TechSpot: Everything You Need to Know About NFC

Near Field Communication, or simply NFC, is shaping up to be one of the hottest tech trends of the next few years. Mobile payment systems backed by major financial institutions are either already being tested or in plans to start tests, while smartphones with built-in NFC chips are making their way into the U.S. and Europe. But beyond payments, NFC has the potential to reach many other industries, from location-based services to ticketing and public transportation.

It’s not too far-fetched to imagine a world where all we need to carry around with us is a single do-it-all device. NFC could allow our smartphone to pay for products, open doors, as well as act as our personal ID or a virtual ticket for transport and attractions. Say goodbye to your keys, wallet, cards and any extra weight in your pockets.

Of course, there are loose ends that will need to be worked out before the technology actually catches on, like ensuring the proper infrastructure is there and addressing any security concerns. In this piece we are going to tell you the things that you should know about Near Field Communication and how it could make your life easier in the future.

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In all seriousness, for this technology to both survive and widely used, Apple will need to jump onboard. If you don't think this is true, all you need to do is look at how many accessories are available to Apple devices and then compare it to your own.

Billus said,
In all seriousness, for this technology to both survive and widely used, Apple will need to jump onboard.
Other way around. For Apple to survive they will need to jump on board. NFC is already making enormous headway.

LMAO at first i thought the articles title said "TechSpot: Everything You Need to Know About KFC", was like hmm what's to know about fried chicken? and why did TechSpot do an article on it?

kurupy said,
LMAO at first i thought the articles title said "TechSpot: Everything You Need to Know About KFC", was like hmm what's to know about fried chicken? and why did TechSpot do an article on it?

The did an article because of the chips! d'oh!

How long will it be before someone creates a device that can read the cards and clone the information?

what said,
How long will it be before someone creates a device that can read the cards and clone the information?

this is already available...kinda scary

"Like ensuring the proper infrastructure is there and addressing any security concerns."

For example, security guards at subway stations where people will inevitably wait to pinch peoples phones as they swipe through?

_DP said,
"Like ensuring the proper infrastructure is there and addressing any security concerns."

For example, security guards at subway stations where people will inevitably wait to pinch peoples phones as they swipe through?

Yes, partly agree however, its not too different to someone stealing your wallet and keys or even pinching your train ticket.

Stuff like cars and doors would probably have other security such as PIN's or other identifying forms. so yes, its a risk having someone steal your phone however not much different to someone stealing the older technology of today