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Report: Larry Page cancels Google Wallet card plan

May 13th, 2013

Google CEO Larry Page has become personally involved in decisions surrounding the future direction of Google Wallet, AllThingsD reports, leading to the cancellation of plans to introduce a physical Google Wallet card and the departure… More

BMW picks Smart-Tec NFC tags

May 10th, 2013

Car maker BMW is using tags supplied by Smart-Tec in two NFC-enabled accessories, the NFC Smartphone Holder and the BMW Car Hotspot LTE, the Munich-based custom tag specialist reports. The NFC Smartphone Holder is designed to… More

Wallet boss Osama Bedier to leave Google

May 9th, 2013

Osama Bedier, Google’s vice president of Wallet and payments, is to leave the company. Bedier, who joined Google from PayPal in January 2011 to head up the NFC-based Google Wallet service, “has decided to leave Google this… More

Samsung 3D camera gets NFC

May 6th, 2013

Samsung has shipped a new 20.3 megapixel NFC-enabled smart camera that can be teamed with the company’s NX 45mm F1.8 interchangeable 2D/3D lens to allow photographers to capture both photos and HD videos in 3D. The… More

OSPT Alliance releases Cipurse mobile guidelines

May 3rd, 2013

The Open Standard for Public Transport (OSPT) Alliance has released a set of guidelines for transport operators seeking to develop and deploy NFC mobile ticketing applications. The guidelines detail the requirements and use cases for… More

Google and Equity Bank launch NFC payments in Kenya

May 1st, 2013

The BebaPay service is now live on buses in Nairobi and a free app enables any Android NFC phone to be used as a card reader. Shops, traders and small businesses will be able to use Google’s BebaPay in the future “to accept payments from customers, without needing expensive tills and cash registers.” More

NFC app records voices

April 30th, 2013

NFC-Shop.net has launched Tapogram, an Android app that allows user to record messages up to 10 seconds long and associate them with an NFC tag. When another user taps the tag, the message is played. The company envisages use cases including talking greetings cards and gift tags, short lists and storing information about objects. The app is free to download for a limited time.

Samsung to issue new TecTiles that meet NFC Forum standards

April 30th, 2013

Samsung is to introduce a new range of NFC tags because its existing TecTiles tags don’t meet NFC Forum standards and won’t work with the new Galaxy S4 smartphone. The phone maker’s original TecTile tags used… More

Casio picks STMicro for rugged NFC smartphone

April 22nd, 2013

The 4G LTE G’zOne CA-201L is waterproof, shockproof and dustproof, says Casio, and can be used for mobile payments applications as well as NFC read/write functions. More

Digital authentication using a passport and NFC tested in Brazil

April 18th, 2013

A Brazilian startup has developed an authentication process that uses government-issued electronic ID documents and NFC phones to provide users with an additional level of security when logging in to online services. The aim is… More

Samsung adds Galaxy Mega 6.3-inch NFC phone

April 11th, 2013

Samsung has added a new smartphone to its Galaxy range. The Galaxy Mega  “phablet” comes in two sizes, with a 6.3-inch or 5.8-inch HD LCD screen. The 6.3-inch model will come with NFC. Both versions will… More

HTC includes NFC in Facebook phone

April 5th, 2013

The HTC First is a mid-range touch screen smartphone that pushes Facebook integration to the front and centre — and includes NFC support. The Android device features Facebook Home, a “mobile experience that puts your friends… More

Harvard Medical School develops NFC medication tracking system

April 4th, 2013

The new technology combines Android tablet PCs with NFC tags attached to patients’ wristbands, medications and nurses’ ID badges and is designed to make the administration of medicines easier, safer, faster and more cost-effective, Dr Adam Landman has told NFC World. More

2014 will see 500m NFC devices in use, says ABI

March 27th, 2013

“NFC has reached the point of no return,” says practice director John Devlin. “It all hinged on handsets; and next year we will see half-a-billion devices in the hands of consumers as it becomes more widely integrated.” More

InfoChip adds Sniper device for reading tiny tags with NFC phones

March 25th, 2013

A simple add-on adapter for NFC phones cuts the cost of equipping staff with a reader for InfoChip’s 8mm industrial tags by more than half, the company says, and will “bring profound revolution in safety compliance, inspection management and industrial asset management.” More

Rogers adds Suretap phones

March 21st, 2013

Canadian mobile network operator Rogers has added three Android and four BlackBerry NFC phones to the list of devices that work with its Suretap NFC payments service. The new phones are the LG Optimus G , Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Note II and the Blackberry Bold 9900Blackberry Curve 9360Blackberry Bold 9790 and Blackberry Z10.

Fraunhofer offers secure NFC keys that can be shared via QR codes

March 20th, 2013

Key2Share allows virtual keys stored on NFC phones to be shared securely using QR codes that can be sent by email or MMS message — or even in the mail. More

Researchers present Inverse Reader Mode concept for NFC ticketing

March 19th, 2013

A team of researchers from NFC Research Lab Hagenberg is working on an alternative approach to using card emulation mode for NFC ticketing applications. The concept holds the potential of enabling NFC ticketing systems to… More

Sony adds Xperia SP and Xperia L NFC phones

March 18th, 2013

Sony Mobile has announced two additions to its Xperia smartphone line up, the Xperia SP and the Xperia L. Both are mid-range mobile phones that include NFC and will be available globally in Q2 2013…. More

Galaxy S4 to come with Visa payments applet

March 15th, 2013

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will come with Visa’s payWave contactless payments applet preloaded into an embedded secure element. This, says Samsung, “can be used by both MNOs and banks; more payment applets from multiple brands are… More

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