Why NFC Coming To iPhone and iOS Is Good For Everyone

This was originally was posted on Linkedin.

Up until now NFC (Near-Field Communication) was mostly used in the mobile space by non-iOS devices and hasn’t been as widely adopted as many had hoped.

With rumors of NFC coming as a feature in the new iPhone 6, we’ll see NFC finally take hold and become a standard. In the end, NFC coming to the iPhone and iOS is good for everyone.

I’ve been an Android user for a while now and love the idea of NFC for marketing and for convenience. By just tapping your phone to a small tag one can automate a number of functions and features.

Some features that will be simpler with NFC:

  • Turning on/off GPS
  • Turning on/off WiFi
  • Tap-to-pay (With Google Wallet or any other NFC enabled mobile payment system)
  • Checking in to a location on a network like Swarm/Foursquare
  • Tap a movie poster to be taken to a movie trailer

The uses for NFC are endless.

Have you tried NFC? What do you think? Will it be useful?

Seth Goldstein in the Creative Director at Goldstein Media LLC a Philadelphia-based interactive agency. You can find out more about him by visiting his About.me page.

My Thoughts On Steve Jobs And His Legacy Project

The New Apple Complex

I have to admit that even though I’m not the hugest fan of Apple and mostly because of Steve Jobs but I have to admit he is a visionary.

His plans for the new Apple campus is really his legacy.

It’s really sad to slowly go. He IS Apple.

An Apple Flying Saucer

Jobs’ vision of a new complex looks like a doughnut spaceship. He wants to put 12,000 people in this building. Jobs wants to put most of the parking underground and replant the former Apricot orchard. The current plot of land is only  20% landscaping. The rest of the lot is either buildings and huge parking lots. Apple wants to to transform space so that it’s 80% landscaping. Apple is also going to build their own power plant, possibly fueled by natural gas or something green. The municipal power grid will only be used as a backup.

Pretty neat if you ask me. Very Apple.

Here’s the video:

My Thoughts on SocialCam

I’ve been playing with SocialCam, a neat little app for Android and iOS devices. It’s quite neat. JustinTV, it’s creator, has made it free and can it be found in the Apple App Store and the Android Market.

I can see how this can be dangerous, especially if you’re out at a club and have had a little too much to drink. But to be honest the benefits out number the disadvantages. I wish they would enable other services other than Facebook for both logging in and sharing. But I’m sure that will come.

Below is a video I did using it.

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Amazon’s MP3 Store Rocks With The Cloud Player

Amazon Cloud PlayerSo I haven’t written on the blog for a while. Life’s been busy, to say the least. A few weeks ago Amazon released it’s CloudDrive and Cloud Music Player. And I have to say that I’m impressed, both by the technology, the ease of use, and the guts Amazon has to not ask for permission from the record labels.

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Apple Sues Amazon Over The Term “App Store”

Image Credit: BusinessInsider.com (Steve Job's looking argumentative, surprised?)

First off… ARE YOU KIDDING ME. Apple is apparently suing Amazon over the latter’s use of Appstore for its new Android application store. This is where copyright law has gone too far. The word “Appstore” store is synonymous with all apps for mobile devices. The fact that Google called their “App Store” a market doesn’t mean the word “App Store” should be copyrighted.

Apple is suing Amazon.com for trademark infringement and unfair competition over its use of the term “App Store.” The complaint, filed in US District Court for the Northern California District on Friday, asks that Amazon be ordered to stop using “Appstore” to refer to its Google Android Market alternative, set to launch Tuesday.

“Amazon has begun improperly using Apple’s App Store mark in connection with Amazon’s mobile software developer program,” Apple wrote in its complaint. Amazon hinted at its intentions to launch its own service to sell apps for the Android platform, and in January of this year told developers to begin submitting apps for what it calls the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Apple since asked Amazon to stop calling its store an “Appstore” three times, according to the lawsuit. “We’ve asked Amazon not to copy the App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers,” Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet told Bloomberg News.


Apple filed for a trademark on the term App Store in 2008, and after an initial rejection and an appeal by Apple, it was approved in early 2010. Microsoft filed an objection in July 2010 on the grounds that the term was too generic, and later asked the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to issue a summary judgment denying Apple’s trademark application.

(Source: Ars Technica – http://gmwd.us/8u)

Confusion? What confusion? I see people who have a iPhone, iPad, iPod knowing that they need to use iTunes to get their apps. If they go to the Amazon app store they will see that those programs are for Android not iOS.

Come on apple. Get off your high-horse and suck it up. There are more players in the game. Get over yourself. There is NO CONFUSION.

My Blackberry Won’t Work

So the good old British are sure a funny lot. Take a look at this video:
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Android 2.3 Gingerbread – iPhone Users Shutup! We’ve Caught Up!

Google's Android OS Version 2.3 Gingerbread Is The Best YetI hate how smug many of my iPhone-using friends are about their phone. To them, there’s nothing is better than an Apple iPhone. Even the antenna issue was just a slight bug and didn’t keep many of them from upgrading to the iPhone 4. But with the release of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, I think many of them are going to see the Android OS in a whole new light.
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Professional Photo Shoot Using Only The iPhone [Video]

iphone photoshoot

This video of a photo shoot done with using the iPhone as the camera is really neat. It shows how advanced the cameras on mobile phones have become.

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Why I’m Not Too Intrigued By The iPad

Why I'm not sold on the iPadAs you can tell from the title of this post. I’m not an Apple fan-boy, but I’m not an Apple hater either. In previous posts and comments across the Web I have been very clear that I think Apple makes great products.

This is what I don’t like about the iPad and Apple. First off, the closed nature of the iPad definitely bugs me. I’m an ardent supporter of open standards. And Steve Jobs has made it clear as day that his new products will be locked down more that Alcatraz.

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The battle for the hearts and minds of computer users: Microsoft and Apple shouldn’t be duking it out… AT ALL

http://www.geekestateblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/mac-vs-pc.jpgOkay, this has finally hit a nerve. Apple and Microsoft have been at each others necks for some time now. And to be honest that’s their own prerogative, but this battle of which is better PC or Mac is just plain annoying and ridiculous.

Now I’m not being a traitor to my Windows roots when I say that I love the Mac hardware, I think it’s far superior to anything that anything any PC maker can come up with. Apple’s computers are sleek and sexy and amazing pieces of industrial design. To be frank, I want one. Sadly the price for one of these gems is a bit steep for most of us.

The one thing I don’t like about Apple’s Macs is the operating system. It’s just not for me. I love Windows and always will. But here’s where this whole post comes together. YOU CAN RUN WINDOWS ON A MAC. Duh, you’re probably saying. To that I say: Then why is there this whole debate going on?

Why can’t you have both. If you run a Mac you can still have Windows and have superior hardware. It’s that simple. There shouldn’t be this dumb battle between Windows and Macs because you can have both!

Hear that Hodgeman! Windows can run on a Mac!

What are you thoughts? Post them below in the comments.

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