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Xbox One ships with NFC chip

November 25th, 2013

Microsoft’s new Xbox One entertainment system includes support for NFC functionality, via a Marvell Avastar 88W8897 combo chip that also incorporates Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi, an iFixit teardown of the new console has revealed. Microsoft has not made any announcements regarding the Xbox One’s NFC capabilities and it is not yet clear how or if the computing giant plans to use the technology.

Garmin adds NFC car kit

November 20th, 2013

Navigation specialist Garmin has produced an in-car cradle with an embedded tag that launches Garmin’s Navigon for Android app when an NFC phone is placed in it. The US$49.99 Universal Smartphone Mount is designed to be fixed to the windscreen or dash and includes a micro USB charger and extra USB port.

Passive NFC chip can power lights and sounds

November 20th, 2013

Thailand-based NFC designer Silicon Craft Technology has developed a passive NFC transponder chip aimed at the toy, advertising and souvenir markets that harvests energy provided by an NFC interaction and uses it to power sounds… More

ST adds dynamic tag memories

November 19th, 2013

STMicroelectronics has introduced a range of ‘dynamic NFC tag memories’ — dual interface ICs designed for adding NFC functionality to utility meters, printers, cookers, washing machines, digital cameras and other consumer electronics and electrical devices. The new M24SR series is ideal for enabling Bluetooth pairing, says ST, or for resetting the clock on appliances after a power cut or a change in daylight saving hours.

Delta releases NFC data logger

November 19th, 2013

Technology developer Delta has launched Thor, an NFC data logger that includes an on-board temperature sensor that can take readings at configurable time interval of between 0.1s and ten hours. The NFC Forum Type 2 compliant transponder can store up to 28KB of readings and the data can then be transferred to an external device, such as an NFC phone, where the readings can be seen in list or graph form in an accompanying app.

DeviceFidelity updates iPhone NFC case to work with SIM-based SEs

November 19th, 2013

DeviceFidelity will unveil an NFC case for the iPhone 5s and 5 that supports the use of a SIM card as the secure element at this week’s Cartes 2013 show in Paris. Previous versions of… More

Xiaomi picks Micropross for testing

November 15th, 2013

China-based smartphone maker Xiaomi has chosen Micropross test equipment to validate the NFC interfaces in its future products. “Micropross’ expertise in the field of contactless interface testing is very famous on the market,” says Xiaomi’s Xisohui Pi.

Inside updates VaultIC tag

November 15th, 2013

Inside Secure has redesigned its dual-interface VaultIC 150/150D security module to include a new privacy mode which requires strong authentication to access its contents, complying with the ‘silent by design’ philosophy of the Internet of Things community. The chip, which comes in formats that include NFC tags, can be used to guard against counterfeiting and cloning and, with its field-detect capability and the 150D’s dual interfaces, can act as “a low-cost secure bridge for medical and communications equipment.”

NFC stylus seeks backers

November 13th, 2013

Taiwanese design company 9006 Style is seeking US$8,000 to further the design and manufacturing of BeeStylus, a chunky stylus with built-in NFC. The US$35 device is ideal for quickly launching smartphone apps via NFC when needing to take down notes on the move, the inventors say, pointing out that tapping the stylus to the device could “open Evernote or other note-taking apps while talking on phone.”

Forum and Bluetooth SIG pair up

November 13th, 2013

The NFC Forum and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the trade association responsible for overseeing the Bluetooth specification and brand, have signed an agreement that will see the two organisations work more closely to enhance interoperability between the two technologies via a formal liaison relationship. The two groups have previously collaborated on a developers’ guide to initiating Bluetooth pairing with NFC.

Motorola proposes voice input patch with NFC

November 8th, 2013

Motorola has applied for a patent on a microphone, transceiver and power supply built into a patch designed to be stuck to a consumer’s neck. The idea is that the electronic tattoo would directly capture… More

NEC manages commercial displays via NFC

November 8th, 2013

NEC’s US display solutions division has introduced a range of large screen displays for commercial environments that use NFC and a mobile app to make it easy for staff to conduct set-up and maintenance tasks…. More

NFC Forum certifies ACS reader

November 4th, 2013

Advanced Card Systems has received NFC Forum certification for its ACR1252U USB NFC reader. “It is another ACS milestone and a proof of our R&D efforts devoted to NFC technology,” says the company’s Gilbert Leung. Engineering samples will be available at the end of 2013.

Implantable NFC tag seeks funding

October 30th, 2013

Biohacking startup Dangerous Things is seeking to raise US$8,000 on crowd sourcing website Indiegogo to begin producing an implantable NFC tag that can be used to unlock phones, open doors and share contact details with… More

Logitech adds NFC phone stand

October 30th, 2013

Logitech has introduced a portable speakerphone/smartphone stand that makes use of NFC pairing to enable business travellers to quickly and easily set up hands free audio and video calls. The P710e is shipping now for US$169.99.

TuneIn Radio adds NFC

October 23rd, 2013

TuneIn has updated the Windows Phone 8 version of its TuneIn Radio app, enabling NFC phone users to share their favourite playlists via NFC. TuneIn offers music, sports and news from more than 70,000 AM, FM and internet radio stations around the world.

Tapshoot offers NFC selfies

October 23rd, 2013

Windows Phone 8 users can now take better ‘selfies’ — and other photos — by triggering their smartphone’s camera from another device, using a new NFC app. The TapShoot app must be installed on both phones, before selecting which one is to take the photo. The devices are then paired by tapping them together, allowing the user to see the proposed shot and trigger its capture from the second phone.

Glocon shows off NFC and Bluetooth multi-function bracelet

October 15th, 2013

The creators of Glocon, a waterproof bracelet that combines NFC and Bluetooth 4.0, have shown their prototype device to a number of industry leaders at the Money2020 expo with the intention of launching on crowdfunding website Kickstarter later this year. More

Toshiba shows TransferJet kiosk

October 9th, 2013

Toshiba has demonstrated a touchscreen kiosk that combines a wireless charging station, NFC reader and fast data transfer technology TransferJet at the Ceatac 2013 tradeshow. The demo showed how consumers could pay and pair via NFC and then download digital content via a TransferJet micro USB dongle attached to their phone, Engadget reports. TransferJet can transfer an hour of video content in a matter of seconds.

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

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