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wireless charging

Sony just invented a way to wirelessly steal power from someone else’s phone

March 16th, 2017

It’s hard to predict just how far away we are from wireless charging becoming commonplace, but Sony is preparing itself for that inevitable future with a brand new patent that could be both incredibly useful and somewhat creepy. The patent aims to solve the all-too-common problem of finding yourself with a nearly depleted smartphone battery by …

Apple Transit Cards

Apple wants to replace your subway and bus passes with the iPhone

February 17th, 2016

As anyone who lives in a big city can attest, public transit can be something of a logistical pain. Delays and overcrowding issues aside, riders always need to make sure that they not only have their transit card handy, but also that they have sufficient funds on the card in the first place. While the …

iPhone 6 NFC Chip

Apple’s iPhone 6 NFC ambitions are so much bigger than Apple Pay

October 27th, 2014

When Apple announced that the iPhone 6 would feature NFC, fans and analysts began to speculate about how the company would take advantage of the new technology. Since the smartphone launched, Apple Pay has dominated the conversation, but The Information reports that Apple is currently in talks with other potential partners in order to build …

NFC Chip Body Hacking

Here’s what you can do with an NFC chip implanted in your hand

October 23rd, 2014

Over the past few years, the Internet of Things has become a major topic of conversation in the world of technology. Within the next decade or so, everything in our homes might be connected to the Internet, from our phones and televisions to our kitchen appliances and our smoke detectors. Before too long, we may …

Why Apple skipped NFC

Apple’s decision to ignore NFC is looking better every day

March 19th, 2014

For years, Apple pundits’ favorite game was to guess when the iPhone would finally support NFC, or Near Field Communication. If only Apple would support NFC, then mobile payments would take off, and we could finally stop paying cash and credit cards. But Apple never did support NFC and it appears it made the right decision: According to GigaOm, major …

Apple NFC iTunes Patent

Apple may have some use for NFC after all

August 15th, 2013

Apple has been less-than-enthusiastic about putting NFC capabilities on the iPhone and you can’t really blame them — after all, the only time many of us see NFC in use is on Samsung commercials. But AppleInsider points out that Apple has filed a patent application this year that details an NFC-based technology that lets users …

Hyundai Connectivity Concept

Smartphones will replace keys on upcoming Hyundai cars

December 27th, 2012

NFC is becoming more prevalent in the mobile space. The technology has been featured in a number of smartphones and tablets from manufacturers such as Samsung (005930), Motorola, Nokia (NOK) and Research in Motion (RIMM), among others. The possibilities with NFC appear to be endless, from mobile payments and wireless sharing to one day even controlling our vehicles. …