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Your Phone's NFC Chip Isn't Secretly Tracking You

Inside your smartphone, hidden underneath the sticky plastic wrapping of the battery, or glued to the removable rear cover, there’s a secret, ominous-looking wireless chip. It’s not controlled by the FBI or the government or the Illuminati, though, and it’s not tracking every search you make online — it’s just NFC.


This Guy Implanted A Cattle Tracker In His Hand To Hack A Phone

A security expert had a computer chip for tracking cows implanted in his hand by an “unlicensed amateur” so he could show how hackers could use tools hidden underneath their skin to hijack devices.


Apple Pay Is Coming To Thousands Of Vending Machine And Parking Meters In The US

Apple Pay, and other mobile payment services like it, all share a similar vision of the future, one where people can leave their home with nothing but a smartphone and an ID, and still buy absolutely whatever they want. That dream is a little closer to reality now that USA Technologies brings NFC payments to some 200,000 vending machines, parking meters and laundry equipment, some of the last bastions of cash.


After Three Weeks, Apple Pay Is Already Transforming How The US Buys Stuff

For years, tech companies like Google and Softcard (formerly known as ISIS) begged with consumers to adopt its NFC-powered payment platform, and for the most part, their pleas went largely unheard. Now that Apple Pay has graced millions of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users with NFC purchasing powers (across the US, at least), things are beginning to change. And really, everyone is a winner.


The Poynt Smart Terminal Is Like A Swiss Army Knife For Payments

The Poynt Smart Terminal is like a one-size-fits-all payments system. It has an NFC antenna, a magnetic swipe reader, a Bluetooth antenna, a QR code reader, a printer for receipts, and even an Android tablet to boot. So not matter how the future of payments pans out, you’ll be able to get your dang cup of coffee.


The Horrible, No Good Apple Pay War No One Signed Up For

Earlier this week, we walked you through the stridently awful Apple Pay alternative being cooked up by some US retailers. It is dumb and bad, but as a recent New York Times report indicates, it’s also not going anywhere any time soon. But not because anyone necessarily wants it.


Samsung Galaxy S5: Mobile Tap And Pay Direct From Your Phone

No Wallet? No Worries. Made for Australia, the Samsung Galaxy S5 lets you make mobile tap and pay purchases directly from your phone. It’s the convenience of not having to pull out your cash or credit card.


Apple Pay May Only Be The Start Of Apple's NFC Ambitions

It may have taken Apple a few years to finally adopt NFC on its smartphones, but now that it’s here, the company is running with it. Apple’s NFC-powered payment system, Apple Pay, officially launched a week ago today, and a new report from The Information says more NFC abilities may be coming.


Some Customers Are Getting Double-Charged With Apple Pay

A nifty new payment system is not without its quirks. A few early adopters who used Apple Pay to stock up on Halloween candy ended up getting charged two times per transaction. For now, however, it only seems to be those who used Bank of America debit cards.


Watch Apple Pay In Action On The iPad Air 2

Video: Love to shop on your tablet device? I know I do, which is why the iPad Air 2 with Apple Pay support is going to be a huge risk factor for my credit card. Here’s what it looks like in action.


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