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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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    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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