MasterCard Offers Mobile Payment SDK to Developers
MasterCard today announced the availability of a new user interface software developer kit (SDK) that will help Android and BlackBerry 7 application developers write better mobile payment applications. Specifically, the SDK can help add MasterCard's PayPass functionality to smartphones that have NFC (near-field communications) built in. According to MasterCard, the Mobile MasterCard PayPass UI SDK is "programmer friendly" and requires less coding expertise to use effectively when writing applications. The SDK is free to download and use.
Samsung Shows Off First UFS Memory Cards
Jul 7, 2016
Samsung today announced a range of Universal Flash Storage memory cards meant for today's intense video applications. The UFS spec has been used for embedded memory modules since 2015, but this is the first time UFS has appeared in removable memory cards.
NFC Forum Makes Latest Specs Available to Developers
Dec 19, 2016
The NFC Forum today made three adopted specifications and one candidate specification available to developers and hardware manufacturers. The three finalized specs were ratified by the NFC Forum in October and ensure compatibility between a wider range of devices.
Google's ML Kit Lets Any App Put Machine Learning to Work
May 8, 2018
Google today announced ML Kit, a new SDK that will allow developers to add machine learning to their own applications. ML Kit gives developers access to five ready-to-use APIs: text recognition, face detection, barcode scanning, image labeling, and landmark recognition.
NFC May Soon Interact With Packages and Wireless Chargers
Aug 1, 2017
The NFC Forum today said it has agreed to work with other industry groups to increase the number of things NFC-equipped smartphones can talk to. Specifically, the NFC Forum has forged alliances with the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).
BlackBerry KEY2 Makes All The Right Upgrades
Jun 7, 2018
TCL today announced the KEY2, a second-generation BlackBerry phone that combines a large screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and hardened Android software in an aluminum body. The company made a number of changes to the chassis in order to resolve consumer pain points.