Tuesday, 03 May 2011

RIM Launched First NFC-Enabled Bold BlackBerrys

Research in Motion (RIM) has announced the launch of its first two NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones - BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Bold 9930, at the BlackBerry World Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA.

The 2 smartphones are NFC-enabled, and will allow users to read information such as a web link, by tapping the phones on NFC tags in smart posters. BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Bold 9930 can also be paired with accessories, including headsets. However, there is no mention in the press material of using the handsets for NFC-based payment or ticketing.

The new NFC smartphones will be shipped to the world markets starting 2011 summer.

Sony Lost 25 Million Users Detail in Second Hacker's Attack

After the first series of hackers attack on Sony.com and Playstation, yesterday, once again the hackers hit Sony badly, by stealing sensitive data of about 25 million users. The Company revealed this is the second massive breach for the consumer electronics giant in recent history. Temporally, Sony has suspended its Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) service since yesterday expressing serious security concerns about PlayStation Network and Qriocity users.

"In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately. We will provide an update later today (Monday)," Sony said on its website.

Sony's latest disclosure comes just a day after Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai announced "measures had been put in place to avert another cyber attack like that which hit its PlayStation Network hoping to repair its tarnished image and reassure customers who might be pondering a shift to Microsoft's Xbox".

Mobile Phones to Replace Tickets by 2015: Reports Juniper

According to Juniper Research, by the year 2015, mobile phones will be used as travel tickets in most European countries and other major parts of the world. The Near Field Communication or NFC-based technology will enable increased use of mobile ticketing in near future. NFC is a short distance wireless communication technology that allows contactless financial transactions without any physical connection between two devices.

The author of the Juniper report Howard Wilcox said: "Whether by expansion of SMS and bar code delivery or by NFC, at Juniper we see convenience and choice for users as key advantages of mobile ticketing. It will be 2013 before large numbers of NFC enabled devices are in peoples' pockets". Metro train riders in Delhi city of India are already using access card for travelling.

ViVOtech Wins NFC Award for Bank of Kuwait VISA Project

ViVOtech, the NFC-based software and systems company, has won the 2011 Contactless Monkey Award in the category of On High Street for its NFC project with the National Bank of Kuwait and Kuwait's Mobile Telecommunications Company - Zain.

ViVOtech has got the award for introducing the VISA EMV compliant payment cards, coupons and promotions that allows Kuwait consumers to tap their NFC-based mobile phone on an NFC-enabled smart poster in a mall to download a prepaid VISA card in just a few minutes.

Every year, the Contactless Monkey Awards are presented to companies and retailers that have successfully contributed to the implementation and use of NFC-based contactless technology into everyday services.

Qatar Gets Vodafone Secure Credit Card Payment System

World's leading mobile phone network company Vodafone has launched its 128-bit encrypted Vodafone Secure Credit Card Payment system in Qatar in the Middle East. The new Vodafone Secure Credit Card Payment system will enable customers to conduct credit card transactions now onwards on the internet, while offering protection against online data fraud.

With Vodafone's new system, customers of participating banks will enter that same information onto the site, but then will be automatically re-directed to a page where the card-issuing bank will request a secret password that only the customer knows. Once the secret password is entered, the customer will be returned to the Vodafone's official Qatar website.

Vodafone Qatar has taken the help of the Qatar National Bank and MasterCard SecureCode in starting the Secure Credit Card Payment system.

HID Global Displays Government ID and Secure Issuance Solutions at Cards Brazil 2011

HID Global, secure identity specialist, has showcased its latest expanded portfolio of products and technology for Government IDs and secure issuance solutions at the 16th Cards Payment & Identification conference, to be held from May 2 to 4 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

HID Global along with LaserCard, the company HID acquired, will demonstrate the government secure identification technology that is currently been used in the United States Green Card system and in the resident alien card program in Costa Rica.

The Government IDs and secure issuance solutions will offer the Brazilian government more security and control, while reducing the number of counterfeit identity documents in the public sector.

LaserCard will also participate in a panel discussion on NFC-based smartcards and various other smartcard enabled trends in identification and security.

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