NXP Semiconductors N.V. have revealed that several NFC service providers and application providers will showcase their NFC services which utilize NXP’s mobile NFC technology, NFC tags, and contactless readers at the NFC Café, a concept café within NXP’s Mobile World Congress booth. Providing NFC apps is equally important as the deployment of handsets and reader […]
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30.09.2014 Toshiba launches Low Power ICs for Bluetooth smart devices with NFC Tag functions.
Toshiba have announced the launch of "TC35670FTG", a low power consumption dual function IC that supports both Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE) communications and NFC Type 3 Tag. Sample shipments are available now.
Recently, more and more Bluetooth® smart devices offer Bluetooth® LE compatibility. The new IC joins Toshiba's line-up of Bluetooth® LE ICs, and offer two key features: easy operation of Bluetooth® pairing with NFC Tag function; long-time stand-by status for devices powered by small coin-cell batteries. The IC will facilitate adoption of Bluetooth® LE communications in small devices, such as wearable healthcare devices, sensors, toys and, most notably, future touch and start smartphone accessories. Continue reading...
25.09.2014 Clinkle launches 'treats' based m-payments service.
Mobile payments startup Clinkle has finally launched a pre-paid Visa card and an app that can be used to transfer rewards to friends. The rollout at a few select US colleges comes over a year after the startup announced it had raised over USD 25 million in seed funding from a range of Silicon Valley investors.
Clinkle sends users a physical Visa credit card that can be automatically topped up from their bank account. Money can also be sent to other Clinkle users for free. After consumers have used their Clinkle card seven times, they can earn what Clinkle calls "Treats", such as free coffee or ice cream, which can also be sent to friends. The corresponding app also lets users "spin the Treat to see if you won a refund on your last purchase.” Continue reading...
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