NFC

  • 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

  • Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    The nominations have been tabulated and the votes are in. Over 300,000 nominations were calculated across 20 categories. Along with our partners GigaOm and VentureBeat, we are very proud to announce the finalists for 2011′s best in technology. Voting begins now. For 2011, we’ve added some new categories. Best Location App, Best Cloud Services and Biggest Social Impact join the… Read More

  • Japan’s Top 3 Mobile Carriers Agree To Support Global NFC Standard

    Japan’s Top 3 Mobile Carriers Agree To Support Global NFC Standard

    Japan, one of the most advanced mobile nations in the world, doesn’t want to be a “cell phone Galapagos” anymore, at least when it comes to payments over NFC. Paying with cell phones is already ubiquitous in Japan, but now the country’s top three telcos (NTT Docomo, KDDI au, and SoftBank Mobile) are trying to switch from the Nippon-only Osaifu Keitai system to the Type… Read More

  • Proximiant Launches “Tap And Go” Digital Receipts For Retailers

    Proximiant Launches “Tap And Go” Digital Receipts For Retailers

    Proximiant just launched a new service that provides digital receipts to customers of brick-and-mortar merchants. Like Square, the service involves the use of a low-cost hardware dongle that’s given away for free. But unlike Square, Proximiant leverages NFC (near field communication) to send the receipt from the cash register to the mobile phone. Read More

  • PayPal Updates Its Android App With Support For NFC Payments

    PayPal Updates Its Android App With Support For NFC Payments

    PayPal updated its Android application today and has added one notable new feature: support for NFC payments. Using NFC, or near field communication, two PayPal users with NFC-enabled phones can send and receive money using the mobile app. The feature, which was previously announced over the summer, also includes a “Request Money” widget that can be added directly to the… Read More

  • Google Wallet Picks Up Steam With NJ Transit Partnership

    Google Wallet Picks Up Steam With NJ Transit Partnership

    The days of scrounging in your pockets for bus fare are over, if Google and NJ Transit have anything to say about it. NJ Governor Chris Christie announced earlier today that the third largest transit system in the country has struck up a partnership to bring Google’s wireless Wallet payment system to bus routes and rail lines in the Northeast. Read More

  • Nokia Launches New NFC-Enabled Games

    Nokia Launches New NFC-Enabled Games

    Over the weekend, Nokia launched a suite of casual games developed at Nokia Research Center which are meant to demonstrate how NFC can enable new forms of mobile gaming. The three new games include Nokia World Flags, Nokia Shakespeare Shuffle and Nokia Nursery Rhyme Shuffle. All can be played now on any Nokia Symbian NFC-enabled phone including the Nokia C7 Astound, C7-00, 600, 603, 700 and 701. Read More

  • Motorola Reveals NFC-Packing ELITE Bluetooth Headsets

    Motorola Reveals NFC-Packing ELITE Bluetooth Headsets

    Motorola has pulled back the curtains on the ELITE Silver and the ELITE Flip, a new pair of Bluetooth headsets that pack a few novel goodies into some odd-looking packages. Both headsets, for example, are fully compatible with your NFC-capable phone (you do have one, right?). Say goodbye to fiddling with your Bluetooth menu, as all it takes to pair is a quick tap. Read More

  • ThingLink Launches Labs, First Project: Printable NFC-Enabled Images

    ThingLink Launches Labs, First Project: Printable NFC-Enabled Images

    ThingLink, a startup that lets you add rich media tags to online images, is today announcing the launch of an internal incubator called ThingLink Labs which will be a dedicated environment to create and productize innovations in the field of image interaction. The Labs’ first project is Rich Media Notes, a printed version of ThingLink images, which will also include NFC tags. Read More

  • Tagattitude Launches “NFC2.0″ Technology (And No, It’s Not Actually NFC)

    Tagattitude Launches “NFC2.0″ Technology (And No, It’s Not Actually NFC)

    Paris-based Tagattitude, an electronic transactions company, is today announcing the availability of something it calls “NFC2.0,” which is a software-based NFC-like service. Similar to the technology known as NFC, or near field communication, Tagattitude’s solution also lets you make contactless transactions over short distances. But with NFC2.0, no special hardware is… Read More

  • RIM Introduces NFC-Powered BlackBerry Tag

    RIM Introduces NFC-Powered BlackBerry Tag

    It was all the way back in February when RIM first promised that “many, if not most” BlackBerry handsets in 2011 will feature NFC technology. It proved true with both the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, along with the BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370, and we should see plenty more where that came from. That said, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie had one more trick up his sleeve at this… Read More

  • Samsung And Visa Partner To Launch NFC-Equipped “Olympics Phone”

    Samsung And Visa Partner To Launch NFC-Equipped “Olympics Phone”

    Rumors have been floating around for a while now that Visa and Samsung had something special planned for the Olympic Games next year. With about ten months left before the games kick off in London, Visa has formally confirmed that they are building a special phone for the Olympics and that it will, in fact, have an NFC chip. Pocket Lint confirmed the phone with Sandra Alzetta, Visa… Read More

  • Lack Of NFC In iPhone 4S Won’t Impact Market

    Lack Of NFC In iPhone 4S Won’t Impact Market

    While not entirely surprising, yesterday’s announcement of the new iPhone 4S did not include a mention of NFC (near field communication). Although many hoped for the inclusion of the short-range wireless technology which serves as the backbone for current and planned mobile wallet systems, Apple still has plenty of time to integrate NFC into future handsets. It’s possible that… Read More

  • Leading Mobile Device Makers Pledge Support For Carrier-Led NFC Venture Isis

    Leading Mobile Device Makers Pledge Support For Carrier-Led NFC Venture Isis

    Isis, the carrier-led joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, is today announcing support for its mobile wallet system from the majority of leading device makers, including HTC, LG, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, as well as from NFC hardware provider Device Fidelity. All of the handset makers are now committed to introducing handsets that will include Isis’ NFC… Read More

  • Google Wallet Likely Launching Tomorrow

    Google Wallet Likely Launching Tomorrow

    Last week, Google posted an awesome teaser video for Google Wallet featuring George Costanza. The implication: Google Wallet would finally be launching soon. Now we think we know when: tomorrow. As you can see in the above image, documentation is being sent around to partners stating a September 19 launch day. We’ve heard from others that this is accurate. And it also lines up nicely… Read More

  • Isis: AT&T, Verizon, And T-Mobile’s $100 Million Gamble In Mobile Payments

    Isis: AT&T, Verizon, And T-Mobile’s $100 Million Gamble In Mobile Payments

    NFC will be ubiquitous one day, but we still have quite a ways to go. Unlike other smartphone features, this requires adoption on a huge scale from just about everyone, which will definitely take a while. But we are getting closer. While Sprint fiddles with its Google Wallet, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have reportedly made plans to invest upwards of $100 million in their joint-venture… Read More

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