Is Apple Ready to Jump on the NFC Bandwagon?
The iPhone 6 will be released in a few short weeks, and speculation, as always, is rampant. This week, Wired ran a well-substantiated story claiming that the iPhone 6 will support near-field communication, or NFC, technology for mobile payments. According to CNET, this could be just the jolt that mobile payments needs. Of course, Android phones have had NFC for quite a while, and platforms like ISIS and Google Wallet have long relied on the technology. But Apple’s move to support NFC is an indication that it is likely to become the dominant payment technology in years to come. For developers, this is a big deal. It means that if you’ve been waiting to make a move on the mobile payments front until a clear winner emerges… well, now’s the time. Cross-platform development tools combined with a unified technology type will make it easier than ever to build apps that incorporate mobile payments in a wide variety of ways.
In the Future, We’re All Data Scientists
In Citeworld this week, Chris Nerney argues that, just as personal computers made us all more comfortable interfacing with high-tech devices on a daily basis, the explosion of Big Data is turning all of us into data scientists. Of course, being exposed to data on a regular basis isn’t the same thing as gaining meaningful skills for interpreting that data. But as data analytics itself becomes consumerized through tools like the FitBit, we won’t have to perform the actual analysis ourselves, we’ll simply be able to absorb the insights and use them to influence our behavior. So maybe we won’t all be data scientists, but this explosion of data collection and analysis is here to stay. For both enterprise and consumer app developers, this trend indicates a hunger for more and more data. It’s smart to get in front of this now and start offering apps that satisfy our desire to make sense of the world around us through data analytics.
Education Sector Leads the Way for Mobility in India
A recent study commissioned by Blackberry India discovered that the education sector is leading the way in mobilizing data and content for its stakeholders. While that may be surprising on the surface, education as a sector stands to gain quite a bit from mobilizing. Being able to better collect and interpret data via mobile devices can help with everything from streamlining bureaucracy to improving literacy rates. Moreover, education as a sector faces fewer security concerns than other industries, like government and healthcare, allowing them to take bolder steps overall. The survey also found that BYOD policies are spreading rapidly in India, as enterprises of all types and sizes recognize the value of letting employees choose their own devices. Of course, there’s a huge business opportunity waiting to be realized for those who can help successfully mobilize data via smartphones and other devices for the education sector and beyond.