When Apple recently embraced NFC (Near Field Communication), the move was seen as a major shot in the arm for the short-range wireless communication technology where mobile payments are concerned. That was, of course, a proverbial shot in an equally notional arm, but there are real people out there who are injecting their flesh-and-blood selves with actual NFC implants.
There was a brief scare earlier today when it was reported that Google Wallet, Google’s mobile NFC payment solution was vulnerable to a PIN harvesting attack. That only affected rooted devices, but now a second vulnerability has been discovered, and this one affects all Android devices with Google Wallet installed.
Until a couple of years back, it seemed as if Nintendo simply could not put a foot wrong. But things have changed drastically in this time and the company hasn’t been in the best of financial health lately. Just to give you an idea of Nintendo’s financial plight, the company is now expecting its first annual loss in 30 years. It’s pretty obvious that it desperately needs a spark from somewhere to fire up a financial revival. Will that much needed spark come from the Wii U and its tablet-like controller? Well nobody can say for sure at this point. However, there’s something we now know for sure: that the Wii U’s controller will pack NFC (Near Field Communication) support.
Up until this point, the whole NFC/Mobile payments craze have largely been focused on smartphones, since, well, you’re more likely to have a cellphone than a notebook on you when you’re shopping. But hey, what about e-shopping? Intel and MasterCard just announced that they’ve teamed up to make Ultrabook a little more “Ultra” by adding mobile payments to the support list for the ultraportable laptops. You’ll still need your cellphone, though.
Rovio, the Finnish developer of the Angry Birds mobile game franchise has announced a new installment of the popular bird launching game. Before you get your hopes up, the new Angry Birds Magic will only be available on Nokia phones running the newest "Anna" update, and will require users to interact with NFC tags to unlock levels.
Google's Android platform has made use of quick response codes (QR codes) since the original G1 was launched back in 2008. More recently, Google began pushing the square barcodes as an element of their Places system, going so far as to encourage retailer to display Google-provided QR badges. Now Google has ended support for QR codes in places.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Google has entered into an arrangement with Citigroup and MasterCard to enable mobile payments on Android phones. The technology, which is currently being tested, would make use of wireless near-field communication (NFC). Customers would be able to wave their device over a reader to pay for items.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Google is preparing to start a mobile payment trial in New York and San Francisco. The system, which Google will be rolling out with VeriFone Systems Inc., will let users pay for purchases with their smartphones. The special registers would make use of near-field-communication (NFC) technology, which is still rare in mobile phones in the US.
HP made a point of showing off their tap to share capability at the announcement for the HP TouchPad and Pre3, but Google's newly minted version of Android enables a similar capability. It may have gotten lost in the shuffle, but by employing the new Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth APIs, Android users of the future will be able to enjoy some impressive feats of content sharing. The changes are coming in Android 2.3.3, and will require an NFC chip.
AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have announced a joint venture centered around turning your mobile phone into a method of payment, Engadget is reporting. Using so-called Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, the hope is that one day, you will only have to tap your phone on a point of sale kiosk to pay for items. The technology will be deployed with the help of a NFC tech firm called Isis.
The press release claims the system will be available in locations nation-wide in about 18 months. That may seem like quite a wait, but there are currently no widely distributed phones in the US that have the necessary NFC chips built in. There are security concerns to be sure, so we'll all have to keep an eye on this technology as it rolls out.