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Google Wallet: Leave home without it

Sometimes companies do something just to feel like they’re making progress, even if that something makes no sense. That’s the only way I can rationalize what Google is doing with the latest twist on its Wallet initiative.

Tap it out: Foursquare for BlackBerry updated with NFC support

Check-in service Foursquare is helping its BlackBerry fans bridge the cross-platform communication gap, enabling them to exchange tips, lists, venues, and profiles with friends by way of near field communication support in the newest version of its BlackBerry app.

The trouble with NFC: it needs cooperation to succeed

Gartner recently reported that more than 200 million near field communication (NFC) enabled handsets will enter the marketplace by the end of 2012. While this is encouraging news for the evolution of contactless payments and the mobile wallet, it’s only one piece of the puzzle.

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Get ready: NFC is nearing its tipping point

The mobile experience is in a renaissance period, from phones to tablets to autos and more. We’re seeing multi-core processors come to mobile devices to enable new applications like intense gaming and HD video playback, and we’re seeing advanced user interfaces, such as gesture and eye tracking, that could greatly improve the mobile experience. Then there’s Near Field Communications (NFC). Many predict NFC will bring one of the most significant improvements to the mobile experience of all.

The state of mobile payments: No more waiting on NFC

About a year ago, I contributed an article to VentureBeat titled “Why does NFC matter? Does tap beat swipe for mobile payments?” In that article, I expounded on the incredible opportunity to enhance the payments…

After 10M downloads in 1 year, Scan gets $1.7M from Menlo and Google Ventures to perfect QR codes

Like most people, Garrett Gee thought the experience of creating and using QR codes kind of sucked. “They were not visually appealing or user friendly,” he told VentureBeat. So as a sophmore at Bringham Young University in Utah, Gee and few friends created their own iOS app, Scan, to help users create and interact with QR codes. 10 million downloadsand less than a year later, and the startup has scored $1.7 million in funding from big names like Menlo Ventures, Google Ventures, Yuri Milner’s Start Fund, Social + Capital Partnership, and Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter.

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NFC could be a game changer for Nintendo’s Wii U

Nintendo is a funny old company. Just when you think it is out of ideas, it has a habit of springing innovation on the market that changes things forever. The Wii brought us motion gaming, and the 3DS saw the mass market arrival of glasses-free 3D tech. Now the Wii U may revolutionize digital sales on home consoles, using communication technology that can  link real world items with video games.

Visa lays out aggressive plan for mobile payment push

Visa’s mobile payments future just got real. The company announced today that it will deploy dual-mode chips in its infrastructure that will pave the way for NFC-based mobile payments, and it has also come up with an aggressive strategy to bring retailers on board.

Juniper: Mobile payments to hit $670B by 2015

The market for mobile payments — which includes mobile shopping, money transfers and near-field communication (NFC) transactions — will hit $670 billion globally by 2015, a significant jump from $240 billion this year, according to Juniper Research’s latest report.