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NFC IDEAS App 2.3.2 - New FeaturesWrite Wi-Fi NFC TagsWrite Wi-Fi NFC Tags in the Mac application to compliment the Mobile iOS App. Simple create an NFC Wi-Fi record instance, then Write a Tag on your desired NFC Tag Technology.  Once complete, you can read this Wi-Fi Credential into the iPhone to perform Wi-Fi Handover operations.  This makes it easy to share your Wi-Fi Access Point with friends and visitors. Wi-Fi Tag HandoverWi-Fi Tag handover has been added to the NFC IDEAS App.  This feature provides the facility to Join a WiFi network by simply reading an NFC Tag.  As demonstrated below, the App will prompt to Join the Wi-Fi.  
As a cool little extension, you can share this Wi-Fi network with others by clicking on the Share link.  Upon receipt of this link, others can click on the "SSID: <Name>" link to perform the same operation on their iOS device.
Bluetooth DecodingBluetooth Tag decoding has been added into the App.  This allows you to read the Bluetooth Tag embe…

NFC IDEAS App 2.2 - New Features

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A new set of features is now available in the NFC IDEAS App for iPhone 7/8, iPhone 7/8 plus and iPhone X.
Contacts & vCardIf an NFC tag containing a vCard is scanned, the iOS contacts view will be presented displaying the content of the vCard.  This feature makes it possible to quickly share NFC business cards or media encoded with vCard information with others.  The contacts view can message, call, share contact, navigate and more with this data.

The NFC IDEAS Mac app makes it easy to encode contacts on NFC tags, or NFC enabled business cards. 


SharingNative iOS sharing is built into the Scan and History views.  The app makes it possible to share the NFC content or payloads with others to message, e-mail, use social media and more. 


SafariNative iOS Safari is built into the app.  To use the this feature open the Preferences, and turn on the Use Safari switch (green).  Then scanning an NFC tag which contains a URL link will trigger the integrated Safari browser to open.  This gives yo…

NFC IDEAS iOS11 beta available for download

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Hi,

The NFC IDEAS iOS app with CoreNFC Framework integration has been approved by Apple, and is now available for download from TestFlight.  To participate in the beta, just tweet us your email, or send email to info@nfcideas.com.


This enables your device to read NFC tags without a peripheral device.


You will need to update your iPhone7 or iPhone 7 Plus device to iOS 11.  Apple released iOS 11 for public beta on Monday, June 26, 2017.  Go to the Apple Beta Software Program for information on joining the program.

Once you are added to the NFC IDEAS beta program, an e-mail from Apple TestFlight with information to install the NFC IDEAS iOS App will be sent to you.  The e-mail body will appear as follows:

We are excited to share our updated App with you, and look forward to hearing your NFC IDEAS.
Best Regards,
Rob Jones
Founder, NFC IDEAS, LLC
w: https://www.nfcideas.com
e: rob@nfcideas.com t: https://twitter.com/nfcideas

Nfc Ideas around the world

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Today, I glanced at our app activity, and was inspired by all the places around the globe where NFC is happening.  It is amazing to see that NFC tags are being read and written in all these places.  Everyday we see new downloads and people getting engaged with this technology.

Click on the map image for an interactive map to see where Nfc Ideas are happening around the world.


Best Regards,

Rob Jones
Founder, NFC IDEAS, LLC
w: https://www.nfcideas.com
e: rob@nfcideas.com t: https://twitter.com/nfcideas

NFC Tag Reader/Writer Hardware

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The iOS Core NFC Framework limits the iPhone to read-only operations of NFC Tags and devices.  To write NFC Tags for use with the iPhone, or other NFC reader device, you can use an USB NFC Reader/Writer device attached to your Mac.

We have been overwhelmed with downloads and interest in the NFC Mac App since the announcement of iPhone support for NFC.




The following set of NFC Readers can be used with the Mac App.

ACS (Advanced Card Systems)
ACS ACR122U (NFC Type I-IV, DESFire, MIFARE)ACS ACR1252U (NFC Type I-IV, DESFire, MIFARE)ACS ACR1255U-J1 (NFC Type I-IV, DESFire, MIFARE)HID Global HID OMNIKEY 5022 (NFC Type II & Type IV, DESFire, MIFARE)IDENTIVE IDENTIVE uTrust 370x (NFC Type II & Type IV, DESFire, MIFARE)This list is limited by verification testing, and unique engineering necessary to interoperate with the hardware.

These readers are readily available on Amazon, or direct-from manufacturer outlets.

The Mac App is a nice compliment to the upcoming Core NFC Framework on the devic…

Nfc Ideas now on Mac App Store

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The NFC IDEAS Mac App (OSX) is published to the Mac App Store.  


To find the app, simply go to the https://www.nfcideas.com home page, and click on the Mac App Store link.



Or, on your Mac open up the App Store, and search for "nfc" or "nfcideas".  Or, click on Developer Tools link to find it.



The application has a full set of features that will enable you to read and write NFC tags.
For developers and NFC enthusiasts, the app is a nice compliment to Apple's newly announced support for NFC in the iPhone.
Stay tuned, we are busy working on new features to enhance the application.
Best Regards,

Rob Jones
Founder, NFC IDEAS, LLC
w: https://www.nfcideas.com
e: rob@nfcideas.com t: https://twitter.com/nfcideas

Apple iOS Core NFC

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Hello World!  NFC just had this moment on the iOS operating system.  You can mark Monday, June 5, 2017 as this moment.  
This moves NFC along the way to becoming ubiquitous interaction technology in our homes, workplaces, shopping centers, and with people and things.

Apple quietly announced the Core NFC Framework in the developer tool documentation.

The Core NFC Framework adds Tag Reader capability to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices.  This feature enables an iPhone to surface an NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF) message from an NFC tag or device that responds to this I/O request.
Apple has supported the NFC protocol with the introduction of Apple Pay for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, launched on September 19, 2014.  Apple Pay employs NFC Card Emulation standard to interact with payment terminals, vending machines, ticketing terminals and more to exchange secure EMVco Credit Card transaction data.
Nfc Ideas has been committed to the Apple ecosystem for a long-time using peripheral de…