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  • Editing Team 11:28 on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple’s Passbook Gets NFC on Android Devices 

    Apple-Passbook-Android-PassWallet-NFC-rfid-blogAttido Mobile has updated its PassWallet app to allow Android devices to beam and redeem “passes” created for Apple’s Passbook via NFC.

    Apple’s Passbook app stores coupons, tickets, loyalty cards and more as .pkpass files. They are typically received by email and redeemed or validated at the point of use by presenting an on-screen 2D barcode to a reader.

    PassWallet was developed to allow Android and BlackBerry users access to these files too, and now Attido has worked with Skycore, the developers behind the CodeReadr mobile data capture platform, to add NFC beaming to the app.

    “Passes stored within PassWallet normally present pass IDs as barcodes for scanning but can now also beam pass IDs via NFC and have those IDs validated and redeemed with the CodeReadr app on NFC-enabled Android devices,” the partners say.

    “Apple created the Passbook standard for card, coupon and ticket delivery to iOS devices. My team built PassWallet to fill the gap for the Android platform,” adds Attido’s Andy Nugent. “We then expanded the technology to support NFC redemption on Android through our partnership with the CodeReadr team.”

    “Beaming NFC passes has the potential to eventually offer a fast, secure and seamless tap-to-validate process for passes,” points out Skycore CEO Rich Eicher. “As the technology matures and becomes broadly available, we expect consumers will find convenience in a simple tap.”

     
  • Editing Team 16:27 on January 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    BlackBerry Announces Two Smartphones with NFC Capabilities 

    BlackBerry-Z10-Q10-smartphone-NFC-rfid-blogYesterday, BlackBerry has launched the first two smartphones running the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. Both include full NFC payments and information sharing capabilities. Although president and CEO Thorsten Heins did not go into any details at the launch event, he hinted that some kind of BlackBerry connectivity service making use of that NFC functionality could be on the horizon.

    RIM, which has changed its company name to BlackBerry, first added NFC capabilities to its platform with the launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 in May, 2011. Both devices run the BlackBerry 7 operating system.

    Details of BlackBerry 10’s support for NFC were first revealed in mid-2012 and a series of articles on using NFC on BlackBerry 10 have been published by the company on the BlackBerry Developer Support forums, including guides to reading and writing tags using native APIs, NFC card emulation and P2P communications.

    The two latest released phones are the 4.2-inch full touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10, which features a physical keyboard and a 3.1-inch touchscreen. Both devices support LTE and include a 1.5GHz dual core processor.

    The Z10 is available in the UK from today, in Canada and the UAE in February and the US in March with availability in other countries to be announced. The Q10 will start shipping in April 2013.

     
  • Editing Team 13:37 on September 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    MasterCard Unveiled PayPass User Interface SDK 

    MasterCard-PayPass-User-Interface-SDK-rfid-blogMasterCard has been in the cashless payment game for quite a while, and now it’s hoping to get more developers on the PayPass. The company has unveiled a new user interface SDK for Android and BlackBerry developers.

    The Mobile MasterCard PayPass User Interface Software Development Kit provides a standardized user interface, allowing programmers to deploy the firm’s NFC payment system, which is compatible with over 70 handsets, into their own Android or BlackBerry OS 7 apps. Once apps are created with the SDK, they’ll have to go through MasterCard’s approval process before they go live.

    Targeted towards issuers, mobile network operators and third party developers, the UI SDK is supposed to simplify and speed up the delivery process of mobile payment apps to consumers without having to become experts in this field.

    MasterCard also has an Open API program for developers to tap into the credit card company’s various services, such as MoneySend and PayPass.

    The global credit card business asserts that one of the motivations behind producing this SDK is “to increase the simplicity of the mobile payments ecosystem without sacrificing safety.”

     
  • Editing Team 16:40 on August 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Skillweb’s NFC Attendance Solution Now Works on Android Phones 

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    The UK-based company Skillweb has announced that its mobile attendance solution, SmartTask Attend, can now be used on Android smartphones. The solution is already available on BlackBerry devices.

    It uses NFC tags or QR codes to allow employees to swipe or scan with their smartphones to record their attendance when they enter and leave the workplace. As to employers, the solution enables them to quickly record and monitor the time and departure of each employee in real time, so that they can make sure all appointments are being met and carried out.

    Private and public sector organizations can now trial the application for 30 days on Google Play, before making the decision to adopt the technology for their worker’s Android devices.

     
  • Editing Team 10:32 on August 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Taab’s NFC Payment App being tested on BlackBerry 7 

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    Many of us may have had the experience of being stuck at the bar just waiting to pay the bill. There must be a better way. With NFC, this is now a reality. As is known, NFC is a hot topic now. It’s more than just tapping & sharing media with friends; it was born for mobile payments on the go. Using NFC, sellers can provide customers with ease of payments.

    Taab, a new NFC payment service provider, aims to take mobile payments to the next level and speed things up. Recently it has released an innovative new NFC payments app which is available for BlackBerry 7.0+ now and Android 4.0+ devices. They are also developing it for BlackBerry 10.

    The app lets you pay at certain business with your phone via NFC by using the apps store and tapping it.

    No more fumbling with cash, credit/debit cards or anything like that to split the bill. With Taab, you can split the bill with friends and share items with just a tap using an NFC-enabled smartphone.

     
  • Editing Team 16:44 on July 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC-equipped Smartphones 

    phones-with-NFC-rfid-blogWhen it comes to phones with Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities today, people often talk about Apple, as it is a tiny minority which has not introduced an NFC-enabled phone to the market among major smartphone makers.

    While rumors suggest that Apple’s next version of iPhone, the iPhone 5, will equip with an NFC chip, Apple has not said anything publicly about it. Reports claim that Apple is concerned about NFC security.

    Even though, a number of other smartphone manufacturers are testing the waters with NFC-enabled phones. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Samsung and Visa are working together to offer each Olympic athlete a new Samsung Galaxy S III with NFC and an Olympic mobile wallet app, so that the athletes will be able to use the phones to access events and make payments during the Games.

    Below is a list of NFC-enabled phones that are available today, by operating system. And if this isn’t enough to make your head spin, see a more comprehensive list of phones available worldwide, and those coming within the year, including tablets and PDAs here.

    Android

    Acer E320 Liquid Express

    Acer Cloud Mobile

    Acer Liquid Glow

    Fujitsu Arrows μ F-07D

    Google Galaxy Nexus

    Google Nexus 7, Q, S

    Motorola Droid Razr

    HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE,

    HTC Evo 4G LTE

    HTC One X

    Lenovo K800

    LG Optimus LTE, Net, Vu, L5, L7

    LG Viper

    Panasonic Eluga

    Samsung Galaxy S Blaze

    Samsung Advance, Mini 2, Ace 2

    Sony Xperia Sola, P, Ion

    BlackBerry

    BlackBerry Bold 9790, 9900, 9930

    BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360, 9370, 9380

    Windows

    DLI 9000

    Nokia Lumina 610 NFC

    Toshiba TG01

    Windows Phone 8 (coming this fall)

    ZTE Orbit

    The good news is that if you want to use NFC to make wireless payments, there are workarounds for Android phones and iPhones. Android users can insert an NFC-enabled MicroSD card into their phones and affix a booster sticker to the inside of their battery cover to amplify the NFC signal. iPhone users can use Moneto’s patented iPhone case embedded with NFC.

     
  • Editing Team 10:30 on July 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    BlackBerry Music Gateway to Stream Music over NFC 

    BlackBerry-Music-Gateway-nfc-rfid-blogRIM had released its NFC-enabled BlackBerry Music Gateway in April, impressing users with its ease of use and wallet-friendly price. BlackBerry Music Gateway allows you to stream music from your NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone or PlayBook directly to any compatible stereo system.

    You just need to connect the Gateway to your home or in-car stereo, enable your BlackBerry’s NFC radio and tap the Gateway with your phone. One tap activates the Gateway’s connection, letting you stream music from up to 30 feet away. If you want to stop streaming your music, just tap the phone to the Gateway again and it’s off. Connecting and disconnecting from the Gateway takes just a second.

    What’s more, even if your particular phone doesn’t offer NFC support, you can still using Bluetooth in your device to connect to the Music Gateway. The device is not only easy to use, but surprisingly small. There’s no bells or whistles with the Music Gateway. You won’t find an LCD display and there are no settings to change, which is one of the reasons why the Gateway is so appealing.

    And the other reason? It’s the $49.99 price tag. RIM has previously released a Bluetooth-only Music Gateway that cost $99.99, a steep price for such a simple product. But now the new BlackBerry Music Gateway appears to be a more attractive accessory to BlackBerry users, for it is newer, cheaper and with NFC-compatibility.

     
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