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AT&T adds iPhone cases for Isis NFC payments

January 27th, 2014

iPhone owners in the US can now make Isis payments following AT&T’s introduction of a range of phone cases that add NFC functionality to the devices. Five options are available: The Incipio Cashwrap Mobile Wallet… More

Kyivstar and Alfa-Bank launch NFC payments in the Ukraine

January 22nd, 2014

Alfa-Bank and mobile network operator Kyivstar have begun testing the Ukraine’s first NFC mobile payments service. The pilot is expected to lead to a full commercial rollout across the country. The launch follows an announcement… More

Royal Bank of Canada launches NFC payments in the cloud

January 21st, 2014

Royal Bank of Canada has introduced an NFC mobile payments service that stores customers’ card details in the cloud. The new RBC Wallet is available to customers with a Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung… More

Cetrix launches OEM NFC phones and tablets

January 21st, 2014

Malta-based mobile device maker Cetrix has launched two smartphones and two tablets equipped with NFC, with minimum order quantities of between 100 and 3,000 units. The 5-inch HD CV300 smartphone is powered by a MediaTek… More

FC Solution tracks security guards with GPS and NFC

January 21st, 2014

Thailand-based FC Solution has introduced a tracking system that requires security guards to check in to a location by tapping their NFC phone to a tag — and also records the employee’s GPS location to… More

Madshus adds NFC to skis

January 17th, 2014

Cross country ski maker Madshus is to incorporate NFC chips into its 2014/15 Redline and Champion range skis, enabling retailers to select the ideal set of skis for customers more quickly. The NFC chips will… More

Apple patent combines NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi for mobile payments

January 16th, 2014

A newly published Apple patent application uses a secure element in a mobile phone to store cardholder data, NFC to initiate a transaction and Bluetooth or WiFi to complete the processing of a transaction and… More

Five UK banks to launch Zapp NFC and QR payments

January 15th, 2014

The UK’s HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank are to provide their 18 million UK customers with the ability to make NFC and QR code payments from next year, using an online and in-store mobile payments service that integrates with the banks’ existing mobile apps. More

Chicago and Washington to get NFC tickets

January 15th, 2014

Public transportation users in Chicago and Washington DC will be able to use their NFC phones to purchase tickets in the coming years, the cities’ transportation authorities have announced. New York is also to get… More

GlobalPlatform grows NFC specs

January 15th, 2014

Secure element standards organisation GlobalPlatform has published a new framework for secure NFC service deployment, designed to reduce both time to market and overall deployment costs. End-to-End Simplified Service Management Framework v1.0 specifies “the workflows… More

Peel-off NFC tags seek Kickstarter funding

January 13th, 2014

A California-based startup is seeking US$8,000 by 1 February in order to put into production nfcTack and nfcPad, two new NFC tag products that use “nano suction” pads to attach to surfaces — rather than… More

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

O2 UK to shut down mobile wallet service

January 9th, 2014

Mobile network operator O2 is to cease operating its O2 Wallet service in the UK on 31 March. Launched in April 2012, the service included a range of money transfer, mobile shopping and offers services… 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

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

CES visitors get NFC badges

January 6th, 2014

Attendees at this week’s 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas are being provided with NFC  badges that can be used to exchange business credentials and retrieve product information from other NFC devices as well… More

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