dizzying fee schedule that can easily add up […]

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Starbucks Mobile Checkout – frictionless?

Starbucks Mobile Checkout – frictionless?

Written by on July 16, 2014 in BillingViews, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Jonathan Jensen recently highlighted the theme of friction in payments and the importance of focusing on the customer experience.  I couldn’t agree more with his sentiments.  I began to consider my own experience with mobile payments.  Over the past few years, I’ve tried plenty of mobile wallets, payment apps and peer-to-peer (P2P) payment solutions.  I’ve […]

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NFC, TfL and some much needed TLC

NFC, TfL and some much needed TLC

Written by on April 24, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

As you know, NFC is a favourite topic here at BillingViews Labs. Over the years it has given us the opportunity to write poetry about it, be rude about it and, of course, when ISIS was born gave us the perfect excuse to rhyme ISIS with crisis. So when news came through that Transport for […]

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