Near Field Communication (NFC) Breakdown

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Near field communication, or as it’s more commonly known, NFC, is all over the press headlines recently so I thought I would leverage this exposure and write my own opinion article on this commonly misunderstood topic. Over the last year I have done some intense investigations on this technology in hopes I could utilize it in the development of a mobile application, alas that idea fizzled out, but the resulting knowledge of NFC I gained should help me explain a little more about this to everyone. At first, I felt as though this technology would be a flash in the pan – so to speak – but the more I learned, the more I realized it has amazing potential and has actually been used in other countries for years! The future of NFC in the United States is just beginning and, I believe, the translations will slowly be seen and felt in many aspects of our daily lives.

First, let’s start with understanding exactly what NFC is, how it works, and how safe it really is. Near field communications aren’t new to you – although you may be completely unaware of what exactly I am referring to. Have you ever swiped a keycard to open a parking gate? Have you walked out of a store and set off the alarm? Had your pets micro-chipped? I’m sure most of you have experienced at least one of these scenarios, and if so, you’ve been exposed to the most basic form of NFC technology – radio frequency identification, RFID for short. Although very similar, NFC works a little differently from RFID as it can be a two-way street – receiving or sending information – whereas RFID is limited to one-way interactions. RFID technology is still used in many applications, but will most likely be phased out in favor of NFC. Most of you have been seeing NFC introduced into mobile phones, tablets, and other devices such as speakers and even TVs, but why?

Since NFC is a two-way street which allows two devices to talk to each other by simply ‘tapping’ or ‘touching’ them together it requires close proximity (10cm or less) in order for the devices to ‘speak’ to each other. For example, if I want my NFC enabled mobile phone to play a song on my NFC enabled mobile speaker I must ‘tap’ or ‘touch’ them together, allowing them to ‘speak’ to each other, thus resulting in the speaker playing the music from my mobile phone. This two-way technology has many applications which you can check out in the slideshow at CNET.com. The applications are endless, as the slideshow briefly examines, and that brings me to my next area of discussion which is mobile payments.

For a long time our country has been anti-NFC when it comes to mobile payments, but what most people fail to realize is these types of payment systems have been in place in Japan for over 10 years! After reading the book Platform Alliance: thinking for your success, by the President of NetStrategy, Carl Atsushi Hirano, I was amazed at how far Japan had come with NFC technology. The Japanese use NFC technology in their subway systems, convenient stores, restaurants and many other payment modes. To me that was a red flag that we were missing out on something huge in America. The simplicity of NFC makes it something that we must pursue. Of course, security should be a huge priority, but as we start to develop better software and security measures to ensure safety I think we can soon enjoy the freedom the Japanese have with mobile payments. Check out this link for more information on NFC and NFC security. Of course, NFC isn’t perfect, at least not yet, but that isn’t stopping me from day dreaming of some future possibilities.

As a personal trainer and quasi-entrepreneur I am always trying to think up the coolest ideas for mobile fitness apps. Recently I had an idea of using NFC tag technology within the gym so I set out to do some investigating. I purchased an NFC enabled phone, some NFC tags (tags are programmable, stand-alone NFC enabled sensors that can store, send and receive data) and tested the idea of storing workouts on certain tags – it worked! I could actually store a video of someone doing a bench press on, let’s call it, Tag A, attach Tag A to the bench press, scan my phone to the said tag and instantly be watching the video of a proper bench press. Pretty cool right? Of course, as ideas go it never materialized but that stands as a simple idea of what someone can do with NFC technology.

Already, Sony and Samsung are leading the charge with NFC tags and NFC enabled devices. One of the coolest things I’ve seen NFC being developed for is the next generation of TV’s and gaming systems. Sony’s Playstation 4 is being rumored to utilize NFC to connect and interact with Sony branded tablets, and Sony televisions will be able to display your mobile phones’ screen in 60inch Hi-Def with just the swipe of NFC – dubbed One-Touch technology. Most companies are just now at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to utilizing NFC, but the future looks bright!

After doing my research and testing NFC for myself I’ve really come to embrace the possibilities of what this technology can do. Whether it’s simple tasks such as turning your phone from office mode to car mode, or more functional features like tapping quickly to get on the Subway or paying for your daily coffee you can really start to appreciate how simple NFC make things. Daily life is constantly full of clutter and even though we surround ourselves with technology that is supposed to simplify things, it can sometimes result in the opposite, and that’s where I think NFC differs. I believe the NFC technology today, and in the future, really will make our daily lives simpler and less stressful. I’m excited to see what is coming next!

Sony Xperia Tablet Z – Overview

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This year at MWC Sony decided to unveil its latest offering which shares the same design language of the Xperia Z which adopted the glass design and waterproof-ness as part of its makeover, not only that but the tablet also has powerful specifications to match with its beauty, hopefully Sony don’t confuse their customers with the names since they are vaguely similar. The Tablet Z will come in storage memory sizes of 16GB and 32GB with the option of adding additional memory through the use of the Micro-SD slot.

Sony declared that the tablet was the world’s thinnest with a measurement of 6.9mm, it also weighs in at 1.1pounds which is much lighter then other tablets. The Xperia Tablet Z has a plastic rubberized finish and a glass display that is featured on the front of the device with hints of metal making up the edges and the buttons to finalize the…

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First WiGig dock eliminates cord clutter on your desk

Looks pretty slick and I can dig the wireless-ness of the dock. Does anyone know of similar, more generic docks that exist??

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WiGig laptop is paired with Dell wireless dock, but routers will have to wait.

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Dell has unveiled a wireless dock that can handle speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, allowing wireless connections from a laptop to USB storage devices and one or two monitors.

This is the first usable product based on WiGig (wireless gigabit, aka 802.11ad), which uses the 60GHz band to allow short-range transmissions far more powerful than standard Wi-Fi on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

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MLB The Show 13: Road to the Show

This is the one mode I think has the most potential this year to really break out and take over the majority of my days. I like the new approach to the camera views – giving you a more realistic, first-person view of the action. Also, the ability to change the setting to ‘user-catch’ is a great addition!

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this game next Tuesday, March 5th!!

Underrated Vintage Game of the Week: TMNT Tournament Fighters

Underrated Vintage Game of the Week: TMNT Tournament Fighters

ImageReleased between 1993 and 1994 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters was, I believe, one of the better fighting games ever released for the SNES system. I spent hundreds of hours over the course of that year fighting between the 12 playable characters. The battles between my Michaelangelo and the Rat King and Karai were as epic as any I had playing the  Street Fighter series.

I always appreciated the authenticity the game presented with the Turtles and their individual personalities and fighting styles. The story mode was challenging enough to keep the game interesting and relevant long after I purchased it – I only wished the roster of playable fighters was expanded. Playing as Splinter or Casey Jones would have been icing on the cake! That being said this was a no-brainer as my initial choice for the “Underrated Vintage Game of the Week” post.

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Let’s discuss the Mclaren P1

Love that they’re bringing the McLaren back!

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Mclaren released the details, and photos, of the production version of their new P1 hypercar today ahead of its official debut at next week’s 2013 Geneva Motor Show. In short it is a hybrid with a combined output of 903hp, it will do 0-60mph in sub 3 sec, 0-124mph in sub 7 sec, and its top speed is limited to “only” 217mph. I emphasize the “only” because one of the first comments I read about the car on Jalopnik was “1.3 mill and its “limited” to 217.  Thanks.  Pretty much told us its not as fast as the Veyron”. That, right there, people, is the problem I have with both a car like the Bugatti, and your typical superficial sort car enthusiast. Keep in mind, a Formula One car is “slower” than a Veyron as well, yet you don’t see the Bugatti setting lap times even remotely close to the…

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