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News about Biometrics and NFC.

Apple iWatch to ship with NFC this year?

April 11th, 2014

Apple will enter the wearable devices market “this fall” with an iWatch that includes a secure element, NFC communications capabilities and support for biometrics, according to a new research note by Taiwan-based KGI Securities analyst… More

Fujitsu adds ATMs with NFC and biometrics

April 10th, 2014

Fujitsu has launched a series of ATMs aimed at the European market that support its PalmSecure biometric verification technology as well as contactless and NFC transactions. PalmSecure “authenticates the user by reading the unique pattern of… More

Teasy combines NFC and biometrics for payments in Nigeria

March 21st, 2014

Nigerian mobile payments provider Teasy Mobile is to equip its mobile money agents with POS terminals that use biometric technology to verify a consumer and NFC to allow them to make a payment. VeriFone Mobile… More

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

February 24th, 2014

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. The new finger… More

Apple patent combines NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi for mobile payments

January 16th, 2014

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… More

Zwipe raises US$3.5m for NFC and fingerprint ID card

December 11th, 2013

Norwegian biometrics specialist Zwipe has received an additional US$3.5m in funding to take to market a contactless ID card that includes a fingerprint sensor and is designed to work with standard contactless access control readers…. More

Civintec offers NFC terminal with fingerprint biometrics

November 4th, 2013

Civintec has launched a multi-purpose smart card and biometric-enabled terminal with a 7-inch touch screen and NFC functionality. The uTouch runs either Linux or Android and offers support for a range of contactless standards as… More

HTC One Max to come with NFC and fingerprint sensor

October 14th, 2013

Phone manufacturer HTC has announced the successor to its flagship HTC One smartphone, the NFC-enabled HTC One Max which houses a 5.9-inch 1080p display and fingerprint scanner. Located on the rear of the device, the… More

Softbank offers Fujitsu Arrows A NFC phone with finger sensor

October 7th, 2013

Japanese carrier Softbank has unveiled the Arrows A 301F, an NFC smartphone built by Fujitsu that includes a fingerprint reader on the rear of the phone for unlocking the device. The  Arrows A comes with… More

No NFC for iPhone 5S

September 10th, 2013

Two new iPhones have been unveiled by Apple, a flagship iPhone 5S and a lower cost iPhone 5C. A Touch ID fingerprint sensor has been built into the home button on the iPhone 5S, as… More

Apple patent reignites iPhone NFC hopes

September 9th, 2013

A newly published patent application shows that Apple has been working on ways to combine the fingerprint verification technology it acquired in July 2012 with NFC — and may also be eyeing a variation of… More

Google and NXP join Fido Alliance to develop secure authentication standards

May 2nd, 2013

Momentum is building for Fido, an open security authentication concept that aims to allow users to replace passwords with a range of authentication methods, including NFC and biometrics. Both Google and NXP have now signed up to the project, alongside founder members that include PayPal and Lenovo. More

Ingenico launches mobile POS terminal with NFC and fingerprint security

April 24th, 2013

Point-of-sale terminal maker Ingenico has introduced a range of mobile payments terminals that include NFC and biometric verification. The iWB Bio Series devices are aimed at governments and financial institutions distributing payments services in emerging… More

iPhone 5S to include NFC and fingerprint security?

March 11th, 2013

Reports from Taiwan suggest that local firm Chipbond has won a major contract from Apple to build components for a forthcoming iPhone 5S. “iPhone 5S will also feature NFC (near field communication) fingerprint recognition technology, with Chipbond… More

The Mobile Wallet Report: PayPal takes its digital wallet overseas, biometrics gain ground and marketers flock to Apple Passbook

December 18th, 2012

In the December edition of Mobile Wallet Outlook, the NFC World team examines the resurgence of interest in using fingerprint verification at the point of sale, the innovative new services being built on top of Apple’s Passbook mobile wallet and the latest consumer adoption surveys. Our first “spot report” takes an in-depth look at PayPal’s digital wallet and in-store payments strategy and asks whether the online payments giant can succeed in crossing the online-offline divide. More

Call for contributions: New report on mobile payments and the future of merchant transaction fees

November 26th, 2012

The NFC World team has identified ten pressure points that suggest the arrival of mobile payments will result in a fundamental change in the overall cost of processing payments and the way in which merchants transaction fees are calculated — and we’d like to hear from anyone who is working on ways to use mobile technology to cut the cost of processing transactions at the point of sale. More

Fingerprint Cards adds biometric verification to Infineon secure element

November 13th, 2012

Biometric authentication specialist Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has announced it has integrated its fingerprint verification algorithm and swipe sensor technology into Infineon‘s embedded secure element chip. “FPC’s solution is uniquely positioned to work in a secure… More

HID Global adds iClass SE reader module

November 6th, 2012

HID Global has added a reader module and a developer tool kit (DTK) for its iClass SE secure credentials platform. “Our new reader module enables third-party developers to build a broad range of products that simplify… 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

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

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