Thursday, 13 October 2011

Mobeam Technology Beams Barcodes

CTIA Enterprise & Apps -- Mobeam announced its light based communications (LBC) technology is now available to mobile handset manufacturers for easy integration on new smartphone devices. Mobeam's patented LBC technology removes the technical barrier that limits smartphone applications for mobile coupons, gift cards and tickets. By leveraging the light emitting sources that smartphones already use for other purposes - message waiting and battery charging indicators, proximity sensors, camera flashes, among others - mobeam technology can beam a barcode that works virtually anywhere.

Mobeam technology converts barcodes, just like the ones used on every item sold in retail stores as well as the more than 300 billion coupons distributed every year, into a beam of light that can be read by every one of the estimated 165 million red laser barcode scanners already found at point of sale in stores all around the world. With it, traditional barcode information is "mobeamed" to the laser scanner directly from a mobile phone, with no new equipment required whatsoever by the retailer and no new design elements required by the handset manufacturer. With mobeam enabled smartphones, mobile coupons can at last become a reality, with easy coupon redemption at virtually every POS.

For handset manufacturers, embedding mobeam is simple and quick. Mobeam APIs are added to the firmware, allowing mobeam technology to utilize the LED light sources already planned for the device. These embedded APIs also allow application developers to create apps that leverage mobeam. Because mobeam requires no changes to handset component technology, it adds no incremental cost to the manufacturing of the handset. Mobeam works with any LEDs used in phones, including infrared LEDs often used with proximity sensors.

NCR and PayPal Working Together for P2P Payments at ATM's

NCR Corporation, has announced they will be working with PayPal and S1 Corporation to enable real-time person-to-person payments from their bank's ATMs to almost anyone with a mobile phone or e-mail address. This service will initially be available in the U.S. with the ability to send money to people in more than 60 countries around the world.

The process for transferring money person-to-person at NCR SelfServ ATMs is simple. After authenticating themselves at the ATM, consumers will have an option to send money to an individual. To do so, they will enter the recipient's email address or mobile number, choose an amount to transfer, and the money will be immediately credited to the recipient's PayPal account. If the receiver does not have a PayPal account, then he or she will need to enroll for a PayPal account in order to receive the funds.

Initiating a money transfer from an ATM gives a consumer a convenient, 24-hour/7-days-a-week vehicle for instantaneous payment, while maintaining the trust and security associated with ATM networks. In addition, person-to-person payments using the NCR/S1/PayPal ATM solution could be a less expensive transaction than other non-PayPal money transfer options currently available.

The person-to-person payments offering will be available to banks running on the S1 payment platform and using NCR APTRA Edge in the U.S. NCR anticipates the service being available beginning in the first quarter of 2012.

Xsolla and Mazooma Partner making Virtual Currency for Gaming Safer

Xsolla, a provider of localized in-game payment solutions for global reach, announced that it has partnered with Mazooma, the first real-time U.S. online banking payment system for e-Commerce purchases. Currently supporting 75% of all consumer accounts in the U.S., Mazooma enables consumers to securely pay for online purchases directly from their online bank account. Xsolla specializes in MMO, social, mobile and casual games monetization.

The partnership with Mazooma will help Xsolla's gaming publishers, enabling them to offer their players the option to pay for virtual currency safely and easily with funds from their online banking account. This new payment option reduces the number of clicks required from players, which will in turn increase the publisher's payment conversion rate and increase their revenue.

Xsolla will now offer Mazooma as a payment option for gaming publishers, who can simply select Mazooma within their Personal Account with Xsolla's PayStation and new Direct Payment service.

Xsolla's partnership with Mazooma will benefit players looking to buy virtual currency by offering a safe and convenient way to pay using their bank account. If the player has an online banking account with a participating bank, he/she can use the service to pay for virtual goods through Xsolla. With Mazooma and Xsolla, players do not have to reveal their credit card information and other personal data to online merchants.

Mazooma works similar to Online Bill Pay - users simply select Mazooma as their payment option, sign up or sign in to their Mazooma account, and approve the purchase by logging into their bank account with the same user ID and password that they use for online banking. No-pre-registration is required; users can sign up during their first transaction. There is no need for the player to enter in their credit card information or other sensitive personal data to the merchant- after entering their user ID and password and approving the purchase, the payment is complete.

New Blackberry Launched by Taiwan Mobile

Taiwan Mobile and Research In Motion (RIM) launched two new BlackBerry smartphones based on the BlackBerry 7 Operating System (OS). Powered by the latest BlackBerry software (including Chinese language support), the new BlackBerry Torch 9860 will be available from Taiwan Mobile and the BlackBerry Bold 9900 can be pre-ordered through Taiwan Mobile.

Featuring RIM's next generation hardware and software platforms, these new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones offer users a choice of two attractive designs and deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity.

The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever, offering both a large keyboard and brilliant touch display. The BlackBerry Torch 9860 introduces an all-new, all-touch design featuring the largest display on a BlackBerry smartphone to date.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Torch 9860 both support Chinese characters within the user interface and various applications, and both smartphones also support popular Chinese input methods.

Victoria Government Dismisses German Research Hack

The Victorian Government has said that it will not replace the 1.1 million cards currently in circulation; the myski smartcard was introduced in December 2009 for the state's transport services.

There have been some concerns over the security of the smartcard after German researches hacked the Triple DES encryption of the Mifare's DESFire cards. CEO Bernie Carolan said "existing myki customers do not need to worry about the security of their myki card.

Carolyn has said that it would be unlikely the researches sophisticated hack against the Mifare technology would be easily repeatable and that no personal information has been stored on the smartcard.

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