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Apple Wallet student ID support released at 12 new universities

Apple Wallet student ID support released at 12 new universities

We're fast approaching the time when students across the country will be heading back to school. When that happens, students at 12 universities here in the US will find that they have access to Apple Wallet support for their student IDs. That, of course, means that they'll be able to load their student IDs onto their phones and then use it at contactless readers around campus.

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Hot Wheels ID x Apple Store is the Tickle Me Elmo of 2019

Hot Wheels ID x Apple Store is the Tickle Me Elmo of 2019

I can't say for sure - because nobody knows for sure - but I'm calling it right now: Hot Wheels ID just stole Christmas. Using a bit of the magic summoned by the Apple x Anki Overdrive remote control car toy collaboration and some established-brand PR power - plus some features over which kids will likely flip their lid - Hot Wheels ID just struck gold. Again, I'm just making some informed guesses here - but take a look and see what you think.

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Apple Pay won’t need apps to work with some NFC stickers

Apple Pay won’t need apps to work with some NFC stickers

Contactless technology like NFC conjure up images of simply and lightly tapping on surfaces to initiate an action, be it authentication or even payment. What those scenarios don't often include is the initial setup that has to be done beforehand, like downloading an app and signing into a service. Apple, however, seems to be leading the way towards that the true realization of that fantasy with NFC tags that trigger Apple Pay, all without setting up anything other than Apple Pay first.

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Android Beam will meet its demise in Android Q

Android Beam will meet its demise in Android Q

There are technologies that, at first blush, seem to be the best thing since sliced bread. After years of use, or non-use rather, they turn out to be not so useful after all. One such thing is the NFC-based sharing system known as Android Beam, an almost forgotten feature that will no longer be part of Android Q's release. While not a total loss, its removal sadly leaves Android handicapped in the short-range content sharing department.

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How Apple Card will replace your credit card

How Apple Card will replace your credit card

Back before today's Apple reveal event, an interesting rumor made the rounds, claiming that Apple was going to launch a credit card of its own. As it turns out, that rumor was correct, as Tim Cook just announced a new service called Apple Card. There's a lot to this announcement, so let's dive into all that Apple reveal today.

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Target finally accepts Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung payments

Target finally accepts Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung payments

This week the folks at Target announced they'd be bringing multiple new payment types to their stores. That'll include Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and contactless cards from Discover, American Express, Visa, and Mastercard. This comes ALL AT ONCE this year after Target's early attempts at creating their own payment solution in the Target App, started in 2017.

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After years of resistance, CVS finally flips the switch on Apple Pay

After years of resistance, CVS finally flips the switch on Apple Pay

Over the last few years, support for Apple Pay has slowly spread across the retail landscape. Though it seems to be supported at most large retailers these days, there are still a few hold-outs who have yet to bite. CVS was famously one of these early holdouts, but all of that is changing today, as the nationwide pharmacy chain has finally flipped the switch on Apple Pay support.

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Apple Wallet adds support for student IDs at three universities

Apple Wallet adds support for student IDs at three universities

Apple Wallet already supports a number of different cards, whether those are credit cards, loyalty cards, coupons, or transit passes. Today, however, Apple is beginning a pretty major expansion for Wallet by rolling out support for student IDs. At first, this launch will be small-scale, but of course, the hope is that more universities begin supporting Apple Wallet on a wider scale in the near future.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch unboxing: My first impressions for you

Samsung Galaxy Watch unboxing: My first impressions for you

I've got the bigger version of the Samsung Galaxy Watch right here, in black, and I'm going to tell you about it. I got the device in the mail today from Samsung. Over the next few days (and beyond) I'll be giving this device the once-over, looking at all the intricate bits and pieces, detailing everything I find out and everything I find interesting. To begin, there's the device's nature, very shiny and chrome.

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iPhone NFC rumored to open up in iOS 12

iPhone NFC rumored to open up in iOS 12

Apple is preparing to loosen its tight grip on the iPhone's NFC, with reports that the firm plans to give developers access to the secure wireless chip. First added to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus back in 2014, NFC - or Near Field Communications - was used for Apple Pay, the company's mobile payments system.

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YubiKey NEO brings hardware 2FA security to iOS: What you should know

YubiKey NEO brings hardware 2FA security to iOS: What you should know

Yubico made a couple of exciting announcements concerning its YubiKey NEO authentication hardware today. The first is that the key is now compatible with iPhones, allowing users to employ two-factor authentication methods that don't need to rely on SMS verification codes. Yubico has also announced a new software development kit for the YubiKey NEO, which will hopefully translate to more developers supporting the device in their iOS apps.

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The next iPhone may come sooner than expected

The next iPhone may come sooner than expected

The iPhone X Plus or the iPhone SE 2, both seem to be part of Apple's plans for 2018. But today's tips suggest that the smaller of these two units will be coming sooner than the larger. The iPhone SE 2, a device we've been waiting since basically right after the iPhone SE was released - it is probably well on its way, and it's more than likely going to continue to look utterly classic.

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