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NXP inside Galaxy Nexus

November 3rd, 2011

NXP has confirmed that its PN65N NFC controller with embedded secure element has been picked for Google’s recently launched Galaxy Nexus phone, along with the company’s open source NFC middleware. The chip was also used in the Nexus S.

Intercede to demo NFC government ID

November 2nd, 2011

Identity and credential management provider Intercede is to demonstrate an NFC version of its MyID security system at the Smart Card Alliance Government Conference in Washington DC this week. Intercede’s MyID identification card technology is used… More

New report compares the prospects for mobile payments technologies

November 1st, 2011

NFC-enabled mobile wallet solutions will become US consumers’ dominant mobile payments option for retail purchases while digital wallet applications will be most popular for mobile ecommerce payments, according to a new report from Parks Associates. More

WestJet to test in-flight NFC

November 1st, 2011

Canadian airline WestJet is to test contactless and NFC payments for in-flight purchases, American Banker reports. Technology from GuestLogix and MasterCard will boost transaction security in the air, where online authorisations are impractical. “Airlines have come to recognize there is a wide array of merchandise they can sell onboard, including items like wine and apparel they can have delivered to passengers’ homes when they land,” says GuestLogix.

1.2bn NFC chips to ship in 2015

November 1st, 2011

More than 1.2 billion NFC chips will ship annually by 2015, according to a new forecast from In-Stat. “As the costs of NFC chips decline, and NFC radios are combined with other chip functions, the cost to integrate NFC into handsets will be outweighed by the benefits,” says analyst Allen Nogee. “The growth of combo chips will also allow NFC radios to piggyback on technology that already has significant penetration in the market.”

Events get NFC Facebook link

November 1st, 2011

French digital agencies Nexence and United Spirit have unveiled MyCheckExperience, a service for event organisers wishing to connect a social media aspect with their real world events. Attendees who register on the organiser’s Facebook page can then use QR codes, RFID bracelets or NFC phones to feed pictures taken by roaming event staff back to their Facebook walls.

Google Wallet goes on tour

November 1st, 2011

Google, Sprint and Samsung are taking Google Wallet across the US on a five city roadshow that will allow consumers to test out the NFC service in selected retail stores. The roadshow, already live in New York and in… More

M-coupons to be worth over $43bn

November 1st, 2011

The total redemption value of mobile coupons will exceed US$43 billion globally by 2016 — an eightfold increase from $5.4bn this year — as they are increasingly delivered by mobile apps, according to a new report from Juniper Research.

Survey: 40% of merchants need to be equipped for contactless payments to take off

November 1st, 2011

The tipping point for consumers to begin using contactless payments technologies will be when at least 40% of merchants are equipped with compatible POS terminals, according to a survey by First Data which also found that banks are the trusted and preferred provider for mobile wallet solutions. More

Atria launches first NFC-enabled book

October 31st, 2011

The first 1,000 copies of a The Impulse Economy: Understanding Mobile Shoppers and What Makes Them Buy, a new book by Gary Schwartz, chairman of the US chapter of the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) and CEO of Impact… More

M-shopping platform gets NFC

October 31st, 2011

Retail and advertising technology provider Mercatus Technologies has added support for NFC and QR Codes to its Concierge for Mobile smart shopping platform. “The convenience and instant gratification of highly responsive NFC and QR technologies give retailers the tools to effectively and quickly place their brand in the palm of every mobile device user while boosting brand equity and improving financial performance,” says Mercatus strategy director James Thomas.

NFC helps Battlefield 3 dominate Waterloo

October 31st, 2011

EA Games has taken over eighteen outdoor media panels near the UK’s busiest railway station for the launch of its latest blockbuster game, Battlefield 3 — and several feature NFC. The advertising displays, managed by… More

Russia to get NFC payments

October 31st, 2011

MTS, Russia’s leading telecommunications operator, has signed an agreement with MasterCard to develop NFC mobile contactless services. “The partnership with MasterCard is aimed at creating conditions in Russia for the most extensive development of NFC payments as well as to extend MTS customers’ choice of payments instruments,” says company president Andrew Dubovskov.

NFC Forum picks Broadcom for device certification testing

October 26th, 2011

The NFC Forum has chosen to use Broadcom‘s recently announced BCM2079x NFC controller chips to validate its NFC device certification test suite. The NFC Forum Certification Program, introduced in December 2010, provides device manufacturers with… More

Mobile payments arrive on BlackBerry phones

October 26th, 2011

Carriers and banks around the world can now use the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphones to deliver MasterCard-approved NFC mobile payments services. More

Singapore awards national NFC infrastructure contract

October 25th, 2011

Singapore’s IDA has awarded the contract for a national NFC infrastructure to a consortium including mobile network operator StarHub, DBS Bank, public transportation card issuer EZ-Link and NFC technology provider Gemalto. Commercial services are due to go live in mid-2012. More

ABI: Four in ten NFC phones to have multiple secure elements

October 24th, 2011

Of the 552m NFC handsets set to ship in 2016, 227m will feature more than one secure element, according to a new forecast from ABI Research, pushing the value of the NFC chip market that year to more than US$1bn. More

Windows phones to get NFC in 2012

October 20th, 2011

WP7 phones will be able to support NFC functionality, including mobile payments, from next year. More

NJ Transit to enable Google Wallet users to buy tickets with NFC

October 19th, 2011

New Jersey Transit has become the first public transportation operator to announce plans to enable travellers to pay for fares with Google Wallet-enabled NFC phones. More

Android Ice Cream Sandwich adds NFC P2P and biometric security

October 19th, 2011

Android 4.0 includes an NFC peer-to-peer sharing technology called Android Beam and a facial biometric technology called Face Unlock that replaces the need to enter a PIN to unlock a phone. More

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