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Vodafone Wallet goes Dutch

March 28th, 2014

Mobile network operator Vodafone‘s NFC-based mobile wallet and prepaid SmartPass account is now available in the Netherlands. The launch follows introductions in Spain in November 2013 and in Germany earlier this month. The service is also due to be launched in the UK “later this year.”

Cuscal tests HCE in Australia

March 28th, 2014

An NFC payments service using host card emulation (HCE) is being tested in-house by Australian transactional banking services provider Cuscal. The company aims to make the solution commercially available mid 2014, as either a client-branded mobile app or via an API, enabling its clients’ customers to use their mobile phones to make payments at any Visa payWave contactless terminal.

Worldline offers HCE wallet

March 28th, 2014

Atos Worldline has introduced a digital wallet that supports NFC payments via HCE. The new wallet offers clients “simplification of the complex NFC business model and facilitates convergence of contactless proximity payments and internet or mobile remote payments,” the company says.

Kiroco launches NFC jewellery, scoops award

March 27th, 2014

UK-based Kiroco has won the Best Innovation of The Year award at London’s Wearable Technology Conference and Expo for a range of interactive jewellery that allows a recipient to tap an NFC phone to see… More

NBS adds HCE to Xpressi TSM

March 26th, 2014

NBS Technologies has added support for host card emulation (HCE) to its Xpressi Trusted Service Manager (TSM) platform, enabling customers to deploy both Visa PayWave and MasterCard PayPass NFC services in the cloud. HCE “could be the breakthrough our industry has been looking for,” says NBS chief software architect Robin Ehrlich.

HTC launches One M8 smartphone with NFC

March 26th, 2014

HTC‘s newest flagship smartphone, the HTC One (M8), has been announced and is available as a Google Play Edition running stock Android 4.4 KitKat, or from carriers worldwide with the handset maker’s own HTC Sense 6… More

LG adds NFC washing machine

March 26th, 2014

LG has unveiled a range of eco-friendly washing machines that can be paired with a consumer’s smartphone via NFC. It enables users to download new washing programmes — such as wool, baby care and cold wash — and apply them by touching their smartphone on the NFC Tag On symbol on the washing machine. A Smart Diagnosis feature also uses NFC to help users troubleshoot any minor issues with their machine.

Ocho seeks funds for NFC key tray that sends messages to friends and family

March 25th, 2014

US startup Ocho has unveiled an NFC tray that enables messages to be automatically sent to users, family members and colleagues when a key, wallet, phone or other NFC tagged object is placed on the… More

Panasonic adds wearable camcorder with NFC

March 25th, 2014

Panasonic has unveiled a wearable 4K camcorder that includes NFC pairing, enabling consumers to link the device to their smartphone or tablet and then broadcast live videos via Ustream. The dustproof and waterproof HX-A500 comes… More

Samsung adds NX Mini with NFC

March 20th, 2014

Samsung has expanded its NFC-enabled camera range with the addition of the Smart Camera NX Mini. The camera can be paired with other NFC devices via a Tag & Go feature to “seamlessly” select and transfer images. It can also be used as a baby monitor by pairing it with a smartphone that then acts as its controller.

Payleven to offer NFC mPOS

March 19th, 2014

European mobile point of sale specialist Payleven is to introduce a chip and pin reader that supports NFC and contactless card transactions during the second half of 2014. The device “will be offered for a much lower price than other NFC card readers currently on the market and will significantly broaden the potential for smaller businesses in the UK to accept NFC card payments,” the company says.

Premo introduces compact NFC antenna

March 19th, 2014

A new NFC antenna aimed at today’s slimmer smartphones has been introduced by Premo. The ZC1003HF measures 10mm by 10mm by 3.1mm high and uses a z-axis design to reduce board space while offering up… More

HP adds NFC security to enterprise printers

March 18th, 2014

Hewlett Packard (HP) has introduced a service for enterprise customers that enables users to authenticate themselves with a tap of their NFC phone or tablet when they wish to print a document, enabling customers to “experience a simplified login process without sacrificing device or data security, or requiring a proximity card reader system.” More

Banks pilot NFC, QR and BLE payments in Luxembourg

March 14th, 2014

Bank-led payment service Digicash has expanded its QR-based mobile payments platform to include new POS beacons that support NFC, QR and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) — “automatically providing the customer with the best user experience… More

Samsung unveils NFC voice label for visually impaired smartphone users

March 14th, 2014

Samsung has introduced a range of accessories for its Galaxy Core Advance NFC smartphone aimed at users “that require special assistance”. The range includes an ultrasonic cover, optical scan stand and an NFC-enabled voice label… More

Zuzance seeks funding for NFC clothing range

March 13th, 2014

A startup that aims to create “an ever-expanding line of wearable tech that goes beyond simple NFC” is seeking crowdfunding to produce an NFC-enabled clothing range. Zuzance’s first products are a US$50 hoodie that contains… More

Thinfilm to offer NFC temperature sensors for product packaging

March 13th, 2014

Printed electronics specialist Thinfilm is to introduce low cost NFC time and temperature sensors that can be incorporated into the packaging of food products and other perishable items, to enable consumers, distributors and merchants to… More

Samsung grows NFC print range

March 12th, 2014

Samsung has expanded its NFC printer range with two new lines aimed at the SMB market. Both the colour laser Xpress C1860 series and the mono laser Xpress M2885 series support tap-to-print via NFC as well as Samsung’s Easy Print Management facility, which allows users to manage the printers from NFC devices running the Samsung Mobile Print app. “SMB customers without an IT department can now easily monitor device information, status and usage of consumables,” says Samsung.

HP adds NFC printers

March 12th, 2014

HP has added the HP Officejet Pro 8630 and 8620 to its range of printers that support NFC, enabling users to tap their NFC phone or tablet to a printer to start a print job. HP also offers the Color LaserJet Pro MFP M476 with NFC, four enterprise printers and two add-ons for existing devices.

Proxama to offer secure coupons

March 12th, 2014

NFC specialist Proxama is to use HID Global’s Trusted Tag platform to add extra security to mobile coupon and loyalty schemes. The new service will generate a unique code each time an NFC tag is tapped to “avoid a situation where one transaction can lead to rewards being collected multiple times and allow a true customer proof-of-presence,” Proxama says.

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