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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
HTC yesterday unveiled its new smartphone at a private press event, rather than waiting for the upcoming Mobile World Congress. Of course, there is good enough reason behind this move - news is that it plans to feature 3 new wearable devices at the mega event. These novel wearables are believed to be in the process of development.
HTC is said to be busy conducting meetings with top mobile carriers to showcase 2 smartwatches, similar to the Qualcomm Toq. These smart devices, which will differ from each other, will come with a Mirasol display, Bluetooth connectivity and music player as well.
The third smartwatch would rely on Google Now for notifications and updates. It would most likely come with an AMOLED screen. The company is also said to be creating a prototype of a Fitband-style bracelet; meant for playing music; featuring activity-tracking sensors as well.
Well, we have just a few more days to go for the MWC. We will be bringing you updates on that event as it unfolds.
Google today updated its Translate app for iOS to version 2.1. This latest version is now optimized for iOS 7 - it offers complete support for the iOS 7 keyboard and status bar.
Apart from the above improvement, Google Translate 2.1 also adds handwriting input support for a slew of languages that do not use the Roman script, such as Persian, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Hebrew, Javanese, Maltese and many more.
I am queried, time and again, as to whether it is really necessary to create a mobile app for a business. While the larger establishments can effortlessly raise the resources to create a great app showcasing their products and services; it is invariably the smaller businesses that are reluctant to go ahead and take the plunge into mobile.
Mobile now forms the crux of everything that we do. What once used to be a mere channel of telecommunication has now has practically taken over our lives. In the current milieu, it becomes imperative for all businesses to make a transition to mobile.
Mobile apps are the best and the easiest way to reach more customers, while also retaining the current ones. Once you create your app, you can easily present and promote your products before a large global audience.
I recently penned an article, listing the elements that a mobile app must possess, in order to drive a business toward success. Take a look and let me know if you think I left out something.
The mobile market is all abuzz with the latest rumor that Microsoft may be considering bringing Android apps to its Windows Phone OS. The company had invested billions of dollars into converting Windows Mobile to Windows Phone. Ironically, the main motive behind this move was to offer competition to the Android OS!
Though there is nothing official about the news yet, it is receiving mixed reactions from the mobile industry. While some are in favor of simply enabling Android apps to work on the Windows Phone OS, others believe that this move could altogether kill Microsoft's mobile platform.
I personally think that the company would be making the biggest mistake if it supported Android apps to run within its own ecosystem. This would not only reaffirm Android's superiority, but would also kill app developers' interest to create apps for the WP OS.
In any case, it would be interesting to know about brand new CEO, Satya Nadella's, views on the topic. If he were to agree to this, it could well end up changing the entire market scenario.
I had posted an article, just yesterday, on the pros and cons of NFC payments. Well, it looks like this technology is catching up really fast. The latest news is that Royal Bank of Canada, Canada's largest bank, now offers its customers a unique NFC payments service, which stores its customers' information in the cloud. This service, called RBC Wallet, is currently available for Samsung Galaxy S III and S4 users.
Users can access RBC Wallet services at Visa PayWave or Interac Flash contactless point-of-sale terminals all over Canada. This seamless process requires users to download the RBC mobile banking app and enable Wallet. They then need to enter a passcode and hover their smartphone over the terminal.
What makes this system different is that the actual financial data of the customer is securely stored within firewall-protected RBC servers. Instead of storing customer card information on an NFC SIM, the bank decided to use its own RBC Secure Cloud platform, so as to make it additionally safer for the user.
The bank plans to work with different mobile carriers and also include support for more devices in the near future.
UK-based mobile payment provider, Monitise, has acquired Pozitron Yazilim, a Turkey-based mobile technology company, which focused on providing services to the Middle East. The $100 million deal now gives Monitise a firm footing in that part of the world as well. Incidentally, the client list of Pozitron includes major enterprises including eBay, ING and Turkish Airlines.
Monitise, which had bought Clairmail in 2012, thus expanding to North America, is now all set to address the ever-increasing demand for mobile payment services in Turkey, Europe and the Middle East. The company recently signed a 3-year payment technology deal with OP-Pohjola Group, a leading Finnish banking group. Not only that, it also partnered with leading companies to introduce a mobile money service in the Chinese language.
Positron, which is debt free and has no venture backing, will be rebranded with the name of its new parent company and its existing employees will join Monitise. Monitise's services are currently available on the iOS, Android and BlackBerry platforms and include SMS banking, ATM locators, proximity payments, P2P, international transfers and more.