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    Norway’s Valyou NFC wallet to shut down due to lack of user adoption

    November 18th, 2015

    The Valyou NFC mobile wallet developed by Norwegian mobile network operator Telenor and banking group DNB is to shut down due to a “much lower than expected end user uptake”. A lack of contactless terminals… More

    Ferngrove Wines to trial NFC smart bottles in China

    July 15th, 2015

    Australia’s Ferngrove Wines is to equip smart wine bottles in China with NFC tags to help authenticate individual bottles throughout the supply chain, ensuring they are packaged, shipped, stocked and purchased in their original factory-sealed state…. More

    Gemalto shows trusted service hub in Shanghai

    July 14th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Gemalto will show off its Allynis Trusted Service Hub (TSH) at Mobile World Congress Shanghai this week, alongside demonstrations of other mcommerce, NFC, mobile ID and internet of things solutions. The digital security specialist describes the TSH as a “one-stop pay-per-use solution to quickly deploy secure mobile contactless services to the broadest base of users across a comprehensive portfolio of smartphones and mobile networks worldwide”.

    NXP unveils connected car with NFC and payments

    March 11th, 2015

    NXP Semiconductors has showcased a proof-of-concept connected car that makes use of long-range UHF RFID tags and NFC to help drivers of the future access and pay for restricted parking spaces, get warnings of traffic… More

    Optus shows off wearable payments

    March 5th, 2015

    Australian mobile network Optus has shown off a prototype watch that can be used to make contactless payments as an extension of its Cash by Optus prepaid NFC payment app. “Payments can be made using only… More

    Pizza Hut could let customers order and pay for pizza from their cars

    March 4th, 2015

    Pizza Hut is testing a proof-of-concept “connected car” system that would let its customers order and pay for pizza from their vehicle before identifying themselves when arriving at the restaurant through Bluetooth beacons placed in… More

    Qualcomm demos 3D fingerprint technology for mobile phones

    March 3rd, 2015

    A fingerprint authentication solution that uses ultrasonic technology to scan through a smartphone cover made of glass, stainless steel, sapphire or plastic as well as contaminants on a finger, such as sweat or condensation, has been unveiled by Qualcomm. The technology can “detect if you are you under very difficult conditions,” product manager Max Hamel has told NFC World. More

    Google confirms Android Pay at MWC

    March 2nd, 2015

    Google is building a framework for mobile payments in Android, a senior executive has revealed at Mobile World Congress. Android Pay will be an API layer that supports NFC and biometrics and will allow developers to incorporate payments, both in-store and in-app, into their applications, SVP Sundar Pichai told delegates in Barcelona. Android Pay is expected to launch at Google’s I/O conference in May 2015.

    LG smart watch to offer NFC payments

    February 27th, 2015

    An LTE-equipped variant of LG‘s new luxury smart watch will offer NFC mobile payment functionality, reports Engadget. The Watch Urbane LTE can also make phone calls and features a bevy of sensors including a gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, atmospheric pressure, heartbeat, and GPS. The watch is due to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress.

    Diageo unveils smart whisky bottle with ‘game-changing’ NFC tags

    February 27th, 2015

    “Smart bottles” that know when they have been opened and then deliver relevant, personalised messages directly to a consumer’s smartphone will be showcased by printed electronics specialist Thinfilm at Mobile World Congress 2015. The Norwegian… More

    Visa Europe to introduce customized token platform

    February 25th, 2015

    Visa Europe is to launch a tokenization service “customized for the needs of the European market”, the payments network has announced. The new service will be available for financial institutions from mid-April 2015. “Tokenization is… More

    Samsung confirms mobile wallet ambitions with LoopPay deal

    February 19th, 2015

    Samsung Electronics has announced it is to buy LoopPay, the startup that has developed a way for mobile payments to be made at standard magnetic stripe card terminals. LoopPay’s technology is expected to form part… More

    Samsung to mandate NFC in S6 accessories?

    February 11th, 2015

    Samsung is to require companies that manufacture accessories for the forthcoming Galaxy S6 mobile phone to include NFC-enabled authentication chips in their products, according to DDaily. “The chips will be used in phone cases like… More

    Fujitsu unveils smart ring with NFC

    January 13th, 2015

    Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a wearable ring-style device targeted for use by factory and building workers that offers a handwriting-in-the-air functionality and NFC to enable the lookup of relevant documentation and instructions with a tap of… More

    Barcelona equips 8,000 city locations with NFC and QR touchpoints

    December 5th, 2014

    More than eight thousand locations across the Spanish city of Barcelona are to be equipped with NFC and QR touchpoints that deliver information on local services directly to visitors’ and citizens’ smartphones. The Barcelona Contactless… More

    Valyou goes live across Norway

    November 4th, 2014

    The NFC mobile wallet solution developed by mobile network operator Telenor and banking group DNB has launched nationwide across Norway. The first payment card available in the Valyou wallet, which was first detailed at Mobile World Congress 2013, is a Visa Paywave card issued by DNB. Card issuers and banks including SpareBank1, Skandiabanken, Ya Bank, Fana Sparebank and EnterCard will join the Valyou wallet in 2015.

    Samsung and PayPal to offer smartwatch payments

    September 23rd, 2014

    Samsung is working on a smartwatch that will include biometric verification and support for PayPal payments and location-based offers, reports Business Korea. The device is set to include a fingerprint sensor and could launch at Mobile World Congress 2015.

    Visa to launch new payments service in September, Apple could be the first customer

    July 24th, 2014

    Visa has unveiled a suite of services designed to “facilitate secure payments across a broad range of internet-connected devices and wearables”. The announcement of the new Visa Digital Solutions service comes amid reports that Apple… More

    PayPal takes another look at NFC

    April 22nd, 2014

    The arrival of host card emulation (HCE) has led to a re-think of online payments giant PayPal’s famously anti-NFC point of view, company president David Marcus has revealed. “I’m moving from being a massive skeptic… More

    GSMA reports on NFC adoption at MWC, SIM trends and HCE

    April 14th, 2014

    One in nine attendees at Mobile World Congress (11.8%) made use of the NFC Badge function available at this year’s event, the GSMA has told NFC World, and there was a “significant increase” in the… More

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