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Hyundai concept uses smartphone NFC to lock and unlock vehicle

Hyundai concept uses smartphone NFC to lock and unlock vehicle

This week the folks at Hyundai have previewed a concept vehicle system in which you'll be able to use your smartphone to unlock your vehicle with a physical tap. This system uses NFC tags to make the connection between your smartphone and your vehicle, taking away the need for you to use a key at all, whatsoever. This system is called "Connectivity Concept" quite simply at the moment and is being previewed at the moment only at the manufacturer's European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany - but we're expecting more up close and personal looks here in the USA soon.

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Qualcomm announces ultra-low power NFC QCA1990 chip

Qualcomm announces ultra-low power NFC QCA1990 chip

Qualcomm Atheros has announced its new QCA1990, a low-power NFC chip that holds the title of being the smallest ultra-low system-on-a-chip currently available. This NFC chip is 50-percent the size of its competitors, and aims to solve the current criticism regarding the battery usage of NFC technology. Samples will begin going out in Q1 of 2013.

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Nexus 4 gets teardown for repairability and science

Nexus 4 gets teardown for repairability and science

If you're not all about science, its time you turned right around - because the Nexus 4 being torn down by iFixit to see what LG has brought to the party is all about how much science they can pack in its innards. It begins with a note that the LG Nexus 4 (see our full review here) isn't exactly made to be taken apart - not by the average citizen - but that if you do want to fix it up, you'll probably be able to without too much trouble. It all begins with a couple T5 Torx screws and a prying of the back from the front.

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Powerskin launches NFC cases for One X+, Galaxy Express, Windows Phone 8X

Powerskin launches NFC cases for One X+, Galaxy Express, Windows Phone 8X

After introducing the first NFC-enabled battery case for the Samsung Galaxy S III back in September, Powerskin is back with a set of new skins for a handful of different phones. Like the case for the Galaxy S III, these cases not only add NFC support to your phone, but they also extend the battery life too. A winning combination for some, and soon Powerskin will have cases ready for the HTC One X+, the Samsung Galaxy Express, and the HTC Windows Phone 8X.

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LG Spectrum 2 brings Optimus LTE2 to Verizon with wireless charging

LG Spectrum 2 brings Optimus LTE2 to Verizon with wireless charging

It's time for some more international flavor over at Verizon with the Optimus LTE2 hitting their 4G LTE airwaves re-named LG Spectrum 2 with a remix on the apps and features. Inside this device you'll find a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm and a lovely 4.7-inch HD display up front with 1GB of RAM inside and a $99.99 price tag after $50 mail-in rebate. It's also got 16GB internal storage, a microSD card slot for 32GB more, and of course 4G LTE connectivity.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 17, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 17, 2012

It's time to begin counting down to the weekend once again, because we've hit Wednesday evening. Today we heard that the iPad Mini could launch on November 2, which makes sense considering that date is just over a week after Apple's October 23 press event. Later in the day, more sources were mentioning a November 2 release date for the iPad Mini, as well as spilling a few more details about the long-rumored device. The Isis NFC mobile payment system will apparently be launching on October 22, and Microsoft said that Internet Explorer 10 will be coming to Windows 7 in mid-November.

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