Sept 13, 2018
New Features in CoreNFC CoreNFC was updated in iOS 12 to include two new highly impactful and desired features. For marketers wanting to leverage NFC to push content, the day has finally come where no app is required to scan an NFC tag on an iPhone. For developers wanting to use NFC to trigger actions in their apps, CoreNFC now includes background tag reading that can notify third party apps that an NFC tag has been scanned which matches a specified domain.
June 30, 2017
Since reading a tag’s unique identifier (UID) or other hardware characteristics of NFC tags cannot be done with the beta release of CoreNFC, all anti-cloning measures at the developer’s disposal are precluded. The concept of tag originality and reading a UID are related since both naive and advanced anti-cloning measures involve using it in some way. The decision to not allow developers to access the UID is discussed in this article.
June 23, 2017
Apple will be playing a far more prominent role in determining how its customers use NFC when compared to Google which takes a far more open approach. There are two areas of NFC integration Apple is choosing, so far, not to leave in the hands of app developers. The first is tag discovery and the second is anti-cloning measures used to validate that a tag is not a clone. This first article will discuss tag discovery, the next will focus on anti-cloning measures Apple may want to implement within iOS.
Apr 24, 2017
So you’ve finally bitten the bullet, you had to get Grandma and Grandpa smartphones, and it’s really not going well. The contacts app is confusing, they don’t like using a touchscreen, and they keep accidentally calling the wrong person or opening Angry Birds when they’re trying to make a phone call. Let’s face it, smartphones are really designed to be “smart” first and phones second, which is troublesome when you grew up with phones that were just phones, and all you want your “phone” to do is make phonecalls!
Recently, there has been an uptick of interest in the NTAG215 chip due to its use in products such as Nintendo’s Amiibo figurines. The NTAG215 is a fairly uncommon tag from consumer retailers, but here at TapTrack, we’ve worked with it quite a bit in our business-to-business solutions, and have sold it as part of our tag evaluation kits for quite a while. While the rest of this post will simply describe the NTAG215 and why it’s less common than other tags, if you’re on this page simply because you’re interested in purchasing NTAG215s, please click the link below to order some:
Mar 20, 2017
So you’ve decided to add NFC to your next batch of business cards and start designing them. You’ve picked the perfect subtle off-white colouring, the most tasteful thickness, an elegant font, but suddenly you’re faced with a choice of tag technology. NTAG? Ultralight? DESFire? Classic? Topaz? What do you choose? Why? If you’ve read our Tag 101 article, you probably already have some idea what tag you want, but, even if you haven’t, we’ll explain everything here.