Apple have today announced that their NFC payments solution, Apple Pay, will be introduced to the UK starting in July. The service had previously only been available in the United States, and its introduction into the UK market is backed by partnerships with banks including HSBC, Nationwide, Santander and Natwest, covering 70% of all UK credit and debit cards.

Many people question the practical uses for RFID technology other than for payments or data transfer, but I've always felt that there are many other applications of the technology that simply haven't been fully explored yet. The Surefeed Microchip pet feeder is an excellent example of RFID technology being used to enhance daily life. It's essentially RFID access control for your pets' food, and I've been using it for a few weeks with two cats who love to fight at feeding time.

Weve, the joint venture between O2, Vodafone and EE, have today announced a partnership with MasterCard to make NFC payments a reality for 80% of mobile subscribers in the UK.

Google have today revealed details of the new features to be included in the 4.4 (KitKat) release of the Android operating System. The company has announced that the update will bring system-wide Host Card Emulation functionality to Android devices, without the need for a hardware secure element.

Telefonica have partnered with Monet+, a Czech provider of digital security solutions, to create an Android application that allows users to login to their Windows computer by tapping a phone to an NFC reader.

Samsung's latest smart watch, the Galaxy Gear, had been heavily rumoured to feature NFC connectivity for easy pairing with a parent device. However, the device's official announcement has revealed that the watch does not feature NFC connectivity.

A marketing campain run over the summer by GAP Japan has used NFC-enabled wristbands to engage two of the company's Tokyo-based flagship stores in a fashion contest.