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  • Editing Team 10:02 on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Compatibility Issues with Mifare Classic 1K NFC Tags ——Reasons Why Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, & New (2013) Nexus 7 Cannot Completely Read the Tags 

    Mifare-Classic-1K-NFC-tag-rfid-blogMany users of the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the new 2013 Nexus 7 Tablet have reported the problem of NFC compatibility with the Mifare Classic 1K NFC tags. Here is the reason why they are not compatible:

    As is known, NXP is a world-leading manufacturers of NFC hardware which is widely used for a great many Android phones. The NFC Forum was established to create protocols for NFC, so that any hardware and any microchip (NFC tag) that adheres to this protocol will be compatible. The Mifare Classic 1K chip is created by NXP specifically to be compatible with its hardware and not necessarily to adhere to the protocols. Since the chip is designed to be compatible with NXP’s hardware, this means it is compatible with the MAJORITY NFC-enabled devices but not necessarily compatible with ANY phone that uses other manufacturer’s hardware.

    The four devices mentioned above (Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Galaxy S4, and the new 2013 Nexus 7) use a different manufacturer’s NFC hardware (Broadcom). Since only chips which adhere to the NFC Forum’s protocols are completely compatible and the Mifare Classic chips are not, thus it is not totally compatible with the Broadcom NFC hardware which can ONLY read off the UID (unique identifier) in a Mifare Classic chip and cannot write to them at all or read anything else that has been written to them.

    But that doesn’t mean Mifare Classic tags cannot be used at all with the four devices. Since the UID can be detected and read, Mifare Classic chips can be used with these devices with the help of an app such as Automatelt and ReTag which simply uses a tag’s UID to trigger tasks saved on the device. But if you want to create tags to share information with others, you’ll need universally compatible tags that you can write to and can be read by anyone.

    Is there any NFC tags that are fully compatible with these devices? The answer is YES. Any NFC tag that complies with the NFC Forum’s protocol will be compatible with these devices and there are plenty of them! Yet the more memory they have, the more expensive they are.

    ■NTAG203 tag: with 137 bytes of memory

    ■Topaz 512 tag: with 450 bytes of memory

    Although they have far less memory than the 700 bytes found on the Mifare Classic 1K tag, this is more than enough for most apps which only record a small amount of info on a tag that ties the tag to the specific app and then allows the app to store the various settings and events.

    At present, the NTAG203 tag remains the most popular NFC Forum tag and it should be able to use by most tasks triggering apps, while the Topaz 512 tag has plenty of memory for full electronic business card info but costs a little more. These tags are referred to as “Universal” NFC tags because they are universally compatible with ALL NFC devices.

    So if you want the tags to be read by anyone, you’ll probably want to go with the NTAG203 or Topaz 512 NFC tags since they are compatible with all NFC-enabled devices. If you are using the Samsung Tectile app, you definitely do not want to use NTAG203 or Topaz 512 tags, for the Tectile app takes up much more memory than the NTAG203 chip can afford.

    But how can I find out how much data I need for a specific tag? Many NFC apps, such as NFC Smart Q, will let you know how much memory you need for things you want to do by creating tags (without actually having tags).

    So far, the compatibility issues only affect the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the new 2013 Nexus 7. But it might affect other devices if other companies decide to use NFC hardware not made by NXP.

     
  • Editing Team 11:28 on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple’s Passbook Gets NFC on Android Devices 

    Apple-Passbook-Android-PassWallet-NFC-rfid-blogAttido Mobile has updated its PassWallet app to allow Android devices to beam and redeem “passes” created for Apple’s Passbook via NFC.

    Apple’s Passbook app stores coupons, tickets, loyalty cards and more as .pkpass files. They are typically received by email and redeemed or validated at the point of use by presenting an on-screen 2D barcode to a reader.

    PassWallet was developed to allow Android and BlackBerry users access to these files too, and now Attido has worked with Skycore, the developers behind the CodeReadr mobile data capture platform, to add NFC beaming to the app.

    “Passes stored within PassWallet normally present pass IDs as barcodes for scanning but can now also beam pass IDs via NFC and have those IDs validated and redeemed with the CodeReadr app on NFC-enabled Android devices,” the partners say.

    “Apple created the Passbook standard for card, coupon and ticket delivery to iOS devices. My team built PassWallet to fill the gap for the Android platform,” adds Attido’s Andy Nugent. “We then expanded the technology to support NFC redemption on Android through our partnership with the CodeReadr team.”

    “Beaming NFC passes has the potential to eventually offer a fast, secure and seamless tap-to-validate process for passes,” points out Skycore CEO Rich Eicher. “As the technology matures and becomes broadly available, we expect consumers will find convenience in a simple tap.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:55 on February 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    CalypsoKey Adds NFC to the iPhone 

    CalypsoKey-NFC-Apple-iPhone-rfid-blogMany people complain about the absence of NFC capability in Apple’s iPhone. NFC technology allows smartphones to do all sorts of interesting things such as share content or make purchases by simply holding the phone close to a compatible device. A new product called CalypsoKey has surfaced that adds NFC to the iPhone.

    The system includes a case for the iPhone, adding NFC technology which allows users to store their entire selection of NFC identification cards inside the Calypso case. Using the device you can unlock doors, check in at your office, or even open your garage.

    Calypso decided to keep things simple, avoiding the use of an app or the iPhone itself, instead providing batteryless NFC data storage in the case itself, so it never needs recharging.

    The case has a 13.56 MHz RFID antenna inside with 1k memory capacity. It also has a second 125 kHz RFID antenna built-in. The two antennas make the case compatible with most RFID-based NFC access points for locking systems. The company doesn’t show exactly how you transfer NFC data to the Key, but does mention it’s compatible with Kaba RFID locks among others.

    The NFC-enabled CalypsoLoop case sells for $119(USD) with the CalypsoRing costing $129. The CalypsoKey versions of the case are only available for the iPhone 5.

     
  • Editing Team 00:21 on December 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Orange Partnered with China Mobile to Develop NFC-SIM Services 

    Orange-China-Mobile-SIM-NFC-service-rfid-blogA memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the France-based mobile network operator Orange and China Mobile. It “aims to accelerate the commercialization of mobile contactless services” by “integrating standardized technical protocols based on the SIM card into their respective services.”

    “By adopting internationally recognized standards for embedding the secure technical protocols directly into the SIM card, the two operators will participate in the development of a market in which users can access NFC services regardless of their device or operator,” says Orange.

    “Orange and China Mobile share a common belief that, for such services to take-off on a global scale, the industry needs to work together in order to adopt a common set of standards that operate within a fully-interoperable business platform,” the carrier adds.

    The two carriers’ goal for their partnership is to achieve:

    ■The Large-scale adoption of SIM-based NFC services and the availability of compatible devices in an open and transparent way.

    ■The interoperability of such services in a way that will lead to the emergence of a wide range of applications.

    ■The development of standardized solutions that will provide consistency across ecosystems, regardless of the mobile network operator or third party involved in providing the service, and regardless of the device used.

    “To encourage the widespread take-up of NFC services, the industry as a whole needs to find ways to offer NFC services that are simple, transparent and secure,” says Thierry Millet, Orange’s vice president of mobile payment and contactless solutions.

    “By working together with China Mobile, we hope to show that the development of a SIM-card based approach using recognized standards will be a key factor in winning over consumer confidence as NFC services become more and more prevalent over the coming years.”

    “Many major mobile network operators including China Mobile promised to adopt SIM-based NFC standards and promote the launch of new products,” adds China Mobile’s Shen Hongqun. “By signing this MoU between China Mobile and Orange, the two MNOs can cooperate in the fields of service model design, marketing strategy, product standards for mobile payment, the promotion of NFC services and handsets based on SWP-SIM and to develop a harmonized ecosystem based on standard solutions.”

     
  • Editing Team 01:14 on December 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    FloJack Brings NFC Capability to Apple Devices 

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    As is known to many, iPhone 5 lacks NFC capability, which disappoints the NFC industry. Therefore, one group of developers aimed to do something about Apple’s omission. Startup NFC application developer Flomio has created the FloJack, a pocketsize, one-ounce dongle that serves as an NFC reader, able to be plugged into newer Apple mobile phones and iPod Touches, as well as iPad and Android devices.

    The FloJack plugs into an Apple device’s headphone jack, automatically pairing a user’s device with Flomio’s NFC Quick Actions suite of apps to enable NFC reads. “Every phone, PC and touchpad has one [jack],” says Tim Ronan, one of the company’s cofounders, “which means the FloJack can easily NFC-enable any iPhone, iPad, legacy Android phone or any other smartphone out there. It was meant to act as an invitation for everyone to join the NFC party.”

    The FloJack is compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 models, as well as the iPad, iPad 2 and iPad 3, along with the fourth and fifth generations of the iPod Touch.

    It is powered with the type of standard 3-volt lithium battery that can be purchased in stores. Because the dongle goes into sleep mode when not in use, the company estimates battery life at one year.

    For those looking to develop applications for the FloJack, the company also offers an Open FloJack software developer’s kit (SDK), to allow them to add NFC functionality to their iOS (iPhone-based mobile operating system) apps.

    If funding allows, the firm plans to begin a regulatory certification process for the device, and to start sourcing components manufacturers. By March 2013, the company expects mass production to be underway.

    According to the company, the FloJack is anticipated to cost $49, while the app to operate it would be free.

     
  • Editing Team 18:06 on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    First Bout between Passbook and NFC 

    Apple-iPhone5-Passbook-iOS6-NFC-rfid-blogWhen Apple announced iPhone 5 without NFC, some people were upset. Yet if you look around the iPhone 5, you may find another NFC alternative — Passbook. The company has released the first related apps for Passbook. Now iPhone users can get their first taste of what the new feature can do.

    Passbook is a new application that operates on iOS 6. It can store and take the place of gift cards, loyalty cards and boarding passes, etc.

    Here is the full list of Passbook compatible apps (of Sept. 19):

    •Fandango Movie – Times & Tickets

    •Live Nation

    •TicketMaster

    •MLB.com At Bat

    •Sephora to Go

    •Walgreens

    •Lufthansa

    However, the list is relatively shorter than the number of company apps Apple showed off at the publication of Passbook.

    We should expect to see Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Starbucks, Target, Amtrak, W Hotels and Apple’s own retail store all join the list, if Apple succeeds in those demos.

    Passbook vs. NFC

    If you know what NFC can do, you may find it very similar to Passbook.

    With the proper apps, NFC is able to do most of what Passbook can do. The difference is that NFC relies on devices to communicate with each other while Passbook uses the display to allow vendors to scan data.

    Many had expected NFC to be on the new smartphone, so Apple has been blasted for the omission since the announcement.

    Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller defended the decision by saying that he doubted if NFC could really solve any current problems and Passbook can service the needs of today’s customers.

    Whether or not Passbook can truly outshine NFC is only something time, the marketplace and Apple’s App Store will tell.

     
  • Editing Team 08:33 on September 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    HP Announced First NFC-enabled Mouse and Other Various PC Accessories 

    HP-NFC-mouse-PC-accessories-rfid-blogHP has not only unveiled all those laptops, but also various other PC accessories.

    Among these accessories, the most remarkable might be the Touch to Pair Mouse, which can paired with another device through tapping, using NFC technology. Luckily currently lots of computers have NFC. And if yours is not NFC-enabled, the mouse will still work well as a regular Bluetooth device. The NFC-enabled mouse is expected to come into the market in November, priced at $39.

    Besides, HP also announced the X6000 which has four-way tilt scrolling. The mouse can be used on most surfaces, including glass. Coming this month, this mouse is priced at $59.

    If you want something simpler, there’s also the Wireless Mouse X4500 and X5500 for your choice. Both will be available this month for $29 and $39 respectively.

    In addition to all these mice, HP has also unveiled the $29 Wireless Classic Desktop keyboard and the $49 Wireless Elite v2. For audio lovers, there’s the HP Portable Bluetooth Speaker, which will go on sale next month for $79. The 90W universal power adapter for $80 (more or less) is claimed to be compatible with most laptops and has a built-in USB port, allowing you to charge a mobile device at the same time. Finally here’s the $89 Webcam HD 4310, capable of 1080p video, autofocus, autoexposure and three-way video calling.

     
  • Editing Team 16:52 on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Panasonic Is Building Its NFC-enabled Smart Home Appliance Family 

    Panasonic-smart-home-appliance-Android-app-NFC-rfid-blogJapanese manufacturer Panasonic has been doing some pretty cool things with its smart home appliance line. It has announced a new Android app for home automation alongside a range of smart appliance, including refrigerators, air conditioners, and healthcare products.

    The new system is called Panasonic Smart App, using NFC functionality to allow users to remotely operate and monitor their Panasonic smart home appliances via Android smartphone. In fact, Panasonic has already provided NFC-enabled steam ovens and rice cookers since this June, enabling users to program settings and transfer information such as recipes.

    The company mentioned that it will be releasing a Smart App-compatible washing machine in Japan on September 25th, with a refrigerator and air conditioner coming in the following months. Using NFC-enabled smartphones, users can interact with these devices in a number of different ways.

    Unlike most of the appliances, the air conditioner will be Internet-connected, allowing users to control it from outside the home. Since the air conditioner will carry an Internet-connected feature, it’s compatible with current iPhones, while other equipment will be excluded, due to the current iPhone’s lack of NFC.

    According to Panasonic, the app will be available free of charge from the Club Panasonic website. To use the service, customers need to register as a user of Panasonic smart appliances and download the app.

    Unfortunately, the company left no details on international availability, which means it may focus on the domestic market only for the time being.

     
  • Editing Team 14:22 on July 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    A Common Misconception: NFC Is a Transport Mechanism 

    NFC-compatible-rfid-blogHas it ever come to your mind that it’s so difficult to transfer something from one phone or tablet to another via NFC? Isn’t NFC supported to make everything easier?

    In the days before NFC, we had something called IrDA which allows you to transfer files at the speed of light! Infrared light, to be precise. But who knew that the speed of light was so slow! IrDA transfers took a long time, but with them you could “beam” your business card from one device to another very easily, as long as you were sending it to someone running the same OS. However, at that time most people were running Palm, so IrDA actually helped little to those running Windows CE.

    Fortunately to those Windows CE users, someone wrote an app which enabled them to select a target device and format the content appropriately, so that they could send stuff to another Windows CE device, a Palm, or even an Apple Newton.

    But when was the last time you saw an IrDA port on a phone or tablet? IrDA is dead, so has NFC replaced it?

    It is commonly misunderstood that NFC is a transport mechanism. But it’s actually not. It’s more like a QR code that you can read without using your camera. QR codes can contain URLs, phone numbers or even business cards, yet things like pictures, music, videos and even documents are too big for it to contain. The same goes for NFC.

    With NFC, you can trigger an activity in your phone or tablet and launch a particular data source in its default handler app on another device. Take an example. If you’re watching a video and want to share it with someone else, you can tap your NFC-enabled device to theirs, and theirs will “understand” where to get the video (from the Internet) so it can then play it, but it’s not transferring the video.

    There are some things that you can actually transfer, like pictures. However, NFC isn’t carrying the image from the source to the destination; it’s just starting the transfer request. The transfer itself is handled by Bluetooth or others.

    Android Jelly Bean uses NFC to start a Bluetooth file transfer, while Samsung’s Galaxy S III uses Wi-Fi Direct, which is a better transport mechanism than Bluetooth. Unfortunately, although the two methods are invoked the same way with the intent to accomplish the same thing, they are not compatible with each other. Besides, Windows Phone uses something else entirely.

    And then there is another mobile phone maker giant who has yet to get into the NFC games — Apple. Probably it will think different rather than making their solution work with everything else.

    At least we can still email stuff to each other, right?

     
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