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Wallet boss Osama Bedier to leave Google

May 9th, 2013

Osama Bedier, Google’s vice president of Wallet and payments, is to leave the company. Bedier, who joined Google from PayPal in January 2011 to head up the NFC-based Google Wallet service, “has decided to leave Google this… More

Flashiz adds loyalty to NFC and QR payments service

May 8th, 2013

Luxembourg-based Mobey has added support for loyalty programs to its Flashiz NFC and QR code mobile payment solution, enabling consumers to collect points when they pay using Flashiz and providing merchants with information on their… More

BaubleApp launches NFC jewellery for children

May 8th, 2013

US-based startup BaubleApp has launched an NFC enabled children’s necklace that plays a different audio greeting each day via an NFC phone. The US$15 FairyHeart necklace has an integrated NFC tag that allows owners to… More

Doorbell app answers the door with NFC

May 7th, 2013

A Norwegian developer has created Doorbl, an app that uses NFC tags and QR codes to offer householders a way to communicate with visitors when they aren’t at home or instantly able to come to… More

JAL adds carriers and coupons to NFC boarding pass service

May 7th, 2013

Japan Airlines (JAL) has added coupons and special offers to its NFC-enabled boarding pass service and announced plans to extend operations to include customers of all three of Japan’s mobile network operators. KDDI customers have… More

Vivo Xplay to come with NFC

May 7th, 2013

Chinese phone maker BBK’s latest device is to come with NFC functionality — and some NFC tags in the box. The Vivo Xplay is powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 running at 1.7GHz and is… More

Mopius translates speech messages with NFC

May 7th, 2013

Mobile app developer Mopius has launched a Windows Phone 8 app that records and then stores voice messages on NFC tags in text format. When the tag is read, NearSpeak uses text-to-speech and translation software… More

Samsung 3D camera gets NFC

May 6th, 2013

Samsung has shipped a new 20.3 megapixel NFC-enabled smart camera that can be teamed with the company’s NX 45mm F1.8 interchangeable 2D/3D lens to allow photographers to capture both photos and HD videos in 3D. The… More

OSPT Alliance releases Cipurse mobile guidelines

May 3rd, 2013

The Open Standard for Public Transport (OSPT) Alliance has released a set of guidelines for transport operators seeking to develop and deploy NFC mobile ticketing applications. The guidelines detail the requirements and use cases for… More

Infineon introduces new embedded secure element

May 2nd, 2013

Chip maker Infineon Technologies has announced a new embedded secure element chip that conforms to the GlobalPlatform 2.2.1 specification, offers a larger memory capacity to support multiple services and supports Mifare Classic applications through emulation. More

Airplus pilots NFC virtual cards for travel expenses

May 2nd, 2013

Business travel payment specialist Airplus is pilot testing a mobile wallet solution that generates virtual card numbers travellers can use to pay for travel expenses. The solution expands on the company’s existing AirPlus AIDA software… More

Dortmunder Volksbank launches NFC payments with O2

May 1st, 2013

German cooperative bank Dortmunder Volksbank (DV) has introduced a mobile payments service that enables customers to make payments with their NFC mobile phone at any merchant equipped to process MasterCard PayPass contactless transactions. DV is… More

Luxury watches get NFC authentication

May 1st, 2013

Swiss luxury watchmaker HYT Watches has adopted security specialist WiseKey’s NFC brand protection solution WiseAuthentic. WiseAuthentic uses smart card based warranty cards equipped with a contact and contactless chip that act as a digital version of traditional… More

Samsung to issue new TecTiles that meet NFC Forum standards

April 30th, 2013

Samsung is to introduce a new range of NFC tags because its existing TecTiles tags don’t meet NFC Forum standards and won’t work with the new Galaxy S4 smartphone. The phone maker’s original TecTile tags used… More

Inside Secure NFC chip sales fall

April 29th, 2013

Inside Secure has reported a fall in revenues of 68% year-on-year for its Mobile NFC division. Revenues were just US$4.5m in the first quarter of 2013, down 61% on the fourth quarter of 2012. “BlackBerry… More

Usat and Isis launch loyalty program for NFC vending machines

April 29th, 2013

USA Technologies (USAT) has teamed up with NFC platform provider Isis to offer a mobile loyalty program. Customers who use an Isis NFC phone to make payments at vending machines will get their fifth purchase free…. More

Pulse expands NFC antenna product range

April 26th, 2013

Electronic components supplier Pulse Electronics has announced a new catalog selection of NFC antennas aimed at a range of devices, including point-of-sale terminals, in-vehicle payment terminals, security control and access panels and printers. The company… More

Clear Channel promotes NFC with prizes

April 25th, 2013

Outdoor advertising company Clear Channel has launched ‘Human vs Machine’, a quiz game designed to begin getting consumers used to the idea of interacting with its new network of 10,000 advertising panels equipped with NFC tags. To… More

Eye picks Zappit for NFC advertising in US malls

April 25th, 2013

Mall media operator Eye has announced a partnership with NFC specialist Zappit to power the next generation of its Amplify mobile advertising platform. The Amplify solution will be deployed across the company’s network of 3,100… More

Creative Proximity connects NFC toys to mobile devices

April 24th, 2013

Creative Proximity, a US startup working on tools to connect physical toys with virtual worlds, has shown off a new device that can be used to connect NFC toys and mobile games. When toys containing… More

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