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The popularity of phones that support Near Field Communication (NFC) is rapidly gaining momentum, with handset manufacturers starting to produce more and more devices that support NFC technology. NFC-enabled devices work in tandem. The technology is similar to how Bluetooth technology works, but NFC is less on power consumption and connection interruption. The technology works like this: whenever an NFC-enabled device is close to another NFC-enabled device, it triggers the NFC sensors on both devices and allows both devices to send messages to each other. Futuristic as it may sound, NFC devices are growing and it won’t be soon before…

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By next year, the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) is expected to boom everywhere around the world–except the United States–according to online business magazine Fast Company. Kulveer Taggar, one of the founders of Tagstand, told Fast Company that he observes slow adoption of NFC technology in the U.S. “We haven’t seen that much in the U.S. I’d say 30% U.S., 70% international,” said Taggar.  He notes that most of the early uses of NFC in the U.S. seem to be advertising-centric, a “mix between loyalty retail and coupons,” where users use NFC to access more product/service info or to…

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Ever wanted to prove that your handbags, bottles of wine, and watches worth beyond US$1,000 are authentic? Using your NFC-enabled smartphone, you can do just that with Inside Secure’s new security module that utilizes Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The French semiconductor company introduced early this month one of its “solutions for securing transactions and digital identity.” Called the VaultIC 150, the NFC-based security chip can be attached by manufacturers to their products for tracking sales, as well as letting customers verify that they are buying the real thing. The chip, which works by responding to random challenge messages, comes…

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Near Field Communication (NFC) technology has been talked about for a while now. However, no one has truly shown what they can do with this new technology. Just recently, S-Digital has done just the opposite of that with its new product called Brand Table.  You can obviously tell by the name that S-Digital will be improving the fast-food industry. The new technology takes new NFC-capable smartphones such as the Galaxy Nexus, and allows for hungry people to go to “Brand Tables” to scan their phones. After doing just that, the fast food company’s menu will appear on the users’ phone…

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Along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and all its glory, a big little thing called Near Field Communication (NFC) was implemented into the Galaxy Nexus. However, Google was light on details and most people are still curious as to what NFC is and what it can do for you.  Read on for a layperson explanation of the benefits of having NFC on the Galaxy Nexus. Wireless Payment Have you ever been waiting in a checkout line for way too long because the people before you are paying with loose bills and coins, or perhaps have to write out checks?…

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Yesterday, Google and Samsung took the stage with their unveiling of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Galaxy Nexus, which now has powers to beam up Scotty through Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Called Android Beam, the new NFC-powered feature gives the Galaxy Nexus ability to transfer not only Web pages but also other information such as maps, contacts, photos, links, and even apps to another NFC-enabled device. The demo of Android Beam showed the feature to be very quick and useful–and the name is logical, too, if one understands the underlying concept.  Android Beam uses NFC, the technology…

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If you have the same wallet as George Costanza’s (a character in Seinfeld) in the Google Wallet teaser video that Google released last month, it’s time to say goodbye to your fat, overcrowded wallet and let your phone takes it place–possibly today, as the search giant has been rumored to launch Google Wallet today. TechCrunch posted a leaked image of documentation sent around to Google Wallet partners such as Macy’s, Subway, Walgreens, Toys R’ Us, and American Eagle, stating a September 19 launch date to introduce Near Field Communication (NFC) transaction technology nationwide. Incidentally, the launch date also coincides with…

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Google plans to release a special sticker that will allow phones without built-in near field communication (NFC) capabilities to access the Google Wallet app. This intermediate solution was revealed during the Q&A that was part of Google Wallet’s press launch and demo last May 26 in New York City. The app virtualizes a user’s Citi MasterCard credit card or Google Prepaid Card by storing the pertinent credit card information in the phone. Purchases are made by tapping the phone on a point-of-sale reader specifically made for this program. Besides making electronic payments, users can also receive special offers and other…

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Great Scott! Google might not be creating automatic rubber shoes or fancy hoverboards but it certainly is bringing the future closer to today. The recent Google I|O conference gave devs and pundits alike lots of innovations to think about and discuss. Let’s see some of the things we can expect from Android in the future.   Android @ Home I use a lot of automation on my computer and phone and extending that to my home has been one of my goals. The Android @ Home project makes this dream real and it delivers some good old open source home…

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The mobile OS wars heat up with the recent update of Apple’s iOS to version 4.3. (boo!) While this software upgrade for the iPhone does give the fruit-named company a big boost in features, how does it really stack up against the latest and greatest snack-themed Android version? Let’s have a look: Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread NFC-support: Provides short-range peer-to-peer interaction with compatible devices. While very few apps exist that take advantage of this, this tech is often used for mobile payments and identity verification. Improved UI: Provides great contrast and a vivid look while maintaining power-efficiency. Easier navigation as well…