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    Archive for February 2012

    Leaked video confirms NFC for Windows Phone 8

    February 6th, 2012

    Details of a video describing Windows Phone 8 features and confirming support for NFC have been reported by mobile gadget blog PocketNow. The video is hosted by Microsoft senior vice president Joe Belfiore, says PocketNow,… More

    Nokia says goodbye to Hello

    February 6th, 2012

    A description of a new NFC service from Nokia which briefly appeared on the Nokia Conversations blog on Friday was “just a ‘humoristic’ test post which went accidentally live for a few moments,” a spokesman… More

    DeviceFidelity raises funds, signs strategic partnership with Datacard

    February 6th, 2012

    “Financial institutions will have a great opportunity to capitalize on this by easily complementing their card programs without having to make major infrastructure changes to their existing processes,” says the card giant’s Russell St John. More

    Visa reports 1m US chip cards

    February 6th, 2012

    US financial institutions had issued one million Visa-branded EMV chip cards by the end of December 2011, the payments network reports. Issuers now include Chase Card ServicesState Employees’ Credit UnionUnited Nations Federal Credit UnionUS Bank, and Wells Fargo.

    Inside wins NFC phone order

    February 6th, 2012

    Inside Secure has announced its NFC chip technology has been chosen to power “a next-generation smartphone from a leading mobile phone manufacturer.” The new phone is scheduled to be introduced by mid-year, “will run on one of the most widely used mobile operating systems under license” and will use Inside’s MicroRead NFC controller chip and Open NFC protocol stack software.

    MasterCard delivers popcorn to movie-goers with NFC

    February 1st, 2012

    Two movie theatres in Sydney, Australia are pilot testing QkR, a mobile app that lets customers place orders on their smartphone via NFC or QR codes and then have their order delivered to their seat. More

    Blue Bite reports results of US NFC marketing campaign

    February 1st, 2012

    A campaign for travel app HotelTonight, which combined promotional videos shown on digital screens with the ability to download the app via NFC, QR code, Bluetooth or WiFi, saw a small but promising number of interactions via NFC, says the mobile marketing platform provider. More

    Nokia looks to ‘portless’ phones

    February 1st, 2012

    Nokia may use NFC connectivity and wireless charging in future phones to eliminate external ports from the devices, the company’s head of design has hinted in an interview with The Guardian. Nokia’s flagship Lumia devices run Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, which does not yet support NFC but is expected to introduce the technology later this year.

    Forum to put on NFC showcase in Frankfurt

    February 1st, 2012

    The NFC Forum is to hold a public exhibition of NFC technology during its quarterly members’ meeting in Frankfurt next week. The industry standards organisation will put on the free-to-attend ‘solutions showcase’ event to demonstrate… More

    French consumers prefer fingerprints to NFC

    February 1st, 2012

    A survey has found that French consumers are more interested in the idea of using their fingerprint to identify themselves when making a payment than in using a mobile phone for the purpose. 69% of… More

    Romanian banks look to NFC

    February 1st, 2012

    Visa Europe is in discussion with banks in Romania with a view to introducing NFC payments, possibly as soon as this year, Catalin Cretu, the payments network’s country manager for Romania, has told local business newspaper ZF.

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