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IBM launches two-factor authentication for NFC devices

October 21st, 2013

Computer giant IBM has added a two factor authentication solution to its IBM Worklight mobile app platform, providing “an extra layer of security when using an NFC-enabled device and a contactless smart card to conduct… More

Umi launches two NFC phones

October 21st, 2013

Chinese phone manufacturer Umi is to introduce two Android 4.2 smartphones with NFC. The Umi X2S features an eight-core processor and a 5-inch 1080p display while the Umi Cross is a 6.44-inch Full HD phablet. The Cross will be available from the start of November 2013 at around £300.

Octopus pilots Sony FeliCa NFC payments in Hong Kong

October 14th, 2013

Hong Kong contactless transportation ticketing and stored value payments provider Octopus is conducting a mobile payments pilot in conjunction with mobile network operator PCCW-HKT, using Octopus Mobile SIMs — NFC-enabled SIM cards compatible with Sony… More

HTC One Max to come with NFC and fingerprint sensor

October 14th, 2013

Phone manufacturer HTC has announced the successor to its flagship HTC One smartphone, the NFC-enabled HTC One Max which houses a 5.9-inch 1080p display and fingerprint scanner. Located on the rear of the device, the… More

Fitbit upgrades NFC fitness wristband

October 14th, 2013

Health and fitness monitoring specialist Fitbit has upgraded its Fitbit Flex wristband with the Fitbit Force, now featuring an OLED screen that displays the time, how many steps you’ve taken, calories burned and floors climbed…. More

Samsung launches Galaxy Round NFC smartphone with curved display

October 10th, 2013

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Round, a premium NFC smartphone with a curved 5.7-inch Full HD display which will go on sale in Korea for KRW1,089,000 (US$1,000). As well as being easier to grip thanks… More

Adlink launches B2B NFC phone

October 9th, 2013

Taiwan-based technology manufacturer Adlink has released an NFC phone and “industrial mobile handheld device” aimed at automatic identification and data capture applications that includes a 1D laser or 2D camera-based barcode scanner, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1… More

Famoco begins shipping B2B NFC device

October 8th, 2013

Technology startup Famoco has begun shipping the FX 100, a US$200 Android device that runs a custom version of Android 4.0, enabling settings to be locked by system administrators so that it can only be used for pre-authorized functions. More

Google to introduce smartwatch and NFC ring, bake payments into Android KitKat?

October 7th, 2013

As speculation builds for the likely launch of the Google Nexus 5 and new Android KitKat operating system later this month, rumours suggest Google could also unveil a smartwatch and NFC ring. More

Softbank offers Fujitsu Arrows A NFC phone with finger sensor

October 7th, 2013

Japanese carrier Softbank has unveiled the Arrows A 301F, an NFC smartphone built by Fujitsu that includes a fingerprint reader on the rear of the phone for unlocking the device. The  Arrows A comes with… More

MTS and MasterCard launch co-branded NFC smartphone

October 3rd, 2013

Russian mobile network operator MTS has teamed with MasterCard to launch a co-branded smartphone that can make NFC payments at MasterCard PayPass contactless terminals. MTS Bank, Russian Standard Bank and Ak Bars credit cards and… More

Vertu launches Constellation NFC luxury smartphone

October 3rd, 2013

Luxury phone maker Vertu has unveiled the Constellation, a hand-built NFC smartphone which combines a scratch resistant sapphire crystal screen and a polished titanium body wrapped in calf leather. The Constellation houses a 4.3-inch HD… More

Ingersoll Rand launches secure P2P platform for NFC keys

October 2nd, 2013

Secure P2P offers a number of advantages over card emulation mode, the access control specialist’s Raj Venkat has told NFC World — there is no no need to wait for carriers to deploy TSM platforms, no middlemen have to be involved and the technology works on both locked and unlocked NFC phones. More

Tuit NFC ring looks for Kickstarter funding

October 2nd, 2013

The developers of Tuit, an NFC-based finger ring for unlocking Android smartphones, are aiming to raise US$100,000 through crowd funding website Kickstarter. More

Turkcell launches its own NFC phone

October 2nd, 2013

Turkcell has unveiled the T40, an NFC smartphone designed and manufactured in Turkey. The device runs a customised version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and includes a five megapixel camera and 4-inch LCD display. The… More

Google Play gets NFC vending machines in Japan

October 1st, 2013

Google Japan has unveiled a vending machine that allows consumers to tap to download Android games from the Google Play store via NFC. The units will be located outside the Parco department store in Shibuya,… More

RugGear to launch military spec rugged NFC phone

September 23rd, 2013

Rugged phone maker RugGear will include NFC in its next handset, a fully waterproof and dustproof 5.3-inch Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean smartphone. The RG970 is IP68 certified, the rating given to products that are totally… More

Timeclock app uses any card

September 18th, 2013

Japanese developer Kokodas has introduced an Android time and attendance app that can be used to record when people check in and out of a location with contactless cards and a Google Nexus 7. Users can “bring their own cards” by using a travel pass, student ID or other contactless card to identify themselves to the tablet. The USB TimeClock app sends time records in Excel or CSV format in an encrypted zip file via email at the end of a chosen period of time.

Google confirms commitment to NFC with new Google Wallet app

September 17th, 2013

Google has released a new version of Google Wallet that will allow anyone with an Android device running version 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ or higher to store loyalty cards and offers on their mobile phone as well… More

Artist embeds NFC chip in hand to share digital art

September 17th, 2013

Digital artist Anthony Antonellis has embedded an NFC-compatible RFID chip in his hand as a way of sharing his artwork with others. The 1KB chip was implanted between Antonellis’ thumb and forefinger and holds an… More

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