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iPhone 5 revealed without NFC or wireless charging – what happened?

iPhone 5 revealed without NFC or wireless charging – what happened?

This week we're taking a look at the iPhone 5 as it was revealed by Apple in all its glory alongside iOS 6 and a set of hardware innovations like the Lightning connector - but what happened to NFC and wireless charging? We'd heard several times in tips and "leaks" that an NFC sensor was in the plans for this device for some time - but inside the last few weeks of this unofficial stream of shady bits, it was all but confirmed that, given the size of the device, NFC was not physically possible. Wireless charging, on a similar note, was never officially spoken about by Apple, and though Apple's competitors - such as Nokia, for example - are working with the technology soon, Apple has simply opted out.

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HP SpectreONE all-in-one PC brings trackpad-centric experience to Windows 8

HP SpectreONE all-in-one PC brings trackpad-centric experience to Windows 8

If there were one PC we've seen thus far from the HP collection bringing on Windows 8 with touchscreen capabilities that we'd call the king, it'd be the HP SpectreONE. This machine is the most expensive of the all-in-one designs HP is offering up here at the start of the Windows 8 generation of PCs, and with its 23-inch flush glass display and 3rd generation Intel Core processor options, not to mention it's lovely and sleek looking body, there's no stopping it. This device will not, on the other hand, be launching with the rest of the October wave of devices - it's coming in November.

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Spotify for Android gets NFC music exchange: We go hands-on

Spotify for Android gets NFC music exchange: We go hands-on

Spotify has updated its Android app to support NFC, using the short-range wireless technology to share music between handsets running Ice Cream Sandwich. The new app also introduces a fresh range of Audio Effects for Android 4.x phones, and the offline mode has been improved with more information to explain exactly why you're offline: whether it's network issues or simply because you've shut off data while roaming.

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JBL Power Up wireless speaker hooks up with Lumia 920

JBL Power Up wireless speaker hooks up with Lumia 920

Nokia has revealed a new speaker dock for the Lumia 920, the JBL Power Up wireless speaker, which can pair and stream with the Windows Phone 8 handset without wires. Unveiled alongside the Lumia 920 in NYC this morning, the JBL dock uses a combination of Bluetooth and NFC to pair and stream music, but can also recharge your phone while it's playing.

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Samsung Galaxy S III adding support for Orange and Barclaycard mobile payments

Samsung Galaxy S III adding support for Orange and Barclaycard mobile payments

European carrier Orange and Bayclaycard have announced a new team up today that will soon let Samsung Galaxy S III owners make Quick Tap NFC mobile payments with their phones. This new service is headed to the UK, and it will be available to "new and upgrading" Samsung Galaxy S III users on September 5. Orange and Barclaycard are touting the Orange Galaxy S III as "first Android device to feature Quick Tap contactless payment technology."

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Nokia Purity Pro Wireless headphones arrive ahead of WP8 Lumias

Nokia Purity Pro Wireless headphones arrive ahead of WP8 Lumias

Nokia may be ramping up for its Windows Phone 8 launch later this week, but the company has taken out a few minutes to reveal a new range of wireless Monster headphones. The Nokia Purity Pro Wireless Stereo Headset by Monster comes in a range of colors and hook up via NFC to your smartphone; that seems as good a tip as any that Nokia's new Windows Phone 8 line-up will include the short-range wireless tech.

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Nokia and JBL announce new portable NFC speakers for Lumia

Nokia and JBL announce new portable NFC speakers for Lumia

Today Nokia announced that it has teamed up with JBL to introduce a new line of speakers meant to be paired with the Lumia. The full name of this new line is called "JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker for Nokia," and they appear to be real attention-getters. In a post on Conversations with Nokia, the company's Ian Delaney went through what we can expect from these PlayUp speakers, starting right off with the eye catching color and the similarities users are bound to see between these and the Play 360° speakers Nokia began offering last year.

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HP ENVY x2 brings Windows 8 hybrid PC power

HP ENVY x2 brings Windows 8 hybrid PC power

With one of its very first devices to work with Windows 8 right out of the box, HP brings the ENVY x2 - a "hybrid PC" otherwise known as a tablet with a keyboard dock. This device works as its own 11.6-inch touchscreen tablet and is able to dock magnetically with a keyboard that then turns it into a notebook computer. HP is making sure consumers do not lump it in with the mobile transforming tablet universe by calling the HP ENVY x2 a hybrid PC first and foremost.

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Sony Xperia T and J detailed with NFC “one-touch” [Updated with NFC clarity]

Sony Xperia T and J detailed with NFC “one-touch” [Updated with NFC clarity]

At IFA 2012 the folks at Sony have let it be known that they'll be keeping the Xperia brand name for some time to come, complete with a hero smartphone Xperia T. This device is one of three new devices including the Xperia J and Xperia S, each of them set to be released soon with a set of new Sony applications and NFC functionality that'll bring the company straight into the future of mobile computing. What's more, the T is set to take on the whole smartphone world with specifications that exceed the hero expectations.

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Sony NFC Wireless Bluetooth speaker SRS-BTM8 makes debut

Sony NFC Wireless Bluetooth speaker SRS-BTM8 makes debut

Those folks from Sony had a lot to say this afternoon at IFA. Their new smartphones and tablet won't be their only devices packed with NFC capabilities either. They've just taken the wraps off of a few accessories we mentioned earlier today, including their new SRS-BTM8 NFC-capable wireless speaker system. Check it out below.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 28, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening, folks. A number of Samsung devices are threatened by Apple's motion to ban their sale, but Samsung assured today that it will "take all necessary measures to ensure the availability" of those targeted devices in the US. Jury foreman Velvin Hogan spoke to Bloomberg about the Apple-Samsung trial today, discussing the difficulties the group ran into while trying to decide a winner in the case and the process of determining which company was in the right. It's an interesting interview, so be sure to give it a watch.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S II software bump brings NFC ISIS technology [UPDATE with statement]

T-Mobile Galaxy S II software bump brings NFC ISIS technology [UPDATE with statement]

The most recent software update for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II brings not just Android version 4.0.3 but the ability to use the NFC payment system ISIS. This software is being sent out as a manual update to all of you across the nation who want to get a collection of bug fixes and can be access with your Kies software on either a Windows machine or a Mac. This update brings software code T989UVLH1 and is an "optional update" - but you're gonna want to get it, for sure.

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