It's more than a wallet-killer: Everything you need to know about NFC

NFC has grown popular through wireless payment systems like Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay, but just what is it exactly? Here's everything you need to know about the technology, including what it can do, and how it works.
Emerging Tech

Would you swap your keycard for a microchip implant? For many, the answer is yes

Put down your keycard! More people are turning to implanted RFID chips as their choice of workplace identification. Should we be worried about a world in which employees get microchipped?

NFC tech in official World Cup match ball draws fans even more into the games

As soccer fans gear up to root for their favorite nation in the 2018 World Cup, Adidas teamed with software company BlueBite to outfit the official match ball with NFC tech. By scanning the chip with a phone, fans get access to exclusive…
Home Theater

RHA’s acclaimed MA650 wireless earphones now come in white

Scotland-based audio manufacturer RHA makes some seriously nice headphones, including the MA650 Wireless. Now, you can get the excellent $100 earbuds -- with 12 hours of battery life -- in white.

How to make coasters that connect guests to your Wi-Fi with a single tap

Tired of reciting your Wi-Fi password every time your houseguests want to connect to your network? We've got a solution for you: NFC drink coasters that automatically grant guests access to your Wi-Fi when they tap their phones on them.

Free up storage and keep your media organized with Google’s Files Go app

Unsure how to manage the storage on your smartphone? That's where Google's Files Go app comes in. Here's how you can use it to easily free up space on your device, find files, and share them with others even when you're offline.

Garmin contactless payments go live on the Vivoactive 3 smartwatch, just about

You can now use your Vivoactive 3 smartwatch to pay for stuff using Garmin Pay, though with only a few banks involved at the start, the launch is somewhat limited. Garmin is promising more support "soon."

Google secretly axed its NFC Smart Unlock — and Android users are fuming

Android users can no longer use the NFC (near-field communication) Smart Unlock feature on their devices, as it was killed by Google without any advance notice or explanation. The company did not offer much in the way of explanation.

Visa, FIFA to make Confederations Cup a cashless experience

Visa announced a partnership with FIFA that will see the company making all official Confederations Cup stadiums cashless-enabled -- so you can leave your wallet at home if you're heading to a game.

Fitbit kills what's left of Coin, ending support and app services

Coin has announced it will terminate services for its wallet-slimming digital credit card at the end of February, though existing devices will still function as long as they have battery power.

Spyder’s NFC-enabled ski jacket provides real-time snow reports and local trail maps

The new Spyder Glissade ski jacket features an NFC-enabled patch that pairs with smartphones to provide access to social media feeds and offer realtime updates on snow conditions, location-based trail maps, and more.
Emerging Tech

Ever see a chip implanted in someone? One of our own puts his body on the line

Digital Trends' live-stream has it all, from the cool to the bizarre. But wait until you see our Cool Tech editor get an implant on live TV. Needle-fearing folks, be prepared.

Samsung Pay celebrates 1st birthday with support for coupons, $100K in prizes

Samsung will celebrate its mobile payment service's first anniversary in the U.S. by introducing an in-app coupon service and $100,000 in prizes. The contest runs until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, so submit your entries now!

Here’s a high-tech way to find out if your new designer bag is genuine or a fake

Worried your new designer bag isn't genuine, but a convincing fake? One company has had enough, and decided to integrate special smartphone-readable NFC tags into the label to prove authenticity once and for all.

Barclays launches a new NFC payments app for UK customers

Barclays Bank has launched a contactless payment app for customers in the U.K. It's available through the Play Store, and supports payments at more than 400,000 locations and London's public transit system.

A new Olympic ring? Visa’s will allow athletes in Rio to make mobile payments

Visa unveiled a new post-password wearable tech solution, a near-field-communication-based payment ring that syncs directly to its user's credit card account. Visa will give them to sponsored athletes at this summer's Rio Olympics.

Wells Fargo Wallet set to take on Android Pay with NFC, contactless ATM withdrawals

Banking giant Wells Fargo is relaunching its mobile app, Wells Fargo Wallet, on Android. It'll gain NFC features for payments and ATM withdrawals when it launches "later this summer."

Android Pay gains ATM cash withdrawal, better web support, and more

Google introduced a bevy of new features to its Android Pay platform at the company's I/O 2016 developer conference in San Francisco. One particularly nifty one? The ability to withdraw cash from ATMs.