Will Amazon Use Android to Jump Into the NFC Mobile Payments Market?


Amazon is mulling rolling out a digital payments service that would integrate with near field communications (NFC) technologies that would allow shoppers to use their smartphones and Amazon’s payment services to pay for goods in physical stores. The claim was made by two people “familiar with the matter” to Bloomberg. NFC would allow customers to […]

Google Discontinues QR Code Support in Places, Bets on NFC


Google has officially ended support for the square-shaped QR codes used to contain additional information that users can look up through the company’s Google Places portal. The search giant has deemed that QR codes were not as effective as the company had originally envisioned, and the move could be seen as paving way for a greater […]

Report: Windows Phone 7 getting NFC support with next update

Windows Phone 7

Bloomberg is reporting that two sources have informed them that Microsoft plans to bake in near field communication (NFC) support into the next update for Windows Phone 7. The first handsets that utilize NFC technology from the get-go will apparently be released sometime later this year. This news shouldn’t be too surprising considering two of […]

Rumor: iPhone 5 launching in Q3 with 4-inch display, metal chassis

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It’s CTIA and you know what that means. Yeah, tons of new gadgets like the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC EVO View 4G but also some suspiciously timed Apple rumors that aim to crash the party. According to a report from China Times (via BGR), trial production for Apple’s next-generation iPhone has begun and […]

iPhone 5 Will Come with NFC Support Says Latest Report


After reports earlier this week saying that Apple would not be incorporating near field communication (NFC) technology on the latest iPhone 5 anticipated to be released this summer, the latest report from a Forbes editor says that the next-generation flagship phone will indeed come with NFC support. Near field communications is a type of RFID […]

Google could be rolling out their own NFC service


Love ’em or hate ’em, you gotta respect Google’s willingness to spend money to fix a problem without needing a direct benefit in return. In this case, there’s talk they might be tackling the “chicken or the egg” problem of NFC payment via smartphones by providing their own NFC payment terminals.

Foursquare Plans to Simplify Check-Ins with NFC

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Foursquare wants to help make it easier for its users to use its check-in services by implementing near field communications, or NFC. As it stands currently, the check-in service on Foursquare requires the active participation of the user by opening an app and selecting or entering their location via GPS readings. With NFC, users can […]

2011 BlackBerry CDMA Roadmap Leaked Shows New BlackBerry Bold Touch, Curve, Curve Touch, Storm, and More!

CDMA BlackBerry Roadmap 2011

Research in Motion’s roadmap for its CDMA-based BlackBerry smartphones were leaked to CrackBerry, which shows a similar progression towards touch-based UIs, higher resolution displays, and improved specs that mirror the GSM-based leaks on the BlackBerry Dakota (Bold), BlackBerry Curve, and Torch 2. In the leaked slide deck, we also glimpse of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, […]

Rumor: NFC coming to next iPhone and iPad


Are you ready for some foo… Oh wait, I was thinking of the National Football Conference. In this case, NFC refers to Near-Field Communication, a wireless technology already used on some countries to turn phones into digital wallets. Google’s pushing it in Android with the Nexus S. Now word from Bloomberg is Apple is doing […]

Next-Generation BlackBerry Curve to Get Better Specs


A recent leak of Research in Motion’s consumer-centric BlackBerry Curve smartphone line reveals that the QWERTY-enabled smartphone will get updated specs that will make it competitive in the smartphone market. First, the screen has been improved. Moving from a QVGA experience, the updated Curve will sport an HVGA screen resolution, which was previously exclusive to […]

Next-Gen Blackberry Bold, Codenamed Dakota, to Bring Massive Improvements


Updated leaked specs for a research in Motion product with the codename of Dakota reveals that the smartphone in question resembles the original BlackBerry Bold in design. However, the specs tell a different story and Dakota will finally be competitive against more multimedia-centric smartphone rivals in Android and iOS. The quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band UMTS […]

PayPal to Throw Weight Behind NFC Technology for Digital Wallet


As Google is looking to tackling the mobile payment market with near-field communication (NFC) technology on Android starting with its own Nexus S smartphone, the company may be looking to partner with others to make the technology a reality that would aim to replace credit cards and your wallet with your smartphone as a payment […]

Zetawire Acquisition Could Help Google Replace Your Wallet with Android


Google had confirmed that the company had acquired Toronto-based Zetawire. The deal, which happened in August, is a small one for Google, but it does give Google a patent for mobile banking and transaction processing, which could tie in nicely with Google’s push for near field communications (NFC) technologies, which is beginning to emerge on […]

Eric Schmidt Shows Off Nexus S at Web 2.0 Summit


The Nexus S, which has been long rumored and delayed, was shown off in a demo briefly with its logo covered up by Google GEO Eric Schmidt at the Web 2.0 Summit. The device was said to be an unannounced phone from an unnamed manufacturer, so Schmidt didn’t let out a lot of information, though […]