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VivaLnk develops digital tattoos that unlock NFC phones

June 30th, 2014

Moto X phone owners can now protect access to their mobile using a ‘digital tattoo’ developed by VivaLnk that can be positioned on the wrist and stays in place for five days. The Vivalnk tattoos… More

Russian Standard Bank adds embedded NFC payments

June 30th, 2014

Russian Standard Bank has partnered with Samsung and MasterCard to offer NFC payments to consumers with a Galaxy S4 or Note 3 mobile phone. The service is the second embedded NFC payments service to be… More

BBVA launches NFC payments based on Visa HCE specifications

June 30th, 2014

BBVA has become the first bank to launch a commercial NFC payments service that makes use of Visa’s cloud-based payments specifications. Customers in Spain with an Android NFC handset can use host card emulation (HCE)… More

Android L speeds up NFC P2P sharing

June 27th, 2014

New support for Android Beam, the name used for NFC peer-to-peer sharing in Android, is to be introduced with Android L, version 5.0 of Google’s operating system. Currently, Android Beam only springs into action once… More

Android L to offer wide range of new features for mobile payments and commerce

June 26th, 2014

The next generation of Android, unveiled at the Google I/O developer conference, will offer mobile payments, banking and commerce providers a wide range of new functions. Android L includes support for BLE’s peripheral mode, tighter… More

Google unveils cardboard VR headset with NFC

June 26th, 2014

Developers attending Google’s I/O conference have been given a DIY virtual reality headset that includes an NFC tag for connecting the device to their mobile phone. More

Brixton Pound uses BLE to let residents pay local businesses with their mobiles

June 20th, 2014

Businesses across the London district of Brixton are to be equipped with Bluetooth beacons that will allow residents to make mobile payments using the Brixton Pound, a local currency designed to encourage consumers to spend their money in independent local businesses. More

London taxi firm promotes app downloads with NFC and QR stickers

May 20th, 2014

Radio Taxis, one of London’s biggest taxi operators, is promoting downloads of its mobile app by placing NFC and QR code stickers in its 2,500 vehicles. Scanning or tapping the stickers provides passengers with a direct… More

Adafruit publishes NFC wearables DIY guide

May 19th, 2014

Electronics hobby supplier Adafruit Industries has posted a DIY guide to creating wearable NFC devices that can be used to unlock an Android phone. “This guide covers creating an NFC ring, putting an NFC tag in your nail polish, modding your Android installation to read tags from the lockscreen, and creating an automation tool chain to unlock the phone when the desired tag is scanned,” Adafruit says.

SF Soup to add iBeacons

May 15th, 2014

San Francisco Soup Company, operator of 17 soup, salad and sandwich restaurants around the Bay Area, has selected mobile solutions provider Punchh to create a customised mobile guest rewards program. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons will “automatically identify loyalty program members with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones as they come near to or enter a SF soup restaurant”, the company says. The new program will launch next month on both iOS and Android.

Deutsche Telekom launches NFC mobile wallet in Germany, with Slovakia and Hungary to follow

May 7th, 2014

Deutsche Telekom has launched MyWallet, an NFC service that allows customers with any of 18 supported Samsung and Sony Android NFC devices to make payments at MasterCard PayPass merchants. The service is live in Germany… More

Google Glass to add payments?

May 7th, 2014

Google Glass wearers will soon be able to make payments from their Google Wallet account, by simply saying “send money”, Techcrunch reports. “The company is testing this service internally right now, but chances are it will launch to all Glass users in the near future.”

RBC expands NFC wallet

May 6th, 2014

The Royal Bank of Canada has expanded the functionality and availability of its cloud-based RBC Wallet. The service now runs on four additional NFC devices — the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1 and HTC One M7 — and customers can use the NFC wallet to make payments with their MasterCard credit card in addition to the existing Interac debit and Visa payment options.

Dimple to offer NFC sticker with four customizable buttons

April 30th, 2014

US-based startup Dimple has developed a US$27 sticker for Android NFC smartphones which contains four buttons that the user can personalize to perform their choice of NFC quick actions. “The buttons can do numerous tasks including… More

Orange Poland adds debit cards to NFC platform

April 29th, 2014

Orange Poland has launched NFC Pass, a new service that builds on its existing Orange Cash platform to enable customers to make debit card payments using their NFC phone. NFC Pass is currently available to… More

Samsung adds Galaxy K Zoom with NFC

April 29th, 2014

Samsung has expanded its NFC phone range with the addition of the Galaxy K Zoom. The “camera-specialized smartphone” enables users to “effortlessly capture and share their most important everyday moments in stunning clarity, with the… More

SIMalliance issues HCE security warning

April 29th, 2014

“Host card emulation is good for the NFC ecosystem as a whole, but remains immature, unstandardised and, relative to secure element based deployments, vulnerable to malicious attack,” says SIM card manufacturer association SIMalliance, which has… More

PayPal takes another look at NFC

April 22nd, 2014

The arrival of host card emulation (HCE) has led to a re-think of online payments giant PayPal’s famously anti-NFC point of view, company president David Marcus has revealed. “I’m moving from being a massive skeptic… More

Rogers expands Suretap NFC wallet with support for prepaid and gift cards

April 14th, 2014

Canadian carrier Rogers Communications has added support for multiple card types to its Suretap wallet service. The new NFC-enabled cards include a Rogers prepaid MasterCard and gift cards from a range of merchants including Swiss… More

Ingenic unveils developer board for wearable devices with NFC

April 10th, 2014

Chinese embedded CPU provider Ingenic Semiconductor has unveiled a MIPS-based developer board that can be used to create wearable, healthcare and industrial devices that include a wide range of environmental sensors and wireless communications interfaces. More

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