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Spot.me Apple Pay to Android app can pose a security risk

Spot.me Apple Pay to Android app can pose a security risk

For all their advertised benefits, these rising mobile payment systems are pretty much walled gardens of their own. But what if you wanted to use that fancy new wireless system to pay, not just a merchant, but a friend? There's a new app on Android that proposes to do just that and it even lets Apple Pay users join the game. But while Spot.me sounds like a really neat and social thing, it might actually be more trouble than it's worth from a security point of view.

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Proposed law requires Apple Pay users show photo ID

Proposed law requires Apple Pay users show photo ID

Apple Pay, Apple's new wireless, NFC payment method, is a clear step towards a future where customers no longer have to deal with pulling a card out of their wallet, typing PIN numbers, or signing receipts when making payments. We just tap/swipe our phones and we're done. But one lawmaker doesn't like that idea and still wants us to continue digging in our wallets at the register. Missouri's Joshua Peters (D) from the House of Representatives has proposed a law that requires a photo ID be shown by anyone making a smartphone-based payment.

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Sony MDR-AS600BT earbuds have both NFC and Bluetooth

Sony MDR-AS600BT earbuds have both NFC and Bluetooth

Sony has introduced a new pair of in-ear headphones, the MDR-AS600BT. As you might have guessed from the model name, these earbuds feature Bluetooth connectivity (hence the "BT" at the end), as well as NFC for even quicker pairing with mobile devices. The headphones seem targeted at ordinary usage but include some features that would go along well while out running or in the gym, or when commuting on the train everyday. The headphones will be available starting February 13.

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CES Day 4: webOS is back, and we play Ouija printing!

CES Day 4: webOS is back, and we play Ouija printing!

CES day four (technically day 3, but we’re counting Monday’s pre-event as a day anyway) brought a lot of fun little gadgets and toys. There was more VR, some point-and-shoot cameras, and even a printer that’s not a printer. More Internet of Things stuff was announced, and in case you weren’t sure, SD cards are NFC-capable, now. The car of the future drove into our hearts, and we got a quick look at the light bulb that might make you less cranky in the morning.

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Apple Pay now covers 90% of credit volume in US

Apple Pay now covers 90% of credit volume in US

Apple Pay is wildly popular, with the secure form of mobile payment enjoying nothing but praise and adulation at every turn. On launch, Apple had some significant partnerships with the likes of Citibank and Chase. Mobile payment processors like Square are readying their hardware to support Apple Pay, and various startups are already doing just that. Now, Apple has announced they’ve got even more support, and 90% of the credit purchase by volume int he US can now be accomplished using Apple Pay.

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iPhone 6 metal, magnet accessories can mess up OIS, NFC

iPhone 6 metal, magnet accessories can mess up OIS, NFC

Magnets and consumer electronics do not usually mix well, except for a few, well engineered cases. That tenuous relationship between the two seems to be the cause of some reported problems with the Optical Image Stabilization feature on their iPhone 6 Plus, as well as NFC performance on both the iPhone 6 and its larger sibling. And the source of this problem might be that fancy metallic case or magnetic accessory that you have may have just purchased from some reseller off the net.

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Man injects Bitcoin wallet NFC chips into his hands

Man injects Bitcoin wallet NFC chips into his hands

Chalk this one up to sounding both a little crazy and a little brilliant. 10 days ago, a Dutch man had a NFC chip implanted into each of his hands to serve as storage for the encrypted key to his Bitcoin cold storage. Keeping one's Bitcoins offline, and in this case in the body, makes it harder for them to be hacked and stolen, but Martijn Wismeijer is already thinking ahead for other uses for his chipped hands.

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Ex-Google Wallet chief reveals Poynt payment pad for everything

Ex-Google Wallet chief reveals Poynt payment pad for everything

You might not think that this particular week is the best time to reveal your new payments system, what with the NFC mobile payments saga ongoing in stores, and Apple crowing Apple Pay's success, but that hasn't stopped Poynt from breaking cover. Then again, it does have former Google Wallet chief Osama Bedier behind it, incredibly sleek hardware - and not just compared to other point-of-sale tech - and a list of supported payment standards that could potentially keep stores ticking over for the next decade, all wrapped up in a touchscreen Android tablet with twin displays.

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Don’t expect liberated NFC on the iPhone any time soon

Don’t expect liberated NFC on the iPhone any time soon

iOS app developers shouldn't expect access to the NFC hardware in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus any time soon, with Apple still intending a tight grip on the short-range wireless system that's so integral to Apple Pay. The inclusion of a near-field communications chip in the latest iPhone duo led some to predict Android-style easy pairing with accessories, hyper-localization in apps, and other applications as we've seen proliferate around Google's platform, but according to iPhone product marketing VP Greg "Joz" Joswiak, you shouldn't hold your breath.

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