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Microsoft unveils its NFC mobile wallet plans

June 20th, 2012

Windows Phone 8 is to come with both NFC and a mobile wallet that Microsoft will deliver in partnership with mobile network operators, the company has revealed. More

NFC Forum certifies Inside Secure’s NFC controller chip

June 18th, 2012

NFC and contactless specialist Inside Secure has announced that its MicroRead solution has become the first NFC controller chip design to be certified by the NFC Forum. “This certification offers increased assurance that products using MicroRead solutions… More

Signbox lights up NFC outdoors

June 13th, 2012

UK-based Signbox has introduced a new, weatherproof version of its Enlighten NFC smart poster that can be deployed out of doors. The new version is available in different sizes and, for high footfall areas, can… More

Samsung launches TecTiles NFC tags and programming application

June 13th, 2012

Sets of five TecTiles can be ordered online or bought in store for US$14.99 from all four major US carriers and can be used to program a variety of NFC-initiated functions. “Most of the tag types you make will work on nearly all phones which have NFC hardware,” says Samsung. More

Marvell adds NFC WiFi chip

June 13th, 2012

Chip maker Marvell has launched the Avastar 88W889, the first chip to include support for both 802.11ac WiFi and NFC. First announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the new chip is designed to be built into Ultrabooks, tablets, gaming consoles and smart TVs.

Tablet PC offers NFC payments module

May 23rd, 2012

A new rugged tablet PC comes with an optional mobile payment module that can be used to process NFC transactions. Data Ltd Inc’s DLI 9000 is based on standard PC architecture and can run Windows… More

Identive adds NFC payment sticker

May 22nd, 2012

Secure ID specialist Identive has introduced a new “peel and stick” NFC tag that allows consumers to use contactless payment with their existing mobile devices. The TomPay sticker is based on the company’s “tag on… More

Vizibility adds NFC to business ID

May 21st, 2012

Identity management specialist Vizibility has added support for NFC to its executive ID platform. The company’s new “NFC Mobile Wallet Cards” contain a link to an online profile of the cardholder which, as well as… More

Tagage upgrades NFC developer kit

May 21st, 2012

NFC tag supplier TagAge has launched a new version of its NFC Developer Kit, designed to provide NFC application developers with a way to easily test a range of different types of tag. The new kit… More

NCR adds NFC to hotel check-ins

May 21st, 2012

NCR has launched NCR Express Key, a hotel check-in kiosk that lets guests who have checked in online or via a mobile phone collect their room key without queuing at reception. The kiosk allows guests to… More

9m NFC phones on order

May 18th, 2012

Samsung has taken preorders for some nine million Galaxy S III handsets from more than 100 mobile networks, Reuters reports. An unnamed Samsung executive revealed the figures to the Korea Economic Times, which also reported that the firm’s smartphone factory is running at full capacity.

Starchip samples NFC SIMs

May 17th, 2012

French smart card IC design house Starchip is sampling a new SIM chip designed for high-end SIM and NFC applications. The SCF335H is the first in a new family, says the firm, and offers at least 30% cost savings on the company’s previous generation of SIM controllers.

Narian offers NFC app creator

May 16th, 2012

NFC innovator Narian Technologies has launched a platform designed to give everyone the tools to create their own NFC applications. The offering includes a web-based app creator portal, a tag writing application and an Android-based “touch and discover” user app called Instantly NFC. “This platform lets everyone from soccer moms to college rock bands create their own NFC app easily,” says Narian’s Einar Rosenberg.

KDDI unveils world’s first NFC and Felica phone

May 16th, 2012

Japanese mobile operator KDDI will offer the world’s first phone with both NFC and Felica support from this summer. The Sharp Aquos Phone Serie will support Japan’s widely-used Felica contactless payment system as well as the… More

HTC Desire C gets NFC

May 16th, 2012

HTC is to release an NFC version of its new Desire C mid-range phone. The handset, positioned as an ideal first smartphone, runs Android 4 and features Beats audio. “An NFC variant of this model [allows] users to make payments or access information and offers,” says the company. The Desire C is expected to be available from June and will retail at around £170, according to Engadget.

India gets first Intel NFC phone

April 19th, 2012

Indian handset manufacturer Lava has launched the first Intel-powered NFC smartphone. The Xolo X900, available in India for around R22,000 (US$422) from 23 April, has a 4.03-inch touchscreen and ships with Android 2.3 with an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich promised later.

Smartrac delivers tiny tags

April 19th, 2012

RFID tag maker Smartrac has added a new NFC tag to its range. The new Midas tags have an antenna size of 10mm by 17 mm and a die-cut size of 12mm by 19mm. The… More

Ireland gets NFC tag platform

April 16th, 2012

A new NFC tag platform provider has opened for business in Ireland. Airnfc was founded by two students in Limerick and supplies products worldwide, co-founder Conor Burke has told NFC World. “We are the first in Ireland to provide ready-to-go NFC marketing products and hope to be a market leader at home and throughout Europe.”

UK moves closer to NFC tickets

April 16th, 2012

British government-backed transportation ticketing standards organisation Itso has certified Paragon RTD, a technology developed by Ecebs that lets consumers download and top up rail, bus and other public transportation tickets via smart cards and NFC phones…. More

Skillweb adds NFC tracking

April 16th, 2012

British mobile workforce and goods tracking specialist Skillweb has launched an NFC and QR code-based proof of attendance service. “SmartTask Field Service uses the core SmartTask product engine to deliver a simple and 100% accurate means of monitoring proof of attendance by mobile and field based workers,” says Skillweb MD Paul Ridden.

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