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    Fitbit buys Coin’s wearable payment assets

    May 19th, 2016

    Fitness wristband maker Fitbit has acquired the wearable payment assets of connected device maker Coin in a move that will enable the company to add NFC payment capability to its future devices. More

    Joint venture to develop painless diabetes monitoring with NFC

    July 22nd, 2015

    A new joint venture that includes the US-based Mayo Clinic and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute is developing an NFC-based diabetes monitoring system to replace the traditional glucometers that are currently used to monitor patients’ blood sugar levels. The system will also use phones to control insulin delivery, using disposable NFC insulin delivery systems. More

    Google teams up with US carriers for NFC mobile payments

    February 23rd, 2015

    Google Wallet will be pre-installed on all Android phones supplied by Softcard partners AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless from “later this year”, Ariel Bardin, Google’s vice president of payments, has announced. The deal… More

    NXP sues Marvell over Xbox NFC chips

    January 28th, 2015

    NXP Semiconductors has filed a patent infringement suit against rival chip maker Marvell, claiming that the NFC chips supplied by Marvell to Microsoft for use in the Xbox One video gaming console infringe four of… More

    Taco Bell app lets customers rotate to reorder

    October 31st, 2014

    US quick-service restaurant chain Taco Bell has launched a mobile ordering and payment app that lets customers place their orders through a customisable menu and complete a payment using a stored Taco Bell card, credit… More

    Apple patent unlocks cars with BLE

    October 27th, 2014

    A recently published Apple patent hints that the company is working on future CarPlay functionality that would allow users to lock and unlock car doors, start engines and perform other tasks using their iOS device and geofence technology. The company’s iBeacon location system could also play a part in the service, the Accessory Control with Geo-fencing patent explains.

    US merchant groups call for creation of open tokenization standards

    August 1st, 2014

    Leading merchant groups in the US have come together to call for the creation of an alternative set of open standards for tokenized payments that would be managed by an independent body such as ISO or ANSI — rather than by the payments industry. More

    Snapchat to add payments?

    July 18th, 2014

    Messaging app Snapchat has applied to extend its trademark into two classes relating to payments, Techcrunch reports. Trademark #86335306 covers “computer application software for processing electronic payments to and from others that may be downloaded from a global computer network” while trademark #86335307 applies to “electronic transfer of money for others; providing electronic processing of electronic funds transfer, ACH, credit card, debit card, electronic check and electronic, mobile and online payments”.

    Intel patents multi-surface NFC antenna design

    June 17th, 2014

    The USPTO has published a patent application by three Intel engineers that describes an NFC antenna design which makes use of a cascaded coil concept to enable interactions to be performed without a user needing… More

    Morgan Stanley predicts Apple will include NFC in iPhone 6 — and NXP will supply the controller chips

    May 21st, 2014

    “We see growing evidence Apple will adopt NFC as a core part of its mobile payments strategy,” a new report from investment firm Morgan Stanley says — and evidence suggests that NXP has already won… More

    Nintendo to launch NFC toys and payments

    May 8th, 2014

    A new Nintendo Figurine Platform and a range of NFC toys that makes use of the NFC functionality in the Wii U GamePad is to be unveiled at the E3 games show next month, company president Satoru Iwata has announced. A standalone device that will enable NFC toys to be used with the Nintendo 3DS handheld console will also be introduced and NFC payments for games are to added, initially in Japan, from this summer. More

    Blaze seeks buyer for early NFC patent

    April 8th, 2014

    Blaze Mobile is selling US patent number 8,630,905, an NFC payments patent entitled “Single Tap Transactions using a Secure Element” that dates back to 2007. The patent sale is being handled by ICAP Patent Brokerage…. More

    Intel and Inside Secure agree US$19.2m NFC technology deal

    April 1st, 2014

    Intel is to acquire Inside Secure‘s next generation NFC modem technology in a US$19.2m deal that will also see the existing NFC licensing agreement between the two companies being converted into “a broad and fully… More

    French firm sues HTC and LG for NFC patent infringement

    December 10th, 2013

    Intellectual property commercialisation firm France Brevets has filed patent infringement lawsuits against phone makers HTC and LG in the US and Germany, for using two NFC patents that were granted to Inside Secure in 2004… More

    Inside Secure doubles NFC sales

    August 5th, 2013

    Security chip specialist Inside Secure‘s mobile NFC division recorded sales of US$9.5m during Q2 2013, double its sales during the first quarter of the year, according to the company’s latest financial results. “As expected, revenue… More

    Visa bids to speed up payments innovation with Visa Ready Partner Program

    February 22nd, 2013

    “The pace of innovation in the payments industry requires a new approach that ensures innovative payment methods can be tested, approved and commercialized quickly,” says Visa’s Jim McCarthy.  More

    Gema debuts multi-chip NFC super tag with built-in keyboard

    February 5th, 2013

    The new technology involves placing multiple NFC chips on a single tag base that are individually triggered when a consumer places their mobile phone on the base and presses a button. “Think of it like an NFC keyboard,” says founder Joanna Rogerson. More

    Broadcom: ‘We expect 10% to 15% of phones to have NFC within twelve months’

    May 30th, 2011

    Chipmaker Broadcom says it expects to see NFC built into between 10% and 15% of all phones within the next year, with the rate higher for smartphones, PCWorld reports. At a press briefing in San Francisco last… More