Device Renewal Forum Seeks Standards for Recycled Phones
The Device Renewal Forum today detailed its plans to create a series of standards that can be applied to refurbished and recycled cell phones and other electronics. The organization hopes that by setting minimum levels of value given to cell phones that are turned in at the point of sale, and standards for functionality and quality for resold phones, that consumers will be more apt to turn in old devices rather than store them or discard them. Goals include ensuring that only quality devices make it back into the market, creating a process for certifying renewed devices, and applying a label to certified, renewed devices that can be trusted by consumers to show that those devices still have value. Charter members of the Device Renewal Forum include Sprint, eRecyclingCorps, Brightstar, ModusLink Global Solutions, and the CDMA Development Group.
NFC Forum Updates NFC Specification
The NFC Forum today provided an update to the core NFC specification. The update includes two new specifications and two new candidate specifications.
NFC Forum Hopes Developer Program Will Kickstart Apps
The NFC Forum today launched the NFC Developer Program, a series of resources aimed to help developers create NFC-enabled apps. The NFC Developer Program will include events, as well as web-based tools, such as SDKs, tech specs, news, and product highlights.
USB-IF to Certify Chargers
The USB Implementers Forum today announced that it will certify USB chargers for use with smartphones, tablets, PCs, and other compatible gear. The organization has created a new logo that will be stamped on compliant chargers.
NFC Forum Adopts New Spec for Payments, Public Transit
The NFC Forum today said it has ratified and adopted a new specification that will ensure compatibility between a wider range of devices. The NFC Analog Technical Specification Version 2.0 targets the analog portions of the RF interface in NFC devices.
FCC Busts California Company for Importing Illegal Phones
The Federal Communications Commission today cited a company based in California, called Panasystem, for importing and marketing counterfeit smartphones. The devices, which were fake Samsung Galaxy S Duos, Samsung Galaxy Ace, and BlackBerry 9790 smartphones, were all stamped with unauthorized and invalid FCC identifiers.