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China’s Jiepang unveils NFC-based check-ins

April 28th, 2011

China’s answer to Foursquare and Gowalla has begun trials with NFC check-ins, Asia-centric tech blog TechNode reports. Jiepang, the leading location-based service (LBS) in the country, will officially launch its NFC feature at this weekend’s Strawberry Music… More

Hotels.com and New York Times back NFC advertising venture

April 28th, 2011

San Francisco will be the testbed for Reach Media Group and Blue Bite’s new mTag NFC service, which will deliver location-specific information and offers to consumers. More

Motorola to introduce first NFC phones next year?

April 28th, 2011

Motorola is rumoured to be introducing two new NFC-enabled phones in the first quarter of 2012, according to DroidLife. The report, which the site cautions it has not been able to confirm from a second source,… More

HTC to launch NFC-enabled phone in third quarter of 2011?

April 28th, 2011

Mobile phone manufacturer HTC plans to launch an NFC-enabled smartphone in the third quarter of 2011, according to Bright Side of News. At a recent press event an HTC sales manager who wanted to remain unnamed said… More

More than half of UK smartphone users would welcome NFC

April 28th, 2011

Just over half of British smartphone users would welcome the introduction of NFC payment services on their mobile phone, according to a new survey by the company behind the MyVoucherCodes website. Two fifths of the 1,267… More

Think&Go introduces NFC shopping engine

April 24th, 2011

The new system combines NFC tags placed on product labels and shelf-edges with a ‘preference engine’ stored on a consumer’s mobile phone so that, for instance, shoppers can be alerted if a food product contains an ingredient they are allergic to or does not meet their pre-set shopping preferences. More

6Starz introduces NFC social networking for venues

April 24th, 2011

Bars, restaurants and nightclubs will be able to use the NFC-based service to communicate with regular customers and provide them with incentives for inviting friends to meet up at the venue.  More

Poken launches NFC social networking and offers platform

April 24th, 2011

The new service lets consumers connect online with people they meet in the real world, receive and share offers and rewards, and collect information from tags and smart posters via either an NFC phone or a low cost NFC-enabled Poken device. More

Verayo hires former PayPal mobile chief for move into NFC security market

April 24th, 2011

Verayo has announced the appointment of Eric Duprat, former general manager of mobile at PayPal, as its chief executive officer as it seeks to bring its ‘silicon biometrics’ technology to market. Verayo’s Physical Unclonable Function (PUF)… More

Seibersdorf adds NFC to textiles

April 22nd, 2011

The Austrian R&D company’s new textile tags use an antenna that can be woven into fabrics during manufacture, opening up a new market where NFC phones can be used to interact with fashion garments, workwear and a host of other new applications. More

‘We want to make NFC important for gaming worldwide’ says Angry Birds maker

April 21st, 2011

As well as having a new NFC-enabled Angry Birds game pre-installed on all Nokia C7 phones, publisher Rovio aims to integrate NFC into a new Facebook game, its range of Angry Birds plush toys and in-store posters that players can touch to gain in-game benefits. More

Razorfish picks NFC as one of its top 5 marketing technologies to watch

April 19th, 2011

Razorfish, one of the world’s top digital marketing agencies, has released a report that includes NFC as one of the top five technologies that marketers should now be watching closely. In Razorfish 5: Five Technologies… More

NFC news in brief • 18 April 2011

April 18th, 2011

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: NFC football shirts • EMVCo’s new specs • Contactless business cards • Expo visitors win with NFC • One in five smartphones to have NFC by 2014 • Smartphone users ‘uninterested in location-based services’ • Visa’s Australian NFC trial ends • and more… More

Spanish city to lend NFC phones to tourists

April 17th, 2011

Tourist information centres in the Spanish city of Caceres are to distribute Google Nexus S NFC phones to visitors, to allow them to access museums, receive promotional coupons and obtain information about the city’s sights. More

More than half of UK retailers considering implementing NFC

April 17th, 2011

More than half of UK retailers are considering using NFC technology as part of their overall mobile strategy, citing competitive pressures and customer demand as key drivers for this decision. That is the result of… More

Bell ID launches EMV Token Manager

April 17th, 2011

Smart card and token management supplier Bell ID has launched EMV Token Manager, a new solution which aims to coordinate and simplify the management of any type or combination of EMV token deployment. The product… More

Nokia launches two new Symbian smartphones — without NFC

April 17th, 2011

Nokia’s new E6 and X7 models do not include NFC chips, the company has told NFC World, confirming concerns that it would retreat from its plan to include the technology in all new Symbian phones. More

NXP and UPM join to provide ‘hassle-free’ NFC tags over the web

April 17th, 2011

NXP Semiconductors and UPM RFID have announced a partnership which they believe will allow customers to order NFC tags as easily as they would office supplies. As part of the agreement, NXP will provide the… More

NFC Forum publishes smart posters white paper

April 16th, 2011

The NFC Forum has published a white paper about developing and deploying NFC smart posters, designed to encourage businesses and consumers to implement and use them. Leaders of the Forum will be at the Wima… More

US financial institutions wary of investing in mobile payments

April 16th, 2011

Most American financial institutions have clear-cut strategies for mobile banking but say the market will need to mature further before they make any sizeable investments to support mobile payments, research from financial services technology provider… More

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