NFC

  • Whoops: NFC Partner Spoils Google's Surprise Tomorrow. ViVOtech One Partner. Citibank Too?

    Whoops: NFC Partner Spoils Google's Surprise Tomorrow. ViVOtech One Partner. Citibank Too?

    Google is holding an event tomorrow in New York City. While everyone seems to be aware that it’s a partner event to announce the NFC strategy for their Android phones, Google has refused to confirm it. Well, they don’t have to. One of their partners just did. We just got an email from the PR firm representing¬†ViVOtech, wondering if we were going to the Google event tomorrow. They… Read More

  • The Growth of Mobile Commerce and Payments

    Google Commerce Chief: We're Making A Huge Bet On NFC As A Company

    Today, at TechCrunch Disrupt, editor Erick Schonfeld took the stage to interview Alex Rampell, TrialPay; Stephanie Tilenius, VP of Google Commerce and Payments, and Lewis Gersh, Metamorphic Partners; addressing online to offline mobile commerce. The panel was particularly interesting considering Google’s reported announcement regarding its near field communications and mobile… Read More

  • More Proof Of A Google NFC Announcement: A Curious YouTube Live Event Page

    More Proof Of A Google NFC Announcement: A Curious YouTube Live Event Page

    A couple of days ago, we got a tip pointing us to a YouTube page with a bit of interesting information. On Google’s official account there was a placeholder page for a “Google Press Conference”. We we reached out to Google about this, they said they were checking into it, and the page immediately was taken down¬†(but not before we snagged a screenshot, naturally). Read More

  • Google Joins NFC Forum To Advance Near Field Communication Technology

    Google Joins NFC Forum To Advance Near Field Communication Technology

    Google is one of 32 companies to recently join the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that has been advancing the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology since its founding in 2004. Google is joining the organization as a Principal member, while CSR and Intel have also raised their membership status to that level (they were formerly Associate Members). The full NFC Forum… Read More

  • Fly or Die Review of Nintendo 3DS, RockMelt and NFC Chips

    Fly or Die: The Nintendo 3DS, Rockmelt, And Mobile Wallets

    s the new Nintendo 3DS all that? Does Rockmelt have a chance? Will mobile wallets ever be adopted by real people in real stores? CrunchGear editor John Biggs and I tackle these questions in this week’s edition of Fly or Die. Watch the video to find out who our surprise guest is this time after we give our verdicts on his company’s product. The Nintendo 3DS uses simple… Read More

  • The Ever-Elusive Mobile Wallet: Why NFC Chips Are Overhyped And Will Underdeliver

    The Ever-Elusive Mobile Wallet: Why NFC Chips Are Overhyped And Will Underdeliver

    The idea of turning your mobile phone into a digital wallet has a long and fruitless history. People are getting excited again about the prospect of mobile wallets replacing those in your pocket overstuffed with receipts and credit cards because both Google and Apple are pursuing the concept. The key technology that could make mobile wallets a reality are near field communication (NFC) chips. Read More

  • NFC Plus Powermat: A Match Made In Heaven, Or Just A Match?

    NFC Plus Powermat: A Match Made In Heaven, Or Just A Match?

    Powermat is looking at making an improvement to their tech that would combine the wireless charging capability with near-field communication, allowing for low-bandwidth communications while you charge. Sounds kind of weak at first, but really it’s a good match. They both emphasize that wires are, like, so 2010. Read More

  • Via NFC: Japanese Social Network Mixi First To Let Users "Share" Real-World Items

    Japan has always been the land of mobile. As such, it’s no big surprise that the country’s biggest social network, Mixi (JP, 23 million members), sees 25 of its 29 billion monthly page views coming from cell phones. And according to Mixi, it’s now the first social network that lets users share information with friends through NFC technology on Android handsets. Read More

  • So Why Should You Care About NFC?

    So Why Should You Care About NFC?

    If you asked most folks what NFC means they’d probably mumble something about the Giants and wave you off. However, Near Field Communication is here to stay and if Google and Apple’s current and potential implementations are any indication, we’ll be using NFC devices in the next two years, at least in some specific environments. First, though, what is Near Field… Read More

  • Prediction No. 4 (Mobile Wallets) Already Coming True

    Prediction No. 4 (Mobile Wallets) Already Coming True

    Okay, that was fast. This weekend I put up my annual prediction post, Seven Technologies That Will Rock 2011. Already, one of them is already looking pretty solid: Prediction No. 4 on the rise of mobile wallets. Well, it looks like Google (and PayPal) are getting serious about NFC technologies. Today, Businessweek reports: Read More

  • Japanese iPhone Gets E-Wallet Functionality (Kind Of)

    Japanese iPhone Gets E-Wallet Functionality (Kind Of)

    As we reported multiple times over the past months, the iPhone is a hit in Japan. When compared to other Japanese phones, however, it lacks a few key features such as digital TV tuners or an e-wallet function. Provider SoftBank introduced a hardware solution for the former problem in 2008, and now there’s one for the latter, too. Read More

  • Google Bought Stealthy Mobile Payments Startup Zetawire

    Google Bought Stealthy Mobile Payments Startup Zetawire

    Lately, Google has been showing off Android phones with NFC chips in them that can power mobile payments. The newest Android, the Nexus S, is the first to ship with an NFC (near field communications) chip, and the technology could be the key to getting into mobile payments. These are the same chips in some credit cards today. It turns out that Google got some of its NFC expertise from a… Read More

  • I Have Seen The Future, And It Looks A Lot Like Bump (Without The Bump)

    I Have Seen The Future, And It Looks A Lot Like Bump (Without The Bump)

    There is something about exchanging information by bumping fists that is deeply satisfying. What I like most about the iPhone app Bump is that it’s different. Its features are nifty enough; transfer money, information, and as of last week, music to someone else by tapping your phone against theirs. More importantly, though, it’s a harbinger of the next wave of the mobile… Read More

  • Apple Testing Proximity-Powered Prototypes Today; Likely To Appear In iPhone 5

    Apple Testing Proximity-Powered Prototypes Today; Likely To Appear In iPhone 5

    Over the weekend it was reported that Apple hired Benjamin Vigier, an expert in near field communication (NFC), a short range wireless protocol most synonymous with contactless payments. This key Apple hire is perhaps the strongest public signal yet of Apple’s intent to use NFC to build on its micropayments franchise and disrupt traditional point of sale using a mobile commerce… Read More

  • New Visa pay-by-cellphone system goes on trial in Malaysia: Honk if you like the idea

    New Visa pay-by-cellphone system goes on trial in Malaysia: Honk if you like the idea

    Americans, virtuous and true, would you use your cellphone as a credit card? That is, instead of whipping out the plastic in front of some high school kid manning the register at Target, would you wave your connected-to-your-credit-card-account cellphone in front of a scanner? In the blink of an eye your transaction is completed, with the total amount being charged to your credit card account. Read More

  • Parot's PARTY features NFC, too!

    Parot's PARTY features NFC, too!

    The Parrot PARTY Black Edition claims to be the first commercially available Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled speaker system. The NFC technology will enable users to pair their device to the speaker simply by tapping them together. The Parrot PARTY Black Edition will be available in the summer 2008 for ¬£79.00. Read More

  • Nokia's 6212 supports NFC

    Nokia's 6212 supports NFC

    Nokia has announced the 6212, which features Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The NFC technology is designed for simple and intuitive interaction between devices. In the case of the 6212, you can do things like tap two phones together to transfer contact information and other data, or make purchases by storing your personal data in the device and swiping it over a surface. Nokia… Read More

  • Odd Citi branded, keyboard-lacking, NFC-sporting handset shows up at FCC

    [photopress:citi.jpg,full,left]Now this is an odd little handset. It’s the Plus II from Citi, as in the financial institution, but really from Mobicom. It has no keys, not in the traditional sense, and has built-in NFC payment hardware. This means it works like a credit or debit card, just like in that old AT&T commercial. What’s interesting is that it apparently uses an… Read More

  • NFC comes to Taiwan via BenQ

    [photopress:benq_t80_nfc1.jpg,full,center] Okay, friends, it’s time for a new geek-flavored acronym! I used it earlier today when discussing the future of SIM cards, and now a housing project in Taiwan will be testing it out with new mobile phones from BenQ. It’s NFC, or Near Field Communications. In essence, you use your phone like a debit card. BenQ is building the technology… Read More

  • SIM cards to get NFC payments soon, but will it be enough?

    [photopress:simcards.jpg,full,center] Subscriber Identity Modules, or SIMs, might be on the verge of extinction. SIMs themselves are getting smarter, now capable of doing far more than hold your cell number and a phonebook of your friends. The problem is that most carriers — especially those in the USA — don’t give a rat’s pooper for the capabilities. That means… Read More