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Timeclock app uses any card

September 18th, 2013

Japanese developer Kokodas has introduced an Android time and attendance app that can be used to record when people check in and out of a location with contactless cards and a Google Nexus 7. Users can “bring their own cards” by using a travel pass, student ID or other contactless card to identify themselves to the tablet. The USB TimeClock app sends time records in Excel or CSV format in an encrypted zip file via email at the end of a chosen period of time.

Google tests Yubikey NFC tokens

September 17th, 2013

Google is testing a version of Yubico’s Yubikey Neo NFC token with employees and “hopes to offer it to consumers next year as a more secure way of logging into Gmail and other Google accounts, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Vivo to launch NFC in Brazil

September 17th, 2013

Mobile network operator Vivo and financial services group Bradesco are to introduce NFC payments in a number of cities in Brazil this year, ahead of a nationwide rollout in 2014. Vivo, part of the Telefonica group, has already made a deal with a TSM provider and is looking to secure partnerships with other banks, Exame reports.

eBay adds NFC to Android app

September 16th, 2013

The latest version of the eBay Mobile app for Android includes support for NFC. “Share items with friends or good looking strangers using NFC,” eBay says. “Just enable NFC in your device settings, then hold your phone up to someone else’s and ‘beam’ your item to them!”

Asus adds desktop PC with NFC

September 16th, 2013

Asus has announced the M70 desktop PC with integrated NFC capabilities, “for convenient wire-free pairing of desktop PCs with Android smart devices”. Users can log into Windows and launch applications via NFC, Asus says. Photos and other content stored on mobile devices can also be backed up to the PC with a tap.

Dutch ad panels get NFC

September 16th, 2013

Clear Channel has added NFC and QR code functionality to 250 advertising panels in the Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Eindhoven, The Hague, Rotterdam and Maastricht. The panels are located “in and around crowded shopping areas, railway stations and car parks,” the out-of-home media owner says.

Wright Global Graphics adds NFC

September 12th, 2013

US-based Wright Global Graphics has added an NFC option to its RetaiLive range, enabling marketers to include NFC tags in retail displays, product labels and point-of-purchase materials produced by the printer. “Reaction to RetaiLive has been overwhelmingly positive,” says company chairman Don Wright.

Cityzi hits 4m phones

September 12th, 2013

More than four million mobile phone users in France now have a Cityzi compatible NFC handset, French NFC trade association AFSCM reports, an increase of 500,000 since July 2013. “With the advent of 4G, we expect a further acceleration in the rate of adoption for NFC equipment,” says CEO Thibault Dreuille.

Oberthur gets Mifare app approval

September 11th, 2013

Oberthur Technologies has become the first supplier to achieve EAL4+ security certification for its Mifare DesFire transport application for mobile, the company says. “The Common Criteria at EAL4+ level has been made mandatory prior to the deployment of Mifare DesFire mobile applications, and ensures the system cannot be broken,” Oberthur explains.

Octopus to offer NFC payments

September 10th, 2013

Hong Kong’s Octopus stored value cards will be available on NFC phones by the end of 2013, chief executive Sunny Cheung Yiu-tong has told the South China Morning Post. The company will allow customers to pay for goods up to the value of HK$1,000 (US$129) with their mobile phone — “higher than the cap of HK$500 for NFC services at HSBC and Hang Seng, the only banks that have launched such services so far.”

Lenovo puts NFC in Yoga

September 10th, 2013

The latest version of Lenovo’s flexible ThinkPad Yoga Windows 8 ultrabook will include NFC. The 12.5-inch device is designed for business users, can be transformed from a laptop into a tablet by simply folding the screen back, and will launch in November starting at US$949.

Envy Recline all-in-one gets NFC

September 10th, 2013

The larger 27-inch screen model of HP’s Envy Recline all-in-one PC includes NFC connectivity as well as a design that allows the touchscreen to be lowered to a typing position. An Intel i5 dual core processor, 12GB DDR3 memory and 1TB of storage come as standard. Prices start at US$1,399.

Sony adds NFC to latest Walkman

September 9th, 2013

Sony has included NFC pairing in its latest Walkman, the NWZ-F886. The music player runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, allowing users to download apps to the device, and Flac and Apple Lossless file compatibility, a 4-inch Triluminous display, WiFi and Bluetooth as well as 32GB of storage.

LG NFC phone could be Nexus 5

September 6th, 2013

An LG smartphone which commentators suspect could be the next Google Nexus handset has been spotted passing through FCC approval, reports Engadget. The device looks set to offer NFC, Qi wireless charging, 4G LTE and clues in the documentation point to it running “KitKat”, the next version of Android.

BBM for Android to support NFC

September 4th, 2013

The Android version of BlackBerry’s popular chat service BlackBerry Messenger is now in beta testing, reports BlackBerryOS.com. The site has made a video showing the app’s user interface as well as how it can use NFC for sharing contacts.

UL supports Dutch NFC pilot

August 30th, 2013

UL Transaction Security has revealed that its advisory services (PDF) team has been assisting the partners behind the Dutch NFC payments pilot in the city of Leiden over the past year. UL has helped with strategic advice, test services and project management as well as carrying out detailed low-level performance enhancements, the company says.

NFC Pokemon toys arrive in USA

August 30th, 2013

Pokemon Rumble U, the Nintendo Wii U game that makes use of NFC figures, is now available in the US. The toys can be bought from GameStop stores across the country at US$3.99 each.

Dutch Imax gets NFC posters

August 29th, 2013

Dutch Imax theatre Omniversum is using NFC posters to tell visitors about upcoming screenings by linking them to its Facebook page. Startup NFCSupport is providing the cinema with smart posters that include a printed QR code and embedded tag which movie-goers can tap for further information.

ZTE picks Micropross test gear

August 28th, 2013

Smartphone manufacturer ZTE is now using Micropross test equipment for internal pre-certification of its NFC-enabled devices, to ensure they meet EMVCo L1 requirements.

Dutch NFC pilot gets launch date

August 23rd, 2013

A launch date of 2 September 2013 has been set for the NFC payments pilot to be run by three major banks — ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank — and mobile network operator KPN in the Dutch city of Leiden. Full project details are to be announced on 29 August.

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