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JCDecaux converts British town to NFC advertising

February 29th, 2012

All the bus shelters and outdoor advertising sites as well as all the posters in the town of Reading’s main shopping centre are to be NFC-enabled from 5 March, making it the first to be blanketed with NFC advertising.  More

Marvell adds NFC to WiFi chips

February 29th, 2012

WiFi chip maker Marvell has announced its first NFC combo chip products. The new Avastar chips will combine both WiFi and NFC and are aimed at a wide range of markets, including smartphones, printers, games… More

Logic Group to provide NFC shopping solutions to European retailers

February 29th, 2012

Customer interaction solutions specialist The Logic Group has signed a deal with Vivotech to introduce integrated NFC solutions to retailers in Europe. The Logic Group provides retailers with managed services for multichannel payments, couponing, loyalty… More

Barcelona moves to NFC ticketing

February 29th, 2012

The city of Barcelona, which is already converting to mobile contactless payments, also plans to introduce NFC for public transportation ticketing, the city council has announced.

Toronto and Montreal to get NFC advertising

February 29th, 2012

Astral Media, one of the largest media firms in Canada, is adding NFC to its street furniture in Toronto and Montreal. In Toronto, NFC capabilities will be added to Astral Out-of-Home’s network of bus shelter… More

UK NFC JV heads to Brussels

February 29th, 2012

Everything Everywhere, Vodafone and O2 will be submitting their plans for a UK-based NFC joint venture to regulators in Brussels next week, the Financial Times reports. Mobile network operator Three, which was not invited to join the venture, is continuing to object to the plans.

LG unveils two more NFC phones

February 28th, 2012

LG has announced two more Android smartphones that come with NFC. The Optimus L5 and Optimus L7 are part of LG’s new L-Style series which, the company says, provide “a timeless design with finer details… More

Germany’s B+S Card Service adopts VeriFone UAP

February 28th, 2012

German payments processor B+S Card Service has adopted VeriFone’s PayWare TCS, part of the POS terminal maker’s new Paymedia UAP platform which enables merchant terminals to be remotely updated with the ability to process new types of… More

RIM shows Porsche 911 with NFC at Mobile World Congress

February 28th, 2012

A Porsche 911 that features NFC pairing functionality is on show at the BlackBerry stand at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. For the demonstration, an NFC tag has been integrated into the vehicle, allowing… More

Opera for Android gets NFC

February 28th, 2012

Opera Software has added support for NFC peer-to-peer information sharing to its popular mobile internet browser. The new functionality, which works via Android Beam, is included in the latest version of Opera Mobile which is now available to download from Android Market.

Morpho adds NFC-on-a-SIM

February 28th, 2012

ID technology provider Morpho is to offer Inside Secure’s new NFC-on-a-SIM technology to its customers under the Morpho SIMply NFC-Revolution brand name. “Our bridge solution enables mobile subscribers to be introduced to NFC without the need to change their phones,” says Morpho’s Paul Naldrett. “We are convinced that this is the way to bring NFC to mass markets.”

Nokia adds BH-221 NFC headset

February 28th, 2012

Nokia has released a new stereo Bluetooth headset which includes NFC pairing as well as an integrated FM radio and OLED display. The BH-221 works with Nokia’s NFC phones and also NFC handsets produced by… More

StumbleUpon adds P2P NFC

February 28th, 2012

A new version of content discovery platform StumbleUpon’s Android app includes support for Google’s NFC peer-to-peer Android Beam technology, allowing users with an Android 4.0 NFC phone to share content they discover with other NFC phone users.

Chile explores m-transit

February 28th, 2012

Chile’s Minister of Transport and Telecommunications is attending the Mobile World Congress this week to investigate the potential for introducing mobile transportation ticketing within the next few months, Chilean publication Emol reports. Plans call for requirements to be defined by April 2012 so that initial deployments can begin in June or July this year.

Gemalto adds NFC LTE support

February 28th, 2012

Gemalto has announced Advanced Connectivity, an end-to-end solution for delivering and activating M2M, NFC and streaming multimedia content applications over LTE networks.

MasterCard certifies iPhone NFC solution

February 28th, 2012

DeviceFidelity’s In2Pay iCaisse4 device has become the first NFC solution for Apple iPhones to be certified by MasterCard, allowing it to be used in commercial mobile PayPass deployments. The iCaisse 4 is an iPhone case containing… More

Gemalto adds FeliCa to NFC SIM

February 28th, 2012

Gemalto has signed a deal with Sony that will see it adding support for Sony’s FeliCa contactless card technology to its new Upteq NFC SIM technology. FeliCa chips are embedded in 346 million cards and 170 million mobile phones, including Japan’s Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet service which is switching to NFC, “Through this agreement, we aim to collaborate closely with Gemalto to develop globally compliant solutions for the growing NFC market,” says Sony’s Izumi Kawanishi.

Telecom Italia to test NFC in Milan

February 27th, 2012

The Italian mobile network operator is to work with French technology cluster Pole SCS on the development of a range of innovative NFC services which will be introduced first in the city of Milan from later this year. More

Panasonic unveils second NFC phone

February 27th, 2012

Panasonic has announced a second Eluga smartphone with support for NFC. The Eluga Power features a 5″ screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and superfast charging, allowing the device to reach 50% charge capacity… More

Nokia 808 PureView to come with NFC

February 27th, 2012

Nokia has announced the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone, a Symbian Belle device that features advanced imaging technology and support for secure NFC services as well as for pairing and tag reading applications. The handset includes Carl… More

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