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  • Editing Team 18:25 on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Nokia UK Delivers Apps for WP8 via NFC-enabled Calendars 


    Nokia and NFC marketing specialist Wooshping have teamed up to put 1,500 NFC-enabled advent calendars in mobile phone stores across the UK. The ‘appvent’ calendars offer a different app each day in the run up to Christmas.

    Nokia will be using Wooshping’s Instant platform to change which app Windows Phone 8 users will receive when they tap the calendar on a particular day.

    “This is a really innovative and successful concept that will bring some Christmas cheer to mobile customers and staff up and down the country,” says Carly Wyatt, Nokia UK’s apps marketing manager.

  • Editing Team 15:49 on October 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    CBA Launches CommBank App with NFC Payments Support 


    The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has combined its existing CommBank and Kaching apps into a new CommBank app with the inclusion of NFC payments.

    The revamped app will be available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8 (WP8), yet WP8 will miss out on the payment functionality. NFC payment will be supported using the secure element built into Android devices, but the exact devices to be supported were not announced by CBA.

    Since iOS devices lack a built-in NFC element, they will need a MasterCard PayTag sticker on the back to provide compatibility with MasterCard’s PayPass technology. Users who wish to make use of the payments functionality in the app will have to pay a one-time AU$2.99 fee.

    Other functions offered in the app include new swipe gestures to quickly see a nominated account balance and ATM locations, the ability to pay bills via QR codes, changing a card PIN number within the app, and Kaching functionality that allows for payments via Facebook, e-mail, or phone number.

    The bank said that it has seen contactless payments grow sixfold in the past 12 months, and that Australia is the leading PayPass market in the world.

  • Editing Team 18:02 on September 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Use NFC with a Windows Phone 8 Device 


    Samsung has long showed off its NFC functionality—with just a tap of two phones, users can share a whole lot of contents on their handset. Windows Phone 8 devices also include NFC functionality and it is easy to use. Here is how to use NFC with Windows Phone 8.

    First, to enable NFC, you have to go to Settings > tap+send and change the switch into “On”. Now you’re ready to use the three basic functions of NFC to share, launch and pay.


    By touching two phones together, you can send photos, websites, videos, songs and other contents. Hold your phone back-to-back with another device. Make sure the receiving device’s screen is on. Open up the item you want to send, tap the (···) more button and tap share, then select tap+send from the list. The receiving phone will get a notification, tap accept and the item will send.

    NFC is not just limited to working with Windows Phone devices. It actually works with Android devices as well, but you can only send websites and contacts.


    NFC also enables you to launch things, which means opening certain apps, sharing to social networks, starting a phone call, etc. NFC tags and NFC apps are essential in order to do this. Among the best apps are NFC Interactor, NFC Launchit, and Nokia NFC Writer. With these apps you can create actions to be performed when you tap your phone to an NFC tag.


    Another feature of NFC is the ability to make purchases with your phone. The idea is that you can enter your credit card into your phone and then tap your phone to a scanner at checkout to make a payment. Unfortunately not many devices support this feature yet. Here’s how to check to see if yours does.

    Open Wallet and tap (···) to bring up Settings+PIN, if you don’t see an option to turn on NFC transactions you don’t have the feature. All you will be able to do is add credit cards for buying apps, and view local deals.

    NFC is a cool feature that can be very useful if you know how to use it.

  • Editing Team 18:41 on August 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Interactor—Reader/Writer App for WP8—Expands NFC Function 


    NFC Interactor, the reader/writer app for Windows Phone 8 from Mopius, has expanded its suite of NFC functions.

    “NFC Interactor now supports 20 record type categories and allows adding/editing of 150 distinct details for various messages,” said Mopius’ Andreas Jakl.

    “On top of that, users can write tags that directly launch 58 system apps and settings pages; plus of course every single third party app available, with an integrated online Windows Phone store search.”

    The latest version also fully integrates with Windows Phone 8 allowing users to carry out actions such as sharing their customized business card via NFC with just one tap of a live tile from the start screen.

  • Editing Team 17:31 on November 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Windows Phone 8 Tips: Connect Bluetooth Devices via NFC 

    If you have ever connected your PC or phone to a Bluetooth device, you know that it requires multiple steps, which usually include typing a code in order to configure the pairing. But if you have an NFC-enabled speaker, such as the Nokia Play 360 Bluetooth Speaker, you can pair an NFC-enabled Windows Phone 8 handset much more easily.

    To pair the two devices, just tap the phone to the speaker.


    On the phone, you’ll see a prompt box asking you if you’d like to pair the devices and, if required, turn on Bluetooth.


    And that’s the whole process. The phone will then quickly issue a happy connection-made sound and you can start playing music — the sound will come from the Bluetooth speaker.


    In case you’re curious about the mechanics of this connection, here’s how it works: NFC is used here to initiate the connection, or pairing, while Bluetooth is still used, as before, for the actual connection.

  • Editing Team 23:29 on November 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Microsoft Announced New Windows Phone SDK 8.0 with NFC Wallet API 

    Microsoft-Windows-Phone-SDK-8.0-NFC-Wallet-API-rfid-blogMicrosoft has announced the new Windows Phone SDK 8.0, which includes new tools for testing and debugging, a Wallet API to help developers make money with their apps, and tools for building and adding such features as voice recognition, VoIP, and camera integration.

    The new SDK provides standalone IDE (integrated development environment), using the Visual Studio Express 2012 edition, for developers to build Windows Phone 8 applications. It also provides an add-in to the Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium, or Ultimate editions.

    To help developers cash in on their apps, Windows Phone 8 has introduced the Wallet, which is capable of collecting coupons, credit cards, and loyalty numbers from a single location; managing payment instruments in the app and music store; and making contactless transactions via NFC. According to Microsoft, the Wallet API offers full programmatic access to the Wallet, allowing developers to create, read, update, and delete Wallet items.

    The SDK also includes tools for helping developers spruce up their apps. For example, developers can create camera apps, dubbed a lens in Microsoft vernacular. A lens opens from the platform’s built-in camera app for users to shoot pictures on the spot. Rich-media lenses support the viewing and editing of digital photos; the lens feature also can be used for scanning bar codes and displaying related data from a local folder.

    Additionally, the SDK includes tools for adding three types of speech components to their apps: voice commands, speech recognition, and text-to-speech. Using the voice command functionality, developers can set up their apps so that phrases link to specific app pages, perform specific tasks, or initiate actions. Speech recognition, though similar in concept, is developed in a different way with a different API, according to Microsoft. The key difference between the two: Speech recognition occurs inside an app, while voice commands occur outside.

    The SDK also enables developers to build VoIP (Voice over IP) apps, enabling users to make audio and video calls over their data connections. The apps integrate with the Windows Phone 8 platform such that incoming calls are displayed with the same phone UI as regular calls.

    The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is available at the Windows Phone website.

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