Microsoft unveils $200 Lumia 650 handset with NFC

A new Windows 10 smartphone pitched at business users offers NFC connectivity and Microsoft app integration for less than US$200. The Lumia 650 will be available in select European markets beginning February 15, Microsoft says. The device is also expected to include support for host card emulation (HCE). More



Xbox One enables on-screen mobile payments through PowaTag

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Xbox One gamers across the US can now make online purchases from the game console’s new ecommerce store by scanning on-screen barcodes with their mobile device. TV commerce solutions provider Von Bismark has worked with Powa Technologies to roll out The Mall on Xbox One, which will make use of Powa’s mobile payments platform PowaTag. More


Microsoft to launch mobile payments?

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... More




Office 365 users get NFC access

ID card provider HID Global has integrated its ActivID Tap Authentication solution with Microsoft’s Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) to allow users of Microsoft Office 365 to access corporate cloud applications, data and services by tapping a smartcard against an NFC device... More


Almost one in six US consumers are using mobile wallets

Almost one in six US consumers (15%) have used a mobile wallet in the past six months, up from 9% in the same period in 2013, and an additional 22% are likely to adopt mobile wallet functionality in the coming six months, a study released by market research and consulting firm Chadwick Martin Bailey has found... More





Microsoft to support Fido biometrics

Windows 10 will support the next version of the Fast Identification Online (Fido) Alliance technical specifications, Microsoft has announced, allowing users to unlock their devices using biometric authentication instead of passwords... More


NXP sues Marvell over Xbox NFC chips

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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 its patents... More




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