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BlackBerry Messenger 6.2 Now Available in Beta Zone Featuring NFC “Tap to Auto-Add”

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BBM is an incredibly powerful tool for BlackBerry users. It’s especially powerful when it’s combined with apps to help facilitate communication and sharing rich media. It’s even more powerful when combined with NFC to make all of this seamless and a simple matter of tapping two phones together. RIM is betting heavily on NFC and while we haven’t seen any real use cases for it yet on an NFC BlackBerry, BBM could be the first mass use-case. The latest version of BBM lets users set their BBM to auto-add any contact that is being shared by tapping. The NFC portion guarantees the person is a trusted connection and circumvents all the boring QR code scanning or sending someone your PIN.
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In A World Of “Free”, Money Takes Center Stage At SXSW

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SXSW (South By Southwest) Interactive is notorious for giving everything away free t-shirts, free food, free drinks, free apps, free, free, free. It’s practically your “right” as a show attendee that you shouldn’t have to spend money on anything; except maybe a pedal-cab ride. This year, however, it’s not the big new free app that’s capturing everyone’s attention, it’s money.

Everywhere you turn in Austin there’s another way to buy, sell, get a deal or somehow exchange payment. There have even been more than a handful of sessions on mobile payments. The speakers are claiming that “now” is the time for mobile payments to really take off. With options from gamified payments to payment within well-known apps to NFC, it could make your head spin. I haven’t honestly seen one super-standout app, but I’ve downloaded quite a few options to give them a try. And I’ve spoken to the others to find out what makes them tick.
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NFCShortcuts Uses Near Field Communications and BlackBerry for Convenience

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NFCLauncher is an NFC controller app that can unlock the NFC potential of your new BlackBerry by assigning commands to NFC tags that you place around your work, car and home. Touch your NFC tags with your NFC enabled BB and it will launch what you have set it to launch, or it can launch a ShortcutMe macro.
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Yes-Wallet.com Launches NFC Enabled Pouch App With VISA and Mastercard Support

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NFC is one of the most exciting features of modern BlackBerrys. The Near Field Communication feature will allow you to share media between devices as well as use your BlackBerry as a mobile wallet. Recently, Yes-Wallet.com launched a new BlackBerry app called Pouch, that supports NFC and lets you connect your VISA and MasterCards. The company is also ready to expand the service to gift cards, loyalty programs and debit cards.
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How to Create Your Own NFC Tag With BlackBerry Smart Tags

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Having gotten our hands on several NFC-enabled BlackBerrys and seen what the possibilities of NFC are, we thought we’d prepare a guide in anticipation of BlackBerry users making their own NFC tags. With the BlackBerry Smart Tags app, users can not only read tags, but they can create them too. This is just one aspect of NFC that will be awesome on BlackBerry. The tutorial and more about NFC after the jump.
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Developers: RIM Introduces BlackBerry Java SDK 7.0 Beta for Augmented Reality, NFC and More

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The latest BlackBerry development kit looks to have some pretty awesome APIs and tools that developers can use to make the next generation of BlackBerry apps. Some particularly interesting APIs include the magnetometer APIs which allow for better navigation apps, as well as augmented reality and gaming. The Native Window API lets developers overlay a native window such as a camera or video view finder, or web browser. This sort of API is a great help when creating augmented reality apps. Also of great relevance are the NFC APIs which will allow developers to read the NFC chip to communicate with other NFC-enabled devices.

So what can we expect? Well it will be great to see some new games and augmented reality apps. Apps like Google Goggles are a fun way to discover your surroundings and hopefully an app like Poynt will get an augmented reality feature as well. It would also be great to see BBM use the NFC APIs to be able to “bump” your BBM contact rather than use the QR code. Hopefully RIM is on top of that.

Hit the jump for the press release.
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