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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

NFC in Toys and Games webinar: See it now on NFC World

December 12th, 2013

NFC World’s “Tap and Play! NFC in Toys and Games” webinar is now available to view online. 331 people registered to attend the event live — and participants gave it an overall rating of 4.1… More

Qualcomm announces 4G Snapdragon chipsets with NFC

December 11th, 2013

Qualcomm has introduced a 4G LTE chipset that is designed to be used in smartphones costing under US$150 and includes support for NFC. The new Snapdragon 410 chipsets are manufactured using 28nm process technology and… More

Join us next week for a free webinar on NFC toys and games

December 5th, 2013

NFC technology is included in the Nintendo Wii U and Disney Infinity as well as numerous smartphones and tablets — and it may yet make an appearance in Microsoft’s Xbox One. Join our webinar on Thursday 12 December to find out how NFC is changing the rules of the game. More

Jolla uses NFC to let users customize their smartphone settings

December 4th, 2013

Finnish phone maker Jolla‘s new smartphone is to ship with a selection of smart rear covers, known as “The Other Half”, that include NFC and are used to automatically change the device’s settings and functions… More

Bloc hotel to get NFC keys

December 4th, 2013

A new hotel at London’s Gatwick airport is to allow visitors to use their NFC phones for room entry. Guests staying at the Bloc Gatwick hotel will also be able to use a mobile app to control room lighting, air conditioning and blinds.

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.

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