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Starbucks hits 20m m-payments

November 8th, 2011

Starbucks has processed more than 20 million mobile payments since rolling out the application in January, according to VentureBeat. Users with the coffee chain’s mobile applications can pay with their smartphones at 9,000 locations by showing an on-screen barcode at the cash register. At its recent earnings call, the company disclosed that there are now over a million smartphones with at least one registered Starbucks Card.

Docomo buys German bank

November 8th, 2011

Japanese telco NTT Docomo is investing an additional 28.4m euros in Net Mobile AG, which it acquired in 2009, to allow the mobile content distributor to purchase a controlling stake in private German bank Bankverein Werther. Adding the bank’s ecommerce and payment services will strengthen Net Mobile’s — and Docomo’s — payments platform in Germany, and its banking and credit licenses will allow Net Mobile to offer direct debit and credit card payments.

NFC ‘for sale’ signs to appear across the UK

November 8th, 2011

NFC tags and QR codes are being added as a standard feature on UK real estate agency chain Strutt & Parker’s property ‘for sale’ signs. More

Old Navy tests NFC ads in Miami

November 8th, 2011

The US clothing retailer is running Spanish language NFC-enabled advertisements at bus shelters in Miami, targeted at “mobile savvy” Hispanic shoppers. More

NFC goes green: New ST chips use energy harvesting to replace the need for batteries

November 8th, 2011

The new wireless memory chips harvest the energy generated from NFC and RFID actions to power up small devices so that a battery or other power supply no longer needs to be included. More

Verifone buys Global Bay, expands into retail systems

November 8th, 2011

POS terminal maker Verifone has bought mobile retail specialist Global Bay. The purchase enables Verifone to move from the point of sale to the retail floor, accepting payments on smartphones and tablets using Global Bay’s… More

Masabi raises $4m and moves into NFC

November 8th, 2011

London-based mobile ticketing specialist Masabi has raised US$4m in Series B funding from M8 Capital to support a move into NFC and expansion to the US. Many UK rail passengers now use the company’s barcode-based… More

RIM publishes NFC tag primer

November 7th, 2011

BlackBerry maker RIM has published a second NFC primer for developers creating NFC applications for BlackBerry smartphones. Written by Martin Woolley and John Murray from the company’s developer relations team, the document explains reading and writing NFC smart tags.

Aconite adds secure NFC app manager

November 3rd, 2011

Smart card and secure element specialist Aconite has launched an NFC mobile application manager aimed at secure NFC service providers such as banks, transportation operators and card personalisation agencies. The Aconite Mobile Application Manager can… More

Digitas opens next-gen retail showcase in Boston

November 3rd, 2011

US ad agency Digitas has opened a mobile retail showcase in Boston to teach clients how to use mobile to attract and keep customers. Hands-on demonstrations of NFC and other technologies show companies how consumers… More

NXP inside Galaxy Nexus

November 3rd, 2011

NXP has confirmed that its PN65N NFC controller with embedded secure element has been picked for Google’s recently launched Galaxy Nexus phone, along with the company’s open source NFC middleware. The chip was also used in the Nexus S.

Wima CEO promoted

November 3rd, 2011

The chief executive of the the company that organises the Wima NFC tradeshows in Monte Carlo and in the US has been appointed as an adviser to the cabinet of Prince Albert II of Monaco. In his ten years at Monaco Mediax, David Tomatis has overseen the growth of the Monte Carlo Television Festival and the Monaco Media Forum as well as Wima.

Intercede to demo NFC government ID

November 2nd, 2011

Identity and credential management provider Intercede is to demonstrate an NFC version of its MyID security system at the Smart Card Alliance Government Conference in Washington DC this week. Intercede’s MyID identification card technology is used… More

Johnson & Johnson picks NFC displays

November 1st, 2011

Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has installed NFC smart posters at its High Wycombe offices in the UK. The Enlighten posters, developed by signage specialist Signbox, let staff and visitors tap the NFC tags with… More

HID Global adds to NFC patents

November 1st, 2011

Secure identity specialist HID Global expects its patent “Method and Apparatus for Making a Decision on a Card” to be issued shortly by the USPTO. The invention covers “the use of portable credentials in a secure access network, in which the access decision can be made within a portable credential (such as the secure element of a mobile device) using data and algorithms stored within the credential.”

Jamiroquai takes NFC on tour

November 1st, 2011

UK jazz funk band Jamiroquai is set to use NFC technology in its upcoming European tour. Concert-goers will be able to tap their NFC phones on smart posters inside arenas to see a video and enter a fan competition. Entertainment agency Media Junction‘s Neil Cartwright explains “NFC is a powerful technology when marketing artists because the process is straightforward and the rewards are instant for fans.”

New report compares the prospects for mobile payments technologies

November 1st, 2011

NFC-enabled mobile wallet solutions will become US consumers’ dominant mobile payments option for retail purchases while digital wallet applications will be most popular for mobile ecommerce payments, according to a new report from Parks Associates. More

NXP: Our NFC now designed into 90 devices

November 1st, 2011

NXP technology has been designed into more than ninety unique devices, the chip maker’s CEO told analysts during a conference call for its Q3 earnings — up from sixty devices in July. More

WestJet to test in-flight NFC

November 1st, 2011

Canadian airline WestJet is to test contactless and NFC payments for in-flight purchases, American Banker reports. Technology from GuestLogix and MasterCard will boost transaction security in the air, where online authorisations are impractical. “Airlines have come to recognize there is a wide array of merchandise they can sell onboard, including items like wine and apparel they can have delivered to passengers’ homes when they land,” says GuestLogix.

1.2bn NFC chips to ship in 2015

November 1st, 2011

More than 1.2 billion NFC chips will ship annually by 2015, according to a new forecast from In-Stat. “As the costs of NFC chips decline, and NFC radios are combined with other chip functions, the cost to integrate NFC into handsets will be outweighed by the benefits,” says analyst Allen Nogee. “The growth of combo chips will also allow NFC radios to piggyback on technology that already has significant penetration in the market.”

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