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      TechBits: NFC vs. Bluetooth

      {} {} Since the iPhone 5 release, the tech industry has been talking about the lack of Near Field Communications, or NFC, on the new phone.

      {} {} NFC is a low-power system used over small distances. {}It's used for things like swapping contacts between phones, and some payment systems. {}It does not need to be paired, and can transfer data in a fraction of a second.

      {} {} The iPhone already has Bluetooth- which is a similar technology. {}But Bluetooth is really designed for different applications- like wireless headsets, and data transfers between computers and smart phones. {}It needs more power, and requires pairing with other devices.

      {} {} NFC is only a loss for iPhone users depending on how they use their phones. {}For most people, it will not be a deal breaker.

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