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    TazTag aims TazPad NFC Android tablet at retail

    February 26th, 2011

    Taztag’s new TazPad is the first Android tablet to feature NFC connectivity, along with the company’s trademark array of other wireless connection technologies and a biometric authentication option. More

    10% of Japanese consumers made a purchase with their mobile wallet in December

    10% of Japanese consumers made a purchase with their mobile wallet in December

    February 26th, 2011

    Analysis by Comscore for its 2010 Mobile Year in Review has found that just under 10% of Japanese mobile subscribers made a purchase with their mobile wallet during December 2010. In all, 9.8 million mobile users made… More

    GSMA video shows NFC in action in Nice

    GSMA video shows NFC in action in Nice

    February 26th, 2011

    Mobile network operators’ association the GSMA has produced a video showing near field communication phones in action in the French city of Nice, where mobile operators have been conducting an NFC trial under the Cityzi brand name. The… More

    O2 Money seeks UK senior product manager

    O2 Money seeks UK senior product manager

    February 26th, 2011

    O2 Money has a vacancy for a senior product manager. The successful applicant, says O2, will lead the product team in achieving its objective of developing market-leading payment- and wallet-based products that: Leverage all the assets… More

    Ideo concept shows how RFID tags could be used in the music industry

    Ideo concept shows how RFID tags could be used in the music industry

    February 26th, 2011

    Design consultancy Ideo has developed a concept music player that uses cards embedded with RFID tags to generate music playlists. “The idea here was to find a physical representation of the elements of modern musical life… More

    Stanford researchers demonstrate NFC TV applications

    Stanford researchers demonstrate NFC TV applications

    February 26th, 2011

    Researchers from Stanford University‘s MobiSocial lab, who last month demonstrated the first Android NFC peer-to-peer applications, have now developed a number of applications which show how NFC could be used to interact with TVs: The photo display application… More

    Powermat aims to combine NFC and wireless charging technologies

    Powermat aims to combine NFC and wireless charging technologies

    February 26th, 2011

    Israeli wireless charging specialist Powermat has developed an antenna that supports both near field communication and wireless charging, Forbes reports: By packing more features into one chip, Powermat aims to make its products more useful to consumers… More

    Tata Docomo to test NFC self-service kiosks in Hyderabad

    February 22nd, 2011

    Consumers can access up to eighteen different services from each self-serve kiosk to top up airtime, pay bills, download ringtones and more. More

    Deutsche Telekom details T-Mobile NFC rollout plans

    February 21st, 2011

    NFC services will begin in Germany and Poland in 2011 and in the US, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic in 2012. In Germany, the operator looks set to offer its own payments service but in other countries it will partner with other operators or with banks, depending on market conditions. More

    Google chief outlines vision for NFC

    February 21st, 2011

    Advertising is the key to the internet giant’s NFC strategy and Eric Schmidt provided delegates at the Mobile World Congress last week with clear examples of how the company expects to be able to take advantage of the technology. More

    World’s leading mobile operators commit to NFC — with the SIM as the secure element and the operators in control

    February 21st, 2011

    The GSMA has issued a statement outlining a commitment by leading global mobile network operators — many of whom have not previously been involved in NFC — to launch commercial services in 2012. “The operator community is focused on driving the standardised deployment of mobile NFC, using the SIM as the secure element to provide authentication, security and portability,” says the announcement.  More

    Bankinter to test NFC payments in Madrid

    Bankinter to test NFC payments in Madrid

    February 20th, 2011

    Bankinter, the sixth-largest listed banking group in Spain, has announced an NFC payments trial with Visa which will allow customers to have more than one card set up on their mobile phone. The bank, which… More

    MasterCard joins Visa Europe in adopting Wireless Dynamics’ iPhone NFC device

    MasterCard joins Visa Europe in adopting Wireless Dynamics’ iPhone NFC device

    February 18th, 2011

    MasterCard has revealed that, like Visa Europe, it is working with Canadian firm Wireless Dynamics to bring its payments services to iPhone users. In an article posted on the MasterCard blog, Mung-ki Woo, who recently… More

    Survey shows consumers will adopt mobile payments, despite security fears

    Survey shows consumers will adopt mobile payments, despite security fears

    February 18th, 2011

    Almost half of the most active mobile device users around the world would be prepared to pay for goods and services using their phones, despite only one in four in the US and Europe trusting… More

    Majority of Britons ‘uncomfortable’ with mobile device payments

    Majority of Britons ‘uncomfortable’ with mobile device payments

    February 18th, 2011

    More than half of UK consumers are distinctly uncomfortable with the idea of contactless payments made through their mobile device, according to new research. A survey by Vision Critical found that 51% report being fairly… More

    “Many, if not most” BlackBerry handsets to have NFC in 2011

    “Many, if not most” BlackBerry handsets to have NFC in 2011

    February 18th, 2011

    Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie has further confirmed the BlackBerry maker’s plans to add near field communication functionality to its mobile phones at the Mobile World Congress this week. “Many, if not most,” BlackBerry… More

    Less than 10% of US consumers willing to pay for mobile payments

    Less than 10% of US consumers willing to pay for mobile payments

    February 18th, 2011

    Less than one in 10 consumers in the US are prepared to pay for mobile payment and banking services, despite a surge in use in the past year. Research from the Yankee Group has found… More

    Orange UK launches NFC ready ‘Orange Cash’ account

    Orange UK launches NFC ready ‘Orange Cash’ account

    February 17th, 2011

    Orange UK has launched Orange Cash, a prepaid account that can be used at any MasterCard accepting merchant equipped with a contactless point-of-sale terminal. The new Orange Cash account is currently available in the form… More

    European telco CEOs agree to work together on NFC standards

    European telco CEOs agree to work together on NFC standards

    February 17th, 2011

    Five of Europe’s largest mobile network operators — Orange UK, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom Orange, Vodafone and Telecom Italia — have agreed to work together to develop NFC standards, FierceWireless reports, “in hopes it will… More

    UK to get five ‘exclusively NFC payment-based towns’ by end 2011

    UK to get five ‘exclusively NFC payment-based towns’ by end 2011

    February 16th, 2011

    The UK’s mobile network operators are working on plans to establish five exclusively NFC payment-based towns, where all card accepting merchants would be equipped with contactless point of sale terminals, Charlotte Blanchard, director of products… More

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