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Motorola unveils NFC clip to unlock Moto X

August 19th, 2013

Motorola has announced Motorola Skip, an NFC tag-based clip accessory for its Moto X flagship handset that enables the user to unlock the phone without entering a PIN. More

Apple looks to patent NFC gifting system

August 16th, 2013

An Apple patent application which outlines a way to use NFC to gift media between iOS devices has been published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent was filed in March this year,… More

Pokemon NFC figures ship in UK

August 15th, 2013

Pokemon Rumble U, the first game to make use of the NFC capabilities in the Nintendo Wii U video game system, has started shipping in the UK with NFC figures now available to buy from Game at £3.99 (US$6.20) each.

NXP begins shipping NFC tags that can wake up a host device

August 14th, 2013

A new tag IC that can wake up a host device when it senses another NFC device in close proximity is now available from chip maker NXP. Like the already-available NTAG203F, the NTAG21xF family of… More

Certgate and Reiner SCT team up for NFC, Bluetooth and SE token

August 14th, 2013

Mobile IT security firm Certgate and online security provider Reiner SCT have developed the cgToken, a keyring-sized device that makes use of both NFC and Bluetooth to enable enterprises to provide standardised authentication solutions to… More

Firefox for Android gets NFC

August 13th, 2013

The latest version of Mozilla’s Firefox Beta for Android, a mobile web browser which gives users and testers a sneak peek at features destined for future versions of Firefox, includes support for NFC. The NFC Bump feature lets users “share Firefox tabs with another NFC-enabled Android phone by ‘bumping’ them together.”

Nokia to offer NFC and Bluetooth Treasure Tags?

July 30th, 2013

Nokia is readying the Treasure Tag, a proximity sensor accessory for Lumia handsets that uses a combination of NFC and Bluetooth to track personal items, reports The Verge. NFC is used to pair the accessory… More

Linkett transforms ordinary TVs into interactive ad panels

July 30th, 2013

Canadian digital signage network WestonExpressions has introduced Linkett, a device that plugs into a USB or HDMI connection to transform standard TVs into NFC-enabled interactive advertising displays. Linkett also contains a motion sensor that recognises… More

O’Dea offers designer wireless charging stations with NFC

July 29th, 2013

Creative design studio O’Dea has developed a series of upmarket wireless induction charging pads that include embedded NFC tags. Both the US$449 black cherry wood and felt Cherry Charger and the US$549 concrete and cork… More

ABI includes NFC in smartphone feature set winners

July 26th, 2013

NFC has been picked out by analysts at ABI Research as one of four feature set big winners in smartphones this year, along with accelerometers, vision-based gesture recognition and gyroscopes. “NFC has been one of the… More

Nintendo to offer NFC figures in the US

July 26th, 2013

Pokémon Rumble U, the Wii U game that uses NFC figures, will arrive in North America for US$17.99 on 29 August 2013. Sold exclusively at participating GameStop retail stores, a range of $3.99 NFC figures… More

Sony promotes NFC in Canada

July 24th, 2013

Sony Canada‘s UX Truck roadshow has begun a tour of Ontario, showcasing to consumers the company’s wide range of NFC devices. Included on the truck is a demonstration of Sony’s new SideView app, which allows users to use a tablet to browse their TV’s programme guide and record programmes.

Daewoo fridge includes dynamic NFC tag

July 24th, 2013

Korean electronics manufacturer Dongbu Daewoo has introduced the Classe Cube, a refrigerator which includes NFC technology provided by STMicroelectronics. A built-in M24LR dynamic NFC/RFID tag collects and transfers sensor data from the fridge to an… More

76% of mobile developers want to use NFC in their apps

July 24th, 2013

More than 31% of mobile developers are supporting NFC in their mobile apps today and an additional 45% plan to support the technology in the next 12 months, according to a Mobile Development Survey released… More

NFC Forum adds healthcare, handover and security standards

July 17th, 2013

The NFC Forum has issued the Personal Health Device Communication (PHDC) Technical Specification and released two candidate specifications, Connection Handover 1.3 and Signature RTD 2.0. PHDC is designed to provide a standard way for devices… 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

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

Geak unveils NFC smart watch and contactless ring

June 21st, 2013

Chinese phone brand Geak is to launch a smart watch with NFC, along with a finger ring that can unlock devices with a touch. More

BumpedN2 says hello with NFC

June 20th, 2013

Social media junkies with Windows Phone 8 handsets can download a new app from a US-based startup that allows them to record each time they bump into a friend via NFC. BumpedN2 users tap their phones together the first time they meet and can then simply touch an image of their friend on following visits. The app, developed by Fidare, keeps a record of all meetings and can post these as updates to Facebook and Twitter.

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