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NFC ring aims to open doors, literally

NFC ring aims to open doors, literally

It's not the first time we've seen NFC embedded in odd products - the folks at Geak have even tried to make ring of their own - but here with John McLear's invention, uses appear unlimited. Here with what's called - quite simply - "NFC Ring", McLear suggests that you'll be able to do anything a standard NFC tag would be able to to, including linking to webpages, sharing codes and URLs, and sending commands to phones (just so long as they've got the right app to do so). What's not to like?

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Sony SmartWatch 2 hits Clove early with July launch date

Sony SmartWatch 2 hits Clove early with July launch date

It's time for Sony's second effort in the SmartWatch business, this time with a device that - once again - comes out well before any comparable efforts in wearable industry take shape. This device is appearing this week with Clove, an international web-based spot for sales of such devices, with the company suggesting they'll have the machine in-stock starting on the 15th of July. This device is also suggested - and remember, this is all preliminary - to be coming in at just 120 pounds in England.

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Sony SmartWatch 2 gives wearables another try with NFC and Android

Sony SmartWatch 2 gives wearables another try with NFC and Android

Sony isn't giving up on smartwatches, and its next attempt is the SmartWatch 2 SW2, packing Bluetooth and NFC for easy pairing, and delivering call and message information as well as Android apps to your wrist. Water-resistant, just like the new Xperia Z Ultra, the SmartWatch 2 is billed as a combined watch, notification device, interface for Android apps, and a music remote-control.

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Windows 8.1 Miracast tap has Microsoft join the wireless display party

Windows 8.1 Miracast tap has Microsoft join the wireless display party

This week the folks at Microsoft have let it be known that Windows 8.1 hasn't yet spilled all of its details, coming in with Miracast wireless display support standard. This is an implementation of the standard technology that Google introduced with Android 4.2, also working with Miracast, here bringing the technology to every PC able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 - with implementation of the software as made real by the manufacturer.

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Sony VAIO Fit notebooks target back-to-school sharers with NFC

Sony VAIO Fit notebooks target back-to-school sharers with NFC

Sony has revealed its latest entry-level VAIO notebooks, the VAIO Fit series, with a choice of 14- and 15.6-inch displays, 3rd-gen Intel Core processors, and the option of dedicated NVIDIA graphics. Kicking off from $649 for the VAIO Fit 14 and $699 for the VAIO Fit 15 - which have 1600 x 900 and 1920 x 1080 displays, respectively - the new Fit range also throw in features like NFC for easier transfer of content between notebooks and Xperia smartphones.

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GALAXY S 4 abandons original Samsung-made NFC tags for second-gen

GALAXY S 4 abandons original Samsung-made NFC tags for second-gen

It seems that the Samsung GALAXY S 4 now uses a BCM2079x NFC controller instead of the NXP PN544 NFC controller, making it incompatible with the original Samsung TecTiles. The current TecTiles are MIFARE Classic 1k tags, which are unreadable by the BCM2079x controller, meaning that those of you who plan on getting a GALAXY S 4 and want to use TecTiles will have to replace your current tags with Samsung's upcoming TecTile 2 tags.

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LG Pocket Photo hands-on with Optimus G Pro

LG Pocket Photo hands-on with Optimus G Pro

It's time to connect to a printer again, this time in a very miniature way with the LG Pocket Photo and the Optimus G Pro for good measure! The LG Pocket Photo is a pocketable printing machine that'll print out tiny 2 by 3-inch photos created with a special process that uses no ink - like magic! The coolest bit about this printer may be the way you connect with it - all you need to do is tap your NFC-laden smartphone to the printer (with the apropriate app open, of course), and your photo will print in right around 30 seconds.

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