Google's IRL "Places" tech—a radio-tagged sticker that you can scan with a compatible phone for venue deals and info—is spreading. And that's a great thing! The big push is hitting Austin, Portland, Las Vegas, Madison, and Charlotte, NC.
Having just been updated to version 3.0, Foursquare has revealed that the app can now check-in users via NFC. While there aren't many phones out with inbuilt NFC at the moment, the blue badge check-in points are going to really help businesses lure customers in in the future. [NFC World via SlashGear]
Samsung's Nexus S brings with it the latest tasty version of Android, Gingerbread. But the phone also comes with another technological bonus baked in. Here's what you need to know about near field communication.
Three major US cell carriers have gotten their mobile payment Voltron on, creating ISIS—a new service that will let you use your phone as you would a credit or debit card for purchases. But that's just the start.
Parrot has come up with a new Black Edition of their PARTY speaker which uses Near Field Communications to connect to audio sources, claiming it's the first commercial speaker system to do this. Basically you don't have to do any complicated Bluetooth paring, just tap your cellphone to the speaker and away you go. It…
Nokia's new 6212 classic phone may not be much of a looker, but it's designed to allow the simplest possible connectivity between two devices. It uses Near Field Communications technology to connect up two devices simply by holding them together, allowing easy photo or ringtone sharing with just one button push.…