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    Archive for September 2012

    IMO messenger app adds NFC

    September 12th, 2012

    Instant messaging app IMO has added support for NFC, allowing users of the latest version of the company’s Android app to share profiles by touching their devices together.

    Casino to open world’s first NFC-enabled supermarket

    September 12th, 2012

    Shoppers at the French supermarket chain’s Les Belles Feuilles branch in Paris will be able to use shelf-edge labels equipped with NFC tags to obtain details of each of 25,000 products on offer, scan items into their basket and then checkout by simply tapping their NFC phone to a reader attached to the retailer’s cash register. More

    Moneto to bring NFC payments to Europe

    September 11th, 2012

    Beginning with the UK, consumers in Europe will be able to equip their Apple and Android smartphones with an NFC add-on and use it to make prepaid contactless payments from later this year. More

    Google discontinues Prepaid Card

    September 11th, 2012

    The Google Prepaid Card service will end on 17 October, Google has announced, due to the arrival of the new Google Wallet 2.0 NFC service. “Since we recently launched the ability to use any debit or credit… More

    HP adds SpectreOne with NFC

    September 10th, 2012

    HP has announced a new addition to its range of all-in-one (AiO) Windows 8 PCs that includes NFC. The HP SpectreOne AiO has a 23.6-inch display and, says HP, “is one of the thinnest AiO PCs available on the market today”.

    Assa Abloy launches Seos mobile keys

    September 10th, 2012

    The access control giant — owner of HID Global, Yale, Vingcard Elsafe and more — has unveiled a new platform that allows NFC phones to be used to replace mechanical keys and access cards in homes, hotels, offices, hospitals, universities and commercial buildings. More

    Crestron launches NFC home automation solution

    September 7th, 2012

    The company’s new AirConnect platform enables customers to use an NFC phone to trigger personal settings on a room-by-room basis for lighting, temperature, window blinds, entertainment systems and more. More

    LevelUp adds NFC to zero transaction fee merchant marketing platform

    September 7th, 2012

    The Google Ventures-backed service has introduced a new POS terminal that supports NFC as well as mobile barcodes and is available free of charge and with no transaction fees to merchants that participate in its payments and marketing programme. More

    HID launches employee ID platform that works with badges, tokens and NFC phones

    September 7th, 2012

    “For the first time, customers will be able to provision and manage credentials over the air with the same ease and simplicity as downloading a song from a cloud-based music service,” says the employee ID giant. More

    IETF proposes NFC P2P security

    September 6th, 2012

    The Internet Engineering Task Force‘s TLS working group has published a draft document that describes the implementation of the TLS (transport layer security) protocol over the NFC LLCP layer. “LLCPS enforces a strong security in NFC P2P exchanges,” says author Pascal Urien. Producing an IETF draft is the first stage of a process which can lead to the publication of an internet standard.

    New library for NFC shield

    September 6th, 2012

    New software for Seeed Studio’s US$30 NFC shield for Arduino, an add-on that brings NFC functionality to the low cost computing platform via an NXP PN532 controller, has been released. The new library replaces the… More

    Spotify adds NFC

    September 6th, 2012

    Music streaming service Spotify has added NFC support to the latest version of its Android app, allowing users to share music via NFC on devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

    Motorola adds three Droid Razr phones with NFC

    September 5th, 2012

    The Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD will be exclusive to Verizon in the US and developer editions will also be available. More

    Nokia unveils Windows Phone 8 devices with NFC

    September 5th, 2012

    Both the flagship Nokia Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 will come with NFC, the handset maker has announced, and NFC functionality will be included in WP8 apps from Vimeo, YouSendIt and the Michelin Guide. More

    Tag-a-Bag tests NFC baggage tracking service

    September 5th, 2012

    Israeli start-up Tag-a-Bag has begun beta testing an NFC-based travel service that uses baggage labels equipped with NFC tags to help travellers manage their journeys. The service, which won the “Best Innovative Solution” category in this year’s… More

    Hong Kong moves towards NFC payments

    September 5th, 2012

    The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the government body responsible for the maintenance and development of Hong Kong’s financial infrastructure, has announced plans to implement a series of retail payment initiatives, including a first step towards… More

    Munzee adds NFC to geolocation game

    September 5th, 2012

    Geolocation game platform Munzee has added NFC capabilities to its service. Munzee combines the traditional scavenger hunt concept with gamification elements to enable smartphone users to claim rewards for finding hidden “Munzees” — tags posted by… More

    Pulse introduces NFC antenna with 4cm read range

    September 5th, 2012

    The new ferrite sheet antenna for NFC phones meets EMVCo’s requirements for a 40mm read range, the component maker says, and can be customized to meet handset manufacturers’ individual requirements. More

    EMVCo and NFC Forum to simplify NFC device testing

    September 5th, 2012

    Chip and pin standards body EMVCo and the NFC Forum have agreed to work together to optimise the development and testing process for NFC devices. “The goal of the collaboration is to establish a framework to synchronise… More

    Suppliers team up on NFC for cars

    September 5th, 2012

    NFC software stack specialist Stollmann, automotive infotainment specialist Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS) and in-vehicle mobile communications specialist Funkwerk Dabendorf are to work together to integrate mobile phones with car information systems via NFC…. More

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