iOS 13 Will Finally Support NFC ID Scanning in a Few Countries

iPhones have had NFC chips since the iPhone 6, but previously, Apple only allowed NFC to be used for making purchases with Apple Pay. But in iOS 13, Apple is expanding the use of NFC to other apps, and even though iOS won’t officially be available until later this autumn, countries including Japan and Germany are already planning to allow citizens to scan in their ID cards via NFC on their iPhones. Read More >>

Apple is Frustrating the Brexit Preparedness Process

One of the myriad Brexit complexities is that of compiling a list of the all the potentially deadly foreign types of people that are living in the country under current EU nomadic human roaming rules, so they can correctly apply for "settled status" in the UK and continue to work and live and enjoy being hated by a small percentage of the population that can't spell their surnames once Brexit locks the gates. Read More >>

Hilton UK Tests Phones as Door Keys

The Hilton hotel chain is about to test using NFC-equipped smartphones as door keys, with a trial about to start in 10 of its UK properties -- and an ambition of getting around 100 wired up for it by the end of the year. Read More >>

NFC-Man Has the Power to Travel on Buses by Scanning his Hand

An edgy alternative lifestyle Australian has quite the party trick in one of his hands, thanks to an embedded NFC chip that lets him access his local public transport system with a wave of a hand; like a jedi getting somewhere by bus because their hoverspeeder is in for its MOT. Read More >>

NFC is the Biggest Missed Opportunity in iOS 11

Whenever Apple launches a new version of iOS, it is a significant moment. Not just for the company, but for the tech industry more generally: When Apple decides that a technology or feature is ready, and incorporates it into its product line, it will move markets. By contrast, when Samsung tries to do something clever with its devices, the world reacts with a shrug. Read More >>

The Contactless Payment Scarf is a Thing You Don’t Need

Because it’s almost Christmas, a company has stuck contactless payment bits inside a scarf, pointed at it and deliberately mouthed the word “FUTURE”. Deep breaths. Read More >>

Malibu’s Sticking NFC Tags to its Bottles of Rum and Calling Them ‘Media Platforms’

Malibu has today announced that it is adding NFC tags to 40,000 bottles of its coconut-flavoured rum. So rather than taking poorly focused selfies, or sending ill-advised texts, you can instead take part in some drunken #brand #engagement. Read More >>

Visa’s Contactless Payment Olympic Ring Isn’t For You or Me

“Screw it, why not?” is how we imagine the conversation in the board room ended. Visa has decided to usher in the 2016 Olympic Games by creating a magic NFC-enabled ring that does everything a contactless payment card can (apart from cutting up fine powders, of course). Read More >>

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Barclays Officially Snubs Android Pay in the UK

Not-at-all-predictably, Barclays has confirmed that it has no intentions of getting on board with Android Pay in the UK. It’s another kick in the delicate bits for Barclays customers, who had to wait nine months for the bank to finally jump on board with Apple Pay. It was the last major UK bank to do so. Read More >>

Everything You Need to Know About Android Pay

Android Pay has launched in the UK, causing plenty of excitement amongst people who don’t simply like to fling their money around, but like to fling it around quickly, digitally and contactless-ly. So what’s the big deal with the payment system? Here’s everything you need to know about Android Pay. Read More >>

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Imminent Android Pay UK Launch Teased by Pret a Manger

Pret a Manger appears to have spilled Google’s beans. Pictures of Android Pay-flaunting payment terminals at a London outlet of the fast-food chain have emerged, suggesting that Google’s contactless payment service is right on the cusp of a UK launch. Read More >>

Barclays’ Contactless Mobile is an Android Pay Rival Coming Next Month

Barclays has announced the launch of its own contactless payment service for Android handsets, named Contactless Mobile, which will go live next month. It will compete directly with Google’s Android Pay, which is set to arrive at some point this summer. Read More >>

Barclays Customers Can FINALLY Use Apple Pay

Barclays has finally jumped on board with Apple Pay, just a cool nine months after the service came to the UK. Barclays and Barclaycard customers can start using the contactless payment service straight away -- yep, that means today -- so you can expect to see lots of people struggle to pay for goodies at the shops and journeys around the capital with their iPhones, Apple Watches and iPads over the next week or so. Read More >>

Swatch’s New Analogue Watch Will Let You Make Contactless Payments

You’re looking at Swatch’s new Bellamy watch. It’s a simple-looking analogue timepiece, without an LED screen, mobile OS or computational brain. What it does contain is an NFC chip that will allow you to make contactless payments using the otherwise non-smart device. Read More >>

Apple Pay Users Get Free* London Travel For a Month of Mondays

If you happen to own an Apple Watch, iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus, you’re probably not especially short of cash, but MasterCard and Apple have teamed up to give you free travel on London's transport services. Read More >>