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  • Editing Team 02:09 on March 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony Speakers Combine NFC and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth for Better Streaming 


    Sony has launched two new streaming speakers which embrace NFC. With the wireless technology, some of the problems concerning playback are resolved.

    The speakers come in two flavors — the CMT-BT60B does Bluetooth streaming and the similarly alphanumeric CMT-BT80WB will stream via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or AirPlay. Both speakers feature aux inputs and USB for charging.

    As for making sound, both feature Magnetic Fluid Speakers and S-Master amplifiers.

    The two new speakers will be hitting parts of Europe in May and the UK in June.

  • Editing Team 15:20 on February 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    List of NFC Products 

    NFC has long been tied with mobile payments. However, the mobile payments trend has been slow to take off. In fact, paying for items with one’s phone seems to be the least common use for the close-range connectivity technology right now, at least based on gadgets unveiled at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show).

    Basically, all products using NFC shown at the CES employed the technology in one of the two ways: To set up a sort of digital connection between a mobile device and another gadget, or as a way to share information between products with just a tap.

    Here are some products that use NFC (not all of these were announced at CES):

    Virtual press kits and business cards — Various companies use NFC as a fast way to share their contact information and press releases. To access the information, people just need to tap their NFC-enabled phone to the item, typically a wristband or business card. Samsung, for example, handed NFC-enabled wristbands to all attendees at its press conference. Sharp also gave out business cards embedded with its press release.

    Information points such as posters — Caesars Entertainment, owner of eight hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, installed more than 4,500 interactive Samsung TecTiles in its resorts. Anyone with an NFC-enabled device will be able to tap the various TecTiles for information such as show times, restaurant menus, and ticket purchases.

    Speakers — Many new speakers use NFC to pair with a smartphone, yet the music is not actually streamed to the system via NFC but is shared through Bluetooth. Samsung and Sony are two notable companies with NFC speakers.

    Headphones — The function is much like wireless speakers. Users tap their phone to the headphones to allow pairing for the transfer of music. Sony also makes these headphones.

    Boomboxes and other music players — Sony, again.

    Cameras — At least two cameras introduced at CES included NFC capabilities: the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 and the Panasonic Lumix TS5. Along with built-in Wi-Fi, the cameras should enable “the widest range of remote shooting options, remote viewing, and instant sharing on social networks.”

    TVs — LG and Sony were two big companies showing off NFC-enabled TVs at CES. Like with audio devices, NFC is used to pair a phone to the TV by tapping the two together.

    Remote controls — Users tap their phones to their remote instead of their TV to pair the device to the television. Sony is one company doing this.

    Appliances — LG showcased a number of washers, dryers, ovens, refrigerators, and vacuums with NFC technology. After pairing the appliance with a phone, users can program their products from afar, such as turning on a washing machine while still in the office.

    Smart kitchen items — Panasonic has made an NFC-enabled rice cooker and a steam microwave oven. Users can search for recipes and program cooking instructions using their smartphones.

    Computers — HP has announced the SpectreOne all-in-one desktop PC in last September, which incorporates NFC technology. Via a sensor built into the base of the unit, users can log into the SpectreOne or transfer files to it by simply swiping a smartphone or another device equipped with NFC. HP’s Envy 14 Spectre ultrabook also includes NFC, as does Sony’s Vaio Tap 20 mobile desktop PC.

    Smart meters for utility companies — Landis+Gyr in late 2011 said it was working with NXP Semiconductor on energy management products with integrated NFC.

    Digital bubble gum machine — Last July, digital advertising agency Razorfish developed a high-tech prototype version of the gun ball machine, which allows users to download digital content like apps and movies to their NFC-enabled phone for a small fee.

    Heart monitor — A joint venture called Impak Health has developed the RhythmTrak heart monitor. The product can track certain heart-related data, which can then be downloaded or sent to a clinician by placing it next to an NFC-enabled phone.

    Wii U — It’s not really clear how NFC will be used in this Nintendo console, but it may allow users to do things like add new characters to games.

    Cars — An NFC-enabled smartphone will be able to unlock Hyundai cars by 2015.

  • Editing Team 14:55 on January 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Belkin Launched NFC Music Receiver 


    “Both exceptional audio quality and convenience of accessing music stored directly on our mobile device or our favorite music service, what the HD Bluetooth Music Receiver gives us the wonderful of two points,” says Nate Kraft, director of product management at Belkin. “As it can store settings more than eight different devices, meaning the whole family can stream our favorite music seamlessly to the best sounding system in our home.”

    Nowadays, Belkin has launched a music receiver with NFC functionality.

    Designed for streaming content from smartphones and tablets directly to a home stereo system or standalone speakers via Bluetooth wireless technology, the US$59.99 G3A2000 HD Bluetooth Music Receiver includes an embedded NFC chip so that users with an NFC mobile phone can simply tap their phone to the receiver to pair the two devices.

  • Editing Team 15:28 on December 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    2013 CES News: LG Puts NFC into Its AV Lineup 


    As the 2013 CES is coming soon, LG is now busy introducing its products, and the next stop is its AV catalog.

    The running theme this year is NFC: both the BH9430PW 9.1-channel home theater and the BP730 Blu-ray player have the short-range wireless technology built in, to simplify mirroring content from your Optimus G (and, most likely, other NFC phones).

    The surround system also packs an iPod dock and a Private Audio Mode that funnels sound to a nearby smartphone when a quiet house is needed.

    Beyond these two devices, LG promises the Bluetooth-equipped, 310W NB4530A sound bar, a ND8630 speaker dock with both Android and iOS support (including AirPlay and Bluetooth) and an NP6630 portable speaker that stuffs AirPlay, Bluetooth and NFC into its frame.

    We’ll know more at CES next month.

  • Editing Team 17:21 on September 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Spotify Sharing Music with a Tap via NFC 

    Spotify-wireless-streaming-music-NFC-rfid-blogSpotify, the music streaming service provider, has added new feature to its Android app. Now, those with an Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) can wireless share music between two phones via NFC technology.

    Here’s how it works: Users can exchange music on Spotify by simply tapping two NFC-enabled devices together.

    The company also updated new audio effects for ICS Android devices. Users can check out them by visiting Settings > Audio Effects. There’s also an improved mode bar, with more information explaining why you’re offline. Besides, several bugs were fixed to make sure there is as less crash as possible.

    The updated Spotify for Android version is available now for free on Google Play. To take advantage of the new NFC feature, users will need to register a Premium Spotify membership.

    The Spotify streaming music service recently rolled out free streaming radio for iOS and Android devices, and the service also released a version of its app for the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet last month.

  • Editing Team 11:03 on August 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony’s New Speaker Using NFC & Bluetooth to Stream Music Wireless 

    At IFA held at Berlin, Germany, on Aug. 29th, besides announcing NFC-enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets and headphones, Sony has also introduced the SRS-BTM8, a speaker using both NFC and Bluetooth technologies. This new accessory is certainly worth taking a look at, as Sony simply describes it as “all it takes is a touch”.

    It is clearly designed with portability in mind. The speaker looks like a handbag, with a curved handle on top for easy carrying. Users can simply tap the top of the speaker with their smartphones to begin wireless streaming — similar to Android Beam, only for music.


    “All you do is touch the top of the speaker with your NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet and almost instantly your music will be pumping out into the room,” explains Sony, in launching the new speaker. “When you want it to stop, just touch the speaker again.”

    The new Sony SRS-BTM8 speakers have the usual Bluetooth option for easily streaming music, but now the addition of NFC makes sharing and playing music a breeze.


    The speaker is available for black and white. Unlike many portable wireless speakers, which feature rechargeable batteries, the SRS-BTM8 is powered by four AA batteries that promise up to 20 hours of wireless playback, but as the design suggests, you can also be able to power it via any outlet.

    To use the One-touch function, you’ll need to download the free app from Sony, “NFC Easy Connect” at Google Play Store. Unfortunately, there’s no word on pricing or release date details.

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