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The End of the Internet
Technically Speaking, February 2018

   “the internet should remain an open and free platform - it's there for all and, despite the plethora of unsavoury content, the unscrupulous few and the potential for digital theft, we should not forget it's predominately a resourceful tool and should remain so.”

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“The internet: an open and immersive platform where you can find everything and anything, at any time. Well, that's the premise, but some countries, in fact, inhibit selected media and content - you know, for political gain or just nothing more than sheer bullying - that dictatorship thing; however, generally, it's open to all! Naturally, with impressionable children and whatnot, we need to have the ability to restrict access to certain content, which seems to be a more moderate and reasonable sense of "censorship," if you like.

The Bill of Rights, Amendment 1
Freedom of access isn't only limited by restrictions from parental control or dictatorships either: You see, I have access to many sites that offer me the opportunity to download copyrighted content such as music, movies, applications and digital books! My internet service provider (ISP) does its best to restrict my access to such content yet, much to my dismay, I can still locate and download several of my books in digital format! Eesh, that's depressing! Anyway, if you're here in the UK and you do attempt to access a site offering such content, you're invariably prompted with a notice informing you that the site has been blocked "pursuant to orders of the high court." …”

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NFC Forum 2018 NFC Innovation
Award Judges Announced

NFC Forum, Fenruary 2018

   “…15 Near Field Communication Leaders and Luminaries to Judge Global Award Competition”

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WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Feb. 1, 2018 – The NFC Forum unveiled today a slate of 15 judges for its 2018 NFC Innovation Awards representing a prestigious list of Near Field Communication technology (NFC) experts, business leaders, journalists and analysts. The awards recognize innovative NFC products, services and experiences worldwide. Nearly 100 entries were submitted to the annual award competition last year. The selected judges represent a wide array of market disciplines and technical expertise from Asia, Europe and North America. The NFC Forum is the world’s leading standards and advocacy association for NFC technology. Thinfilm is the 2018 NFC Innovation Awards Platinum Level Sponsor.

We are fortunate to have such a prestigious and enthusiastic list of judges for the 2018 NFC Innovation Awards. They represent some of the technology industry’s leading lights and brightest minds involved in NFC,” said Paula Hunter, executive director, NFC Forum. “NFC Innovation Awards will be presented in three categories: Best In-Market Implementation; Best Emerging Concept and NFC for Good. The awards ceremony is scheduled to be held during the NFC Members Meeting at the Barbican Centre, London, UK on June 26, 2018.”

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Just Touch! provides the definitive insight into this, as yet, unsung wireless technology that will simplify connectivity with other wireless technologies. The book will cover the numerous user scenarios that will singularly set NFC apart from other technologies. Just Touch! offers a must have resource for designers, developers and software engineers, as it provides a technical how-to covering all aspects of the NFC software and hardware architectures from the ground-up. It’s an essential read for product planners, technical marketers and researchers alike, as Just Touch! provides a comprehensive insight into the technology and market potential.

 
     
 

 
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