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WSJ: Apple Bringing NFC to iWatch

WSJ Apple Bringinging NFC to iWatch 300x209 WSJ: Apple Bringing NFC to iWatchNFC is coming soon to a wrist near you.

Next week, Apple is expected to roll out iWatch (although it won’t ship until early 2015). At that time, iWatch is going to rock the world of wearables by introducing Near Field Communications technology to the iOS-powered wearable device that has captivated the imagination of tech bloggers everywhere this year.

“Apple Inc. plans to include short-range wireless technology in its coming smartwatch,” the WSJ reports, citing people familiar with the matter. “The gadget’s use of near-field communication, or NFC, reflects Apple’s broader ambitions for the so-called iWatch beyond health and fitness tracking, the most commonly cited use.”
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What’s the Big ‘Deal’? Banks Purportedly Reach Mobile Payments Agreement with Apple

Whats the Big Deal Banks Purportedly Reach Mobile Payments Agreement with Apple 300x256 Whats the Big Deal? Banks Purportedly Reach Mobile Payments Agreement with AppleBy now it’s patently clear that Apple wants a chunk of the mobile payments industry. And it’s muscling its way into the crowd with some serious support.

Bank Innovation is reporting that Apple has inked deals to lower its card transaction fees with many of the nation’s top financial institutions, including American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America.

If the rumor mill is right, Apple should have no problem leveraging these deals into a prime placement at the center of the mobile payments world.
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iWatch: You’ll See It Next Week, But You Won’t Touch It

iWatch Youll See It Next Week But You Wont Touch It 300x200 iWatch: Youll See It Next Week, But You Wont Touch ItApple has already distributed invites to members of the media for its September 9th event where the tech giant is expected to unveil the new iPhone 6 and long-rumored iWatch, but only one of those two products will reach consumers in the coming weeks.

Re/Code‘s John Paczkowski says iWatch will take the stage next week, but it may not reach buyers until next year.

“So that new wearable device Apple is introducing on September 9? It’s going to be a while before anyone is actually wearing it. Sources in position to know tell me it won’t arrive at market for a few months,” Paczkowski reveals.
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NFC Inbound for iPhone 6

NFC Inbound for iPhone 6 259x300 NFC Inbound for iPhone 6Although Apple’s iPhone 6 has taken a back seat in the headlines this summer to more interesting rumors pertaining to the company’s long-awaited iWatch, iPhone 6 will likely surprise many consumers when it’s unveiled next week along with a vast array of snazzy new features and capabilities.

Chief among the new bells and whistles is that which is made possible by Dutch chipmaker NXP. The company is said to be behind iPhone 6′s NFC capabilities.

Apple has reportedly been interested in NFC since Steve Jobs was still the CEO. But only now is Apple finally ready to embrace Near Field Communications technology.
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Is Apple a Major Player in Mobile Payments?

Is Apple a Major Player in Mobile Payments Is Apple a Major Player in Mobile Payments?It’s difficult to find a market in which Apple doesn’t exert tremendous influence, but what about mobile payments?

According to IDC Financial Insights‘ new report, “Business Strategy: Apple and the Payments Tipping Point,” Apple may not yet be a mobile payments behemoth, but the tide could soon be turning.

“The possibility of Apple playing an increasing role in payments, one that leverages its entire ecosystem of online digital stores, brick-and-mortar retail outlets, and line of mobile devices to facilitate payments, has spurred considerable interest and debate within the payment community and tech press,” the report summary reads. “The question then is what does Apple stand to gain? And more importantly, what does Apple’s presence in the payment landscape mean for retailers, banks, processors, and other stakeholders?”
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Report: iPhone 6 Sales Can Withstand Supply Chain Shortages

Report iPhone 6 Sales Can Withstand Supply Chain Shortages 300x175 Report: iPhone 6 Sales Can Withstand Supply Chain ShortagesiPhone 6 sales may prove to be impervious to troubles from the supply chain and manufacturing channels.

On Monday, J.P. Morgan told investors that there will be “no impact” on iPhone 6 sales resulting from rumored component shortages.

According to J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall, if speculation surrounding iPhone 6 display shortages is legitimate, it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.
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PayPal May Join Online Gambling World

PayPal May Join Online Gambling World 300x225 PayPal May Join Online Gambling WorldGuess what, folks? There might be a new addition to the online casino world in the US. That new addition would be none other than, the payment site you eBayers know and love, PayPal.

According to cardschat.com, the online gambling market has been trying to get this powerhouse payment site to join on for a while. This very well may be a reality as Online Poker Report’s author Chris Grove tweeted, “Sources tell OPR that PayPal will start processing regulated US online #gambling payments in coming months. Handful of operators to start.”

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