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MasterCard enters the mobile wallet market

May 9th, 2012

The payments network has announced PayPass Wallet Services, a digital wallet platform that will support NFC. Eighteen financial institutions, American Airlines and bookseller Barnes & Noble are among those who have signed up for the service. More

Visa and Samsung reveal Olympics NFC payments plans

May 9th, 2012

The payments network and the phone maker will be issuing limited edition Samsung Galaxy S III handsets loaded with a Visa NFC payments app to athletes and other VIPs during the London 2012 Games. More

New Zealand gets first commercial NFC service

May 9th, 2012

Mobile network operator 2degrees and prepaid card issuer Snapper have teamed up to enable commuters in the city of Wellington to pay for public transportation and purchases in local merchants with an LG Optimus Net NFC phone. More

Galaxy S3 gets extra security

May 8th, 2012

European versions of the new Samsung Galaxy S III NFC phone are to be the first mobile phones to ship with G&D’s Mobicore technology. Mobicore will provide the Galaxy S III with a secure execution environment within its main application processor that can be used for security-sensitive applications such as mobile payments authentication, digital rights management and corporate VPN access.

Martineau leaves Inside Secure

May 8th, 2012

Philippe Martineau has left NFC and contactless chip specialist Inside Secure, which recently floated on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange, to join NFC microSD specialist DeviceFidelity as VP of business development. Martineau had been in charge of Inside’s NFC business since 2006. Fabrice Jogand-Coulomb has also joined DeviceFidelity, from SanDisk, as VP of product management.

GSMA NFC lead joins Vivotech

May 8th, 2012

Nav Bains, the GSMA‘s high profile business lead for NFC, has left the carrier trade association to join NFC supplier Vivotech as VP of business development for telecommunications and channel management. “This is a defining time for the deployment and adoption of NFC technology worldwide, and Vivotech’s collaborative approach to improve adoption and overcome industry barriers is one that I fully support,” says Bains.

Ericsson launches NFC TSM development kit

May 8th, 2012

Global mobile commerce platform provider Ericsson IPX has announced an NFC Trusted Service Manager (TSM) development kit that allows secure NFC application developers to test their apps in a live, controlled environment. The development kit… More

MasterCard certifies more NFC phones, introduces a new logo

May 4th, 2012

NFC phones developed by HTC, Intel, LG Electronics, Nokia, RIM, Samsung and Sony have all now been certified for contactless payments — and have the right to carry a new ‘MasterCard PayPass Ready’ logo. More

RIM adds NFC app sharing

May 4th, 2012

A new NFC service called BlackBerry Share has been demonstrated at BlackBerry World this week, Pocket-Lint reports. “BlackBerry users with an NFC-enabled handset can now share apps with their friends by simply tapping the two phones together,” the publication explains. “Each user will receive a list of the apps their friend has downloaded from BlackBerry App World. Just press the ‘share’ option when you’re in the application store itself.”

Oman cinemas test NFC

May 4th, 2012

The City Cinema chain in Oman has been testing out NFC smart posters to enable customers to find out more about forthcoming movies. The solution, which offers links to move trailers, was implemented for City Cinema… More

EC extends Oscar deadline

May 4th, 2012

The European Commission has prolonged the deadline for a decision on whether to give the go ahead to the UK carrier-led ‘Project Oscar’ NFC joint venture, Bloomberg reports. The decision will now not be made until 19 September, 17 days later than originally planned. “The EU’s merger control authority didn’t give a reason for the extension,” says Bloomberg. Objectors to the venture included Google and PayPal, according to the Financial Times.

Samsung Galaxy S III expands NFC P2P capabilities with S Beam for faster file transfers

May 4th, 2012

The newly announced successor to Samsung’s best selling Galaxy S II features NFC as standard and includes a new file transfer service that enables users to easily connect together two devices via NFC and automatically transfer large video and other files via WiFi Direct. More

RIM confirms NFC Playbook

May 4th, 2012

The 4G LTE version of the BlackBerry Playbook, expected to hit the market later this year, will come with NFC, RIM has confirmed at BlackBerry World this week, Canadian Reviewer reports.

MasterCard: Contactless cards can deliver 30% spending lift

May 4th, 2012

New research conducted by MasterCard has found that US consumers that make use of a contactless card increased their spending on that card by nearly a third. More

16m NFC SIMs shipped in 2011

May 4th, 2012

A total of 16m NFC SIMs were shipped globally in 2011, according to the SIMalliance‘s annual review of the global SIM market. NFC SIMs include an NFC secure element as well as standard SIM card functionality and are used by mobile network operators as the secure area in an NFC-enabled mobile phone.

Google gets NFC P2P patent

May 2nd, 2012

Google has been granted a patent for transferring application state information from one device to another via NFC, a system which is similar to the company’s Android Beam service. The patent outlines methods to allow a user to switch from one device to another while continuing to work with the same application or content. “It is easy to read email from a smart phone but difficult to reply due to the size limitations on the phone keyboard,” explains the application. “A user may start a draft of a message on a phone, but prefer to finish the draft using a tablet.”

Barnes & Noble to add NFC to Nook e-reader

May 1st, 2012

With an NFC-enabled Nook, you could “walk up to any of our pictures, any [of] our aisles, any of our bestseller lists, and just touch the book, and get information on that physical book on your Nook and have some frictionless purchase experience. That’s coming, and we could lead in that area,” the US bookseller’s CEO has told Fortune. More

ScholarChip brings NFC to Philadelphia schools

May 1st, 2012

The student ID card provider has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia and ACS to combine NFC phones, contactless student ID cards and transportation passes with the aim of cutting costs, creating a safer and more efficient student transit service and providing parents and staff with accurate student location information. More

RIM adds NFC music pairing

May 1st, 2012

A new version of RIM’s BlackBerry Music Gateway includes NFC pairing support, allowing BlackBerry NFC phone users to stream music from their phone to a home or car stereo. The Verge has a hands-on review of the US$49.99 device.

2degrees to test NFC

May 1st, 2012

New Zealand carrier 2degrees is to announce an NFC transportation ticketing pilot in the city of Wellington this week, the Dominion Post reports. Commuters will be able to use their NFC phones to pay for bus fares, as an alternative to the existing Snapper contactless cards, says the report. It will be the second NFC ticketing pilot announced for New Zealand this week, following the news that Telecom New Zealand, Westpac and Paymark are to test NFC in Auckland.

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