After years of controversy, including a rather long battle with Australian Banks, Apple has finally succumbed to the publics demand.
For a more detailed look, follow this link to Apples Dev page
Previously, NFC technology was available to roughly 50% of the Australian Market, as half use Android. With this new release, virtually 100% of the market can use NFC technology which means accessibly will arrive at an all time high and subsequently opportunities for NFC technology may more than double.
You've gotta commend Apple for finally conceding their intentions to put a stranglehold on their NFC usage,
18 Creative & Useful Ways To Use NFC Tags With Your Smartphone – 2014 Update
1. At home
2. In the car
3. Working out in peace
4. On the bedside table – to fall asleep and wake up
5. Turn on your computer remotely
6. On your set of keys
7. Create a hotspot for your laptop or tablet
8. Save battery on your mobile
9. Turn on/off your lights at home
10. At the office
11. Set timers
12. In your wallet - as a business card
13. Start tasks on your smartphone
14. Give others access to your wifi
15. Lock & unlock doors
16. Control NFC devices with a ring
17. NFC tags in Education
18. NFC tags in Business
By Marc Knoll on February 8, 2014
The new NTAG213 NFC tags come with 144 bytes of user memory with password protection and are compatible with NFC Forum Type 2 tag and ISO/IEC14443 Type A standards. They also offer UID mirroring, enabling every tag to be easily identified as unique without requiring users to encode tags with serial numbers.
NFC Wireless key fobs & blank cards contain the latest NTAG213 chips.
As a tech business we pride ourselves in being at the uphill side of the curve. We are always on the hunt for new ways to improve our services and we have watched with interest in a new technology called Bitcoin.
Bitcoin is a decentralised digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the network.
Head on over to our mates at www.coinjar.com based in Melbourne Australia or check out Bitpay.com in the USA to get yourself set up!
The key selling point behind the RX100 II is the camera’s Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, as Sony Australia marketing manager for Digital Imaging Ervin Quek explained.
“Sony’s strategy behind NFC is to simplify the connection of its RX100 II with One-touch to smartphones and tablet to upload images straightaway to their favourite social networking site.”
“Usually connecting devices can lead to frustration and confusion. One-touch products eliminate this frustration. Simply touch two NFC products together and within moments, they're connected.”
This has to be one of the first three questions we get asked all day every day. Simple answer in Australia is 9 out of the top 10 phones sold in Australia today have NFC on board. Obviously all except the iPhone.
If you want a more detailed answer the most current list we have found is this one here from NFCworld.com: List of NFC enabled phones.
And another more readily scanned list is the one on Wikipedia, not as current, but easier to scan quickly to see if your handset: Check it out here.
Happy hunting for the right handset for your project, and be sure to confirm which versions of the NFC Forum Tag Types are best to work with. Not all of them play with all hardware.
If in doubt, don't be shy and ask!
If you haven't seen this report it is will worth a read. It gives a great summary on NFC technology, perfect to broaden your understanding, get some ideas and build your business case for use within your own business.
The report gives a range of uses of NFC including "loyalty cards stored on mobile phones, electronic locks, accessing advertising and marketing information and sharing social information by holding or ‘bumping’ two phones together." It also adds that payments are 5 to 10 years, something we concur with, hence our focus with our clients on what to do with 20% of users at end of 2013 with an NFC-enabled phone. The opportunities to delight customers and improve processes are endless.
By Mike Clark NFC World 26/02/12
An online NFC store has opened in Australia. NFC Wireless supplies tags, readers and software, and can provide encoding, printing and NFC software development services. The store also offers a range of A$5 unbranded NFC window stickers for functions such as “Follow us on Twitter” and “Check in here”. “We will strive to be Australia’s NFC provider of choice,” says CEO Justine Mittelheuser.