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Narian offers NFC app creator

May 16th, 2012

NFC innovator Narian Technologies has launched a platform designed to give everyone the tools to create their own NFC applications. The offering includes a web-based app creator portal, a tag writing application and an Android-based “touch and discover” user app called Instantly NFC. “This platform lets everyone from soccer moms to college rock bands create their own NFC app easily,” says Narian’s Einar Rosenberg.

Poken adds UK agent

May 16th, 2012

Poken has appointed audio visual hire specialist Smart AV as its exclusive UK partner. The company plans to use Poken’s NFC-based digital business card and social networking platform to offer event organisers improved networking opportunities for delegates and refined analytics on conference and exhibition activity.

KDDI unveils world’s first NFC and Felica phone

May 16th, 2012

Japanese mobile operator KDDI will offer the world’s first phone with both NFC and Felica support from this summer. The Sharp Aquos Phone Serie will support Japan’s widely-used Felica contactless payment system as well as the… More

Wireless goes contactless

May 16th, 2012

Pop fans will be able to leave their wallets at home during a three day music festival in London in July. All vendors at the Barclaycard-sponsored Wireless Festival will accept contactless payments, including NFC-based Quick Tap, PayTag stickers and Barclaycard’s soon-to-be-unveiled PayBand bracelets.

HTC Desire C gets NFC

May 16th, 2012

HTC is to release an NFC version of its new Desire C mid-range phone. The handset, positioned as an ideal first smartphone, runs Android 4 and features Beats audio. “An NFC variant of this model [allows] users to make payments or access information and offers,” says the company. The Desire C is expected to be available from June and will retail at around £170, according to Engadget.

DeviceFidelity adds full NFC functionality to iPhone

May 16th, 2012

The NFC-on-microSD specialist’s new iCaisse4X iPhone case combines expanded battery life with NFC card emulation, tag reading/writing and peer-to-peer capabilities. More

CIBC and Rogers to bring NFC payments to Canada

May 16th, 2012

The bank and telecoms operator are to introduce a joint NFC service that will let CIBC credit cardholders make mobile payments with a Rogers NFC phone from “later this year”. More

Isis unveils merchant partners for Austin and Salt Lake City pilots

May 15th, 2012

Aeropostale, Coca-Cola, Foot Locker, Jamba Juice and Macy’s have signed up to take part in the US NFC joint venture’s pilot trials, along with a number of local grocery stores, retailers, gas stations, coffee shops and restaurants. More

Carrefour uses NFC and QR codes to speed up grocery shopping

May 15th, 2012

The French retail giant’s convenience store chain has launched ‘Mon Panier’, a mobile app that lets customers order and pay for their grocery shopping with their mobile phone — and then identify themselves via an NFC and QR-code enabled kiosk when they arrive at the store to collect their order. More

Canadian banks issue landmark NFC payments guidelines that focus on open mobile wallets and consumer data protection

May 14th, 2012

The Canadian banking and credit union industry’s Mobile Payments Reference Model provides a detailed blueprint for how NFC mobile payments can be offered in Canada, how open mobile wallets will be and how consumer privacy will be assured. More

DoD approves BlackBerry NFC phones

May 14th, 2012

The US Department of Defense has added a number of BlackBerry 7 smartphones to the US Army and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)’s approved product list. The move allows all DoD customers to use the approved… More

Canadian banks move on NFC

May 14th, 2012

Members of the Canadian Bankers Association reached agreement on Friday on how NFC mobile payments will be handled in Canada, says The Globe and Mail, opening the way for the first commercial deployments to take place. These are likely to take the form of partnerships between financial institutions and carriers, the newspaper reports. An official announcement of the guidelines to be adopted may be made as soon as today.

Tonga gets commercial NFC payments service

May 14th, 2012

The tiny pacific island nation has become one of the first countries in the world to get a commercial NFC service with the launch of ‘Beep and Go’, a service introduced by local carrier Digicel that works in conjunction with NFC phones and stickers as well as the carrier’s existing Mobile Money remittance service and Verifone’s mWallet technology. More

NFC phones and tablets with fingerprint security protection “expected later this year”

May 14th, 2012

A new fingerprint sensor from Authentec is now being designed into a number of new devices so that NFC phone users can add an extra layer of protection to their mobile wallets, the company says. More

Samsung picks NXP for S3

May 14th, 2012

The NFC functionality in the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S III is provided by NXP, the NFC chip specialist has announced. The S III uses NXP’s PN65 solution, which provides it with both an NFC controller and an embedded secure element. The device also includes a secure execution environment within its main application processor, provided by Giesecke & Devrient.

Orange tests NFC ticketing at Stade de France

May 11th, 2012

Mobile network operator Orange has conducted an NFC trial at the Stade de France, the country’s national stadium. The trial took place on Saturday 5 May for a Top 14 rugby match between Racing Métro… More

Allphones Arena delivers NFC offers to fans

May 11th, 2012

Australian mobile phone retailer Allphones has installed NFC-enabled promotional pillars at Sydney’s Allphones Arena, one of the largest stadiums in the country. “People can simply tap their phone to access exclusive offers from Allphones,” Andrew… More

AmEx extends Isis deal

May 11th, 2012

American Express has extended its deal with US carrier-led NFC joint venture Isis. The move will enable AmEx’s US consumer, small business and Serve prepaid cardholders to load a virtual version of their cards onto an Isis Mobile Wallet.

Taoglas offers NFC antennas

May 11th, 2012

Antenna specialist Taoglas has launched two off-the-shelf ‘peel and stick’ NFC antennas. The FXR.01, a flexible polymer antenna designed for use in M2M devices, measures 54mm by 37mm by 0.1mm and provides an average read distance of 5cm. The smaller FXT.01 is designed for use in passive tags and requires no additional matching components. The company also offers custom NFC antenna design services.

Virgin Mobile adds gWallet phone

May 11th, 2012

The LG Optimus Elite is now available to pre-order from Virgin Mobile USA for US$149.99. The NFC device will begin shipping on 15 May with Google Wallet included — the first time that a US carrier other than Sprint has offered consumers a mobile phone with official support for the search giant’s NFC payments and offers service.

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