RIM didn't announce those NFC handsets for nothing, you know. Dubbed "Tag," their NFC service will allow swapping of URls, pics and other forms of media amongst BlackBerry handsets.
It probably helps to be a child, but in all honesty these Sifteo cubes look like so much fun, I'd definitely fiddle with them while procrastinating/waiting for pages to load.
Great. More Bluetooth audio gear. But the Nokia Play 360 speaker and Wireless Music Receiver are a bit different: they use NFC technology to automatically pair itself with NFC-enabled phones, which is pretty neat.
They've actually partnered with NXP, which is the same chip-maker that put the NFC support into the Nexus S phone. Get ready to be disappointed by how few places let you pay via NFC, nerds. [GigaOm]
The UK's Vodafone, O2 and Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) networks have collaborated on an NFC joint-venture that will put the squeeze on businesses to start offering NFC as a payment option for customers, and allow customers of any network with any NFC-equipped phone to use the service. They're hopeful…
If Google has its way with Google Wallet, your bank and credit cards will be obsolete. The only things you'll need a wallet for are IDs and cash. But is Google's vision really the future of money, here today?
Let's face it—we all finished Angry Birds eons ago, and are quite frankly utterly bored of hearing latecomers banging on about it. Rovio's quit making holiday spin-off versions of the game for a second, and added a genuinely interesting NFC twist. It's just a shame you need a Nokia phone to play it, really.
So hang on—not only do punters have to shell out hundreds (or even thousands) to get to London, plus however much a ringside ticket will cost, and now they're being guilt-tripped into buying a novelty handset with NFC? It's certainly a "souvenir," I suppose.
With the great NFC race looming, Google is axing support for QR Codes in their Places service. QR codes made a noble play for the hearts and minds of nerds, but honestly, I hope this is the first step towards their complete and utter annihilation.
By affixing a new battery cover to BlackBerry handsets, Bank of America customers will be able to make payments at retail places that accept Mastercard PayPass, from this spring.
Starting in Turkey, iPhone users will soon be able to use Visa's NFC payment system at one of the 40,000 cash-registers signed up to the scheme. For now those iPhones will need an iCarte dongle, plus the compatible app.
Swiping a phone to pay for a coffee is going to be one of the biggest advances in technology in the coming year, and from next month Bank of America and Visa will start testing it out in New York.
In Japan, paying for things with a wave of a cell phone is old hat. Clothing, food, movies, loose women—you name it, they've bought it using a phone. Americans? Not so much. Here's why.