NFC

  • Samsung Wants To Automate Your Phone With NFC-Equipped TecTiles

    Samsung Wants To Automate Your Phone With NFC-Equipped TecTiles

    Samsung has a handful of NFC-equipped phones, like the Galaxy S II and III, and the Galaxy Nexus, but little has been done to put the technology to use. Sure, there’s Google Wallet and other mobile payment platforms, but we’re still a ways off before paying with your phone becomes mainstream. Either way, there’s plenty you can do with NFC outside of tap-to-pay, which is… Read More

  • Updated: Baby Steps To NFC: PayPal InStore Hits The UK, With Barcodes, No NFC, In Sight

    Updated: Baby Steps To NFC: PayPal InStore Hits The UK, With Barcodes, No NFC, In Sight

    Today PayPal opened up a new front in its strategy to expand its role in mobile payments, a business PayPal projects will generate it $7 billion in revenue this year. The eBay-owned payments company today launched a new retail mobile payments app for iOS and Android devices, PayPal InStore, where users can create barcodes that get scanned to deduct payments from users’ PayPal… Read More

  • Tagstand Is NFC-Enabling A Giant Cocktail Party, Will Let Guests Facebook & Tweet From Their Wristbands

    Tagstand Is NFC-Enabling A Giant Cocktail Party, Will Let Guests Facebook & Tweet From Their Wristbands

    Tagstand, the YC-backed company focused on making NFC a more mainstream technology, is getting some action at a pretty big black-tie event in New York this weekend which will see its technology used to enable some nifty actions for the 3,500 guests, like tapping to tweet, posting pictures to Facebook and registering “likes” for the cocktails they’re drinking. Sounds like… Read More

  • Nokia Launches Its First Windows-Based NFC Phone, the 610, With Orange

    Nokia Launches Its First Windows-Based NFC Phone, the 610, With Orange

    Nokia has been weathering a series of glitches around the launch of its Lumia range of Windows Phone devices — the most recent of which saw the company issue credits to users affected by data connection issues around the new Lumia 900. It is pressing ahead with new devices, though, and we have confirmed with sources close to the company that it will be launching its first NFC-enabled… Read More

  • David Marcus Weighs in on NFC Utility

    Do We Even Need NFC For Mobile Payments? PayPal, Google Weigh In (Video)

    If you tried to judge whether NFC mobile payments are ready for prime time — based on the amount of chatter you hear in your newsfeed — you’d think the contactless technology was on the brink of ubiquitous adoption. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there are documented sources out there citing that we are four, five, maybe even ten years away from a realistic… Read More

  • Tagstand Relaunches NFC Task Launcher App, Makes NFC Way Less Geeky

    Tagstand Relaunches NFC Task Launcher App, Makes NFC Way Less Geeky

    YC-backed Tagstand, a company intent on helping make NFC more of a mainstream technology, is rebooting its Android app, NFC Task Launcher with a whole new feature set and user interface. The app was already one of the top NFC-based utilities in the Android Market Google Play store before coming under Tagstand’s control recently, when the app’s creator joined the team. The company… Read More

  • Social Passport Marries NFC With Social Media For A New Spin On Mobile Deals

    Social Passport Marries NFC With Social Media For A New Spin On Mobile Deals

    When it comes to daily deals and loyalty programs, local merchants are constantly bombarded with new options. Groupon has leapt ahead in daily deals, and there quite a few players in the loyalty program space, all trying various approaches to mobile, to rewarding influencers, to encouraging social engagement, gamification, and more. New York-based Social Passport is taking a different approach… Read More

  • Juniper: NFC Payments To Reach $74 Billion Worldwide By 2015

    Juniper: NFC Payments To Reach $74 Billion Worldwide By 2015

    As we heard last week, Isis, the carrier-led joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, is picking up steam in the NFC world to make these payments a reality. And we know Google has made a big bet on NFC as a payments technology. But it’s still unclear whether NFC (near field communication), which allows devices to exchange data over short distances with a wave or a tap… Read More

  • Visa Launches Mobile Payments Provisioning Service; Teams Up With Vodafone

    Visa Launches Mobile Payments Provisioning Service; Teams Up With Vodafone

    At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Visa announced a new over-the-air provisioning service for smartphones for use with Visa’s payWave mobile payments system. The service will make it easier for operators, banks and even transit operators to link Visa payment accounts to consumers’ smartphones, the company says. Although perhaps not as exciting as news of a mobile wallet… Read More

  • Foursquare Adds NFC Support To Its Android App

    Foursquare Adds NFC Support To Its Android App

    In addition to the updated “Explore” feature that rolled out to Foursquare’s Android and iPhone applications this week, the social discovery service also added a special feature to its Android app that sort of flew under the radar: support for NFC. NFC, or near field communication, allows devices to exchange data over short distances, typically with a wave or a tap. In… Read More