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  • Editing Team 16:09 on March 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Nokia NFC Writer App Lets Lumia Users Easily Create NFC Tags 

    Nokia-NFC-Writer-app-Lumia-write-tags-rfid-blogNokia has released a new NFC Writer app, which shows how Windows Phone users can use NFC to simplify the process of creating NFC tags.

    The app uses the NFC chip featured in compatible smartphones, like the Lumia 920, and issues commands to NFC tags or stickers that can then be read by most NFC-enabled devices. Creating tags can make it easier to quickly adjust settings, share information with another device or online service, or trigger an action like launching an app or website.

    Nokia’s not the first phone maker to create such an app — Samsung did the same with TecTiles and Sony has its Xperia SmartTags — but the new Writer app is a reminder that NFC’s value is beyond mobile payments. More importantly, it easily shows how to create NFC tags on a Lumia device.

    1. Acquire NFC tags — NFC tags can be purchased as stickers, wristbands, or even key chains. They are sold online and in carrier stores, so it should be pretty easy to find whatever format is best for your needs.

    2. Download the NFC Writer app and then launch it. Select a tag to create, place it at the back of the phone, and you’re done.

    One drawback to NFC Writer is that all of the tags are preprogrammed. It can provide a variety of functions, but if you want to create a tag for something that Nokia hasn’t thought up yet, the app will fall short of expectations. It also lacks the ability to create profiles that trigger multiple actions or settings changes, something other NFC apps for Android are capable of accomplishing.

  • Editing Team 15:55 on February 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Use Samsung TecTiles? 

    In the previous article, we introduced how to use S Beam. This one will talk about how to use the Samsung TecTiles.

    With TecTiles, you can adjust settings on your phone depending on where you happen to be at the moment, with fewer taps.

    To use the TecTiles, first you need to purchase TecTile tags, which can be bought directly from Samsung’s website or other authorized sellers and cost $14.99 for a set of five NFC tags/chips. These tags store commands and limited data (they are not attached to devices, so don’t mistakenly stick it to your device). Besides, you also need to download the free Samsung TecTiles app from Google Play Store, to program the tags (store commands in them).

    Once you have both the tags and app ready, you can read from and write to the TecTile tags. To program and use a TecTile to do a certain task, follow the steps below:

    ■Ensure that NFC is turned ON.

    ■Launch the TecTile application. Select the “TecTile Type”.


    ■Select the action you want to do and then tap “Next”.

    ■Follow the instruction and hold your phone over the TecTile (with your phone’s back facing the TecTile) until you have successfully written the tag. This reportedly takes just a matter of seconds.


    ■To use the tag to execute the command on the device, just unlock your device and hold it over the TecTile tag.

    NOTE: TecTiles wouldn’t function when placed near metal bodies.

    You can set a tag to perform a specific function permanently. But be aware that it cannot be edited or re-written after that.

    You can put a TecTile on the light switch in your office to make sure your phone is on vibrate so you’ll not disturbed with a ringing phone while working. You can also use a tag in your car to turn on Bluetooth, turn off Wi-Fi and launch Slacker.


    There are a lot more options out there. You can make lots of different types of tags like change phone settings, launch an app, set alarm, make a call, send an SMS, Facebook & Foursquare check-in, make a tweet, etc.

    S Beam and TecTiles are just two of NFC using cases. NFC can do a lot more. Just give it a try and you’ll love it!

  • Editing Team 21:50 on November 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Use Your NFC-enabled Phone and Tags to Automate Daily Tasks 

    This year, a lot of phones are being released with NFC readers built into the devices, and there’s a growing number of NFC apps in Google Play to manage them on Android phones. If your phone is NFC-enabled, you can use your own NFC tags and apps to automate daily tasks.

    NFC already pushes your credit and debit cards into your smartphone, yet it can do far more than that. Maybe you’ve bought an NFC-enabled phone and aren’t sure where to start. But once you have NFC tags in hand, there are dozens of ways to use them to make your life a little bit easier, and stop spending so much time in your phone’s Settings menu.

    Here are a few ideas on how you can put NFC technology to work for you:

    ■Set your phone to silent/vibrate at work. Stick a tag by your desk and program it to put your device in silent mode when you tap it. This can be particularly useful to those who are extremely forgetful about these things.

    ■Save from giving out your Wi-Fi password. If you have guests or clients visiting who want to use your Wi-Fi, you may program a tag to connect to your wireless network, so that your guests can save from typing in your 15-character combination of uppercase/lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

    ■Sync your stuff. Most media is in the cloud, for example, Dropbox, Google Drive and Rdio. To make sure things get backed up every night, you can have a tag set up by the charging station that regulates Wi-Fi and auto-sync. Another tap to the NFC tag in the morning switches Wi-Fi off, so that battery power is not wasted throughout the day.

    ■Keyless entry to your home or workplace. Many companies already use pass-cards which employees wave at a sensor to get into their office. These “smart keys” are powered by NFC. As NFC becomes more prevalent, you’ll probably be seeing more and more devices like Lockitron emerging in the marketplace. The device is installed on your deadbolt at home and can be programmed to grant keyless entry to your home or office through an app. Now you can leave your keys at home and just grant/remove access within the app.

    ■Mobile payment. Instead of pulling out your credit card, you can just tap your NFC-enabled phone to a terminal, much like MasterCard, Visa and Interac are doing with their wave-and-pay systems now. We’re not quite there yet, but it’s something to look forward to.

    ■Connect to social-media. Several parks or festivals have already allowed guests to log into Facebook, Foursquare, or Google Places by tapping their NFC-enabled phones to a poster or something else. It’s a lot easier than trying to convince them to open an app.

    Since NFC is secure, easy to manage and extraordinarily versatile, it will become more popular with time. And now is the perfect time to get ahead of the curve and start wowing your friends.

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