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Microsoft adds NFC to tag platform

The software giant has expanded its Microsoft Tag platform to include support for NFC tags as well as QR codes and its own tag technology, ahead of the expected release of the first Windows Phone NFC devices in 2012.

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Gemalto Announces Long-Held Isis TSM Deal

Gemalto Announces Long-Held Isis TSM Deal

France-based Gemalto has announced its long-held agreement to serve as the trusted service manager for the U.S.-based Isis joint venture, which plans to launch its NFC platform next year.

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No NFC in Windows Phone — yet

Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" does not support NFC, Microsoft has told NFC World. The confirmation follows a report on Friday that the company had already designed NFC into Windows phones. "While near field communications is...

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Panasonic to enter European market with NFC smartphone

Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic is to move into the European smartphone market with a 'global model' handset which looks likely to come with NFC. The new device, expected to launch in March 2012, is...

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Isis picks Gemalto for NFC mobile commerce platform

The core trusted service management (TSM) platform to be used by the US NFC joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless will be provided by France-based Gemalto.

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Rumored Q1 Google Wallet Pilot in UK is Unlikely

Rumored Q1 Google Wallet Pilot in UK is Unlikely

Reports that Google is planning to launch its Google Wallet in the United Kingdom during the first quarter as a pilot is only a rumor, a source close to Google told NFC Times.

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Report: Microsoft Manager Says Windows Phone Already Supports NFC

Report: Microsoft Manager Says Windows Phone Already Supports NFC

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 operating system, released in the fall, already supports NFC, a product manager for Microsoft UK has told a UK-based technology Website.

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Starbucks China adds NFC to festive check-in campaign

The coffee giant is using NFC-enabled posters to promote a rewards campaign that will see everyone who checks in to Starbucks via social network Jiepang getting a voucher for a free drink upgrade — but only if a total of 30,000 check-ins is reached by the Christmas deadline.

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eProvenance tracks wine shipments with NFC

Adding NFC temperature sensors to cases of wine "will motivate importers to verify quality conditions, give retailers more information to share at point of sale, and lead consumers to check the quality of what they are buying," says the wine tracking specialist's founder.

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Intel upgrades NFC Forum membership

Intel has upgraded its membership of the NFC Forum from 'Principal' to 'Sponsor', the top level of membership. The move gives Intel a seat on the board of directors, among other privileges. "Intel believes NFC...

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Woolworths goes contactless

Australian supermarket giant Woolworths is set to roll out 30,000 contactless payment terminals across more than 3,000 stores in 2012. The move follows a trial where the company saw a 50 to 75% decrease in...

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Google Wallet on way to UK?

The UK will be the next country to get Google Wallet, following its US launch in October 2011, according to Les Echos. A pilot project involving both NFC payments and offers will begin in London in the first...

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Infineon Confirms H2 Shipments of 20 Million Embedded Chips–Destined for BlackBerrys

Infineon Confirms H2 Shipments of 20 Million Embedded Chips–Destined for BlackBerrys

Infineon Technologies said it shipped at least 10 million embedded secure chips during both the third and fourth quarters of 2011 and predicts it will continue to sell “double-digit millions” of embedded chips each quarter after that.

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Intel Signals Growing Interest in NFC Technology

Intel Signals Growing Interest in NFC Technology

U.S. based Intel, the world’s largest chip maker by revenue, has raised its membership level in the NFC Forum to take a seat on the board, signaling its growing interest in NFC technology.

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Absa begins South Africa’s first NFC pilot

The trial will see five hundred bank staff using BlackBerry NFC smartphones to make MasterCard PayPass payments, and the technology used will in future also support the country's national transportation ticketing technology.

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Verizon and Google fire first shots in the mobile wallet wars

"Recent reports that Verizon is blocking Google Wallet on our devices are false," says Verizon. "We are continuing our commercial discussions with Google on this issue."

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UnionPay Moves Forward on NFC microSD launch with Big Chinese Bank, No Telcos

UnionPay Moves Forward on NFC microSD launch with Big Chinese Bank, No Telcos

China’s big domestic payment network, China UnionPay, is moving forward with plans to roll out mobile payment on microSD cards in full NFC phones–lining up one of China’s biggest banks and models from at least six handset makers for the initial rollout.

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KPMG reports on consumer attitudes to mobile

A new survey from KPMG has found that 41% of shoppers now use their phone to research products and services in-store and consumers are increasingly willing to share data with advertisers if it saves them money — but concerns over mobile payments security and privacy issues remain.

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Tagage offers tag store app

NFC tag vendor Tagage has launched a mobile app that allows users to order custom NFC tags and stickers directly from their phones. Tagage Mobile, from Hansaprint and UPM RFID, does not require knowledge of...

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Coles to go contactless

Australian grocery giant Coles is to upgrade its Ingenico point-of-sale terminals to support contactless payments, CNet Australia reports. Coles will begin testing readers in selected stores in February and complete the rollout to all its...

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