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Chase picks Gemalto for NFC

February 27th, 2012

The announcement earlier today of a deal between Chase and carrier-led NFC joint venture Isis is just the start of the US banking giant’s NFC plans, the company has revealed. The bank has signed a… More

Orange to launch first Intel NFC phone

February 27th, 2012

Mobile network operator Orange has announced it will be the first operator in Europe to offer subscribers an Intel-powered smartphone. The new Android handset is based on Intel’s smartphone reference design and will be Orange… More

Shazam shares music with NFC

February 27th, 2012

A new version of Shazam, the media discovery app used by 180m people around the world, will allow Android phone users to share music, TV ads, tour dates, coupons and more via NFC. More

Gemalto launches high security NFC SIM

February 27th, 2012

The new UpTeq NFC SIM meets a flight of top level security requirements and, says the digital security firm, can be used to generate legally binding digital signatures as well as deliver both e-health and e-government services. More

Visa announces ‘one stop’ card provisioning service for NFC mobile phones

February 27th, 2012

“Financial institutions, mobile network operators, and even transit operators now have a simple, secure process to activate payment applications at scale and make mobile payments part of everyday life for consumers around the world,” says Visa’s head of mobile products. More

Glu adds Android Beam to Gun Bros game

February 27th, 2012

Social mobile games developer Glu Mobile has released an NFC-enabled version of its popular Gun Bros game. Gun Bros Multiplayer includes support for Google’s Android Beam NFC peer-to-peer technology, enabling players to start a multiplayer game… More

RIM demos NFC check-ins at MWC

February 27th, 2012

Visitors to the BlackBerry stand at this week’s Mobile World Congress can use their NFC phone, or an RFID card provided by RIM, to share information collected at ‘Like Stations’ on Twitter and Facebook. RIM… More

NXP adds SmartMX2 SE

February 27th, 2012

Chip maker NXP has announced a new secure element platform which is form factor agnostic and incorporates the company’s next-generation SmartMX2 technology. The new platform “brings passport level security, smart card performance and multi-applications capability to the SIM market” for the first time, says NXP.

NXP unveils next-generation PN547 NFC controller

February 27th, 2012

The new PN547 offers twice the read/write range of its existing PN544 controller chip, is half the size, uses half the power and communicates at five times the speed. More

Vodafone to roll out mobile payments with Visa

February 27th, 2012

The telecoms giant, which has 400m customers in more than thirty countries, is working with Visa to introduce a global Vodafone Mobile Wallet. Subscribers in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey and the UK will be the first to get the new service, beginning this financial year. More

Isis announces first banking partners: Chase, Capital One and Barclaycard US sign up

February 27th, 2012

The three card issuers’ 100 million customers will be able to store a full range of credit, debit and prepaid cards, as well as loyalty cards and special offer coupons, on their NFC mobile phones. More

Any.Do shares tasks via NFC

February 26th, 2012

A new version of task manager app Any.Do, voted best Android app of 2011 by Techcrunch, allows users with an NFC phone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to share tasks via Android Beam.

Catch to add NFC for creatives

February 26th, 2012

Mobile productivity app maker Catch.com will unveil an NFC-enabled version of its Android app, allowing users to collaborate on sketches and concepts by simply touching two NFC smartphones together, at the Mobile World Congress. “We’re excited to add sketch functionality, and to see how NFC is transforming the way people interact with each other,” says CTO Andreas Schobel.

Sony announces Xperia P with NFC

February 26th, 2012

Sony has unveiled two new Xperia NXT series handsets at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Like the Xperia S and Xperia Ion announced last month, the Xperia P comes with NFC — but there’s no… More

Sony starts shipping Xperia S

February 26th, 2012

Sony has begun shipping worldwide its first NFC phone, the Xperia S, which was announced last month. The first phones are available this week from the Sony Style store in Barcelona.

VeriFone announces NFC POS solution for mobile network operators

February 26th, 2012

POS maker VeriFone has unveiled Paymedia Universal Acceptance Platform (UAP), a new platform designed to make it easy for mobile network operators and other mobile wallet providers to enable merchants to support their NFC payments, couponing… More

HTC to unveil at least one NFC phone at MWC

February 26th, 2012

The internet rumour mill has been running overtime with a series of leaked details of new HTC phones to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress. Confirmation that at least one of the phones will come… More

Santander unveils first NFC wallet to offer both Visa and MasterCard payments

February 26th, 2012

The banking giant, the eighth largest in the world, has partnered with Orange for the development and introduction of the first NFC payments solution to support cards issued by both Visa and MasterCard. More

SXSW attendees to get NFC business cards

February 26th, 2012

Online identity management start-up Vizibility is offering 1,000 attendees at SXSW 2012 Interactive the chance to get a free NFC business card they can use to share contact information and personal details as well as… More

TazTag unveils first Android phone with NFC and ZigBee

February 26th, 2012

French Zigbee and NFC specialist Taztag is to unveil the first Android phone to include support for both NFC and Zigbee wireless communications at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. “The TPH-One is… More

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