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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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    Our lives are becoming more tightly integrated with online services every day. From email, calender, and to-do lists, to grades, banking, and bill payment, almost everything can be done via some web portal on some web server. To protect ourselves from identity theft we're told we need to use passwords that are long, contain mixed-case lettering, numbers, and even symbols -- in other words, we need passwords that are difficult for us to remember. Then, to make matters worse, we're told that we need to use different passwords for each site so we minimize the potential impact if any one of ...

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    Just because it's a new year doesn't mean things are changing with the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. We're still shaking up the host roster on occasion, and we're still squeezing more than 90 minutes of discussion out of the mobile-technology news sector, even in the pit of the post-holiday lull. On our first podcast of 2013, Joe Levi joins us to talk Android amid a sea of pre-CES leaks, but not before we dive into a long and detailed discussion about the new mobile version of Ubuntu - a platform we'll learn how to consistently pronounce someday, but not today. We also touch on Sailfish and ...

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    One of the problems with technology in general its reliance on the widespread adoption of that technology before it's of much value. Take WiFi, for example. Back in 1998 wireless networking was all but was limited to proprietary point-to-point transmission and the GPRS in our phones. WiFi would change all that by extending networks to mobile devices, and to areas that we never would have imagined would have high-speed Internet access. Widespread WiFi adoption didn't happen over night, why? It was expensive and why would we deploy networks that relatively few people were able to use. On the ...

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    Last week, we heard that a couple major car manufacturers will be offering options for some of the models in their 2013 lineups to provide wireless charging for compatible smartphones. It seems that some of these companies have even grander plans for how increasingly-advanced cars will interact with our smartphones, and Hyundai, for one, has its eye on replacing your car keys with your phone. We were just talking about how NFC has yet to really find an application that captures our attention. Well, cars already let us unlock and start them with proximity-based tags, so why not teach them ...

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    You know, the touch screen isn't new. It was actually developed for the first time in 1965, and one of the first companies to ever use the technology on a mobile device was Apple with their first Newton PDAs. Sadly, as you remember, that didn't work so well and Apple killed the project just a couple of years later. Still, even after one company failed in making it a mainstream, along came Palm and Microsoft and completely shaped an industry that now powers the reason for being of this website. Who would've thought that a technology that was so cool even back then would fail until somebody ...

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    It's been nearly six months since we last hosted a Windows Phone device in the Boston offices of Pocketnow, but in the past six hours we've welcomed in two of the newest and hottest. The Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 810 each enjoyed an unboxing in our studio this afternoon. Neither is a light or a small device, but the product we tour in this video is bigger and heavier than both of them combined. Times ten. It must've been all the excitement around the Windows Phone 8 launch, coupled with the irresistible promise of wireless charging mated with loud, bass-y audio. When I reported to ...

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    At a recent AT&T press event in New York City, Brandon Miniman and I had the opportunity to go hands-on with many of the new mobile devices slated to hit the carrier's networks in the next few months. Our gracious hosts also provided us with some complimentary accessories at that event, ranging from protective cases to external chargers to Bluetooth speakers. I'll continue the trend Brandon Miniman kicked off with his peek behind the curtain of the mobile tech industry with this unsurprising morsel: accessories are given away to the press rather frequently at publicity events. ...

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    Ever since Google announced the Nexus S, I've been waiting to see what NFC can do for smartphones. This whole time, it's seemed like an untapped well of potential, just waiting for its moment to hit the big time. After languishing for months, becoming years, this past summer I finally started to feel a change coming in the air, and started to hope that NFC's day in the sun was finally about to arrive. At least a portion of my hope was vested in expectations that Apple would make the iPhone 5 NFC compatible. Now that the phone's been announced with no such feature, will NFC still have the ...

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    It seems like we just got done talking about what a recent spate of success Google Wallet was seeing, now only to be inundated by stories of Verizon users suddenly finding themselves unable to access the service; what's going on? Verizon doesn't officially support Google Wallet on its version of the Galaxy Nexus, and users who sideloaded the app or otherwise modified their phone's software to allow it to be installed recently started running into error messages telling them their device/network was unsupported. You can blame all this on last week's update to Google Wallet. Apparently, ...

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    It wasn't that long ago when we were seriously doubting Google Wallet's long-term chances for success. After all, it seemed like even the limited carrier support it had been seeing might be about to disappear. However, right at the start of August Google announced that it had solved one of the biggest roadblocks towards using Wallet, opening up the service for payment with pretty much any credit card. We can't say for sure if that's responsible, but since then Google has seen a huge increase in Wallet usage. Since that change was announced, Wallet usage is more than double what it had been ...

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    Several months back, when spring was just turning to summer, the rumors surrounding the iPhone 5 made it seem like NFC support would be just as likely as LTE or a bigger display. More recently, though, rumors have been backing away from any outright claims of NFC compatibility; what's really the case? We'll know for sure in just a few hours, but for now one last rumor is on the table, and this one's back to considering NFC to be relatively likely. Will Strafach (aka Chronic) has been tweeting that he's pretty convinced iPhone 5 hardware will support NFC. He's basing this on earlier EVT ...

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    Last week, we talked about a picture of some partially-assembled iPhone 5 components that showed-off an unidentified component, looking like a slightly-rounded-off square. Everyone wondered about what it might be, and the theory that it had to do with the phone's rumored NFC capabilities came up. Cooler minds were quick to dismiss that theory, but it didn't leave us with any better of an idea as to just what that part really was. Some new photos of a disassembly have arrived, along with the new theory that the part is really the iPhone 5's speaker. Granted, the component is still ...

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