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Sumitomo Mitsui to launch NFC payments in Japan

September 10th, 2013

Banking group Sumitomo Mitsui is to introduce an NFC payments service this month that will be available through all three Japanese mobile network operators — NTT Docomo, Softbank and KDDI — and will work with… More

Apple patent reignites iPhone NFC hopes

September 9th, 2013

A newly published patent application shows that Apple has been working on ways to combine the fingerprint verification technology it acquired in July 2012 with NFC — and may also be eyeing a variation of… More

Xiaomi unveils Mi3 smartphone with NFC

September 6th, 2013

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi has announced the Mi3, a 5-inch NFC smartphone that is the first to use Nvidia’s 1.8GHz Tegra 4 quad core processor. Three versions will be made available; one for China Mobile’s… More

Vodafone, BNZ and Visa to trial NFC payments in New Zealand

September 6th, 2013

Mobile network operator Vodafone is launching a pre-commercial prepaid payments trial in New Zealand, in partnership with Visa and Bank of New Zealand (BNZ). The trial will make use of Samsung Galaxy S III and… More

Meizu announces MX3 smartphone with NFC

September 5th, 2013

Chinese phone maker Meizu has announced its first smartphone with NFC. The Meizu MX3 has a 5.1-inch 1800 by 1080 display and runs Flyme 3.0, the phone maker’s customised version of Android 4.2. The MX3… More

Five more POS providers to integrate Isis SmartTap

September 5th, 2013

Five more payment terminal manufacturers and software providers have agreed to integrate Isis SmartTap NFC functionality into their range of point of sale systems. ID Tech, On Track Innovations Global, Pax Technology, Uniform Industrial Corporation… More

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3 with NFC

September 4th, 2013

Samsung has unveiled its latest Galaxy smartphone, the Note 3, an NFC-enabled handset with a 5.7-inch full HD Amoled display and 13 megapixel camera which can capture 1080p video at 60 frames per second. A… More

Sony announces Xperia Z1 smartphone

September 4th, 2013

Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z1, a 4G LTE handset that features NFC, a 2.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 20.7 megapixel camera and a 5-inch full HD Triluminous display. The fully waterproof device… More

Sony launches NFC lens-style cameras for smartphones

September 4th, 2013

Sony has unveiled a family of photographic zoom lenses with integrated image sensors that can be connected to Android or iOS smartphones, via NFC and WiFi, to provide a high quality, DSLR-like camera experience. Speaking… More

Metro delivers news to bus stops with NFC

September 4th, 2013

For the next three months out-of-home media owner Clear Channel is to make content from free daily newspaper Metro available via NFC at its 10,000 touchpoint ad panels around the UK. At the majority of… More

Vodafone and Orange to launch NFC payments in Spain

September 4th, 2013

Both Vodafone and Orange are to launch NFC payments services using prepaid cash accounts in Spain this year. Vodafone has announced that all its customers will be able to use Vodafone SmartPass to make mobile… More

HTC unveils Mini+ companion handset

September 4th, 2013

Phone maker HTC has unveiled the Mini+, a tiny lightweight companion handset that allows calls to be made using a smartphone’s connection once paired through NFC or Bluetooth. The Mini+ is the successor to the… More

Acer unveils Liquid S2 NFC smartphone with 4K video

September 4th, 2013

Acer has announced the Liquid S2, an Android smartphone with a 6-inch full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz processor and a 13 megapixel camera able to record 4K Ultra HD video. A front-facing 2… More

G&D launches SkySIM multi application NFC SIM cards

September 3rd, 2013

Giesecke & Devrient’s SkySIM CX, an NFC SIM card that allows several NFC applications to be executed at the same time, has received EMVCo, American Express, MasterCard and Visa approval, confirming it meets their requirements… More

AMS develops NFC chip for medical implants

September 3rd, 2013

Chip maker AMS has unveiled a sensor-enabled NFC tag that could be used in a subdermal implant, enabling diabetes sufferers to read their glucose levels at any time by simply holding an NFC phone to a… More

Electronics retailer opens NFC and QR shopping walls in Russian subway

September 3rd, 2013

Electronics retailer Media Markt has begun testing ‘shopping walls’ at a Moscow subway station, in partnership with the Moscow Department of Transportation. The concept makes use of both NFC and QR codes and will run until November.  More

Chile NFC pilot to begin in Santiago

September 2nd, 2013

More details of the NFC payments pilot to be carried out by mobile network operator Movistar and banking group Banco Santander in Chile later this year have been revealed. Following an initial trial in the… More

GearID announces Bluetooth LE and NFC tracker tag

September 2nd, 2013

Startup GearID is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce GearTag, a smart tag that utilises both Bluetooth LE and NFC and is designed to be attached to personal possessions in order to track their location…. More

Absa expands NFC payments trial

September 2nd, 2013

South African banking group Absa has expanded its NFC mobile payments trial to eliminate the need for microSD booster stickers and is now offering Samsung Galaxy S4 handsets to participants. The trial started in December… More

Telefonica to trial NFC mPOS device

September 2nd, 2013

Mobile network operator Telefonica is to test a mobile point-of-sale device in the Czech Republic that enables payments to be made by NFC phones and contactless cards as well as standard ‘chip and pin’ cards; a “world first” says the carrier.  More

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