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    Microsoft to launch mobile payments?

    October 21st, 2015

    Microsoft is looking to relaunch Windows Wallet, a mobile payments app that stores credit cards and coupons for in-store and online payments through Windows devices, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has told The Verge. “Belfiore didn’t say when exactly a new wallet would launch or whether it would utilize NFC or other payment technology,” the publication reports, noting that the service would use the Windows Hello facial recognition platform Microsoft added to new devices in October.

    Google repositions Wallet app

    September 10th, 2015

    Google has relaunched and repositioned its tap-and-pay Google Wallet app as a peer-to-peer payment solution ahead of the expected rollout of Android Pay later this month. “For now, two versions of Google Wallet exist in the Google Play… More

    Verizon Wireless cool on Samsung Pay support

    August 24th, 2015

    Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless carrier in the US, may not support Samsung Pay when it launches there next month. “Right now it will only say that it’s ‘evaluating’ the service and will share more news as it’s available,” The Verge reports. US carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular are listed among Samsung Pay’s initial partners.

    Lycos unveils wearables with NFC

    June 8th, 2015

    Internet company Lycos has announced a line of NFC-equipped wearable devices including a ring ($59.99) and a wristband (US$124.99) that tracks the wearer’s physical activity, displays incoming calls and notifications and connects to a smartphone with a tap. The Lycos Life wearables “are primarily being pitched as devices that can be used to replace your password, using NFC to unlock your phone when they’re nearby,” The Verge reports.

    Windows Phone to get motion interface?

    June 10th, 2014

    Microsoft is to add “Kinect-like features” to Windows Phone devices later this year, “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans” have told The Verge. “At least one device, codenamed McLaren, will debut on a range of US carriers later this year with features that let you hover your finger over the screen to interact with games and applications without ever touching the display.”

    Nokia to offer NFC and Bluetooth Treasure Tags?

    July 30th, 2013

    Nokia is readying the Treasure Tag, a proximity sensor accessory for Lumia handsets that uses a combination of NFC and Bluetooth to track personal items, reports The Verge. NFC is used to pair the accessory… More

    Samsung enters the mobile wallet market

    February 27th, 2013

    Samsung has unveiled its own mobile wallet app at Mobile World Congress 2013. Samsung Wallet “is a convenient mobile app which allows users to store and manage event tickets, boarding passes, membership cards and coupons… More

    Nintendo announces Wii U with NFC launch date

    September 14th, 2012

    The Nintendo Wii U games console, which includes support for NFC in its GamePad controller, will launch in the US on 18 November, with prices starting at US$299.99. Europe will follow on 30 November, with Japan… More

    Samsung preps WP8 NFC phone

    August 8th, 2012

    Samsung has two Windows Phone 8 handsets in the works, according to court documents seen by The Verge. At least one, the Odyssey, looks set to include NFC as well as a 4.65-inch Super Amoled display.

    RIM adds NFC music pairing

    May 1st, 2012

    A new version of RIM’s BlackBerry Music Gateway includes NFC pairing support, allowing BlackBerry NFC phone users to stream music from their phone to a home or car stereo. The Verge has a hands-on review of the US$49.99 device.

    Microsoft wallet on its way?

    April 19th, 2012

    Microsoft is planning a mobile wallet for Windows Phone 8, according to an unsourced report in The Verge. The wallet service will be provided by Microsoft and is expected to be branded by carrier partners.

    Wallet users get $5 credit

    March 22nd, 2012

    Google is topping up Google Wallet prepaid card accounts with an extra US$5 credit, The Verge reports. The perk is designed to compensate users for loss of service while the company searched for a solution to a hack that allowed unauthorised use of an existing prepaid card balance if someone recovered a lost Android phone without a screen lock.

    Android Ice Cream Sandwich adds NFC P2P and biometric security

    October 19th, 2011

    Android 4.0 includes an NFC peer-to-peer sharing technology called Android Beam and a facial biometric technology called Face Unlock that replaces the need to enter a PIN to unlock a phone. More