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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.

Proxama begins trading on AIM

August 23rd, 2013

Shares in NFC specialist Proxama are now trading on London’s AIM stock market under the ticker symbol “PROX”. “With the market for mobile commerce and particularly mobile contactless payments and engagement ever increasing, we know that the time is right to list on AIM,” says CEO Neil Garner.

NFC Interactor adds haptics

August 21st, 2013

NFC Interactor, a reader/writer app for Windows Phone 8 developed by Mopius, now offers haptic feedback when reading and writing tags. The version 5.2 update also adds other user interface improvements as well as better compatibility with the operating system’s light theme.

NFC Task Launcher gets update

August 21st, 2013

Popular Android app NFC Task Launcher has received a new update. Version 7.0.1 gives users a new drawer layout, the ability to edit actions, a contact picker, and Google+ +1 integration. The update also includes a number of bug fixes.

LG cooks up NFC oven

August 21st, 2013

Korean electronics manufacturer LG has unveiled the LG Lightwave Dios oven, its latest appliance to incorporate NFC. With an accompanying smartphone app busy home chefs can pick recipes and then set the required temperature and timings for cooking by tapping their handset to the oven.

NFC keyboard arrives in US

August 21st, 2013

Norwegian hardware developer One2Touch’s NFC keyboard for Android smartphones is now available in the US through retailer Brookstone for $99. The device offers the functionality of a keyboard the equivalent size to that found on a 13-inch laptop and can be folded into a compact pocket sized bundle.

NFC 1 number plate for sale

August 19th, 2013

After many years in private hands the UK personalised car registration plate “NFC 1″ is for sale. “Because the number plate will also appeal to football fans, I’m looking for offers of over £10,000,” owner Jane Jeffries told NFC World. Jane can be contacted in the UK on 07785 952303.

Pokemon NFC figures ship in UK

August 15th, 2013

Pokemon Rumble U, the first game to make use of the NFC capabilities in the Nintendo Wii U video game system, has started shipping in the UK with NFC figures now available to buy from Game at £3.99 (US$6.20) each.

NFC pilot to begin in Chile

August 14th, 2013

Mobile network operator Movistar has partnered with Banco Santander, Samsung, Oberthur Technologies and MasterCard to conduct Chile’s first NFC payments trial. Two hundred people will take part in the pilot, using Samsung Galaxy S III mobile phones running an NFC payments app developed by Movistar and Banco Santander. A commercial launch is planned “before the end of 2013″.

CastNet adds NFC to signage

August 13th, 2013

Digital signage technology provider Alpha Video & Audio has launched CastNet with MobileHere, a system that combines NFC-enabled digital signs and the company’s content management software to deliver changeable information and downloadable content to NFC phone users. “NFC is the next big thing in the digital signage industry,” says CastNet VP Lance Hutchinson.

Firefox for Android gets NFC

August 13th, 2013

The latest version of Mozilla’s Firefox Beta for Android, a mobile web browser which gives users and testers a sneak peek at features destined for future versions of Firefox, includes support for NFC. The NFC Bump feature lets users “share Firefox tabs with another NFC-enabled Android phone by ‘bumping’ them together.”

Paris city hall gets NFC signage

August 13th, 2013

The Hôtel de Ville in Paris, the largest municipal building in Europe and home to the French capital’s city council, has introduced NFC and QR-enabled signage developed by Connecthings. Tapping or scanning a sign enables visitors to download an app they can use to get step by step directions to individual offices and other locations within the building.

NXP picks Micropross for testing

August 12th, 2013

NXP is using Micropross’s Contactless Test Station for its EMVCo level one testing. The chip maker chose the all-in-one test equipment because of its EMVCo, NFC Forum and ISO testing capabilities as well as “its superior level of automation and its unique validated status,” says NXP.

FollowMeSticker.com adds NFC

August 7th, 2013

FollowMeSticker.com has added NFC tags to its range of social media sharing stickers. “It has been a lot of work, but I’m very excited about NFC and all the possibilities it brings,” says owner and founder Stuart Lawson.

Micropross test tool is approved

August 2nd, 2013

The NFC Forum has approved NFC and RFID test equipment supplier Micropross’ NFC Forum digital test tool. The tool will be deployed in certification and testing centres, says MicroPross, allowing NFC device and chip manufacturers to ensure their products meet NFC Forum specifications.

Cashcloud to support NFC

July 31st, 2013

Cloud-based wallet provider Cashcloud has secured second round funding as it looks towards adding NFC payments. Cashcloud says it hopes to become an all-in-one solution in Europe where users can send and receive money, apply parental controls, pay online, and pay in-store using MasterCard PayPass via NFC.

Isis reports NFC phone stats

July 31st, 2013

Close to 20m smartphones in the US are equipped with NFC technology “with millions more being shipped each month”, NFC joint venture Isis has revealed as it announces plans to launch nationally this year. “Thirty-five mobile devices across AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US Inc and Verizon Wireless currently support Isis and that number will continue to grow. Support for iPhone, Windows Phone and Blackberry 10 is expected to be introduced later this year.”

Jamba drives foot traffic with Isis

July 31st, 2013

“Our offer program was successful in driving incremental foot traffic, increasing the frequency of consumer store visits and introducing Jamba Juice to first-time customers,” says James White, CEO of Jamba Juice, as Isis prepares to introduce NFC payments across the US later this year. “We are now making plans to expand nationally with Isis so that all our franchisees can enjoy the benefits we have seen in our pilot markets.”

No secure element in new Nexus 7

July 30th, 2013

Google has not included a secure element in the new version of its Nexus 7 tablet, Google’s Peter Hazlehurst has told Android Police, and the tablet is not therefore able to support Google Wallet NFC payments. The device does, however, support NFC read/write capabilities via Android Beam. The HTC One Play Edition also does not include an embedded SE, Hazlehurst added.

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