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How to Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy S3 with NFC

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Having a password, PIN, or combination lock on your device can be quite an inconvenience every time you want to unlock your phone, especially when you have one for the sake of guarding against snooping eyes. If this is the actual case for any of you Samsung Galaxy S3 users out there, you may be pleased to know that you can bypass this problem while maintaining the security with the help of NFC tags.

XDA Forum Member Monteillard has come up with a sneaky way of making this possible on your GS3 for rooted users with Tasker, WidgetLocker, and NFC Re-tag, all of which can be found on the Play store. Users must flash a specific mod that’s available for download, setup WidgetLocker with the ‘unlock’ f. . . READ ON »

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What Can You Scan with Your NFC-Enabled Phone?

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With a more than a decade-old history, near field communication, better known as NFC, seems to have only just recently exploded onto the market, mass distributed with almost every new device since 2012 and onward. You now see ads marketing and exhibiting the ‘magic’ of this relatively old technology, exemplified with people merely touching their phones together to share photos, videos, documents and so on. But did you know that you aren’t limited to these specific use cases?

XDA Senior Member one5‘s surely knew, as a thread was created listing a plethora of items that can be scanned with your NFC-enabled device. These include credit cards, student IDs from various universitie. . . READ ON »

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Share Files Quickly with SuperBeam

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Transferring photos, videos, and other files to another device can be a long and drawn out process, depending on how many files you try to move around. Now, thanks to the work from XDA Senior Member majedev, sharing multiple files is a lot quicker.

SuperBeam allows users to share any file stored on their device with another device using the application. The only requirement to fully utilize SuperBeam is a smartphone that runs Android 4.0 or later. If you happen to have a device that runs an older version of Android, the app will automatically fallback to the fail safe hotspot mode.

For those with phones that support it, SuperBeam uses WiFi Direct to send files across devices. Users can initiate a connection betwee. . . READ ON »

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Android Beam Capable File Manager – Introducing File Beam

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Android 4.1 brought quite a few surprises, improvements, and extensions in functionality since it was introduced last year. Needless to say, many of the OS’s features require hardware elements, such as NFC and Beam functionality. The concept is simple and it works quite well. However, the implementation of this on Google’s AOSP as well as manufacturer’s variants is limited to a few things such as pictures or video. Having said that, there is more to life than just sharing visual media. What if you wanted to share a song, a document, or an APK? Sure, you can always try to send them via WiFi direct, e-mail, DropBox, and a myriad of other alternatives. However, again, the current implementatio. . . READ ON »

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App Review: Control Your Phone with NFC Tags Using AnyTAG NFC – XDA Developer TV

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Near-Field Communications, or NFC, is a new and exciting technology. The mainstream media likes to tout its ability to allow for contact-less payments with your mobile device. However, there is so much more you can do with NFC. In the sixth in a series of XDA Pro Tips, XDA Elite Recognized Developer and TV Producer AdamOutler showed you some of the possibilities of NFC tags.

Now, XDA Forum Member wedjohn57 has shared an application that allows you to do almost anything with NFC tags. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews AnyTAG NFC Launcher. TK shows off the application, its uses and functionality, and gives his thoughts of the application.. . . READ ON »

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What Can We Learn from the Galaxy S III NFC Hack?

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NFC technology is poised to become the core of the mobile payment world. Nearly every cutting edge smartphone released in the next year will feature some form of NFC and mobile payments. Every major player from Verizon to Google, from MasterCard to American Express is in some way attempting to enter the market and gain a foothold in the thriving industry. Yet this is not without cost: Near-Field Communication technology is new and relatively untested. By linking it with our smartphones, a device we use for nearly every aspect of our lives, we’ve created the most potent bait an identify thief or malicious life hacker could desire.

Yet until recently, few cared to think about the malicious possibilities t. . . READ ON »

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AnyTAG NFC Launcher Opens Apps Via NFC

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NFC has slowly been gaining in popularity since it started making its way into mobile phones. While the most common usage for NFC is mobile payment through services like ISIS and Google Wallet, there are actually a number of other ways to use NFC tags. The latest application of the technology is to use it as a pseudo-task manager using an application called AnyTAG.

AnyTAG basically allows you to open and close a variety of tasks and applications via NFC. This could be useful for a number of reasons. One such example is toggling WiFi off when you leave your house, toggling silent mode when you lay down to go to bed or toggling Bluetooth on in your car. It was posted to the forums by XDA Forum Member wedjohn57. And althou. . . READ ON »

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SimplyTapp NFC Payment System Debuts with CyanogenMod 9.1

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While CyanogenMod 10 becomes the norm for many cutting-edge device, it appears that CyanogenMod 9.1 still has a trick up its sleeve when it debuts. In an industry first, CyanogenMod (a community-maintained Android ROM that isn’t directly affiliated with the AOSP) has partnered with NFC cloud-based payment company SimplyTapp to produce a new method of paying for real goods and services with NFC-capable devices.

Much like Google Wallet, Google’s NFC payment system, SimplyTapp allows users of NFC capable devices (flashed with CM 9.1) to store payment method information in the cloud. By installing the app and signing up for a card ($0 to $5 depending on the type of card, with fixed amount gift car. . . READ ON »

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Mobile NFC Payments Platform ISIS Launching Soon

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Announced months earlier, the ISIS NFC mobile payments project seems to be getting much attention in the media lately. The collaborative effort between T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which is set to launch shortly, aims to bring NFC-based mobile payments to the subscribers of these carriers across United States as a competitor to Google Wallet.

In the change log of the latest software updated released for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II, mention of an ISIS/NFC update was spotted by  XDA Senior Member manekineko. This can be considered evidence that support is coming to the Galaxy S II. Also, XDA Senior Member sn0warmy has started a Google Wallet vs. ISIS thread comparing the merits . . . READ ON »

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