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NFC developer wins $50,000 Evernote prize

August 23rd, 2011

Montreal-based start-up Wiseleap has won the US$50,000 grand prize in note-taking app provider Evernote‘s global developer competition — turning it instantly into one of the most profitable NFC applications ever. Wiseleap’s Touchanote Android app is designed… More

TazPad Android NFC tablet to include fingerprint biometric security

August 23rd, 2011

French NFC and Zigbee specialist TazTag has integrated AuthenTec‘s TCS2 TouchChip sensor into its TazPad Android tablet. TazPad was first announced in February and is designed for “professionals who want to link a bank, a… More

NFC news in brief • 23 August 2011

August 23rd, 2011

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: First Android 4 phone could come in October • Rogers planning NFC launch? • Tags stores take off • Jiepang eyes mobile commerce • Tagstar shields tags • BlackBerry NFC delay • Turkcell tests tickets • Vivotech adds NFC POS terminal • and more… More

Sharp launches Android NFC tablet in Japan

August 22nd, 2011

The RW-T107 Android 2.3 tablet includes an NFC interface that allows it to be used in stores and other commercial locations to read loyalty, membership, ID and other contactless cards. More

Absa and Vodacom form mobile financial services partnership

August 19th, 2011

The South African bank and mobile network operator have signed a multi-milliion rand cooperation deal. “The project is expected to lead to developments in the near field communication arena and usher in a new era of convenience for the customer,” says Absa. More

More than half of consumers ready to swap location data for targeted content and promotions

August 19th, 2011

A survey conducted for location-based mobile media company JiWire has found that 53% of Americans and 69% of Brits are now willing to share their location in exchange for receiving more relevant mobile promotions and… More

3GTV adds NFC to grocery store shelves

August 18th, 2011

“We see NFC as the ideal technology for enabling new approaches to ‘check-ins’, integrating social media into the physical store, and rethinking how we reward loyalty and encourage discovery and sharing,” says the out-of-home interactive television network. More

Nokia releases Symbian Anna NFC update

August 18th, 2011

The phone maker has begun upgrading Symbian^3 devices to Symbian Anna, allowing users of the NFC-enabled Nokia C7 to try out its NFC functionality for the first time. More

Narian unveils suite of NFC apps for retailers

August 17th, 2011

The NFC pioneer’s NFC4All platform provides a wide array of in-store marketing and customer service apps designed to enable retailers of all sizes to drive traffic to stores, increase in-store transaction volumes and reduce lost sales opportunities. More

Museum of London adds NFC

August 16th, 2011

Visitors to the museum can find out more about particular exhibits, access vouchers, book tickets and connect via social media. More

KSI puts NFC into keyboards

August 15th, 2011

High-end custom keyboard supplier Key Source International has announced a new device with an option to include NFC technology. The KSI-1700 keyboard comes with a number of mix-and-match options for building in security and authentication… More

Cirque adds NFC to touch panels

August 15th, 2011

The capacitive sensing technology specialist has integrated an NFC antenna into its trackpad and touch panel modules, enabling a single input device to be used for both NFC and touch interactions. More

ABI: 85% of POS terminals to support contactless payments in 2016

August 11th, 2011

85% of terminals shipped worldwide will be contactless-enabled in 2016, driven by increased proliferation of contactless cards and, especially, rapid adoption of NFC-enabled cell phones, ABI Research predicts. “Contactless has the potential to change the… More

TSM market to be worth 330m euros annually by 2015

August 11th, 2011

“NFC is a nascent industry in which all participants want to set up the conditions and obtain the greatest market share during the early stages,” new analysis from Frost & Sullivan has found. “However, NFC commercialisation will not take place if such approaches are taken.” More

No Nokia N9 NFC phone for UK or USA

August 11th, 2011

The Nokia N9, a Meego-powered smartphone with NFC capabilities announced in June, will not be available in the UK, Nokia has told The Telegraph. The USA also looks set to miss out on the device,… More

HTC calls on Taiwan to build national mobile payments platform

August 11th, 2011

Taiwanese financial institutions should jointly develop a unified NFC-based mobile payment platform says the Taiwan-based handset maker, following the announcement of its first NFC phone and a deal with China’s CUP payments network. More

Gartner’s Hype Cycle places NFC at ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’

August 11th, 2011

The Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle is designed “to highlight the common pattern of overenthusiasm, disillusionment and eventual realism that accompanies each new technology and innovation,” says the company. More

HTC NFC phone to go on sale in China

August 10th, 2011

The HTC Stunning, the company’s first NFC phone, will be launched in China in September via a deal with payments network China UnionPay. More

Texas Instruments enters NFC market

August 9th, 2011

TI has announced its first NFC product, an NFC transceiver that supports peer-to-peer communications and card emulation as well as read/write functionality and is designed to be built into a wide range of industrial, commercial and consumer products. More

Visa moves US to EMV and NFC

August 9th, 2011

“The adoption of dual-interface chip technology will help prepare the US payment infrastructure for the arrival of NFC-based mobile payments by building the necessary infrastructure to accept and process chip transactions that support either a signature or PIN at the point of sale,” says the payments giant. More

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