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Apple iPhone 5 will have strong NFC support: report

Apple iPhone 5 will have strong NFC support: report

There's new life emerging for one of the big Apple rumors that came out last year but never gained much steam. We're talking about Near Field Communication (NFC) support for the next generation of the iPhone. NFC, of course, is the standard used in contactless credit cards today and is looking to be a standard feature of smartphones tomorrow.

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Nintendo promises splashy launch for NFC-toting Wii U

Nintendo promises splashy launch for NFC-toting Wii U

Nintendo's Wii U will have NFC functionality and digital download support, president Iwata Satoru has confirmed, promising a better splash for the next-gen console having "learned a bitter lesson from the launch of the Nintendo 3DS." Speaking to investors and analysts after revealing dire financial results for the last quarter, Satoru revealed that NFC short-range wireless had been added to the Wii U's specs, supporting payments, reading tags embedded into "cards and figurines", and more. Meanwhile there'll also be a new Nintendo Network account service, allowing multiple users to have their own separate profile on the Wii U.

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Samsung Wave Y LeFleur Edition revealed

Samsung Wave Y LeFleur Edition revealed

If you thought the one thing missing from Samsung's entry-level Wave Y S5380 phone was a pink floral design, you're in luck. The manufacturer has launched a new version of the device, dubbed the LaFleur edition, with a bold pink-and-black motif. The inscription "LaFleur" appears on the front of the phone while the back, donned in pink, is etched with a full-body floral print.

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PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 on sale in UK on Friday

PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 on sale in UK on Friday

The PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 will hit UK shelves tomorrow, Friday January 27, retailer Phones 4U has confirmed, with the designer-branded Android smartphone priced from free with a new agreement. Packing a 4.3-inch LG NOVA IPS display - albeit running only at WVGA resolution - along with an 8-megapixel camera and NFC, the PRADA Phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread right now but has an ICS upgrade in the works.

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Sony Xperia S: 12MP, 720p display and NFC

Sony Xperia S: 12MP, 720p display and NFC

Sony isn't keeping all the Xperia ion fun to itself: the company also has an international version, the Sony Xperia S, for those outside the US, and while you lose out on LTE you do still get the 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 HD display and 12-megapixel main camera. Set to arrive globally this quarter, the Xperia S has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage and 1080p HD video recording support, along with quadband UMTS/HSPA.

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Parrot’s ZIK by Starck hands-on

Parrot’s ZIK by Starck hands-on

Parrot has announced premium quality wireless headphones with features not currently offered on other headsets. Behind both earmuffs resides microphones providing 'anti-noise' to help regulate unwanted sounds. They also suggest the audio 'Concert Hall Effect' will provide a live-sound experience.

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BlackBerry 7.1 OS official: WiFi tethering, BBM update, NFC

BlackBerry 7.1 OS official: WiFi tethering, BBM update, NFC

RIM has outed BlackBerry 7.1 OS, the latest iteration of its smartphone software, as well as BlackBerry Tag, an NFC tool used to pair up accessories, swap data and even add new contacts to the similarly updated BBM 6.1. The new version also introduces WiFi hotspot functionality, sharing a BlackBerry's connection with up to five WiFi-tethered devices, a new BlackBerry Traffic 3.0 app with traffic-based ETA and turn-by-turn voice guidance, and boosted universal search.

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Always Innovating HDMI Dongle puts Android on your TV

Always Innovating HDMI Dongle puts Android on your TV

Always Innovating's HDMI Dongle has a mundane name but packs plenty into its thumbdrive-scale casing: a TI Cortex-A9 OMAP 4 processor running Ice Cream Sandwich, turning any TV into a full Android computer. Running at between 1GHz and 1.8GHz depending on load, the HDMI Dongle packs the same specs as a decent smartphone: a healthy 1GB of RAM, microSD, WiFi and Bluetooth, with support for up to 1080p Full HD and H.264 video decoding.

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