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Jolla uses NFC to let users customize their smartphone settings

December 4th, 2013

Finnish phone maker Jolla‘s new smartphone is to ship with a selection of smart rear covers, known as “The Other Half”, that include NFC and are used to automatically change the device’s settings and functions… More

SensMaster adds NFC sensor tag

November 26th, 2013

Sensor tag maker SensMaster has introduced a tag that is designed to be worn like a watch and intended for safety, personnel tracking and security applications. The Tristan tags use an ultra-low power radio to communicate movement, location and identity to tag readers linked to a facility’s local area network, and include NFC as an option.

OrientDeal offers OEM NFC phone

November 26th, 2013

Chinese supplier OrientDeal has launched the OrientPhone P6 Plus, an OEM NFC smartphone with a 6-inch Full HD display and 13 megapixel rear camera. Powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, the 3G… More

Jewellery maker adds NFC

November 26th, 2013

Danish jewellery designer Shamballa Jewels is to add an NFC and QR-based anti-counterfeiting solution to all its products from next year. Product Alive was developed by NFC Danmark and enables consumers and businesses to check the authenticity of a product, as well as when and where it was bought, by scanning or tapping a tag attached to the item. “Between five and ten brands will adopt Product Alive by the end of this year,” says the company’s Søren Kragh.

NXP develops NFC chip for Intel

November 25th, 2013

NXP Semiconductors has developed a new version of its PN544 NFC controller chip for Intel and MasterCard. The latest PN544PC controller enables shoppers to pay for online purchases by simply tapping their contactless card or NFC phone to an NFC reader built into computers using fourth generation Intel Core processors.

Swissbit adds NFC microSD card

November 25th, 2013

Data storage manufacturer Swissbit has introduced the PS 100u CL, a microSD card containing a secure element. “Just an antenna needs to be attached to pin 9 and 10 of the card and all NFC phones are able to communicate with the secure element inside the microSD via the standardized ISO 14443 interface,” says Swissbit.

ConfGames uses NFC to gamify conferences

November 21st, 2013

German startup ConfGames is using NFC tags to add game mechanics to conferences with the aim of encouraging networking and interaction between visitors and sponsors. More

Porsche and BlackBerry launch $2,350 luxury NFC phone

November 21st, 2013

Porsche Design has redesigned BlackBerry’s Z10 NFC smartphone with a sleeker shell and leather rear cover to create the US$2,350 P’9982. Inside, the handset is the same as the Z10 but offers 64GB of internal… More

Garmin adds NFC car kit

November 20th, 2013

Navigation specialist Garmin has produced an in-car cradle with an embedded tag that launches Garmin’s Navigon for Android app when an NFC phone is placed in it. The US$49.99 Universal Smartphone Mount is designed to be fixed to the windscreen or dash and includes a micro USB charger and extra USB port.

Passive NFC chip can power lights and sounds

November 20th, 2013

Thailand-based NFC designer Silicon Craft Technology has developed a passive NFC transponder chip aimed at the toy, advertising and souvenir markets that harvests energy provided by an NFC interaction and uses it to power sounds… More

ST adds dynamic tag memories

November 19th, 2013

STMicroelectronics has introduced a range of ‘dynamic NFC tag memories’ — dual interface ICs designed for adding NFC functionality to utility meters, printers, cookers, washing machines, digital cameras and other consumer electronics and electrical devices. The new M24SR series is ideal for enabling Bluetooth pairing, says ST, or for resetting the clock on appliances after a power cut or a change in daylight saving hours.

Sprint customers to get NFC ID

November 19th, 2013

US mobile network operator Sprint’s Pinsight Touch NFC platform is to include support for Ingersoll Rand’s aptiQmobile NFC access control service. The deal, says Ingersoll Rand, means that “Sprint subscribers in the future will be able to approach a door, tap the aptiQ access control reader and enter the door just like they do now with an ID card.”

GP approves NFC test suite

November 19th, 2013

An SWP & HCI compliance test suite from Galitt and Keolabs has been qualified by standards organisation GlobalPlatform. The NFC testing suite can be used to “verify the compliance of host controller interface and SHDLC layers of SIM cards that implement a SWP connection,” says Galitt.

Bluenio proposes connected card

November 19th, 2013

Startup Bluenio is raising funds on Kickstarter for a connected NFC card that links with the owner’s smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 to enable a wide range of functions including two factor authentication, mobile keys and fitness tracking. The nio Card will come with 2GB of on-board storage, a USB rechargeable battery and a variety of sensors and will sound an alarm if the owner’s phone and card are separated.

Delta releases NFC data logger

November 19th, 2013

Technology developer Delta has launched Thor, an NFC data logger that includes an on-board temperature sensor that can take readings at configurable time interval of between 0.1s and ten hours. The NFC Forum Type 2 compliant transponder can store up to 28KB of readings and the data can then be transferred to an external device, such as an NFC phone, where the readings can be seen in list or graph form in an accompanying app.

WP8 users get NFC card game

November 19th, 2013

Windows Phone 8 users can now download a free card game, similar to Top Trumps, that uses NFC as the main form of interaction. In NFC Cars two players tap their phones together to receive a deck of cards and the aim is to then outscore the other player by comparing a category displayed on a card, such as top speed. The comparison is executed by once again tapping the two devices together.

DeviceFidelity updates iPhone NFC case to work with SIM-based SEs

November 19th, 2013

DeviceFidelity will unveil an NFC case for the iPhone 5s and 5 that supports the use of a SIM card as the secure element at this week’s Cartes 2013 show in Paris. Previous versions of… More

ST updates NFC SE

November 18th, 2013

STMicroelectronics has introduced the ST33G1M2, a secure microcontroller that can be used as an NFC secure element, either embedded into a mobile device or integrated into a SIM. “With its unique combination of support for NFC UICC and eSE applications and the entire Mifare portfolio, plus enhanced connectivity and large on-chip flash memory, this device dramatically extends opportunities for issuers to manage secure access to multiple services using the same card,” says ST’s Laurent Degauque.

Shanghai Fudan gets Forum certification for NFC controller

November 13th, 2013

Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics’ FM1930 NFC controller chipset has received NFC Forum certification, the first from a Chinese manufacturer to do so. “Our certification demonstrates the compliance of our NFC controller chipsets and is a key… More

NEC manages commercial displays via NFC

November 8th, 2013

NEC’s US display solutions division has introduced a range of large screen displays for commercial environments that use NFC and a mobile app to make it easy for staff to conduct set-up and maintenance tasks…. More

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