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Posted by Seth PlanckDecember 13th, 2011 at 12:47 PM Filed Under Latest News
NFC, wine, logistics and consumers sounds like a great evening with a twist thanks to eProvenance and Near Field Solutions
eProvenance and Near Field Solutions have got together and combined NFC, humidity sensors and wine together in a MacGyver style project to create a new value added service for consumers, and a tracking and environmental tool for the winery. NFC has more applications than any one person can imagine. We continue to be amazed and impressed with use cases and innovative projects that are finding new ways to use Near Field Communication with other sensors. It is projected that the internet of things concept that adds NFC to many other sensor types will become commonplace within the next few years. eProvenance and Near Field Solutions are making the internet of things happen today, and this could be the first step in how luxury perishable products are sold globally within the next few years.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 17th, 2011 at 4:25 PM Filed Under Latest News
UK NFC joint venture cannot be allowed to continue
If you dress a pig up as a lamb, it’s still a pig and that appears to be becoming increasingly clearer in the debacle that has become known as the UK NFC joint venture. It doesn’t matter if the UK NFC joint venture says its existence is based on fueling mass adoption of NFC mobile wallet usage when it is clearly showing that its intentions are anti-competitive and not in consumers’ interests. NFC Rumors hasn’t been a fan of the UK NFC joint venture since it was announced back in early June.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 09th, 2011 at 12:32 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Is the Motorola Droid RAZR the first Isis NFC phone?
It was largely expected that the Motorola Droid RAZR would be an NFC phone but on launch there was nary a word about near field communication capabilities. The Motorola Droid RAZR was announced a couple of weeks ago with impressive specifications and a super thin set of dimensions that challenges anything on the market. But without NFC capabilities, we relegated it to the pile of smartphones you would regret purchasing come the middle of next year when NFC services really start to swing. However, it may not be completely without NFC capabilities.
Motorola Droid RAZR strip down reveals NXP NFC drivers
Engadget had Francois Simond (Supercurio) take a look under the covers of the Motorola Droid RAZR, and guess what he found? Yep, an NFC controller based on NXP’s PN544 chipset. In Engadget’s words, “the Linux driver is present, but hardware appears to be missing or misconfigured.” This gives us a massive clue as to what is happening with the Motorola Droid RAZR and it, of course, revolves around Isis. We would assume that if there was an NFC IC (NFC chip & antenna) present, it would have been found. The NXP chipsets are somewhat easy to spot within NFC phones when you take them apart.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 18th, 2011 at 7:06 PM Filed Under Latest News
Multiple Secure Elements to grow NFC Market above $1 Billion in 2016 says ABI Research
The ability to fit NFC phones with multiple Secure Elements is projected to propel the NFC IC industry to a value of $1.3 billion in the NFC phone market by 2016 according to ABI Research. The recent announcements of Broadcom’s BCM2079x NFC chip which has enables multiple Secure Elements on a single NFC phone, is a game changer according to ABI. The facts and figures fun doesn’t stop there though. ABI Research also project that in 2016 227 million NFC phones or NFC devices will ship with multiple Secure Elements.
Research analyst Phil Sealy says, “The issues affecting the location of the secure element remain a hot topic and although progress has been made there remains uncertainty among ecosystem players.”
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 25th, 2011 at 7:33 PM Filed Under Latest News
Top 11 reasons why you shouldn’t buy a phone without NFC
NFC has reached a point where its inclusion in everyday life is a certainty within the next couple of years, and for consumers to benefit from NFC features they will need an NFC phone. Whether your penchant is for NFC payments or you like the Bluetooth pairing to speakers, near field communication is coming. Within the next year or so, we expect NFC keys to cards starting to become popular. Also expect NFC features built straight into our cars. Smartphone manufacturers are already starting to produce NFC phones and they are becoming more prevalent by the day, but there are still going to be non NFC-phones marketed to consumers. This post is about why you shouldn’t tie yourself into a contract on a phone that doesn’t come with the aforementioned capabilities.
Companies like Microsoft, Google, Intel, Nokia, Research in Motion, Huawei, Acer and Mozilla have said they intend to support NFC in products from now on. Service companies like Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Rogers Communications and many more are building their businesses around the model of harnessing near field communications for their customers. However, the big “will they, won’t they?” question lays with the Apple iPhone 5. Many doubt that Apple will include a near field communication chip within its latest and greatest smartphone. We still think it is a 50 /50 split on the probability that the company will support NFC. However, if Apple doesn’t support near field communication, Apple fans will have been done a disservice by the company and there are plenty of Android handsets that are just as, if not more capable, than the iPhone.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 09th, 2011 at 9:41 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Nokia N9 NFC phone to give America and potentially UK a miss
We have been covering the Nokia N9 NFC phone for quite sometime. Nokia’s first and last MeeGo NFC phone made quite the stir when it was introduced, and many people have been waiting in anticipation for its release here in the United States. The guys over at Engadget have been trying every trick in the book to get Nokia to let us all know about a definite release date, as we already know Sweden and Switzerland have theirs and today they got some bad news. Nokia got back to them and said that they had no plans to launch the Nokia N9 NFC phone in the US.
Nokia said, “After the very positive reception to the launch of the Nokia N9, the product is now being rolled out in countries around the world. At this time we will not be making it available in the US. Nokia takes a market by market approach to product rollout, and each country makes its own decisions about which products to introduce from those available. Decisions are based on an assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia’s extensive product portfolio and the best way in which to address local market opportunities.”
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 07th, 2011 at 3:24 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
The South rises again for Android, the North holds iOS territory, Google Wallet smiles
The true (made up) story of Apple Fanboys and Google Fandroids battle for the US based on Jumptaps research
The civil war in the United States is long over and some could argue that the current dispute is between the political parties. However in reality the North and South are engaged in a bitter dispute surrounding which is the mobile OS of choice. The mobile marketing firm Jumptap recently did some research to see which States held the majority in usage for iOS, Android and BlackBerry mobile operating systems. Surprisingly the results presented a clear division between the South’s preference for the little green robot and the North’s taste for Apple’s offerings. Let the battle commence, pick your side, will it be General Jobs or General Page you follow, the patents are out, round one. We are renaming the groups for the sake of this post, the Yankee’s are now the Appyee’s and the Confederates are now the Andrerates. BlackBerry supporters will be counted as neutral just like the OS’s home of Canada. We’re having a little too much fun with this post.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 27th, 2011 at 2:57 PM Filed Under Featured
Slate demand soars but no NFC tablets on the market
There isn’t any commercially available NFC tablets in the market. That fact is surprising at best, and shockingly uncompetitive when you consider the opportunity that awaits a manufacturer that builds and deploys NFC tablets. The demand for this type of product transcends consumers and has an important part to play for business, in retail situations and beyond. NFC phones have been slow to emerge but NFC tablets have been nearly non-existent. TazTag has announced and shown off its TazPad but has yet to launch NFC tablets to the market. HP is rumored to be stuffing NFC chips within slates this year with whispers of a HP mobile wallet in the making, but as yet we have no idea when this may happen.
RIM’s PlayBook sales are languishing and only one tablet, the Samsung Galaxy tab, is making any impact at all against Apple’s iPad, which has sold a remarkable 29 million units according to Juniper Research in the first five quarters since launch. Apple rules the market with an iron fist and manufacturers need to compete with any differential and value added features possible if they hope to carve out some market share, and yet not one of them has brought NFC tablets to market. Apple is largely rumored to be bringing a new iPad to market this September, a full six months ahead of its normal schedule, which may or may not include an NFC chip and yet supposed competitors appear to fall further behind because they cannot compete with the ecosystem that the iPad lives in or the beautiful aesthetics that Apple consistently designs. Supporting the contactless technology and mobile wallets could be a new niche in the industry for an industrious manufacturer, but nobody has taken up the gauntlet to get an NFC tablets to market in the near future aside from TazTag.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 16th, 2011 at 2:54 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
UK NFC digital wallet Joint Venture announced, here we go again
UK NFC digital wallet Joint Venture announced – ruh roh, and they would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for us pesky kids! Yes, the Isis effect (similar to the Lynx/Axe effect only there is little benefit to using it and it is certainly not sexy) is about to hit the UK as the UK NFC digital wallet Joint Venture, Telefonica (O2), Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone announce their intention to go into business together and form a joint venture.
Main UK carriers forms the UK NFC digital wallet Joint Venture
UK NFC digital wallet Joint Venture, The sale:
As with its colonial cousin, Isis, the UK NFC digital wallet Joint Venture is focusing its sales message on pushing mass market adoption and providing marketing and education. According to the press release announcing the UK NFC digital wallet Joint Venture is designed to accelerate mass market adoption of near field communications technologies. It is also intended to promote the use of digital wallets and is said to create a”single platform for sales, delivery and payment.”
The newly appointed CEO of Everything Everywhere, Tom Alexander, commented: “This groundbreaking new business will unlock the true potential of commerce in the wire-free world.”
“This is not just something that is unique in the UK, but a JV that will create a model that many countries around the world could follow.”
“And for partners operating in these industries, having a one-stop shop to deal with will make things quicker, easier and more efficient. This Joint Venture will further reinforce mobile as the essential 21st century device at the heart of people’s daily lives.”
“Everything Everywhere, Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK will continue to develop their own competing products and services tailored to their own customers, which will be based on the open platform infrastructure provided by the JV.”
“The JV will provide a single contact for advertisers, marketing partners, retailers and banks making it far easier to create m-commerce products and services. The JV will be open and available to all industry participants, maximising benefits to consumers.”
Posted by Seth PlanckMay 23rd, 2011 at 11:39 PM Filed Under Featured, Rumor
It may be behind the U.K. but our impatience for an NFC payment solution could soon be satiated if the NFC rumor mill is to be believed. As early as this next week, Citigroup & MasterCard could announce its PayPass NFC payment program nicely stashed inside of Google’s mobile wallet. What this really means is that Americans who use Citi services and own a Google Nexus S will likely be able to download MasterCards PayPass application. For those of us who don’t use a Citigroup MasterCard, there is also rumored to be prepaid cards. But don’t cut up those credit cards just yet though, as this service is not likely to go live until sometime during or after September. However, it is unclear at this moment whether the launch will be full on rollout or as we tend to think is more likely a trial.
Posted by Seth PlanckMay 11th, 2011 at 9:48 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
Expect a digital wallet this fall! Visa’s digital wallet payments with PayWave It’s official we can expect a digital wallet this fall! Visa today flexed its mighty muscles introducing a slew of new payment methods that may very well change the way we buy things on and offline. NFC in the form of the Visa [...]