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Turkcell adds MaxiPro5 NFC smartphone

August 8th, 2012

Turkish mobile network operator Turkcell has added the MaxiPro5 to its line up of NFC phones. The smartphone runs Android 4.0, features a 4-inch touchscreen, a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and includes “Ýþim/Özelim” (My Job/My Privacy), an application… More

Discover certifies First Data TSM

August 8th, 2012

First Data has announced that its trusted service management (TSM) solution has been qualified by Discover. “Because First Data issuing clients are pre-integrated to our TSM, financial institutions can manage a relationship with one TSM rather than with numerous mobile network operators and mobile wallet owners,” says the payments processing giant’s Dom Morea. “Our secure element (SE) owner neutral model also has the ability to securely provision financial institutions’ accounts to a variety of SE destinations.”

Fime to certify Isis devices

August 8th, 2012

Fime has become the first company to be authorised by Isis to certify products, including mobile handsets and secure elements, for the US NFC venture. “Rigorous testing of handsets and secure elements from the beginning and throughout the development process will guarantee quicker time to market for vendors,” says the testing specialist.

National NFC service to go live in Singapore this month

August 7th, 2012

Mobile network operator StarHub, part of the consortium which won a government contract to provide a national NFC TSM service for Singapore last year, has unveiled its NFC SmartWallet and says the service will begin “later this month”. More

One2touch signs US$2m NFC keyboard deal

August 7th, 2012

One2touch has begun shipping NFC-enabled smartphone keyboards to Japanese firm Elecom in a deal worth US$2m. Elecom will distribute the keyboard in eight countries in the far east. The Touch & Type keyboard, first unveiled… More

RapidNFC adds NFC beer mats

August 7th, 2012

NFC tag supplier RapidNFC has partnered with UK-based printer Rutland Print to introduce beer mats that incorporate an NFC tag. The cardboard coasters, used in pubs to catch drips from drinkers’ glasses, can be full… More

100m NFC phones to ship in 2012

August 7th, 2012

The number of NFC-enabled mobile devices shipped worldwide will more than double this year to nearly 100m, according to Forrester Research, but mainstream use of the technology “remains three to five years away in most countries”.

Infineon releases NFC SDK in US

August 7th, 2012

Chip maker Infineon Technologies is now offering an application developer kit for Type 2 NFC tags in the US. The US$99 kit includes SLE66R01 series NFC tags in two form factors and an SLE66R32 contactless card, as well as programming information and application notes. The tags come with up to 2kbytes of usable memory.

Vivotech sells reader business

August 7th, 2012

NFC specialist Vivotech, which last month was the subject of rumours that it was going out of business, has successfully completed the sale of its reader business. The buyer is US-based ID Tech. “Vivotech believes… More

UK cinemas to get NFC posters

August 7th, 2012

Cinema advertising specialist Digital Cinema Media (DCM) has partnered with outdoor media owner Primesight to install 100 NFC-enabled interactive six-sheet advertising panels in Cineworld, Odeon and Vue cinemas in the UK. “The state of the… More

Elisa issues NFC stickers to students

August 7th, 2012

Finnish mobile network operator Elisa has partnered with MasterCard and the student-owned Lyyra discount and benefit card to issue prepaid NFC stickers to more than 100,000 students from the third quarter of 2012. Students will… More

Alaska Airlines prepares for NFC

August 2nd, 2012

Alaska Airlines is to install 320 BGR135 boarding gate readers, supplied by Access IS, which can be easily upgraded to support NFC. The airline was the first in North America to adopt 2D barcodes for boarding… More

Google Wallet 2.0: The easy way to pay with NFC?

August 1st, 2012

Google has unveiled a new version of its Google Wallet service that avoids the requirement for individual payment cards to be loaded onto a secure element. Instead, a prepaid MasterCard which draws funds from linked credit and debit cards is pre-loaded onto the secure element. More

Forum responds to Black Hat presentation on NFC vulnerabilities

August 1st, 2012

“The NFC Forum works to ensure that tools are available to allow applications to operate with the appropriate level of security,” says the industry standards body. “Mr Miller’s demonstration underscores the importance of providing appropriate security measures at the application layer and enabling users to adjust security settings to suit their own needs and preferences.” More

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