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Archive for December 2011

Chevron to test Google Wallet

December 18th, 2011

Six hundred Chevron gas stations in the US are to begin accepting Google Wallet payments and will “send out signage and other point-of-purchase (POP) material to stations before year’s end,” CSP Daily News reports. “Chevron said its participation in the soft launch will allow it to gain first-hand experience with mobile payments, giving it opportunity ‘to assess the value of future participation in the program’,” the report adds.

San Francisco gets NFC parking meters

December 18th, 2011

All of the city’s 30,800 parking meters are being equipped with NFC stickers that allow drivers to pay for parking with their NFC phones, get a reminder when their parking time runs out and add extra parking time wherever they are. More

Intel signs NFC deal with Inside Secure

December 18th, 2011

“We look forward to working with Inside to develop and bring to market a range of exciting connectivity solutions for mainstream consumer products that incorporate NFC features,” says the head of the semiconductor giant’s Mobile Wireless Group. More

NFC shopping zone opens in Seoul

December 18th, 2011

Korea’s leading mobile network operators, card networks, phone manufacturers and government agencies have joined forces to provide shoppers in Seoul’s busiest shopping district with a wide range of NFC services including payments, couponing, smart posters and digital receipts. More

Taiwan gets NFC iPhone case

December 18th, 2011

Taiwanese mobile network operator Chunghwa Telecom has teamed up with transportation card operator EasyCard, chip maker NXP, and MasterCard to launch an iPhone case that enables users to make NFC payments in stores and on public transport. 10,000 of the cases, compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S, are being produced initially.

New report maps out the current status and future trends in the NFC market

December 15th, 2011

A new research report by Sarah Clark, editor of NFC World, sets out the current state of play in the international NFC market, explains the critical factors for success, identifies the issues that remain to be resolved and analyses the opportunities for growth in the year ahead. More

Security researchers raise Google Wallet concerns

December 13th, 2011

The amount of unencrypted data stored by the Google Wallet app “surpasses what we believe most consumers find acceptable,” says digital forensics specialist viaForensics in a report on the security of the search giant’s NFC wallet — but no access to the secure element was gained. More

IBM to develop NFC payments solutions in Moscow

December 13th, 2011

The computer giant has partnered with Russia’s Skolkovo Foundation to create a Science and Technology Center that will work on intelligent operations, technology for the oil and gas industry and on “the creation of security-rich and customizable mobile payment transactions for use across a number of industries including telco, retail and banking.” More

Microsoft adds NFC to tag platform

December 13th, 2011

The software giant has expanded its Microsoft Tag platform to include support for NFC tags as well as QR codes and its own tag technology, ahead of the expected release of the first Windows Phone NFC devices in 2012. More

No NFC in Windows Phone — yet

December 12th, 2011

Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” does not support NFC, Microsoft has told NFC World. The confirmation follows a report on Friday that the company had already designed NFC into Windows phones. “While near field communications is not currently supported on Windows Phone 7.5, it is coming. We expect NFC-enabled Windows Phone devices to ship within the next year,” said the firm, re-iterating plans announced by Andy Lees, Microsoft’s president of Windows Phone, in October.

Panasonic to enter European market with NFC smartphone

December 12th, 2011

Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic is to move into the European smartphone market with a ‘global model’ handset which looks likely to come with NFC. The new device, expected to launch in March 2012, is… More

Isis picks Gemalto for NFC mobile commerce platform

December 12th, 2011

The core trusted service management (TSM) platform to be used by the US NFC joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless will be provided by France-based Gemalto. More

Starbucks China adds NFC to festive check-in campaign

December 9th, 2011

The coffee giant is using NFC-enabled posters to promote a rewards campaign that will see everyone who checks in to Starbucks via social network Jiepang getting a voucher for a free drink upgrade — but only if a total of 30,000 check-ins is reached by the Christmas deadline. More

eProvenance tracks wine shipments with NFC

December 9th, 2011

Adding NFC temperature sensors to cases of wine “will motivate importers to verify quality conditions, give retailers more information to share at point of sale, and lead consumers to check the quality of what they are buying,” says the wine tracking specialist’s founder. More

Intel upgrades NFC Forum membership

December 9th, 2011

Intel has upgraded its membership of the NFC Forum from ‘Principal’ to ‘Sponsor’, the top level of membership. The move gives Intel a seat on the board of directors, among other privileges. “Intel believes NFC… More

Woolworths goes contactless

December 9th, 2011

Australian supermarket giant Woolworths is set to roll out 30,000 contactless payment terminals across more than 3,000 stores in 2012. The move follows a trial where the company saw a 50 to 75% decrease in transaction times compared with non-contactless transactions. Customers will be able to make purchases of up to A$100 without a PIN or signature. Earlier this week, rival Coles Supermarkets said it would also switch to contactless in 2012.

Google Wallet on way to UK?

December 9th, 2011

The UK will be the next country to get Google Wallet, following its US launch in October 2011, according to Les Echos. A pilot project involving both NFC payments and offers will begin in London in the first quarter of 2012, the French newspaper reports, with the aim of having the service live in time for the London 2012 Olympics this summer.

Absa begins South Africa’s first NFC pilot

December 8th, 2011

The trial will see five hundred bank staff using BlackBerry NFC smartphones to make MasterCard PayPass payments, and the technology used will in future also support the country’s national transportation ticketing technology. More

Verizon and Google fire first shots in the mobile wallet wars

December 6th, 2011

“Recent reports that Verizon is blocking Google Wallet on our devices are false,” says Verizon. “We are continuing our commercial discussions with Google on this issue.” More

KPMG reports on consumer attitudes to mobile

December 6th, 2011

A new survey from KPMG has found that 41% of shoppers now use their phone to research products and services in-store and consumers are increasingly willing to share data with advertisers if it saves them money — but concerns over mobile payments security and privacy issues remain. More

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