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Four in five major airlines plan to use NFC by 2014

February 9th, 2012

Nearly 80% of the world’s top 50 airlines say they plan to be providing NFC services in three years’ time, according to a survey conducted by airline IT provider Sita, but there are technical challenges that still need to be resolved before NFC mobile boarding passes can become the norm. More

Researcher hacks Google Wallet PIN on rooted Android phone

February 9th, 2012

Zvelo engineer Joshua Rubin has released details of a security vulnerability in rooted Android phones running Google Wallet. Rubin was able to crack and expose the four digit PIN used to protect access to Google… More

Isis discusses Salt Lake City NFC pilot plans

February 9th, 2012

The Isis NFC pilots due to take place in Salt Lake City and Austin from this summer will run for six to twelve months before a nationwide rollout begins, the carrier-led joint venture’s Jim Stapleton… More

Inside Secure ships 17.4m NFC chips, mostly to RIM

February 8th, 2012

The prospectus for Inside Secure’s IPO this month shows that the company made US$47m from the sale of NFC chips in 2011, that these were mainly delivered to RIM for use in BlackBerry NFC smartphones and that Inside believes it now has a share of close to 50% of the overall market for NFC chips for mobile phones. More

Smart Card Alliance publishes NFC transit white paper

February 7th, 2012

A white paper designed to show how the transit industry can best make use of NFC technology has been published by the Smart Card Alliance. “One of the major challenges facing transit agencies today is how… More

Lexus to insert NFC ad in Wired

February 7th, 2012

The marketing campaign for the 2013 Lexus GS sport sedan is to include an NFC tagged insert “in select copies” of the April edition of Wired magazine. “The insert will allow NFC-enabled smartphone users to view the mobile site upon placing the phone on top of the insert,” says the luxury car maker. “Other smartphone users can access the mobile site by entering the URL in their browsers.”

EPC updates payments paper

February 7th, 2012

The European Payments Council has published an updated edition of its mobile payments white paper and made it available for public consultation. “To ensure that the EPC’s work in the area of m-payments best meets industry and consumer needs, we invite all interested parties to review the second edition of the white paper and share their comments by 23 March 2012,” says the council’s Dag-Inge Flatraaker.

California retailers test NFC digital receipts

February 7th, 2012

Twelve merchants in the Bay Area are taking part in a pilot trial of an NFC digital receipt system that works with a US$50 device and has no transaction charges. More

Collis tests Visa NFC technology

February 7th, 2012

Testing tool specialist Collis has launched a test suite that can be used to perform functional testing of NFC payments applications based on the Visa Mobile Contactless Payment Specifications (VMCPS). The company has also appointed Toronto-based B2 Payment Solutions as the exclusive distributor of its payment test tools in the US and Canada.

Inside Secure to IPO this month

February 7th, 2012

NFC and contactless chip specialist Inside Secure will be listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange from 17 February, French newspaper Le Figaro reports. The company aims to raise up to 79.3 million euros from the stock market launch, Le Figaro adds, and the price will be between 7 and 8.54 euros per share.

Leaked video confirms NFC for Windows Phone 8

February 6th, 2012

Details of a video describing Windows Phone 8 features and confirming support for NFC have been reported by mobile gadget blog PocketNow. The video is hosted by Microsoft senior vice president Joe Belfiore, says PocketNow,… More

Nokia says goodbye to Hello

February 6th, 2012

A description of a new NFC service from Nokia which briefly appeared on the Nokia Conversations blog on Friday was “just a ‘humoristic’ test post which went accidentally live for a few moments,” a spokesman… More

DeviceFidelity raises funds, signs strategic partnership with Datacard

February 6th, 2012

“Financial institutions will have a great opportunity to capitalize on this by easily complementing their card programs without having to make major infrastructure changes to their existing processes,” says the card giant’s Russell St John. More

Visa reports 1m US chip cards

February 6th, 2012

US financial institutions had issued one million Visa-branded EMV chip cards by the end of December 2011, the payments network reports. Issuers now include Chase Card ServicesState Employees’ Credit UnionUnited Nations Federal Credit UnionUS Bank, and Wells Fargo.

Inside wins NFC phone order

February 6th, 2012

Inside Secure has announced its NFC chip technology has been chosen to power “a next-generation smartphone from a leading mobile phone manufacturer.” The new phone is scheduled to be introduced by mid-year, “will run on one of the most widely used mobile operating systems under license” and will use Inside’s MicroRead NFC controller chip and Open NFC protocol stack software.

MasterCard delivers popcorn to movie-goers with NFC

February 1st, 2012

Two movie theatres in Sydney, Australia are pilot testing QkR, a mobile app that lets customers place orders on their smartphone via NFC or QR codes and then have their order delivered to their seat. More

Blue Bite reports results of US NFC marketing campaign

February 1st, 2012

A campaign for travel app HotelTonight, which combined promotional videos shown on digital screens with the ability to download the app via NFC, QR code, Bluetooth or WiFi, saw a small but promising number of interactions via NFC, says the mobile marketing platform provider. More

French consumers prefer fingerprints to NFC

February 1st, 2012

A survey has found that French consumers are more interested in the idea of using their fingerprint to identify themselves when making a payment than in using a mobile phone for the purpose. 69% of… More

Romanian banks look to NFC

February 1st, 2012

Visa Europe is in discussion with banks in Romania with a view to introducing NFC payments, possibly as soon as this year, Catalin Cretu, the payments network’s country manager for Romania, has told local business newspaper ZF.

Spanish students to register for classes with NFC

January 31st, 2012

Samsung has signed a deal with a Spanish university to develop and pilot test the use of NFC phones to track student attendance. More

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