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    Visa unveils host card emulation specification for NFC payments

    February 19th, 2014

    Visa has introduced a new standard that uses host card emulation (HCE) to enable financial institutions to securely host Visa accounts in the cloud. The standard is available now and will include support for QR… More

    MasterCard backs host card emulation for NFC payments

    February 19th, 2014

    MasterCard is to publish a new specification during the first half of 2014 that uses host card emulation (HCE) for NFC mobile payments — avoiding the need to have access to a secure element on… More

    GSMA upgrades NFC Badge validation for MWC 2014

    February 19th, 2014

    The GSMA has partnered with nine carriers to add extra functionality to its NFC Badge service at Mobile World Congress 2014, eliminating the need for visitors to present photo ID onsite. Customers of Bouygues Telecom,… More

    Fujitsu develops glove with NFC and gesture recognition

    February 18th, 2014

    A new glove-style wearable device that combines an NFC tag reader, gyro sensor and accelerometer is to be demonstrated by Fujitsu Laboratories at Mobile World Congress 2014. Aimed at maintenance and other on-site operations, it… More

    Windows Phone users to get more NFC controls

    February 18th, 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 will increase the level of control users have over NFC payment cards provisioned to their NFC SIM when it ships in mid-2014, according to a series of leaked screenshots, as well as… More

    NFC to account for 30% of mobile tickets

    February 17th, 2014

    More than 34 billion tickets will be delivered to mobile devices over the next five years, according to a new ABI Research forecast, with QR codes making up 48% of the total and NFC accounting… More

    Bankinter to launch HCE-based NFC payments

    February 17th, 2014

    Spain’s Bankinter is to commercially launch an NFC mobile payments service that makes use of host card emulation (HCE) during the second or third quarter of 2014. The launch follows the announcement last year of… More

    SMEs get Isis SmartTap

    February 14th, 2014

    Payment services provider Merchant Warehouse has integrated Isis SmartTap into its Genius Customer Engagement Platform, enabling small and medium sized businesses to process NFC payments and deploy customized offers to new and prospective customers via the Isis Mobile Wallet. The service is available initially to merchants located in the Boston area.

    ST offers NFC kit for IoT

    February 14th, 2014

    STMicroelectronics is introducing a kit for developers interested in using its M24SR dynamic NFC tags for internet of things applications. The M24SR Discovery kit “contains everything engineers need to start adding NFC connectivity to any kind of electrical device, from fitness watches and loudspeakers to washing machines and water meters,” says ST.

    Fira de Barcelona to use NFC and QR to speed up food service

    February 13th, 2014

    Visitors attending events at the Mobile World Congress venue will soon be able to place food orders and make payments using a mobile app, and then check in to restaurants via NFC or QR. They… More

    Jetco picks Gemalto for NFC payments

    February 13th, 2014

    Hong Kong’s Joint Electronic Teller Services Limited — Jetco — is to use Gemalto’s LinqUs trusted service management platform for the NFC payments service it is to offer consumers via its 30 member banks. “Jetco… More

    Orange Cash goes live in France

    February 13th, 2014

    Orange Cash, the prepaid NFC payments service announced by Orange and Visa in November 2013, is now live in the French cities of Strasbourg and Caen. The launch is being supported with a credit of… More

    Two in three phones to come with NFC in 2018

    February 12th, 2014

    NFC will be included in 64% of the mobile phones shipped in 2018, up from 18.2% in 2013, according to a new forecast from IHS Technology. Global shipments of NFC-enabled mobile phones will be more… More

    Hungarian mobile wallets get NFC event ticketing

    February 7th, 2014

    The NFC mobile wallet being tested by Hungarian carriers Magyar Telekom, Vodafone and Telenor with MasterCard, OTP Bank and loyalty scheme operator SuperShop is expanding its range of services to include ticketing for live events… More

    Visa certifies OTI NFC add-on

    February 6th, 2014

    OTI has received Visa certification for its Wave NFC add-on, a device that plugs into the audio jack of a smartphone, tablet or PC to enable NFC payments. Wave is already certified by MasterCard and is to be used for cross-border mobile payments by a group of banks in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

    Wells Fargo customers to get credits for paying with Isis

    February 5th, 2014

    Isis is offering 15,000 Wells Fargo credit card holders a 20% credit on purchases and a US$20 statement credit if they sign up and make use of its NFC payments service. The promotion runs until… More

    NFC Forum and SDA to promote NFC in memory cards

    February 4th, 2014

    The SD Association (SDA), the organisation responsible for setting memory card standards, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the NFC Forum “to jointly educate the market and help build the ecosystem for NFC among… More

    Telus launches NFC payments with CIBC

    February 4th, 2014

    Canada’s CIBC bank has expanded availability of its NFC payments service to customers of mobile network operator Telus. The service was originally launched in November 2012 in partnership with Rogers. The CIBC Mobile Payment App… More

    Nintendo looks to NFC to boost Wii U sales

    January 30th, 2014

    Making full use of the NFC functionality built into the Wii U GamePad is one of four strategies designed to boost the console’s flagging sales in the year ahead, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed… More

    Kyivstar and Alfa-Bank launch NFC payments in the Ukraine

    January 22nd, 2014

    Alfa-Bank and mobile network operator Kyivstar have begun testing the Ukraine’s first NFC mobile payments service. The pilot is expected to lead to a full commercial rollout across the country. The launch follows an announcement… More

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