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LG reveals Optimus 3D Cube with NFC

February 22nd, 2012

LG has unveiled another NFC smartphone, its second this week, in the run-up to the Mobile World Congress. The LG Optimus 3D Cube is an Android smartphone set to be released in Korea by SK… More

Noverca picks G&D for NFC trial

February 22nd, 2012

Giesecke & Devrient has announced that its new Taurus NFC SIMs are being used by Italian MVNO Nòverca for financial institution Intesa Sanpaolo’s NFC pilot in Milan and Turin.

Société Générale picks NFC payments TSM

February 22nd, 2012

The French bank has chosen Oberthur to act as its trusted service manager for a rollout of NFC payments services this year. More

DMD Mobile reveals low cost NFC smartphone

February 21st, 2012

Malaysian company DMD Mobile has announced a low cost NFC smartphone for the Malaysian market. The M3 Android NFC Communicator will have keypad and touchscreen versions and both handsets will run Android 2.3 and include… More

Samsung reveals two more NFC handsets

February 21st, 2012

Samsung has announced two new smartphones in the run up to next week’s Mobile World Congress, and both have optional NFC functionality. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 are described… More

LG touts Tag+ to change phone settings

February 21st, 2012

Smartphone maker LG has unveiled the Optimus LTE Tag, a new smartphone destined for the Korean market. The handset has a 4.3-inch touch screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, and runs Android 2.3. It also has… More

Moneto adds Android NFC payments

February 21st, 2012

Support for a range of Android phones based on Samsung’s Galaxy S has been added to NFC supplier DeviceFidelity’s Moneto service. Launched last month with support for Apple iPhones, Moneto allows anyone in the US… More

Firms find NFC B2B app pays for itself in months

February 21st, 2012

Companies of all sizes and in a range of markets are finding that they are getting a return on their investment in Think&Go NFC‘s business-to-business Audit&Control solution within five to twelve months, the company reports…. More

EMVCo picks GlobalPlatform secure element compliance programme

February 21st, 2012

EMVCo, the standards body collectively owned by American Express, JCB, MasterCard and Visa, has officially recognised the GlobalPlatform Compliance Program for validating secure elements as an integral part of its mobile payment certification process. The move… More

Samsung in Malaysian NFC deal

February 21st, 2012

Samsung has signed a memorandum of understanding with Malaysian RFID firm Smartag that will see the two firms working together to bring NFC technology to the Malaysian market. “Together we will work to simplify the Malaysian lifestyle by using the digital wallet for credit, debit, membership and loyalty cards using mobile phones,” says Smartag CEO PK Lim.

Fujitsu to launch phones and tablets featuring NFC and biometric security

February 20th, 2012

Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu is to introduce a wide range of smartphones and tablets with both NFC and biometric security capabilities, according to a Financial Times report. The company is an established phone manufacturer in Japan, where… More

Inside Secure completes IPO

February 20th, 2012

Shares in the first NFC specialist to go public were oversubscribed by five times and the offer price was set at the high end of the range at €8.30 per share, netting the firm €69m and giving it a market capitalisation of €261m. More

Panasonic names NFC phone

February 20th, 2012

The upcoming NFC smartphone announced by Panasonic in late 2011 is to be called the Eluga, the company has told attendees at its Panasonic Convention 2012 in Hamburg. The device is billed as a ‘global model’ handset and is set to spearhead the company’s assault on the European smartphone market.

Kaching rings up 110k downloads

February 20th, 2012

Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s CommBank Kaching NFC-enabled mobile payments app has been downloaded 110,761 times in the two months since it was first made available, the bank reports. “The first release of CommBank Kaching is just the beginning of the journey and we are constantly reviewing how to evolve our technology to deliver the best customer experience,” says the bank, which last week revealed it had picked Giesecke & Devrient as its TSM.

UK NFC joint venture prepares to seek EU approval

February 20th, 2012

The UK NFC joint venture announced last year by mobile network operators Vodafone, O2 and Everything Everywhere is expected to seek the official go ahead for the scheme, dubbed Project Oscar, in the next two… More

ZTE announces NFC smartphone

February 20th, 2012

Chinese manufacturer ZTE has announced an NFC smartphone which it will show at MWC 2012. The ZTE PF200 has a 4.3-inch capacitive touch display, 1.2GHz processor, LTE and runs Android 4.0. The device is ZTE’s first own-branded NFC smartphone, though the company also produces the Turkcell-branded T11.

World Expo 2012 to showcase NFC applications

February 20th, 2012

This year’s World Expo in Yeosu, Korea is to include NFC-based payments, food ordering, entrance tickets and parking as well as an NFC shopping wall and access to multilingual information on exhibits and transportation. More

BCNTouch to run NFC treasure hunt at Mobile World Congress

February 20th, 2012

A bottle of Bodegas Torres wine is on offer to the first two hundred MWC attendees who visit the stands taking part in the treasure hunt and use their NFC phone, or a QR code app, to scan wine bottles. More

Forum publishes m-wallet paper

February 17th, 2012

Mobile financial services association Mobey Forum has published Control Points In Mobile Wallets (PDF), the second in a series of white papers exploring issues around the deployment of mobile wallet solutions. “If the mobile wallet is to develop to its full potential, it is important to understand how the mobile wallet landscape can be influenced and in particular how stakeholders can control one or more parts of the ecosystem,” says the association.

Apps4Android launches NFC talking label app

February 17th, 2012

Accessibility app specialist Apps4Android has released Ideal Talking Tags, a free talking label maker and reader application for NFC phones running Android 4. Ideal Talking Tags allows the user to record messages on their phone and then… More

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