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Sony adds wearable, Xperia tablet, phones and accessories with NFC

February 24th, 2014

Sony Mobile has launched a smart wristband, two new Xperia smartphones, an Xperia tablet and a range of accessories, all featuring NFC, at MWC 2014. The SWR10 SmartBand is a waterproof wristband that is designed… More

Broadcom introduces low cost, low power NFC chips for smartphones and wearables

February 24th, 2014

Chip maker Broadcom has unveiled a new generation of NFC controllers that reduce power consumption by 60%, lower the total cost for device manufacturers by 35% and cut antenna size by 50% — making them… More

Gemalto to offer Felica microSDs

February 24th, 2014

Sony and Gemalto are working together to add Sony FeliCa and NFC functionality to Gemalto microSD cards. “Incorporating a contactless IC and an antenna, Gemalto’s FeliCa/NFC equipped microSD cards will enable access to contactless card services simply by being inserted into mobile handsets and smartphones, including non-NFC handsets,” says Sony.

Nokia offers NFC Treasure Tags

February 19th, 2014

Nokia has introduced bright plastic tags that can be attached to a Lumia smartphone owner’s keys, bag, wallet and other valuables and emit “a loud tone” when they become separated from the phone. Additionally, an app can pinpoint the last place up to four paired Treasure Tags were “seen” on a map. The 30mm by 30mm by 10mm tags cost US$29.90 each, have a six month battery life and can be paired with a smartphone via either NFC or Bluetooth LE.

iPhone users to get NFC badges at MWC

February 18th, 2014

iPhone users will be able to participate in the NFC Experience at Mobile World Congress for the first time this year, courtesy of free NFC iPhone cases being made available by event sponsor Incipio that… More

Fujitsu develops glove with NFC and gesture recognition

February 18th, 2014

A new glove-style wearable device that combines an NFC tag reader, gyro sensor and accelerometer is to be demonstrated by Fujitsu Laboratories at Mobile World Congress 2014. Aimed at maintenance and other on-site operations, it… More

Windows Phone users to get more NFC controls

February 18th, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 will increase the level of control users have over NFC payment cards provisioned to their NFC SIM when it ships in mid-2014, according to a series of leaked screenshots, as well as… More

Canon adds NFC camera

February 17th, 2014

Camera maker Canon has added the NFC-enabled Powershot SX700 HS digital camera to its line of three NFC cameras announced at CES 2014. The NFC capability allows users to transfer images from the camera to their Android phone or tablet by pressing the Mobile Device Connect button and then tapping the devices together.

Pylon seeks funds for WiFi access point with NFC

February 17th, 2014

Funding is being raised on Kickstarter to commercialize an ultra-slim wall plaque that enables visitors to connect to a host’s WiFi network without having to ask for and enter a password, by just tapping their… More

Nintendo looks to NFC to boost Wii U sales

January 30th, 2014

Making full use of the NFC functionality built into the Wii U GamePad is one of four strategies designed to boost the console’s flagging sales in the year ahead, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed… More

W3C publishes draft NFC API

January 29th, 2014

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a draft specification for an NFC API that will provide web developers with a standard way to access the NFC functionality on an NFC-enabled device. The Web… More

Lesswire offers NFC for cars

January 21st, 2014

Wireless connectivity specialist Lesswire has introduced a module for vehicles that combines NFC, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. According to CEO Dr Ralph Meyfarth, WiBear 11ac offers “the next generation of the most-used wireless standards in the car as an easy to integrate module”.

NXP and EnOcean demo NFC smart lighting

January 10th, 2014

Chip maker NXP has teamed up with smart home specialist EnOcean at CES 2014 to show a solution that uses NFC to make it easy for homeowners to set up and add wireless lighting elements… More

ABI: Smartphones accounted for 80% of NFC devices shipped in 2013

January 8th, 2014

Smartphones accounted for four out of five NFC devices shipped in 2013 but that market share will drop to under 60% in 2017 as NFC becomes widely adopted in computing products, peripherals, speakers, digital cameras,… More

Allure introduces smart home sensors with NFC and BLE

January 8th, 2014

Smart home specialist Allure Energy has introduced new sensors that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy, enabling both iOS and Android device users to have the temperature of individual rooms in their home adjusted to… More

Sony expands NFC range with new smartphones, cameras, camcorders and in-car audio

January 8th, 2014

Sony has shown off two new versions of its flagship Xperia Z1 NFC smartphone and announced a number of new cameras, camcorders and in-car CD players with NFC at CES 2014. More

Marvell announces wireless combo chip with NFC

January 8th, 2014

Chip maker Marvell has introduced a new quad-radio wireless combo chip for mobile devices that includes support for NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, 1×1 802.11ac WiFi and FM radio. The Avastar 88W8887 is designed to provide “a… More

Panasonic introduces NFC products at CES

January 8th, 2014

Panasonic has unveiled a host of new NFC-enabled products at CES 2014, including a durable 7-inch Windows 8 tablet, headphones, a premium digital compact camera, four HD camcorders and a range of smart home theatre… More

Canon adds NFC to cameras

January 8th, 2014

Canon has unveiled three NFC-enabled PowerShot digital cameras at CES 2014. After an initial one-time set up, N100, SX600 and ELPH 340 HS owners can automatically launch Canon’s CameraWindow App on their Android NFC device by tapping it to their camera, enabling them to “share images from the camera to the phone with ease.”

Lenovo unveils clutch of NFC products at CES

January 7th, 2014

Computer giant Lenovo has launched a range of NFC-enabled products at CES 2014, including a 28-inch touchscreen monitor/tablet, a 14-inch Ultrabook, a 27-inch Windows 8 all-in-one PC and a touchscreen PC. The ThinkVision 28 can be used as… More

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