The Secret Sauce In Square’s Starbucks Partnership: Discovery, QR Codes
Interesting that Square, who already have a sophisticated payments platform established, should feel the need to include QR codes. This way the customer supplies the hardware/app combo, the merchant only needs the scanner to read it.
I expect more merchants will join a Passbook type payments services.
Apple Announces New Passbook App to handle your storecards, tickets and passes
As part of the WWDC ‘12 keynote, Apple revealed a Passbook app which handles virtual store cards, e-tickets and electronic boarding passes. Most of these are displayed visually via QR code or barcode for the point of sale systems to read. Neat solution, reminiscent of the Square Cardcase App.
Update: Engadget has a good gallery of Passbook for iOS
The Next Web goes hands-on with the launch of PayPals inStore mobile payment service in the UK market. The process uses plain old barcodes for improved compatibility.
PayPal has opted for a barcode solution, not NFC. This allows the company to roll out the app to other platforms and bank on existing point-of-sale technologies instead of relying on wireless payment terminals.