NFC

Another pharmaceutical chain drops NFC payments

A few days after Rite Aid pharmacies announced they were not accepting any more payments from NFC mobile payment systems like Google Wallet, another one has followed suit. Fellow drugstore chain CVS if also discontinuing the payment system used by several platforms including the new Apple Pay, but the reasons may be self-serving (as expected) although highly inconvenient for customers who have only just started using mobile payments.

Digital Tattoo now available for NFC-enabled phones

When Motorola came out with the digital tattoo to unlock its Moto X, those of us who had other Android phones were stricken with tattoo envy. But now, all who have NFC-enabled smartphones will be able to sport these semi-permanent skin art as the maker of the digital tattoo have released the eSkin Tattoo, that isn't exclusive anymore to just the Moto X. This might just be the start of a new kind of wearable accessories that can interact with your smartphones and tablets.

Digital Tattoos to have more non-Moto X functions soon

While the recently launched Digital Tattoos were really cool (and we’d like to have one, really), if you don’t have a Motorola Moto X, then it’s practically useless. But the makers of the semi-permanent tattoo, VivaLnk, have said that they are now looking into other ways that it can be used, other than just to unlock smartphones. They are set to release a new set of digital tattoos that can be reprogrammed for other functions.

Dimple.IO uses NFC to add four buttons to your smartphone

Dimple is a new concept being shown that can add four buttons to an Android device equipped with NFC. We'll call this a concept for now as the company has yet to begin shipping. For now the company has plans to launch a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo and are hoping to begin shipping in the beginning of August.

Google Wallet app update expands Tap & Pay support for Kit Kat

The latest Google Wallet app update has hit the Play Store. Essentially, this brings the Play Store version of the Wallet up up to what Nexus 5 users had, at least feature wise. The version numbers are different. The Nexus 5 has Wallet version 2.0-R137-v13-RELEASE while the new Play Store version is coming as 2.0-R133-v14-RELEASE. Version number specifics aside, Google has also updated the support page with mention of Kit Kat.
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