Tuesday March 11, 2014
NFC technology has started to gain immense popularity, both among individual users and industries. The manufacture of NFC-enabled mobile devices is expected to rise multi-fold in the coming few years.
There is now news of a new tokenization framework being developed by EMVCo, which would enable EMV transactions to be made via mobile phones; supporting a vast range of technologies, including contactless payments, Bluetooth LE and QR codes.
Once implemented, this technology could enable users to carry out EMV transactions, using physical cards and/or their mobile devices. The tokenization system replaces a traditional card account number with a unique payment token, which limits its usage on a certain device.
This move could create a significant impact on mobile payment industry and possibly provide an answer to the seemingly never-ending NFC vs. EMV debate. Of course, this system is only in its planning stages and so, will take time to actually come into effect.
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Friday March 7, 2014
It is 2 years since the Android Market was rebranded as the Google Play Store. In order to celebrate its second birthday, Google is offering a discount on several apps, games and media featuring in its storefront. While users can avail free in-app bonuses for certain apps and games, several Dr. Seuss books are available for as low as $1. The company is also offering hefty discounts on some popular movie titles as well.
In the meantime, Target is featuring discounts on Apple products, beginning Sunday, March 09, 2014. Not only that, the store is additionally offering trade-in promotion, whereby customers stand to save up to $150 while purchasing a new iPad Mini or iPad Air in exchange for their working iPad 2.
Target is also extending an iPhone offer, whereby customers can get up to $50 off toward purchasing a new iPhone 5C or 5S. These offers are available in-store and will go on till March 22 this year.
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Wednesday March 5, 2014
The Mobile World Congress, which went on from February 24-27 this year, revealed some interesting and intriguing new mobile gadgets. While the event saw the introduction of highly advanced smartphones, the highlight was the entry of a whole slew of wearable smart gadgets.
Mozilla's $25 smartphone claimed the spotlight, with visitors wanting to know if such a low-priced gadget could really work - to their amazement, it actually did work, and pretty well too!
Sony is obviously all set to usher in the 4K era, with its Xperia Z2 and a line of 4K TVs. Yet another surprise element was that of Ford showing off its impressive new 2015 Focus, which improves upon its previous model, also including an 8-inch smart display offering users better navigation, location-based and other search features while at the wheel.
What gadgets did you most like at the MWC 2014? Which among them do you think will be the most practicable and useful? Share your thoughts with us!
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Java is one of the easiest and most popular languages for developers. One can find several Java IDEs (or integrated development environments) today, each one offering different features and utilities.
I had recently written a post comparing 3 of the most popular IDEs, namely, Eclipse, IntelliJ and NetBeans. I also featured an article listing out the best free platforms for Java developers.
What is your preferred IDE and why? Also, can you think of other free platforms which I missed including in my list? Do let me know!