Friday , January 19, 2018

Near-Field Communication (NFC)

Microsoft’s Nokia Deal Leaves Open Questions About Market Share And NFC

Microsoft Corp.’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia Corp.’s handset business, announced late on Monday, brings to the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant a pioneer in near-field communication technology and allows it to combine hardware with a mobile operating system in the manner of rivals Google Inc. and Apple Inc. It remains …

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Researcher Predicts Almost 90% of U.S. POS Terminals Will Be EMV-Capable by 2017

Nearly 90% of U.S. point-of-sale terminals will be ready to accept Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) chip cards by 2017, according to a new Aite Group LLC study. The report examines the reterminalization of card-acceptance locations triggered by the payment card networks’ plans announced in 2011 and 2012 to wean America off of …

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As Adoption Lags, Gartner Shaves 40% Off Its NFC-Based Mobile Payments Forecast

Lackluster adoption has prompted a major research firm to make a sharp downward revision of its five-year projection for mobile payments based on near-field communication (NFC) technology. Worldwide NFC payments volume will reach $22 billion by 2016, down 40% from the original forecast released a year ago, says Gartner Inc. …

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Visa Teams up with Samsung And Roam To Develop Mobile Payments

Visa Inc. is teaming up with the hot smart-phone manufacturer Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to kick-start the market for near-field communication (NFC) payments, and it’s also got a deal with technology provider Roam to develop mobile payments. Under an agreement with South Korea-based Samsung that Visa announced Monday, banks and …

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Survey: Despite All the Digital Wallet Buzz, Few Consumers Understand Or Use One

  Digital wallet? Try explaining that concept to your grandmother. New research from comScore Inc. says that very few consumers understand what a digital wallet is and even fewer have used one, the notable exception being PayPal Inc. The November study by the Internet data-measurement firm found that only 51% …

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Will Apple Press Forward Or Take a Pass on Passbook Payments?

n Passbook? The topic of Apple Inc.’s loyalty application didn’t come up Wednesday afternoon when the leading Silicon Valley tech company’s top brass discussed their latest quarterly results, which stock analysts found disappointing. But some smart-phone industry observers see evidence that Apple is laying the groundwork for a full-fledged mobile-payments …

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U.S. Bank Pairs a Rewards Card With iPhone-Based NFC Payments in Two Test Cities

  U.S. Bancorp is joining the ranks of banks and tech companies testing near-field communication (NFC) technology by pairing a rewards credit card account with Apple Inc.’s iPhone in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Portland, Ore. The Minneapolis-based banking company is offering new holders of its FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa …

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Slate Tied to Dissident Shareholder Group Wins Seats on OTI Board

A slate of eight director candidates supported by a dissident shareholder group won election on Sunday at a special meeting of shareholders held by On Track Innovations Ltd., a vendor of contactless-payment solutions. The election, which expands the company’s board to 11 directors, hands control over the 22-year-old Israeli company …

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Isis Uses ISOs, Subsidized Terminals To Build Merchant Base for Its NFC Wallet

As it rolls out its service in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, the Isis mobile-payments venture is teaming up with independent sales organizations and merchant processors to sign up merchants to accept its mobile wallet. One of those ISOs, Phoenix-based MobiSquad, currently has about 350 merchants in the launch …

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By Taking a Pass on NFC, Apple Punches a Hole in a Key NFC Forecast

When Apple Inc. this fall launched its latest smart phone, the iPhone 5, without a near-field communication (NFC) chipset, the move was widely seen as a blow to the prospects for NFC as a technology for mobile payments. Now comes a report estimating just how damaging that blow could be. …

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