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Archive for April 2012

Turkcell adds location-based offers to NFC payments platform

April 23rd, 2012

The Turkish mobile network operator has combined its location-based service (LBS) platform with its NFC mobile wallet service to allow subscribers to receive special offers on their NFC phone when they are near a participating merchant — and then redeem an offer at the point-of-sale. More

Azeris fancy paying by mobile

April 23rd, 2012

As Azerbaijan moves towards non-cash payment from its current predominantly cash-based economy, some 86% of residents of capital city Baku say they would like to carry out contactless payments with their phones. Abc.az reports that research conducted by MasterCard, which is introducing its PayPass system in the country, also found that 31% would like to see contactless payment built into watches while 26% would like pay-by-touch bracelets.

Galaxy S III coming next week?

April 23rd, 2012

The successor to Samsung’s wildly popular Galaxy S II flagship handset looks set to launch at a press event in London on the evening of Thursday 3 May. NFC watchers will be hoping for wider availability of the technology in the Samsung Galaxy S III after its predecessor only sported NFC hardware in selected markets.

Motorola eyes NFC finger locks

April 20th, 2012

Motorola is to use fingerprint biometrics in future NFC handsets to eliminate PIN locks on mobile wallets. The Google-owned phone maker, which already builds handsets with built-in finger scanners, told Brief Mobile of the move at a presentation at the University of California in San Diego.

EC consults on IoT

April 20th, 2012

The European Commission (EC) has started a public consultation to find out what framework is needed to unleash the potential benefits of the coming ‘internet of things’. “An internet of things with intelligence embedded into everyday objects is the next big thing,” says Neelie Kroes, the EC’s vice president for the digital agenda. “I want to promote an internet of things that serves our economic and societal goals, whilst preserving security, privacy and the respect of ethical values.”

India gets first Intel NFC phone

April 19th, 2012

Indian handset manufacturer Lava has launched the first Intel-powered NFC smartphone. The Xolo X900, available in India for around R22,000 (US$422) from 23 April, has a 4.03-inch touchscreen and ships with Android 2.3 with an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich promised later.

Barclaycard expands Quick Tap NFC service and offers PayTag stickers to Visa credit card holders

April 19th, 2012

The UK-based financial institution has announced two enhancements to its mobile payments offering, increasing the reach of the Quick Tap NFC service it runs with Orange and announcing plans to provide all its Visa credit card customers with a free mobile contactless sticker. More

Smartrac delivers tiny tags

April 19th, 2012

RFID tag maker Smartrac has added a new NFC tag to its range. The new Midas tags have an antenna size of 10mm by 17 mm and a die-cut size of 12mm by 19mm. The… More

Facebook moves to the point-of-sale

April 19th, 2012

Facebook has acquired Tagtile, a startup founded by two US-based graduates of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), as it begins to roll out its Facebook Offers service. In an interview with the Times of India, Tagtile co-founder… More

Microsoft wallet on its way?

April 19th, 2012

Microsoft is planning a mobile wallet for Windows Phone 8, according to an unsourced report in The Verge. The wallet service will be provided by Microsoft and is expected to be branded by carrier partners.

NFC advertising webinar today

April 18th, 2012

NFC World’s NFC Advertising in Practice webinar takes place later today, at 14:00 GMT (that’s 4pm in Paris, 3pm in London and 10am in New York). Speakers from Smartrac, Nokia and Tapit will discuss their real world experience using NFC in advertising and promotion and outline the benefits the technology can bring to marketers. The hour-long webcast is free to attend — register here and find out what time it is in your location here.

PagSeguro to launch NFC P2P payments in Brazil

April 17th, 2012

The online payments provider has partnered with Nokia to introduce an NFC service that allows users to transfer money and to make payments in bars, restaurants and stores. More

Ireland gets NFC tag platform

April 16th, 2012

A new NFC tag platform provider has opened for business in Ireland. Airnfc was founded by two students in Limerick and supplies products worldwide, co-founder Conor Burke has told NFC World. “We are the first in Ireland to provide ready-to-go NFC marketing products and hope to be a market leader at home and throughout Europe.”

Serbia gets NFC pilot

April 16th, 2012

Serbian mobile network operator Telekom Srbija has begun an NFC payments pilot in cooperation with Banca Intesa. Pilot participants are using BlackBerry Bold 9900 NFC phones with a MasterCard PayPass application stored on the SIM.

Sequent joins GlobalPlatform

April 16th, 2012

NFC secure element management specialist Sequent Software has joined standards body GlobalPlatform as an observer member. “GlobalPlatform specifications are at the centre of interoperability for the secure contactless services market, and that is where Sequent plays a key role,” says Drew Weinstein, Sequent’s CEO.

UK moves closer to NFC tickets

April 16th, 2012

British government-backed transportation ticketing standards organisation Itso has certified Paragon RTD, a technology developed by Ecebs that lets consumers download and top up rail, bus and other public transportation tickets via smart cards and NFC phones…. More

UK gets NFC parking service

April 16th, 2012

The British town of Tunbridge Wells has become the first in the UK to allow drivers to pay for their parking with an NFC mobile phone. For the service, stickers containing NFC tags have been placed at parking meters in the fifteen car parks run by the local council by solution provider PayByPhone, which also manages San Francisco’s NFC parking service.

Skillweb adds NFC tracking

April 16th, 2012

British mobile workforce and goods tracking specialist Skillweb has launched an NFC and QR code-based proof of attendance service. “SmartTask Field Service uses the core SmartTask product engine to deliver a simple and 100% accurate means of monitoring proof of attendance by mobile and field based workers,” says Skillweb MD Paul Ridden.

European regulators put brakes on UK NFC joint venture

April 16th, 2012

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the planned NFC joint venture between Everything Everywhere, Telefónica and Vodafone UK which will delay launch until after the London Olympics and casts doubts over the timetable for the introduction of similar projects in a number of other European countries. More

Inside confirms Lumia 610 win

April 16th, 2012

Inside Secure has officially confirmed that it is the NFC technology supplier for Nokia’s first Windows Phone with NFC, the Lumia 610. The Windows Phone 7.5 device is using Inside Secure’s Open NFC protocol stack and Inside’s MicroRead v3.4 NFC controller, says the company.

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