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Tuesday, 17.07.12
WORKAROUND: NFC Payment Sticker from G&D equips German not so smart Mobile Phones for Mobile Payment
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 01 - General News

That's an interesting approach which comes from German Giesecke & Devrient; you remember - the SIM card giant which worked together with Apple on next generation's Nano SIM. This morning, G&D presented the first payment sticker to meet the specifications of the German banking industry. When the sticker is attached to a cell phone or smartphone, contactless payment becomes possible even if the device itself is not NFC-enabled. The SECCOS Mobile payment sticker is certified for the MasterCard contactless payment method PayPass. This allows bank customers worldwide to pay bills at over 350,000 PayPass locations.

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UNVEILED: Microsoft announces Office 2013 and Office 365 - coming to Windows around you later this Fall
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:49 CET under 01 - General News

Unveiled earlier today, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer announced the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, also known as Office 15 or Office 2013. Coming to Windows 8 and Windows RT later this fall, as well as being compatible to Windows 7, the next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.

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Tuesday, 10.07.12
OUTLOOK: T-Mobile previews Joyn - confirms native implementation in Android and Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:16 CET under 01 - General News

During today's IFA Preview Event in Munich, Deutsche Telekom, internationally better known a T-Mobile, gave an outlook of its upcoming RCS-e service which will be called "Joyn". During the presentation, Deutsche Telekom made clear, that Joyn is based on the GSMA's recommended RCS-e standard and will therefore be interoperable with other carriers, namely Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange and Telecom Italia, which were all part of the standardization process. This means, that Joyn will work across networks, as we know it today from SMS text messages. Furthermore, Deutsche Telekom unveiled, that it will start with chat, file transfer and video functionality and that a commercial availability is planned for October.

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Tuesday, 03.07.12
DEVELOPMENT: Mozilla gains global support from Carriers and few Manufacturers for its Firefox Mobile OS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:19 CET under 01 - General News

Boot to Gecko was a hot topic during the recent Mobile World Congress in February and yesterday, Mozilla announced that the industry support, or at least carrier support, is growing behind its plans to launch a new fully open mobile ecosystem based on HTML5. The operating system, which Mozilla now unveiled, will use its Firefox brand and is said to will power the launch of smartphones built entirely to open Web standards, where all of the device's capabilities can be developed as HTML5 applications. Previously know under its code-name "Boot to Gecko", Firefox Mobile OS is mapping to key Firefox footprints around the globe.

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Monday, 02.07.12
COOPERATION: MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom unite in European Partnership on mobile NFC Payments
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:13 CET under 01 - General News

MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom today announced a European partnership to enable consumers to use their mobile phones as a convenient and secure way to pay. At a press conference in Berlin today, Deutsche Telekom and MasterCard highlighted the importance of their partnership and the introduction of mobile payments - one of the fastest growing consumer services in the last five years. The partnership aims to make mobile payments a reality for Deutsche Telekom's 93 million mobile customers across Europe. The first consumer roll-out will take place in Poland later this year. Also this year German consumers will be introduced to mobile payments.

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