Zoosh: An Alternative to Google Wallet & NFC

The guys behind the Silicon Valley startup Naratte have been creating buzz with an inaudible signal that gives application developers the benefits of Near Field Communication (NFC) using the simple speaker and microphone found in mobile devices. Pitched at a frequency commonly used by dolphins, frogs, and other animals, the signal is inaudible to humans.…

Winning People Over to Cellphone-Based Payment

Since my last post about near field communication (NFC) technology and its use in mobile phone payments raised some justifiable concerns about personal data security, I wanted to circle back and share some thoughts on that topic. (See: Cellphone Payments: High-Tech’s New Frontier.) I’ve got to say, the more I read about NFC, the more…

Band-Aids & Better Solutions

The government and industry have a made a couple of moves within the past two weeks in the interest of protecting the supply chain: UPS is requiring ID before shipping products from retail outlets; and the US government has seized more than 80 Websites found trafficking in counterfeit goods. Neither is a permanent solution to…