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Foldable Keyboard Makes Smartphone Typing Easy

Written on August 10, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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The NFC Keyboard is a foldable keyboard that doesn't need to charged or plugged and can last up to 3-5 years

Japanese electronics firm, Elecom together with Norwegian company, One2Touch are set to launch an NFC-enabled keyboard that is compatible with smartphones.

The NFC keyboard only measures 34cm and is made of silicone. It is also waterproof, foldable and wireless. It does not need to be charged or plugged to your device because it features a built-in battery.

The gadget is said to last at least 3-5 years on internal power, with typical use. However, the user has to replace the keyboard, once it runs out of power.

The foldable NFC keyboard is quite expensive because it currently retails for 18,690 yen (around $240).

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AT&T Disabling the Bold 9900’s NFC feature

Written on August 16, 2011 by Lulu

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AT&T is allegedly planning to block the Bold 9900's NFC capabilities.

AT&T reportedly has no plans to get the BlackBerry Bold 9900’s near-field communications (NFC) capabilities at launch. However, an unnamed source said that the hardware seems to be capable of NFC features when it arrives in the hands of AT&T’s customers. The said carrier will implement a software block to prevent users to take advantage of the technology.

If the report mentioned above is accurate, AT&T would not be the only carrier to block the new BlackBerry’s NFC feature. The first Bold 9900 buyers in the UK have been dealt a similar fate as Vodafone is not yet ready to enable the said capability.

AT&T didn’t give any statements regarding the matter. It is still unclear if the carriers currently dodging NFC have plans to enable the feature in the near future.

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NFC Operated Nokia Play 360 Speaker, to Pair Your N9 Phone

Written on June 21, 2011 by Lulu

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As Nokia announced their new N9 phone, Espoo also launched a new portable speaker that operates with NFC to connect and react with smartphones via bluetooth. Give a round of applause for Nokia Play 360!

As the Nokia N9 gets most of the people’s attention, Espoo also announced a nifty portable speaker to complement its slice of MeeGo. Nokia Play 360, a device that looks like a little barrel of omni-directional audio, streams music from your phone via Bluetooth. The device also features NFC that makes the pairing process easy. Just a simple tap with your N9 or Nexus S to the speaker, and the tunes will flow like magic.

In addition, having two Nokia Play 360 will switch your sound to stereo, as the two devices sense each other through NFC. But it will cost you $213 when the gadget ships on the third quarter of this year.

See the video after the break to learn more on the Nokia Play 360.

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Google Says Goodbye to the QR Codes

Written on April 01, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Rest in peace, QR codes. Long live the NFC Technology!

We hardly ever used them, but QR codes are out of the picture in Google’s books, as the company removes the Quick Read matrix bar codes from the Google Places Dashboard.

“Users will no longer find unique QR codes in their Places accounts. We’re exploring new ways to enable customers to quickly and easily find information about local businesses from their mobile phones.”

So what’s going to replace the QR codes?

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