Apple iOS 12 said to include new NFC features beyond payments

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Apple’s WWDC 2018 event is about to kickstart on June 4th where the company will be introducing the iOS 12. But before the official announcement, it is now revealed that iOS 12 will be giving some third-party developers full access to the NFC chip inside iPhones for additional features beyond just payments.  Continue reading “Apple iOS 12 said to include new NFC features beyond payments”

Sony launches Three Hands Square – new range of Wena analog watches with NFC support

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Sony has unveiled new range of its Wena watches that support NFC. The Wena wrist watches were first introduced in 2015. The latest range of Wena watches are called Three Hands Square. These are analog watches but offer smartwatch features like activity tracking, notification alerts and NFC support for making payments.

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How the Honor 8 is the cutting edge of connectivity

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The main purpose of a smartphone is to keep its owner connected. However, this doesn’t just mean keeping the user connected over calls and messages. It also means that the device should be able to give the user multiple ways to store, access and share content and information to make his/her life easier. Many smartphones these days fail to do that and users have to find shortcuts or ways to overcome said shortcomings on their device. The Honor 8 however, will delight every user with its abundance of connectivity options.

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Alleged Xiaomi Mi 5 screenshot reveals DualSIM support and NFC

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A new screenshot has surfaced online which is said to be of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone. The screenshot reveals that the device will have a DualSIM slot as well as NFC capability.

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Turing phone now open for reservation – Ultra-secure smartphone starting at US$610

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If you haven’t heard of Turing phone yet then let us explain. It is a new smartphone that the makers claim to be ‘unhackable’. The smartphone has been shown-off at a few trade shows so it is more than just vaporware now and the company has now started accepting reservations for the smartphone.

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Leaked iPhone 6S Logic board hints at, improved NFC and 16GB storage

More and more leaks of the iPhone 6s are surfacing everyday and the latest one suggests that Apple will continue to offer 16GB storage on the iPhone 6 S along with an updated NFC Chip.

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Sony announces an LED light bulb with built in speaker

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Sony has just announced probably a world’s first in Japan; the LED light bulb speaker. Yes you read that right. It is indeed an LED light bulb that has a speaker built right into it along with Bluetooth functionality.

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Apple’s 12.9 inch iPad may have Bluetooth stylus, NFC, Force touch and more

Rumors about the next iPad or the “iPad Pro” from Apple has been swirling the online world for some time now. Today, a fresh report is suggesting that the upcoming 12.9 inch iPad will support several new features like Bluetooth stylus, NFC, Force touch and more. ipad-air-photo-gallery-6 Continue reading “Apple’s 12.9 inch iPad may have Bluetooth stylus, NFC, Force touch and more”

New Apple iPads boast of NFC chip, likely used as Secure Element

Apple’s recently launched iPads have been spotted with NFC chip that is already seen on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The chip’s main use in the iPhones is for the Apple Pay service.

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New version of Motorola Skip phone locator revealed by FCC

Motorola is working on a newer version of Skip NFC locater that enables users to unlock the Moto X with a single tap using the device. The FCC has revealed the Motorola Skip 2.0 that will use Bluetooth instead of NFC for unlocking your phone.

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Motorola had launched the original Skip accessory last year which was a thumb sized clip that incorporated NFC. However, as per the images from the FCC filing, the newer version will be a small triangular key fob that can be attached to a keyring or similar object. According to the supposed user manual, the new Skip will unlock your phone as long as it is nearby. In case you lose your Skip, or any item attached to it such as your keys, you can now use your phone to find it. Pressing a button in the companion app on your device will cause Skip to emit a sound. This can also be done to find your lost phone by double-tapping on Skip’s button.

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Newest version of Skip will not be water or dust proof and work on phone running Android 4.3 or higher. You can use an official Moto app to pair Skip with your device. Motorola is expected to announce its highly anticipated new smartphones and smartwatch at an event on September 4th. We might also see the Skip announcement at that event.

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Nokia’s Treasure Tag Mini accessory listed on official website

Nokia today unveiled MD-12 speakers and Treasure Tag at the Lumia 630 launch event. Now, a smaller version of the Treasure Tag has been spotted on the official Nokia website. For those who don’t know, Treasure Tag is an accessory that combines Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC to track items from a phone.

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According to the website Treasure Tag Mini WS-10 is sized at 30x30x5.8mm almost similar to that of the original Treasure Tag. It is also lighter that the bigger version and weighs at 6.2g. The tags have a range of 131 feet and the battery allows for 120 days of standby time.

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The Mini version of the device however does not get few features as its big brother. Nokia has trimmed down NFC support for the mini hence, users will have to pair the device manually. Also, the Treasure Tag mini does not have a buzzer and instead uses your smartphone’s speaker to trace your missing item.

The Nokia Treasure Tag Mini comes in white with an orange silicon strap and is priced at 14,90 Euros ($16.90 / Rs. 1230 approx.). It would be available coming months.

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Sony DSC QX10 and DSC QX100 Camera Lenses officially launched for $250 and $500 respectively

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Hot on the heels of the new camera-centric Sony Xperia Z1, the company just announced their new range of camera lenses at the Pre-IFA press conference. The Sony DSC QX10 and DSC QX100 are one of a kind camera lenses that act as your Smartphone’s own camera, with the former acting as the camera’s viewfinder. It is a pretty intriguing concept only slightly hindered by the pricing, coming in at $250 for the QX10 and $500 for the QX100. The QX100 is a high end camera lens with specifications of the RX100MII Point and Shoot camera, while the QX10 is a cheaper long zoom camera lens, both with a wireless viewfinder as the display. Still trying to wrap around the concept? This video might help –

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Sony Wireless NFC Speaker SRS-BTV5 Unboxing

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Sony has always been known for making audio accessories for its TVs and home entertainment systems, and to an extent, even for its yesteryear Walkman series of phones but it gradually reduced until recently when they released smartphone focused accessories. These devices were launched to complement the new Xperia smartphones that come with the built-in NFC functionality. One of those accessories launched is the Sony Wireless NFC speaker codenamed SRS-BTV5(priced at Rs. 3,990) that works with any smartphone with Bluetooth A2DP. We got the cyan version of this spherically shaped wireless speaker and unboxed it for a video demo, watch it –

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Motorola Skip announced, will unlock your phone with a tap

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Motorola has just announced a thumb sized clip that incorporates NFC to unlock your brand new Moto X. The accessory once paired can be clipped onto your shirt or belt or wherever else you may want. Tap the skip to the back of the device and your phone will be unlocked.  Continue reading “Motorola Skip announced, will unlock your phone with a tap”