- Nokia Culture Will Out (Adam Greenfield) — Except that, as realized by Nokia, this is precisely what failed to happen. I experienced, in fact, neither a frisson of elegant futurism nor a blasé presentiment of everyday life at midcentury. I was given an NFC phone, and told to tap it against the item I wanted from the vending machine. This is what happened next: the vending machine teeped, and the phone teeped, and six or seven seconds later a notification popped up on its screen. It was an incoming text message, which had been sent by the vending machine at the moment I tapped my phone against it. I had to respond “Y” to this text to complete the transaction. The experience was clumsy and joyless and not in any conceivable way an improvement over pumping coins into the soda machine just the way I did quarters into Defender at the age of twelve.
- NextGen Education and Research Robotics — virtual conference on robotics in education.
- Homemade Arduino Printer (Instructables) — made with an Arduino, two dead CD/DVD drives and a marker pen. Clever hack! (via MindKits on Twitter)
ENTRIES TAGGED "NFC"
Magento fills out eBay's platform ambitions and a report predicts $50 billion via NFC by 2014.
eBay's latest acquisition, open-source commerce platform provider Magento, clarifies its ambitions to become a partner for retailers of all sizes. Also, Juniper Research predicts $50 billion in NFC mobile payments by 2014.
How Wallet could fit in with other Google tools, correlate your own data, removing content from search.
In the latest Search Notes: Thoughts on how Wallet could connect to other Google services; a new tool to correlate your own data with search results; international search share; an easy way to remove your content from Google's view.
The data differences between PC software and mobile apps, "human density data," and lessons from the Victorian age.
This week on Radar: A deep look at how PC-based software and mobile apps handle data acquisition; why "human density data" could be a game changer; interesting data lessons from the Victorian age; friction at the eG8 forum; and a look at Google's new Wallet.
Isis invites everyone into its NFC effort, rumors swirl around Apple retail, and mobile banking is on a tear.
Isis' CEO opens the doors to its NFC effort, while a stealth project at Apple's retail stores makes some wonder if it will leap ahead of other NFC players. Also, mobile banking is on a tear, especially where it's the first option for the unbanked.
A report says Android dev interest is stalling, Facebook Credits gets noticed, PayPal buys another real-world service
A report says developers are holding back on Android, put off by fragmentation in the platform and a disappointing uptake in Android tablets. Also, Facebook Credits gets attention and we take a look at PayPal's latest purchase.
Android could soon own half the market, NFC Simm cards in China, and Quova challenges developers
Gartner says Android can take half the smartphone market by the end of 2012. Also, China's mobile customers can slip NFC SIMM cards into their handsets, and geolocation company Quova challenges developers.
Shoppers choose virtual currency, AmEx gets geolocation, and Isis plans for an NFC future.
IFeelGoods finds some shoppers choose virtual currency over the real stuff. Also, American Express teams with Foursquare for geolocated offers, Isis plans a tap-and-pay test in Utah, and Boku steps out of the gaming world to pay for real goods.
Visa plans person-to-person transfers, Groupon gets hyperlocal, Apple sues Amazon over "App Store"
Visa aims to bring P2P payments to a billion cardholders while continuing to test contactless payment. Also, Groupon wants to offer more (and more local) deals and an Apple lawsuit helps promote Amazon's new app market.
Node.JS Cluster, Experience Culture, Robots in Education, and Homebrew Printer
Google offers publishers a sweeter deal, telcos rally around a payment standard, and Bling Nation embraces Facebook
Apple's plan to charge publishers 30% of in-app subscriptions was undercut by Google's 10% One Pass program the next day. But is Apple's service worth a premium? Plus: Giant companies mull a mobile payment standard and Bling Nation shifts its website to Facebook.