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stands for Near Field Communication, which is a standard for low-speed wireless short range communications between electronic devices. Popular applications of NFC are public transportation passes and some form of electronic wallet, but many more applications remains to be tested and implemented. NFC is a cousin of RFID and uses some of the same communications protocols.

iPhone 5 and iPad 2 to support NFC and mobile payments?

01/25/2011, While there are plenty of rumors going around when it comes to the iPhone 5, Richard Doherty of Envisioneering Group claims that engineers are already working on integrating an NFC chip into Apple’s upcoming hardware. Considering that Google’s Nexus S...

LG L-07C NFC-enabled phone visits the FCC

01/17/2011, NFC chips aren’t new, but with Google’s latest Nexus S phone featuring a built-in NFC chip, we might see increased support for NFC devices this year. Now it seems that LG wants to join the party too as its L-07C has paid a visit to the FCC bearing an...

BlackBerry Curve Apollo picture and specs leaked

01/13/2011, If you think that your BlackBerry 8520 is a little outdated, you’ll be happy to check out this leaked picture of what is touted as the next-generation BlackBerry Curve, codenamed Apollo. While the Curve generally doesn’t sport too impressive...

NFC-based Google mobile payments to arrive this year?

01/04/2011, Aside from Android 2.3 Gingerbread, one of the major features of Google’s Nexus S phone that sets it apart from the rest of the pack is its built-in NFC chip, enabling Near Field Communication. According to reports, two people familiar with Google’s...

Samsung bada OS 2.0 to get improved UI and NFC support.

12/20/2010, Despite Android and other platforms taking center stage nowadays, Samsung is still focusing on its bada OS’ future and the Korean giant has confirmed that it plans to support it strongly. Reports are in that bada OS 2.0 will be a major leap from the...

Google Acquires Mobile Payment Company Zetawire

12/14/2010, With the upcoming Nexus S offering NFC and the issue about its NFC chip clarified, it’s no surprise to learn that Google is looking for ways to capitalize on NFC technology. Reports are in that the search giant has recently acquired a mobile...

Samsung SHW-A170K – first ever NFC phone in Korea

12/12/2010, We know that the two Koreas have been slugging it out quietly for the past few decades, and over the course of this ‘sibling rivalry’, the stock markets have suffered from time to time. Well, the technologically superior south has a new...

Google Distributes Places Decals With NFC For Nexus S Phones

12/09/2010, Google will be kicking off several marketing initiatives for its Hotpot and Places location-based services. The program will focus on Portland, Oregon, and provide Places kits to businesses. These kits include marketing materials to help businesses...

Samsung Develops NFC Chip With Embedded Flash Memory

12/01/2010, Samsung has announced that it has developed a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip that features embedded flash memory. That chip is slated to go into mass production in 2011 and is an advanced chip that features a low power design with advanced RF...

NFC Phones Replace Hotel Room Keys In Sweden

11/03/2010, NFC technology is definitely useful and we still have dreams of a NFC-supporting iPhone sometime in the future. Now the Clarion Hotel over in Stockholm is running a pilot program, allowing visitors to check in and collect their room key without having to...

NFC antenna takes up less space than you can imagine

11/02/2010, Modern smartphones these days boast more antennas that you could possibly imagine, where the wonders of miniaturization has certainly made their mark in the size of the hardware you hold in the palm of your hand that would make even the fastest Pentium...

NFC-Enabled iPhone 5 to Turn Any Mac Near You Into Your Own?

11/01/2010, With talks of an NFC capable iPhone as part of Apple’s 2011 refresh, the natural evolution would be to use the embedded Near Field Communication chip as a digital wallet, but the proximity-aware chip may serve an added purpose to make the iPhone a...

Sony And HID Global To Unite FeliCa And NFC In Notebooks

10/12/2010, Sony and HID Global are planning to unite FeliCa and NFC (near-field communication) in notebooks. The setup will work on both formats, giving portable devices a convenient way of paying for items or signing in by just bringing a device within close...