Last week, Patently Apple announced Apple’s latest patent acquisition, pertaining to the 20+ series of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology patents in the last few years. More commonly referred to in the Apple realm as “iWallet,” NFC essentially allows consumers to pay at shops, restaurants, and more using their iPhones.
Google Play is known as Google’s pretty red ribbon; it is the finishing touch that ties together all of Google’s hit services, including music, movies, books, and apps. By all means, the product itself is impressive, and according to Google’s blogspot allows users to store up to 20,000 songs for free, download Android apps and games, get eBooks, and rent new releases and HD titles. And because it’s cloud-based, if your computer crashes or is stolen, all of your data is already backed up. But when it comes to Apple’s thriving ecosystem, Google simply can’t touch this.
Apple fired up the Software Update engines today to push out a new AirPort Utility update (or two!), and as January winds down we’re looking ahead to the inevitable announcement of a new iPad next month, along with a cascade of companion updates such as iOS 5.1 and most likely, the OS X Lion 10.7.3 which has been simmering with developers for a number of weeks. With that in mind, here’s what the tech world has been talking about on this Monday, January 30, 2012.
Google has officially begun its quest to kill your physical wallet with the new Google Wallet mobile service. Google Wallet has been in field trials in a handful of cities, but has now gone national with the help of MasterCard PayPass. Currently, Google Wallet is only available on the NFC-toting Google Nexus S 4G from Sprint. As the service continues rolling out, are iOS users going to get a chance to ditch their wallets for good?
The mobile payment wars are about to heat up, with search giant Google throwing their own hat into the ring on Thursday in a move that pits them directly against credit card providers Visa, Amex and Discover -- as well as those who provide payment solutions, such as PayPal, Square and VeriFone Systems.
If you ask two people about whether the next iPhone will have NFC capabilities, you're likely to get three different answers. The New York Times has weighed in the opinion of two people "with knowledge of the inner workings of a coming iteration of the Apple iPhone" -- and say that, yes, the iPhone will have NFC.
With the launch of the iPad 2 now in the rear-view mirror, all eyes turn to the iPhone 5, which is widely expected to arrive in June. Unfortunately, if you’re excited by recent rumors of near-field communication (NFC) technology on the next Apple handset, you may have a bit of a wait.