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BlackBerry Music Gateway revealed

BlackBerry Music Gateway revealed

All eyes are on RIM's BlackBerry 10 plans at BlackBerry World 2012 this week, but the company has pushed out an entertainment-focused Bluetooth streaming accessory as a pre-show aperitif. The BlackBerry Music Gateway is a compact Bluetooth box that allows a BlackBerry phone - or, indeed, any smartphone, tablet or other device equipped with Bluetooth streaming support - to play music through your home or car speakers. RIM even throws in a little NFC to sweeten the deal.

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Barclays PayTag slaps an NFC sticker on your cellphone

Barclays PayTag slaps an NFC sticker on your cellphone

Wireless smartphone payments needn't be complicated is the message UK bank Barclays is pushing today, eschewing integrated NFC with PayTag, a contactless payments sticker. Intended to be slapped on the back of your phone, the PayTag is basically the same technology as already in some credit cards, turning any phone - no matter how aged - into a digital wallet.

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Nokia Lumia 610 NFC prematurely revealed

Nokia Lumia 610 NFC prematurely revealed

Nokia has inadvertently revealed what could be the first NFC-enabled Windows Phone, prematurely releasing a video of the upcoming Nokia Lumia 610 NFC. Confirming the new model to be a minor change from the already announced Lumia 610the clip - since set to private but not before The Next Web could grab some details - also indicated that carrier Orange would be among the networks offering the phone.

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Google wallet users given an extra five spot

Google wallet users given an extra five spot

If you're a Google Wallet user, you will know that the services had some issues this year with provisioning and other things. Those issues prevented some users from being able to use the service and Google is looking to make up for some of that irritation with free money. If you're a Google Wallet user, you will notice when you open up the app you have an extra five dollars sitting there.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus will hit Sprint April 15 says rumor

Samsung Galaxy Nexus will hit Sprint April 15 says rumor

The latest entry in what is the closest to being "the official" Android product line will be available on a new carrier less than a month from now. That is to say, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phone, which Google had an active hand in developing, will be losing its Verizon exclusivity and moving to the Sprint network on April 15, complete with the ability to connect to the new carrier's 4G LTE infrastructure.

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Geode turns your iPhone into a virtual wallet

Geode turns your iPhone into a virtual wallet

There's been a lot of talk lately about Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and its ability to turn your phone into a virtual credit card, or potentially even allow you to use other payment providers as through they were a credit card. But the problem is this only applies to you if you have a certain phone (not the iPhone), you bank at certain financial institutions, and you live in certain areas of the country.

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PayPal digital wallet introduced

PayPal digital wallet introduced

PayPal has just lifted off the covers of its new digital wallet platform, which now only aims to further increase its presence in emerging digital payments but also adds some new and interesting features to the market. For example, users can specify various rules for automatically selecting a specific payment method based on purchase price or merchant. It will reportedly replace the existing PayPal.com home page, which hasn't been updated in years.

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PaymentOne mobile payment service set for huge rebranding

PaymentOne mobile payment service set for huge rebranding

PaymentOne, a company that specializes in the largely untapped market of billing non-mobile charges to a user's mobile phone account, is now PayOne and it plans to aggressively move forward in its endeavors. 2012 will be the year of mobile payment advancement and while PayOne is different than what we've been focused on (namely NFC technology) it fits nicely into that growing trend of using your phone to pay for stuff.

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