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    The big NFC question of the day may be whether or not the iPhone 5 will support the feature, but there's also new developments on a couple NFC fronts in Android-land. Slowly but surely, Google continues to flesh-out Wallet with new features and capabilities. In recent weeks, we've seen it greatly expand its credit card compatibility with a bit of a workaround, and learned that Google managed to sway Discover over to supporting the app. Google's Robin Dua recently headed-up a Q&A session regarding Wallet, where he talked a little bit about what direction the app is heading. That ...

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    There's some new imagery going around that purports to show off the NFC chip on the upcoming iPhone 5. Not everyone's so convinced, though, and some theories have emerged as to why this mystery component may be something else entirely. In fact, there's a arguably convincing case to be made for why there may be no NFC on the iPhone 5 at all. That little square guy up top is supposed to be an integrated NFC controller chip and antenna. There are a number of problems with that idea, starting with just how small it is. NFC antennas are much larger than this on other phones, and an antenna this ...

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    If you missed the news, Apple is now the most "valuable" company in history. The numbers don't factor in the relative worth of the dollar today versus when Microsoft was  in their heyday -- but hey, who's counting? Are you familiar with the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"? Basically, it underscores the concept that two parties with a common foe, could work together to advance common goals. By working together, the two could possibly overpower their mutual enemy. The two underdogs here are Android and Windows Phone -- and they're both in a unique position: Apple doesn't like ...

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    Some holes, like this one in Yellowstone National Park, are beautiful. But take a look at your phone or tablet. How many holes does it have in it? None of them are "pretty". Let's face it,  they're eyesores. Holes seem like they are necessary components, but they do make your phone look ugly. Additionally, they're extra components which just add on to the cost of an already pricey piece of electronics. Let's count them, shall we? Chances are you've got a headphone jack, a microUSB port, and maybe even an MHL/HDMI port. Why? Why do we have so many holes in our devices? Aren't there other ...

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    Near Field Communication is just now starting to become somewhat widespread among smartphones, with support for the feature included on several popular new models. Considering we've been waiting for well over a year to see NFC take off, that sounds like great news. Could ubiquitous NFC support end up being a cures, though, rather than a blessing? One hacker is sounding the alarm that NFC, as currently implemented on many smartphones, is just asking to be exploited to the detriment of phone owners. The problems that lead to these vulnerabilities are due to issues on multiple levels, and the ...

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    Have you ever wondered why it's so difficult to transfer something from one phone or tablet to another using NFC? Isn't NFC supposed to make everything easier? I've got the answer to that question, along with a look back at another "transport mechanism" in this week's episode of the Android Guy Weekly. In the days before NFC we had IrDA Long, long ago (okay, not that long ago) we had something called IrDA that literally let you transfer stuff at the speed of light! Infrared light, to be precise... Who knew the speed of light was so slow! IrDA transfers took a long time, but with them you ...

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    Judging from my editorials this month, you'd think webOS suddenly got exhumed from the grave. I've mentioned Palm's defunct operating system in a piece on new smartphone platforms, on Android multitasking, and in an editorial about what it means to own a unique phone. All in the past two weeks. That's a lot of exposure for an OS that's fallen by the wayside, but it's not just because I'm a former devotee of the platform. It's because that's the natural order of things when an OS is either taking its last few breaths or walking the path to open source (or both). Other OEMs are snapping ...

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    In our last videos about NFC I showed how to encode text, URLs, and even your business card inside NFC tags. Before that I showed you how to automate profile switching in CyanogenMod 9. For those of you not running CM9 but who want to accomplish many of the same things, check out this video and see how you can do it with a regular app on your NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet. In this video I'll show you how to use an app called NFC Task Launcher, available in the Play Store. In addition to basic NFC tricks (embedding text, URLs, and even business cards), this app lets you set switches ...

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    We all know that NFC can be used to make mobile payments, a feature that may become the technology's "killer app". We've even seen NFC on phones used to receive such payments, as with PayPal's NFC-supporting app. Smartphones aren't the only things being used for these kind of wireless payments, though, and many recent credit and debit cards support similar RF-based systems. Could we maybe get smartphones and these cards talking directly to each other? One security researcher has managed to do just that, and his results are sure to give pause to anyone carrying around such a wireless ...

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    In our last video we showed off some cool things you can do with profiles in CyanogenMod 9 and NFC. What if you're not running CM9 and want to do some cool stuff with NFC? That's what we'll talk about in this video. Specifically, using the NFC chip in your phone, a few NFC tags that you can buy online, and one of a few apps available in the Google Play Store you can encode your contact information (also known as a vCard) onto an NFC sticker. You can encode a web address (URI, or URL) onto an NFC Tag. You can even program a short message into the tag. There are some things to keep in mind ...

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    If you missed out on our first episode of "Fun and Tricks with NFC and Your Android" now it's the time to watch it and return to this post once you're done. Make sure to check out the second part of the video coming soon! Now that we all know what this is all about, Samsung introduced TecTiles and its TecTile application. TecTiles are basically programmable NFC tags which you can use with an NFC-equipped smartphone. These will become available "in all four major carrier stores and at major online retailers at the launch of the Galaxy S III". Programmable actions include sending messages as ...

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    In our last video we showed off CyanogenMod 9. Among the topics we covered were "Profiles" and a teaser of something awesome to come in our next video -- this video. Switching profile's isn't all that quick. It's somewhat unfortunate because the several screen taps that are required to switch between profiles has been enough to keep me from using them. With NFC, that all changes. Hit play, and prepare to have your mind blown. Interested in getting some NFC tags, you need only head over to Amazon.com to see a huge list of tags that you can buy. They will probably cost you around $1.50 ...

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