According to the site the NFC-equipped headset will be officially called the BH-121 Touch, and will hit the market in the 50th week of the year ie a week or so before Christmas.
The device will feature the ability to easily pair via Bluetooth and NFC with a smartphone and from the render have the ability to control payback from the device. MNB however warns the final version may look slightly different from the earlier leaked pictures.
The device will also feature a clip for easy attachment to clothing and will cost around $55.
Will any of our readers be adding the device to their stockings? Let us know below.
The carrier-blessed mobile payment system ISIS has started rolling out for Android handsets recently, with the promise of eventual Windows Phone support.
Now ISIS’s twitter support has indicated this may be more real than theoretical, with the account saying “We’re busily working on it” when asked of we could look forward to the software appearing on Windows Phone.
The service at present works with pre-paid American Express cards, and is also able to replace American Express, Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire, Slate from Chase and JP Morgan Palladium credit cards at compatible retail Point of Sale locations. It is supported by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile and requires a special secure SIM card to be activate, which carriers will provide free of charge.
Unlike Google’s Google Wallet solution ISIS is platform agnostic, which is obviously good news for Windows Phone users.
See a video demonstrating the service after the break.
Thanks to everyone who have helped make this possible with suggestions and remarks. I hope that now even more of you will be able to enjoy the power of NFC on your windows phone.
You can always download the trial to see what’s all about and then hopefully get the full version. Don’t wait to much though as this offer is until the end of the month (November 2013).
If you have any question on suggestion you can always contact me via twitter @JasonPap_dev or via the app.
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CarStand is Windows Phone 8 dashboard application for your car which is designed to give you quick information and access to basics while on the road. With CarStand you can easily program compatible NFC tags to start app automatically.
Here is a small list with some of the features of CarStand:
- Dashboard to see current time, location, three hour forecast, battery and now playing song.
- Assign up to four shortcuts to quickly launch apps and settings.*
- Add contacts from address book to quick dial list or dial number directly from within the app.
- Add your custom locations and navigate to them with one click.
- Open detailed forecast with two finger tap or double tap on display.
- Backgrounds change dynamically based on weather conditions.
- Media player buttons to control now playing.**
- Share current location.
- Full landscape support.
- Program NFC tags to start application automatically.
*Only apps that implement the interface for launching apps can be added to the list. If you want us to add app please contact us at [email protected] or send feedback from within CarStand app. We will contact the developer of the app and will ask if it can be added.
**Media player can control only built-in XBOX music app!
CarStand is free application and you can find it here.
As we suspected, it turns out the Nokia Guru is not an independent MP3 player, but in fact a Bluetooth Stereo headset, in the long tradition of similar devices from Nokia.
The model number was revealed from a schematic from Baidu, and web searches found the device already listed at some online retailers, like the Czech site above, where it is priced at around $55 with availability in December.
The device has already been revealed to have NFC for easy pairing, and the Baidu schematic confirms a spring-loaded clip for easy attachment to garments.
Does this accessory tickle the fancy of our readers? Let us know below.
NFC Commander is a Windows Phone application developed give you an easy and useful way to use the NFC capability of your Windows Phone.
The app was developed exclusively for windows phone platform and is designed to seamlessly integrate the OS using the Modern (metro) UI simplistic style with focus on typography giving the user an uncluttered straight forward experience.
There are plenty of nfc enabled applications but with NFC Commander you get the most complete experience. You can think of NFC Commander as an NFC hub if you like.
The main screen of NFC Commander let you pan through the main tabs which are : read , write , about , more.
If you want to see what’s written on a specific NFC tag, tap your phone to it and select what you want to see from the read tab. When you read a tag you can see some general information’s about it in the “tag information”, you can also see what’s really written in the tag on the “data in the tag” and if for some reason you want to see it there is option to take a look at the raw data (useful only for developers).
Now the interesting stuff, NFC Commander let you write to NFC tags actions your phone can do when you tap it to the programed tag. What’s even cooler is that most of those actions can be read/done by any nfc smartphone , windows phone or not. Obviously those who can’t be read by other smartphones are windows phone specific actions. So what can you do by taping an NFC tag?
- send an SMS to someone
- call someone
- send an email to someone
- share a location that open in Nokia maps
- share a web link
- share plain text
- launch NFC Commander
- open one of many windows phone settings
- show gigs around me*
- play artist mix*
- share artist details*
- launch Nokia Music*
*work only on Nokia Lumia smartphones as you need Nokia music
Planed update will allow you to create launch tags to any application.
Finally in the about tab you can get in-touch with me and let me know what feature would you like to see in the future, I’m open to all suggestion. You can also follow me on twitter @JasonPap_dev .
Evleaks has done it again, leaking a picture of an upcoming Nokia accessory.
The Nokia Guru appears to be an A2DP Bluetooth headset with NFC capability and Windows Phone live tile styling, charging via microUSB,
Can our readers see themselves buying this gadget? Let us know below.
Successful Kickstarter project NFC Ring, who raised more than £240,000 for their plan to create a ring with embedded NFC chips, which can be used to unlock Android phones, doors, or launch applications, have posted this video showing their Windows Phone app in action.
The Windows Phone app was one of their stretch goals, and their app is shown being able to read and write to the NFC chip.
Unfortunately the Windows Phone implementation is held back by the need to confirm the NFC tag, although we understand this requirement may be dropped in future versions of Windows Phone.
See more about the Kick starter project in a video after the break.
The system, which has thus far been confined to Android handsets, will also work with iPhones, Blackberry 10 handsets and Windows Phones.
“What you’ll see coming from us is a vastly improved product, a variety of new places to use it, a vastly improved user experience,” said Ryan Hughes, chief marketing officer at New York-based Isis. “You’ll soon be able to walk into a store in Boise or Tallahassee or Chicago and take advantage of this technology.”
The mobile payment system has had 9 months of testing in 4000 locations in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City and in the test participants used the system around 10 times per month. Carriers intend to make their money from advertising, and in the test two-thirds of users opted to receive offers and advertising messages.
Google’s Wallet has been an alternate offering, but has languished in adoption due to strong carrier resistance and limited control by Google of Android software and services that actually ship on handsets.
baubleApp.com have launched a new hybrid product/app platform featuring personal products, including jewelry and accessories, embedded with NFC (Near Field Communication) tags that lead to mobile companion apps.
With the increasing number of NFC enabled devices in the market, unfortunately, there are few opportunities to use NFC for the average consumer.
Windows Phone owners don’t even see “NFC” in their Settings – But TAP AND SEND activates NFC for many applications that range beyond file sharing…including launching mobile web apps from baubleApp.
The baubleApp recipe is to create, partner and license properties that are a natural for personal products that are enhanced through mobile apps, with an early focus on scheduled audio messages.
It’s “fairyHeart” – A Toothfairy necklace that when tapped leads to a daily greeting from the Toothfairy. With children in the U.S. losing 80 million teeth a year, this seemed like a natural product to deliver daily messages.
Pending announcements include fan merchandise with real-time updates throughout the professional football season and a line of Holiday themed products for Q4 2013.
Its been a long wait, but Nokia’s wireless car charging holder is finally going on sale at Clove UK for £54.99.
The very desirable gadget can be found at Clove here.
Nokia has been at the forefront of NFC development, and spoke at the WIMA NFC conference recently.
“We’ve been talking about Nokia’s position in the NFC industry, product portfolio, NFC enabled devices and Nokia Gear products.,” said Sami Pippuri, Head of Product Marketing at Nokia Developer Experience. “At the expo we’ve been showing the latest devices and the ecosystem around them.”
Nokia showed off some of their NFC applications, and held workshops for developers on how to implement NFC applications and solutions on Windows Phone 8.
One of the apps Nokia showed off was a McDonald’s app which lets you order food on your Lumia in advance. Just tap your phone when you arrive, and it’ll let you bypass the regular queue. The app demoed at WIMA is an upgrade of the GoMcDo app developed by Airtag. It’s available in more than 70 restaurants in France, and the NFC feature will be live for summer.
Sami adds: “We’re differentiating ourselves both in terms of consumers and developers; we’re looking to provide new sorts of functionality, and we’re looking at clever ways to take advantage of NFC,” said Pippuri.
“We’ll be showing and talking about accessories such as the new Nokia Wireless Charging Car Holder and JBL PowerUp speakers that have both pairing and connecting by NFC,” said Tomi Penttilä, Head of Nokia Gear.
“With NFC-enabled Nokia Gear products now in the hands of consumers, it’s time for the industry to take note,” he concluded.
Despite owning a Nokia Lumia 920 I still have not purchased any NFC gear. I think this is because it just does not add much to the user experience. However if Nokia could use their Windows Phone influence to make these tags more useful, such as allowing tags to change sound profiles or activate applications without confirmation I think that would change.
Is Nokia missing out on a use-case which would make the technology more compelling? Let us know below.
Domino’s Pizza have upgraded their app to Windows Phone 8, and have added some great features.
The pizza ordering app now allows users to sign in with the same account as they would use on the website, so as to keep track of vouchers and deals more easily.
Speaking of vouchers, the app now also supports NFC, and can redeem vouchers from NFC-equipped printed material with a simple tap.
The app now also features a Live Tile with their latest meal deals, and if that is too much work, supports voice activation, allowing users to start the app by simply saying Domino’s Pizza.
The app continues to provide store locations and the full menu there to order from and accepts payments by card or cash on delivery.
The app is of course free and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
The Oni: Light Control app, which allows users to control Philips Hue Connected Bulbs (which can be purchased online or at Apple Stores) has been updated to version 1.2 which brings 2 important changes.
New is support for NFC stickers, allowing users to pin lighting settings to specific tags which can then be placed around the house. Moods can now also be pinned to the start screen.
The other major feature is the addition of German support, which should please Windows Phone users there.
The full changelog for version 1.2 includes:
The GSMA have announced the NFC Experience at Mobile World Congress, an interactive experience through which exhibitors, vendors, and attendees use mobile Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to exchange information and conduct transactions.
“We’re excited to launch the NFC Experience for Mobile World Congress, as it provides attendees to the event the opportunity to experience first-hand the power of NFC technology both throughout the Mobile World Congress venue, as well as in the city of Barcelona,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “We hope that all attendees will take advantage of the many benefits of NFC, from venue access to retail transactions to transport, among others.”
As part of the new NFC Experience at Mobile World Congress, the GSMA will showcase an integrated range of mobile NFC services. Attendees with NFC-enabled handsets will be able to take advantage of NFC technology at locations throughout the Fira Gran Via and in the city. NFC touch points will be abundant throughout Congress, rewarding those who ‘tap’ with instant access to information such as downloads on the conference sessions and keynotes, as well as information on restaurants and tourist attractions around Barcelona itself.
The NFC Experience features:
- NFC Centre – A dedicated zone in the heart of Congress Square will be one of the key locations to visit and see NFC-enabled handsets and their capabilities as well as gaining information on the NFC ecosystem, NFC smart posters, NFC partner pods and a dedicated NFC support function;
- Â NFC Interactive Zones – More than a dozen NFC Interactive Zones will be located along the walkways, entrances and exhibition halls of Fira Gran Via. Comprising a series of linked smart posters, attendees can use their NFC-enabled handsets to access exhibitor directories, venue information, nearby conveniences and many other useful services offered during Mobile World Congress;
- Barcelona City NFC Locations – Strategic NFC touch points will be available at the airport, key hotels, selected restaurants and central tourist locations and attendees can take a taxi and pay for goods in select shops with NFC; and
- Virtual NFC Badge – During registration, attendees with NFC-enabled handsets (Android 4 and above or Windows Phone 8 operating system) can opt into the NFC Experience and get full show entry with it and their physical badge, but without the need to repeatedly present a physical photo ID to gain access to the venue.
An NFC-heavy Mobile World Congress will likely miff new iPhone 5 owners, especially after Apple famously called the technology “a solution to a problem that does not exist.â€
Mobile World Congress will take place 25-28 February at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona.
YouTube channel LobbaMobba have posted this review of the Nokia MD-51W JBL PlayUp Portable Wireless Speaker.
The rechargeable portable speaker connects to the Nokia Lumia 920 with Bluetooth using NFC, and unlike the JBL Powerup wireless speaker does not provide wireless charging.
It is however much cheaper at around Â£144 vs Â£279 and still delivers excellent performance.
See two further videos, with a sound and signal strength test and build quality review after the break.