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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.

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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Next iPhone reportedly features LTE, NFC, and 1GB of RAM

Next iPhone reportedly features LTE, NFC, and 1GB of RAM

We’ve seen a bevy of leaks and reports regarding the next iteration of Apple’s iPhone, and now some more information has come to light regarding the manufacturing of the sequel to the iPhone 4S. BGR reports that the next-generation iPhone is currently in the EVT3 phase. That means that engineering samples are still being used at this point in time, with the “design verification tests” still needing to be passed before the phone can go into full-scale production.

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MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom reveal Euro mobile payment plans

MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom reveal Euro mobile payment plans

Another day, another mobile payments system, and this time it's Deutsche Telekom and MasterCard inking a deal to roll out first a card/tag approach, followed by a true mobile wallet. The deal will see Poland get the system initially, later this year, followed by Germany; the initial system will use cards and tags for more low-tech payments, but in early 2013 that will be joined by a smartphone-based system.

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