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    25 February 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 25 February 2014, 14:03

    German carriers team up with MasterCard for NFC payments

    Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone have connected their TSM platforms to MasterCard-owned Trevica's TSM platform for card issuers, providing German banks with a single entry point for deploying NFC payments to 80% of the local population — and MasterCard plans to offer a similar service in other European countries this year.

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    25 February 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 February 2014, 12:41

    KT delivers NFC info points to Mobile World Congress

    The 65 NFC-enabled digital Tap-n-Go Points located around Fira Gran Via for MWC 14 have been produced by KT, the Korean carrier has announced. The NFC Media Poles deliver a range of information services to visitors at the tap of an NFC phone, including films, coupons, tickets, music and advertisements.

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    25 February 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 25 February 2014, 12:17

    KDDI, SK Planet, Chunghwa Telecom and HKT form Asia NFC Alliance

    Japanese carrier KDDI, Korea’s SK Planet, Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom and Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) are to work together to spread adoption of NFC services in Asia, using a shared NFC tag specification, brand mark and platform.

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    24 February 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 24 April 2014, 18:20

    Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 with NFC, fingerprint verification and PayPal payments

    The Galaxy S5, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, includes biometric security as well as NFC — and can be used to make payments at any merchant that accepts PayPal online or in store.

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    24 February 2014 • By Karl Dyer • Last updated 24 February 2014, 17:35

    Yota adds NFC to its dual display phone

    Russian phone maker Yota Devices is to offer a new version of its YotaPhone, a handset that comes with two displays — this time a 5-inch full HD Amoled screen at the front plus a 4.7-inch always-on, full-touch control electronic paper display to the rear.

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    24 February 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 25 February 2014, 17:00

    CaixaBank picks Morpho TSM

    Spain’s CaixaBank has chosen Morpho as its trusted service manager (TSM) for the rollout of the largest commercial NFC mobile payment deployment in Europe to date in terms of customer coverage and number of contactless payments.

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    24 February 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 February 2014, 15:33

    Visa: HCE will drive innovation in payments

    “We’ve seen this as a vehicle for innovation for financial institutions, for merchants, for others who want to enable payment using the mobile device,” Visa‘s Sam Shrauger has explained at MWC 2014, just a few days after the payment network announced its adoption of host card emulation (HCE) for NFC and QR payments.

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    24 February 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 24 February 2014, 15:15

    Sony adds wearable, Xperia tablet, phones and accessories with NFC

    Sony Mobile has launched a smart wristband, two new Xperia smartphones, an Xperia tablet and a range of accessories, all featuring NFC, at MWC 2014.

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    24 February 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 24 February 2014, 14:36

    Broadcom introduces low cost, low power NFC chips for smartphones and wearables

    Chip maker Broadcom has unveiled a new generation of NFC controllers that reduce power consumption by 60%, lower the total cost for device manufacturers by 35% and cut antenna size by 50% — making them practical for use in both NFC phones and wearables.

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    24 February 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 24 February 2014, 12:33

    Alcatel Onetouch launches Pop Fit wearable smartphone with NFC

    A wearable Android smartphone that weighs just 78g and comes with an armband-style strap and a pair of JBL earphones has been unveiled at MWC 14 by Alcatel Onetouch. The metallic Idol 2, Idol 2S and Idol 2 Mini S with NFC have also been added to the phone maker's range.

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    February 9th, 2016

    This week's news

    1. Cash by Optus adds contactless bands and stickers to reach beyond Android owners
    2. Super Bowl fans explore Bay Area with BLE beacons
    3. Kazakhstan gets HCE payments
    4. Mobile banking service Pocopay goes live in Europe
    5. Apple Pay adds 32 banks in the US
    6. MoboMoney takes sound-based mobile payments to India
    7. White paper lays out NFC solutions for in-home healthcare providers
    8. FitPay closes $3.1m round led by G&D
    9. Samsung looks into vein authentication
    10. APCA explores security code for digital wallets in Australia
    11. Apple Pay available in more than 2m US retail locations
    12. Apple begins selling Square contactless reader
    13. Viber to add money transfers to messaging app
    14. European Central Bank to develop P2P service
    15. Charity goes contactless for World Cancer Day
    16. MobileNow! enables parking payments from Apple Watch
    17. Amazon Echo adds Domino’s pizza orders
    18. Global mobile payment market to hit $620bn in 2016
    19. GlobalPlatform updates NFC SIM spec
    20. Musician Beatie Wolfe promotes new single with NFC jacket
    21. MyWallet NFC payments service put on hold in Slovakia
    22. Russian mobile payments startup raises US$3.8m
    23. NXP updates NFC Taginfo app
    24. Guide offers advice for card issuers on implementing EMV
    25. Rail passengers pilot mobile ticketing at 230 UK stations
     
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