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Tags:#Apple#mobile#Multimedia#NYT#Video Services#web Recently, Netflix sent out a survey to select subscribers in order to determine interest in an iPhone application for streaming movies via mobile phones. According to the survey’s wording, the proposed app would be Wi-Fi only and would offer the same content that the Netflix “Watch Instantly” service provides. Currently, subscribers are able to stream movies and TV shows to their PCs and Macs as well as to game consoles like the Xbox 360 and certain set-top boxes like the Roku. However, plans for an iPhone application were far out on the company’s roadmap last anyone heard. This past September, for example, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told Reuters that an iPhone application would “come over time, but nothing in the short term.” Now insiders are wondering if something has changed the company’s mind. And could that something be the iPad?Netflix Asks Customers: How Do You Feel About the iPhone?A blog post on the Netflix news-tracking resource Hacking Netflix offers up the full text of the survey, which reads:Imagine that Netflix offers its subscribers the ability to instantly watch movies & TV episodes on their iPhone. The selection availability to instantly watch includes some new releases, lots of classics and TV episodes. There are no advertisements or trailers, and movies start in as little as 30 seconds. You can fast-forward, rewind, and pause or watch again. The movies & TV episodes you instantly watch are included in your Netflix membership for no additional fee.Whenever you want to instantly watch content on your iPhone, your iPhone must be connected to a Wi-Fi network (such as one you might have at home or at work, or in public places like coffee shops, book stores, hotels, airports, etc.)If this functionality were available, how likely would you or someone in your household be to instantly watch movies & TV episodes on your iPhone via a Wi-Fi network?”Although this is an unofficial source for the news, the official Netflix blog links to the Hacking Netflix site in their blog’s sidebar, which at least somewhat speaks to the legitimacy of the content posted there. If Netflix Supports iPhone, it Supports iPad Too So why is Netflix considering an iPhone application now? This renewed interest is intriguing, especially when it comes only six months after CEO Hastings told reporters that “we will get to mobile eventually, including the iPhone.” At the time, he stated the company’s interest was more focused on getting Netflix content onto video game consoles and TVs. With the new crop of Internet-connected television sets, there has been plenty to keep the company busy in that regard. A likely reason for the new direction may have to do with the impending launch of the Apple iPad. The thin, slate-like computer, sometimes described as “a big iPod Touch,” is predicted to do well according to numerous technology analysts. Already, major media publications are looking into iPad versions of their print and web content, with the hope that the device will help them tap into a new audience of content consumers. Perhaps Netflix wants to do the same. It’s worth noting that the iPad will run the same mobile operating system as Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch, so although the survey doesn’t specify this, an iPhone app could run on the iPad just as easily as it does on the iPhone.What’s Required to Make this WorkThe only question now is how will the company build it? The iPhone doesn’t support Adobe Flash, the technology that’s typically used on the web for streaming video. However, that’s no matter to Netflix. They opted to go with Microsoft’s Flash competitor, Silverlight, when they launched their web streaming “Watch Instantly” service for Mac (and, unofficially, some Linux) users back in October 2008. An interesting side note about Silverlight? It alreadyworks on the iPhone. In fact, in November 2009, Microsoft User Experience Platform Manager Brian Goldfarb demonstrated Silverlight streaming on the iPhone during a live presentation at Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference. Reports quoted him as saying that Microsoft “worked with Apple” to create this iPhone-ready server-side solution, much to the surprise of Apple-watchers everywhere. Goldfarb later clarified his statement, saying that he meant Microsoft did all the work on the technology, but he did add that they “made sure Apple was comfortable with it.” However, Silverlight is not yet enabled on the iPhone, so the true level of comfort Apple may or may not have is still undetermined. But then again, one never knows what Apple has in store for the future. Assuming Apple was to give the green light to Silverlight, Netflix wouldn’t have many code changes to make in order to transform their database of movies and TV shows into iPhone-ready content. Of course, without official acknowledgement from Netflix itself, their future plans for the iPhone are just speculation at this point. We’ve reached out to multiple company representatives but have yet to hear back by press time. If we receive word, we’ll update this post with details. Update: CEO Hastings did have this to say about the company’s plans for an iPhone/iPad app on January’s earnings call, which makes it sound like the company’s plans have not changed since September:“We haven’t yet done or submitted an iPhone application. We are optimistic that…it would be approved…Of course that application if it works on the iPhone, it would work on the iPad. It is not a huge priority for us because we are so focused on the larger screen. Until we get our TV ubiquity and our Blue-Ray ubiquity…we would next turn to the small screen…It is something we will get around to but it is not in the near-term.” Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… sarah perez 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces This post is part of a series on NFC here on ReadWriteMobile which will serve to get you up to speed on what NFC is, what notable developments are underway and what commercial programs using NFC will arrive this year. You can follow this series by clicking the tag (or bookmarking the tag) “NFC 2011.”This post assumes you are familiar with the term NFC as well as the technology’s use in mobile payments. If you’re just starting to learn about NFC, you should begin here with the first post in the series to get caught up.NFC-Enabled Mobile Banking Apps What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#Trends sarah perez Also involved in the pilot program is payments processing provider FIS and the payments specialist Monitise, which the bank credited with the development of the mobile banking application. Actually, there are two mobile apps involved – one written for BlackBerry smartphones, while the other is an iPhone app. Both offer similar functionality, Venturo says.Using the apps, customers can perform balance inquiries, pay their bills, see their transaction history, and even switch on or off the NFC functionality. The balance inquiry, specifically, is updated in real-time, reflecting the transactions that were just made at checkout.Ironically, the on/off switch is provided to address customers’ fears regarding this new technology’s security, despite the fact that NFC, in truth, provides more security than the mag stripe standard used on credit cards today. That feature may or may not arrive in the commercial product, if one is to launch.Once enabled, these mobile phones can be used anywhere Visa has its contactless payment terminals in place. Merchants accepting these transactions exist in locations that range from pharmacies to fast food restaurants and even some convenience stores.How the System WorksCustomers participating in the pilot program receive the microSD card or iPhone case in the mail at the same time as their new credit card arrives. Included in the package are instructions as to how to insert the chip into the phone (or use the case), plus how to enable and use the mobile application.At point-of-sale, customers can switch on the NFC functionality within the mobile application (if it was not on already), then simply wave their phone in front of the Visa payWave terminal in order to complete the transaction.So far, the testers have found the process easy. “We’re really happy with the pilot program’s progress,” Venturo told us in March, while noting that U.S. Bank continues to refine the overall experience.Commercial Plans?The pilot was set to wrap up by the end of March 2011, after which U.S. Bank will determine what plans it has for making the program more widely available to non-employee customers. As of yet, the company has not made any announcements about its commercial plans.While the pilot program itself may have performed well, Venturo believes that there needs to be more than mobile payments alone before NFC technology really takes off. There needs to be more of value driver, he said, where customers receive other items, like coupons or loyalty discounts, when they perform mobile transactions.Right now, NFC technology is only popular among a highly mobile group of early adopters – a group which is not necessarily the youth market, Venturo explained. Meanwhile, others, when offered the ability to make payments with their phone ask “why would I do that?” He also said that adoption of NFC by merchants will ramp up at different levels across the U.S., noting especially there’s a lot interest in certain spots on the East Coast and west of Colorado.Image credit: Mobilecrunch The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology U.S. Bank has been testing an NFC-enabled mobile payments service in 20 different markets, spanning several U.S. states, according to Dominic Venturo, Chief Innovation Officer for U.S. Bank Payment Services. The program was being trialed by bank employees who were also bank customers. However, the company won’t disclose the exact number of personnel involved.Like similar services from Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Chase, U.S. Bank’s payment solution lets customers make purchases with their mobile phone simply by waving their phone at select payment terminals at the point-of-sale. The service debuted in November 2010 in partnership with Visa, whose payWave technology is being used in the new solution. Using hardware made by DeviceFidelity, customers can NFC-enable their smartphones either by inserting a microSD card into their device, or by using a specially designed iPhone case which also includes a microSD card slot. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
This image was purchased by the MFLN from iStock.com on 11 January 2019 under member ID 18347305. By Molly HerndonJoin the Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance team this month in saving $100 in just 30 days. From February 1 through March 2, the MFLN Personal Finance team is supporting financial professionals in their efforts to encourage students and clients to save $100. Return to article. Long DescriptionIn sync with Military Saves’ message to “save for the unexpected” in the 2019 campaign our hope is that savers will use the $100 to supplement or start an emergency savings fund.The 30 Days of Savings Challenge takes the guesswork out of how to start a savings plan. Registered participants follow a daily savings chart that lists the amount needed to save daily throughout the 30 days to reach $100 by March 2.Need ideas of how to save these small daily amounts? Watch Dr. Michael Gutter deliver 30 ideas for how to save money from our last challenge in 2017.Registered participants of the challenge receive weekly emailed messages that give ideas, activities and events that support their saving efforts. We also encourage participants to join the conversation happening on Twitter by following and contributing to #30DaysofSaving on Twitter.Sign up and join us in saving $100!
The war of words between the BJP and Opposition over management of the floods continues with the Congress and its senior leadership being accused of politicising the rescue and relief operation. This follows former chief minster Prithviraj Chavan’s allegation last week that the government was biased against the flood-hit western Maharashtra and may have responded differently if it had affected Vidarbha, a BJP stronghold and home to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. State unit BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari pointed out that the CM had cancelled his Vidarbha tour and returned to Mumbai to hold an emergency cabinet meeting. “He then went to New Delhi to participate in the last rites of Sushma Swaraj only to come back and visit Kolhapur the same day. This CM is 24×7 focussed. He even cancelled a tour to Russia,” said Mr Bhandari. Comparing the relief work to that during the 2005 floods, Mr. Bhandari said while over a thousand people had died then, not everyone was adequately compensated by the then government. Not everyone benefited from the State’s schemes and the Congress should ponder over the fact that it left Mumbai to fend for itself under the watch of its then leader from western Maharashtra, he said. “Mr. Chavan should be concerned about the work done by his party’s government during the 2005 floods,” Mr. Bhandari said.
Click here to EnlargeKenannakin’s 1962 war film The Longest Day had 13 heroes. Back home, Border director J.P. Dutta seems to have come close.For his next war film Tiger Hills – a post-Kargil spiel – Dutta has roped in not one, not three, but eight heroes to fortify the cast.Sunil Shetty, Ajay,Click here to EnlargeKenannakin’s 1962 war film The Longest Day had 13 heroes. Back home, Border director J.P. Dutta seems to have come close.For his next war film Tiger Hills – a post-Kargil spiel – Dutta has roped in not one, not three, but eight heroes to fortify the cast.Sunil Shetty, Ajay Devgan, Arbaaz Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna willstar. There’seven talk of a ninth – Shah Rukh Khan.Dutta has reportedly asked his heroes to sport crew cuts and is believed to have said, “Border was a trailer. This will be bigger.”Question: Will Tiger Hills boast nine heroines and 18 songs too?