Google announces its own Prepaid Debit Card along with Google Wallet payments

Google took steps to encourage people to move away from their usual payment methods in favor of a smartphone app.

Google Wallet card

Google has been trying to gain traction in the mobile payments business with Google Wallet, a smartphone app. You link a bank account or credit card to it and it transfers money into the Google Wallet. Then you can pay for stuff by waving your phone in front of a device that reads the Wallet, at places that accept payment that way.

But what if you want to pay for something at a place that doesn’t accept Google Wallet?

What if you want to use an ATM?

Google Wallet Card:

So Google bucked up and created an old-fashioned way to deal with this, a debit card. Google debit card can be used in the usual way like swiping the card at the POS terminal where the Google wallet payments are not supported.

Another bonus: Google debit card charges no annual or monthly fees.

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Electronics retailer opens NFC and QR shopping walls in Russian subway

Electronics retailer Media Markt has begun testing ‘shopping walls’ at a Moscow subway station, in partnership with the Moscow Department of Transportation. The concept makes use of both NFC and QR codes and will run until November.

Media Markt's shopping walls

Eighteen columns located across Vystavochnaya station on the Moscow Metro have been decorated with posters designed to look like the shelves of a Media Markt store. The price tag on every product displayed contains an NFC tag and a QR code.

When tapping the NFC tag or scanning a QR code, consumers are redirected to Media Markt’s mobile website where they can place an order for a product and choose whether they wish to pick their order up from the nearest store or have it delivered to their home.

A video in Russian shows the service in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M-Fh5y7-0s

For more information please refer:

http://www.nfcworld.com/2013/09/03/325672/electronics-retailer-opens-nfc-qr-shopping-walls-russian-subway/

Now, McDonald’s becomes more tastier than before with NFC

Now, McDonald’s becomes more tastier than before with NFC

McDonald’s converts their tables into playground for kids using NFC. They patched up their wonderful concept with a pilot project (what it calls) “The Happy Table”.

Mr.Daniel Lee, director of digital at McDonald’s, speaking at the MMA conference held in Singapore, highlighted the company’s pilot program, “The Happy Table”.

The Happy Table has NFC stickers placed at bottom of the table. When an NFC Enabled smartphone taps on it, kids will able to play games by using table as their playground.

Check out the video for a demo

The Happy Table is currently available only in Yishun, Singapore. Mr. Lee stated that their company has plans to implement it out for whole region, but no confirm dates are referred.

Source: http://asia.cnet.com/mcdonalds-nfc-happy-table-will-be-rolling-out-to-rest-of-asia-62222156.htm?src=twt

5 Ways NFC Technology Could Rock Your World

Courtesy: http://electronics.howstuffworks.com

The beauty and utility of NFC — a short-range, wireless communication standard — can be summed up in three primary purposes: sharing, pairing and transactions. NFC can turn your phone into a digital wallet, become a master key for everything from your house to your car, or serve as a government or corporate identification badge. And that’s just for starters.

1> NFC Pays Your Way

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Chuck your cash in the trash and snip every last credit card into itty bitty pieces. With NFC, your smartphone becomes an ATM machine and credit device all in one. Instead of counting cash or swiping a card, you’ll just wave your phone at a payment kiosk to complete a transaction and receive an email receipt instead of paper one.

2> Data Grabbing Goodness

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The chips and tags that an NFC-capable phone can read are so tiny that they could eventually be ubiquitous, embedded in everything from posters in movie theaters and schools to real estate signs, and much more. These so-called infotags or smart tags will offer up all sorts of information to anyone who waves a smartphone at them.

3> Chips are Good for Your Health

Don’t let anyone tell you that chips are bad for you. When it comes to your health care, NFC tags and the smart devices that can read them may help make health care data more accurate, more efficient and safer for patients and their caregivers.
Forget the clunky, inefficient ER rooms of the past. Now, patients could check into medical facilities using their phones, tap their prescription bottles for all instructions and side effects for a specific medication and make payments for services and products.
Medical professionals can use their NFC phones to access secure areas, scan patient tags to ensure that each person is receiving appropriate medicine and care, and automatically receive updates on when to check that patient again.
And thanks to the quick spread of smartphones throughout the developing world, health workers can better identify patients and track specific ailments, both of which help improve patient referral, emergency response, and disease data collection. In an age where health authorities fear pandemics, NFC could put health workers ahead of their bacterial and viral foes.

4> A Legendary Digital Locksmith

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You already know that your smartphone can replace your wayward billboard. It can also help you do away with your keys and security cards.
You don’t really need a key to get into your car. Nor do you need that jagged bit of metal and plastic for engine ignition. All you really need is permission. And your NFC smartphone might soon be able to give you that permission. Just wave your phone to unlock your car; then tap the dash to fire up the engine.
When you arrive at work, you don’t need to show your ID badge to a security guard. You don’t even need your badge anymore, because your phone tells the NFC access point exactly who you are and unlocks the door for you.

5> Your Friendly Network Facilitator

You already know that NFC is good for sharing and transactions. It’s also a handy way to quickly pair two devices so that they can exchange information via higher-speed networks, and in this sense, NFC could be heaven-sent, doing away with convoluted encryption schemes and long-winded, clunky passwords.
For example, if you and your co-worker are stranded at an airport and want to play a team racing game on your smartphones, you won’t have to deal with a tedious configuration process. Instead, you can just tap your phones, and the NFC connection will authenticate your phones and let you immediately share a faster type of connection, such as Bluetooth or WiFi.
Want to print a photo that’s on your phone? Tap your smartphone to an NFC inkjet printer and you can quickly start the print job. Or skip the printer and place your phone right next to your smart HDTV, and watch as your images appear on the screen without the need to set up a connection.

5 Ways NFC Technology Could Rock Your World

The beauty and utility of NFC — a short-range, wireless communication standard — can be summed up in three primary purposes: sharing, pairing and transactions. NFC can turn your phone into a digital wallet, become a master key for everything from your house to your car, or serve as a government or corporate identification badge. And that’s just for starters

1>NFC Pays Your Way
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Chuck your cash in the trash and snip every last credit card into itty bitty pieces. With NFC, your smartphone becomes an ATM machine and credit device all in one. Instead of counting cash or swiping a card, you’ll just wave your phone at a payment kiosk to complete a transaction and receive an email receipt instead of paper one.

NFC technology can be used to wirelessly power an E-ink display

Courtesy: Techspot
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Near Field Communication (NFC) technology is already used in a number of products including digital wallets and pairing devices to smartphones but did you also know it can be used to wirelessly power an E-ink display? Yeah, me either, but it’s true.
Created by a team of researchers and students at Intel Labs, the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the NFC-WISP E-Ink Display Tag uses NFC technology and a low-power E-ink panel to both receive data and power from an Android smartphone without any wires.

MasterCard CEO: NFC should be seen as “a longer term effort”

MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga has suggested that NFC should be seen as a longer term effort, while acknowledging that some markets have adopted NFC much faster than others.

MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga

“NFC to me has opportunities, because it is a technology that is applicable not just to payments, but also delivering things around security, and things around loyalty and so on.

“I don’t think these are 12 and 18 months things,” he said during MasterCard’s Q2 2013 earnings call. “Just think of the ecosystem and the infrastructure that needs to be built for any of these to happen and so I tend to look on it as a longer term effort.”

“If you look at contactless payments in Australia as an example, something like 25% or 30% of all transactions in Australia under AUS$100 are contactless, that’s a big number compared to where they used to be two years ago. Now, will it go even higher? Probably. Will it take years to happen? Probably.”

For further information:

http://www.nfcworld.com/2013/08/05/325325/mastercard-ceo-nfc-should-be-seen-as-a-longer-term-effort/