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    Archive for September 2012

    Visa releases Olympics NFC and contactless usage statistics

    September 19th, 2012

    “The response has been extremely positive and our priority now is on turning that enthusiasm into commercial mobile payment deployments across Europe,” says Visa’s Mary Carol Harris, adding that “we recognise that the journey is a marathon, not a sprint.” More

    RIM takes NFC to film festival

    September 19th, 2012

    RIM has worked with Canadian NFC specialist Crosscliq to showcase NFC at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). BlackBerry ambassadors equipped with NFC smartphones were on site to offer festival goers the chance to vote for their favourite film, download the official TIFF interactive film guide and other BlackBerry entertainment apps as well as enter a contest to win a trip to Hollywood — all using a single tap of an NFC phone.

    MasterCard adds Mobile PayPass User Interface SDK

    September 19th, 2012

    “MasterCard is providing a programmer-friendly set of functions that make it easy for application developers to rapidly deliver payment apps to consumers – without having to become smart card programming experts,” says the payments network. More

    Orange France to stock 20 NFC phones by year end

    September 19th, 2012

    Close to 50% of the mobile phones stocked by Orange France will be equipped with NFC functionality by the end of 2012, Thierry Millet, the carrier’s VP of mobile payments and NFC, has told attendees at… More

    Motorola Razr i launches with Intel chip and NFC

    September 18th, 2012

    A new NFC phone from Motorola is a variant of the Droid Razr M, announced earlier this month, with an Intel processor at its heart instead of the M’s dual core Snapdragon S4. The Motorola… More

    Isis SIMs available from October 1

    September 18th, 2012

    TmoNews reports that Isis NFC SIMs will be available from T-Mobile stores in Salt Lake City and Austin from Monday 1 October. A screenshot that appears to be from an internal T-Mobile system explains to staff that “The Isis SIM card has an embedded secure element which the Isis Mobile Wallet will use to encrypt and secure payment information” and shows that both regular and micro format SIMs will be offered.

    LG Optimus G ships next week

    September 18th, 2012

    LG’s flagship Optimus G smartphone is to start shipping in Korea next week and will arrive in “key global markets” from October, says the company. The NFC-enabled handset runs Android 4.0 and sports a quad core Snapdragon… More

    Renesas launches NFC and wireless charging combo

    September 18th, 2012

    The new three chip solution makes it possible for handset makers to use a single antenna for both NFC and wireless charging, the chip maker says, increasing the charging area while reducing the overall footprint and improving safety. More

    Google doubles Wallet usage

    September 17th, 2012

    Last month’s launch of Google Wallet 2.0 has led to usage of the NFC mobile wallet doubling, Frank Young, commerce business development manager for Google Wallet, has revealed on the Google Commerce blog. “In the weeks since we released a new version of the Google Wallet app that supports all credit and debit cards, usage has more than doubled,” he writes. “Consumers have immediately grasped the benefit of being able to use any card when shopping in-store and online.”

    French carriers pick Adelya for mobile loyalty wallet

    September 17th, 2012

    “The Cityzi Fid wallet brings together all the loyalty and coupon offers of your favorite stores directly on a Cityzi phone, simplifying the way you shop as you say goodbye to a bulging wallet full of cards,” the NFC loyalty specialist says. More

    NBS wins TSM deal

    September 17th, 2012

    Card personalisation specialist NBS Technologies reports that it has won a contract from an unnamed European company to install its Xpressi Trusted Service Manager (TSM) solution. The installation will take place in early October.

    Tsys preps for NFC with CIBC

    September 17th, 2012

    Payments supplier Tsys has added North American support for its Tsys NFC Payment Solution, in preparation for Canadian bank CIBC’s planned launch of commercial NFC services. Tsys’s technology works with any TSM and enables mobile account creation and mobile device identification as well as support for generating the EMV data necessary for provisioning a mobile device. It also supports lifecycle management scenarios such as dealing with lost or stolen devices and the re-provisioning of card data for reissue and product changes.

    Card issuers add support for Google Wallet

    September 14th, 2012

    Barclaycard US, Green Dot, and Silicon Valley Bank as well as six credit unions have joined Discover in adding support for the NFC mobile wallet. More

    Nintendo announces Wii U with NFC launch date

    September 14th, 2012

    The Nintendo Wii U games console, which includes support for NFC in its GamePad controller, will launch in the US on 18 November, with prices starting at US$299.99. Europe will follow on 30 November, with Japan… More

    Isis delays US NFC launch

    September 14th, 2012

    The first pilots of the US mobile operators’ NFC payments program in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas will not go ahead on schedule and no new date for the launch has yet been set, says Isis. More

    JCDecaux UK picks Zappit for NFC

    September 13th, 2012

    Out of home advertising giant JCDecaux has picked Zappit as its preferred partner for the development of NFC-enabled services in the UK. The move follows the success of the Test the Near Future trial in Reading in March 2012, which employed Zappit technology.

    Apple: No need for NFC today

    September 12th, 2012

    NFC isn’t needed to give iPhone owners what they need today, Apple’s Phil Schiller has told AllThingsD, in an interview following today’s launch of the iPhone 5: Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller said that Passbook… More

    No NFC announced for iPhone 5

    September 12th, 2012

    There’s no mention of NFC in the list of hardware improvements announced for the new iPhone 5 today, and there was only a very brief mention of the Passbook mobile wallet feature which was announced in June…. More

    Thinaire expands NFC platform

    September 12th, 2012

    US-based NFC marketing specialist Thinaire has launched the Thinaire Enterprise Suite, an NFC marketing platform that combines NFC tags, analytics, and integration with existing CRM, social media and database platforms. Clients include News Corporation’s coupon publishing arm News America Marketing.

    A1 tests NFC access control

    September 12th, 2012

    Austrian mobile network operator A1 reports that it has successfully tested a new NFC access control service called Airkey, developed by door lock maker Evva, IT specialist Rise and the Vienna University of Technology. 40 participants used Sony Xperia S smartphones for the pilot. A1 already operates an NFC payments service called A1 Paybox, which it is testing with McDonald’s.

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