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PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 priced and dated for unlocked launch

PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 priced and dated for unlocked launch

The PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 will hit UK shelves in early February, retailers have confirmed, with the unlocked Android 2.3 smartphone priced at £429.99 ($666) including tax. Supplies are expected sometime within the week commencing February 6, according to Clove, just ahead of MWC 2012. Fashionistas tempted by the Italian-branded blower will get a 4.3-inch WVGA Nova Plus display and 8-megapixel camera.

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NFC Forum releases Bluetooth via NFC guide, tells manufacturers to get on board

NFC Forum releases Bluetooth via NFC guide, tells manufacturers to get on board

When it comes to connecting devices, especially mobile ones such as smartphones and tablets connecting to speakers, computers, and smart cars, there's one name that rings true almost without fail: Bluetooth - and this week the team at NFC Forum have made a push for their own technology to make the process of pairing with Bluetooth even easier. What they've got for the public now is a guide which tends to both manufacturers and developers that goes into detail on what they'll need to do to pair Bluetooth-capable devices using NFC technology. If this seems overly complicated to you, don't worry, you're not alone.

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Accessories Hands-On

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Accessories Hands-On

We didn't just grab the new Verizon Galaxy Nexus yesterday, we picked up the official accessories too, so whether you're concerned about power-hungry LTE or just want to treat your new toy while you're still in the honeymoon period, there's probably something for you. For most it's the extended battery ($49.99) that will hold most appeal, an NFC-enabled 2,100 mAh Li-Ion pack offering an extra jolt of runtime at the expense of a slightly bigger phone in the hand.

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PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 leaks [Update: Official]

PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 leaks [Update: Official]

The PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 isn't expected to be made official until later on today, but that hasn't stopped press shots and specs of the dual-core Android smartphone from leaking out ahead of time. The monochrome aesthetic of LG's hardware and custom UI - running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread - don't come as a huge surprise in BestBoyz shot, given we've already seen the K2 in the wild and teased ahead of an early 2012 release by the company itself.

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Microsoft admits Windows Phone NFC gaffe

Microsoft admits Windows Phone NFC gaffe

Microsoft has backtracked on suggestions that NFC lies dormant and unused in Windows Phone 7, admitting that the short-range wireless technology won't actually arrive in the platform until 2012. Windows Phone support for NFC - which is most commonly used for short-range data transfers and wireless payments - was mistakenly confirmed by a Microsoft UK product manager in an interview last week; now, the company tells WinRumors that NFC is merely "coming" to models expected in the new year.

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Microsoft confirms untapped Windows Phone NFC support

Microsoft confirms untapped Windows Phone NFC support

Windows Phone 7 already supports NFC technology, Microsoft has confirmed, but it remains the decision of handset manufacturers whether to activate the short-range wireless or, indeed, if there's a use-case for it. "As far as I'm aware, NFC is supported by [Windows Phone], but needs to be enabled by the OEM" Will Coleman developer evangelist and product manager at Microsoft UK, told TechRadar. "So, if any OEM wants to enable it, that can be done by all means." So far, no Windows Phone device offers NFC support.

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Panasonic 4.3-inch OLED Android phone hits Europe 2012

Panasonic 4.3-inch OLED Android phone hits Europe 2012

Panasonic has revealed the first model of its European smartphone assault, a 4.3-inch Android device with a qHD 960 x 540 OLED display, NFC and a slimline "D-shaped" cross-section. Currently unnamed, the new device will be the first of Panasonic's new line-up in Europe, arriving in March 2012 and bringing some of the tidbits Japanese Panasonic device buyers have been enjoying for some time.

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Verizon denies blocking Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus, blames hardware

Verizon denies blocking Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus, blames hardware

Verizon has issued a statement today denying claims that it is intentionally blocking support for the Google Wallet mobile payment app on the upcoming Galaxy Nexus. The response comes after a Google spokesperson confirmed yesterday that Verizon's Galaxy Nexus would not support the company's NFC-based payment app, spurring rumors that rivalry from Verizon's own NFC payment system was in play.

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Visa debuts V.me digital wallet service

Visa debuts V.me digital wallet service

It looks like just about all the credit card firms are jumping into the digital wallet realm trying to make it easier for consumers to rack up credit card debt and pay with branded debit cards. Visa has announced a new digital wallet service that is set to launch early in 2012. The new service will be called V.me and will apparently be able to offer PayPal some competition.

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