Apple Pay Enables Paying With your iPhone

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on September 12th, 2014

Apple PayOne of the major announcements coming out of Apple’s meeting on Tuesday was another anticipated technology from both retailers and consumers called Apple Pay. This feature will be built into the iPhone 6 coming later this month and the Apple Watch being released early next year.

Apply Pay will build on the Passbook app and will incorporate a near field communication (NFC) antenna allowing consumers to pay at the counter by a simple tap. The iPhone 6 will also incorporate Touch ID to get the fingerprint of the consumer for added security and Apple also included something called the Secure Element, which is a dedicated chip to store encrypted payment information on the device.

In order to help with adoption, which has been difficult with this type of technology in the past, Apple is making it easy to incorporate your …

Amazon exploring Mobile-Payment Service for Handsets

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2011

Amazon.com is considering the introduction of a service that would let customers pay for goods in brick-and-mortar stores using their mobile phones. This info comes from “two people with knowledge of the project” so we don’t have any confirmation just yet.

This service would use near field communication (NFC) technology, which allows devices to transmit data like payment information, loyalty points and coupons by simply tapping them against special cash registers. It makes sense for Amazon to venture into this field since Microsoft, Apple and Google are said to be planning software, devices or services with NFC themselves. If this does happen it should happen within six months time.

LG to introduce swipe-and-pay system for mobiles in UK

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 6th, 2011

Come 2012, phones from LG Electronics will be adding more than their usual capabilities with the introduction of near-field communication chips that will handle swipe-and-pay transactions. The technology will allow shoppers to swipe their hand-held device over an electronic reader at the check-out to directly pay for goods and services from their bank account.

Customers will just need to move their phones over the receiving station. One report by Frost & Sullivan says that we could be seeing as many as 860 million NFC mobile phones by 2015.

Get messages from the grave, to your phone

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2010

Phoenix-based company, Objecs has come up with the Memorial RosettaStone Tablet which allows visitors to the cemetery to access text and images from graves simply by touching their cell phone to the headstone. The Memorial RosettaStone Tablet has a microchip inside, and uses near-field communication to stream personal information. Yes, talking to the dead.

That info could be photos and even a pre-recorded message from the dead. It isn’t super expensive either. Only $225. Might as well spend the money, you can’t take it with you, right?