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RIM uses near-field communications for content-sharing with Blackberry Tag

Jenny Williams

Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled Blackberry Tag, which uses near-field communications (NFC) technology to share content between Blackberry users.

The Blackberry Tag NFC technology will allow users to share contacts, documents, URLs and photos as well as add contacts instantly to Blackberry's messaging service, BBM by "tapping" Blackberry smartphones together.

Jim Balsillie, co-CEO at RIM, said Blackberry Tag opens a new dimension to the Blackberry platform.

During his keynote presentation at the GITEX conference in Dubai, Balsillie said: "BlackBerry Tag is an exciting and innovative feature that makes sharing contact information and multimedia content effortless and seamless."

Using NFC technology, the announcement also paves the way for RIM to offer mobile payments in the near future, similar to the Google Wallet. This would allow users to make secure low-value payments in retail stores and cafes by simply waving their smartphone in front of a contactless payment card reader.

RIM's Blackberry Bold 9900/9930 and Blackberry Curve 9350/9360/9370 smartphones will be first to support Blackberry Tag, being the first RIM devices to include NFC technology.

Blackberry Tag will be included in the next update to its mobile operating system (OS), Blackberry 7.

RIM also said it plans to provide BB Tag application programming interfaces (APIs) to allow developers to build "tap to share" functionality into applications.


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