Biohacking takes wearable technology to new heights, but isn’t for everyone

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A man in Sydney, Australia embedded his transit pass chip – among other chips – into his body. With the popularity of wearable technology and near field communication chips (NFC), biohacking is becoming increasingly commonplace. That said, before consumers jump onboard this practice, they are being cautioned to think twice for a number of reasons. Among the latest cases of implanting technology under the skin and making headlines was in Sydney, Australia. That story occurred when biohacking practitioner, Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (that is his legal name) inserted the NFC…

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NFC technology undergoes changes with Samsung TecTiles 2 unveiling

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This new design is meant to replace the original tag that had previously been used. Samsung has just announced the unveiling of a newly updated version of its NFC technology which is fully compatible with its Galaxy 4S device. This will be a full replacement for the original TecTile tag that had previously been compatible with its smartphones. The original TecTile tag was designed to add NFC technology options to capable smartphones in order to boost functionality through the programming of certain commands into the connection between the tag and…

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NFC technology is taking off outside mobile payments

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Though near field communication has been a main focus for purchasing transactions, there are many more uses. NFC technology has been a primary focus for companies that have been making their way into the mobile payments industry, as they look for new and simple ways for individuals to be able to make a purchase using nothing more than a simple tap of the device on a reader. Now these chips are being implemented in a number of additional creative ways outside of payments. The use of NFC technology has attracted…

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NFC technology absent in new US Cellular mobile payments launch

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Near field communication will not be a part of the most recent smartphone transaction solution. Smartphone users have yet to get on board with mobile payment solutions that are currently offered by various different financial institutions, wireless providers, and other players in the marketplace, but US Cellular has now taken its own steps into the environment, though without requiring the NFC technology that has been a common focus for many companies. This new service will not need the smartphone user’s phone to be near field communication enabled. This is a…

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NFC technology receives another boost in Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

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This newly launched device will offer users more opportunities to conveniently share content. Samsung has just announced its latest smartphone launch, the new Galaxy S3 Mini, which is NFC enabled in order to allow its users to be able to more quickly and easily share content such as music, videos, and photos. This is considered to be some of the latest in smartphone technology, though it has come with some controversy. These new devices are equipped with the manufacturer’s S Beam technology. This permits users to tap other enabled devices…

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NFC technology patent could be used by Sony to block used game sales

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The video game company may use the chips to inhibit the resale of used PS4 discs. Whether it’s a sign of the times or it is just a sign of the penny pinching that has become a trend in the video game industry, Sony has just received a new NFC technology patent that would allow it to keep its PlayStation 4 games from being resold as used discs. Though the use of this ID technique is only speculation, the facts are strongly leaning in that direction. Many gamers wait for…

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NFC technology steps taken by Apple, again, with Passbook patent

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The mobile device manufacturer is making moves that indicate that near field communication is coming. Though Apple shocked many with the release of an NFC technology free version of its iPhone 5, it has been making regular moves toward the adoption of the technique through acquisitions, and now a recent patent application. The approach that Apple has shown toward near field communication, so far, has been comparatively slow. This has not only left the NFC technology world feeling uncertain about its future and has delayed its mainstream acceptance and use,…

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Mobile security partnership formed among U.S. Government, IQT and Tyfone

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NFC technology will be at the center of the strategic investment and tech development deal. Tyfone, a mobility software and NFC technology solutions provider, has just entered into a mobile security agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT). IQT is a nonprofit that discovers new and innovative technology solutions for the American government. According to the IQT technology vice president, Jay Emmanuel, “Tyfone has an impressive patent portfolio and history of innovation in mobile financial, secure ID management, and NFC solutions”. He added that “We believe that Tyfone’s technology has the potential to…

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NFC technology enabled smartphones will fall short of predictions

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Juniper Research data shows that near field communication transactions will not reach forecasts. According to the latest data from Juniper Research, previous predictions regarding NFC technology transactions over smartphones will be greater than the reality. The values of near field communication transactions worldwide is expected to reach $110 billion by 2017. This figure is notably lower than a previous prediction that Juniper Research had made, which said that by 2017, the NFC technology based transactions would hit $180 billion. According to the report, which was entitled “NFC Mobile Payments –…

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NFC technology to be used by Standard Bank

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The South African financial institution has announced the upcoming rollout of its contactless payments. Standard Bank, a major financial institution in South Africa, has announced that it will soon be releasing contactless payments through NFC technology that will be incorporated into both credit and debit cards issued to its customers. This is the largest move that a South African company has made for near field communications. The bank’s new cards will allow customers to use the “tap and go” technique in order to make their payments, instead of having to…

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NFC technology lacking in iPhone has set back the entire marketplace

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Research shows the failure to include near field communication tech in Apple devices has held the market back. Juniper Research, the massive analyst firm, has released a statement regarding the choice of Apple not to include NFC technology in the latest release of its iPhone device, saying that this choice has held back the progress of the marketplace by around two years. Many were surprised when Apple decided against using the wireless transfer tech in its latest devices. Now, the research company says that the United States and Western Europe…

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