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WiFi Alliance adds support for NFC

April 9th, 2014

The WiFi Alliance has updated its WiFi Protected Setup certification program to include tap-to-connect functionality via NFC. The first products to support the NFC option are available now from Broadcom, Marvell, Mediatek and Qualcomm. Tap-to-connect… More

Carrefour equips new digital hypermarket with NFC

April 9th, 2014

French supermarket giant Carrefour, the world’s fourth largest retailer, has opened a new hypermarket equipped with 55,000 NFC shelf-edge labels that let consumers interact with products. Shoppers can also make NFC payments at the point… More

The Hunger Games catches fire with NFC

April 9th, 2014

The DVD release of the latest instalment of The Hunger Games movie franchise is being promoted in shopping centres in Australia via digital media panels that “catch fire” when a shopper uses their mobile phone… More

Elisa offers NFC payment stickers in stores

April 9th, 2014

Finnish carrier Elisa has introduced reloadable NFC payment stickers that are available to purchase from the R-Kioski convenience store chain pre-loaded with €20 of value. The MasterCard-branded stickers work with the carrier’s Elisa Lompakko wallet… More

Blaze seeks buyer for early NFC patent

April 8th, 2014

Blaze Mobile is selling US patent number 8,630,905, an NFC payments patent entitled “Single Tap Transactions using a Secure Element” that dates back to 2007. The patent sale is being handled by ICAP Patent Brokerage…. More

Westpac to launch embedded NFC payments on Samsung devices

April 8th, 2014

Australia’s Westpac bank is to launch its NFC mobile payments service on Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 devices “over the next few weeks” with the functionality being “rolled out progressively” from this month. By 2015, the bank predicts, three million Australians will be using NFC to make payments. More

Royal Canadian Mint puts Mintchip digital currency up for sale

April 8th, 2014

The Royal Canadian Mint is halting development of its MintChip digital currency and is now looking to sell the business. The company has been piloting the currency in the cafeterias at its Ottawa and Winnipeg… More

Aconite adds HCE and EMV token support

April 7th, 2014

EMV and NFC payment software specialist Aconite has added support for host card emulation (HCE) and EMV tokenization to its product offering, enabling issuers to “operate an HCE and token-enabled service, including real-time data preparation,… More

Inside Secure acquires Metaforic for HCE payments

April 7th, 2014

Inside Secure has bought software obfuscation and encryption specialist Metaforic. The deal will provide “access to key technologies for enabling cloud-based mobile payments security with host card emulation” and is valued at US$11.6m plus a… More

Mashreq offers NFC stickers

April 7th, 2014

UAE-based Mashreq Bank is now offering its credit card customers a contactless payment sticker that can be attached to a mobile phone. Purchases of under 100 dirhams (US$27.23) can be made with the Tap n Go stickers at any of the more than 4,000 points of sale in the UAE equipped with a contactless payment terminal, without the need for a PIN or signature.

Paramount promotes Noah with NFC

April 4th, 2014

Paramount Pictures has used out-of-home advertising agency Kinetic and MEC to run an NFC-enabled poster campaign in Ireland for Noah, the latest Russell Crowe blockbuster. Consumers can tap their NFC phone to download the film’s… More

DCR to offer NFC HCE

April 4th, 2014

Canada-based prepaid program provider DCR Strategies is to provide its clients in Europe, Canada, the USA and Latin America with the ability to offer mobile payments to their customers using both “conventional” NFC solutions and host card emulation (HCE). The service will also support mobile gifting and loyalty applications and will use technology supplied by Carta Worldwide.

Mobispot to offer multifunction NFC wristband platform

April 4th, 2014

Singapore-based Mobispot Social Systems has introduced a platform that enables “modern city residents” to access a variety of services — including payments, transportation, ticketing, access control, discounts, membership and information sharing — via NFC wristbands…. More

eBay runs NFC ads on tables in coffee shops

April 4th, 2014

eBay has rolled out an NFC advertising campaign in 60 premium coffee shops across the UK to promote the online shopping site’s home and garden, DIY and technology sections. The campaign is being delivered using a… More

Hanakai Studio seeks funding for Prodigy NFC game

April 4th, 2014

French games developer Hanakai Studio has launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter for a role playing video game (RPG) that uses NFC-enabled rings, figurines, cards and an interactive board to allow players to interact with… More

TagTalk crowdfunds NFC gift tags

April 1st, 2014

Canadian startup TagTalk has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a range of interactive gift tags that allow the sender to upload a voice note, photo or video that the recipient can access by tapping their… More

Famoco’s NFC tablet finds a home on buses

April 1st, 2014

Lisbon-based contactless ticketing provider Card4B is to offer Famoco’s FX 100 Android NFC tablet to public transportation operators for ticket validation applications on board buses and other services and, later, for topping up travel passes in retail outlets. More

Banco Santander provides students with NFC microSDs

March 31st, 2014

A mobile campus card service that uses NFC built into microSD cards is now live at a “number of universities”, enabling students to use their mobile phone to make payments in canteens and to access buildings…. More

BNP Paribas rolls out NFC payments across France

March 31st, 2014

French banking group BNP Paribas’ Kix NFC payments service is now available to customers across France, following its introduction in the city of Strasbourg in January 2013. The service is available on 25 Android NFC… More

Westpac readies embedded NFC

March 31st, 2014

Australia’s Westpac bank is to launch its NFC mobile payments service next month, with credentials stored in the embedded secure elements offered by some Android phones. “We are in the final stages of testing the embedded mobile payments functionality on the Android with a view to release this to customers by the end of April,” James Kirby, head of payments strategy at Westpac, has told NFC World.

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