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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

Dutch banks detail mobile payments pilot plan

August 30th, 2013

The mobile payments pilot to be conducted from next month by Dutch banks ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank in collaboration with the city of Leiden, Mastercard and mobile network operator KPN is to encompass 1,000 consumers and 150 businesses, the partners have announced.  More

GameLayer and Wooshping to add gamification to NFC

August 29th, 2013

Gamification design and development agency GameLayer has partnered with NFC specialist Wooshping to provide ways for marketers to deliver campaigns that combine NFC tag reading with real-world challenges and games. For example, says Wooshping, “at… More

Sony unveils NFC-enabled Nex compact camera

August 28th, 2013

Sony has included NFC and WiFi functionality in its NEX-5T compact camera. The mirrorless hybrid camera boasts a large surface area 16.1 megapixel sensor and will be offered in a bundle with a 16-50mm SEL-P1650… More

MasterCard, C-Sam and DNP to offer white label NFC platform in Japan

August 28th, 2013

Japanese retailers are to be able to provide shoppers with branded NFC mobile wallets, courtesy of a new white label platform to be offered jointly by MasterCard, C-Sam and DNP. The NFC white label service… More

Picture Works promotes movies via NFC

August 27th, 2013

Marketing agency The Picture Works is promoting The Lone Ranger and The Way, Way Back in bars and restaurants in the Republic of Ireland using illuminated posters containing NFC tags. “We currently have two live campaigns… More

CBS offers video content via NFC at Comic-Con

August 23rd, 2013

Fans of hit US show Under The Dome were offered NFC cards by TV network CBS at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Handed out before an exclusive screening and panel discussion, the cards allowed visitors to access preview video footage by tapping the card to an NFC device. More

RapidNFC adds postcards with built in tags

August 22nd, 2013

Tag supplier RapidNFC has launched a range of customisable postcards with NFC. NXP NTAG203 tags are integrated into the postcards using a lamination process developed by London-based Freestyle Print that allows marketing materials to be… More

Researchers demonstrate e-ink display powered by NFC

August 20th, 2013

Researchers from Intel Labs, the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed an e-ink display that is powered purely by NFC. More

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to include NFC?

August 20th, 2013

Samsung’s long rumoured smartwatch may be unveiled as early as next month and could boast NFC as one of its many features. Bloomberg first reported that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will make its debut on… More

Morpho opens Latin American TSM facility

August 20th, 2013

ID technology provider Morpho has opened a TSM data centre in São Paulo, Brazil. The facility, believed to be the first in Latin America, will “provide the infrastructure for all businesses that need secure and… More

Sprint brings Samsung Ativ S Neo to US

August 20th, 2013

An updated version of Samsung’s Windows Phone 8 Ativ S, the Ativ S Neo, is now available to Sprint customers in the US. The Ativ S Neo is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz Krait processor… More

Disney Infinity NFC figure video game begins shipping

August 19th, 2013

Disney Infinity, the NFC figurine based multi-platform video game, has begun shipping worldwide. Disney Infinity allows gamers to add characters and scenarios to their gaming experience by placing a figure or a Power Disc on an… More

NFC Ring creator hails community support as funding closes at £242,000

August 19th, 2013

The inventor of the NFC Ring has praised the Kickstarter community for its ideas and support following a highly successful fundraising campaign. More than 7,600 backers raised £241,947 for John McLear’s NFC Ring — smashing the… More

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

Microsoft to close Tag platform

August 19th, 2013

Microsoft is to close its QR-like Tag programme, handing over the reins to barcode specialist ScanBuy. Microsoft Tag is a free platform that works with the software giant’s own HCCB multicolored 2D barcode scheme as… More

Tatra Banka launches NFC payments in Slovakia with Orange and O2

August 16th, 2013

Orange Slovakia and O2 subscribers who also have an account with Tatra Banka can now make NFC payments at contactless terminals across the country. To use the service, customers need an NFC SIM card, available… 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

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