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    Archive for January 2012

    Cirque shows off NFC trackpad

    January 20th, 2012

    Capacitive sensing specialist Cirque Corporation showed its touchpad with integrated NFC antenna solution at CES last week. The solution, first demonstrated as a prototype last year, has now been built into a usable trackpad. Both… More

    Parrot pairs stylish headphones and speakers with NFC

    January 20th, 2012

    The wireless product specialist has revealed high-end headphones and a speaker dock, both designed by Philippe Starck, which incorporate NFC-initiated Bluetooth pairing for smartphones. More

    Helsinki uses 20,000 NFC tags

    January 19th, 2012

    Nearly 20,000 NFC tags from UPM RFID will be embedded in smart posters and stickers used to promote Helsinki’s year as the World Design Capital. The BullsEye NFC tags feature NXP’s Mifare Ultralight chips and will direct smartphone users to download a WDC 2012 app which acts as a guide to events and the 300 design projects taking place in the Finnish capital during 2012.

    EU calls for comment on future of payments

    January 17th, 2012

    The European Commission has published a green paper assessing the current card, internet and mobile payments landscape and is asking stakeholders to contribute their thoughts on how to ensure a modern, integrated payments environment can be implemented across Europe. More

    RapidNFC compares performance of NFC tags

    January 17th, 2012

    “The difference in NFC tag performance was both significant and surprising,” says the NFC tag provider, and there was one clear winner in terms of overall performance. More

    Inside updates Open NFC for ICS

    January 17th, 2012

    Inside Secure has released a new version of its open source NFC protocol stack. Open NFC 4.3.3 for Google Android 4.0 enables device manufacturers to include support for the latest NFC features included in Ice Cream Sandwich as well as access to multiple secure elements and is available to download free of charge.

    Swedish carriers pick mobile wallet suppliers

    January 17th, 2012

    4T Sverige, the joint venture company set up by Sweden’s four mobile network operators, is to launch a mobile payments service that works with 97% of current phones and also provides support for NFC. More

    Amadeus reports on the future of travel

    January 17th, 2012

    A new research study commissioned by technology provider Amadeus examines how new technologies, including NFC, are set to revolutionise the travel experience over the next decade. “There is a significant opportunity to redefine how the… More

    Sprint announces more Google Wallet phones

    January 17th, 2012

    The US carrier has revealed it will be adding two further NFC phones to its line up, the Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper, and more are on their way. More

    KDDI launches NFC in Japan

    January 16th, 2012

    The mobile network operator will begin commercial NFC services from the end of January with partners including Japan Airlines, credit card issuers, loyalty programme providers and retailers. More

    Intesa Sanpaolo begins NFC trial in Italy

    January 16th, 2012

    The Italian financial institution’s new “Move and Pay” NFC payments service is being provided in conjunction with mobile service provider Noverca, in which Intesa is a shareholder. More

    Irancell demonstrates NFC payments and ticketing

    January 13th, 2012

    Technology provider Etick, mobile network operator MTN-Irancell and Bank Pasargad have teamed up to demonstrate NFC payments in Iran. More

    NFC car key shown at CES

    January 12th, 2012

    Automotive components manufacturer Continental has been showing its NFC mobile car key at the CES in Las Vegas this week. The Simplify Your Drive mobile key, previously demonstrated at the IAA Motor show in Frankfurt, allows driver preferences to be recalled when an NFC phone is touched to the car dashboard. Continental is also working with Deutsche Telekom on sending car ‘keys’ to mobile wallets securely over the air.

    Spanish banks prepare Barcelona and Madrid for mobile payments

    January 12th, 2012

    La Caixa is to equip all its 17,000 retail points-of-sale in Barcelona with contactless POS terminals while BBVA and Bankia are converting 7,000 points-of-sale in central Madrid, with the aim of paving the way for NFC mobile payments. More

    Ingenico unveils mobile retailing platform

    January 12th, 2012

    POS terminal maker Ingenico has partnered with mobile commerce specialist iMobile3 to introduce iMRP, a mobile retail platform aimed at US retailers. iMRP incorporates a range of mobile POS devices based on the Apple iPod… More

    Sony unveils Xperia NFC phones and tags

    January 11th, 2012

    Sony has announced two Xperia NFC smartphones, the Xperia Ion which is exclusive to AT&T in the US and the Xperia S which will be available worldwide this quarter, as well as read-only NFC Xperia SmartTags. More

    RIM switches on BlackBerry Tag

    January 10th, 2012

    RIM has begun rolling out the BlackBerry 7.1 operating system update, which includes the NFC-based BlackBerry Tag service. BlackBerry Tag allows users of RIM’s NFC phones to instantly invite a friend to BBM or exchange contact information, web links and multimedia content as well as pair their BlackBerry with NFC-enabled Bluetooth devices. Updates are taking place worldwide over the next few weeks “subject to carrier certification”.

    Broadcom unveils NFC technology for sub-$100 smartphones

    January 10th, 2012

    The BCM21552G is a single chip that incorporates a modem and application processor as well as support for NFC and is designed for smartphones retailing at under US$100. More

    Nokia CEO: I believe in NFC

    January 10th, 2012

    Nokia has unveiled two new smartphones at the CES, but neither include NFC. “With our first Windows Phone devices we had to make decisions about priorities,” CEO Stephen Elop said, the Guardian reports. “But NFC is growing in importance, and I personally believe in it.”

    Broadcom announces Smart TV with NFC solution

    January 10th, 2012

    Chip maker Broadcom is showcasing a new system-on-a-chip technology at the CES in Las Vegas that can be used to turn any of today’s nearly two billion digital TVs into smart TVs that can access the… More

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