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Post Foods promotes breakfast cereal with NFC

July 16th, 2013

Cereal giant Post Foods has used promotional cards equipped with NFC tags and QR codes to enhance engagement with concertgoers at an event in Miami sponsored by its Honey Bunches of Oats breakfast cereal brand…. More

PetHub gets funding for NFC tags

July 15th, 2013

Pet ID tag and platform provider PetHub has closed a Series A investment round taking its total funding so far to US$1.7m, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. The company’s NFC-enabled pet tags are now available in 1,000 US and 400 European stores.

ABI reports NFC chip market shares

June 12th, 2013

A total of 168m NFC controller ICs and 144m NFC secure element chips were shipped in 2012, according to ABI Research, and NXP topped the chip supplier list for both. For NFC controller chips, NXP… More

Juniper cuts NFC ticketing forecast

June 12th, 2013

Just over 950m mobile phone users worldwide are forecast to use their handsets for mobile ticketing by 2018, up from 458m this year, according to a new report from Juniper Research, but NFC ticketing will… More

Weve to launch NFC payments in the UK in 2014

June 11th, 2013

Weve, the mobile advertising and payments joint venture formed last year by UK mobile network operators Vodafone, EE and O2, aims to launch a mass market NFC payments service “by next year”, CEO David Sear… More

One in three mobile phones to come with NFC by 2017

June 5th, 2013

Between 2012 and 2017 the installed base of NFC-enabled handsets will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 65% to reach 2.1bn units, according to new research from Berg Insight. “The penetration rate for NFC across all handset segments will similarly increase to approximately 32% by 2017.” More

Gartner cuts NFC mobile payments forecast by 40%

June 5th, 2013

Worldwide mobile payment transaction values will reach US$235.4bn in 2013, a 44% increase on 2012’s $163.1bn, according to a new forecast from Gartner — but NFC transactions will account for a smaller than expected proportion… More

Bell ID launches NFC secure element in the cloud platform

June 5th, 2013

The new service enables keys, certificates and NFC credentials to be stored securely in a remote location, rather than in the mobile device, is fully compatible with standard EMV contactless payments terminals and enables card issuers to deploy NFC solutions without the need to partner with mobile network operators or other third parties. More

Report: Larry Page cancels Google Wallet card plan

May 13th, 2013

Google CEO Larry Page has become personally involved in decisions surrounding the future direction of Google Wallet, AllThingsD reports, leading to the cancellation of plans to introduce a physical Google Wallet card and the departure… More

MasterCard blames carriers for NFC payments delays

April 29th, 2013

“The telcos keep on doing the same thing, they get arrogant and then they get disintermediated,” MasterCard’s Jorn Lambert has told The Australian Financial Review. More

Hong Kong government reports on NFC payments plans

March 27th, 2013

“The HKMA will work with the industry to promote a fully interoperable and versatile platform to enable Hong Kong to enter into a new era of diversified retail payments,” says Peter Pang, deputy chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. More

Visa backs MasterCard digital wallet surcharge plan

March 21st, 2013

MasterCard’s move to increase the fees charged to “staged” digital wallets like PayPal could see a similar surcharge being applied by Visa. “I think it is totally appropriate to do that,” Visa chief executive Charlie… More

MasterCard fights back against new payments players with increased transaction fees for digital wallets that don’t share data

March 20th, 2013

The new fee is to be applied to “staged” digital and mobile wallets that provide a way for transactions to be charged to a customer’s credit card without any details about the purchase being passed on to the payments network. PayPal and Google Wallet as well as a number of other new market entrants are all expected to be affected but “traditional” NFC wallets will not.  More

Korean banks launch NFC payments service

March 20th, 2013

Sixteen Korean banks have introduced BankWallet, a prepaid NFC payments service that uses a platform developed by interbank clearing house KFTC. SK Telecom subscribers with an NFC phone will be the first to be able to use the new service and KT customers will be added soon. More

Galaxy S4 to come with Visa payments applet

March 15th, 2013

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will come with Visa’s payWave contactless payments applet preloaded into an embedded secure element. This, says Samsung, “can be used by both MNOs and banks; more payment applets from multiple brands are… More

Samsung Galaxy S4 launches with support for NFC and 1D barcodes

March 15th, 2013

The smartphone maker’s new flagship device is the first to use Mobeam technology, allowing coupons, loyalty cards, gift cards, event tickets and more to be transmitted from the device to any of the 165m laser scanners installed in retail stores today. More

10,000 NFC ad panels go live across the UK

March 14th, 2013

Fast food chain KFC, the new Danny Boyle movie Trance and the West End musical The Bodyguard are the first to take advantage of out-of-home media owner Clear Channel’s new platform.  More

Jogtek launches passive NFC shelf-edge labels

March 12th, 2013

Taiwan-based RFID specialist Jogtek has launched a range of NFC-enabled shelf-edge labels that work without a battery. The passive labels can be updated via an NFC phone and can also be used by NFC phone users… More

iPhone 5S to include NFC and fingerprint security?

March 11th, 2013

Reports from Taiwan suggest that local firm Chipbond has won a major contract from Apple to build components for a forthcoming iPhone 5S. “iPhone 5S will also feature NFC (near field communication) fingerprint recognition technology, with Chipbond… More

Inside Secure to cut jobs after “a disappointing performance in 2012”

March 7th, 2013

Up to 20% of the workforce could lose their jobs at the publicly listed NFC, contactless and security chip specialist following the announcement that revenues fell by 19% in 2012 and losses were “impacted by the disappointing performance from the NFC business”. More

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