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ABI reports NFC chip market shares

June 12th, 2013

A total of 168m NFC controller ICs and 144m NFC secure element chips were shipped in 2012, according to ABI Research, and NXP topped the chip supplier list for both. For NFC controller chips, NXP… More

French retail chain to roll out NFC shelf edge labels to six hypermarkets

June 12th, 2013

French supermarket chain E Leclerc is set to roll out NFC electronic shelf labels to six hypermarkets this year, following a successful introduction of the technology at a store in the Paris suburbs in late… More

Juniper cuts NFC ticketing forecast

June 12th, 2013

Just over 950m mobile phone users worldwide are forecast to use their handsets for mobile ticketing by 2018, up from 458m this year, according to a new report from Juniper Research, but NFC ticketing will… More

SD Association introduces new standard for NFC microSD cards

June 12th, 2013

The SD Association has introduced a standard for MicroSD cards containing NFC secure elements. Smart microSD cards will make use of the Single Wire Protocol (SWP), originally introduced as a way to connect SIM cards… More

Samsung adds Galaxy S4 Zoom with NFC

June 12th, 2013

A new variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 looks more like a point-and-shoot camera than a smartphone and offers enhanced photographic capabilities along with NFC. “The Galaxy S4 Zoom is the realization of Samsung’s mission… More

Visa to launch NFC payments in the UK this year

June 12th, 2013

Visa Europe is to launch an NFC mobile payments service in the UK by the end of 2013, the payments network has confirmed to NFC World — although the exact launch date and full details… More

EmoPulse seeks funding for NFC smartphone watch

June 12th, 2013

A US startup with ambitious plans to build “the world’s first smartphone you can wear like a bracelet” is seeking investment on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. EmoPulse’s Smile smartphone watch prototype includes support for NFC payments,… More

SoftBank Mobile to launch NFC in Japan

June 12th, 2013

SoftBank Mobile has selected Gemalto as its trusted service manager for the commercial launch of NFC services in Japan. The carrier’s NFC platform will be hosted at Gemalto’s data centre in Singapore and run on… More

Weve to launch NFC payments in the UK in 2014

June 11th, 2013

Weve, the mobile advertising and payments joint venture formed last year by UK mobile network operators Vodafone, EE and O2, aims to launch a mass market NFC payments service “by next year”, CEO David Sear… More

China Mobile and China UnionPay launch NFC payments service

June 11th, 2013

China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator, and Chinese bank card association China UnionPay have announced that their NFC payments service is now live in more than fourteen Chinese cities, including Shanghai, Beijing and… More

FAEA launches Penguin NFC phones

June 11th, 2013

Chinese mobile phone maker FAEA has launched the F1 Penguin, a budget Android NFC phone costing 699 Yuan (US$113), and announced the F2 Penguin, an Android 4.2 NFC handset with a 5-inch full HD display… More

Billboard magazine puts on music with NFC tags

June 10th, 2013

Billboard Brasil has trialled a special edition magazine with an NFC sticker on its front cover in São Paulo, and now plans to roll out another NFC edition across other areas of Brazil within the next… More

Winkworth estate agents adds NFC keyrings in London

June 10th, 2013

Estate agent Winkworth‘s Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Belgravia office is using NFC keyrings to deliver detailed information about properties to customers. The keyrings, which contain embedded NFC tags supplied by content management platform provider Tamoco, have… More

South African travel show reports 60,000 NFC uses per day

June 10th, 2013

Attendees at the Indaba 2013 travel show in South Africa used Poken’s NFC social networking platform more than 60,000 times a day to digitally exchange documents and share business cards, the NFC connectivity specialist reports…. More

Garanti Bank to launch NFC and QR payments in Romania

June 6th, 2013

Swedish mobile payment specialist Seamless has partnered with Turkey’s Garanti Bank to launch its Seqr NFC and QR payments platform in Romania — and plans to launch the service in the UK later this year. Starting… More

Samsung adds rugged Galaxy S4 Active NFC phone

June 5th, 2013

Samsung has launched the Galaxy S4 Active, a rugged dust- and water-proof version of its flagship Galaxy S4 model aimed at “explorers and adventure seekers.” The NFC-enabled S4 Active’s fully sealed design is IP67 rated… More

Finnish book uses NFC tag for video content

June 5th, 2013

Readers of a biography of former Nokia chief technology officer Yrjö Neuvo can access multimedia content by tapping an NFC tag inside the book’s back cover with their phones. Bit Bang has been published by… More

NBS adds support for Inside’s embedded secure elements

June 5th, 2013

NBS Technologies’ Xpressi Trusted Service Manager platform can now be used to provision financial card data onto NFC phones containing Inside Secure’s VaultSecure embedded secure elements. Launched in October 2012, VaultSecure allows multiple third parties… More

Gartner cuts NFC mobile payments forecast by 40%

June 5th, 2013

Worldwide mobile payment transaction values will reach US$235.4bn in 2013, a 44% increase on 2012’s $163.1bn, according to a new forecast from Gartner — but NFC transactions will account for a smaller than expected proportion… More

Asus launches NFC Express reader

June 5th, 2013

Asus has launched NFC Express, an external accessory for PCs that makes it easy to pair desktop computers and Android NFC phones and tablets so users can share data between devices and use their mobile… More

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