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RapidNFC examines iPhone 6 tag reading issue

October 1st, 2014

PARTNER VIEWS: The question of whether or not Apple has included NFC tag reading and writing capabilities in the iPhone 6 is examined in a new blog post by NFC tag specialist RapidNFC. The article explains why the NFC antenna in a mobile phone needs to be more powerful for tag reading than for payments and concludes that “there’s nothing to indicate that such an antenna doesn’t exist within the phone. Even if nobody seems to have actually found it yet.”

NFC technology report available for free download

September 30th, 2014

NFC Technologies and Systems, a 98-page report that explains in detail the technology behind NFC tag reading and writing, the role and functionality of trusted service managers (TSMs), how secure elements work and how they… More

NFC Forum publishes connection handover paper

September 24th, 2014

The NFC Forum has published guidelines for developers looking to use NFC to easily establish a connection between two devices and then hand over to Bluetooth or WiFi for high speed or long distance data exchange. Connection Handover User Experience Recommendations includes general guidance for all applications, for audio and video streaming use cases, and recommendations specific to Bluetooth use.

SD Association adds support for TransferJet communications

September 23rd, 2014

Memory card standards group the SD Association has expanded its iSDIO specification to include support for TransferJet, a short range contactless communications technology that enables data to be transferred between devices at high speed. “TransferJet technology… More

AMS offers developer kit for adding NFC to electronic devices

September 23rd, 2014

PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker AMS, one of two NFC IC suppliers to Apple, has introduced a development kit and software stack designed to make it easy to build NFC functionality into routers, set-top boxes, automotive… More

NFC Forum expands certification program

September 23rd, 2014

The NFC Forum has added analog testing to its certification program, enabling device manufacturers to prove that their products are compliant with international radio frequency (RF) performance specifications for the first time. Certification testing for… More

Panasonic takes NFC to the air

September 18th, 2014

Panasonic Avionics is to add NFC to the in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems it supplies to airlines, providing a way for passengers and crew to make contactless payments and for passengers to access a range of… More

Apple confirms NFC chip lockdown

September 16th, 2014

Access to the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available only to Apple Pay, an Apple spokeswoman has told Cult of Mac. Whether that restriction applies only to the secure element or to all NFC functions, including tag reading/writing, is not yet confirmed, however.

Transcript: Apple VP Kevin Lynch and CEO Tim Cook show off how Apple Watch can be used beyond payments

September 12th, 2014

As well as using the device to make payments with the new Apple Pay mobile payment service, Apple Watch wearers will be able to use their smartwatch as a boarding pass and to unlock their… More

NXP publishes guide to NFC and the Internet of Things

September 9th, 2014

Chip maker NXP has published a 20-page guide to NFC and the Internet of Things (IoT) that is available for readers to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. “NFC for Embedded Applications: Your Critical… More

23 Apple patents related to NFC and mobile payments

September 8th, 2014

Apple has been steadily building a portfolio of patents related to NFC and mobile payments over recent years, from as far back as 2009. NFC World+ has reported on these as they have been published and links are provided here to details of 23 patents covering technical innovations and use cases in payments, mobile marketing, coupon delivery, gifting, event ticketing, content sharing, travel and beyond.  More

Broadcom offers IoT developer kit

September 1st, 2014

Chip maker Broadcom has introduced Wiced Sense, a developer kit designed “to enable developers to rapidly prototype ideas and concepts for IoT devices and applications.” The kit includes a Broadcom BCM20737 Bluetooth Smart system-in-package (SiP)… More

Nintendo 3DS to get NFC

September 1st, 2014

Nintendo will include a built-in NFC chip in the next versions of its 3DS and 3DS XL handheld games consoles, at least in Japan, the company has revealed in its latest 3DS Direct video briefing. The NFC functionality provides “support for Nintendo’s upcoming Amiibo toy line,” CNet reports. Nintendo will also sell an NFC adapter for existing models.

Estimote unveils BLE stickers

August 27th, 2014

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon maker Estimote has introduced a new product category that it calls “nearables”, stickers that contain a Bluetooth Smart controller, an ARM processor and both an accelerometer and a temperature sensor. “Simply attach a sticker to an item to turn it into a nearable — a smart, connected object that broadcasts data about its location, motion and temperature,” the company says.

Levi’s Stadium adds BLE beacons

August 21st, 2014

The Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco has installed 1,700 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that can be used “to give people pinpoint directions to their seats as well as to any other place in the stadium,” Time reports. “They can also be used to send them alerts about specials from concession stands and other promotions.”

Invitation to contribute to the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre

August 7th, 2014

NFC World+ is introducing a new service in September 2014 that will go beyond the news to provide our readers with in-depth information on the technologies driving the future of commerce. Initial expressions of interest are now invited from readers who would like to share their knowledge and experiences with our 100,000+ monthly visitors. More

Festival uses BLE to gain insights into attendee activity

July 23rd, 2014

This year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has used Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to track how visitors moved around the site so that it can “shape and streamline the festival in the future”. One… More

60m BLE beacons to ship by 2019

July 10th, 2014

Sixty million Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons worth US$500m will be shipped in 2019, ABI Research forecasts. Most will be used in the commercial and enterprise, connected home and personal asset tracking sectors — rather than retail — the “BLE Tags and the Location of Things” study anticipates.

Tamagotchi 4U to come with NFC

July 10th, 2014

Japanese toy maker Bandai is to include NFC in the next version of its Tamagotchi electronic pets, enabling owners to tap their device on ‘Touch Spots’ and against other Tamagotchis and smartphones to exchange items and play games. Tamagotchi 4U will be released in September and Bandai expects to sell one million units by the end of March 2015.

Robin raises funds for BLE in the office

July 9th, 2014

Boston startup Robin has closed a US$1.4m seed funding round to expand and develop a solution that uses iBeacons and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to let workers interact with the office space around them. Using the beacons, the Robin mobile app and the company’s dashboard, users can control the workplace and automate tasks such as room booking, heating and lighting control, and locating coworkers.

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