For a very specific use, not for generic triggering (at least for now):
I want to use NFC for things other than paying for stuff
Apple has locked down the NFC chip in its phone so it can only be used for Apple Pay. If you want to use it for exchanging contacts, checking the fare on your transit card, or whatever else, you’re out of luck. No iPhone for you!
(Quote from Wired)
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8, integrated barometer (!), mobile payments, Apple Watch, and more.
The 6 Plus is further blurring the line between phone and tablet (or phablet).
And a bit of sarcasm: “The bottom line: You will feel like a lesser human being if you don’t immediately purchase one of these phones.”
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I don’t like to spread rumors (and it’s still a rumor), but many have written about upcoming support for NFC in iPhone 6, and it would for instance be very welcome for use with Abiro’s CliqTags, as described here: Can I use NFC tags with CliqTags, and if so how? Hopefully the scenario described also works with iPhone/iOS.
The rumor started already during May, and as rumors go people seem quite convinced that it’s true, but you never know with these things.
Here’s one of the more detailed notes about this, also describing NFC:
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A few new features added to Twitizer, and a few more are on the way, reflecting the fact that it’s mostly used for tweeting videos nowadays, and that it was in dire need of a redesign.
A collection of news published lately:
Google is closing down the old AdMob service they acquired from AdMob Inc, and replaces it with a complete end-to-end upgrade.
That has required changes to all apps using such ads, and a few other things were enhanced as well, as per below:
- Better-looking flat icons.
- Uses Google Maps Android API v2.
- Also a slightly new look with button icons.
- Updated the look to that of twitizer.com.
- Increased stability and size of uploaded files.
- Reintroduced ads.
Here’s a summary of Web apps Abiro provides that have a relation to Twitter.
Click to see more information and to go to respective site.
Build mobile campaign sites (supports Twitter feeds).
Follow Twitter trends via charts and events.
Create self-contained tweets.
Tweet with multimedia. See also Twitizer Uploader.
More is on the drawing board.
Ask us about integrating with Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks.
Normally news about Twitizer is posted on the Twitizer blog, but here’s an aggregation of things that’s happened the last months in reverse order. See the blog for more.
- A flat design with mono-colored icons and buttons, a new logo and a more consistent color scheme
- Support for emojis
- When uploading a video, it will show up in the Twitter stream as well, by including the link to YouTube
- When uploading one or more pictures, the first one will also show up in the Twitter stream
- If posting a tweet with a location you can now deactivate the display of the map
- When you enter http://twitizer.com/@name you are taken to that user’s Twitizer timeline
- Links, usernames and hashtags in messages behave as expected
- Fully supporting the latest Twitter API (1.1)
- When removing a message at Twitizer, it’s now removed at Twitter too (including any retweets)
- When clicking on the Twitter icon for a user or message, you are taken to that user or message on Twitter
- Much increased performance by caching pictures both on the server and in the browser
Abiro Trends is a new service that visualizes Twitter trends and enables you to set up trend events.
Without registering, you can see the latest worldwide trends graphically. You can click on a keyword or hashtag to perform a search for it.
After registration you can see trends over time for any region supported by Twitter, and you can then also set up one or more events.
For the time being registration is free. If you sign up now you won’t be affected by a possible commercial setup later.
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