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    Remember when the big battle in mobile payments was Google versus the carriers? Or more precisely, Google Wallet versus Isis? With AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all on the Isis team, and some taking technical measures to retard the spread of Wallet, it looked like we were ready for a showdown. But then Google freed Wallet from the constraints of secure hardware elements, Isis turned into Softcard, and Apple Pay landed to new controversy. And really, except for news of Isis/Softcard's Windows Phone compatibility, it felt like momentum for that whole project had seriously stalled. Well, ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop brings with it a lot of new features and functionality, and it just looks nicer - but that's not my favorite part. My favorite feature of Android Lollipop, believe it or not, is the setup process! The first thing you'll see when you power on your Lollipop-powered smartphone or tablet is the welcome screen. The screen itself looks beautiful. After you select your language and locale you're asked if you want to connect to your WiFi network to download all the settings and apps using that network rather than your cellular data plan. Once you connect you'll be asked if ...

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    Are you a Windows Phone user who's been sitting back and watching from a distance all the chaos going on with NFC-based mobile payments on smartphones? Those Android users had been talking about how great NFC payments were for years, and now Apple went and swooped in to bring things mainstream. And of course, as soon as it did, some players with a payment system of their own decided to push back, killing-off NFC payments at their stores in the process. As a Windows Phone fan, you used to be able to take a hands-off approach to the whole thing, declaring, “you other platforms work out NFC ...

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    Does NFC have a curse on it when it comes to mobile payments? Every time it seems like a payment system is just about ready to really become popular, it feels like some business interests have to step in, flex their muscle, and do everything in their power to ruin things. Android users faced that headache as carriers clashed with Google Wallet over access to the secure element on our phones, forcing Google to come up with a work-around. And now that Apple Pay is live in the US and more users than ever before have the ability to make NFC payments, another group of companies is  doing ...

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    Last week's launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus afforded Apple the opportunity to give its smartphone lineup some hardware it had been missing for years: an NFC transceiver. While NFC has been present on Android devices going back several generations, and we've even seen it come to platforms like Windows Phone, Apple has been hesitant to follow suit. But this year was different, as Apple didn't just launch new hardware, but also its Apple Pay mobile payments system, finally giving it a solid reason to justify NFC's presence; just as you might do with Google Wallet or Softcard (née ...

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    My LG G Watch arrived on July seventh and got slapped on my wrist just moments later. Since then I've worn it, my Pebble, and the Moto 360. I'm convinced that my days with Pebble (at least in its current incarnation) are behind me. Android Wear is significantly more advanced, easier to use, more intuitive, and all around better looking - especially when referring to the Moto 360. Even still, and after more than one OTA update, Android Wear still needs work. Watch Faces First and foremost, the watch faces that come with the G Watch aren't that great. Sure, they get the job done, but they're ...

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    It's impossible to talk about this week's launch announcement of Apple Pay, the NFC-enabled mobile payment system available with the new iPhones and Apple Watch, without drawing comparisons to Google Wallet. And with good reason, as the two services are more alike than either company would probably like to admit – at the end of the day, they're both moving money from A to B, and there aren't that many ways to spice things up. But now one small, though still notable difference is emerging, as we learn how Apple intends to profit from Apple Pay's use. With Google Wallet, we were always ...

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    One of the many rumors surrounding Apple's plans to deliver its iPhone 6 lineup has concerned the presence (or not) of support for NFC. Granted, such talk is hardly new, and last year we were hearing about possible NFC support for the iPhone 5S – hell, we were even seeing NFC rumors surrounding the iPhone 5 back in 2012, continuing up until just hours before the phone's launch event. So of course, they returned this year, with a flurry of new claims, and some circumstantial, if less-than-ironclad evidence. But this time we finally might see some results, and new imagery of the iPhone 6 ...

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    Smartphone security is a good idea, but it’s also a pain in the butt. So if you’re sick of swiping patterns and selecting security codes (and you’re into temporary body modification) Vivalnk and Motorola have just the thing for you. The Vivalnk digital tattoo is a temporary wearable NFC tag coated with 3M adhesive that works with the Moto X's Skip technology to allow you to unlock your smartphone without entering a passcode, swiping a pattern, or smiling for the camera. Just wake the Moto X's screen and tap it to your wrist (or wherever you've stuck the digital tattoo), and you're ...

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    Apple is notoriously famous for being a late bloomer when it comes to adding new hardware features to its iPhone lineup. Still, we must admit that in most of these cases, the late adoption of certain technology has allowed Apple to find smarter ways to use it. We've been using NFC on Android smartphones for years, and more rumors point to Apple doing the same with the iPhone 6. Leaked photos of the iPhone 6 printed circuit board (PCB) show us that it's not only growing in size, but it's also growing in the antennas it will support. The sources claim that the extra connectors found in the ...

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    Wearables, man. It used to be that if you wanted to be at the forefront of technology, having a smartphone in your pocket was all you needed. But now with smartwatches and the likes of Google Glass being picked up by new users every day, living on the bleeding edge means strapping a bunch of that gear right on to your body. Some of these futurists are taking things one step further, and today Motorola shares one of the ways users are doing just that, introducing a “tattoo” that lets Moto X owners unlock their phones. Well, the VivaLnk Digital Tattoo may describe itself as such, but ...

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    As manufacturing of the iPhone 6 continues, leaked parts at different stages of manufacturing will be common leaks going forward. Yesterday we saw the three color options we should expect after finding the device's SIM trays in leaked photos. Today we get to see the metallic rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in other photos, and things like NFC are included in the rumor. Feld & Volk is a Russian-based company that specializes in selling luxury modifications for the iPhone. As such, the company claims to have good relationships with iPhone suppliers, and claims that these leaked ...

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    Apple has never been famous for being the first company that ever launches a specific product nor category. What it has been famous for , is in figuring out the right way to do something, and we've seen it repeatedly with products like the iPhone, iPad and even the iPod. We've heard some substantial rumors that the company is working on a mobile payments system of its own, to battle defeated products like Google Wallet, and today we get more reports on what it will be like. It seems that Apple has already reached an agreement with China UnionPay on a mobile payment service, and for this to ...

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    Most of us have complained continuously because Apple has been reluctant to adopt standards like NFC in order to comply with the existing trend of mobile payments systems. We have heard of rumors pointing to an iPhone 6 and even the iWatch sporting NFC, but given the lukewarm reception that mobile payments has received, it begs to wonder if Apple is really adopting the technology for payments or not. New rumors point to Apple's current status in this arena, and it seems that Cupertino has finally decided to wake up. Reports have Apple looking to hire some industry executives that'll help ...

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    Quite some time ago Google released Google Wallet, a payment system that let your NFC-enabled phone work with a very limited number of tap-to-pay merchants. That alone was a big enough roadblock to keep many from trying the service. Add to that the limitations of Secure Elements, carrier restrictions, and being confined to these United States, and it's a wonder that Google Wallet ever made it to where it is today. Where exactly is that? No longer do you need a Secure Element, and the app is generally available on even previously restricted carriers. All this is good news -- as long as ...

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    The Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 launches should be just hours away, if the latest (and very loud) rumors have finally got it right. While that makes it tempting to just sit back and wait for official word to arrive, we've still got some more last-minute leaks to check out, and after word of that Android 4.4 cloud backup business, we're hearing a bit more about what to expect from the platform. The big news could be a new way to use NFC, no longer relying on the “secure element” in NFC chips to conduct mobile payments. It's access to this element that carriers used to block deployment of ...

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    Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice-president of software engineering, took a jab at Android and NFC at WWDC this year when he said "There's no need to wander around the room, bumping your phone." He said this in reference to AirDrop and iBeacon, which was introduced with Apple's iOS 7. But, before we get into iBeacon, let's talk about NFC -- Near Field Communication. Many smartphones powered by Android, Windows Phone 8, and even BlackBerry come with NFC inside. NFC is awesome! With NFC I can change profiles on my phone for home, work, or car mode. I can automatically join a friend's WiFi ...

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    It seems like every time we talk about Google Wallet, and why the service isn't seeing anywhere near the usage it should, the subject inevitably comes around to the business interests that have been doing their absolute darnedest to suppress Google's efforts and keep Wallet away from as many users as possible. Often, that story's revolved around the carrier-and-financial-institution-led Isis system, their own Google Wallet alternative. Isis has been in limited testing in the US, with plans to go for a broader national push before the end of the year. That finally looks like it's about to ...

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    NFC on smartphones has come a long way from its early days. We see it on more and more phones, as well as a multitude of platforms. Despite its growing presence, it's still yet to really catch-on use-wise, and as a phone feature it probably goes virtually unnoticed by the majority of users out there. That's a darn shame, because there's plenty of fun, useful things you can do with NFC, if only you're aware of them. Last week, I heard about this Motorola Skip accessory for the Moto X, letting users interact with their phone by means of little NFC tags, either with a wearable tag to quickly ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Nokia Amber update, and the devices that can get it. We later go through the sad news that Google has once-again blocked Microsoft's YouTube app for Windows Phone 8. Next we go through the red HTC One, which is launching exclusive to just one carrier, aside from some leaks of a project HTC had to allow you to customize your phone. We continue with some Sony Honami rumors that include 4K video recording. We end today's news talking about the possible launch dates of iOS 7, aside from Apple's NFC patent. All this and more after the break. ...

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    As more and more Android, Windows Phone, and even BlackBerry smartphones support NFC, Apple's becoming more and more of an outlier thanks to its hesitance to adopt the technology. Back when the iPhone 5 came out, we heard Apple talk a little about why it wasn't jumping on the NFC bandwagon, claiming that NFC just wasn't necessary for what it was doing in Passbook. As we look forward to the imminent launch of the iPhone 5S, will NFC make a surprise showing? We can't say just yet, but a new Apple patent makes it clear that the company still has a few tricks up it sleeve when it comes to this ...

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    Nobody likes a cheapskate. It's why we have fun derogatory labels like "tightwad" and "skinflint" for those friends of ours who insist on dividing the bar bill by how many mozzarella sticks they actually consumed, rather than by the cost of the plate. Whatever other merits they might have, penny-pinchers just aren't fun to have around. That's no less true in the case of huge multinational corporations than with people. But where a cheap social friend is pretty easy to jettison when he gets annoying, it's a little harder to make up for the shortfalls of dealing with a cheap company. ...

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    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that companies which issue credit cards are threatened by smartphones and the advent of mobile payments. We've already seen such companies band together for their own ISIS system to compete against the likes of Google Wallet, which from the get-go has been jumping through hoops to be able to function in a landscape largely under their control. Now one is spelling out plain as day about just what they want from companies building mobile payment solutions: money. Visa's CEO Charlie Scharf explained that he believes "it is totally ...

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    Not long ago I told you about my experiences with NFC one year after it became available on phones that I own. In that article I shared how I use NFC and how I don't, but I breezed over one part: making devices talk with each other using NFC. I did that on purpose. I still use NFC almost every day to buy stuff and, as long as the merchant has a terminal that supports it, NFC has always worked perfectly for me. What about those pesky device-to-device transfers that were supposed to revolutionize the way use our devices to talk to one another? Why didn't I cover that scenario? In short: ...

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    We started telling you about Near Field Communications (NFC) about a year ago, and saw smartphones with the "revolutionary wireless technology" built-in shortly thereafter. We showed off some fun tips and tricks with NFC in a few videos, and even opined about what aspects of our lives could made better today though the widespread use of NFC. Then it all disappeared. NFC has all but been relegated to a line-item on a specifications list. Tech sites aren't talking about it and newspapers have stopped running stories about. Where did NFC go? Did it fail? After only one year, do you still use ...

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