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A recent survey by Wincor Nixdorf shows that a strong majority of French consumers are interested in using fingerprint scanning technology to secure transactions. Out of 1,008 French consumers surveyed, 69 percent were in favor of scanning their fingerprint at the point of sale to secure electronic payments rather than punch in a PIN code. Read Original Content
Working with Sage Payment Solutions, many Girl Scouts are now equipped with mobile devices that have a credit card reader attached. Already, some Girl Scout troops are reporting an increase in cookie sales since adopting the technology. Read Original Content
Bank customers are gradually shifting towards Internet banking with over 100 percent growth since last year. Read Original Content
Tech Endeavour structures a mobile application as a multi-layered application consisting of user experience, business, and data layers. The mobile application development process starts with definition of the mobile application, understanding key components, learning scenarios where it will be used, learning key patterns and technology considerations as well as identifying specific scenarios such as deployment, power usage and synchronization. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Tech Endeavour, http://www.techendeavour.com/.
Transit authorities in New York City and surrounding areas are beginning to offer mobile ticketing features to customers. Currently Amtrak and New York Waterway have already begun selling tickets through smartphones. Read Original Content
While the 2011 State of Online and Mobile Banking report shows that app usage among mobile bankers is up 74 percent from nearly a year ago, it also indicates there is still significant room for usage to grow. Read Original Content
According to a new report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, UK tablet owners are spending a significant amount of time browsing and shopping on their devices. IAB found that 72 percent of tablet owners use their device weekly to make purchases, and the average amount of time spent shopping via the device per week is 4.4 hours compared to 2.2 hours for smartphones and 2.9 hours for PC users. Read Original Content
The growth of the NFC applications market is expected to be exponential with revenue growth from $7.6 billion in 2011 to $34.5 billion by 2016, at an estimated annual growth rate of 35 percent from 2011 to 2016. Read Original Content
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Fred Meyer Jewelers has introduced two mobile sites to make it easier for on-the-go customers to shop for their sweethearts. Read Original Content
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