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    Moneto adds Android NFC payments

    February 21st, 2012

    Support for a range of Android phones based on Samsung’s Galaxy S has been added to NFC supplier DeviceFidelity’s Moneto service. Launched last month with support for Apple iPhones, Moneto allows anyone in the US… More

    Firms find NFC B2B app pays for itself in months

    February 21st, 2012

    Companies of all sizes and in a range of markets are finding that they are getting a return on their investment in Think&Go NFC‘s business-to-business Audit&Control solution within five to twelve months, the company reports…. More

    EMVCo picks GlobalPlatform secure element compliance programme

    February 21st, 2012

    EMVCo, the standards body collectively owned by American Express, JCB, MasterCard and Visa, has officially recognised the GlobalPlatform Compliance Program for validating secure elements as an integral part of its mobile payment certification process. The move… More

    Samsung in Malaysian NFC deal

    February 21st, 2012

    Samsung has signed a memorandum of understanding with Malaysian RFID firm Smartag that will see the two firms working together to bring NFC technology to the Malaysian market. “Together we will work to simplify the Malaysian lifestyle by using the digital wallet for credit, debit, membership and loyalty cards using mobile phones,” says Smartag CEO PK Lim.

    Fujitsu to launch phones and tablets featuring NFC and biometric security

    February 20th, 2012

    Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu is to introduce a wide range of smartphones and tablets with both NFC and biometric security capabilities, according to a Financial Times report. The company is an established phone manufacturer in Japan, where… More

    Inside Secure completes IPO

    February 20th, 2012

    Shares in the first NFC specialist to go public were oversubscribed by five times and the offer price was set at the high end of the range at €8.30 per share, netting the firm €69m and giving it a market capitalisation of €261m. More

    Kaching rings up 110k downloads

    February 20th, 2012

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s CommBank Kaching NFC-enabled mobile payments app has been downloaded 110,761 times in the two months since it was first made available, the bank reports. “The first release of CommBank Kaching is just the beginning of the journey and we are constantly reviewing how to evolve our technology to deliver the best customer experience,” says the bank, which last week revealed it had picked Giesecke & Devrient as its TSM.

    UK NFC joint venture prepares to seek EU approval

    February 20th, 2012

    The UK NFC joint venture announced last year by mobile network operators Vodafone, O2 and Everything Everywhere is expected to seek the official go ahead for the scheme, dubbed Project Oscar, in the next two… More

    World Expo 2012 to showcase NFC applications

    February 20th, 2012

    This year’s World Expo in Yeosu, Korea is to include NFC-based payments, food ordering, entrance tickets and parking as well as an NFC shopping wall and access to multilingual information on exhibits and transportation. More

    BCNTouch to run NFC treasure hunt at Mobile World Congress

    February 20th, 2012

    A bottle of Bodegas Torres wine is on offer to the first two hundred MWC attendees who visit the stands taking part in the treasure hunt and use their NFC phone, or a QR code app, to scan wine bottles. More

    Apps4Android launches NFC talking label app

    February 17th, 2012

    Accessibility app specialist Apps4Android has released Ideal Talking Tags, a free talking label maker and reader application for NFC phones running Android 4. Ideal Talking Tags allows the user to record messages on their phone and then… More

    MillerCoors prepares for NFC

    February 17th, 2012

    When it comes to near field communication we want one of our consumers’ first great experiences to be with one of our brands, the director of digital marketing for brewing giant MillerCoors has explained in… More

    Turkish payments group BKM joins NFC Forum

    February 16th, 2012

    BKM, which acts as an NFC trusted service manager for member banks in Turkey, has joined the NFC Forum and revealed that four more banks are now ready to roll out NFC services. More

    Watchdata unveils NFC on a SIM

    February 16th, 2012

    “Our new Simpass-SC solution gives MNOs what they want right now — the most practical and quick-to-deploy form factor,” says the company’s Michael Yu. “We feel this will provide greater customer attraction and higher ROI for our MNO customers.” More

    Thales unveils EMV reader

    February 16th, 2012

    The Thales OR 500 is a new reader designed for the transportation ticketing market that works with both traditional contactless transit cards and EMV bank cards. “The 500 series can be integrated in greenfield projects or as an upgrade in any regional or nationwide fare collection systems,” says the company. The first validator equipped with the OR 500 will be available by the end of 2012.

    Turkcell equips 300,000 customers with T-series NFC capable phones

    February 16th, 2012

    The Turkish mobile network operator’s customers now have the option of making payments via a BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone, an own-branded Huawei NFC phone, a new NFC Android handset made by ZTE or with an add-on for a standard mobile. [Updated] More

    O2 backs London NFC hackathon

    February 16th, 2012

    The third event in digital agency Isobar’s NFC hackathon series is to take place in London over the weekend of 24-25 March. Create London is sponsored by mobile network operator O2, is free to attend and offers participants the chance of winning a development fund kick-starter to help take their idea to market.

    Google Wallet prepaid card hack fixed

    February 15th, 2012

    Google has found a fix for the exploit that allowed access to Google Wallet prepaid card balances and has turned back on the the ability to issue new cards. More

    Telefonica picks Sybase 365 for mobile wallet rollout

    February 14th, 2012

    The telecoms giant has chosen the SAP subsidiary to provide a mobile wallet solution that it will begin introducing in Europe and Latin America during the first half of 2012. More

    Polish banks expand NFC trial

    February 14th, 2012

    Poland’s MultiBank and mBank have begun the second phase of their NFC pilot, opening up the trial to consumers for the first time by providing competition winners with an iCarte accessory they can attach to their iPhone to make mobile payments. Some 35,000 points of sale in the country are currently equipped to accept contactless payments and this number is expected to rise to more than 200,000 by the end of 2015.

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