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Juniper says NFC payments will hit $74 billion by 2015

Juniper says NFC payments will hit $74 billion by 2015

Let's face it. If you've actually paid for somethiing using software and hardware that's built into your phone, you're in the significantly vast minority. That is, at least, assuming you live in the US. But in just a few years, if it's not part of your daily routine you may look as outdated as someone who doesn't have a smartphone today. This trend is going to grow, and it's gonna grow quickly.

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Google Wallet ditches support for rooted smartphones

Google Wallet ditches support for rooted smartphones

Google Wallet has some significant issues with security already this year. A potential hack was discovered in February that could have exposed credit cards. However, no evidence of credit card abuse or theft was noted. The security flaw was only exploitable on rooted Android devices. It seems Google is taking a different route with potential security flaws on rooted Android devices; it has decided to end support for rooted smartphones.

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Samsung Galaxy S III due April with NFC push tip marketeers

Samsung Galaxy S III due April with NFC push tip marketeers

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S III in April, a Samsung-affiliated marketing executive has apparently confirmed, with a UK campaign tying the much-anticipated smartphone into the 2012 Olympics tipped. An April release had been tipped previously, but according to ZDNet Korea the Chiel Worldwide marketing agency has confirmed that a huge promotion will kick off that month for the Android device.

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Isis locks up deals with Chase, Capital One

Isis locks up deals with Chase, Capital One

If you're able to take full advantage of Google Wallet right now, you're in the minority of a minority of a minority. When its rival platform Isis launches later this year, chances are much higher you'll be able to see all that Near Field Communication (NFC) payments have to offer. Isis announced today that it has secured deals with Chase, Capital One, and Barclaycard, meaning customers who have an account with any of those three powerhouses will be eligible to enroll, provided their phone meets the hardware requirements.

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Acer Liquid Glow packs ICS and NFC

Acer Liquid Glow packs ICS and NFC

Acer has outed its latest smartphone, the Acer Liquid Glow, a 3.7-inch Ice Cream Sandwich handset which follows the Galaxy Nexus' example and includes NFC support. Set to make its official debut at Mobile World Congress next week, the Liquid Glow has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, though full specifications are not yet clear.

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Moneto NFC compatibility comes to six new phones

Moneto NFC compatibility comes to six new phones

Moneto has announced that is has expanded its flagship Near Field Communication (NFC) platform to Android, and has added support for six Samsung Galaxy S devices. This is in addition to the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S, which were already supported by the company. The moneto platform is different than other "virtual wallets" because it uses a special microSD card, allowing it to function even in devices that don't have built-in NFC hardware.

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Sony Xperia S up for UK pre-order

Sony Xperia S up for UK pre-order

The first solely Sony-branded Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia S, has gone up for sale, with pre-orders accepted in the UK ahead of the 4.3-inch handset's release in early March. Priced at free with a new agreement from retailer Phones 4u, the Xperia S has a 1280 x 720 display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage and 1080p HD video recording support, in addition to NFC and HDMI connectivity.

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Panasonic Eluga smartphone for Europe official

Panasonic Eluga smartphone for Europe official

Panasonic has officially named its first smartphone for Europe, the Panasonic Eluga, a 4.3-inch Android handset expected to go on sale this spring. The Eluga - then unnamed - was first revealed back in December 2011, a waterproof, dustproof and generally resilient smartphone fronted by a qHD 960 x 540 OLED display and toting NFC. The device tips the scales at a scant 103g and will supposedly also operate as a remote control for Panasonic HDTVs.

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LG Optimus LTE Tag pushes NFC

LG Optimus LTE Tag pushes NFC

LG has announced another new smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress, the LG Optimus LTE Tag, to go with the LG Optimus Vu revealed over the weekend. A 4.3-inch Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone with a bright, 650 nits IPS LCD display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor, as the name suggests the Optimus LTE Tag prioritizes both 4G LTE connectivity and Near-Field Communication (NFC) with various sticky NFC labels used to switch the handset between different modes.

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