LG Optimus Elite Hitting Virgin Mobile with NFC on May 15th

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Virgin Mobile has announced its first NFC-powered device, the LG Optimus Elite, which will be headed to the carrier in mid-May. The LG Optimus Elite is going to be Virgin Mobile’s first device that features Near-Field Communication abilities which means it will be the first device in Virgin’s lineup that is compatible with services like […]

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 […]

Galaxy S III Leaked in Latest Video

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It looks like Samsung’s highly anticipated third-generation flagship Galaxy Android smartphone, which has thus far been elusive, is now shown off not just in photos, but on video through Vietnam’s Tinhte website, which had been responsible for a number of smartphone leaks in the past. Specs for the Galaxy S III appear more modest than […]

Fingerprint Scanners, NFC, New Lapdocks in the Future for Motorola

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With buzz around new Motorola smartphone such as the Motorola Droid RAZR HD (formerly referred to as the Droid Fighter), Motorola wants to still innovate on the ecosystem that differentiates its hardware from other competitors in the Android camp. The soon-to-be officially acquired company by Google gave a technology talk at the University of California, […]

Nokia Unveils NFC-Powered Lumia 610

Nokia Unveils NFC-Powered Lumia 610

Not content with the Nokia Lumia 610 that it just announced at the Mobile World Congress back in February, Nokia has unveiled a new version of the Nokia Lumia 610 that will be hitting UK carrier Orange at some point during the third quarter of this year. This version of the Lumia 610 will have […]

Google Might Be Willing To Pay Carriers To Support Google Wallet

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After a few months on the market Google Wallet hasn’t exactly taken off. Google wants to change that, and it’s not afraid to pay carriers to grow Google Wallet’s usage. According to Bloomberg, people familiar with the matter say that Google is talking to Verizon and AT&T about offering them a cut of Google Wallet’s […]

GottaBeFunded: Geode – Ridiculously Awesome & Smart iPhone Wallet

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There’s a race to deliver the best digital wallet for the iPhone and Android smartphones. Apple and Google are the most likely candidates to deliver, but iCache has taken to KickStarter to win the race and deliver an incredibly awesome digital wallet solution for the iPhone. Geode, by iCache is a smart iPhone Wallet that has room […]

Google Wallet Coming to 10 More Sprint Android Phones in 2012

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At a panel at Mobile World Congress, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint announced that it will be launching at least ten new Android smartphones with support for Google’s mobile payment service called Google Wallet. On smartphones, Google Wallet makes use of near field communications, or NFC, technology. Users with a compatible NFC-enabled phone, for example, can […]

Consumers Clamoring For iPhone 5 With Credit Card Capabilities

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Mobile payments isn’t an entirely new concept, but it’s a concept that many hope would become a reality much sooner. Sometimes all you want to carry is your iPhone (or any other smartphone) without having to worry about a wallet as well. It’d be much easier to just pay for anything you want with the […]

Galaxy Note Too Big For You? Tiny Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 Boasts NFC

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Samsung announced that updates to the company’s Galaxy Mini 2 and Ace 2 handsets will arrive this spring. France and the UK will get them first, but a global launch will follow. The Galaxy Mini 2 will appeal to users who are tired of the upward trend in display sizes that make phones heavier and […]

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 […]

Review: 10 Reasons the Galaxy Nexus is Better Than the iPhone 4S

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The best Android phones are arguably the Nexus devices which get special treatment from Google. These phones have the latest software, the best features and often the best looks. The Galaxy Nexus continues this tradition on Verizon’s fast 4G LTE network, bringing an HD display and Android 4.0 to the table. Read: Galaxy Nexus Review […]

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 […]

NFC Payments Coming To Vending Machines

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NFC technology is slowly creeping into our lives. This time it’s coming for our vending machines. If you live in San Francisco, Chicago, or other select mid-Atlantic states, you may run across one of 6,000 machines that will accept payment for a PayDay via Google Wallet. According to AllThingsD, in addition to being limited to […]