Monday, July 30, 2007

Iconic London - 3D Tube Map Update


Over at Digital Urban we have something very good

GeDenim launches RFID-based loyalty programme

"GeDenim, a multi-brand lifestyle and clothing retail network that targets the 15-25 age group through ten stores in and around Paris, France, is to launch a contactless loyalty programme called GSPOT. The programme uses a branded, interactive smart token, interactive POS materials, and promotional contactless kiosks."

RMV ticket just three clicks away by mobile phone

"Following the successful year-long pilot of the RMV HandyTicket in Frankfurt with over 5000 users, the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund transport network (RMV) is now ready to trial the next phase linking in with the global futuristic technology of Near Field Communication (NFC)."

RMV NFC-HandyTicket Parkour

Embedding this video is not allowed for some weird reason (guess the PR is over 50 and hasn't got a handle on the interwebs yet, but hey, he can read email and sees this as a major achievement though he still wallows in delight at his ignorance about programming video recorders), anyway, trawl over to youtube for this NFC advert

Mobile payment - targeted coupon delivery in a few hundred milliseconds

"Rather than simply doing a basic, boring payment transaction, the demo shows the payment terminal also delivering a targeted promotion to the customer, based on criteria set by the merchant. Enter the amount on the POS terminal, tap the phone and the payment receipt is printed, which now includes an offer that says “Buy one value meal, get a free dessert”."

Friday, July 27, 2007

Google LatLong: Where in the world is...

Updates to the Google Earth images comes to us in the form of cryptic clues

  • Two states known for their majestic peaks have gotten an upgrade.
  • I can now see where my favorite maple syrup is made.
  • Certain Florida beaches (and 1 mountain) are looking much improved.
  • Try counting the warthogs in the Boneyard.
  • Peek inside the home of the Brew Crew.
  • You can read the Skin's logo painted on their field.
  • An historic state capitol building is now in high res.
  • This city was named after the Native American name of a nearby mountain, "Tacobet."
  • A "far away" city that played a key role in trans-Saharan trade can now be seen close up.
  • The town where Jane Austen spent her final years is much clearer.
  • The topic of Vincent van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night is now bright as day.
  • Take a look at "la ville noir," where Cointreau was invented.
  • Only a third of this country's land is arable, but you can now view the entire country in high res.
  • From 1880 to 1884 this German city was home to the world's tallest building.
  • Rockets may be used to disrupt rain clouds over this city next summer.
  • This country received an impressive terrain update, you might call it Lord of the Terrain.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Spitzer Finds Evidence for Planets with Four Parents

"How many stars does it take to 'raise' a planet? In our own solar system, it took only one -- our sun. However, new research from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows that planets might be forming in systems with as many as four stars."

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Mother Goose Rocks

Mother Goose Rocks - Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes by Mono with ME2

Well the pope joins in, checkout Bush getting it wrong, I'm really unsure who any of this is aimed at, if you get time checkout Wheels on the Bus done in the style of Madonna

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

University adds RFID tags to mobile phones

"Slippery Rock decided to implement the NFC technology after focus groups found students were more likely to carry their mobile phone than any money.

'It is easy technology,' said Barry Welsch, Heartland's manager of IT. 'The tag always stays in the consumer's hand - in this case, it's a phone.'

The system is expected to work across the campus, which is approximately 2.4 square kilometres in size."

Retro-fitting mobile phones with RFID

"The promise of NFC is about easily using mobile phones as a part of daily life: ticketing, paying with a credit card, opening doors, sharing, printing and downloading in the physical world. But until NFC technology is widely adopted, are there opportunities for using some of the features of RFID-interactions without the integration into the handset?"

Nokia supplying Octopus contactless card accessory

NFC Forum works on controller interface

"The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association dedicated to advancing near field communication technology, has begun work on a specification for a host controller interface (HCI) between contactless controllers and application processors in devices."

Mobile Payments to generate almost 11 billion of transactions by 2011

"Juniper Research predicts that P2P fund transfers and mobile payments in the developing world, together with the commercialisation in 2009 of NFC (Near Field Communications) based mPayments will generate transactions worth approximately £11 billion."

Korean Telco Signals Move To NFC

"KT Freetel, South Korea’s second largest mobile network operator, will move ahead with plans to test phones that support Near Field Communication technology, according to France-based chip supplier Inside Contactless."

Monday, July 09, 2007

WikiMindMap

WikiMindMap is a simple mindmap to navigate through Wiki content.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Woman runner-up in one-horse race

A grandmother won second prize in a cake-baking contest at a fete, only to discover she was the only entrant.

She said her own baking was subject to another strange decision.

"About 11 years ago I entered a show with some fruit scones. I was the only entrant but I came third."