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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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