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Visa shows off in-car and social payments at MWC

Visa has announced a partnership with Pizza Hut that could make payments truly mobile. The connected car concept gives drivers in-car access to menus, along with delivery and pick-up options via Visa Checkout. Working with Accenture, Visa will be trialling the use of beacon technology to alert Pizza Hut staff when the driver is about…

London Investment

Smedvig Capital completes £1.3m investment in Profile Financial Solutions

London based investment house, Smedvig Capital, has completed an initial £1.3m Series A investment in Profile Financial Solutions, a rapidly growing and high-tech financial advisory firm. The investment will enable Profile, which offers affordable independent financial advice to the mass market, to advance its technology-led service and consolidate its position as one of the UK’s…

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Moven founder Brett King joins Anthemis Group

Moven founder and CEO Brett King has joined digital financial services investment and advisory firm Anthemis Group. King will continue in his current role at the helm of Moven, the mobile banking app he founded in 2012, whilst also working with Anthemis as a venture partner. In his new role King will work closely with…

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Designers urged to do more as consumers turn away from wearable tech

Over a third of the people in the UK would feel embarrassed or self-conscious if they wore wearable tech as it currently appears, research from mobile app developer Apadmi has found. As a result, businesses and app developers are being urged to do more if they want to improve uptake. The study was conducted to…

Project Titan

Google confirms drone, MVNO and payment plans

Google’s senior vice president of products Sundar Pichai has taken to the Mobile World Congress stage to talk about the web giants latest moves into the connectivity space. The exec has outlined upcoming testing of solar-powered internet drones as early as this year, Project Titan, along with continuing its Project Loon attempt to bring wireless…

RefME

RefME wins British mobile startup of the year at MWC

RefME has been awarded best British mobile startup at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The web referencing platform has gained over a half million users in just eight months overtaking Spotify and eBay in the download charts and growing faster than Twitter and Pinterest did in their first years. The platform allows users…

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Samsung gets the edge with new payments platform, handsets and IKEA partnership announced at MWC

Samsung has unveiled a mobile payments platform that works with both NFC and traditional magstripe terminals, trumping the capability of Apple’s rival service that launched late last year.In a press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company said Samsung Pay will enable “near universal” mobile payments acceptance, covering 30 million retail stores across…

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Inmarsat partners with Airservices Australia to trial new global flight tracking service

Tech City based global mobile satellite communications firm Inmarsat has linked up with Airservices Australia to trial improved flight tracking services on commercial airline flights to and from Australia. The deal follows a resolution on 6 February by the International Civil Aviation Organization to adopt a new 15-minute tracking standard for commercial aircraft. ICAO is…

Just Park

JustPark becomes 200th business funded through Crowdcube

JustPark has become the 200th business to get funding on Crowdcube, taking the total invested in British businesses on the site to more than £60m. JustPark, which provides app and website that connects parking space owners with drivers looking for a convenient space, reached its £1m crowdfunding target after just four days. It plans to…

MCADO

MCADO raises $1.24m in funding round

London-based startup MCADO has closed a $1.24m seed funding round from a group of private investors. MCADO, (pronounced mi kā do) meaning entrance to the Palace in Japanese, is a radical technology platform aiming to bring home-related services into the 21st Century by partnering with consumer brands. The company was co-founded by Rod Brown (MCADO’s…

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Over a third of businesses plan to hire tech professionals

More than a third (36%) of UK companies plan to increase the number of IT jobs and technology professionals that they hire during the first half of 2015, new research from specialist IT recruiter Robert Half Technology has revealed. UK CIOs say that this growth in demand is being fuelled by the need to expand…

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Xero secures investment to fund global growth

Online accounting software company Xero has raised $110.8m in investments from Accel Partners and Matrix Capital Management. Accel Partners, one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capitalist firms, has agreed to invest $100m, while Xero’s largest institutional investor Matrix Capital Management has agreed to spend an additional $10.8m. This latest investment will be used to fund…

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London Investment

Smedvig Capital completes £1.3m investment in Profile Financial Solutions

Brett-King

Moven founder Brett King joins Anthemis Group

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Designers urged to do more as consumers turn away from wearable tech