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Nokia's design chief hints at NFC, wireless charging for future Lumia smartphones

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Nokia's design chief hints at NFC, wireless charging for future Lumia smartphones

Ticonderoga: iTV, ‘iPad mini’ and iPhone 5 with NFC and 4G extend Apple’s lead in 2012

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Ticonderoga: iTV, ‘iPad mini’ and iPhone 5 with NFC and 4G extend Apple’s lead in 2012

Apple will further extend its lead in the technology sector this year as it launches a number of new products that will leave its competition scrambling, a new report suggested on Tuesday. Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White made Apple his top pick in 2011 and the stock was his top performer, having grown 26% during his coverage. In 2012, Apple remains White’s top stock pick as a trio of new products is set to extend Apple’s lead in the new year. Read on for more.

NFC Forum expects more manufacturers to embrace Bluetooth pairing over NFC

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NFC Forum expects more manufacturers to embrace Bluetooth pairing over NFC

BlackBerry Bold 9900 in pure white launched in India

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 in pure white launched in India

Intel inks NFC deal with INSIDE

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Intel inks NFC deal with INSIDE

Motorola announces NFC-enabled Bluetooth headsets

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Motorola announces NFC-enabled Bluetooth headsets

Samsung reveals bada 2.0-powered Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y [video]

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Samsung reveals bada 2.0-powered Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y [video]

Just days ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin, Samsung officially unveiled three new bada 2.0-powered handsets: the Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y. We first heard wind of the Wave 3 last week when an Android user spotted it inside of Samsung’s Mobile Unpacked APK and now we have the full details. The Wave 3 is the high-end smartphone of the bunch and comes equipped with a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.4GHz processor and HSPA connectivity all in a 9mm thin brush-aluminum shell. The Wave M is the first device to hit the market with Samsung’s new ChatON messaging software pre-installed. It offers a 3.65-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera, optional NFC connectivity, Wi-Fi direct, a tempered glass screen and a metallic body. The Samsung Wave Y is an entry-level bada 2.0 device and it is equipped with a a 3.2-inch HVGA display and a 2-megapixel camera. Read on for the full press release and a video detailing the new bada 2.0 operating system.

Symbian Anna hits Nokia devices, update activates NFC chip in the C7

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Symbian Anna hits Nokia devices, update activates NFC chip in the C7

BlackBerry Bold 9900 review

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 review

Another BlackBerry out of RIM? We might as well consider them done and finished. Or should we? With a brand new take on BlackBerry hardware and an improved and enhanced operating system in BlackBerry 7, RIM hasn’t been sitting still. I have been using a BlackBerry 9900 for over a week, and as a reformed BlackBerry addict, I have some thoughts on this latest flagship smartphone out of Waterloo. Is this the device that’s going to save RIM? Is this the phone that’s going to make iPhone and Android users switch to a BlackBerry? Can RIM finally compete in the smartphone arena? Will it take RIM 9 months to make a BlackBerry 9900 in white? Is Will.i.am going to haunt me for eternity? Hit the break to find out. (And I sure as heck hope not on those last two.)


LG’s 2011 lineup leaked, includes Fantasy, Victor, Gelato, more

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LG’s 2011 lineup leaked, includes Fantasy, Victor, Gelato, more

LG has struggled to grab consumer interest the way Samsung has with its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones, and it doesn’t look like the manufacturer has a worthy competitor in the pipeline just yet. PocketNow purportedly leaked LG’s entire 2011 portfolio and while there are several attractive devices that run Android and Windows Phone, there is nothing that really blows us away. The lineup includes the following devices:

  • LG Prada K2 - An Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone with a 4.3-inch NOVA display, 16GB of storage, and support for 21Mbps+ networks.
  • LG Univa – An Android 2.3 device that is equipped with an 800MHz processor and a 3.5-inch HVGA display.
  • LG Fantasy - A Windows Phone Mango-powered device that could make its debut in the fourth quarter of this year. Renders of the phone suggest that it will offer a large display, but other hardware specs are currently not available.
  • LG Victor – A mid-range Android Gingerbread device with a 3.8-inch OLED WVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera and a 1GHz processor.
  • LG Gelato - A device that may land on Sprint with the model number LS685, a version of the Gelato will reportedly offers support for near-field communications (NFC). It’s equipped with a 3.2-inch HVGA display, a 3-megapixel camera and an 800MHz processor.

PocketNow also revealed two more devices, the LG K and the E2, but little is currently known about them. We’re assuming that LG also has some more high-end handsets up its sleeves that it’s currently keeping closer to the vest after all, the LG Thrill 4G (Optimus 3D), offers a high-end dual-core processor. Why would the manufacturer take a step backwards and just release a half-dozen mid-range handsets?

Apple preparing new wireless sharing feature that will compete with webOS ‘Touch-to-share’

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Apple preparing new wireless sharing feature that will compete with webOS ‘Touch-to-share’

Apple has been testing a new wireless sharing feature that could allow users to quickly and easily transfer files from various iOS devices, PatentlyApple has discovered. The technology will no doubt compete with HP’s webOS “Touch-to-share” feature, which lets the Palm Pre3 and the TouchPad share files with one another. Though there is no indication as to when Apple might implement the tech, Apple’s patents outline a technology that appears to one-up HP’s offering. The patent describes the sharing experience as including both visual and audio aspects. As PatentlyApple points out, imagine an iPad “sucking” the files from your iPhone with a vacuum noise, and seeing the files leave the iPhone and appear on the iPad in an animated fashion. Or, as the image above shows, a user might be able to “pour” the files from an iPhone onto an iPad. The transfer process may also include “physical, intuitive gestures.” The patent application number 20110163944 was filed in the first quarter of 2010 and the inventors listed are Brett Bilbrey, Nicholas King and Todd Benjamin.

Upcoming Sony Ericsson XPERIA smartphones to have NFC functionality, we envision the possibilities

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Upcoming Sony Ericsson XPERIA smartphones to have NFC functionality, we envision the possibilities

Sony Ericsson is hopping on to the Near Field Communication (NFC) bandwagon with its upcoming XPERIA Android smartphone. The lovechild of Swedish and Japanese tech giants will incorporate NXP's PN65 NFC solution, which has an open source software for Android that enables Google Wallet. The announcement, surprisingly, came from NXP and not Sony Ericsson. The handset vendor is looking beyond mobile payments and is aiming to incorporate NFC in its entertainment offerings. Hit the jump below to see how.

What to expect at WWDC 2011

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What to expect at WWDC 2011

Today is the day that Apple CEO Steve Jobs and other executives will unveil the next advancements out of the industry’s leading innovator at WWDC 2011. While Apple has already announced that the company will be talking about three different main products iOS 5, iCloud, and Mac OS X Lion the fact is, Apple once again could possibly change (and influence) the entire way we use computers and mobile devices. Let’s look at iCloud, for example: if Apple is able to transition the device-centric approach to how we work with information and apps to a task-centric approach where the PowerPoint presentation you’re working on is what matters, and not what computer or tablet or smartphone you’re editing it from, that in itself a huge move forward in computing. Other companies have been trying to accomplish this for years, but we having a feeling that Apple is about to show us the beginnings of something so seamless, it really could find mass adoption, unlike most current solutions. Add in music, photos, videos, and your documents, and you should be able to pick up any computer or device and have access to all of your information and data from wherever you are. Coupled with a rumored Airport Extreme and TimeCapsule refresh in which the devices will run iOS and a feature an A4 or A5 processor, and all of your data could sit on one of your own devices and it would use your own internet connection to serve up your files directly to you. Lastly, what if iCloud allowed you to just walk up to any iOS or Mac computer and let you sign in, sit down, and practically act as if though it was your device or computer? What if Apple then implements this using NFC in the next iPhone just place your iDevice next to a Mac computer, and it will instantly be transformed into your computer. Hit the break for more!

BlackBerry Curve 9360 (Apollo) hands-on

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BlackBerry Curve 9360 (Apollo) hands-on

Angry Birds Magic demo shows off NFC capabilities [video]

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Angry Birds Magic demo shows off NFC capabilities [video]

We can’t say this is the most exciting use of NFC technology we’ve seen in recent history, but at least the team behind Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise is trying to breathe new life into the lab’s aging fowl. Last week at the MeeGo conference, Rovio was on hand showing off a new game called Angry Birds Magic. While details are slim for the time being, the firm did show off a nifty new feature by simply tapping two Nokia C7 smartphones together while running the new Angry Birds game, five new levels are instantly unlocked. The implementation is neat but the concept isn’t overly exciting, so we hope Rovio can fan things out a bit and add some more novel NFC functionality before launching the game. Hit the break for a video of Angry Birds Magic’s NFC capabilities in action.

Google announces Google Wallet and Google Offers for mobile payments

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Google announces Google Wallet and Google Offers for mobile payments

Samsung Galaxy S II launched for Rs 32,890 [Update]

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Samsung Galaxy S II launched for Rs 32,890 [Update]

HTC to introduce range of new tablets; NFC smartphone coming this year

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HTC to introduce range of new tablets; NFC smartphone coming this year

HTC isn’t just planning one or two successors to its first Android tablet the HTC Flyer instead the company plans to deploy an entire range of Android tablets, said HTC’s European president, Florian Seiche, during the Reuters Global Technology Summit. One such tablet could be the HTC Puccini, possibly destined for AT&T with a 10-inch screen and LTE in tow. “I really believe that the tablet market is really going to be a big market in the future and this is just a start,” Seiche said, noting that his firm feels good about the reception towards its HTC Flyer already. “In five years’ time, schools will have tablets probably instead of physical notebooks. I think that’s going to be such a massive wave of additional penetration in society… I think we can’t even guess the potential,” Seiche added. Mr. Seiche touched on the smartphone market and noted that HTC has plans to launch a new smartphone with near-field communications (NFC) built-in sometime this year. He also discussed Nokia’s budding partnership with Microsoft and Windows Phone: “It will not change our commitment to Microsoft,” Seiche explained. “With a new player entering, it should actually help to elevate the relevance of that platform … we actually feel that we should be able to benefit.”

NFC payment systems coming to Apple Store locations?

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NFC payment systems coming to Apple Store locations?

Apple’s next iPhone will not have NFC, analyst claims

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Apple’s next iPhone will not have NFC, analyst claims

According to a Bernstein note issued on Monday morning, Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone will not include Near field communication (NFC) capabilities as had been previously rumored on several occasions. NFC, which will be featured in RIM’s 2011 BlackBerry smartphone lineup, allows cell phones and other devices to transmit data wirelessly over short distances. Unlike Bluetooth, NFC connections do not require a pairing process, so NFC is well suited for applications such as mobile payments, as it is currently being used in several markets around the world. In the U.S. at the moment, carriers, manufacturers, banks and other companies are all independently working on various solutions. Without better standards, it will be difficult for the technology to take off in the mass market.