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    Archive for November 2012

    Mumbai movie fans tap for tix

    November 26th, 2012

    Movie-goers at a multiplex in Mumbai, India can now book tickets, leave feedback and like the Cinemax theatre chain on Facebook after tapping smart posters or NFC enabled standees in the cinema foyer. The “Box office now in your pocket” campaign has been tried by more than 200 people over a six week period, says Indian NFC platform provider JusTap, with 35% choosing to download the Cinemax mobile app.

    Call for contributions: New report on mobile payments and the future of merchant transaction fees

    November 26th, 2012

    The NFC World team has identified ten pressure points that suggest the arrival of mobile payments will result in a fundamental change in the overall cost of processing payments and the way in which merchants transaction fees are calculated — and we’d like to hear from anyone who is working on ways to use mobile technology to cut the cost of processing transactions at the point of sale. More

    ABI raises NFC handset forecast

    November 22nd, 2012

    ABI Research has raised its estimate for NFC handsets shipped in 2012 from 80m to 102m units. The analyst firm also expects 285m NFC-enabled devices to be shipped in 2013, with the number in circulation… More

    Nokia launches WP8 NFC app

    November 22nd, 2012

    Nokia has introduced a cloud-based file sharing app with NFC features for its Windows 8 phones. The YouSendIt app runs on top of the business-grade file sharing service and is only available for Nokia Lumia devices running WP8.

    Flojack on target for funding

    November 21st, 2012

    Flomio’s bid to crowdfund the production of its FloJack NFC add-on for iOS devices is just over US$10,000 away from its $80,000 target with five days to run. The company has also revealed plans for an NFC-enabled iPhone 4 sleeve called “FloCase” and added extra reward levels, including one aimed specifically at student developers.

    Finnish firms form NFC tag ecosystem

    November 21st, 2012

    Tivit, Finland’s strategic centre for science, technology and innovation, has initiated a ‘business ecosystem’ called FinnTag that aims to create new and improved ways of delivering NFC tag based digital services. The venture aims to… More

    GM demos NFC payments app for electric vehicle charging

    November 21st, 2012

    General Motors subsidiary OnStar is experimenting with NFC to initiate payment at public charging stations for electric vehicles. As more electric vehicles arrive on the market the demand for public charging will grow, as will the… More

    Vodafone Australia sets out NFC payment plans

    November 20th, 2012

    “As early as next year, customers with NFC-enabled smartphones will be able to leave their wallets at home and pay for a morning coffee, an evening out with friends, or groceries, with their handset,” says the carrier’s head of strategy and business development. More

    Wii U packs Broadcom NFC

    November 20th, 2012

    Chip maker Broadcom has supplied the NFC controller used in Nintendo’s Wii U games console, a teardown has revealed. The news represents the second significant design win for Broadcom in recent days, after it emerged last week… More

    Danish telco payments venture maps out path to NFC

    November 19th, 2012

    Denmark’s four mobile network operators have formed a joint venture company to introduce mobile payments and a three phase rollout programme that will “eventually” evolve to include support for NFC. More

    Pepsi Special gets Tokyo NFC advertising campaign

    November 19th, 2012

    Drinks distributor Suntory is promoting the launch of Pepsi Special in Japan via NFC tags placed on two Tokyo railway lines that offer travellers the chance to win free samples and access information about the new “fat-busting” soda drink. More

    Microsoft promotes Halo 4 with NFC

    November 19th, 2012

    For the Australian launch of the latest edition of the best selling video game franchise, Microsoft has run an NFC-based scavenger hunt that saw limited edition prints being awarded to the first person to tap or scan in at each of 400 out-of-home advertising billboards located around Sydney and Melbourne. More

    Samsung Arndale board offers NFC support

    November 19th, 2012

    A new Android development board which supports NFC is due to start shipping this week. Samsung’s Arndale development board is intended for mobile app developers and is designed to offer more flexible debugging features and… More

    Authentec sells Embedded Security Solutions division to Inside Secure

    November 19th, 2012

    The sale suggests that Apple’s interest in acquiring Authentec lies with the company’s innovative combined fingerprint and NFC solution, which is not part of the division being acquired by Inside Secure, and will lead to renewed speculation that Apple will include NFC in future iPhones and other devices. More

    NFC app tracks staff and assets with Android phones

    November 16th, 2012

    A new Android app from German telematics company Enaikoon can help managers track tasks, mobile employees and assets using NFC tags. When a tag is scanned with an NFC phone running the inViu NFC-Tracker app, the… More

    TransCard to offer white label NFC wallets to US banks

    November 16th, 2012

    The prepaid card specialist’s 84 financial institution clients will be able to provide customers with mobile wallets based on DeviceFidelity’s Moneto platform, which uses NFC-enabled cases and microSD cards to add mobile payments capabilities to Apple iPhone and Android devices. More

    Android 4.2 adds NFC barcodes

    November 15th, 2012

    The release of Android 4.2 sees support for Kovio‘s NFC Barcode printed tags added to the operating system. NFC Barcodes use silicon ink and thin film technology and hold the promise of ultra-low-cost tags that can be directly printed onto product labels, coupons and packaging.

    Korean museum offers NFC visitors guide

    November 15th, 2012

    The National Museum of Korea is testing an NFC-based guide service. Visitors can download pictures of exhibits and get further information by reading NFC tags located near each item with an Android smartphone. They can also… More

    STMicro offers batteryless NFC developer kit

    November 15th, 2012

    A new developer kit from STMicroelectronics is designed to provide engineers with everything they need to start designing battery-free electronic applications that can exchange data with NFC smartphones. The M24LR Discovery Kit is based on… More

    Google picks Broadcom for NFC in Nexus 4 and Nexus 10

    November 14th, 2012

    The new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile phone and tablet reference devices make use of a Broadcom NFC controller chip instead of the NXP chips Google used in earlier models. Broadcom has also contributed its NFC software stack to the Android Open Source Project. More

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