NFC

Isis Mobile Wallet brings NFC to the payment counter, will roll out nationwide

Isis Mobile Wallet brings NFC to the payment counter, will roll out nationwide

Isis, the joint venture between T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T, allows for NFC-based tap-to-pay (and redeem) transactions at the counter. The service was initially rolled out in two locations: Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin, Texas. Both initial locations were stamped as successful, and now plans have been announced to roll out the service nationwide sometime later this year.

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Nokia “Treasure Tag” will keep your keys in place with Bluetooth and NFC

Nokia “Treasure Tag” will keep your keys in place with Bluetooth and NFC

There's an accessory line in the making said to be coming from Nokia in the form of a so-called "Treasure Tag" NFC dongle. This device has been tipped to The Verge as an invention strikingly similar to what we've seen from Tile, bringing NFC-enabled miniature pieces of plastic that attach to your every beloved device and valuable. Here with Treasure Tag, Nokia will allow you to track a collection of tags in real time, using none other than Nokia Lumia devices' LiveSight app to track these tags in augmented reality.

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NFC ring aims to open doors, literally

NFC ring aims to open doors, literally

It's not the first time we've seen NFC embedded in odd products - the folks at Geak have even tried to make ring of their own - but here with John McLear's invention, uses appear unlimited. Here with what's called - quite simply - "NFC Ring", McLear suggests that you'll be able to do anything a standard NFC tag would be able to to, including linking to webpages, sharing codes and URLs, and sending commands to phones (just so long as they've got the right app to do so). What's not to like?

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Sony SmartWatch 2 hits Clove early with July launch date

Sony SmartWatch 2 hits Clove early with July launch date

It's time for Sony's second effort in the SmartWatch business, this time with a device that - once again - comes out well before any comparable efforts in wearable industry take shape. This device is appearing this week with Clove, an international web-based spot for sales of such devices, with the company suggesting they'll have the machine in-stock starting on the 15th of July. This device is also suggested - and remember, this is all preliminary - to be coming in at just 120 pounds in England.

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Sony SBH52 “mini handset” reduces Xperia Z Ultra phablet size-shame

Sony SBH52 “mini handset” reduces Xperia Z Ultra phablet size-shame

Phablet just too big to press against your ear? In what may be a little size-shame around the Xperia Z Ultra, Sony has revealed a new Bluetooth "mini handset", the Sony SBH52 which can be either held as a regular phone might be, or have a set of wired headphones plugged in instead.

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Sony SmartWatch 2 gives wearables another try with NFC and Android

Sony SmartWatch 2 gives wearables another try with NFC and Android

Sony isn't giving up on smartwatches, and its next attempt is the SmartWatch 2 SW2, packing Bluetooth and NFC for easy pairing, and delivering call and message information as well as Android apps to your wrist. Water-resistant, just like the new Xperia Z Ultra, the SmartWatch 2 is billed as a combined watch, notification device, interface for Android apps, and a music remote-control.

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Sony Xperia M brings BRAVIA NFC remote hook-up to mass market

Sony Xperia M brings BRAVIA NFC remote hook-up to mass market

Sony has outed its latest Android smartphone, the Xperia M, a midrange handset packing NFC, single- and dual-SIM variants, and a 4-inch 854 x 480 display. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean phone runs a 1GHz dualcore processor and has a 5-megapixel main camera, as well as integrated ANT+ wireless for hooking up to sports gadgets, and Bluetooth 4.0.

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Windows 8.1 Miracast tap has Microsoft join the wireless display party

Windows 8.1 Miracast tap has Microsoft join the wireless display party

This week the folks at Microsoft have let it be known that Windows 8.1 hasn't yet spilled all of its details, coming in with Miracast wireless display support standard. This is an implementation of the standard technology that Google introduced with Android 4.2, also working with Miracast, here bringing the technology to every PC able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 - with implementation of the software as made real by the manufacturer.

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Samsung TecTiles 2 pushed out for Galaxy S 4

Samsung TecTiles 2 pushed out for Galaxy S 4

We heard late last month that Samsung was getting ready to unveil its next-generation TecTile technology, and today the company finally pushed it out to users of the new Galaxy S 4. The phone comes with a newer NFC chip, which makes the previous-generation TecTile tags incompatible. However, TecTile 2 is finally now out available for the taking.

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Sony VAIO Fit notebooks target back-to-school sharers with NFC

Sony VAIO Fit notebooks target back-to-school sharers with NFC

Sony has revealed its latest entry-level VAIO notebooks, the VAIO Fit series, with a choice of 14- and 15.6-inch displays, 3rd-gen Intel Core processors, and the option of dedicated NVIDIA graphics. Kicking off from $649 for the VAIO Fit 14 and $699 for the VAIO Fit 15 - which have 1600 x 900 and 1920 x 1080 displays, respectively - the new Fit range also throw in features like NFC for easier transfer of content between notebooks and Xperia smartphones.

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GALAXY S 4 abandons original Samsung-made NFC tags for second-gen

GALAXY S 4 abandons original Samsung-made NFC tags for second-gen

It seems that the Samsung GALAXY S 4 now uses a BCM2079x NFC controller instead of the NXP PN544 NFC controller, making it incompatible with the original Samsung TecTiles. The current TecTiles are MIFARE Classic 1k tags, which are unreadable by the BCM2079x controller, meaning that those of you who plan on getting a GALAXY S 4 and want to use TecTiles will have to replace your current tags with Samsung's upcoming TecTile 2 tags.

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LG Pocket Photo hands-on with Optimus G Pro

LG Pocket Photo hands-on with Optimus G Pro

It's time to connect to a printer again, this time in a very miniature way with the LG Pocket Photo and the Optimus G Pro for good measure! The LG Pocket Photo is a pocketable printing machine that'll print out tiny 2 by 3-inch photos created with a special process that uses no ink - like magic! The coolest bit about this printer may be the way you connect with it - all you need to do is tap your NFC-laden smartphone to the printer (with the apropriate app open, of course), and your photo will print in right around 30 seconds.

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