NFC news in brief
7 October 2013, 11:16
PC-maker Dell has unveiled the Venue 11 Pro, a 10.8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet with NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. The US$499 device will ship in November with a variety of combinations of processor and memory available. Both 8MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras are included along with mini-HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. An optional docking keyboard accessory will also be available.
1 October 2013, 11:59
1 October 2013, 11:38
Sri Lankan mobile network operator Dialog has expanded its contactless fuel payment card service to include NFC stickers that can be affixed to phones, wallets and keyrings, Lanka Business Today reports. "This is the next phase in the development of NFC technology and will pave the way to offer a wider range of services to Sri Lankan consumers", says Fariq Cader, Dialog Axiata's senior general manager for mobile money and payments.
1 October 2013, 11:33
Wireless communications specialist Sistelnetworks has demonstrated how its vWand NFC stylus could be used to help sufferers of Alzheimer's disease. The project, which has been tested at MBDS facilities at the University of Nice, enables patients to use the vWand to revisit personal memories triggered by NFC tags and see them on their preferred screen. A pilot is planned at a retirement home in Grasse.
18 September 2013, 12:00
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.
17 September 2013, 13:08
17 September 2013, 11:40
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.
16 September 2013, 13:53
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!"
16 September 2013, 13:12
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.
16 September 2013, 13:04
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.
12 September 2013, 14:40
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.
12 September 2013, 12:02
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.
11 September 2013, 13:06
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.
10 September 2013, 13:27
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."
10 September 2013, 13:22
10 September 2013, 10:01
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.
9 September 2013, 16:06
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.
6 September 2013, 11:56
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.
4 September 2013, 11:12
30 August 2013, 14:31
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.