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MasterCard unveils PayPass Button and software

MasterCard unveils PayPass Button and software

MasterCard was one of the first companies to actively pursue contact payments in the US, and today they're announcing plants to incorporate their PayPass system across web and mobile platforms. In addition to the standard contactless PayPass kiosks that you've likely already seen in US gas stations and other retailers, MasterCard is readying the PayPass Button to sync payments for online merchants as well. In practice, it bears a striking resemblance to PayPal, with the benefit of being already integrated with your credit card.

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BlackBerrys account for 80% of NFC phones in UK

BlackBerrys account for 80% of NFC phones in UK

Despite facing a continued decline, RIM remains optimistic with its recent BlackBerry 10 debut and even points out that its handsets have an edge over others when it comes to mobile payments. According to the Canadian phone maker, BlackBerry devices account for 80 percent of NFC phones in the UK. What sort of lead RIM might have in the US, however, was not discussed.

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Charge Anywhere pioneers Blackberry NFC payments

Charge Anywhere pioneers Blackberry NFC payments

Among the many announcements to come out of Blackberry World today, mobile contactless technology had an undeniable, albeit not resoundingly huge, presence. One company that came out strong for the mobile payment side of things is Charge Anywhere, a startup that is looking to pioneer the way small businesses and individual consumers exchange money in real time. Today, it launched a mobile payment app for Blackberry.

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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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