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Samsung picks NFC as key S III advantage over iPhone 5

September 20th, 2012

A viral video advertising the Samsung Galaxy S III has highlighted the smartphone’s NFC capabilities, picking the technology as one of the key differentiating factors between Samsung’s flagship phone and Apple’s iPhone 5: More

Apple: No need for NFC today

September 12th, 2012

NFC isn’t needed to give iPhone owners what they need today, Apple’s Phil Schiller has told AllThingsD, in an interview following today’s launch of the iPhone 5: Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller said that Passbook… More

No NFC announced for iPhone 5

September 12th, 2012

There’s no mention of NFC in the list of hardware improvements announced for the new iPhone 5 today, and there was only a very brief mention of the Passbook mobile wallet feature which was announced in June…. More

iPhone 5: No room for NFC? Well, maybe there is…

August 29th, 2012

The ‘will they or won’t they’ speculation over whether the iPhone 5, expected to be unveiled on 12 September, will come with NFC continues to rage and the latest analysis suggests that it won’t —… More

New images add to iPhone NFC speculation

August 27th, 2012

Images that purport to show the front assembly of the iPhone 5 have led to renewed speculation that the new Apple device, expected to be announced on 12 September, will include NFC. The images, if… More

SEC filing triggers speculation on iPhone 5 with NFC

August 16th, 2012

Examination of a proxy statement filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission by Authentec, linked to Apple’s recent bid to acquire the firm for US$356m, has led to renewed speculation that the next iPhone… More

Apple gets ‘on-the-go shopping list’ patent

August 8th, 2012

Apple has been granted US patent number 8,239,276, entitled ‘On-the-go shopping list’. Originally filed in September 2008, the patent references NFC extensively. The abstract describes the system as follows: Systems and methods for providing shopping-related information… More

Apple buys fingerprint biometrics specialist Authentec

July 27th, 2012

The company’s products include a fingerprint sensor for NFC mobile phones that ensures only the registered user of a device can gain access to their mobile wallet. More

Auriemma: UK consumers want to get mobile wallets from their bank

July 25th, 2012

A mobile wallet containing only cards issued by their bank is the most popular option for British consumers, a new survey has found, suggesting that the battle to be “top of wallet” for mobile payments may turn into a fight to be “only card in wallet”. More

CommBank unveils Android POS platform

July 17th, 2012

The Australian bank has followed its Kaching mobile payments service with the launch of a point-of-sale application development platform that works with an Android-based POS terminal as well as an add-on for Apple iPhones and iPods and is designed to allow developers to add new types of features for merchants via mobile phone-style apps. More

DeviFi gets European patent

July 13th, 2012

DeviceFidelity has been granted a European patent covering technology underlying its iCaisse NFC add-on for Apple devices. “Following patents granted in the US for this solution, our microSD NFC technology, our multi-institution mobile wallet and our NFC antenna technology, this European patent is yet another important addition to our portfolio,” says the company CEO and co-founder Deepak Jain.

Apple awarded patent for mobile airline ticketing and travel service

July 11th, 2012

The iTravel patent covers the use of an NFC-enabled iPhone for buying an airline ticket, checking in baggage and passing through security. More

CommBank adds Kaching for Android — without NFC

July 6th, 2012

“We would prefer to start using the chip that comes with the phone,” says CommBank’s head of online banking, but “currently the NFC chip (the secure element) in Android NFC-enabled phones is not available to us.” More

NFC spotted in iPhone prototypes

June 25th, 2012

Apple is testing iPhone prototypes equipped with NFC, according to 9to5Mac. The site mentions two pre-production devices, codenamed N41AP and N42AP, and says of information it has seen, “further investigation into this hardware code dump leads us to believe that these iPhones also have near field communication (NFC) controllers directly connected to the power management unit (PMU).”

Apple shows off Passbook mobile wallet

June 12th, 2012

Video coverage of the launch of Apple’s first mobile wallet app shows how it will enable developers to build mobile barcode-based ticketing, stored value, loyalty card and coupon apps for today’s iPhones — and hints at how these apps could migrate to NFC in the future. More

Apple debuts barcode-based Passbook mobile wallet

June 11th, 2012

Apple’s forthcoming iOS 6 is to include a new app billed as “the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.” Passbook, announced today at Apple’s WWDC developer conference in San Francisco, looks… More

48% of Americans ready to use a mobile wallet

June 4th, 2012

New market entrants are currently most popular amongst consumers ready to adopt mobile wallet technology, according to a survey conducted by Carlisle & Gallagher, with eight in 10 willing to use a PayPal wallet and six in 10 willing to consider a mobile wallet provided by Google or Apple. More

Paypal brings mobile payments to UK stores

May 30th, 2012

Online payments giant PayPal is continuing its expansion into offline payments with the launch of a barcode-based mobile payments service in the UK. Fashion retailers Coast, Oasis, Warehouse and Karen Millen are the first to sign… More

CBA blames Google for NFC payments delay

May 28th, 2012

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will release an Android version of its Kaching mobile payments service in the next six weeks, according to ZDNet Australia. Unlike the iPhone version of Kaching, however, which offers NFC payments in… More

DeviceFidelity adds full NFC functionality to iPhone

May 16th, 2012

The NFC-on-microSD specialist’s new iCaisse4X iPhone case combines expanded battery life with NFC card emulation, tag reading/writing and peer-to-peer capabilities. More

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