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T-Mobile Galaxy S II software bump brings NFC ISIS technology [UPDATE with statement]

T-Mobile Galaxy S II software bump brings NFC ISIS technology [UPDATE with statement]

The most recent software update for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II brings not just Android version 4.0.3 but the ability to use the NFC payment system ISIS. This software is being sent out as a manual update to all of you across the nation who want to get a collection of bug fixes and can be access with your Kies software on either a Windows machine or a Mac. This update brings software code T989UVLH1 and is an "optional update" - but you're gonna want to get it, for sure.

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iPhone 5 a no-go for NFC with current technology

iPhone 5 a no-go for NFC with current technology

This week there's been quite a bit of talk on the possibility of NFC technology finding its way into the new iPhone set for release later this year (or as soon as a month from now) - as it turns out, it might not be possible at all. With analysis done by Brian Klug and Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech this week on the new iPhone, it's made quite simple: NFC chips wouldn't fit with the iPhone 5 model we've seen so far. With the metal panels on the backside and the glass (or plastic) panels at the top and the bottom being too small to support our current NFC technology, it's extremely unlikely that the wireless capability will be included in this generation of Apple smartphone.

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iPhone 5 assembled front panel leaks: NFC supposedly spotted

iPhone 5 assembled front panel leaks: NFC supposedly spotted

New iPhone 5 images have leaked ahead of the smartphone's expected debut early next month, with suggestions that Apple's first NFC implementation has been spotted. The photos of the apparently assembled front panel of the new smartphone, discovered on a Photobucket account, include a hitherto-unseen square component covered with EMI shielding, that's tipped to be a near-field communications chip.

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SlashGear 101: is Google Wallet safe?

SlashGear 101: is Google Wallet safe?

We've had our fair share of experience with Google Wallet since it launched several months ago, and now that it's been updated to include all major credit and debit cards, it's time to once again address the most important question of all: is it safe? As it turns out, Google Wallet is really, really safe. You've got several ways to lock down your account, and starting today, you've also got a remote shutdown option too. Additionally, just as it is with any other use of a credit card, each use of Google Wallet at "more than 200,000 retail locations" across the USA require that you show a picture ID to make it work.

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Samsung Odyssey and Marco confirm Windows Phone 8 is getting serious

Samsung Odyssey and Marco confirm Windows Phone 8 is getting serious

Details of two of Samsung's new Windows Phone 8 handsets have emerged, codenamed Odyssey and Marco, with 1.5GHz dual-core processors and sizable Super AMOLED displays. The Samsung Odyssey will have a 4.65-inch HD-resolution touchscreen, LTE and HSPA+ 21Mbps support, and will be an "iconic smartphone" according to the hyperbolic description, while the Samsung Marco will be slightly more conservative.

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ViVOtech may be the first victim of slow NFC adoption

ViVOtech may be the first victim of slow NFC adoption

Last year, there was one subject that nobody could get enough of in the mobile industry: near field communication (NFC)-powered mobile payments. Google launched its digital Wallet service, and Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T announced an unparalleled joint venture to get in on the action as well. So a company trying to get in on the ground floor of NFC sure seemed like a good idea, but the problem is you never know what the future will bring.

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Apple patent reveals iPhone’s NFC ambitions

Apple patent reveals iPhone’s NFC ambitions

Companies seemingly patent anything and everything, so it’s always best to take these listings with your recommended daily allowance of salt, but Apple looks to have filed for a patent relating to pairing controllers using NFC capabilities on an iPhone. It doesn’t mean that Apple is working on a game controller, but does suggest that the company is keeping all its gaming options open, entertaining the idea of pairing multiple devices using NFC and even turning the iPhone into a digital controller.

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Android and Nokia NFC exploits detailed at Black Hat

Android and Nokia NFC exploits detailed at Black Hat

The Black Hat security conference kicked off yesterday in Las Vegas, and one researcher has demonstrated an NFC exploit that affects Android and certain Nokia phones. Charlie Miller showed how NFC is typically enabled by default on most Android phones, and by getting close enough to the device it could be redirected automatically to malicious websites. In addition, he was able to send malware over to the device that exploits the browser, allowing the attacker to read cookie data, view web history, and even hijack the phone.

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NFC gumball machine sells digital content instead of candy

NFC gumball machine sells digital content instead of candy

Marketing agency Razorfish has taken the idea of a regular gumball machine and transformed it into an NFC-enabled prototype that takes quarters and spits out digital content for smartphones instead of gum. Once you’ve inserted the coins and twist the handle, you can hold your smartphone where the gumball chute is supposed to be to have that digital content delivered to your device.

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