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NFC app records voices

April 30th, 2013

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.

Madhya Pradesh to offer NFC info

April 29th, 2013

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.

Lumix G6 camera gets NFC

April 29th, 2013

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.

Sony to add NFC soundbars

April 29th, 2013

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.

Eurosmart ups NFC SE forecast

April 29th, 2013

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%.

Identive ships 1m stickers to Africa

April 24th, 2013

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.

MasterCard certifies NBS TSM

April 24th, 2013

MasterCard has added NBS Technologies’ Xpressi Trusted Service Manager (TSM) platform to its list of approved products. Earlier this month, NBS announced that the platform has been chosen by an unnamed Turkish customer.

DeviFi adds China NFC patent

April 24th, 2013

NFC-on-microSD specialist DeviceFidelity has been granted patent number ZL200880107195.2 in China, bringing the company’s portfolio up to a total of 40 patents relating to NFC and security technologies. The newly-issued patent covers an NFC based mobile wallet implementation that uses a microSD-based secure element and credentials issued by multiple enterprises.

French retailer orders 3m tags

April 24th, 2013

Identive has announced it has won an order for three million NFC tags from an unnamed retailer. The NFC Forum Type 2 tags “will be used for a mobile retail application in France”, says Identive. 800,000 of the tags will be shipped this quarter.

Madrid gets NFC bus stops

April 23rd, 2013

Five hundred bus stops in the centre of Madrid have been equipped with NFC tags, allowing passengers to access arrival times and tourist information with their NFC phones. The tags form part of a new “Smart Madrid” project and have been supplied by Connecthings.

USAT adds contactless devices

April 23rd, 2013

Unattended payments specialist USA Technologies (USAT) has added two new POS devices to its range. Both the ePort G9 and the ePort G10 support NFC payments and are “designed to bring greater functionality and value to business operators as they optimize their cashless payment platforms to develop new sales opportunities and greater operational efficiencies”.

Strasbourg begins ticketing pilot

April 23rd, 2013

Public transportation users in the French city of Strasbourg are being invited by local transit operator CTS to take part in an NFC ticketing pilot. The trial will begin in June 2013.

NFC phones up 138% in 2013

April 23rd, 2013

“NFC handsets have reached a tipping point this year and global volumes will surge an impressive 138% in 2013″, according to a new forecast by Strategy Analytics. “Most new LTE phones will launch with NFC in the future,” the analysts say.

NFC store launches in HK

April 22nd, 2013

RFID manufacturer Hong Kong RFID has launched an online NFC tag shop, nfc-shop.net. The store offers labels, waterproof wristbands, key fobs and a variety of stickers.

CUP demos Intel NFC payments

April 17th, 2013

China UnionPay executive vice president Hongfeng Chai has demonstrated the payments network’s Quick Pass contactless payments service in use on an Intel-powered NFC smartphone at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. The two companies are now working together to develop mobile payments services that make use of both NFC and Intel’s Identity Protection Technology.

PetHub adds NFC to ID tags

April 17th, 2013

PetHub has added NFC to its pet ID tags which are also equipped with a QR code, web address and 24-hour phone number. The tags store a link to information about the pet, such as emergency contact number, medication details, microchip number and insurance status.

PFS picks Carta for NFC

April 17th, 2013

Prepaid Financial Services has partnered with Carta Worldwide to develop and deliver NFC and mobile payment solutions to corporate clients. “Innovation is the key driver behind the selection of Carta’s NFC payments technology extensions, as the Carta platform is already market ready with respect to certain capabilities that other technology providers are just starting to think about,” says PFS CEO Noel Moran.

JusTap adds NFC coupons

April 16th, 2013

Mumbai-based JusTap! has announced JusPocket, an NFC couponing platform that allows brands to run multiple coupon and deal campaigns in real time. JusPocket can be integrated into POS systems or accessed from a web browser, the company says.

TapMeTags and xpWallet team up

April 16th, 2013

New Delhi-based mobile wallet solutions provider xpWallet has announced a partnership with Toronto-based NFC specialist TapMeTags. As well as collaborating on mobile payment products, the two companies will work together on anti-fraud systems for NFC devices and tags.

UL to test mPos for Visa Ready

April 16th, 2013

UL is to become the first laboratory to test mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) devices for certification under the Visa Ready Partner Program. “We are looking forward to guiding our customers through this new program that will greatly assist vendors in understanding their compliance requirements, ensuring their mPOS devices are fully approved and adaptable into the market,” says UL’s Jean-Luc Khaou.

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