Making NFC work for you

By Carolyn Enting

Making NFC work for you
Here are five things that make NFC technology fun to use.

Near Field Communication (NFC) enables devices, including smartphones, to establish short-range wireless communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity. Here are five things that make this technology fun to use.

– In a hurry? Visa payWave is a great example of NFC in action. For transactions under $80, just wave your Visa payWave-enabled card in front of a Visa payWave reader and go – there’s no need for a signature or pin.

– Get smart with your smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S III, for example, enables file swapping such as movies, music and documents between devices using AllShare Play.

– With the right settings, NFC tags can make your life easier and used in creative and practical ways. NFC tags can be small stickers, which contain a small unpowered NFC chip which can be programmed to launch apps and perform certain actions including setting timers and turning on your computer remotely. The tag is powered when you hold your smartphone close to it.

– Remote control. Stick an NFC tag on the dashboard of your car and have it disable Wi-Fi, increase volume and enable Bluetooth.

– Need sleep? Place a tag near the phone dock by your bed and programme it to decrease brightness and disable sounds.

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