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Balloon book adds multimedia with integrated NFC tags

September 26th, 2012

Readers of “Catch the Sun: Ballooning Across the Globe” will be able to use their NFC phone and the tags embedded throughout the book to access movie clips, download music, share to social media and even add their own content. More

LevelUp adds white label option

September 26th, 2012

Mobile barcode and NFC payments/offers start-up LevelUp has introduced a white label version of its service. “Lots of our partners have great brands, epic brands with some serious cult followings,” says LevelUp’s Seth Priebatsch. “They’ve… More

New Zealand NFC partners to begin field trial

September 26th, 2012

Auckland Transport, Telecom New Zealand and financial services group Westpac have announced they are now ready to begin their first NFC field trial. Announced in April, the trial is being run in collaboration with Gemalto,… More

Ez-Link uses Wirecard top-ups

September 26th, 2012

Singapore transportation card issuer Ez-Link is making use of Wirecard‘s mobile top-up service in its recently launched NFC application, the German payments processing specialist reports. Wirecard’s technology enables stored value NFC applications to be topped up with new funds over-the-air as required and has also been picked by Deutsche Telekom.

French carrier SFR to issue own-brand card in move towards NFC payments

September 26th, 2012

Mobile network operator SFR has launched France’s first rechargeable MasterCard PayPass card, in a first step towards issuing its own NFC mobile payment service. The new SFR PayCard will be available from October to anyone in… More

Utah food stores sign up for Google SingleTap offers

September 26th, 2012

Associated Food Stores, which provides warehouse facilities and services to more than 400 grocers in the US mid-West, has entered into a partnership with Google to enable shoppers to redeem digital coupons and pay with… More

G&D gets Visa TSM approval

September 26th, 2012

Giesecke & Devrient‘s TSM centres in Toronto and Munich have added Visa approval to the MasterCard certifications they received in 2011 and 2009. “By operating two separate but interlinked data centres, one in Munich and the other in Toronto, G&D can guarantee service providers uninterrupted access even if one of the centres should encounter technical problems,” says the company.

Inside Secure to offer cloud-based NFC secure element solution

September 25th, 2012

The NFC and contactless technology specialist has developed a way to turn NFC phones into “secured antennas” that can securely pull down sensitive data stored in the cloud and present it to a POS terminal or a contactless door lock — without the need to include an NFC secure element in the phone. More

Raiffeisen Bank: Our NFC payments service could cut merchant fees by 70%

September 24th, 2012

The Austrian bank’s CardMobile service allows low value transactions to be aggregated, removing the need for each transaction to be authorised individually while still keeping a full audit trail of purchases made. More

Spanish university to roll out NFC services across entire campus

September 24th, 2012

UCAM, the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, is to be the first university in the world to implement NFC technology across its entire campus, the university’s Samuel Mendoza, director of multimedia, and Sergio Leon,… More

Microsoft demos Windows Phone 8 mobile wallet

September 24th, 2012

John Skovron, group program manager for Windows Phone 8, showed off the capabilities of the software giant’s new NFC-enabled wallet at the NFC World Congress last week and explained how the technology could help Microsoft gain mobile phone market share.  More

NXP responds to NFC transit security hack

September 24th, 2012

Researchers at Intrepidus Group have demonstrated how an Android NFC phone can be used to add value to a transit card without paying but, says NXP, the vulnerability is limited to transportation card issuers that haven’t upgraded from Mifare Ultralight to the newer Mifare Ultralight C technology. More

Confidex adds NFC tags

September 21st, 2012

Contactless ticketing and RFID specialist Confidex has added a range of Type 2 NFC tags to its product line. “These new NFC tags are designed for multipurpose use in industrial asset management, authentication and safety, and… More

Rohde adds NFC measurements

September 21st, 2012

Rohde & Schwartz has released a software package that allows its range of oscilloscopes and spectrum analysers to be used to measure and analyse NFC radio signals. The company’s R&S FS-K112PC software tool measures and displays detailed information about NFC signals from polling and listening devices and works with NFC-A, NFC-B and NFC-C (Felica) protocols.

Rogers to issue NFC credit card

September 20th, 2012

“Rogers expects to launch a credit card that will be part of a ‘virtual wallet’ as the telecom company moves to mobile payments on smartphones,” the Montreal Gazette reports: Chief executive Nadir Mohamed said Monday… More

Samsung picks NFC as key S III advantage over iPhone 5

September 20th, 2012

A viral video advertising the Samsung Galaxy S III has highlighted the smartphone’s NFC capabilities, picking the technology as one of the key differentiating factors between Samsung’s flagship phone and Apple’s iPhone 5: More

HP unveils NFC mouse

September 20th, 2012

HP has announced the Touch to Pair Mouse, a wireless mouse that includes NFC functionality. The new NFC mouse will be available in November for US$39.

Atos offers white label wallet

September 19th, 2012

Transactional services supplier Atos Worldline has launched a white label NFC mobile wallet application aimed at card issuers. The “ready to go” solution implements the latest specifications from Visa, MasterCard, SIMalliance and AFSCM and includes support for coupons, loyalty and P2P payments.

HTC unveils WP8 NFC phone

September 19th, 2012

HTC has announced its first two WP8 devices, the Windows Phone 8X with NFC and the Windows Phone 8S, which does not include NFC. The 8X, which includes a PN544 NFC controller from NXP, has… More

SimplyTapp proposes secure elements in the cloud

September 19th, 2012

A US-based start-up has developed an alternative approach to storing the sensitive data required to make a transaction with an NFC phone. Rather than placing it in a secure element on the phone, SimplyTapp stores the data in the cloud on a “remote secure element” and passes encrypted transaction data through the phone to a point-of-sale terminal when the user makes a purchase. More

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