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Korea to eliminate paper receipts with NFC

December 6th, 2011

Telecoms research institute ETRI has established a standard way for Korean merchants to deliver receipts to NFC mobile phones, allowing stores to cut out the need to print paper sales slips. More

mFoundry adds Intel, FIS and Motorola to investor list

December 6th, 2011

The mobile banking platform provider will use $18m of new funding for “the development of new payments-related mobile products and services targeted at financial institutions and mobile network operators.” More

RIM begins NFC marketing campaign

December 6th, 2011

The BlackBerry maker is to showcase the potential of the NFC functionality in its latest smartphones via smart posters and tokens distributed by street crews in Australia. More

Top Nokia NFC executives jump ship

December 6th, 2011

The handset maker’s lead delegate to the NFC Forum and its head of NFC business development for the Americas have now left the company. The UK-based VP of industry collaborations will leave at the end of December. More

mFoundry to add NFC to mobile banking

December 2nd, 2011

Six hundred US financial institutions that use mFoundry’s mobile banking platform will be able to add NFC payments to their apps, following a deal signed between the technology provider and payments network MasterCard. More

Telefonica to launch NFC in Europe in ‘the next few months’

December 2nd, 2011

The telecoms giant, which runs the Movistar network in Spain and Latin America as well as O2 in Europe and Vivo in Brazil, has announced it will use a central trusted service management solution provided by Giesecke & Devrient to roll out NFC services in Europe next year. More

Citi NFC lead jumps to LivingSocial

December 2nd, 2011

Dickson Chu, the high profile head of digital networks at Google Wallet financial services partner Citi, has left the banking group to head up a new merchant solutions division at local deals provider LivingSocial. In his new role the former PayPal vice president “will develop and promote products and services to meet the marketing and operational needs of local merchants.”

Dutch banks and carriers to launch NFC in 2013

November 30th, 2011

Mobile network operators KPN and Vodafone have signed a cooperation agreement with bankers ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank — but T-Mobile has pulled out of the ‘Sixpack’ partnership and will follow its own route to market. More

SIMalliance releases new version of Open Mobile API

November 29th, 2011

The new version of the Open Mobile API is designed to enable app developers to work easily with the secure elements in mobile phones — without needing specialist knowledge of how the technology works. More

Vivotech powers Cubic EMV reader

November 29th, 2011

Vivotech‘s EMV and NFC payments software is now being used in Cubic Transportation Systems‘ new Tri-Reader 3 contactless readers, after the two companies signed a licensing and development agreement in 2009. The Tri-Reader 3 was… More

Survey reports on consumer attitudes to next-gen loyalty

November 29th, 2011

“There is undoubtedly consumer appetite for using new technologies when the benefits are made clear,” says Ipsos Mori boss Simon Atkinson. “For consumers who are worried about embracing technology changes, and the older generation in particular, the answer is likely to lie in offering existing services in tandem with new.” More

Zapa returns with €1.1m investment

November 29th, 2011

Irish NFC specialist Zapa Technology, which ran into financial difficulties last month, is back in business with new investment led by technology entrepreneur Brendan McDonagh (pictured), who has become the company’s new CEO. Delta Partners… More

Kimtag adds NFC tag scan alerts

November 29th, 2011

NFC tag platform provider Kimtag has launched ScanTip, a realtime email alert system for QR code and NFC tag scans. “ScanTip’s realtime notification, combined with our vTag multiple tag system, allows our users to get a closer understanding of how and when QR codes or NFC tags are being scanned,” says CEO Phil Coote.

Foursquare adds NFC check-ins

November 28th, 2011

Symbian NFC phone users can now check in to locations on Foursquare with a touch of their phones, using the newly updated Foursquare for Symbian app. “No more tedious steps of launching an application waiting for location fix, connecting etc… With NFC this is all done with a simple tap,” says Nokia.

French bank and carrier team up to bring mobile payments to market

November 28th, 2011

The new BNP Paribas Mobile service combines a mobile network subscription, a range of innovative mobile banking products plus a choice of phones — including three with NFC — and is being promoted to customers via the bank’s network of branches across France. More

Art lovers rate exhibits with NFC

November 25th, 2011

Visitors to the STRP Festival in the Netherlands can use NFC phones to tag exhibits with keywords, share their experience via social media, rate individual exhibits and create a personalised poster incorporating their favourite experiences. More

Dubai cinemas get NFC promos

November 25th, 2011

Nokia N9 NFC phone users in Dubai are being offered free cinema ticket and popcorn vouchers for tapping their phone on smart posters and display stands located in the foyer of selected Vox Cinemas. Exit displays allow NFC phone users to tap a tag to access movie listings and a Nokia Facebook ‘Like’ page. The system was developed by UK-based NFC specialist Proxama.

EU raises m-payments concerns

November 25th, 2011

The lack of a “concrete European framework” for mobile payments means “the largest and most promising global m-payment initiatives are currently launched outside Europe,” according to a European Commission document that Bloomberg News has obtained. “Regulators may seek to spur mobile-phone payments,” says Bloomberg.

Telefonica begins BlackBerry NFC trial

November 25th, 2011

“We look forward to seeing the launch of commercial wallet services in several markets next year,” says the CEO of Telefónica Digital. More

PayPal UK: Mobile wallets won’t become mainstream until 2016

November 25th, 2011

“2016 will mark the real start of money’s digital switchover in the UK,” says the boss of PayPal UK. “Children born today will become the UK’s first ‘cashless generation’. It will be completely natural for them to pay by mobile.” More

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