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January 22nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 January 2014, 13:05

Kyivstar and Alfa-Bank launch NFC payments in the Ukraine

Alfa-Bank and mobile network operator Kyivstar have begun testing the Ukraine’s first NFC mobile payments service. The pilot is expected to lead to a full commercial rollout across the country.

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January 21st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 January 2014, 07:23

Royal Bank of Canada launches NFC payments in the cloud

Royal Bank of Canada has introduced an NFC mobile payments service that stores customers’ card details in the cloud. The new RBC Wallet is available to customers with a Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung Galaxy S4 on the Bell Mobility network, with support for other devices coming this spring.

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January 21st, 2014 • By Karl Dyer • Last updated 21 January 2014, 19:11

Cetrix launches OEM NFC phones and tablets

Malta-based mobile device maker Cetrix has launched two smartphones and two tablets equipped with NFC, with minimum order quantities of between 100 and 3,000 units.

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January 21st, 2014 • By Karl Dyer • Last updated 21 January 2014, 09:47

FC Solution tracks security guards with GPS and NFC

Thailand-based FC Solution has introduced a tracking system that requires security guards to check in to a location by tapping their NFC phone to a tag — and also records the employee’s GPS location to ensure guards can’t cheat the system by removing tags placed around a secured area and putting them in an easier-to-access location.

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January 17th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 17 January 2014, 11:39

Madshus adds NFC to skis

Cross country ski maker Madshus is to incorporate NFC chips into its 2014/15 Redline and Champion range skis, enabling retailers to select the ideal set of skis for customers more quickly.

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January 16th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 16 January 2014, 19:03

Apple patent combines NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi for mobile payments

A newly published Apple patent application uses a secure element in a mobile phone to store cardholder data, NFC to initiate a transaction and Bluetooth or WiFi to complete the processing of a transaction and return coupons and other information to the customer’s device.

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January 15th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 January 2014, 17:12

Five UK banks to launch Zapp NFC and QR payments

The UK's HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank are to provide their 18 million UK customers with the ability to make NFC and QR code payments from next year, using an online and in-store mobile payments service that integrates with the banks' existing mobile apps.

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January 15th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 January 2014, 16:16

Chicago and Washington to get NFC tickets

Public transportation users in Chicago and Washington DC will be able to use their NFC phones to purchase tickets in the coming years, the cities’ transportation authorities have announced. New York is also to get contactless transit cards — but it is not yet known whether NFC phone payments will also be supported.

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January 15th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 15 January 2014, 15:40

GlobalPlatform grows NFC specs

Secure element standards organisation GlobalPlatform has published a new framework for secure NFC service deployment, designed to reduce both time to market and overall deployment costs.

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January 13th, 2014 • By Karl Dyer • Last updated 12 January 2014, 15:14

Peel-off NFC tags seek Kickstarter funding

A California-based startup is seeking US$8,000 by 1 February in order to put into production nfcTack and nfcPad, two new NFC tag products that use “nano suction” pads to attach to surfaces — rather than standard adhesives that can leave marks when they are removed.

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July 23rd, 2014

Latest news

  1. Festival uses BLE to gain insights into attendee activity
  2. Target launches image recognition app
  3. Amazon releases mobile wallet app for Android
  4. Westpac trials HCE mobile payments in New Zealand
  5. Consult Hyperion demos EMV mobile payments over BLE on an iPhone
  6. IBM partners with Monitise
  7. GSMA publishes NFC coupon and loyalty technical proposal
  8. Nintendo adds NFC payments
  9. Four in ten mobile wallet users choose mobile as primary mode of payment
  10. CU Wallet signs up 65 credit unions for QR mobile payments
  11. Barclays reports Pingit stats
  12. Wallaby launches Gear 2 app
  13. Apple expands iTunes Pass availability
  14. Facebook tests buy button
  15. Twitter buys Cardspring
  16. CrucialTec to secure mobile banking with fingerprints
  17. PayPal volumes grow 29%
  18. Snapchat to add payments?
  19. PayPal offers loyalty rewards
  20. PosteMobile to roll out NFC
 
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