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Bulgari Diagono Magnesium watch focuses on security

Bulgari Diagono Magnesium watch focuses on security

This year's BaselWorld in Switzerland has become the stage for many companies, watch makers or otherwise, to reveal their own take on the idea of smart devices on your wrist. Some have completely jumped on the smartwatch bandwagon while other cautiously remain on the periphery, like the new Swiss Horological Smartwatch group and their MotionX activity tracker platform. Jeweler Bulgari is making yet another twist, calling its concept device not a smartwatch but an "intelligent watch", one that practically keeps a safety vault on your wrist instead.

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Swatch will battle smartwatches with NFC in dumb watches

Swatch will battle smartwatches with NFC in dumb watches

Rather than combat smartwatches head-on, Swatch is aiming at a niche service offered with many platforms. Speaking to media at Swatch’s annual ‘Media Day’, CEO Nick Hayek confirmed the watchmaker had signed deals with three bank card associations to bring NFC to Swatch’s incoming lineup of watches for the purpose of mobile payments. NFC will also make its way to wearables across Swatch’s lineup, from the low-cost plastic variants to their top-end Omega brand. Swatch confirmed China UnionPay as a partner, but refused to name the Swiss bank and credit card company they’d also partnered with.

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Spot.me Apple Pay to Android app can pose a security risk

Spot.me Apple Pay to Android app can pose a security risk

For all their advertised benefits, these rising mobile payment systems are pretty much walled gardens of their own. But what if you wanted to use that fancy new wireless system to pay, not just a merchant, but a friend? There's a new app on Android that proposes to do just that and it even lets Apple Pay users join the game. But while Spot.me sounds like a really neat and social thing, it might actually be more trouble than it's worth from a security point of view.

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Proposed law requires Apple Pay users show photo ID

Proposed law requires Apple Pay users show photo ID

Apple Pay, Apple's new wireless, NFC payment method, is a clear step towards a future where customers no longer have to deal with pulling a card out of their wallet, typing PIN numbers, or signing receipts when making payments. We just tap/swipe our phones and we're done. But one lawmaker doesn't like that idea and still wants us to continue digging in our wallets at the register. Missouri's Joshua Peters (D) from the House of Representatives has proposed a law that requires a photo ID be shown by anyone making a smartphone-based payment.

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Sony MDR-AS600BT earbuds have both NFC and Bluetooth

Sony MDR-AS600BT earbuds have both NFC and Bluetooth

Sony has introduced a new pair of in-ear headphones, the MDR-AS600BT. As you might have guessed from the model name, these earbuds feature Bluetooth connectivity (hence the "BT" at the end), as well as NFC for even quicker pairing with mobile devices. The headphones seem targeted at ordinary usage but include some features that would go along well while out running or in the gym, or when commuting on the train everyday. The headphones will be available starting February 13.

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CES Day 4: webOS is back, and we play Ouija printing!

CES Day 4: webOS is back, and we play Ouija printing!

CES day four (technically day 3, but we’re counting Monday’s pre-event as a day anyway) brought a lot of fun little gadgets and toys. There was more VR, some point-and-shoot cameras, and even a printer that’s not a printer. More Internet of Things stuff was announced, and in case you weren’t sure, SD cards are NFC-capable, now. The car of the future drove into our hearts, and we got a quick look at the light bulb that might make you less cranky in the morning.

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Apple Pay now covers 90% of credit volume in US

Apple Pay now covers 90% of credit volume in US

Apple Pay is wildly popular, with the secure form of mobile payment enjoying nothing but praise and adulation at every turn. On launch, Apple had some significant partnerships with the likes of Citibank and Chase. Mobile payment processors like Square are readying their hardware to support Apple Pay, and various startups are already doing just that. Now, Apple has announced they’ve got even more support, and 90% of the credit purchase by volume int he US can now be accomplished using Apple Pay.

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iPhone 6 metal, magnet accessories can mess up OIS, NFC

iPhone 6 metal, magnet accessories can mess up OIS, NFC

Magnets and consumer electronics do not usually mix well, except for a few, well engineered cases. That tenuous relationship between the two seems to be the cause of some reported problems with the Optical Image Stabilization feature on their iPhone 6 Plus, as well as NFC performance on both the iPhone 6 and its larger sibling. And the source of this problem might be that fancy metallic case or magnetic accessory that you have may have just purchased from some reseller off the net.

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Man injects Bitcoin wallet NFC chips into his hands

Man injects Bitcoin wallet NFC chips into his hands

Chalk this one up to sounding both a little crazy and a little brilliant. 10 days ago, a Dutch man had a NFC chip implanted into each of his hands to serve as storage for the encrypted key to his Bitcoin cold storage. Keeping one's Bitcoins offline, and in this case in the body, makes it harder for them to be hacked and stolen, but Martijn Wismeijer is already thinking ahead for other uses for his chipped hands.

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