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Samsung Galaxy S III adding support for Orange and Barclaycard mobile payments

Samsung Galaxy S III adding support for Orange and Barclaycard mobile payments

European carrier Orange and Bayclaycard have announced a new team up today that will soon let Samsung Galaxy S III owners make Quick Tap NFC mobile payments with their phones. This new service is headed to the UK, and it will be available to "new and upgrading" Samsung Galaxy S III users on September 5. Orange and Barclaycard are touting the Orange Galaxy S III as "first Android device to feature Quick Tap contactless payment technology."

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Nokia Purity Pro Wireless headphones arrive ahead of WP8 Lumias

Nokia Purity Pro Wireless headphones arrive ahead of WP8 Lumias

Nokia may be ramping up for its Windows Phone 8 launch later this week, but the company has taken out a few minutes to reveal a new range of wireless Monster headphones. The Nokia Purity Pro Wireless Stereo Headset by Monster comes in a range of colors and hook up via NFC to your smartphone; that seems as good a tip as any that Nokia's new Windows Phone 8 line-up will include the short-range wireless tech.

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Nokia and JBL announce new portable NFC speakers for Lumia

Nokia and JBL announce new portable NFC speakers for Lumia

Today Nokia announced that it has teamed up with JBL to introduce a new line of speakers meant to be paired with the Lumia. The full name of this new line is called "JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker for Nokia," and they appear to be real attention-getters. In a post on Conversations with Nokia, the company's Ian Delaney went through what we can expect from these PlayUp speakers, starting right off with the eye catching color and the similarities users are bound to see between these and the Play 360° speakers Nokia began offering last year.

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HP ENVY x2 brings Windows 8 hybrid PC power

HP ENVY x2 brings Windows 8 hybrid PC power

With one of its very first devices to work with Windows 8 right out of the box, HP brings the ENVY x2 - a "hybrid PC" otherwise known as a tablet with a keyboard dock. This device works as its own 11.6-inch touchscreen tablet and is able to dock magnetically with a keyboard that then turns it into a notebook computer. HP is making sure consumers do not lump it in with the mobile transforming tablet universe by calling the HP ENVY x2 a hybrid PC first and foremost.

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Sony Xperia T and J detailed with NFC “one-touch” [Updated with NFC clarity]

Sony Xperia T and J detailed with NFC “one-touch” [Updated with NFC clarity]

At IFA 2012 the folks at Sony have let it be known that they'll be keeping the Xperia brand name for some time to come, complete with a hero smartphone Xperia T. This device is one of three new devices including the Xperia J and Xperia S, each of them set to be released soon with a set of new Sony applications and NFC functionality that'll bring the company straight into the future of mobile computing. What's more, the T is set to take on the whole smartphone world with specifications that exceed the hero expectations.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 28, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening, folks. A number of Samsung devices are threatened by Apple's motion to ban their sale, but Samsung assured today that it will "take all necessary measures to ensure the availability" of those targeted devices in the US. Jury foreman Velvin Hogan spoke to Bloomberg about the Apple-Samsung trial today, discussing the difficulties the group ran into while trying to decide a winner in the case and the process of determining which company was in the right. It's an interesting interview, so be sure to give it a watch.

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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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