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  • Editing Team 18:08 on January 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Part of NFC Products Shown at CES 2014 

    Lenovo

    http://www.rfid-blog.com/?p=2725

    Sony

    http://www.rfid-blog.com/?p=2731

    Panasonic

    http://www.rfid-blog.com/?p=2728

    Samsung

    ■WB35F, WB50F, WB350F, WB1100F and WB2200F Cameras: All of the five smart cameras support NFC and Wi-Fi.

    ■NX30 Camera: The new camera centers around an NFC-based “Tag & Go” sharing feature which allows to share files to four devices at the same time.

    ■Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Tablet: The flagship Android-based tablet supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and MHL.

    LG

    ■PD239 Printer: The pocket-sized printer is equipped with NFC and Bluetooth and allows compatible mobile devices to print 5.1×7.6cm (2x3inch) photos.

    ■TurboWash™ Range Washers: These washers are equipped with NFC technology and can pair with other compatible household appliances or mobile devices, providing a smart household appliance solution.

    Asus

    ■M70: World’s first NFC-enabled desktop computer

    Huawei

    ■Ascend Mate 24G Smartphone: The smartphone features a 6.1-inch 720p IPS panel, 4050mAh battery, 5 megapixels on the front and 13 megapixels f/2.0 on the back, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion of up to 64GB, plus Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

    ■MEMO Smart Router

    Nokia

    ■Lumia 2520 Tablet: The tablet features Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Windows 8.1 RT operating system, 2 megapixels on the front and 67 megapixels on the back, Wi-Fi and NFC.

    Canon

    ■PowerShot N100 and PowerShot SX600HS Cameras

    ■IXUS 265HS Camera

    Microlab

    ■MD312 NFC-enabled Bluetooth Headphone

    Coolpad

    ■8970L Smartphone

    Meizu:

    ■MX3 Smartphone

    Hisense

    ■H8c Series Televisions

    ■H9 3D Series Televisions

     
  • Editing Team 18:25 on January 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Samsung Unveils Galaxy Camera 2 and NX30 with NFC Photo Sharing 

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    Samsung has just reveled the Galaxy Camera 2 and NX30, both of which center around an NFC-based “Tag & Go” sharing feature. Tap your phone against either shooter and you can begin transferring photos.

    The unique upgrades to each model vary widely. The Android-powered Galaxy Camera 2 still has the 16-megapixel sensor, 21x zoom lens and 4.8-inch LCD of its predecessor, but it touts much-needed improvements to battery capacity (up to 2,000mAh) and weight (down to 9.2 ounces). Samsung has also stuffed in a newer 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and an update to Android 4.3 introduces both 120fps slow-motion video as well as separate autoexposure and autofocus controls.

    The NX30, meanwhile, builds on the NX20’s formula with upgrades to image quality and the display. The new mirrorless cam sports both a more light-sensitive 20.3-megapixel sensor and a fast hybrid autofocusing system that takes just 80ms to find its subject. On the back there’s a brighter, Super AMOLED-based touchscreen that can now tilt, not just swivel; on the side, there’s a new 3.5mm microphone input. Glass aficionados may also appreciate two 16-50mm lenses launching alongside the NX30, including a quiet f2-2.8 lens and a video-friendly, f3.5-5.6 power zoom unit.

     
  • Editing Team 18:19 on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    MasterCard Partners with Samsung to Introduce Embedded NFC Payments 

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    Commonwealth Bank of Australia has introduced an NFC payments service that uses the secure element embedded in Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phones. The bank is working with MasterCard on the new service.

    “Commonwealth Bank customers can now easily add contactless payment functionality to their Samsung Galaxy S4, allowing for contactless payments at the more than 1.6 million MasterCard PayPass contactless merchant locations around the globe,” the payments network says.

    “MasterCard and Samsung, in partnership with financial institutions and mobile network operators worldwide, plan to complete similar service rollouts over the next year, including launches in Turkey, Russia and the Ukraine in the first quarter of 2014.”

    “Access to the secure element allows Samsung and other OEMs, mobile network operators and financial institutions to partner with MasterCard to deliver next-generation payment solutions to consumers,” the network adds.

    “The Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 are two of the more than 140 devices, including 32 Samsung smartphones and tablets, certified as part of the MasterCard PayPass Ready programme launched in May of 2012.”

    CommBank announced plans to introduce NFC payments using embedded secure elements, as well as contactless PayTags that work with iOS and other Android phones in October 2013.

     
  • Editing Team 18:07 on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Samsung Galaxy Studio Live Uses NFC Tickets to Enhance Experience 

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    Samsung Electronics UK has announced the launch of Galaxy Studio Live, a series of four live gigs taking place throughout the UK. Fans attending the live are using NFC to store their tickets and make purchase at the venues with a tap of their mobile device.

    Fans who get a ticket will receive an SMS and an e-mail, containing a unique ID number and a link to Samsung’s Smart Ticket app.

    Once the app is downloaded, consumers enter their ID as well as mobile phone number and choose the artist they are going to see from an in-app list. They will then be able to view their secure Smart Ticket along with videos and information on the artist and venue as well as enter competitions and listen to the artist’s tracks on Soundcloud.

    Consumers can also choose to link their PayPal account to the app so that they can buy food, drink and merchandise by tapping their phone against NFC readers at the venue.

    Those without NFC smartphones will be sent an NFC sticker which they can attach to the back of their smartphone to gain entry into the event and for making payments.

    “Electronic concert ticketing is widely accepted as a great idea and, not least, as one of the means of tackling the much-publicized problems related to unregulated secondary ticketing.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:45 on October 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Bank of China to Launch NFC Payments in Hong Kong 

    Bank-of-China-NFC-e-Wallet-payment-rfid-blogBank of China (Hong Kong) is to introduce a microSD card-based NFC payments service before the end of the year. Selected customers will be able to use the BOC e-Wallet Mobile Payments Service “from Q4 2013”.

    BOC card and BOC China UnionPay dual currency credit card holders will be able to store their cards on the NFC microSD card and make payments with their mobile phone at MasterCard PayPass, UnionPay QuickPass and Visa PayWave terminals.

    “The BOC e-Wallet Mobile Payment Service will offer customers a new spending model with cross-functional, cross-currency and cross-regional flexibility locally and overseas,” says the bank’s Dickson So.

    BOC e-Wallet will initially be available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE, Galaxy S3 LTE, Galaxy Note 2 LTE, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note2, Galaxy S3 and LG Optimus G Pro smartphones.

     
  • Editing Team 16:03 on October 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Samsung Launches Galaxy Round NFC Smartphone 

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    Samsung has launched the Galaxy Round, a high-end NFC smartphone with a curved 5.7-inch Full HD display which will go on sale in Korea for KRW1,089,000 (US$1,000).

    The curved design and Galaxy Note 3-like stitched leather back cover make it easier to grip. It also offers a new feature called Round Interaction, allowing users to see information such as missed calls and battery life while the handset is locked, by tilting it towards them when it is on a flat surface.

    Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core processor, the Galaxy Round runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and offers 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage.

    Both 13 megapixel rear and front-facing two megapixel cameras are included along with NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a USB 3.0 connection.

    No international availability has been announced.

     
  • Editing Team 10:02 on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Glaxy S4, Mifare 1K, Nexus, , , NTAG203, , Samsung,   

    Compatibility Issues with Mifare Classic 1K NFC Tags ——Reasons Why Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, & New (2013) Nexus 7 Cannot Completely Read the Tags 

    Mifare-Classic-1K-NFC-tag-rfid-blogMany users of the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the new 2013 Nexus 7 Tablet have reported the problem of NFC compatibility with the Mifare Classic 1K NFC tags. Here is the reason why they are not compatible:

    As is known, NXP is a world-leading manufacturers of NFC hardware which is widely used for a great many Android phones. The NFC Forum was established to create protocols for NFC, so that any hardware and any microchip (NFC tag) that adheres to this protocol will be compatible. The Mifare Classic 1K chip is created by NXP specifically to be compatible with its hardware and not necessarily to adhere to the protocols. Since the chip is designed to be compatible with NXP’s hardware, this means it is compatible with the MAJORITY NFC-enabled devices but not necessarily compatible with ANY phone that uses other manufacturer’s hardware.

    The four devices mentioned above (Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Galaxy S4, and the new 2013 Nexus 7) use a different manufacturer’s NFC hardware (Broadcom). Since only chips which adhere to the NFC Forum’s protocols are completely compatible and the Mifare Classic chips are not, thus it is not totally compatible with the Broadcom NFC hardware which can ONLY read off the UID (unique identifier) in a Mifare Classic chip and cannot write to them at all or read anything else that has been written to them.

    But that doesn’t mean Mifare Classic tags cannot be used at all with the four devices. Since the UID can be detected and read, Mifare Classic chips can be used with these devices with the help of an app such as Automatelt and ReTag which simply uses a tag’s UID to trigger tasks saved on the device. But if you want to create tags to share information with others, you’ll need universally compatible tags that you can write to and can be read by anyone.

    Is there any NFC tags that are fully compatible with these devices? The answer is YES. Any NFC tag that complies with the NFC Forum’s protocol will be compatible with these devices and there are plenty of them! Yet the more memory they have, the more expensive they are.

    ■NTAG203 tag: with 137 bytes of memory

    ■Topaz 512 tag: with 450 bytes of memory

    Although they have far less memory than the 700 bytes found on the Mifare Classic 1K tag, this is more than enough for most apps which only record a small amount of info on a tag that ties the tag to the specific app and then allows the app to store the various settings and events.

    At present, the NTAG203 tag remains the most popular NFC Forum tag and it should be able to use by most tasks triggering apps, while the Topaz 512 tag has plenty of memory for full electronic business card info but costs a little more. These tags are referred to as “Universal” NFC tags because they are universally compatible with ALL NFC devices.

    So if you want the tags to be read by anyone, you’ll probably want to go with the NTAG203 or Topaz 512 NFC tags since they are compatible with all NFC-enabled devices. If you are using the Samsung Tectile app, you definitely do not want to use NTAG203 or Topaz 512 tags, for the Tectile app takes up much more memory than the NTAG203 chip can afford.

    But how can I find out how much data I need for a specific tag? Many NFC apps, such as NFC Smart Q, will let you know how much memory you need for things you want to do by creating tags (without actually having tags).

    So far, the compatibility issues only affect the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the new 2013 Nexus 7. But it might affect other devices if other companies decide to use NFC hardware not made by NXP.

     
  • Editing Team 11:49 on September 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with NFC 

    Samsung-Galaxy-Note-3-NFC-rfid-blogSamsung has unveiled its latest Galaxy smartphone, the Note 3, an NFC-enabled handset with a 5.7-inch full HD Amoled display and 13 megapixel camera which can capture 1080p video at 60 frames per second.

    A 4G LTE model has a 2.3GHz quad core processor while a 3G variant will use a 1.9GHz eight core system-on-chip.

    Both versions will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and include a front-facing 2MP camera to complement the larger rear one, which is able to capture 4K video dependent on the model. Samsung’s Smart Stabilization technology will be used by both cameras.

    The Note 3 will include an updated version of the S Pen stylus that can operate a new Air Command feature to give quick access to a palette of tools including scrapbooking, memo writing and multi-tasking.

    As well as NFC, Bluetooth and its LE variant will be included. Samsung Knox, the company’s TEE-based security solution, will be preloaded.

    The Note 3 will be available in 149 countries from 25 September, with an October release date scheduled for the US and Japanese markets.

     
  • Editing Team 18:11 on September 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Samsung, smartwatch   

    Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Will Probably Include NFC 

    Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-smartwatch-NFC-rfid-blogSamsung’s long rumored smartwatch is expected to release early this month and could boast NFC as one of its many features.

    Bloomberg first reported that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will make its debut on September 4, just two days before Berlin’s IFA consumer electronics show.

    Now technology website GigaOM is quoting unnamed sources that suggest NFC will be built-in for easy syncing of devices and authentication.

    Current speculation holds that the Galaxy Gear will likely be based on Android 4.1, use Bluetooth LE to sustain a connection to the user’s smartphone and include a mini camera and 2.5-inch Oled display.

    The smartwatch will integrate seamlessly with a smartphone, allowing users to, for example, pick up where they left off when reading a document or message. It is also possible that the Galaxy Gear will only be compatible with Samsung smartphones.

     
  • Editing Team 17:38 on August 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    ING Romania Launches NFC Mobile Wallet 

    ING-NFC-mobile-wallet-rfid-blogING Bank Romania has made its ING Pay NFC mobile wallet available to customers, after a year-long in-house trial.

    Available for customers with an iPhone 4, 4S or a Samsung Galaxy handset, the ING Pay app can be used to make microSD-based contactless payments at any Visa PayWave terminal.

    Customers must also have the ING Pay package. This includes an NFC antenna booster sticker and microSD card for Android users while Apple users need to insert a microSD card into a special iPhone case add-on before they can make payments.

     
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