Google Ditches Barcodes for NFC

first_imgTags:#Google#mobile#news#NYT#Trends#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Google is moving away from barcodes and towards NFC (near field communication) if a pair of stories about the search company are tied together. Yesterday, news broke out about Google’s decision to officially end support for the use of QR codes, the 2D barcodes readable by camera-equipped mobile phones, in its business listings service Google Places. Today, non-profit industry association NFC Forum announced that Google has joined its ranks as a new member with voting privileges.If you’ve been waiting to see momentum surrounding NFC, here it is. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Killing the QR CodeEarlier this month, Mike Blumenthals of the “Understanding Google Maps & Local Search” blog noticed that business owners could no longer create a printable QR Code for their listing in Google Places. These codes had previously been used by merchants in advertising, on business cards, posters, signage and anywhere else a business wanted to advertise its Places page. This type of advertising helped to popularize the QR code with consumers.Why, then, would Google kill it?As it turns out, the missing feature wasn’t due to a bug, but an executive decision at Google to move beyond the barcode.A company spokesperson provided Blumenthals with the following statement:Users will no longer find unique QR codes in their Places accounts. We’re exploring new ways to enable customers to quickly and easily find information about local businesses from their mobile phones.Instead: NFC in Google PlacesThe studious observer knows precisely what Google means when it says “new ways.” It means NFC.NFC, which stands for “near field communication,” is a wireless technology that enables data exchanges over short distances. It’s the backbone of Google’s (reportedly in development) mobile wallet initiative with MasterCard and Citigroup.It’s also the technology Google has been testing with its Hotpot program, a Yelp-like service that encourages local customers to rate and review their favorite restaurants, bars, shops and other local businesses. Now in its pilot phase, Hotpot merchants and business owners in Portland, Oregon have been provided with NFC-enabled window decals which would, when tapped with an NFC-enabled handset (or activated by waving the phone near the sticker), would link to the business’ Places page.This week, that program expanded to Madison, Wisconsin. These businesses will also be received NFC-enabled window decals, says Google in its announcement.Google Joins NFC ForumIn addition to the NFC support in Google’s Android mobile operating system, the NFC support in Google’s flagship phone, the Nexus S, the NFC-enabled window decals for Hotpot businesses and the reported NFC-enabled mobile wallet system, Google has now joined the industry group called the NFC Forum.This non-profit association, created in 2004, is dedicated to advancing, standardizing and educating the market about the use of NFC technology. Today, 31 new members have signed up to join the organization, including Google. Intel and CSR also upped their membership level from Associate to Principal, meaning, like Google, they will now have voting rights and the ability to designate individuals to run for positions on committees and in working groups. Principal members can also propose initiatives for the organization to pursue.It’s obvious why this move is notable for the industry, especially given Android’s market share. The Google-created mobile operating system is now the number one smartphone platform in the U.S., and number one or two worldwide, depending on which analyst firm’s figures you choose to believe.NFC Doubters Come Out of HidingDespite the growing momentum surrounding NFC (we’ve been running a series on ReadWriteMobile, tracking the technology, for what it’s worth), not everyone is convinced of its potential.Marty Beard, president of mobile messaging company Sybase 365, told the blog VentureBeat that the industry’s obsession with NFC is unjustified because it still hasn’t show how it is better than existing technologies.Mike Rowehl agrees with Beard’s general sentiment. Rowehl, currently at mobile services-focused Churn Labs, the organizer of Silicon Valley’s Mobile Monday and who aids in the organization of Mobile 2.0 events, he recently blogged “Why I’m Crossing NFC Off My List.” He thinks that NFC technology is “headed for a brick wall” and simply “won’t work.”That said, we’ve talked to a number of high profile companies working on NFC initiatives and will soon talk to more. So far, the list includes Visa, MasterCard, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Chase, Intuit, Isis (a carrier-led mobile wallet service in the U.S.), ViVOtech, PayPal, NXP, VeriFone and others. If NFC fails, as doubters expect it will, it certainly won’t be for lacking of trying. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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Another Filipino shoots for world title

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Ceres still on top; Global forges draw Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Tagged a huge underdog against Iwasa, Saulong trained at Survival Camp in Cavite under rising mentor Joven Jimenez and sparred with IBF junior bantamweight king Ancajas.“He (Saulong) is in peak form, has trained hard, and is determined to succeed just like Ancajas, said Jimenez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSaulong breezed through the weigh-in Wednesday, coming in at 121.5. Isawa tipped the scales at 121.75 lb. —ROY LUARCA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Late Tuesday night, Jerwin Ancajas received his trophy as one of the Philippine Sportswriters Association’s Athletes of the Year. On Thursday, another boxer hopes to achieve that same success.Ernesto Saulong, who is trained by Ancajas’ mentor, guns for the International Boxing Federation junior featherweight title of Japanese Ryosuke Iwasa in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View commentslast_img read more

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UP Fighting Maroons, Frontrow ink team up

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Finals MVP Bea De Leon: Staying for 5th year at Ateneo ‘best decision I’ve ever made’ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The support continues to pour in for the University of the Philippines’ men’s basketball team.On Saturday, the Fighting Maroons and Frontrow, one of the biggest names in the health, beauty and wellness industry in the country, have formalized their partnership ahead of the upcoming UAAP Season 82.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “This is really a big thing because number one, we really needed the additional funds and number two, if you’re going to be supported by the leading brand, you need to make sure that you’re going to represent them well,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol during the ceremonial signing of contract and dinner held at Frontrow CEO Sam Verzosa’s fancy residence at Corinthian Gardens in Quezon City.“You have a responsibility. That’s why it’s important that with everything that we’re doing, we need to think about not only UP but also all the sponsors that are making a lot of things happen for us,” added Perasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe entire UP team, including its star trio of Bright Akhuetie, Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras, was present in the press conference which was also attended by Verzosa and Frontrow president Raymond “RS” Francisco, who are both UP alumni.“The partnership between UP and Frontrow is just fitting because both share a passion for success,” Perasol, who steered the Fighting Maroons to their first UAAP Finals appearance in 32 years in Season 81, said. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Perasol hopes to maximize all the financial support coming in and this time, deliver the title to UP.The Maroons definitely have the tools to go all the way in Season 82 with Rivero and Paras already cleared to join mainstays Bright Akhuetie and Juan Gomez de Liaño and form a star-studded core.last_img read more

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DeMarcus Cousins Just Epically Trolled Fox Sports’ Clay Travis

first_imgJohn Calipari gives instructions to DeMarcus Cousins.LEXINGTON, KY – FEBRUARY 13: John Calipari the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wilcats talks with DeMarcus Cousins #15 during the SEC game against the Tennessee Volunteers on February 13, 2010 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Update: Giving credit where credit is due. Travis had a fantastic response to Cousins’ post – he’s going to donate $5,000 to the charity of the NBA star’s choice. Good on him for turning this into a positive [email protected] Funny and well played. $5k to your charity of choice. Let me know where to send it.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) January 30, 2015Earlier: Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best players in the NBA, can certainly lose his cool from time to time on the court. But off the court, his record is as clean as it gets. That comes as a surprise to at least one reporter – Fox Sports’ Clay Travis – who predicted five years ago that Cousins was going to be arrested at least once by now. Friday, Cousins took to Instagram to post a screenshot of Travis’ 2010 claim – which came after Kentucky beat Vanderbilt back during Cousins’ only year in Lexington. Cousins wants his followers to let Travis know how wrong he wound up being.Well played, DeMarcus. We have a feeling that a lot of people in both Lexington and Sacramento are going to let Travis know what they think about his prediction.last_img read more

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New CBB Polls: Kentucky Is Nation’s Lone Undefeated Team, Gonzaga Receives First Place Vote

first_imgKentucky cheerleaders holding up signs that say We Are UK.LEXINGTON, KY – FEBRUARY 28: Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) The 'Zags are starting to get some No. 1 love. (Twitter/@TrueToRecruits)The ‘Zags are starting to get some No. 1 love. (Twitter/@TrueToRecruits)With Virginia’s loss to Duke, Kentucky is now the only undefeated team remaining in college basketball. However, the Wildcats aren’t quite the unanimous top team. One voter in the USA Today Coaches Poll selected the 22-1 Gonzaga Bulldogs as the nation’s No. 1 team. Kentucky received the other 31 votes in that poll, and all 65 first place votes in the AP Poll. After Kentucky and Gonzaga, Virginia hangs in at No. 3 despite its loss to Duke, which remains at No. 4, with Wisconsin at No. 5.Here are both the AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls.RankAP PollCoaches Poll1.KentuckyKentucky2.GonzagaGonzaga3.VirginiaVirginia4.DukeWisconsin5.WisconsinDuke6.ArizonaArizona7.VillanovaVillanova8.KansasLouisville9.LouisvilleKansas10.Notre DameNotre Dame11.Iowa StateUtah12.North CarolinaWest Virginia13.UtahNorth Carolina14.Northern IowaIowa State15.West VirginiaNorthern Iowa16.Wichita StateMaryland17.MarylandWichita State18.VCUVCU19.BaylorBaylor20.Ohio StateOhio State21.OklahomaOklahoma22.ButlerButler23.SMUSMU24.GeorgetownGeorgetown25.TexasIndianalast_img read more

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MAIB Saga Sky Should Have Sought Shelter off Dover

first_imgzoom The 1996-built general cargo ship Saga Sky, which collided with a rock carrying barge in November 2016 in adverse weather conditions, should have sought shelter, an investigation unveiled.UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) informed that, in the absence of vessel-specific guidance as a reference for assessing the effect the forecast weather conditions would have on Saga Sky’s manoeuvrability, the master was reliant solely on his own knowledge and experience.MAIB’s report showed that he underestimated the threat in the form of Storm Angus, and chose to continue on passage rather than attempt to seek shelter on the eastern side of Dover Strait until the storm had passed through.Subsequently, Saga Sky’s master became increasingly concerned about the ship’s reduction in speed and decided that an appropriate action would be to turn the ship to starboard onto a reciprocal course and run with the weather until the storm abated.“The master made repeated unsuccessful attempts to turn Saga Sky to starboard and onto a reciprocal course. However, the ship remained generally on a westnorth-westerlyheading with the wind and sea pushing it in a northerly direction towards the UK coast,” MAIB said.Image Courtesy: Port of Felixtowe/TwitterThe cargo ship collided with the rock carrying barge Stema Barge II some 2 miles off the south coast of the UK. As a result of the accident, 2 subsea power cables were severed as the vessels dragged their anchors along the seabed in strong winds.Saga Sky suffered damage to ballast tanks along its starboard side, and the crew were able to compensate for the resulting port list by pumping out ballast from the port ballast tanks. The vessel was assessed by French surveyors as remaining seaworthy and it subsequently crossed the English Channel with the French tug Abeille Languedoc in attendance. It then berthed alongside in Dunkirk until a dry dock became available in which to complete permanent repairs.Stema Barge II suffered extensive damage to its port ballast tanks. The barge remained at anchor off Dover for several days until arrangements were made to tow it to a facility on the River Tyne to carry out repairs.last_img read more

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Jack Black Attends 16th Annual Renal Teen Prom

first_imgYoung people facing chronic kidney disease enjoyed a “Sea of Dreams” at Renal Support Network’s (RSN) 16th Annual Renal Teen Prom in Glendale’s Hilton Hotel Ballroom.RSN’s Founder, Lori Hartwell, who missed attending her own prom because of kidney disease, created this event so other youth struggling with kidney disease could have the chance to enjoy it. Bringing this joy to others is a great joy in itself for the many volunteers, from the drivers transporting teens to and from the prom, the hair stylists helping with hair and makeup, nurses who work with people who have kidney disease and the Notre Dame High School students who set up the decorations and socialize with the teens. And of course, movie star Jack Black was there!Many young patients return to this party year after year until they pass the age limit. Anahi Fuentes, 18, from South El Monte, came for the 4th time. Maria Curiel, 24, from Los Angeles, came for the 5th year in a row with her date Elias Anzures. Issey Hernandez, 21, said this was her 7th time attending. Each of them said they love the event and never want to miss it. They spoke as they were having their hair and makeup done by professionals. David Chandler, a stylist who travels all over the world and does many charity events, met Hartwell at a Beverly Hills kidney disease fundraiser. “She invited me here and I loved being a part of it. I’ve been coming ever since!” One excited teen, Harley Miller, arrived at the styling room and signed up to have her hair done. Miller, who had seen last year’s Prom on the internet’s YouTube.com, hadn’t been able to complete her senior year or attend her own prom in Eugene, Oregon.Joanna Galeas is one of RSN’s dedicated volunteer drivers. She heard about the prom when she was already past the cut-off age so becoming a driver was a way to get involved. “There are several drivers who bring kids from all over the area. I’ve had kidney disease since I was 15 but my kidneys lasted 10 years before I needed dialysis. I’ve been involved in RSN now for years and also help Lori connect with patients at RSN’s support group meetings.”Another volunteer driver was Richard Onibasa whose wife was a kidney patient who passed away in 2009 due to a post-surgical infection. “I got involved in RSN because I’ve seen the good work that’s been done and I want to remain a part of that.” Onibasa, who has been a volunteer driver for the past six years says, “I see some of the same young people year after year. One teen who I first met in high school has now started a college nursing program.”Professional stylist, Jacklyn Lopez, missed her high school prom due to kidney disease. Her 14-year-old daughter, Taylor, was at her side helping do makeup and was enjoying her supportive role as spokesperson, “My uncle gave my mother his kidney and she had the transplant six years ago,” said Taylor, “My godmother encouraged her to get into business as a make-up artist and even though she’s struggled with illness she’s done well. She just worked at the Golden Globes and she’s going to work at the Oscars this year too.”Her mother, Jacklyn, said she heard about RSN from a friend, and saw that they offered a lot of support. She gradually got more involved and this is her third year volunteering as a make-up artist for the prom.When Brenda Burroughs, Hartwell’s hair stylist, heard about the prom, she wanted to be a part of it.“Some of the kids are shy and some are outgoing. Last year I was the picture taker, as every kid wanted to have their picture taken with the star of the evening, Jack Black,” said Burroughs. “Jack spent time with each one of the teens. That spirit carries throughout the evening and it transforms your outlook! Through this event Lori has inspired all of us to look ahead, and to be the person who features the good things.”While Burroughs talked, a girl recently diagnosed with kidney disease arrived for a styling session. Her mother exclaimed to Hartwell, “Thank you for doing something joyful and lovely!”Lesley Holden, R.N., remembers Lori Hartwell when she was 7 years old and a patient, “Then I changed hospitals and didn’t see her for years. We reconnected several years ago when she was in sales – promoting an excellent product that helps with fluid removal during dialysis. I live in Santa Monica now and I’ve helped with every one of these proms. I also help organize the boutique where girls get to pick out donated dresses. I absolutely love being involved and helping empower these patients.”Holden was busy coordinating appointments for the nine stylists and 24 girls who had hair and makeup done, “The best part of this event is seeing these young people enjoying themselves in a completely different setting that takes their mind off their illness.”The most popular service opportunity at Notre Dame High School is looking forward to setting up and attending RSN’s annual Prom.“This event has so much buzz,” said acting chaperone Bill Lawrence, a teacher at Notre Dame. “It attracts a great cross-section of students: athletes, robotics students, drama kids, and academic superstars – they love creating a great party atmosphere for the teens!”Notre Dame Librarian, Tully Rosado, was also on hand as a chaperone. “I love the spirit of this event and so do our students. They say they enjoy it even more than their own school prom!”Notre Dame’s students have been participating in RSN’s proms since its first one 16 years ago.“The Notre Dame seniors are the secret sauce of this event,” said Hartwell. “They attend training sessions about dialysis and transplantation and I inform them about the challenges faced by young people with kidney disease. They come eager to mingle, dance and enjoy time with their peers.”Outside the ballroom was ABC News anchor Philip Palmer who donated one of his kidneys for a co-worker in 2007 and learned about RSN as a result.“You don’t have to have kidney disease to relate to this event,” he said. “It is so special to see these kids not only get to have a Prom but to be around others like them in a social, party atmosphere.”Later in the evening Palmer introduced Jack Black to the stage. Black entertained the teens, encouraged them to dance the night away, and spent the rest of the night meeting with each young guest who wanted to have a picture with him.“The general public doesn’t really know how nice a person he is,” said Palmer. “He spends time with each teen at this event and at other RSN events he supports.”In the foyer a mom who had brought her daughter was clearly enjoying the party but also used the opportunity to compare notes with other parents on finding kidney donors. Inside the ballroom another loyal volunteer had fashioned a huge paper jelly fish with long streamers and was carrying it through the crowd of dancers just above their heads. It truly was floating with them on their “Sea of Dreams!”For photos, click here.Source:Renal Support Networklast_img read more

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