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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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