Davao hammers listless Bacoor; Cebu triumphs

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Davao pullout leaves PFL with 5 teams Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ Davao Occidental Tigers. Photo from Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball LeagueDavao Occidental pounced on a listless Bacoor City as the Tigers rolled to an emphatic 69-50 victory on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to 12 games in the MPBL Datu Cup at Strike Gym in Cavite.Veteran Mark Yee fired 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Leo Najorda finished with 16 points for the Tigers, who tightened their grip of top spot in the South division by improving to 14-3.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Unfazed by the home crowd, the Tigers took the Strikers out of their comfort zone with their stingy defense as they held their foes to just 37 points in the first three periods.Earlier, Cebu City snapped a two-game slide by pummeling an undermanned Pasay squad, 76-61.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRaffy Octobre notched another double double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Patrick Cabahug returned from an injury and chipped in 12 points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Prisoner escapes Police Outpost by chopping off handcuffs

first_imgChaos broke out at the Stabroek Police Outpost on Thursday last when a prisoner armed himself with a cutlass, chopped off the handcuffs from his hands and made good his escape.Stabroek Police OutpostAccording to information, on the day in question, around 16:30h, ranks arrested Gary Grant, a 34-year-old resident of Norton Street, Georgetown, who allegedly stole a cellular phone from a female resident.The Corporal who was in charge of the night shift at the Outpost instructed his subordinates to handcuff the man’s right hand to a metal bar that was attached to a wall inside the structure and place him to sit on a bench.Ranks stated that the man had been banging on the walls and throwing items at them throughout the afternoon.Subsequently, one of the ranks attached to the Outpost informed the Corporal of the man’s behaviour and suggested that he be sent to the Brickdam Police Station, but the request was denied.The rank further stated that the prisoner was shouting at the top of his voice claiming that he was very strong and was a good sprinter, but they ignored the outbursts and slurs.At approximately 22:20h the same night, the prisoner suddenly jumped into the air and kicked down the plywood counter of the outpost. A cutlass that was hidden under the counter was then revealed, and the prisoner used it to chop off the handcuffs and made his escape.However, before leaving, the prisoner used the cutlass to chop several electrical wires thus resulting in the Outpost plunging into darkness.Nevertheless, a large crowd gathered after seeing and hearing the commotion. A public-spirited citizen quickly got into action and attempted to prevent the prisoner from escaping, but he did not succeed as the prisoner kept ‘firing chops’ at them with the cutlass.The lone female Police rank out of fear began to run as the man went after her with the cutlass in his hand.As the woman made efforts to escape, she stumbled over two bread stalls at the Market.The prisoner eventually backed off and made good his escape by running around the fence of the Parliament Building. The patrol vehicle that was summoned arrived shortly after the chaos, at the scene.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, July 24

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United want to re-sign Old Trafford great Cristiano Ronaldo as the club intensifies its efforts to build a potentially title-winning squad. United are working on what could be a new club-record deal to bring Ronaldo back to Manchester six years after he joined Real Madrid for a world record £80m. (Manchester Evening News)Manchester United are also on the brink of a deal for Barcelona’s unsettled forward Pedro – and the transfer could be sealed next week.  (Daily Express)Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, and the chief executive, José Ángel Sánchez, will hold talks with Sergio Ramos in China this weekend, when they will tell the central defender they do not want to sell him, despite his desire to leave for Manchester United. (Guardian)Tottenham want to unite Saido Berahino and Harry Kane in a striking dream team. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to strengthen his attack and is ready to make a firm bid for West Brom forward Berahino, a long-term target. The Baggies are aware of Tottenham’s interest and are trying to tie down the 21-year-old – who has played alongside last season’s goal-scoring sensation Kane for England Under-21s – with a new contract. (Daily Mirror)Aston Villa want to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Spurs and are targeting £12m-rated Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham, West Ham and Aston Villa are ready to test Crystal Palace’s resolve to hang on to Yannick Bolasie. (Daily Mirror)Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan has been told he can leave the club this summer. The Scotland international was on the peripheries of Alan Pardew’s squad last season, spending the final months on loan at Bolton. And the former Aston Villa man is likely to leave Selhurst Park before the transfer window closes. (Daily Mail)Arsenal director Lord Harris has backed Arsene Wenger to break the club transfer record on a new centre forward, with the long-serving board member revealing funds are available to sign ‘anyone but Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. (Daily Mail)And Arsene Wenger is eyeing an £8million move for Fernando Llorente — as he fears missing out on Karim Benzema. (The Sun)Jose Mourinho has confirmed he is going to give Victor Moses a chance to resurrect his Chelsea career this season. (London Evening Standard)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Manchester United target Thomas Muller is priceless, claims Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz RummeniggeManchester United accept £45m offer from PSG for Angel Di Maria – reportsArsenal and Tottenham both eyeing Borussia Dortmund hitman Pierre-Emerick AubameyangKevin De Bruyne latest: Wolfsburg deny holding talks with Manchester City over potential £60m dealTottenham target Salvatore Sirigu insists his future is at PSGLiverpool transfer report: Brendan Rodgers plans to make £21m Pedro his EIGHTH summer signingNorwich set to bid £2m for Fiorentina full-back Marcos AlonsoLeicester weigh up move for Galatasaray captain Selcuk InanCharlie Austin latest! QPR have not given up hope of keeping striker, claims Chris RamseyWest Ham and Real Betis eye Barcelona wonderkid Alen HalilovicReports – No chance ‘next Franck Ribery’ will join Newcastle this summerlast_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur keen on former West Ham loanee

first_imgBut he could return to England this summer with Spurs reportedly keen on doing a deal to sign him permanently.According to the Corriere dello Sport, the north London club monitored the Portugal international closely during his time at West Ham and were suitably impressed by the central midfielder.And with the future of Mousa Dembele currently unclear, Mario is being considered as a potential replacement for the Belgian. Mario was one of the Hammers’ better players towards the end of the season Tottenham have been linked with a move for ex-West Ham loanee Joao Mario.The 25-year-old made 13 Premier League appearances for the Hammers during his short stint last term before heading back to parent club Inter Milan. 2 Mario could sign for West Ham’s bitter rivals 2 Mario only joined Inter in August 2016, when the Serie A club paid Sporting Lisbon £36m for his services, but his time in Italy has gone sour.He remains under contract until 2021 but looks certain to leave – and Tottenham could swoop.last_img read more


first_imgMET Eireann has issued another ice alert for the county’s roads this morning.But if the forecaster is correct, we might not see another one for at least another eight days.The organisation says a westerly front will take polar air away from the country, leading to much milder weather right through until Christmas. Today however there are serious warnings about our roads once again.The main Letterkenny/Derry Road between Manor and Newtown was described as “outrageous” by several motorists who contacted donegaldaily.com last night.“For a major route like that to be so treacherous was incredible,” said one. “It was really really dangerous.”Caution is urged on all roads this morning until milder weather arrives later today. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com ANOTHER ICE ALERT – BUT IT COULD BE THE LAST FOR DAYS was last modified: December 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal weatherice warningmilder weather on wayweatherlast_img read more

BALCO head sentenced

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Victor Conte was sentenced to four months in prison and four months’ home confinement Tuesday for his role as the mastermind in a scheme to provide pro athletes with undetectable banned drugs. Conte, who negotiated a plea deal with federal prosecutors, started the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO). The lab, according to court records, counted dozens of prominent athletes among its clients, including baseball’s Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi and Olympic track and field star Marion Jones. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Outside the courthouse, Conte read a statement saying he wanted to rid the sporting world of steroids. “I’ve decided to direct my knowledge, experience and determination toward making sports more honorable for the athletes and fans,” Conte said. The case prompted pro sports to stiffen steroid policies and thrust performance-enhancing drugs into the spotlight. THG, a steroid uncovered in the investigation, is now banned throughout sports. Conte pleaded guilty in July to money laundering and a steroid distribution charge; dozens of counts were dropped as part of his plea deal. Anderson and Conte, who remain free on bond, are scheduled to surrender to prison authorities Dec. 1. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said she was not thrilled with the plea deals, but accepted them anyway. Illston could have sentenced Conte to a year in prison. She had harsh words for Anderson, calling his behavior criminally and morally wrong. Greg Anderson, Bonds’ trainer and friend since childhood, was sentenced to three months behind bars and three months in home confinement after pleading guilty to money laundering and a steroid distribution charge. James Valente, vice president of Burlingame-based BALCO, was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to reduced charges of steroid distribution. center_img Anderson and his attorney had argued for no prison time. “I’m sorry for my actions,” Anderson told the judge. U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan in San Francisco said Tuesday the July plea deals were spurred in part by weak steroid laws and by the fact that some of the chemicals were not banned at the time. He noted, however, that the prosecution’s fallout was larger than the case itself. “This case is bigger at this point than the defendants who were sentenced today,” Ryan said. “This case galvanized the debate about steroids.” Ryan added that he would “seriously consider” Conte’s help in tracking down illegal performance-enhancing drugs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

South Africa, Spain sign arts, culture pact

first_img18 April 2012 King Juan Carlos of Spain wants to see more South African music, films and crafts in his country, Spanish ambassador Benavides Orgaz told Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile on Tuesday. Speaking at the signing of a cultural agreement between the two countries in Pretoria, Orgaz said that forging closer cultural ties with a country with an such an important historical background was “a luxury, hence we are saying bring more South African music, crafts and films to our country.” Mashatile said in response that his department would consider establishing an annual South African Week in Spain, during which local artists would perform at various events around the country. The cultural agreement, he said, would go a long way towards strengthening people-to-people contact between South Africa and Spain. “As we have said on various occasions, people-to-people contact is one of the key instruments to promote greater understanding and appreciation of one another. “People-to-people contact is also the key that opens other doors of interaction, be it in the fields of trade and commerce, education, technology exchanges and many other strategic areas.” The agreement would also open new avenues for cooperation in the areas of publishing, heritage preservation and museums, music, theatre, dance and film, Mashatile said. The minister thanked the Spanish government for placing relations with the African continent high on its agenda. “We are encouraged by the work done by the Spanish government to support the African World Heritage Fund,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Budget 2013: lion’s share for education

first_img27 February 2013South Africa will spend more than R23-billion on beefing up school infrastructure and increasing the number of no-fee schools this year, with education once more receiving the biggest slice – R232.5-billion – of the country’s R1.06-trillion 2013 National Budget.Delivering his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said that over the medium term, the Basic Education Department would be expected to use some of its budget to improve numeracy and literacy, expand enrolment in Grade R and reduce the school infrastructure backlog.R1-billion will go to the country’s nine provinces to increase the number of teachers, while about R700-million will be channelled towards the technical secondary schools recapitalisation grant.“This will finance construction and refurbishment of 259 workshops and training of over 1 500 technology teachers,” Gordhan said.The education infrastructure grant is critical to government’s plans of eradicating unsafe and poor quality school structures, as it supplements the infrastructure programme in provinces to accelerate the construction, maintenance and upgrading of new and existing schools.Up to R8-billion has been allocated to the school infrastructure backlog grant, which was established in 2011. The grant aims to ensure that schools have basic services such as water, sanitation and electricity.R24.6-billion for universities, collegesThe allocation to higher education institutions will increase from just over R20-billion in the previous financial year to R24.6-billion over the next three years, Gordhan said.He confirmed that construction of two new universities, in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, would finally commence this year, with the authorities expecting an increase in student enrolment at South Africa’s higher education institutions from 910 000 to 990 000 by 2015.In recent years, government has also increased funding to help students from poor backgrounds obtain tertiary education and vocational training.The Student Financial Aid Scheme will provide loans and bursaries to 288 188 students from poor backgrounds in 2013/14, up from just over 118 000 in 2008/9.To increase access to basic education, the Budget notes the expansion of no-fee schools in South Africa to 20 688 by the end of 2012.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Checking your fields after the rains

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Much of Ohio has seen wave after wave of rain storms in June of 2015, leaving overly saturated fields of recently planted corn and soybeans under water. Bill Mullen of Seed Consultants has some useful advice as to what to watch for once the rain subsides.last_img

NFC in 2011: Who’s Building Your Mobile Wallet?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez When you think about a technology designed to replace your actual wallet – you know, the beat up leather-bound bill holder containing cash, credit and debit cards, paper receipts, coupons and discount cards  – you begin to realize what a complex undertaking it is for any one company to deliver a complete solution.A credit card company like Visa may team up with your bank to offer you a way to use your mobile phone as a replacement for a single plastic credit card, but it’s only one piece of the pie. What about the coupons? What about your loyalty cards? What about the rest of your credit and debit cards from other banks?At present, Apple, Google and other mobile platform providers are likely working on a comprehensive mobile wallet solution for consumers, but they lack experience in some areas where financial services companies excel: providing customer support for issues like the proper handling of chargebacks, understanding the relevant regulations that apply to the industry, implementing the necessary level of security that must be involved when processing transactions from a host of merchants and hundreds of thousands of customers through a large worldwide network built for transactions, and other concerns.Given these challenges, it’s not a sure thing that your preferred mobile wallet provider will be the one Google or Apple or another mobile platform provider creates; it may be a service from your mobile carrier (for example, here in the U.S., Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile or AT&T). A third possibility is that your bank itself ships some type of complete mobile wallet system as a part of their mobile banking/mobile payments product. In this mobile wallet, other third-party services could complement the bank-provided, NFC-enabled debit and credit “cards” you use on your NFC-enabled mobile phone.  (Not actual plastic credit cards, but digital ones, stored on your device).There’s no real answer to the question about who will be the dominant mobile wallet provider, not only because these services have not yet launched (or are just now doing so) but because when they inevitably do, there’s no way to foretell which service consumers will actually prefer.To begin our overview of mobile wallet, we’re going to look at three different types of players, which we will break down into three categories we’ll call the apps vs. the operators vs. the banks. But first, let’s examine what a mobile wallet actually is.But What Is a Mobile Wallet? A mobile wallet, or an e-wallet (or in Apple’s case, an iWallet!), is not just a smartphone application that you download from an app store. To the end user, there may be an icon on their homescreen that launches the user interface to your mobile wallet, but that is only a part of the overall solution. The complete mobile wallet solution actually consists of both the user interface itself and the secure element chip on the phone where your personal data (your credit card number, passport ID, shopping history, coupons, etc.) is stored. The user interface allows you to interact with NFC applications and with the secure data stored on the secure element on your device. A third part of the solution is the antenna, which is the piece that makes the near field communication possible.It’s the secure element on the phone that’s the most important part to the mobile wallet, though, and it’s why the wallet isn’t just “another app.” Sarah Clark, an editor for NFC industry trade publication NFC World, describes the secure element like so: “[It] acts like an electronic version of your wallet and can be used to replace everything from credit cards and loyalty cards to bus and train tickets, library cards, door keys, coupons and even cash.”This secure chip, she explains, “can be built into mobile phones and other devices by the manufacturer, they can be integrated into SIM cards issued by mobile networks to their subscribers and they can be added to existing phones via special microSD cards or stickers issued by banks and other organizations.”Your mobile wallet will likely arrive empty, she says, just like a regular wallet does. You will fill it with whatever services you want.1. Mobile Wallet Solutions from Mobile Platform Providers (Apple, Google, Etc.) When we talk about mobile wallet “apps” from the mobile platform providers, you now understand that what we mean is an app that serves as the interface to a comprehensive mobile wallet solution where all your bank cards, bank accounts, coupons, loyalty cards, receipts and more are duplicated on your phone. These simply don’t exist yet here in the U.S.There are so-called “mobile wallet solutions” of a sort today – but not the kind that will exist in the future. For example, U.S. carrier Sprint introduced its Sprint Mobile Wallet back in October 2010. But this initiative is designed for online purchases, not purchases of physical goods in the real world where a tap of your phone at checkout deducts the payment from your personal bank account.It’s expected that the mobile platform providers are building more complete mobile wallet solutions that use NFC, however. Google introduced support for NFC technology into its Android mobile operating system (version 2.3, aka “Gingerbread”) and it recently pushed out an update that makes that function work both ways – read and write – a necessary component to any mobile payments system.More on Google’s NFC plans: Google Considering a Mobile Payments Service, January 2011Apple, too, has various NFC-related patents on file and has hired a well-known expert in the field, but, as usual, is completely silent on what it has in development. We can only speculate what the company is working on by tracking its patent applications – like this one spotted in February 2011 which shows an e-wallet icon. The general expectation is that Apple’s e-wallet will work with the NFC technology built into a future iPhone. Although few would ever bet against Apple, it’s still fair to say that implementing NFC and financial services for a mobile wallet solution of this scale requires significant investment and, frankly, a massive amount of work. Even a company as accomplished as Apple will find that to be complex challenge.In addition, what the mobile platform solutions also have to deal with is how to handle – or ignore – the mobile carriers’ desire to be involved. While Apple has traditionally proved itself to be a company whose goal is to disrupt the control a carrier has over the handset, successful NFC solutions in other parts of the world have always had operator involvement. In fact, they’ve typically been joint programs launched via a partnership between banks and operators alongside support from handset manufacturers, not cases where a single player like Apple tries to go it alone. Of course, this is Apple. It could be the one to buck that trend.2. Operator-Provided Mobile Wallets Speaking of operators, lets make this clear: they want to be involved. Not only that, but they want to be the mobile wallet providers. To that end, they’ve teamed up to make sure that happens.During February’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, some of the world’s largest mobile operators announced their intentions to launch commercial NFC services. In total, 16 operators – América Móvil, Axiata Group Berhad, Bharti, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KT Corporation, MTS, Orange, Qtel Group, SK Telecom, SoftBank Mobile, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telekom Austria Group, Telenor and Vodafone – declared their support for the technology. For these operators, NFC isn’t just about the mobile wallet. It can also deliver services like mobile ticketing, mobile couponing, information exchange and the ability to control access to things like cars, homes, offices, hotels and more.In the mobile operators’ case, the deployment of NFC would involve using the SIM card in the phones as the secure element that provides the necessary authentication, security and portability. As NFC World notes, Apple’s and Google’s initiatives will be based on embedded secure elements within the phones themselves – such as the technology found today in Google’s latest flagship phone, the Nexus S – not the SIM card. To some industry watchers, the teaming up occurring now among mobile operators on the matter of NFC is a clear confirmation that the next iPhone (the iPhone 5), will almost certainly have NFC built in.In addition to the GSMA announcement, three of the four major mobile operators in the U.S. (Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T) have joined forces to launch Isis, a mobile payments venture that will use Discover Financial Services’ network to process payments. Barclaycard U.S. will be the first to issue customers Isis accounts. This mobile wallet solution will handle both credit, debit and prepaid transactions. It’s expected that Barclaycard will be the first of many card issuers to come on board with the venture. The microSD technology Visa uses is provided by a company called DeviceFidelity, which also makes solutions for iPhones and Android devices. The microSD card is inserted into a phone’s memory slot, when possible, to NFC-enable the device. But in the case of the iPhone, a slot is not available. DeviceFidelity works around this issue by using a special, protective case for iPhone users where its microSD functionality is built in.It should be noted that these sorts of microSD and case solutions are a way to NFC-enable both current and older devices where NFC is not built into the phone itself. In the future, as NFC technology becomes more prevalent, such a solution would not be required.While they’re more of the dark horse in the race to become complete mobile wallet provider, it’s possible that banks could expand their mobile wallet solutions to include more than just the NFC-enabled credit card replacement technology, but could expand their programs by integrating solutions from third-party providers. But for now, banks are solely focused on replacing just your payment cards (debit, credit and prepaid). For some consumers, that may be enough for now.In future posts in this series, we’ll look at some of the solutions mentioned above in more detail. Stay tuned. Tags:#mobile#NYT#Trends More on Isis: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile Join Forces in New Mobile Payments Venture Called “Isis”, November 2010Isis claims that it already has recruited some merchants to use its service, but will not name names just yet. The group knows that getting merchants to adopt the technology is critical. Merchants don’t want an AT&T-only solution, Jim Stapleton, head of sales and account management at Isis and a veteran of AT&T Inc., told the website Digital Transactions in February 2011.Operators know that to force consumer adoption of a new technology, it must be integrated into their daily lives on a regular basis. That’s why Isis is first talking to merchants at coffee shops, grocery stores, quick-service restaurants, parking lots and garages and most importantly, transit systems (bus, train, subway, etc.). Getting these types of merchants on board with the initiative is critical for its success.Meanwhile, on the consumer side, Isis wants to offer more than just payments. It also wants to also offer electronic coupons, loyalty programs and ticketing, reports Digital Transactions, referencing a statement made by Sarab Sokhey, a Verizon Wireless non-payment NFC executive and advisor to Isis.3. Banks and Mobile WalletsA third category, and one not necessarily mutually exclusive to categories number one and two above, is the one that involves banks. While a bank card may be integrated at some point into a complete mobile wallet solution, such as the one offered by Google or Apple or your carrier, for now, some banks are forging out on their own with NFC-enabled mobile banking products. We could also consider these “mobile wallet services,” of a sort. On this front, there are NFC-enabled mobile wallet services under development now from several U.S. banks including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and U.S. Bank. All four banks have trials underway in major cities using Visa’s In2Pay microSD solution, for example. This solution became commercially available from Visa back in December 2010, but it needs the banks’ involvement to really take off in the consumer space.Bank of America’s mobile wallet program, which will launch in the second half of this year, recently made the news when the blog BGR spotted an invitation the bank was sending customers to try the BlackBerry microSD solution (a microSD card with NFC capabilities). Visa told us that Bank of America was already testing this solution in major markets including New York, San Francisco and L.A.center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces NFC, or near field communication, is an emerging technology you’ll start hearing more about in the coming months. In this introductory series to understanding NFC, we’re examining the state of the industry from end-to-end, and we’ll focus on what the technology is, who’s implementing NFC-enabled solutions and how those solutions will work.One of the future use cases for NFC is to create a “mobile wallet” of sorts – a comprehensive service that houses everything from bank cards to coupons, all managed, accessed and delivered via your mobile phone. But what companies are building mobile wallet solutions today and whose mobile wallet will you use?This is the second post in a series on NFC here on ReadWriteMobile which will serve to get you up to speed on what NFC is, what notable developments are underway and what commercial programs using NFC will arrive this year. You can follow this series by clicking the tag  (or bookmarking the tag) “NFC 2011.”Before we could begin talking about NFC developments, advances and upcoming commercial programs in specific, we first had to get you up to speed with what exactly NFC is. The first post in the series is the best starting point for those unfamiliar with the technology. In the post below, we’ll examine the different types of mobile wallet initiatives that will use NFC. How Can a Phone Replace a Wallet? Related Posts last_img read more