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    Archive for August 2011

    Samsung announces two Bada NFC smartphones

    August 30th, 2011

    The Wave M and Wave Y smartphones include Samsung’s new ChatOn messaging service and come with NFC as an option. More

    Nokia: Symbian NFC phones to support mobile payments in 2012

    August 29th, 2011

    Nokia’s recently announced 700, 701 and 600 handsets — as well as the existing C7 — will be able to support secure NFC services from the first half of 2012, the company has told NFC World. All future Symbian smartphones will also support NFC. More

    US telcos to invest $100m+ in Isis NFC venture?

    August 29th, 2011

    US mobile network operators AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile are planning to invest more than US$100m in their Isis NFC joint venture, Bloomberg reports, citing “people with knowledge of the project.” Ultimately, Bloomberg adds:… More

    Samsung launches Bada 2.0 SDK with NFC

    August 26th, 2011

    A software development kit for the new version of the handset maker’s operating system, which includes support for NFC tag reading and writing, is now available to download. More

    Jiepang to deliver NFC check-ins and rewards to Chinese merchants

    August 26th, 2011

    China’s leading location-based social service is distributing NFC window stickers to more than 3,000 merchants in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Taipei and Hong Kong. More

    Deutsche Bahn to roll out Touch&Travel across Germany

    August 25th, 2011

    The service allows travellers to check in and out of rail stations using NFC or by scanning 2D barcodes, then the fare due is calculated by Deutsche Bahn and a bill for all journeys made is sent at the end of each month.  More

    Etisalat to roll out NFC payments in four more African countries by end of 2011

    August 25th, 2011

    The UAE-based mobile network operator is to follow the July launch of commercial NFC services in Tanzania with launches in four more countries by the end of this year, Etisalat has told NFC World. More

    Nokia launches three Symbian Belle NFC smartphones

    August 24th, 2011

    The three new devices range in price from €180 to €290 and run a new version of Symbian that integrates NFC more deeply, allowing pictures to be shared, devices to be paired and check-ins to be made with a single tap. More

    RIM unveils three BlackBerry Curve NFC smartphones

    August 23rd, 2011

    The BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones all feature built-in NFC capabilities as well as upgraded processors, displays and memory. More

    Thales launches NFC OTA provisioning solution

    August 23rd, 2011

    The new solution is designed to make it easy for card issuers to prepare and encrypt customer data so that it can be sent securely over-the-air to cardholders’ NFC phones. More

    NFC developer wins $50,000 Evernote prize

    August 23rd, 2011

    Montreal-based start-up Wiseleap has won the US$50,000 grand prize in note-taking app provider Evernote‘s global developer competition — turning it instantly into one of the most profitable NFC applications ever. Wiseleap’s Touchanote Android app is designed… More

    TazPad Android NFC tablet to include fingerprint biometric security

    August 23rd, 2011

    French NFC and Zigbee specialist TazTag has integrated AuthenTec‘s TCS2 TouchChip sensor into its TazPad Android tablet. TazPad was first announced in February and is designed for “professionals who want to link a bank, a… More

    NFC news in brief • 23 August 2011

    August 23rd, 2011

    News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: First Android 4 phone could come in October • Rogers planning NFC launch? • Tags stores take off • Jiepang eyes mobile commerce • Tagstar shields tags • BlackBerry NFC delay • Turkcell tests tickets • Vivotech adds NFC POS terminal • and more… More

    Sharp launches Android NFC tablet in Japan

    August 22nd, 2011

    The RW-T107 Android 2.3 tablet includes an NFC interface that allows it to be used in stores and other commercial locations to read loyalty, membership, ID and other contactless cards. More

    Absa and Vodacom form mobile financial services partnership

    August 19th, 2011

    The South African bank and mobile network operator have signed a multi-milliion rand cooperation deal. “The project is expected to lead to developments in the near field communication arena and usher in a new era of convenience for the customer,” says Absa. More

    More than half of consumers ready to swap location data for targeted content and promotions

    August 19th, 2011

    A survey conducted for location-based mobile media company JiWire has found that 53% of Americans and 69% of Brits are now willing to share their location in exchange for receiving more relevant mobile promotions and… More

    3GTV adds NFC to grocery store shelves

    August 18th, 2011

    “We see NFC as the ideal technology for enabling new approaches to ‘check-ins’, integrating social media into the physical store, and rethinking how we reward loyalty and encourage discovery and sharing,” says the out-of-home interactive television network. More

    Nokia releases Symbian Anna NFC update

    August 18th, 2011

    The phone maker has begun upgrading Symbian^3 devices to Symbian Anna, allowing users of the NFC-enabled Nokia C7 to try out its NFC functionality for the first time. More

    Narian unveils suite of NFC apps for retailers

    August 17th, 2011

    The NFC pioneer’s NFC4All platform provides a wide array of in-store marketing and customer service apps designed to enable retailers of all sizes to drive traffic to stores, increase in-store transaction volumes and reduce lost sales opportunities. More

    Museum of London adds NFC

    August 16th, 2011

    Visitors to the museum can find out more about particular exhibits, access vouchers, book tickets and connect via social media. More

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