Guest blog from Thom Gibbons, Callmaster Mobile
Mango, 4G, NFC, OS X Lion… It seems that every time you fire up your PC/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone or maybe do something strange like purchase and read a hard copy newspaper, we are told of a new mobile technology. One that is set to launch us head first into the sort of future we saw in the film Minority Report.
It can be tough to keep up and work out which bits are relevant to us. What do we really need to know? And which parts can we leave to our esteemed colleagues in IT to research, plan, lay out and assemble like a new Lego set on Christmas morning?
What better way to learn than by coming along to the next Digital Surrey event on the 29 September? Callmaster Mobile is delighted to sponsor the evening and Jon Bishop from Paypal UK (@jonin60seconds) will hopefully tell us about what sort of technological future we are heading for. You never know we might already be using some of the technology without even realising it.
I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to hear more about a particular area of which I know some detail, but I’m sure I can learn a lot more from the guys at Paypal. I have my fingers crossed that @jonin60seconds might read this first and include a big section on NFC (Near Field Communications) in his talk! Please, Jon!
I first really noticed NFC when Barclaycard began its TV advertising campaign for contactless payments which features a man going down a big slide swiping his card and paying for things as the Bellamy Brothers sang, “Let your Love Flow” in the background.
Since then I have heard of checking in for flights by holding your mobile against a sensor pad and a mobile phone with which you can lock the doors on your office, house and car, all by using NFC.
It all sounds very exciting and there was even a rumour, for all you iPhone fans that the next generation handset will have built in NFC capability. But, I guess unless we happen to frequent the same bars as the developers at Apple, and are prepared to wait until closing time for them to leave us an early demo device, we will just have to wait and see. In the meantime, Nokia, Samsung, Blackberry and HTC will all have NFC capable handsets in the market by the end of 2011.
Now, a quick plug about subjects I do know about! Callmaster Mobile is running a series of free half day seminars throughout the autumn with one of our business partners, Cloud Business. Subjects will include fixed line and mobile convergence and hosted Microsoft Office 365.
These seminars are supported by Vodafone and Microsoft and will be held at the Surrey Sports Park on Tuesday 18 October and Wednesday 9 November 2011.