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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 








    ■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.


    ■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.


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


    ■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


    ■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.


    ■PowerShot N100 and PowerShot SX600HS Cameras

    ■IXUS 265HS Camera


    ■MD312 NFC-enabled Bluetooth Headphone


    ■8970L Smartphone


    ■MX3 Smartphone


    ■H8c Series Televisions

    ■H9 3D Series Televisions

  • Editing Team 12:08 on January 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony Releases NFC Products at CES 2014 


    Sony has shown off a new range of NFC-enabled products at CES 2014, including two new versions of its flagship Xperia Z1 NFC smartphone, four camcorders (two 4K and two full HD), a digital camera with interchangeable lenses and in-car CD players with NFC.

    The new variants of the Xperia Z1 are a sleeker and smaller Z1 Compact and a T-Mobile exclusive model called the Z1S for the US market. Both versions are equipped with NFC.

    Two versions of the company’s new compact camcorder are to be available — the US$1,999 Handycam AX100 in the US and the £1,939 Handycam AX100E in Europe. Both are capable of recording in ultra-high-resolution 4K, even in low light, thanks to a back illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor. NFC functionality can be used to pair the camcorder to a second device to allow clips and photos to be transferred via Wi-Fi. A Smart Remote Control function allows the user to start and stop recording from their smartphone. The £1,509 (US$2,477) Full HD Handycam CX900E and the £349 (US$573) splash-proof wearable Action Cam HDR-AS100VR will both also enable users to pair their camcorder with their mobile device via NFC.

    A light and compact A5000 camera, meanwhile, offers DSLR quality images through its 20.1 megapixel sensor, viewable on a 180-degree tiltable LCD screen. Interchangeable lenses can be swapped in and out and NFC can be used for one tap pairing.

    Sony is also featuring NFC in an expanded in-car audio range that features three CD players — the MEX-N4000BT, MEX-N5000BT and MEX-N6000BH — and two additions to its GS premium range, the MEX-GS610BT and MEX-GS810BH. NFC will allow users to touch their phone to the in-car unit in order to activate and connect to Bluetooth, enabling hands-free calling and music streaming.

  • Editing Team 17:34 on December 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony Reveals New Christmas Tree, with NFC Smartphone-controlled Lights 


    Sony has revealed a new Christmas tree decorated with lights controlled by a smartphone.

    The limited-edition tree uses an NFC connection and any NFC-capable smartphone to change the color of the lights.

    Scanning an NFC smart tag attached to the tree and a dedicated app allows users to take advantage of the technology.

    The lights can be set to a specific choice of colors or set to the automatic disco mode. A portable NFC speaker hidden among the branches also plays music, while the lights flash in time with the tune.

    However, the tree is not available to buy at present. Instead, Sony is offering the tree as part of a competition on its Sony Mobile UK Facebook page.

  • Editing Team 15:36 on October 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Octopus Partners with PCCW-HKT to Pilot NFC Payments in Hong Kong 

    Octopus-PCCW-HKT-pilot-NFC-payments-Hong-Kong-rfid-blogOctopus, contactless transportation ticketing and stored value payments provider in Hong Kong, is working with mobile network operator PCCW-HKT to conduct a mobile payments pilot. The pilot uses Octopus Mobile SIMs — NFC-enabled SIM cards compatible with Sony FeliCa contactless card technology.

    Customers taking part in the pilot will be able to use an NFC phone to access the same service as those offered by conventional Octopus cards and products, by installing a FeliCa-based Octopus applet on a new Upteg NFC SIM card and then inserting the SIM into their NFC phone.

    With the new service, customers can pay for journeys on all of Hong Kong’s public transportation systems, including the metro, rail, bus, ferry, coach and tram, as well as pay for fares on minibuses and taxis that accept Octopus. They will also be able to make payments at retail stores as well as purchase entrance tickets at selected entertainment venues. Drivers will also be able to pay for their parking using their NFC phones.

    The service also allows customers to make transactions without opening an app and to track their balance and access their transaction history on their phone.

    An initial 5,000 Octopus Mobile SIMs are being made available for the pilot. Customers who purchase a Sony Xperia V, Z, ZR, Z Ultra (3G), Z Ultra (LTE) or Z1 smartphone on contract with PCCW-HKT will have the usual HK$100 (US$12.90) activation fee waived “while stocks last”.

  • Editing Team 16:46 on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony Introduces Its First NFC-enabled Interchangeable Lens Camera 

    Sony-NEX-5T-NFC-rfid-blogSony has added NFC and Wi-Fi functionality in its NEX-5T compact camera. The mirrorless hybrid camera boasts a large surface area 16.1 megapixel sensor and will be offered in a bundle with a 16-50mm SEL-P1650 motorized zoom lens.

    The NEX-5T is the first interchangeable lens camera from Sony to feature NFC, offering one-touch pairing and sharing with compatible Android devices, the company says.

    Last summer the consumer electronics giant said it was “putting NFC at the heart of content sharing”, and has since launched products including phones, TVs, speakers, headsets, cameras, soundbars, PCs, tablets, hi-fi systems, a media center and a smart watch that include NFC connectivity.

    Available in silver, black or white for US$700—or without the bundled lens for US$550—the NEX-5T will be available at retail from early September.

  • Editing Team 02:09 on March 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony Speakers Combine NFC and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth for Better Streaming 


    Sony has launched two new streaming speakers which embrace NFC. With the wireless technology, some of the problems concerning playback are resolved.

    The speakers come in two flavors — the CMT-BT60B does Bluetooth streaming and the similarly alphanumeric CMT-BT80WB will stream via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or AirPlay. Both speakers feature aux inputs and USB for charging.

    As for making sound, both feature Magnetic Fluid Speakers and S-Master amplifiers.

    The two new speakers will be hitting parts of Europe in May and the UK in June.

  • Editing Team 15:20 on February 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    List of NFC Products 

    NFC has long been tied with mobile payments. However, the mobile payments trend has been slow to take off. In fact, paying for items with one’s phone seems to be the least common use for the close-range connectivity technology right now, at least based on gadgets unveiled at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show).

    Basically, all products using NFC shown at the CES employed the technology in one of the two ways: To set up a sort of digital connection between a mobile device and another gadget, or as a way to share information between products with just a tap.

    Here are some products that use NFC (not all of these were announced at CES):

    Virtual press kits and business cards — Various companies use NFC as a fast way to share their contact information and press releases. To access the information, people just need to tap their NFC-enabled phone to the item, typically a wristband or business card. Samsung, for example, handed NFC-enabled wristbands to all attendees at its press conference. Sharp also gave out business cards embedded with its press release.

    Information points such as posters — Caesars Entertainment, owner of eight hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, installed more than 4,500 interactive Samsung TecTiles in its resorts. Anyone with an NFC-enabled device will be able to tap the various TecTiles for information such as show times, restaurant menus, and ticket purchases.

    Speakers — Many new speakers use NFC to pair with a smartphone, yet the music is not actually streamed to the system via NFC but is shared through Bluetooth. Samsung and Sony are two notable companies with NFC speakers.

    Headphones — The function is much like wireless speakers. Users tap their phone to the headphones to allow pairing for the transfer of music. Sony also makes these headphones.

    Boomboxes and other music players — Sony, again.

    Cameras — At least two cameras introduced at CES included NFC capabilities: the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 and the Panasonic Lumix TS5. Along with built-in Wi-Fi, the cameras should enable “the widest range of remote shooting options, remote viewing, and instant sharing on social networks.”

    TVs — LG and Sony were two big companies showing off NFC-enabled TVs at CES. Like with audio devices, NFC is used to pair a phone to the TV by tapping the two together.

    Remote controls — Users tap their phones to their remote instead of their TV to pair the device to the television. Sony is one company doing this.

    Appliances — LG showcased a number of washers, dryers, ovens, refrigerators, and vacuums with NFC technology. After pairing the appliance with a phone, users can program their products from afar, such as turning on a washing machine while still in the office.

    Smart kitchen items — Panasonic has made an NFC-enabled rice cooker and a steam microwave oven. Users can search for recipes and program cooking instructions using their smartphones.

    Computers — HP has announced the SpectreOne all-in-one desktop PC in last September, which incorporates NFC technology. Via a sensor built into the base of the unit, users can log into the SpectreOne or transfer files to it by simply swiping a smartphone or another device equipped with NFC. HP’s Envy 14 Spectre ultrabook also includes NFC, as does Sony’s Vaio Tap 20 mobile desktop PC.

    Smart meters for utility companies — Landis+Gyr in late 2011 said it was working with NXP Semiconductor on energy management products with integrated NFC.

    Digital bubble gum machine — Last July, digital advertising agency Razorfish developed a high-tech prototype version of the gun ball machine, which allows users to download digital content like apps and movies to their NFC-enabled phone for a small fee.

    Heart monitor — A joint venture called Impak Health has developed the RhythmTrak heart monitor. The product can track certain heart-related data, which can then be downloaded or sent to a clinician by placing it next to an NFC-enabled phone.

    Wii U — It’s not really clear how NFC will be used in this Nintendo console, but it may allow users to do things like add new characters to games.

    Cars — An NFC-enabled smartphone will be able to unlock Hyundai cars by 2015.

  • Editing Team 15:31 on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    MWC Delegates to Make Mobile Payment via NFC 


    This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) will be held at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, from Feb. 25th to 28th.

    CaixaBank, Gemalto, Telefónica and Visa Europe have partnered to offer 3,500 delegates attending the MWC a Sony Xperia NFC phone equipped with a mobile payments application, which will allow delegates to make mobile contactless payments using a prepaid card issued by MoneyToPay, a new mobile payments service created by CaixaBank.

    The app will come pre-loaded with €15, allowing delegates to make payments at contactless terminals across the Fira Gran Via venue as well as any of the 16,000 Visa contactless payment terminals located in stores and markets around Barcelona. 700 local taxis have also been equipped to accept NFC payments.

    The payments service forms part of the GSMA’s NFC Experience for the Mobile World Congress, which will see a series of NFC zones and touch points being set up at the show venue as well as at the airport, key hotels, selected restaurants and central tourist locations.

  • Editing Team 13:14 on December 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony and Watchdata Team up to Bring NFC to More Smartphones 

    Sony-Watchdata-NFC-smartphone-rfid-blogSony has signed a deal with smart card specialist Watchdata to bring NFC technology to more smartphones.

    Watchdata’s contactless technology will be incorporate into Sony’s SIMpass solutions, which is set to commence during the opening stages of 2013. SIMpass is a SIM card-centric mobile payment technology that functions without the requirement of additional antennae.

    Sony and Watchdata will develop NFC for a “wider range of mobile phone handsets”. This means customers can make mobile payments without the need for separate hardware. The company could initially incorporate the system into its rumored Odin device, and Yuga, with the firm expecting upwards of 50 million Xperia smartphone sales in 2013.

    FeliCa, contactless payment system already utilized by Sony, is integrated into its mobiles in Asia. It’s predominately utilized to authorize mobile payments and provide digital tickets for public transport.

    “The commercially proven security and performance of FeliCa is something we want to aggressively promote in the growing NFC ecosystem,” said Mario Manabe, senior general manager of Sony’s FeliCa division. “The agreement with Watchdata allows us to adapt FeliCa technologies to more handsets and expand global market presence.”

    Sony stressed that it has more than 605 million FeliCa chips installed in devices worldwide as of July, 2012. A third of that figure is associated with mobiles, while SIMpass is mainly used across Thailand and China, with a user base of around 6 million.

  • Editing Team 13:36 on October 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Japanese Mobile Operator Brings NFC Payments Abroad 

    Japanese-NTT-Docomo-MasterCard-NFC-mobile-payment-abroad-rfid-blogAn analyst once said, allowing users to make NFC payments with their mobile phone abroad is a natural step for operator.

    Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo has partnered with MasterCard to allow DoCoMo users to make mobile payments when travelling abroad next year.

    DoCoMo’s iD mobile credit payment system will be expanded to include MasterCard PayPass merchant locations, of which there were nearly 500,000 in 41 countries as of June.

    Worldwide operators, smartphone OS vendors, banks and card companies are competing for a position in the NFC-based mobile payment space.

    But hardly anyone is able to compete with the payment card companies when it comes to international payments, except perhaps PayPal, according to Lars Kurkinen, telecom analyst at Berg Insight. Visa and MasterCard can be expected to sign similar deals with operators in other countries, but it will take some time, he said.

    To use the iD and PayPass integration, DoCoMo users first need an NFC-enabled phone used outside Japan, called Type A and Type B. The Sony Xperia AX-SO-01E and the Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E, announced on Thursday, fit the category.

    Phones also have to be equipped with a new mini UIM card and an iD application for PayPass, which will be ready in September next year.

    DoCoMo, KDDI and Softbank said they will work together in the newly formed “Japan Mobile NFC Consortium” to bring the country in line with standards used abroad, namely Type A and Type B.

    They currently use FeliCa, which is developed by Sony, for mobile payments.

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