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SD Association and GlobalPlatform to set standards for external secure elements

November 21st, 2011

The two associations will create international standards for SD and microSD format secure elements for use in NFC services as well as a wide range of other applications. More

Apple patents ‘SIM within’ secure element technology

November 9th, 2011

A newly published Apple patent application sets out a way for a virtual SIM card to be built into an embedded secure element which can, in turn, be attached to an NFC controller chip. More

NFC goes green: New ST chips use energy harvesting to replace the need for batteries

November 8th, 2011

The new wireless memory chips harvest the energy generated from NFC and RFID actions to power up small devices so that a battery or other power supply no longer needs to be included. More

NFC Forum publishes peer-to-peer communications specification

September 29th, 2011

The new SNEP specification employs the same NDEF commands used in tag reading and writing applications, allowing information stored on an NFC tag to be read by a phone and then passed on to other NFC phones or exchanged with a wide range of other types of NFC-enabled device. More

Microsoft picks NXP for NFC in Windows 8

September 13th, 2011

“NXP has a deep understanding of NFC and we are working with them to deliver the right hardware, software and support to bring this technology to our partners, developers, and ultimately the consumer,” says the software giant’s Aidan Marcuss. More

PragmatIC demonstrates NFC label with built-in display

September 9th, 2011

The flexible labels don’t need a battery and automatically light up or display information when they are read by an NFC phone. More

Samsung launches Bada 2.0 SDK with NFC

August 26th, 2011

A software development kit for the new version of the handset maker’s operating system, which includes support for NFC tag reading and writing, is now available to download. More

NFC news in brief • 23 August 2011

August 23rd, 2011

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: First Android 4 phone could come in October • Rogers planning NFC launch? • Tags stores take off • Jiepang eyes mobile commerce • Tagstar shields tags • BlackBerry NFC delay • Turkcell tests tickets • Vivotech adds NFC POS terminal • and more… More

Cirque adds NFC to touch panels

August 15th, 2011

The capacitive sensing technology specialist has integrated an NFC antenna into its trackpad and touch panel modules, enabling a single input device to be used for both NFC and touch interactions. More

New production process could cut cost of NFC tags to “just a few cents”

August 12th, 2011

A new production process developed by a UK startup could reduce the cost of NFC tags to significantly under five cents a unit, making it practical for tags to be used in a wide array of new application areas. More

NFC phones to get biometric security support

August 4th, 2011

NXP, AuthenTec and DeviceFidelity have announced they are developing reference designs for Android NFC phones that will ensure a mobile payment can only be made after the user has proved their identity by swiping their finger across a biometric sensor built into the handset. More

Mozilla plans NFC support for new mobile operating system

August 1st, 2011

The Mozilla Foundation, responsible for the development of the Firefox open source browser, has announced plans for Boot to Gecko, a new open source operating system designed specifically for mobile phones and tablets. Mozilla’s Robert… More

Apple gets patent for adding NFC to metal displays

July 11th, 2011

Apple has been granted a patent covering the addition of an NFC antenna to electronic devices such as computer monitors where standard methods of integrating NFC may cause problems generating a sufficiently robust signal strength…. More

Geo RTD links NFC to sat nav and mapping apps

June 16th, 2011

The new tag data format will allow NFC phone users to access location-based information without having to go online. More

NFC news in brief • 23 May 2011

May 23rd, 2011

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Twitter and Docomo add ‘touch and follow’ • Doubletwist shares songs with NFC • Airtag offers P2P loyalty • Lifera and Taztag tie up • Lockitron opens doors with NFC • DPT unveils NFC-enabled car park pay machine • SK C&C USA rebrands as CorFire • Bayer puts antennas into decorative films • Mobey Forum expands • and much more…  More

NFC indoor navigation system proposed by Turkish scientists

May 19th, 2011

The concept combines NFC tags placed at strategic points around a building, GPS and a downloadable layout app to guide visitors all the way from their home or office to a particular room, aisle or store. More

Google raises concerns over the viability of NFC card emulation mode for mobile payments

May 11th, 2011

“I’d love to see peer-to-peer used for payment,” Google’s Nick Pelly told a packed audience at the I/O conference’s ‘How to NFC’ session, as he responded to questions regarding the future of mobile payments on Android devices.  More

Verayo hires former PayPal mobile chief for move into NFC security market

April 24th, 2011

Verayo has announced the appointment of Eric Duprat, former general manager of mobile at PayPal, as its chief executive officer as it seeks to bring its ‘silicon biometrics’ technology to market. Verayo’s Physical Unclonable Function (PUF)… More

Seibersdorf adds NFC to textiles

April 22nd, 2011

The Austrian R&D company’s new textile tags use an antenna that can be woven into fabrics during manufacture, opening up a new market where NFC phones can be used to interact with fashion garments, workwear and a host of other new applications. More

NFC news in brief • 18 April 2011

April 18th, 2011

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: NFC football shirts • EMVCo’s new specs • Contactless business cards • Expo visitors win with NFC • One in five smartphones to have NFC by 2014 • Smartphone users ‘uninterested in location-based services’ • Visa’s Australian NFC trial ends • and more… More

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