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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.

PayPal to woo retailers with mobile payment incentives

February 14th, 2012

PayPal is planning to offer merchants who adopt its in-store mobile payments service both lower costs and access to more detailed customer data, according to a Reuters news report. Reuters interviewed Don Kingsborough, PayPal’s head of retail… More

Nokia NFC boss departs

February 14th, 2012

Jeremy Belostock, head of NFC at Nokia for the last four years, has left the company to take up a new post at mailing solutions firm Neopost. Belostock’s departure continues an on-going exodus of Nokia NFC staff and follows a series of exits over the last few months by the handset maker’s lead delegate to the NFC Forum, head of NFC business development for the Americas and VP of industry collaborations.

Firm finds NFC users interact more than QR code users

February 14th, 2012

Only 1% of interactions with the French NFC specialist’s AdTag platform are conducted via an NFC phone, but NFC users account for 8% of all interactions, the company has found. More

TI enters NFC phone chip market

February 13th, 2012

The semiconductor giant has launched WiLink 8.0, a new family of all-in-one combo chips that include an integrated NFC controller chip and come “paired and pre-tested” with embedded secure element chips from both Infineon and NXP. More

Juniper forecasts NFC ticketing market

February 13th, 2012

One in eight (13%) of North American and western European mobile users will use their NFC-enabled mobile phones as a metro rail or bus ticket by 2016, compared with less than 1% today, according to… More

VTT tests talking product packaging

February 13th, 2012

The Finnish R&D company’s HearMeFeelMe project focused on how NFC could be used to improve the way elderly and visually impaired people interact with the world around them, including a system that allows product information to be recorded on an NFC tag and then read back to the user via an NFC phone. More

HP releases Envy Spectre ultrabook with NFC

February 13th, 2012

HP has begun shipping the HP Envy 14 Spectre, an upmarket ultrabook PC that features extensive use of glass and includes NFC read/write capabilities. The Spectre allows users to “tap-to-share” website URLs from their NFC-enabled… More

Commbank picks G&D for TSM

February 13th, 2012

Australia’s largest bank has chosen Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) as its trusted service manager. Commonwealth Bank launched its first NFC service, Commbank Kaching, in October 2011. The service lets iPhone users send money to their Facebook friends, and email contacts as well as make payments in stores via an add-on NFC case. The bank is now “adding multiple mobile phone-based payment options to its range of mobile banking services,” says G&D.

Google Wallet boss: No more prepaid cards until we’ve dealt with hack

February 11th, 2012

“To address an issue that could have allowed unauthorized use of an existing prepaid card balance if someone recovered a lost phone without a screen lock, tonight we temporarily disabled provisioning of prepaid cards,” says Google Wallet VP Osama Bedier. More

Google Wallet faces its second hack of the week

February 10th, 2012

The latest Google Wallet hack is the first to impact users of stock Android phones and allows anyone who obtains a lost or stolen device which does not have a screen lock set up to gain access to and spend the owner’s prepaid card balance. More

Arm to add NFC mobile wallet support

February 10th, 2012

Mobile phone chip leader Arm is working with Proxama to create secure future payment mechanisms for mobile handsets, the UK-based NFC specialist has announced. The two companies are working together to integrate Arm’s TrustZone technology, which creates… More

Foursquare adds P2P NFC

February 10th, 2012

Social check-in service Foursquare has upgraded its Android app to include support for version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, adding features that work with the Android Beam NFC P2P service. The upgrade means that users with… More

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

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