Near Field Communication

Sony One-touch NFC remote mirroring Hands-on

Sony One-touch NFC remote mirroring Hands-on

Remotes only have a few select uses for our TVs these days, even with smart TVs, but the folks from Sony are changing how we use and perceive our remotes. At CES Sony announced a few new remotes that pack more than just some batteries inside, instead we have NFC support for easy mirror mode capabilities. Read on for all the details.

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Visa Mobile Payments Announcement Coming Next Week

Visa Mobile Payments Announcement Coming Next Week

Visa CEO Joseph Saunders has just let loose that the company will be unveiling its mobile payments strategy as soon as next week. The mobile payments space is still a hazy area that many large companies are just beginning to explore. But generally the goal seems to be to replace consumer wallets with mobile devices for making purchases and then get control of that payment network to monetize it via transaction fees or advertising partnerships.

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Samsung to Release Two NFC-enabled Bada 2.0 Phones

Samsung to Release Two NFC-enabled Bada 2.0 Phones

Samsung plans to release two NFC-enabled smartphones later this year, based in their proprietary OS, Bada 2.0. Samsung reported last week that the French arm of the company had sold 2.1 million smartphones in France in 2010, and expects to sell 6 million this year, with 25% of the phones running on Bada. A high end model is due out in September and a low end model will follow in November.

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Foursquare Testing NFC, Adds Merchant Rewards

Foursquare Testing NFC, Adds Merchant Rewards

The Foursquare mobile check-in service has just launched v3.0 of its mobile app, the biggest update the company has ever launched. Foursquare employees have been working around the clock to finish the update in time for SXSW, in what co-founder Dennis Crowley calls Foursquare’s “shock and awe” campaign. The company is focusing on the potential of near field communication in this new update. Below, you can see the Foursquare team up past midnight, celebrating as the update launched. Read on past the cut for more details.

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Visa In2Pay iPhone contactless payment system unveiled

Visa In2Pay iPhone contactless payment system unveiled

Visa and DeviceFidelity have announced [pdf link] their contactless iPhone payment system, In2Pay, consisting of a special case for the Apple smartphone and a microSD card that contains a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip.  The case itself has a microSD slot that's interfaced with the iPhone's dock connector; when paired with the In2Pay Visa app from the App Store, you can tap your iPhone to make payments in participating retailers.

Video demo after the cut

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Symbian Foundation roadmap, NFC, social networking hooks discussed

Symbian Foundation roadmap, NFC, social networking hooks discussed

Remember the BeagleBoard prototyping platform, which was put to such cost-effective use in the DIY Beagle MID earlier this year?  Expect to see plenty more of the $149 OMAP3 device in future, now that Symbian Foundation have released their latest build for the platform.  Speaking at Nokia's The Way We Live Next 3.0 conference today, Symbian Foundation's Shaun Puckrin discussed the roadmap for Symbian^3 and Symbian^4, the next-shipping versions of the platform, together with some of the functionality that will be hard-baked into the OS.

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