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Unlock Your Phone Using NFC

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Over the last few months, we’ve talked about many different of simulating some of the built-in features of the Moto X on other devices. This includes apps (and open source projects) that deliver Active Display functionality and make Google Now listen to you at all times. A new modification courtesy of XDA Senior Member MohammadAG has appeared, and it allows any NFC tag to be programmed to function like the Motorola Skip.

The app, aptly titled NFC Unlocking, comes in the form of an Xposed Module. Because of this, you will need to have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) installed. Once the module is installed, simply activate it from your modules list and re. . . READ ON »

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Use NFC for App Access and Control

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As we talked about a little while ago, NFC can accomplish far more than “merely” serving as a replacement for your credit card. After all, while incredibly cool, NFC mobile payments make up just one potential use for the technology—and one that not very many devices support in the first place due to the lack of an NFC secure element.

One such alternative use for the technology is automation. Due to having two young children with a penchant for Netflix viewing, XDA Forum Member odwdinc decided to streamline a method to control various apps by using NFC tags. His guide uses physical tags, as well as a few add-on programs to script many complicated input tasks that would otherwise be diffic. . . READ ON »

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NFC Presentation Leads to Creative Thinking about NFC Technology

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The past few articles featuring some presentations from the recent XDA:DevCon 2013 have focused on operating systems and app development. From great app development presentations to Ubuntu Touch development and even a Firefox OS presentation, these topics were thoroughly covered. However, that doesn’t mean that we forgot about the hardware.

Our next presentation was given by the NFC lady, Pearl Chen. Pearl is known for educating people about many different topics, from web development to Arduino and NFC.  Pearl is a published author and contributed to the NFC and Open Accessory API chapters of Professional Android Sensor Programming published by Wrox.

In her presentation “NFC: Thinking Creati. . . READ ON »

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Add Contacts More Efficiently with AddMeNow

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When you’re out and you meet someone new, what do you do? Chances are that if they’re interesting, you add them to your contacts list. Most people do this by sending a message to their new friend so that both parties have each other’s contact info. But it’s now 2013, and there should be a better way than entering in contact details and manually texting afterward.

Thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor SystemErrorOne‘s new application AddMeNow, adding contacts is now significantly easier. When you first load the application, you enter your contact information. Once you’ve entered in your information and added a picture, you can add new contacts. After you’v. . . READ ON »

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NFC-Removal Actions Updated to Xposed Module

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Two months ago, we took a look at an innovative alternative use for NFC tags. Rather than activating when touching a device to a tag, XDA Forum Member madfish73 came up with a method to perform actions when removing a device from an NFC tag. To accomplish this, madfish73 showed us how to modify a device’s NFC.apk to add in the android.nfc.action.TAG_LOST intent and then use that to activate tasks with a modified AnyTag application.

Naturally, this was a bit of a cumbersome process, and many users who would otherwise benefit ended up passing on the idea because of the inherent hassle. Luckily, Recognized Developer rovo89 created the powerful and versatile Xposed framework, which made the in. . . READ ON »

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Unlock Your Device with NFC

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We previously featured a mod for the Samsung Galaxy S3 teaching folks how to unlock the device with NFC. This is quite a useful function if you’ve teamed your device up with an NFC-enabled case or with a Tasker setup. However, it was unfortunate that only one device could take advantage of this. Now thanks to XDA Senior Member peurocs4, a few more devices will be able to enjoy this function.

Peurocs4 has created a guide enabling users of devices with the ‘NFC on lockscreen’ mod such as the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, and Samsung Galaxy S4 to unlock their devices with NFC. Additional requirements include a rooted device, the apps Secure Settings, Tasker and NFC Task Manager, and of course, an NFC t. . . READ ON »

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Activate NFC at Any Time

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One of the biggest gripes we have with our NFC-enabled devices is the somewhat unnecessary requirement of having to unlock them in order to activate NFC. This requirement effectively reduces the practicality of our many enabled stickers, tags, and gadgets, as it leads to another inconvenient step that limits the use of NFC in the first place.

There is good news, though, as a couple of good folks here have created mods that allows for NFC activation when the device’s screen is off or at the lock screen. This has been made possible by XDA Senior Member StephanSch for the following devices:

This mod is also av. . . READ ON »

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Pearl Chen to Talk NFC Development at XDA:DevCon 2013

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From HTML to LEDs or Android to Arduino, Hardware Hacking is a pastime of many people including XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler. Another hardware enthusiast is Pearl Chen. When working on something, she takes on a cross-disciplinary approach. With over 9 years of professional experience in web technologies, Pearl has a body of work that includes Facebook campaigns for Google Chrome and microsites for Nike. Pearl also tackles more unusual jobs such as modifying the guts of Nintendo Wii controllers and dynamically creating origami objects from SMS messages.

Alongside contributing to open source educational resources hosted on Github, Pearl is a published author and contributed the NFC and Op. . . READ ON »

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Activate Actions upon Removal of NFC Tags

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Using NFC to launch actions or perform certain tasks when you tap your device on a tag is a pretty cool thing. In fact, it’s hardly something new, as we’ve even covered a few tools that let you do so easily. These past uses, however, rely on tapping a tag to perform an action. Wouldn’t it be useful for other use-cases if you could activate a task when removing a tag from your device? Just think; this could allow you to do things such as setting up an NFC-based alarm or both activating and removing settings changes when a tag is touched.

Thankfully, this is where XDA Forum Member madfish73 comes in. Similarly to the previously linked article, this functionality is accomplished using AnyTAG . . . READ ON »

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