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Archive for Oktober, 2012

Nexus 10 with two NFC Chips

Today Google announced a series of new devices, all coming with NFC. The Nexus 4, a handest manufactured by LG. The new Nexus 7, a slightly modified version of the already existing Nexus 7 (more memory) as well as the Nexus 10, propably the first device with two NFC chips. All devices run the new version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2 which includes features such as panorama images as well as multi user support.

Vodafone teams up with CorFire and Gemalto for NFC

Vodafone Group will launch its NFC services with an NFC wallet from Corfire and a TSM from Gemalto. According to CorFire Vodafone will provide a wallet with payment and loyalty features to customers in spring/summer 2013. The target plattform will be Android devices with UICC as the secure element.

VIVOtech – Rest in Peace

A pioneer in the field of NFC, the Silicon Valley-based VIVOTech, is history after more than 10 years in this industry. Today the software business from VVIOTech was taken over by Sequent Software. In early August the company announced it had sold its contactless reader business to U.S.-based ID Tech.

ISIS Wallet debuts at T-Mobile US

Since this week the ISIS Wallet for NFC enabled Android phones is available for US customers of T-Mobile. The app is on Google Play and has reached already about 5.000 downloads in 2 days.

Orange Poland launches Orange Cash

Today Orange Poland announced to start off with an NFC based payment solution. Therefore the SIM-Card will act as a means of payment with a prepaid MasterCard Paypass Card. Like all other prepaid credit products, the customers have to use a debit transaction to put money into the account and use it for payment. This is very simple methode of enabling customer for NFC payment, as not concract or sign up processes is required. On the other handside only transactions up to 25 EUR can be made. (no PIN, no signature available yet).

Hackathon for mobile Financial App

From the 27th – 28th of October the first Pioneers Festival Hackathon, enabled by Erste Group, will take place in Vienna at sektor5 co-working space. Developers can create their own finance mobile app, compete against the best international coders, pitch it to the audience, get a free Pioneers Festival Developer Ticket and win 1,337 EUR cash. Developers can sign up alone, or with colleagues, but maximum as a group of four people.

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