Microsoft registers new NFC Tap and Do trademark for Windows 8

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Technology giant Microsoft seems to have plans to enter the arena of NFC. The company has applied to register a new patent for its upcoming Microsoft Tap and Do initiative. According to the application, the trademark will be used to cover all of the company’s products that make use of NFC technology. This includes hardware, such as computers and mobile devices, as well as computer software. While this has implications for Microsoft’s long-term goals with technology, one of the mark’s immediate uses may be with the Windows Phone 8. The…

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WIRED to feature new NFC advertisements from Lexus

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Popular technology magazine WIRED has announced that it will be featuring a new NFC marketing campaign from automaker Lexus. The magazine claims that the new NFC advertisements are the first ever in the magazine industry. The ads will feature new navigation and safety technology that will be incorporated into upcoming Lexus models. These advertisements are being billed as an interactive experience, allowing WIRED readers to get hands-on experience with the new technology coming from Lexus. Readers with NFC-enabled smart phones will be able to test out the Lexus Enform with…

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European Commission to determine whether mobile commerce project from the UK can proceed

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Regulators with the European Commission, the legislative arm of the European Union, are determining whether to grant approval for a mobile commerce project from the United Kingdom. The project has been dubbed “Project Oscar” and is a joint venture amongst three of the UK’s largest telecommunications companies: Everything Everywhere, O2, and Vodafone U.K. The project seeks to promote mobile commerce through the spreading of NFC technology and mobile devices. The companies also want to build a system that would store the financial information of consumers so that this information is…

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WestSummit announces new investments, targets mobile commerce for future growth

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WestSummit Captial, a technology investment firm based in China, has announced that it will be investing in projects from Union Optech, an optical lens manufacturer, and INSIDE Secure, an NFC technology provider from Europe. WestSummit has extensive history in investing in growth stage technologies, powering their progress and making new products ready from commercialization. The company believes that its latest investments will be beneficial for the technologic ecosystem of China, especially as the country becomes more interested in mobile commerce. INSIDE Secure has been a leading developer of NFC technology…

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Study shows that consumers are divided on the concept of mobile commerce

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A new study from the Auriemma Consulting Group, a financial consulting firm, indicates that there are two distinct groups of consumers when it comes to mobile commerce. The study notes that the division is very black and white. The first group represents consumers who are willing to adopt mobile commerce and purchase NFC-enabled mobile devices. The second group represents those who are unwilling to take part in mobile payments. The study shows that the latter of the two is the largest by a significant margin. According to Auriemma, approximately 30%…

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Juniper Research estimates $74 billion in NFC transactions by 2015

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The results of a recently released Juniper Research study have predicted that near field communication (NFC) will have been used for $74 billion in transactions by the year 2015. This technology is growing in its use for in-store purchases, as well as for buying transit and other forms of tickets. It is becoming an increasingly popular way to use a smartphone as a credit card or paper ticket alternative. The Mobile Commerce Markets report also indicated that the fast smartphone adoption for applications relating to commerce has not in any…

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Sony’s new Xperia sola smart phone will feature NFC technology

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Sony has revealed their next smart phone called the Xperia sola. The acclaimed technology company has been keeping an eye on the emerging trends in the world of mobility, namely the rising demand for NFC-enabled devices. Other companies have already begun work on such devices – Nokia being among the first to launch NFC-enabled smart phones in the commercial market. In an effort to meet demand and establish its hold on its share of the NFC market, Sony’s Xperia sola will feature NFC technology. Sony developed the smart phone with…

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Report claims mobile commerce industry tied to the availability of NFC-enabled mobile devices

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A new report from GBI Research, a strategic intelligence and analysis firm covering a multitude of industries around the world, suggests that mobile commerce may be held back by the availability of NFC-enabled smart phones and other mobile devices. The report, titled Near Field Communication Market to 2016 – Increased Availability of NFC Embedded Handsets Key for Higher Market Penetration, covers a variety of topics concerning the progress of the mobile commerce industry and how telecommunications companies are affecting it. Notably, the report compares the various international standards governing the…

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Cryptomathic creates mobile wallet application that uses cloud computing as a security measure

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In the world of mobile commerce, security is a serious issue. Many companies have begun investing and creating mobile applications that make mobile commerce possible. None, however, have been able to make an application that is adequately secure from hacking. Even acclaimed technology company Google has failed to provide a resilient service. Cryptomathic, an electronic security firm, now claims that is has created the first secure mobile wallet platform. The company recently released the application to consumers worldwide. The application, called Cloud Wallet, uses cloud computing as a way to…

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Apple wins patent for iWallet, could become the leader of the mobile commerce industry

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Surprising news from Apple has sent waves through the mobile commerce community. Apple has been the subject of speculation recently for their possible inclusion of NFC technology in their next iPhone and iPad mobile devices. This speculation is largely fueled by patents that had been introduced years ago. The company will be getting a lot of attention this week, however, because one of these patents has been awarded to the company, opening the way for its entry into the mobile commerce industry. This week, Apple was awarded approval for their…

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Visa announces payWave mobile payments provisioning service

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Visa has unveiled a new level to their mobile payment system, payWave, which will provide an over-the-air smartphone provisioning service. The announcement was made in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, and according to the company, this new service is designed to make it simpler for banks, operators, and transit operators to connect a consumer’s smartphone with Visa payment accounts. Though consumers may not find this quite as thrilling as the release of apps for a mobile wallet, what Visa has now released what they feel is a primary element…

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