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    NFC smartphone sales up 55% year on year in 2015

    June 30th, 2015

    Global NFC-enabled smartphone sales will grow more than 55% year over year in 2015, research from Strategy Analytics has found. “The growth rate is far above overall smartphone growth rate of 16% in 2015,” it says. “Asia Pacific remains the largest market for NFC smartphones, while North America has the highest NFC smartphone penetration until 2020.”

    2.2bn NFC-enabled handset shipments by 2020, IHS Technology predicts

    June 30th, 2015

    Shipments of NFC-enabled handsets will increase to 756m in 2015, up from 444m last year, rising to 2.2bn by 2020, IHS Technology has forecast. The research firm adds NFC is “finally coming of age and… More

    Sharp includes fingerprint sensor in flagship smartphone

    June 30th, 2015

    Sharp is to include biometric provider Synaptics’ Natural ID fingerprint sensor in its latest flagship smartphone. “Aquos Zeta SH-03G complies with Fido’s latest industry standard, UAF 1.0, delivered through Synaptics’ Natural ID sensor, which utilizes unique technology to enable fingerprint authentication that can be done locally for increased data security,” Synaptics says.

    McGee Group adds NFC inspection tags to trucks

    June 25th, 2015

    Truck drivers from UK-based construction firm McGee Group can now log their daily vehicle inspections by tapping a tablet or smartphone against NFC tags mounted on their lorries, using a platform supplied by mobility solutions… More

    Amazon’s voice-driven home shopping device available for pre-order in the US

    June 25th, 2015

    US consumers will soon be able to reorder supplies and control their home appliances using Amazon Echo, the connected device that uses voice recognition to complete spoken commands to shop, play music, read the news… More

    Crunchfish unveils touchless storefront using gesture recognition

    June 23rd, 2015

    Swedish gesture recognition firm Crunchfish has developed an interactive screen that can be placed in shop windows to encourage passersby to browse deals, read reviews and compare products with a swipe, push or grab of… More

    Google files item pairing patent

    June 23rd, 2015

    A new Google patent details a system to allow the pairing of items such as keys or a wallet with a mobile device to alert a person when they are about to leave the house without one of the items. “The monitoring device monitors the presence of items in its vicinity using a short-range wireless communication or sensing technology such as NFC, Bluetooth, RuBee, RFID or any other method of wireless communication or sensing,” the patent says.

    Beacons link in Cannes Lions contacts

    June 23rd, 2015

    Visitors to this year’s Cannes Lions event will be notified when one of their LinkedIn contacts is nearby or when they have signed up for the same sessions as a favourite via beacons installed by Eventbase. “When attendees from the same LinkedIn network are in the vicinity, icebreaker messages will prompt you to instigate conversations with delegates with similar interests,” Eventbase says.

    Hill climb cars to include beacons

    June 19th, 2015

    Vehicles taking part in British motor sports event The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) will send notifications about section times, racer profiles, course map details and videos to a visitor’s smartphone using beacons supplied by KS Technologies. “Users of the iOS app will receive a notification whenever they are near any participating vehicle,” PPIHC says. The PPIHC app is also available for Apple Watch.

    Supenta seeks funding for NFC gaming smartphone case

    June 18th, 2015

    Mobile gaming provider Supenta is raising funds on Kickstarter for an NFC-enabled smartphone case with a built-in game controller that fits on to a smartphone device and uses energy harvesting technology to power its components…. More

    Ricoh launches NFC camera

    June 18th, 2015

    Electronics company Ricoh has launched the GR II digital compact camera, marking the first GR-series model to come equipped with NFC. “The GR II comes equipped with WiFi functions for wireless connection with mobile devices; it is also compatible with NFC functions for easy pairing with mobile devices,” the company says.

    NFC Forum adds support for Type V tags

    June 17th, 2015

    The NFC Forum has released a new candidate specification that extends the functionality of NFC devices to include formal support for a new category of NFC tag. NCI 2.0 also enables tag data stored on… More

    Amazon gets ear authentication patent

    June 17th, 2015

    Amazon has been granted a US patent that describes how a person’s ear could be used to authenticate them when answering a phone call or to unlock an audio file. “The device attempts to recognise the user based on ear shape or other parameters and can provide customised functionality of the device based at least upon that determination,” the abstract explains.

    Galatea extends NFC jewellery range

    June 17th, 2015

    US jeweller Galatea has unveiled Momento Gem and Momento Diamond, jewellery collections that come equipped with NFC, adding to the Momento Pearl range that was launched in December. “Engagement rings can save and replay a proposal, and a gemstone ring for Mother’s Day holds precious memories that can be stored, saved and played back with the touch of the jewellery to an Android phone,” the company explains.

    Intelligent Environments replaces PINs with emoji passcodes

    June 16th, 2015

    Software provider Intelligent Environments has launched an emoji-only passcode system that lets consumers log into their bank’s mobile app using four emoji characters instead of traditional PINs. Emoji Passcode has been integrated into Intelligent Environments’ Android digital… More

    ClearXChange offers real-time payments

    June 16th, 2015

    US bank-led digital payments network clearXchange’s real-time payments system is now available to all member financial institutions, allowing real-time transfers to take place within the same bank or bank to bank. Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, US Bank and Wells Fargo are expected to roll out the service to customers over the next year.

    NFC inventors win award

    June 12th, 2015

    NXP engineers Franz Amtmann and Philippe Maugars have won the European Patent Office (EPO) European Inventor Award in recognition of the role they played in the birth of NFC. The pair were nominated in April for the prize which aims to reward inventors who contribute to technological progress and economic growth. Three previous finalists have gone on to collect Nobel Prizes.

    Reed Exhibitions uses NFC for IBTM America visitors

    June 12th, 2015

    Event organiser Reed Exhibitions is using Poken’s conference technology platform at the IBTM America exhibition in Chicago to collect exhibitor information, let attendees check-in for meetings, and exchange and collect contact information and digital brochures… More

    Wells Fargo pilots face and voice authentication

    June 11th, 2015

    US bank Wells Fargo is piloting a face and voice authentication system with 100 customers using its mobile app on their iPhones. “A person just needs to let their face and voice do all the work,” Fortune reports, following a first-hand demonstration of the technology. “Wells Fargo estimates that it takes about 23 seconds or so to pass the security test.”

    TI opens NFC wearable design challenge

    June 11th, 2015

    Semiconductor maker Texas Instruments is running an NFC wearable design challenge, inviting developers to use its RF430FRL15xH NFC sensor transponder to create wearable health and fitness applications. “Developers can log on to the TI E2E Launch Your Design Portal and submit product and design ideas that utilize TI’s fully programmable NFC sensor transponder,” the company says.

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