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  • Editing Team 23:43 on March 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Japanese NEC Corporation Launches Cloud-based NFC Payments Service 

    Japan-NEC-cloud-based-NFC-payments-service-rfid-blogNEC Corporation, Japanese IT services and products provider, has launched a turnkey prepaid payments service which includes cloud-based system servers, cards, smartphone apps and payment terminals. It’s available in both Japan and internationally.

    The Integrated Electronic Money Solution provides customers with servers to manage prepaid transactions, balances and user accounts; media including cards and mobile phone apps; payment terminals that work with contactless cards and NFC phones, and support for customer relationship management (CRM) functions. Customers, typically retailers and other merchants, can select the features they require from a menu of services.

    The PVR cinema chain in India is the first organization to use the new platform’s NFC capabilities. Universal Studios Japan is also installing the technology, but will not be including NFC functionality at this stage.

    The company’s end-to-end solution enables retailers “to quickly and easily expand their e-commerce business,” says Nobuhiro Ide, assistant general manager at NEC.

  • Editing Team 16:42 on February 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    FitTap App Uses NFC Tags to Quickly Update Your Fitbit Activities 

    Using an activity tracking system, be it a Fitbit or Jawbone Up, the biggest problem is that you have to enter some information manually, which is often forgotten. For example, if you want to track how much water you drink in a given day, you have to remember to enter it into the Fitbit app.

    Now here’s an Android app to help you with that — it’s called FitTap, which combines Fitbit activity logging with NFC.

    There are two versions of the app: one is free, but requires you to use NFC tags purchased through the app; the other is a pro version, which allows you to use any compatible NFC tag and costs $1.99.

    The creation process is rather simple and requires no professional knowledge: scan the blank tag, confirm that you want to associate it with FitTap, and then assign a task to the tag.

    The tags can be designed to log an activity, food, sleep, water or weight. Each category has all of the appropriate fields required when logging the same activity with Fitbit.


  • Editing Team 17:19 on January 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Google Wallet Releases a New Version 

    Google has released a new version of its NFC-enabled Google Wallet app. Version 1.6-R96-v13 introduces improvements to the user interface, application stability and battery life, though there is still no sign of the major upgrade promised in October 2012.

    The Android app now includes three tabs at the top of the screen: “My Wallet”, “Transactions” and “Explore”.

    The My Wallet tab provides an image of the default “funding source” the user has selected with an option to “Tap to change or add card”. Options for viewing “My Offers”, “Rewards Cards” and “Gift Cards” are also available from this tab.


    The Transactions tab then enables users to view individual purchases made, with each showing the funding source used:


    The Explore tab shows two types of offers — “Featured Offers” that users can save to their wallet as well as “Nearby Offers”:


    There is no news yet, however, of when the next major upgrade to Google Wallet will be available. Google announced in October 2012 that a new version was on its way — a banner message on the Google Wallet website promises the next version is “coming soon” and allows users to request an invite — and this was originally expected to be released in November.

    Leaked images suggest that this new version will see the introduction of a physical companion card for the virtual MasterCard that was introduced with the major relaunch of Google Wallet in August 2012, as well as support for transit cards, peer-to-peer money transfers and both account deposits and withdrawals.

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