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Patent litigation settlement boosts 2D barcode market

Patent litigation settlement boosts 2D barcode market

October 30th, 2009

Two of the leading players in the 2D barcode market, tied up in litigation battles since 2004, have finally settled their differences. NeoMedia Technologies and Scanbuy have agreed to terminate all pending litigation brought by… More

Bling Nation targets more Colorado banks

Bling Nation targets more Colorado banks

October 29th, 2009

Following the successful launch of mobile contactless payments at The State Bank of La Junta, Bling Nation has appointed Rod Stambaugh as regional president for the company’s Colorado operations. “La Junta, Colorado was the first… More

Casagras sets out road ahead for the Internet of Things

Casagras sets out road ahead for the Internet of Things

October 28th, 2009

A massive increase in international co-operation and significant investment in awareness-building and training are essential if the concept of an ‘Internet of Things’ is to be turned into a meaningful reality, says the final report from the EU-funded Casagras project. More

Comprion launches SWP/HCI NFC testing solution

Comprion launches SWP/HCI NFC testing solution

October 27th, 2009

Mobile test equipment specialist Comprion has launched a digital Single Wire Protocol (SWP) and Host Controller Interface (HCI) simulator that allows the synchronous simulating and testing of both the contact and contactless sides of NFC… More

Smart Stamp wins Touchatag and Microsoft Tag innovation awards for augmented print concept

Smart Stamp wins Touchatag and Microsoft Tag innovation awards for augmented print concept

October 26th, 2009

A US start-up has won two innovation competitions for its ‘interactive correspondence’ concept, an augmented print solution that uses tags and 2D barcodes to update, verify and supplement postal mail. More

Tranzfinity adds NFC to Facebook

Tranzfinity adds NFC to Facebook

October 24th, 2009

A new NFC-based service has launched in Los Angeles that automatically updates a consumer’s Facebook status with a message from the merchant every time they tap a poster in a shop or restaurant to obtain a special offer. More

Tranzfinity turns mobile phones into POS terminals with Myztro device

Tranzfinity turns mobile phones into POS terminals with Myztro device

October 23rd, 2009

Tranzfinity has launched a new solution enabling standard mobile phones to be turned into low cost, contactless card accepting point of sale terminals. The solution works by combining a standard phone with the company’s Myztro… More

NFC set for take off in the Gulf

NFC set for take off in the Gulf

October 22nd, 2009

OPINION: The past fortnight has seen announcements of new NFC services from banks and operators in both Dubai and Kuwait. More

Etisalat partners with Emirates NBD to launch NFC in the UAE

Etisalat partners with Emirates NBD to launch NFC in the UAE

October 22nd, 2009

The largest mobile operator in the Middle East has partnered with the region’s largest bank for the launch of NFC-based mobile payments. More

The NFC Report: What’s the business case for NFC in banking?

The NFC Report: What’s the business case for NFC in banking?

October 22nd, 2009

Financial services analyst Celent predicted last month that a rollout of NFC across the US would see financial institutions gaining extra revenues of just $1.83 per customer per year. Could that be true? More

Luottokunta begins Visa’s first NFC trial in Finland

Luottokunta begins Visa’s first NFC trial in Finland

October 22nd, 2009

A small scale near field communication trial has begun in Finland. Forty members of staff from payments provider Luottokunta, Sodexo, Visa Europe and Venyon have been issued with NFC handsets that they can use to… More

French children’s fashion retailer issues 300,000 NFC loyalty stickers

French children’s fashion retailer issues 300,000 NFC loyalty stickers

October 21st, 2009

Children’s clothing retailer Tape à l’oeil has rolled out Adelya’s contactless sticker based loyalty system nationwide, across all 170 stores and its website. More

National Bank, Zain and Visa to launch NFC trial in Kuwait

National Bank, Zain and Visa to launch NFC trial in Kuwait

October 21st, 2009

Five hundred National Bank of Kuwait customers will take part in a six month pilot at the country’s largest shopping mall. More

Ask launches contactless and NFC reader for home PCs

Ask launches contactless and NFC reader for home PCs

October 20th, 2009

French contactless specialist Ask has launched LoGo, a low cost contactless USB reader compatible with contactless bank cards, NFC, FeliCa and Mifare. The reader is designed to enable consumers to perform a variety of contactless… More

Inside Contactless to offer single source for full range of alternative NFC form factors

Inside Contactless to offer single source for full range of alternative NFC form factors

October 20th, 2009

The company is working in partnership with suppliers of all types of NFC form factors, from stickers to microSD cards and Bluetooth devices, to offer a compatible range of options for retrofitting NFC-like services to existing mobile phones. More

Russia looks to introduce mobile contactless in two to three years

Russia looks to introduce mobile contactless in two to three years

October 16th, 2009

The head of Russia’s largest bank briefed the country’s President Dmitry Medvedev on the concept of mobile contactless payments last week — and explained that he is looking to launch a non-contact mobile payments system by 2011/12. More

Zenius, Charge Anywhere turn NFC phones into low cost POS terminals

Zenius, Charge Anywhere turn NFC phones into low cost POS terminals

October 16th, 2009

The two companies have launched solutions that enable merchants equipped with just an NFC mobile phone to accept contactless bank cards and more. More

Brazil’s Bradesco bank seeks revenue sharing model for introduction of NFC

Brazil’s Bradesco bank seeks revenue sharing model for introduction of NFC

October 16th, 2009

Brazilian bank Bradesco aims to bring NFC to market via a revenue sharing model, the bank’s President told delegates to Futurecom on Thursday, Brazilian publication TI Inside reports. As NFCW reported last month, the bank… More

Trusted Logic makes it easier to add NFC to Android phones

Trusted Logic makes it easier to add NFC to Android phones

October 15th, 2009

Trusted Logic has launched an NFC protocol stack for Google Android mobile devices, making it easier for Android device manufacturers to integrate NFC into their handsets and enabling mobile applications to use NFC connectivity built… More

Arygon launches NFC reader platform

Arygon launches NFC reader platform

October 14th, 2009

NFC and RFID reader module specialist Arygon Technologies has launched a high speed NFC reader hardware and software platform that includes compatibility with both Mifare and FeliCa as standard and can be upgraded to include… More

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