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Competition is heating up between select retailers and Apple Pay. Earlier this week, Rite Aid took steps to shut down support for Apple and Google’s digital wallets. While the pharmacy chain was not an official Apple Pay partner, consumers were able to use the payment system with existing NFC payment terminals... Read more...
The unveiling of Apple's next iPhone is expected to take place next Tuesday, but despite that, the rumor train surrounding the device refuses to slow down. Late last week, we reported that the iPhone 6 could include an NFC chip under its hood, and as far as many Apple fans are concerned, that's long overdue. Now, we... Read more...
Assuming the latest iPhone 6 rumor is true, Apple's next handset will feature pay-by-touch technology. That's because Apple is reportedly in cahoots with NXP Semiconductors, a chipmaker located in the Netherlands, to integrate near-field communication (NFC) technology into the iPhone 6, which Apple will likely unveil on September 9, 2014.... Read more...
The date's been set: We're going to learn all about Apple's latest iPhone on September 9th. We discovered that date earlier this week, and without a delay, speculation around the Web ran rampant. We can't state with absolute certainty what's going to be coming, but we sure can talk about the rumors that surround it... Read more...
If the term “skin tag” grosses you out, you’re not alone, but the intestinally robust can now unlock their Moto X smartphone with a special sticker--an NFC-equipped skin tag--instead of a PIN or other tedious method. A product of collaboration between VivaLnk Inc (with its eSkinTM technology) and Google’s ATAP division,... Read more...
Sometimes, it feels like some companies keep a potential product on hand just in case it needs to be launched to help dampen some fire. In Lumia Icon's case, that fire is yesterday's rumor that Nokia is soon to be getting into the Android market, with a supposed reveal to happen at this month's Mobile World Congress... Read more...
Motorola might not be the dominant force it once was, but it sure does know how to get people talking. Its latest patent does more than enough to make that happen, because it's yet another one of those ideas that seems to be pulled straight out of a 1980's science fiction movie. The patent, titled "Coupling an... Read more...
Google has killed its fair share of projects, from Google Health to Orkut to Google Buzz to Google Reader. But one item it seems adament on keeping around is Google Wallet. Despite a relative sigh from the industry at large on the issue of NFC, Google has decided to pursue its payment technology from a different angle -- one that focuses on... Read more...
NFC, on the whole, has yet to really take the world by storm. In some nations, it has become a fairly popular tool for mobile payments, but in North America, it's rarely used for anything more serious than pairing with a Bluetooth speaker. That said, Motorola's newest smartphone, the Moto X, has a new NFC-based accessory that honestly feels... Read more...
Hailing a taxi used to be a frustrating affair, but now, it's as easy as pulling up an app and tapping a screen... in select cities, that is. Uber has taken off in a major way, and it's expanding fairly rapidly. But obviously, the market is big enough for other players to step in, and that's exactly what's happening with the introduction of... Read more...
Wearable computing is increasingly becoming something that makes sense for average users, and here’s another reason to take the plunge: the NFC ring. Simply put, the ring is equipped with two NFC transmitters or “inlays”--one for public use and a secure one for private use--and it allows to wearer to... Read more...
When Google launched its Nexus 10, and it happened to be produced by Samsung, not ASUS, it seemed up in the air whether or not ASUS was going to be out of the picture from that point forward. Well, thanks to a new FCC filing, we can see that ASUS remains safe and sound - it just appears that it's going to be... Read more...
Sony has a new line of entry-level notebooks bearing the VAIO Fit moniker, and they’re aimed at both businesses and students. Models include the VAIO Fit 14 and 15 and the VAIO Fit 14E and 15E; all are designed to be “super” thin and light with tough aluminum shells for better durability. The Fit 14 model has an LED-backlit... Read more...
It's a connected world, and we're just living in it. While the point-and-shoot camera was chalked up as dead a few years back by some -- folks who thought the evolution of the smartphone camera would do the category in -- companies are now learning to innovate the space in a way that could squeeze a few more years of life from it. Panasonic... Read more...
Samsung is most certainly winning the Android war in terms of market share, profit share, and mind share. In fact, it's getting tougher and tougher for those other Android OEMs to make a dent in the market, with Samsung spending billions each on marketing alone. Needless to say, we suspect that Visa is pretty pumped... Read more...
When the iPhone 5 finally hit the masses, it was missing one major feature: NFC. While most every other major flagship smartphone has NFC and support for contact payments, bump sharing and the like, Apple's iPhone is strangely missing out. But rumors are beginning to swirl that the next-generation iPhone may finally... Read more...
So, here's the reality of the matter: Apple shunned NFC when it introduced the iPhone 5 last year without the hardware necessary for it to engage in tap-and-go payments. But there's always a workaround where there's a will, right? Right! U.S. Bank has just launched its new "Go Mobile" iPhone app for customers in Salt... Read more...
In what can only be described as a bid to make its TecTiles product line a bit more... mainstream, Samsung has just announced that new Galaxy S III and Note II buyers are now eligible to receive not only a free flip cover, but six TecTiles. It's actually a pretty excellent deal, given that TecTiles typically sell for... Read more...
Google Wallet gives consumers the ability to store their credit and debit card numbers with a smartphone app and make payments at stores by tapping their phones at an NFC terminal. The concept is to make checking out easier and safer by letting people avoid carrying around a wallet full of credit cards that can too easily be lost or stolen,... Read more...
Mobile payments may be the wave of the future, but NFC may still have some maturing to do. Meanwhile, physical card reading products like Square seem to be hitting the sweet spot in the here and now, and PayPal's not going to let the opportunity pass it by. PayPal's version of the Square reader, dubbed Here, is now on... Read more...
While everyone is bringing their own mobile devices to work, those phones might as well be put to work contributing to building security; at least that’s the purview of HID Global, which announced the results of a pair of pilot studies using NFC technology in employee smartphones to (physically) open doors at... Read more...
Where there are systems for financial transactions, there will always be opportunities to skirt those systems, and that holds true for NFC transactions, too. Researchers have already demonstrated a hack for Android NFC that lets them refill fare card balances for transit systems, including subways, in two states. The key to the hack is... Read more...
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