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.
Sony has outed its latest Android smartphone, the Xperia M, a midrange handset packing NFC, single- and dual-SIM variants, and a 4-inch 854 x 480 display. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean phone runs a 1GHz dualcore processor and has a 5-megapixel main camera, as well as integrated ANT+ wireless for hooking up to sports gadgets, and Bluetooth 4.0.
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.
We heard late last month that Samsung was getting ready to unveil its next-generation TecTile technology, and today the company finally pushed it out to users of the new Galaxy S 4. The phone comes with a newer NFC chip, which makes the previous-generation TecTile tags incompatible. However, TecTile 2 is finally now out available for the taking.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung and Visa are looking to take the phenomenon of NFC mobile payments global. Both companies have signed a global alliance agreement that will significantly accelerate the use of NFC mobile payments throughout the world. This agreement will allow any business that enables or is planning on enabling mobile payment programs to be able to use the Visa Mobile Provisioning Service with their programs.
This week we're having a look at a set of new Nokia devices, one of the most instantly appealing being the universal NFC Wireless Car Charger. This device is made to work with the Lumia lineup of Nokia devices first and foremost, of course, working with Qi standard wireless charging as well as embedded NFC to tell your device it's docked. When you do dock a device like the wireless charging-shell CC-3068-toting Lumia 720, you've got wireless charging, NFC-activated car mode, and a fully secure clamped-in setup. This lovely beast also has several features that allow you to use it with whatever smartphone you like.
HTC doesn't have a smartwatch like the Pebble, but it does have the HTC Mini, an NFC-equipped remote control and handset accessory which will be exclusively offered in China alongside the HTC Butterfly. The svelte handset - resembling an old candybar-style dumbphone - hooks up via Bluetooth to your Butterfly, so HTC suggests, and can be used for making calls without pulling the smartphone out of your pocket, as well as other things.
Samsung is readying an NFC-equipped version of its Galaxy S III Mini smartphone, the company has confirmed, with the smaller handset expected to go on sale in the UK by the end of January 2013. Building on the existing Galaxy S III Mini, announced back in October, the tweaked version adds in support for Samsung's S Beam system, pairing NFC and WiFi-Direct for speedy data transfers.