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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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Japanese ticket agency adds NFC

Japanese entertainment ticketing agency Boardwalk, whose shareholders include mobile network operator NTT Docomo, has announced plans to upgrade its system to support NFC. The company already offers customers the option to store tickets in their...

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Snack machines go Google

US-based vending machine technology provider Cantaloupe Systems has equipped 6,000 units in San Francisco, Chicago and the mid-Atlantic region to accept Google Wallet, AllthingsD reports, while Chicago-based Mark Vend plans to convert half its 2,000...

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Private equity firm buys key NFC supplier

"Advent International hopes to help grow Oberthur Technologies through potential external acquisitions which may further enhance the technological development and complement existing know-how," says the investment firm.

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Korea to eliminate paper receipts with NFC

Telecoms research institute ETRI has established a standard way for Korean merchants to deliver receipts to NFC mobile phones, allowing stores to cut out the need to print paper sales slips.

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mFoundry adds Intel, FIS and Motorola to investor list

The mobile banking platform provider will use $18m of new funding for "the development of new payments-related mobile products and services targeted at financial institutions and mobile network operators."

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Google Reportedly Confirms Block of Wallet by Verizon as Wallet War Heats Up

Google Reportedly Confirms Block of Wallet by Verizon as Wallet War Heats Up

Google has reportedly confirmed that Verizon Wireless is blocking it from offering the Google Wallet on its own Galaxy Nexus smartphone, which goes on sale later this month.

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RIM begins NFC marketing campaign

The BlackBerry maker is to showcase the potential of the NFC functionality in its latest smartphones via smart posters and tokens distributed by street crews in Australia.

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Top Nokia NFC executives jump ship

Two of Nokia's most senior and high profile NFC executives have jumped ship from the handset maker. Damien Balsan, head of NFC business development for the americas, has joined PayPal as director of ecosystem partnerships at the...

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MasterCard Seeks Spread of PayPass Mobile Payment With mFoundry Deal

MasterCard Seeks Spread of PayPass Mobile Payment With mFoundry Deal

MasterCard Worldwide hopes to expand access to PayPass contactless-mobile payment, especially to customers of small banks and credit unions, with its new partnership with mobile-banking software provider mFoundry.

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Telefónica Announces Trusted Service Manager Contract

Telefónica Announces Trusted Service Manager Contract

Spain-based Telefónica said it has chosen Germany-based Giesecke & Devrient as its trusted service manager as it gears up to introduce NFC services in Europe “over the next few months.”

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mFoundry to add NFC to mobile banking

Six hundred US financial institutions that use mFoundry's mobile banking platform will be able to add NFC payments to their apps, following a deal signed between the technology provider and payments network MasterCard.

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Telefonica to launch NFC in Europe in ‘the next few months’

The telecoms giant, which runs the Movistar network in Spain and Latin America as well as O2 in Europe and Vivo in Brazil, has announced it will use a central trusted service management solution provided by Giesecke & Devrient to roll out NFC services in Europe next year.

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ACS launches NFC reader with LCD display, USB interface

Advanced Card Systems has launched a USB-connected NFC reader equipped with a two-line LCD screen. The ACR1222L VisualVantage can read ISO 14443 Type A and B cards, Mifare, FeliCa, 4 NFC Forum tag types and...

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