We're early this week. Lots of random items. NFC, Government handouts and Augmented Reality.
Great news for Sydney, Australia. Sydneysiders can now get all the public transport goodness their heart desires - right in Google Maps.
- Google Maps boost to Sydney public transport - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
This is the same premise I use when discussing NFC with excited people. NFC is a technology. Not an applied solution.
- NFC may not be what customers really want - Banking Review
Excluding the Retail vs Automotive talk, there's something to the idea of helping businesses get online savvy. I guess it depends on whether you think that the government should help or it's survival of the fittest.
- A Proposal for the Government to Invest in Retail - Power Retail
It appears Paypal are getting closer to releasing their "omni-channel" payments solution for Australia retailers.
- PayPal's Continues Offline Expansion in Australia - Power Retail
Around the world
Augmented reality has risen to the news again with Ikea applying some grey matter to come up with an interactive catalogue. Very cool, but another gimmicky rather than practical use for Augmented Reality.
Not to be all anti-NFC, but here's some sobering information about NFC security.
- Researcher wows Black Hat with NFC-based smartphone hacking demo - Computerworld
Rats and mice
More fun with Post-It notes than you can poke a stick at.
- Mario recreated with 7,000 Post-it notes - Digital Spy
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