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Atria launches first NFC-enabled book

October 31st, 2011

The first 1,000 copies of a The Impulse Economy: Understanding Mobile Shoppers and What Makes Them Buy, a new book by Gary Schwartz, chairman of the US chapter of the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) and CEO of Impact… More

M-shopping platform gets NFC

October 31st, 2011

Retail and advertising technology provider Mercatus Technologies has added support for NFC and QR Codes to its Concierge for Mobile smart shopping platform. “The convenience and instant gratification of highly responsive NFC and QR technologies give retailers the tools to effectively and quickly place their brand in the palm of every mobile device user while boosting brand equity and improving financial performance,” says Mercatus strategy director James Thomas.

Durban to go contactless

October 31st, 2011

Durban is to introduce a contactless electronic wallet for use on its public transport network which can also be used to pay for purchases in shops. The Muvo card rollout will begin with a six week pilot on the South African city’s buses from February 2012. The system has been developed by South Africa’s National Department of Transport (NDoT), Almex and Standard Bank’s Beyond Payments unit.

Windows Phone ‘Apollo’ in 2012?

October 31st, 2011

A Nokia executive has told Engadget that the next version of Windows Phone, codenamed ‘Apollo’, will be a “very different game” to Mango and will launch in mid-2012. Microsoft has already stated that the next version of its mobile OS will include NFC support. The company has since told the gadget blog that the timing suggested by Nokia is “inaccurate”, but did not offer further details.

NFC helps Battlefield 3 dominate Waterloo

October 31st, 2011

EA Games has taken over eighteen outdoor media panels near the UK’s busiest railway station for the launch of its latest blockbuster game, Battlefield 3 — and several feature NFC. The advertising displays, managed by… More

Nokia app store adds NFC section

October 31st, 2011

Handset maker Nokia has added an NFC section to its app store, to encourage its customers to use the growing number of NFC applications for their mobile phones. According to the company, the new NFC Apps collection gives the technology better visibility in the storefront and provides an incentive for developers to turn out more NFC applications.

Russia to get NFC payments

October 31st, 2011

MTS, Russia’s leading telecommunications operator, has signed an agreement with MasterCard to develop NFC mobile contactless services. “The partnership with MasterCard is aimed at creating conditions in Russia for the most extensive development of NFC payments as well as to extend MTS customers’ choice of payments instruments,” says company president Andrew Dubovskov.

NFC to enter the dating game?

October 31st, 2011

NFC could be used to add efficiency to the dating process, Hans Reisgies of Sequent Software suggested at the NFC Summit at 4G World. “Let’s say you’re at a social function and there’s an attractiveness… More

Gotap brings NFC to car dealers

October 31st, 2011

Car dealerships can use NFC stickers to help customers get details about vehicles for sale, says US startup Gotap.me. Buyers can tap their NFC phones on GoTap NFC stickers affixed to the vehicles at the dealership and get directed to the car’s sales page on the dealer’s website. An NFC tag-based module for tracking dealer inventory is also under development.

H5000 replaces Artema Hybrid

October 31st, 2011

POS terminal maker VeriFone has announced the H5000, a countertop point-of-sale terminal that accepts NFC and contactless payments as well as mag stripe and EMV chip cards. The device is positioned as a successor to Hypercom’s Artema Hybrid and is the first major enhancement of a Hypercom system since it was acquired by VeriFone in August 2011. First units will ship in early 2012, with general availability expected in the second quarter.

Mercedes to debut NFC in 2013

October 31st, 2011

Car maker Daimler plans to add NFC to Mercedes-Benz vehicles from 2013 to simplify Bluetooth pairing, used to set up a smartphone to manage the car’s built-in systems. The company is a founding member of the Car Connectivity Consortium, a partnership between car and phone manufacturers to develop common standards for connectivity between handsets and vehicles.

NFC Cluster starts up in Boston

October 28th, 2011

NFC Cluster Boston will hold its first event, NFC Delivers Mobile Retail Marketing, on November 7. Formed through the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, the cluster aims to support the development and adoption of NFC in Boston through networking and educational programs. “Our goal is to stimulate the creation of innovation through the rapid development of NFC applications in most smartphones and other electronic devices,” says Damien Balsan, cluster co-chair and head of NFC business development at Nokia. “There are many Boston-area individuals and organizations in the mobile ecosystem — including both established companies and startups — that have critical assets that can help make NFC successful.”

Galaxy S II Cityzi lands in France

October 27th, 2011

The NFC version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone is now shipping in France. The Galaxy S II Cityzi  is available from Orange and can be had for as little as €79 on a two year contract or bought SIM free for €639 (US$894).

Nokia to bring NFC to New York commuters

October 26th, 2011

The handset maker has signed a deal with the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority to test cloud-based NFC ticketing with Nokia phones by the end of 2011, the company has told NFC World. NFC payments will then arrive on Nokia phones for the first time at the beginning of 2012. More

Comprion’s UT3 approved for SWP/HCI tests

October 26th, 2011

Mobile test equipment specialist Comprion’s UT3 platform for single wire protocol (SWP) and host controller interface (HCI) NFC conformance testing has been approved by the Global Certification Forum (GCF). The product is the first to… More

Lipton taps in to NFC ads

October 26th, 2011

Lipton Ice Tea has begun testing NFC at Sydney University, with ads featuring tags that students tap with their NFC-enabled phones to ‘like’ the Lipton Ice Tea Facebook page. NFC marketing specialist Tapit supplied the… More

NFC Forum picks Broadcom for device certification testing

October 26th, 2011

The NFC Forum has chosen to use Broadcom‘s recently announced BCM2079x NFC controller chips to validate its NFC device certification test suite. The NFC Forum Certification Program, introduced in December 2010, provides device manufacturers with… More

Mobile payments arrive on BlackBerry phones

October 26th, 2011

Carriers and banks around the world can now use the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphones to deliver MasterCard-approved NFC mobile payments services. More

Commonwealth Bank brings iPhone NFC to Australia

October 25th, 2011

The bank has unveiled ‘Commbank Kaching’, a next generation mobile payments service that lets iPhone users easily send money to their Facebook friends, email contacts and phone contacts as well as make payments in stores via an add-on NFC case. More

Visa tests NFC in Iceland

October 25th, 2011

Icelandic payments processor Valitor has teamed up with Visa and Oberthur Technologies to run the country’s first mobile payments pilot from January 2012. More

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