NFC news in brief
15 May 2013, 14:27
Electronic components distributor Avnet is adding NFC and RFID readers, modules and tags made by Identive to its product range. "Having Identive on our line card enables us to offer customers more integrated module options, along with a vertically integrated transponder offering," says Avnet's Alex Iuorio.
14 May 2013, 15:23
Sony has unveiled a new NFC-enabled stereo Bluetooth headset designed to work with its Xperia smartphones. The wireless Sony SBH50 comes with a smart remote that includes an Oled screen to display text messages and caller information. Existing headphones can also be plugged into the SBH50 using a standard 3.5mm audio jack.
14 May 2013, 15:11
Samsung has announced the NX2000, a 20.3 megapixel camera with 8fps continuous shooting that can capture 3D images and videos with Samsung's additional NX 45mm 2D/3D lens. Integrated NFC allows the camera to be linked to other NFC devices before using the Smart Camera app, available on Android and iOS, to transfer and share images via WiFi. The NX2000 will be available in white, black or pink for US$649.99.
14 May 2013, 11:38
Bank of China (Hong Kong) is in the final stages of testing an NFC payment service that uses a mixture of secure digital memory cards, SIM cards and NFC add-on devices, the South China Morning Post reports. The service, due to launch in Hong Kong during the second half of this year, will be offered in partnership with Visa, MasterCard and China UnionPay.
14 May 2013, 11:19
Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) plans to include an NFC ticketing option when its service launches in 2015. "CMRL officials said they were working on a facility that would be incorporated in smartphones so that the AFC gate could identify it as a ticket and deduct money from the user's account, depending on the distance he or she was planning to travel," The Hindu reports.
9 May 2013, 10:20
Version 3.0 of Foursquare for Windows Phone 8 is now available, with support for NFC check-ins and sharing. The app also has an updated user interface that allows favourite people and venues to be pinned to the start screen, as well as the ability to receive lock screen notifications.
8 May 2013, 12:57
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8 May 2013, 10:35
RFID performance measurement specialist Voyantic has launched Tagformance HF, an evaluation system for measuring the performance, functionality and characteristics of RFID and NFC tags. The solution includes a Tagformance HF measurement unit, control software and measurement accessories.
7 May 2013, 15:20
7 May 2013, 12:08
BlackBerry Live conference goers will be able to use NFC to check in to sessions, to share contact information with sponsors and to grab links to resources. "One of our goals for this year's BlackBerry Live conference is to integrate mobile technology not just in the discussions, sessions, and resources — but into the actual conference itself to help keep attendees closely plugged into all of the action," the company says.
6 May 2013, 09:50
German home entertainment equipment manufacturer Loewe has announced a new portable speaker that uses NFC to set up a Bluetooth streaming connection with a compatible mobile device. The Speaker 2go features two 10W tweeters and a 20W woofer, has a rechargeable internal battery that gives eight hours of playback, and will be available in the UK from June for around £269.
3 May 2013, 16:51
HID Global has introduced a software developer kit (SDK) for developers to create apps that make use of the company's Trusted Tag Services platform, launched in October 2012. "We invite partners to join HID Global in developing new and exciting NFC applications that offer convenient solutions for brand protection and document validation, secure data logging and enabling trusted actions, while providing a platform for managing the future internet of things," says HID's Mark Robinton.
1 May 2013, 11:28
Nintendo is looking at using the NFC functionality on the Wii U controller to let users make payments for games using contactless cards, as well as for interacting with NFC-enabled toys and cards, the company has revealed. As a first step, Nintendo is considering integrating with Japanese railway company JR East's Suica stored value card service.
1 May 2013, 10:48
S'oul Kafé in the French town of Pau has introduced a service provided by local tag store NFC-Smartags to allow customers with an NFC phone to connect to its WiFi network and access its online menu. NFC tags attached to each table also enable customers to find out about special promotions and deals of the day.
30 April 2013, 17:33
NFC-Shop.net has launched Tapogram, an Android app that allows user to record messages up to 10 seconds long and associate them with an NFC tag. When another user taps the tag, the message is played. The company envisages use cases including talking greetings cards and gift tags, short lists and storing information about objects. The app is free to download for a limited time.
29 April 2013, 13:56
Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation is to use NFC and QR codes to provide tourists with information at heritage centres, The Times of India reports. By tapping a tag or scanning a code at the popular Khajuraho and Orchha tourist destinations, visitors who download the mobile app will be able to access detailed information, videos and pictures on their mobile phone in Hindi, English, Japanese, French and Mandarin.
29 April 2013, 12:41
Panasonic has announced a new mid-range 16 megapixel camera with NFC and Wi-Fi functionality. Like the recently announced Lumix DMC-GF6, the Lumix DMC-G6 can be easily paired to a smartphone or tablet via NFC, allowing photos and videos to be quickly moved to another device using the camera's Instant Transfer function. The G6 snaps photos at 7fps in burst mode and can also record 1080p HD video.
29 April 2013, 12:20
Sony is set to launch a new range of soundbars complete with NFC for easy pairing, reports Pocket-Lint. The soundbars will also come with HDMI connectivity and are expected to be available from later this year.
29 April 2013, 10:16
250m NFC secure elements will be shipped in 2013, Eurosmart forecasts, up some 67% from the 150m units shipped in 2012 and an increase on the smart card trade body's last estimation in November 2012. Smart secure contactless devices will also see a rise this year, from 660m units in 2012 to 895m in 2013, an increase of 36%.
24 April 2013, 12:43
One million NFC TOM (Tag on Metal) phone stickers have been ordered from Identive for "a banking and payment program in Africa", the company has announced. All the stickers will be shipped during the current quarter.