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Xiaomi Pad 5 debuts alongside Mi Smart Projector 2 and Mesh System AC3000

Xiaomi Pad 5 debuts alongside Mi Smart Projector 2 and Mesh System AC3000

It may have been Apple's day yesterday, but Xiaomi is daring to claim today for its own. Not content with just announcing the Xiaomi 11T series and the affordable Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, the company is showing its hand and announcing new products across the board. Taking advantage of the recent surge in tablet sales, Xiaomi is unveiling the Xiaomi Pad 5 as its racehorse in the new world order in work and personal life. It also has some new devices designed to upgrade your home life and keep you safe even when you have to buy things outside.

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Galaxy Z Flip 3 FCC filing reveals surprising Samsung Pay feature

Galaxy Z Flip 3 FCC filing reveals surprising Samsung Pay feature

When rumored devices pass through the FCC, it is often a sign that their arrival in the US market is nigh. Of course, that only confirms the earlier launch dates rumored for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 as they make their way through the certification process. While the former got some of its features confirmed, the filing for the Galaxy Z Flip 3 reveals one feature that is both unexpected yet surprising at the same time.

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Apple Wallet will soon hold digital IDs and UWB keys

Apple Wallet will soon hold digital IDs and UWB keys

With the introduction of iOS 15, it seems we're getting some major updates to Apple Wallet as well. There's no doubt that most of us have heard of ultra-wideband an increasing amount over the last couple of years, and now Apple is indicating once again that soon Apple Wallet will support ultra-wideband keys. On top of that, Apple Wallet will soon be able to hold a copy of your ID too, and you'll never guess what one of the first organizations to support digital Apple Wallet IDs will be.

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Tubolito MTB PSENS inner tubes can monitor their own air pressure

Tubolito MTB PSENS inner tubes can monitor their own air pressure

Most vehicles made within the last handful of years have built-in tire pressure monitoring systems that alert drivers if their tires are low. Low pressure impacts the performance of the tires and reduces fuel economy. Mountain bikers who have wished their bike tires could monitor their own tire pressure can now do so using the Tubolito MTB PSENS inner tubes.

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Animal Crossing Sanrio cards sold out: Don’t be fooled [Updated]

Animal Crossing Sanrio cards sold out: Don’t be fooled [Updated]

Animal Crossing Sanrio cards were put up for sale at Target today, and promptly sold out. The item is a "Welcome to Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack" with "the entire Sanrio Collaboration Series" inside. The pack includes 6 amiibo cards, all of which can be used with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, New Leaf Welcome amiibo, or New Leaf, but NOT Happy Home Designer.

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Disney MagicMobile lets you into parks, rides, and hotel rooms with your phone

Disney MagicMobile lets you into parks, rides, and hotel rooms with your phone

Disney today revealed that it will soon offer smartphone NFC access points at its parks through new functionality it's calling MagicMobile. Those who frequent Disney parks are likely already familiar with the MagicBand, which is a physical band visitors wear on their wrist that allows them to carry out a number of functions by simply waving the band in front of an access point. MagicMobile seems to work a lot like the MagicBand, only it drops the physical wristband in favor of a smartphone.

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Apple AirTag release tipped by insider

Apple AirTag release tipped by insider

A report today from China suggests that Apple is preparing to reveal their Apple AirTag device. This is a device that works with wireless sensor technology to act as a "loss prevention tag" of sorts. Much like the many, many similar sorts of tags we've used and reviewed over the past decade, Apple's AirTag will likely work with NFC, Bluetooth, and/or Wi-fi connectivity.

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iPhone Digital Key: If the battery dies you have 5 hours to unlock your car

iPhone Digital Key: If the battery dies you have 5 hours to unlock your car

Apple's Digital Key system will keep working even after the iPhone's battery runs out, though users will only have a few hours to get back to their vehicle. While only one car was confirmed during the streaming WWDC 2020 keynote today with Digital Key support today, in fact there are a lot more to look forward to - and some provisos to the system.

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App Clips: Apple’s low-key 5G hero feature

App Clips: Apple’s low-key 5G hero feature

Apple revealed App Clips, a system where a bit of an app can be launched without downloading the entirety of an app. This feature was revealed with a bunch of iOS 14 elements and didn't seem to be all that extraordinarily important in the moment in which it was first shown. But given the oncoming launch of iPhone devices with 5G connectivity - there's a whole lot this system will do for developers and end-users in the short-term.

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NFC wireless charging is finally here but don’t get your hopes up too high

NFC wireless charging is finally here but don’t get your hopes up too high

Wireless charging has finally become more known and accepted in the mobile market but it's still far from the universally-available convenience we imagine it to be. There's definitely a lot of room for improvement and competition but most of those focus on high-wattage technologies on high-end phones. That, unfortunately, leaves a lot of phones, accessories, and consumers out of the party, something that the curators of NFC technology are trying to change with its new Wireless Charging Specification or NFC WLC.

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7.5-inch e-paper display gets both data and power from NFC

7.5-inch e-paper display gets both data and power from NFC

There has been a small but prominent rise in interest in e-paper technologies like E-Ink due to their simplicity, energy-efficiency, and extensibility. Tablets and even phones using this kind of display are no longer unheard of, though rare, and that represents just one innovation in that field. Another, courtesy of a company named "Waveshare" is looking into how digital paper screens can operate without any batteries. All they will need is an NFC receiver.

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Soon, iPhone and Apple Watch will work like keys for cars

Soon, iPhone and Apple Watch will work like keys for cars

The latest beta version of iOS 13.4 was released this week with reference to code for a system called CarKey. Apple Watch and iPhone users that are capable of working with this software will be able to use NFC to unlock certain cars - just so long as they're authorized. This system also suggests that users will eventually be able to use Apple Watch and/or iPhone devices to start cars without need for a separate key.

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