ROAM Data unveils the world’s first universal NFC and magnetic card reader

NFC Swipe

ROAM Data, a developer of mobile commerce platforms, has announced that it has created the world’s first universal card reader that combines NFC technology with magnetic strip recognition. The reader, called NFC Swipe, is compatible with any mobile device and is designed with mobile commerce in mind. The NFC Swipe will allow consumers to make purchases using a credit card or anything that is NFC-enabled. In fact, the platform can turn nearly any electronic device, including a PC, into a mobile payment system. ROAM Data believes that the NFC Swipe…

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Vizibility opens its NFC program to technology developers attending this year’s SXSW conference in Texas

NFC Technology

Vizibility Inc., an online identity management and professional services firm, has announced that it has opened up 1,000 spots for its previously private NFC beta program. The company has been experimenting with NFC technology for the past several years, hoping to develop a new platform for businesses and individuals to communicate more efficiently. The spots in the program are open only to those attending this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. Those participating in the program will be given one-year access to Vizibility’s NFC platform at no…

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Panasonic to launch a new flagship smart phone to embolden presence in European market

Panasonic Eluga

  Panasonic is taking a bold step toward establishing its presence in the European market by announcing its new flagship mobile device for the region. Called Eluga, the smart phone features a great deal of fancy technology and built-in applications. It is also waterproof up to a depth of six-to-eight feet. The phone will have a powerful processor capable of handling most of its processes with ease. Panasonic believes that the phone will do well because of these features, but claims that consumers will come to love the phone because…

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Infographic shows possible ways NFC technology could be used in the near future

Mobile Payments

  The United Kingdom’s orange Business Services, an information technology and communications company, has high hopes for NFC technology. NFC is becoming more popular as the prospect of mobile commerce grows. Consumers around the world are now being exposed to the technology for the sake of familiarity and orange believes that this will lead to some new uses for NFC. The company has created an infographic which details their expectations for the technology in the near future. The technology’s uses in mobile commerce are well known by now, but many…

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LG upgrades smart phone with NFC capabilities, gives consumers the ability to make their own tags

Optimus LTE Tag

Famed telecommunications and mobile technology company LG has upgraded their LG Optimus LTE Android smart phones to be fully capable of interfacing with NFC technology. The move comes as NFC grows in popularity amongst consumers. Telecommunications companies have to respond the rising demand for the technology or risk being left behind by competitors. As such, LG’s latest upgrade to their mobile platform will enable consumers to make use of NFC technology in a way that other companies do not support. The Optimus LTE will be able to recognize NFC tags…

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NFC-enabled application from VTT Technical Research Center could be useful for visually impaired consumers

NFC Technology

As mobile technology become more popular around the world, those with special needs may be missing out. The VTT Technical Research Center in Finland has been working on a series of NFC application that are geared to serve the visually impaired. Researchers believe that the technology can help those with troubled vision to better function in the world and enable them to experience the same features many consumers are coming to adore. The application aims to expand upon the simple concept of linking a physical product to the digital world.…

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O2 and Isobar team to accelerate the development of NFC technology through new contest

NFC Technology

O2, the UK’s largest telecommunications company, has announced a contest for tech-savvy people looking to share their innovative ideas on how to use NFC technology. The company has partnered with Isobar, a modern communications agency, for the event, which will be held from February 24 to the 25. The contest is being labeled as the UK’s first NFC accelerator event and will aim to help developers secure funding for their innovative projects. Though the event is designed as a contest, its true goal is to accelerate the development of NFC…

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Connecthings expects to see the end of QR codes to come at the hands of NFC tags

QR Codes vs. NFC mobie marketing

Connecthings, a company specializing in NFC-based services and analysis, believes that NFC tags will, one day, be the end of QR codes. Many companies interested in mobile marketing have made similar claims in the past, but such predictions have yet to come true. According to Connecthings, however, more consumers are using NFC tags than QR codes. The France-based firm has distributed more than 24,000 NFC tags throughout Europe and has found that they are quite popular with consumers with smart phones. The firm claims that consumers with NFC-enabled smart phones…

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Report shows the rampant growth of the NFC mobile applications market

Mobile commerce Risks

A new report from Markets and Markets, a market research firm, paints a promising picture for the future of NFC technology. NFC has been around for several years but has only recently become a technology of consequence. It has provided advertisers with a new way to engage consumers who are growing increasingly reliant on mobile technology. NFC has also helped birth the new industry of mobile commerce. As such, the market for NFC applications, such as mobile wallets, has become more valuable. In 2011, the market saw revenue growth of…

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Freescale Semiconductor and Inside Secure team to make new NFC-enabled prepaid electricity meter design

Electricity Meters

Freescale Semiconductor, a leading manufacturer of micro-technologies, and Inside Secure, a mobile technology company specializing in NFC, have come together to create a new contactless, prepaid utility meter design. The design aims to bring more security to the world of electronic meter products as well as help modernize the utilities industry. Prepaid electricity meters are quite popular throughout the world, but have been the target of fraud in the past. Both companies claim that the new design system will be much more reliable in terms of safety. The design is…

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Sequent Software develops new technology that will let almost everyone adopt mobile commerce

NFC technology mobile payments

Telecommunications and technology companies, along with financial institutions, have been locked in a battle to establish dominance in the budding mobile commerce industry. The industry relies heavily on NFC technology, which allows consumers to make purchase from their mobile devices. Consumers have responded well, thus far, to the prospect of their mobile devices becoming a payment platform, but there is a problem keeping mobile commerce from mass adoption. The problem is that NFC technology is available only to a precious few smart phones – those equipped with microchips that allow…

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