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HTC Desire 500 heading to Europe with NFC version

August 7th, 2013

The HTC Desire 500 will launch across Europe this month with NFC and dual SIM versions available in some markets. The mid-range Desire 500 is an Android smartphone that features a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, HTC’s… More

Motorola unveils customisable Moto X with NFC

August 2nd, 2013

Motorola has announced the Moto X, a customisable NFC handset that lets customers choose from more than 2,000 combinations of colour, cover, memory and wallpaper. The 4G LTE Moto X is the Google-owned handset maker’s… More

ING Romania launches NFC wallet

July 31st, 2013

ING Bank Romania has made its ING Pay NFC mobile wallet available to customers, after a year-long in-house trial. Available for customers with an iPhone 4, 4S or a Samsung Galaxy handset, the ING Pay… More

No secure element in new Nexus 7

July 30th, 2013

Google has not included a secure element in the new version of its Nexus 7 tablet, Google’s Peter Hazlehurst has told Android Police, and the tablet is not therefore able to support Google Wallet NFC payments. The device does, however, support NFC read/write capabilities via Android Beam. The HTC One Play Edition also does not include an embedded SE, Hazlehurst added.

RBC to launch NFC payments in the cloud

July 24th, 2013

Canadian bank RBC is to introduce an NFC mobile payments service that stores customers’ card details in the cloud. RBC Secure Cloud will launch later this year and will  be delivered “through partnerships with mobile… More

Guinness offers free pints to NFC phone owners

July 24th, 2013

Guinness fans around the UK can tap their Android or BlackBerry NFC phone to an NFC-enabled pub drinks dispenser to get the chance of winning a free pint of the black stuff, courtesy of a… More

NFC Ring smashes crowdfunding goal with 2,100 backers in just four days

July 24th, 2013

A UK-based startup raising funds on Kickstarter for a finger ring that lets users unlock NFC-enabled doors and devices and share information via NFC has amassed pledges totalling almost double its £30,000 (US$46,000) target in… More

iPhone NFC payments arrive in the UK

July 24th, 2013

The Moneto prepaid mobile wallet service, which uses DeviceFidelity’s microSD-based NFC technology, is now available in the UK via a partnership with payments processor Kalixa Group and MasterCard. The service is available at launch for iPhone… More

Reddit is Fun gets NFC update

July 24th, 2013

Reddit is Fun, the smartphone app that allows easier browsing of the popular user generated news site, has added NFC sharing in its latest update, allowing users to share posts between NFC-enabled devices.

Three new Motos boast NFC

July 24th, 2013

Motorola has launched three Android 4.2 smartphones, all with NFC. The compact Motorola Droid Mini, super-thin Droid Ultra and 48-hour battery equipped Droid Maxx will be available in the US from Verizon from 20 August at US$99, $199 and $299 with a two year contract.

Irish restaurant chain picks NFC P2P payments and rewards

July 17th, 2013

Dublin-based Graham O’Sullivan Restaurants has contracted retail software specialist Escher Group to deliver an NFC- and QR-based payments and rewards service that uses NFC’s peer-to-peer (P2P) capabilities. The solution works with any Android NFC phone… More

Brother picks Broadcom for NFC

July 17th, 2013

A new range of Brother multi-function printers will use Broadcom’s BCM20792 NFC controller for one tap printing from mobile devices. The MFC-J870DW and MFC-J875DW printers are compatible with NFC devices running Android 4.0+ and will also utilise Broadcom’s BCM43362 WLAN chip for WiFi connectivity.

McDonald’s adds NFC games to restaurant tables

July 15th, 2013

McDonald’s has launched an NFC campaign in Singapore that turns dining tables into interactive racing tracks. The Happy Table initiative, delivered in partnership with worldwide advertising agency DDB, is currently running in one location as… More

Far EasTone brings low-cost NFC phone to Taiwan

July 11th, 2013

Mobile network operator Far EasTone has teamed with Vodafone to launch a low-cost Android NFC smartphone in Taiwan in preparation for its NFC payments pilot later this year. Far EasTone has already purchased some 10,000… More

Google runs NFC campaign in Australian airports

July 8th, 2013

Google is running an NFC and QR code based digital advertising campaign in airports around Australia, allowing travellers to use a smartphone or tablet to take control of Google Play video ads on giant screens…. More

GeoToll uses NFC to manage RFID road toll payments

July 4th, 2013

Transportation technology startup GeoToll is developing a tolling system that automatically takes payment as a vehicle passes a toll gantry, using a combination of NFC, RFID and GPS. The new system uses GPS to wake… More

Samsung launches laser printers with NFC

June 26th, 2013

One touch printing from smartphones is on the way with the new Samsung Xpress series of NFC printers. The range includes the C410W colour laser printer, the C460W with print, copy and scan functionality and… More

Novay releases NFC passport verification app

June 26th, 2013

Dutch research institute Novay has developed an Android app that could make expensive NFC reader equipment redundant when verifying passports. NFC Passport Reader uses NFC to read the chip embedded in a passport and can… More

Sony unveils Xperia Z Ultra with NFC and 6.4-inch display

June 25th, 2013

Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z Ultra, an ultra slim, waterproof and dust-resistant NFC phone with a whopping 6.4-inch full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 4G LTE. Launching globally from Q3 2013, the… More

Sony launches smart watch with NFC

June 25th, 2013

Sony has unveiled the SmartWatch 2, a device that is designed to act as a second screen for Android smartphones and offers a range of additional conveniences — including NFC pairing and sharing. The water-resistant… More

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