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 […]

5 Things the Amazon Phone Needs to Succeed

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Earlier today, Citigroup’s research department concluded through supply channel checks that Amazon is likely going to be launching its own smartphone during the fourth quarter of 2012. They believe it will run Texas Instrument’s OMAP 4 processor and it will be manufactured by Hon Hai’s TMS business group, the same company that makes Amazon’s Kindle. Obviously, […]

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 […]

HTC Edge Quad-Core Smartphone Sees More Details Leak Out

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The HTC Edge, a smartphone that very well could be HTC’s first quad-core handset, leaked out to great fanfare yesterday. Included in the leak were a run down of the device’s rumored specs as well as a gorgeous looking image that surely drummed up excitement amongst Android enthusiasts around the world. And now today, even […]

Will the Galaxy Nexus Have Google Wallet?

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Smartphone fans rejoiced when Samsung announced the Galaxy Nexus last month, which is on the way to Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and other carriers. One of the cool new features on the Galaxy Nexus is the inclusion of NFC technology. Google is highlighting Android Beam, which allows Android users to share information between devices and NFC enabled Google […]

Square’s Card Case Wants You to Make a Purchase Hands Free

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It’s long been one of the mobile mantras that one day we’ll be able to walk into a store, make a purchase, and walk out without having to deal with cash, credit cards, etc.. It’s also a nightmare to hear some security analysts talk about it. Either way, there are innovations afoot in Near Field […]

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 […]