When Apple recently embraced NFC (Near Field Communication), the move was seen as a major shot in the arm for the short-range wireless communication technology where mobile payments are concerned. That was, of course, a proverbial shot in an equally notional arm, but there are real people out there who are injecting their flesh-and-blood selves with actual NFC implants.
Until a couple of years back, it seemed as if Nintendo simply could not put a foot wrong. But things have changed drastically in this time and the company hasn’t been in the best of financial health lately. Just to give you an idea of Nintendo’s financial plight, the company is now expecting its first annual loss in 30 years. It’s pretty obvious that it desperately needs a spark from somewhere to fire up a financial revival. Will that much needed spark come from the Wii U and its tablet-like controller? Well nobody can say for sure at this point. However, there’s something we now know for sure: that the Wii U’s controller will pack NFC (Near Field Communication) support.
In our last white paper roundup, we explained the technology behind three modern connectors. And while stuff like USB 3.0 and Light Peak is pretty exciting, we can't help but feel like technologies that speed up physical connections are a little behind the times. After all, isn't the future supposed to be wireless?
In that spirit, our new batch of whitepapers explores the wild world of wireless technologies, including 4G, Near Field Communication, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. So keep reading, and educate yourself about this generation's wireless tech.
AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have announced a joint venture centered around turning your mobile phone into a method of payment, Engadget is reporting. Using so-called Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, the hope is that one day, you will only have to tap your phone on a point of sale kiosk to pay for items. The technology will be deployed with the help of a NFC tech firm called Isis.
The press release claims the system will be available in locations nation-wide in about 18 months. That may seem like quite a wait, but there are currently no widely distributed phones in the US that have the necessary NFC chips built in. There are security concerns to be sure, so we'll all have to keep an eye on this technology as it rolls out.