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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.

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.

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