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UL supports Dutch NFC pilot

August 30th, 2013

UL Transaction Security has revealed that its advisory services (PDF) team has been assisting the partners behind the Dutch NFC payments pilot in the city of Leiden over the past year. UL has helped with strategic advice, test services and project management as well as carrying out detailed low-level performance enhancements, the company says.

NFC Pokemon toys arrive in USA

August 30th, 2013

Pokemon Rumble U, the Nintendo Wii U game that makes use of NFC figures, is now available in the US. The toys can be bought from GameStop stores across the country at US$3.99 each.

Dutch banks detail mobile payments pilot plan

August 30th, 2013

The mobile payments pilot to be conducted from next month by Dutch banks ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank in collaboration with the city of Leiden, Mastercard and mobile network operator KPN is to encompass 1,000 consumers and 150 businesses, the partners have announced.  More

Dutch Imax gets NFC posters

August 29th, 2013

Dutch Imax theatre Omniversum is using NFC posters to tell visitors about upcoming screenings by linking them to its Facebook page. Startup NFCSupport is providing the cinema with smart posters that include a printed QR code and embedded tag which movie-goers can tap for further information.

GameLayer and Wooshping to add gamification to NFC

August 29th, 2013

Gamification design and development agency GameLayer has partnered with NFC specialist Wooshping to provide ways for marketers to deliver campaigns that combine NFC tag reading with real-world challenges and games. For example, says Wooshping, “at… More

Sony unveils NFC-enabled Nex compact camera

August 28th, 2013

Sony has included NFC and WiFi functionality in its NEX-5T compact camera. The mirrorless hybrid camera boasts a large surface area 16.1 megapixel sensor and will be offered in a bundle with a 16-50mm SEL-P1650… More

ZTE picks Micropross test gear

August 28th, 2013

Smartphone manufacturer ZTE is now using Micropross test equipment for internal pre-certification of its NFC-enabled devices, to ensure they meet EMVCo L1 requirements.

MasterCard, C-Sam and DNP to offer white label NFC platform in Japan

August 28th, 2013

Japanese retailers are to be able to provide shoppers with branded NFC mobile wallets, courtesy of a new white label platform to be offered jointly by MasterCard, C-Sam and DNP. The NFC white label service… More

Picture Works promotes movies via NFC

August 27th, 2013

Marketing agency The Picture Works is promoting The Lone Ranger and The Way, Way Back in bars and restaurants in the Republic of Ireland using illuminated posters containing NFC tags. “We currently have two live campaigns… More

CBS offers video content via NFC at Comic-Con

August 23rd, 2013

Fans of hit US show Under The Dome were offered NFC cards by TV network CBS at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Handed out before an exclusive screening and panel discussion, the cards allowed visitors to access preview video footage by tapping the card to an NFC device. More

Dutch NFC pilot gets launch date

August 23rd, 2013

A launch date of 2 September 2013 has been set for the NFC payments pilot to be run by three major banks — ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank — and mobile network operator KPN in the Dutch city of Leiden. Full project details are to be announced on 29 August.

Proxama begins trading on AIM

August 23rd, 2013

Shares in NFC specialist Proxama are now trading on London’s AIM stock market under the ticker symbol “PROX”. “With the market for mobile commerce and particularly mobile contactless payments and engagement ever increasing, we know that the time is right to list on AIM,” says CEO Neil Garner.

RapidNFC adds postcards with built in tags

August 22nd, 2013

Tag supplier RapidNFC has launched a range of customisable postcards with NFC. NXP NTAG203 tags are integrated into the postcards using a lamination process developed by London-based Freestyle Print that allows marketing materials to be… More

NFC Interactor adds haptics

August 21st, 2013

NFC Interactor, a reader/writer app for Windows Phone 8 developed by Mopius, now offers haptic feedback when reading and writing tags. The version 5.2 update also adds other user interface improvements as well as better compatibility with the operating system’s light theme.

NFC Task Launcher gets update

August 21st, 2013

Popular Android app NFC Task Launcher has received a new update. Version 7.0.1 gives users a new drawer layout, the ability to edit actions, a contact picker, and Google+ +1 integration. The update also includes a number of bug fixes.

LG cooks up NFC oven

August 21st, 2013

Korean electronics manufacturer LG has unveiled the LG Lightwave Dios oven, its latest appliance to incorporate NFC. With an accompanying smartphone app busy home chefs can pick recipes and then set the required temperature and timings for cooking by tapping their handset to the oven.

NFC keyboard arrives in US

August 21st, 2013

Norwegian hardware developer One2Touch’s NFC keyboard for Android smartphones is now available in the US through retailer Brookstone for $99. The device offers the functionality of a keyboard the equivalent size to that found on a 13-inch laptop and can be folded into a compact pocket sized bundle.

Researchers demonstrate e-ink display powered by NFC

August 20th, 2013

Researchers from Intel Labs, the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed an e-ink display that is powered purely by NFC. More

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to include NFC?

August 20th, 2013

Samsung’s long rumoured smartwatch may be unveiled as early as next month and could boast NFC as one of its many features. Bloomberg first reported that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will make its debut on… More

Morpho opens Latin American TSM facility

August 20th, 2013

ID technology provider Morpho has opened a TSM data centre in São Paulo, Brazil. The facility, believed to be the first in Latin America, will “provide the infrastructure for all businesses that need secure and… More

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