iPhone 5S to Have Fingerprint Scanner and NFC on the Home Button

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A patent application filed by Apple in Europe may have given us the clearest functionality of the iPhone 5S‘s home button. The forthcoming flagship smartphone expected to be unveiled Tuesday at a confirmed private event at Apple’s Cupertino, California campus will be an evolution of the iPhone 5, but with a home button that may […]

In a Fragmented Market, NFC Is More a Nuisance Than a Benefit

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Near Field Communications, or NFC, technology promised to help make our lives easier by allowing us to quickly share information, pay for goods, and pair new devices wirelessly without complicated pass codes by merely tapping two items together. Android brought NFC technology into the mainstream consciousness with features like tap to share and Nokia extended […]

Simple Hardware Restore Bricking Google Wallet, NFC on Select Devices?

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It appears that while the promise of contact-less payment through Google Wallet is the dream of the future, the NFC technology that drives digital mobile wallet and payment technologies is not without its own set of growing pains. Some users of the Google Wallet service on the Android platform have noticed problems with getting Google […]

Barnes & Noble to Bring NFC to Nook

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Barnes & Noble CEO confessed that the near field communications (NFC) radio will start making an appearance on the company’s future Nook tablet and e-readers, but did not give a definitive timeline on when that would happen. News of the NFC on the Nook follows the company’s announcement earlier this week that Microsoft had made […]

Following Vulnerabilities, Google Disables Pre-Paid Card on Google Wallet App

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After a series of two vulnerabilities were discovered that targeted Google Wallet, Google’s mobile and digital wallet app on the company’s Android smartphones, Google has now decided to disable the prepaid credit card feature on the app. Recently, two discovered vulnerabilities found on the Google Wallet leading some to question about the readiness of digital […]

Nokia is Working on NFC for the Nokia Lumia Series

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Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia’s head of design, sat down with the Guardian for an exclusive interview recently. During the interview, Ahtisaari discussed some of Nokia’s design plans down the road which includes several innovative ideas for the Nokia Lumia line which is powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS. NFC, wireless charging, and software color themes to match accessories […]

MasterCard Fuels Speculations of NFC on iPhone 5

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In an interview given with Fast Company, MasterCard mobile payments head Ed McLaughlin may be igniting speculations that Apple’s next-generation iPhone, perhaps dubbed the iPhone 5, will arrive with support for NFC, or near field communications, which would enable mobile payments and other applications. McLaughlin was careful to not mention any partners by name, but […]

How to Get Google Wallet On Verizon Galaxy Nexus Sans Root

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Previously, we had reported that Google Wallet’s NFC-based digital wallet would work on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus with root, but now developers over at XDA-Developers have been successful in porting the app to Verizon’s Google-phone without requiring root. The app could be installed as an APK–you’ll need to allow for non-Android Market apps […]

Microsoft Backtracks on NFC Statement

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Following statement by a Microsoft UL product manager stating that NFC support was indeed present on Windows Phone software, but required hardware partners to unlock and utilize the feature, Microsoft is now saying that the feature is not yet available now but is coming. “Microsoft would like to correct a previous statement it made around […]

Galaxy Nexus NFC Feature Requires Original OEM Battery

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In order to use the NFC capabilities of the Samsung-made Google Galaxy Nexus, users will have to use the original OEM battery that came in the box or buy one made by Samsung as third-party batteries would likely not work with the phone’s NFC feature. The reason being is that the NFC chip is wired […]

No Google Wallet for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus

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Despite being a Google experience phone, Google’s Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus, which will debut with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, will not come with Google Wallet when it lands on Verizon Wireless’ mobile network. The 4G LTE smartphone that’s headed to the U.S. will not come pre-loaded with Google Wallet, Google’s application that makes use of […]

Google Wallet Absorbs Google Checkout, Primed for Digital & Physical Purchases

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Google Checkout, which was launched as a way to pay for goods over the Internet and compete against PayPal, is now being absorbed by Google’s Google Wallet initiative. The Google Wallet initiative was initially launched with Google’s support of NFC, or near field communications, technology on its mobile Android platform as a way to pay […]

Google Maps Updated with NFC Support Prior to Galaxy Nexus Release

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Google has recently updated Google Maps in Android Market with a number of changes, but chief among them is NFC support. It is speculated that the NFC update to Google Maps will be to support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich‘s Android Beam feature, which will allow NFC-equipped Android phones that are close in proximity to […]

After Taking Over Wallets, NFC Looks to Replace Keys

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Near field communications, or NFC, technology is gaining momentum as digital wallet efforts are now rolling out, but the technology also promises to replace your keys in addition to your wallet in a converged digital world. Yale Lock & Hardware demonstrates how NFC can be associated in home locks to allow you to control entry […]

Nokia Brings NFC Support to All Phones, Accessories in Future

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Nokia has officially announced that all of the products made by the Finnish phone-maker will come with near field communications, or NFC, support in the future, including the company’s Symbian and Windows Phone 7 handsets. NFC, which is gaining in mind share in the U.S. due to the potential of the technology to replace credit […]

AT&T to Cripple BlackBerry Bold 9900 NFC Capabilities?

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AT&T may disable one of the future-facing technologies on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 when that device arrives on the carrier through software blocks that would cripple the near field communications, or NFC features, of the smartphone. The NFC market is expected to take off in the U.S. and globally as smartphone makers, carriers, banks, financial […]

HTC Announces Stunning Smartphone with NFC

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HTC announced a smartphone for the Chinese market called the HTC Stunning, which will run Google’s Android operating system and come with embedded near field communications, or NFC, chip to enable applications such as digital wallet and mobile payments like on the Samsung-made Google Nexus S. The device is expected to arrive in September and […]

Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update to Unlock Hidden NFC Feature, WiFi Calling

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It looks like in addition to bringing the dual-screen Kyocera Echo up to date from Android 2.2 to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, Sprint and Kyocera may have other secret goodies to enable on the handset, including WiFi calling and NFC features. There are other more subtle, but useful, features as well that come with the update, […]