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Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone have connected their TSM platforms to MasterCard-owned Trevica‘s TSM platform for card issuers, providing German banks with a single entry point for deploying NFC payments to 80% of the local population — and MasterCard plans to offer a similar service in other European countries this year. The idea, MasterCard […]

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The Galaxy S5, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, includes biometric security as well as NFC — and can be used to make payments at any merchant that accepts PayPal online or in store. The first payments service provider to make use of the fingerprint verification functionality will be PayPal, enabling Samsung Galaxy S5 users to use […]

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Making full use of the NFC functionality built into the Wii U GamePad is one of four strategies designed to boost the console’s flagging sales in the year ahead, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed — and plans call for NFC to be used to enhance game playing and for payments. “Our top priority this year is […]

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Panasonic has unveiled a host of new NFC-enabled productsat CES 2014, including a durable 7-inch Windows 8 tablet, headphones, a premium digital compact camera, four HD camcorders and a range of smart home theatre systems. The Toughpad FZ-M1 will be available in early Spring 2014 starting from US$2,099 with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD […]

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Sony has shown off two new versions of its flagship Xperia Z1NFC smartphone and announced a number of new cameras, camcorders and in-car CD players with NFC at CES 2014. XPERIA Z1 COMPACT: A smaller version of Sony’s Z1 Android smartphone Sony has shown off two new versions of its flagship Xperia Z1NFC smartphone and announced a number of new […]

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The NFC’s Forum board has elected co-vice chairmen, representing rival NFC chip makers Broadcom and NXP Semiconductors, as the standards, and trade group continues work trying to expand the reach of NFC technology. Trevor Pavey of Broadcom and Alexander Rensink of NXP will both serve in the post.  They replace outgoing vice chairman Mohamed Awad of Broadcom, […]

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Spain’s La Caixa bank is to introduce a commercial NFC mobile payment service in partnership with Visa Europe and the country’s three leading mobile network operators — Telefónica, Vodafoneand Orange. Between them, the three carriers hold 80% of the Spanish market. The new service will allow customers to store all their La Caixa cards — debit, credit, prepaid and revolving […]

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Customers of Commonwealth Bank of Australia with a Samsung Galaxy S4 can make payments using a secure element embedded in their mobile phone today, and banks in Turkey, Russia and the Ukraine are due to begin offering the solution in the first quarter of 2014. Commonwealth Bank of Australia has introduced an NFC payments service that […]

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Vodafone Germany has launched its Vodafone SmartPass NFC mobile payment app in the city of Düsseldorf and plans to expand the service across the country during the first quarter of 2014.   The news follows the commercial launch of the service in Spain last month. Rollouts are also due to take place in the Netherlands, UK and […]

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Mobile network operator Vodafone‘s NFC mobile wallet is going live today in Spain, will be available in Germany in mid-December and expand to the Netherlands, UK and Italy in spring 2014. Vodafone Wallet works with a range of NFC phones as well as with NFC tags that can be used by customers with other smartphones and […]

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