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    Estimote adds NFC to BLE Proximity Beacons

    July 8th, 2016

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon manufacturer Estimote has added programmable NFC into its new range of Proximity Beacons to make it easier to identify and configure the devices and to enable a range of consumer experiences such as confirming payment, collecting loyalty points and clocking in. More

    NFC Forum issues new technical specifications that widen tag support and enhance interoperability

    October 14th, 2015

    The NFC Forum has published one adopted and three candidate technical specifications, offering new capabilities that support improved RF communication, new and legacy tag support, NFC-V technology and active communication mode, which balances power consumption… More

    NFC Forum adds support for Type V tags

    June 17th, 2015

    The NFC Forum has released a new candidate specification that extends the functionality of NFC devices to include formal support for a new category of NFC tag. NCI 2.0 also enables tag data stored on… More

    Signature spec promises tamper-proof NFC tags

    April 21st, 2015

    The NFC Forum has published the second version of its specification for signing and vouching for the integrity of data held in NFC tags, adding support for compact certificates and new signature algorithms. The Signature Record… More

    Android L speeds up NFC P2P sharing

    June 27th, 2014

    New support for Android Beam, the name used for NFC peer-to-peer sharing in Android, is to be introduced with Android L, version 5.0 of Google’s operating system. Currently, Android Beam only springs into action once… More

    W3C publishes draft NFC API

    January 29th, 2014

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a draft specification for an NFC API that will provide web developers with a standard way to access the NFC functionality on an NFC-enabled device. The Web… More

    Merchant360 offers plug-in that lets retailers deliver coupons to any NFC phone

    December 4th, 2013

    Point of sale and payments specialist Merchant360 has introduced a software plug-in for Ingenico and VeriFone terminals that enables merchants to send marketing messages and coupons to customers via NFC, without the retailer needing to… More

    Artist embeds NFC chip in hand to share digital art

    September 17th, 2013

    Digital artist Anthony Antonellis has embedded an NFC-compatible RFID chip in his hand as a way of sharing his artwork with others. The 1KB chip was implanted between Antonellis’ thumb and forefinger and holds an… More

    Identive adds NFC SDKs

    January 21st, 2013

    Identive has announced two new NFC software development kits, the US$79 NFC-NDEF Tag Editor Kit and the US$252 NFC Plug & Play Starter Kit. “Our two new NFC SDKs provide application developers with easy-to-use tools to help leverage and promote the growing interest in NFC technology across a wide array of markets,” says Identive’s David Holmes. Both kits are available from February.

    NXP launches new generation of NFC tags with built-in security features

    October 31st, 2012

    NXP has launched a new generation of NFC tag chips that feature a range of built-in security features. The NTAG21x family of NFC Forum Type 2 tags features improved RF performance, a range of memory… More

    Forum responds to Black Hat presentation on NFC vulnerabilities

    August 1st, 2012

    “The NFC Forum works to ensure that tools are available to allow applications to operate with the appropriate level of security,” says the industry standards body. “Mr Miller’s demonstration underscores the importance of providing appropriate security measures at the application layer and enabling users to adjust security settings to suit their own needs and preferences.” More

    Security researcher to present on NFC at Black Hat

    July 25th, 2012

    Noted security researcher Charlie Miller is to present the findings from his research into NFC P2P and tag reading vulnerabilities at Black Hat 2012 today. “It turns out that through NFC, using technologies like Android… More

    Eclipse NDEF plugin released

    April 4th, 2012

    An NFC plugin is now available for the Eclipse software development environment. The open source NFC Eclipse Plugin tool, written by Antares Group‘s Thomas Rorvik Skjolberg, is an NDEF message editor targeted at entry-level Android NFC developers.

    Galaxy Nexus NFC bug found

    November 29th, 2011

    A bug in Android 4’s NFC implementation prevents Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone from writing NDEF messages to unformatted tags. First reported on the XDA Developers forums, the problem also affects other devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and is now being addressed by Google: “We’re aware of this issue, and it will be fixed in next upcoming release,” says the company.

    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

    NFC plugin for PhoneGap

    October 11th, 2011

    Developers Kevin Griffin and Don Coleman have written an NFC plugin for the PhoneGap open-source mobile development framework. PhoneGap-NFC allows Android apps to read and write NDEF messages, and work is now underway to add BlackBerry NFC support.

    NFC Forum publishes peer-to-peer communications specification

    September 29th, 2011

    The new SNEP specification employs the same NDEF commands used in tag reading and writing applications, allowing information stored on an NFC tag to be read by a phone and then passed on to other NFC phones or exchanged with a wide range of other types of NFC-enabled device. More

    Google raises concerns over the viability of NFC card emulation mode for mobile payments

    May 11th, 2011

    “I’d love to see peer-to-peer used for payment,” Google’s Nick Pelly told a packed audience at the I/O conference’s ‘How to NFC’ session, as he responded to questions regarding the future of mobile payments on Android devices.  More

    Google adds NFC section to Android Developers Guide

    March 3rd, 2011

    The Android Developers Guide now has a new section dedicated to near field communication technology. The updated guide gives developers looking to create NFC applications an overview of the technology and the API plus details on:… More

    Uncovered: The hidden NFC potential of the Google Nexus S and the Nokia C7

    February 13th, 2011

    Mobile and NFC experts Dr Gerald Madlmayr and Christian Kantner have taken apart both a Nokia C7 and a Google Nexus S to find out what’s inside and what kind of services it will be possible to offer via the handsets in the future — and to build a Nexus S that can operate in full card emulation mode. Here Dr Madlmayr explains what he and Kantner discovered… More

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