You may have seen wallets or backpacks advertising RFID shielding, a protective covering designed to keep malicious ne’er-do-wells from scanning any items that contain embedded wireless receivers, like certain credit cards and passports. Sure, RFID shielding does prevent unwanted wireless transmissions, but with so little evidence of RFID-based theft, combined with the security measures present in today’s RFID tech, it doesn’t seem to be a threat you need to worry too much about.
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Cash by Optus is the latest mobile payments solution to enter the local market and the first to be offered by an Australian telco. Like other contactless payment systems, it allows customers to instantly pay for goods and services below $100 with their Android devices. Best of all, the service isn't tied to a specific bank and uses your phone's inbuilt NFC which means no sticker is required. Hurrah!
So this is a nifty extra on the soon-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy S5. If you have a Commonwealth Bank or Westpac account, you can use the phone's built-in NFC for fast Tap 'N Pay payments.
The Commonwealth Bank has finally released its latest CommBank app for iOS devices, following its launch on Android and Windows Phone platforms late last year. The new version of the app introduces a host of new features including a redesigned user interface and contactless NFC payments via an optional 'PayTag' sticker.
The Commonwealth Bank has overhauled its mobile banking application with a host of new features including NFC instant payment options and a redesigned user interface. In an interesting break from tradition, the new app is landing on Android and Windows Phone platforms first, with iPhone users forced to wait until January.
Yesterday, the Commonwealth Bank announced a new banking app that will allow customers to make NFC payments on Android and iOS devices. Supermarket chain Coles is also launching NFC payments, which will initially be limited to a 5000 customer trial. While this news is definitely cause for excitement, there's no denying that Australia is lagging behind most of the developed world when it comes to NFC payments -- and a lot of the blame can be laid squarely on a certain phone company from Cupertino, California.
A new Aussie start-up is attempting to resurrect the physical mix tape for the digital age. ShareTapes are NFC-enabled plastic cards that let you 'record' music and video from media streaming services like YouTube, 8tracks and Spotify. Your mix tape playlist can then be accessed via most tablets and smartphones. This time, UB40 tracks will be optional.
Vodafone has begun Australian trials of SmartPass, payment application for Android phones which support Near Field Communication (NFC), creating yet another method by which we can make payments simply by tapping our phones on an appropriate reader. That could be very convenient, but the plan isn't without its challenges.
We've been hearing about near-field communication (NFC) as a way of making our mobile phones more useful for what feels like years. The recent arrival in Australia of phones such as the Galaxy Nexus and apps like the Commonwealth Bank's Kaching make its potential much more visible. But are we ready to embrace the potential of NFC?
The Commonwealth Bank's new Kaching app offers NFC and peer-to-peer payments on iPhones. Despite being launched today, you won't be able to get your hands on it for another "few months" (the official estimate of when it will be available). But you can get a feel for how it works with this quick screenshot tour.