Panasonic Bets on NFC, Rather than Smart OS, on Latest Lumix GF6 Camera

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Panasonic had unveiled its latest micro four thirds Lumix GF6 camera with WiFi and NFC, the latter wireless sharing standard is still a rarity on camera systems. The inclusion of NFC is both nice and surprising. Instead of choosing to go with a smart mobile operating system, like the adoption of Google’s Android OS that […]

Samsung Galaxy S4 May Include Visa NFC Payments

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Today Samsung and Visa announced a partnership that will bring Visa NFC payments to next generation Samsung devices, likely including the upcoming Galaxy S4. According to The Verge, the new partnership will bring Visa’s payWave mobile wallet app to future Samsung devices, giving users another option for NFC payments. The app is part of the […]

iPhone 5S Chip Rumors Point to June Release, Little Chance of NFC

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The iPhone 5S may not support NFC, at least not with the latest Broadcom NFC + WiFi combo chip announced at CES 2013. Patrick Wang, an analyst with Evercore Partners believes Apple will use the Broadcom 43342 combo chip in the iPhone 5S, with a ramp up for mid-2013 and an estimated 13% increase in production […]

Hyundai Plans NFC-Based Keyless Start for Cars in 2015

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While most of the market surrounding near field communications, or NFC, and smartphones is currently centered around the mobile payment markets with solutions providers Google Wallet and ISIS, another potential use of NFC that is currently being explored is with keyless start. Essentially, similar to how many keyless start solutions work today, users wouldn’t need […]

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 […]

NFC Lets Windows Phone 8 and Android Share Data

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Windows Phone 8 marks the first time NFC is available on Microsoft’s mobile OS, and its inclusion not only lets users share data between WIndows Phones, but with Android devices as well according to WPCentral. Because NFC is a universal standard users can easily share small bits of data between any NFC-enabled devices. For Windows […]

ISIS Launching October 22 to Take On Google Wallet

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After months of delays and speculations, ISIS will finally making its debut in Austin, TX and Salt Lake City, UT on October 22. The mobile payment service formed by a coalition of carriers including AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless will be setting its sights on tackling rival mobile wallet service Google Wallet. Like […]

Apple’s Passbook Scores Home Run With Major League Baseball

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While Google’s digital mobile Wallet app is not gaining traction in the U.S., Apple’s Passbook is quickly becoming the darling of Major League Baseball (MLB) fans. According to a MarketWatch report, 12 percent of e-ticket buyers chose to use the Passbook option when given the chance. This translates to 1,500 buyers of e-tickets since Passbook has […]

In Apple’s iCloud, Why an iPhone 5 Without NFC Makes Sense

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When Apple announced the iPhone 5, many were disappointed about the lack of inclusion of NFC hardware that would enable more wireless, near-range communications with neighboring devices. However, given the use of Photostream in the Photos app and Apple’s Passbook app, it makes sense for Apple to not include the emerging near field communications technology […]

5 Surprises to Watch For at the iPhone 5 Event

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In just a few minutes, Apple is expected to announce the next iPhone, now believed to be called the iPhone 5, at an event taking place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. And while we have a pretty good idea about what to expect from Apple and the iPhone 5, […]

RIM Wants BlackBerry With NFC to Replace Security Badges

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While a lot of the attention behind NFC, or near field communications, technology has been focused with the digital mobile wallet in the past, Canadian smartphone-maker Research in Motion is putting an enterprise twist to the technology to enable mobile workers to replace their corporate ID badges. At many place of employments, employees use an […]

Nokia Lumia 920 Accessories Focus on Wireless Charging & Music

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Today Nokia announced its new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920, but no flagship announcement is complete without accessories, and Nokia has a few interesting ones. During its launch announcement Nokia focused on accessories that highlight the feature of the smartphone’s features. While other companies will announce covers or cases for new smartphones, Nokia focused an […]

iPhone 5 Rumors: Next iPhone Won’t Have NFC

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Over the last few months, the iPhone 5 was rumored to possibly have Near-Field Communication (NFC) support on board. Now, a new report has seemingly shot that idea down. According to a report from AnandTech, Apple’s iPhone 5 is likely not going to have NFC on board because the backside of the iPhone 5 is […]

iPhone 5 Leak Hints At NFC Support

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As more and more new iPhone parts leak on the web we see confirmation of numerous rumors. The latest leak finally shows that NFC is plausible for the iPhone 5. According to 9To5Mac, a new part for the iPhone 5 has a mysterious square section which could hold an NFC chip. The new leak comes […]

Motorola Elite Sliver Bluetooth Headset Review

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When my wife threw my old Bluetooth headset away at a Subway Restaurant in New Orléans, LA, I acted like I was really upset and took the opportunity to buy a newer and better one. The Motorola Elite Sliver Bluetooth Headset now adorns my ear and connects to my Samsung Galaxy S III and occasionally […]

American Express Did Not Agree to Join Google Wallet

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It looks like in updating its Google Wallet app earlier this week to finally support all major debit and credit cards, Google may have jumped the gun as card service American Express claims that it never agreed to be part of Google’s mobile wallet app. The app, which is available for select smartphones on Sprint’s […]

T-Mobile Rumored to Launch Mobile Payment Service on August 20

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Google Wallet, which so far is only available on select unlocked smartphones and tablets as well as Android phones sold through U.S. carrier partner Sprint, is about to get some serious competition in the mobile payment arena. According to the latest leaks, ISIS, which is a consortium of carriers comprised of AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and […]

NFC Exploit Can Expose Your Android Smartphone

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A vulnerability has been found by hacker Charlie Miller at the Black Hat USA hacking conference that reveals how select Android and Nokia phones can be hijacked by someone in close proximity to the devices. On more recent Android OS versions, NFC has been used not only for digital wallet and mobile payments through services […]