Google wallet and NFC is awesome on my Galaxy Nexus!!!

From: Lynn Dixon 
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I have been using the NFC capabilities of my new Galaxy Nexus from Google,
and the Wallet app is absolutley spectacular.  Being able to simply tap my
phone to the register, and enter a pin is pretty cool and easy.  I have
been using the Wallet for the majority of my purchases, and the reaction
you get from the clerks is pretty funny sometimes.  One lady almost denied
the fact that my Nexus just paid my bill for me.

Also, NFC is my new favorite technology. I bought a few NFC tags for about
a buck each, and used some apps from the Android market to program them.
You can stick these things everywhere!  I have one on my nightstand that
when I lay my phone down for charging, it automatically reads the NFC tag,
goes to clock mode, sets the alarms and mutes the ringers. Then once I pick
the phone up in the morning, it senses it being pulled away from the tag,
and eveyrthing goes to normal

Heres where it really gets fun....I stuck one on my car mount.  When I dock
the phone in my car, it goes to car mode, starts the GPS, starts Pandora,
turns off WIFI, turns on Bluetooth and pairs with my car stereo and starts
playing music on my radio.  Again, all totally handsfree thanks to the NFC
sticker.  Once I get to work, remove from dock and boom....back to normal.

For anyone interested, heres a great app for working with NFC tags and
making tasks:
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jwsoft.nfcactionlauncher

Its really a shame that the competitors are not doing more with NFC in
their handsets. Its a technology that has a metric crap ton of potential,
and is incredibly useful.

=============================================================== From: Gary Hasty ------------------------------------------------------ More NFC coming soon. I've been working some with the soft rollout of ISIS slotted for July in Austin & Salt Lake City. Check out http://paywithisis.com Coke machines, department stores and more soon

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ I'm working on a RFID/NFC access for my office and the makerspace, and other fun ideas that are possible. I started with a basic RFID reader but have since acquired an RFID/NFC reader from Adafruit as NFC is just an extension of RFID apparently and I want to use my phone to physically access things. Just started soldering it up recently. I hope to have it 'hackable' via my Arduino next week. If y'all want to come over and play let me know.

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Damn! I like that idea! Even more reason to get a smart phone. I wonder if other Android phones will do that or if it's just this one?

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ Isis looks awesome! Any idea of when it will be headed to more locations? Tim, Being able to use my phone to access the Makerspace would be awesome! I need to find some time to come help out anyways. John, I think the Galaxy S2 has NFC built in, and one or two other Android phones. None of the iPhones have NFC yet. Google is really active with NFC, so you will probably start seeing this in most of the ICS phones that will be coming out.

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ Would dig that, Lynn. The S2 is nfc plus a few more than I thought. See: http://www.nfcworld.com/nfc-phones-list/

=============================================================== From: Gary Hasty ------------------------------------------------------ I would expect it to be going widespread by the end of 2012. I was talking to Macy's and Coca-Cola last week about the rollout and they're excited

=============================================================== From: James Nylen ------------------------------------------------------ This thread is awesome. I'm starting to realize now why Google is so gung-ho about this stuff. Lynn, where did you get the tags? Do you live in Chattanooga? It seems like there aren't a lot of merchants around here who are set up to use NFC. Tim, I'd love to see what you've been playing with. Shoot me an email if you don't mind.

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Quoting James Nylen : I would really love to get in on this, but I'm not sure I'm prepared to pay full price for a new smart phone and my contract isn't up for renewal for another year. :(

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ I live in Benton, TN. just outside of Chattanooga. Heres some places to buy NFC tags: www.tagstand.com www.buynfctags.com www.tagage.net www.tagsfordroid.com www.nfcdog.com This app will help you located vendors that accept PayPass (NFC payments and Google Wallet): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mastercard.paypass&feature=search

=============================================================== From: James Nylen ------------------------------------------------------ Thanks Lynn. I have the PayPass app but it is at least partially unreliable (it lists Greenlife but they don't support it). I have a GNexus too. Just out of curiosity, is the Wallet app officially available yet or are Google and Verizon still having a pissing match?

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ Its not available using the Verizon version of the app store, but there is a way to get it installed through Google Market so that it still updates and you dont have to side load it. Check here: http://www.droid-life.com/2012/02/02/how-to-install-google-wallet-from-the-market-on-the-verizon-lte-galaxy-nexus/ This is one reason I hate Verizon so much. They seem always cause roadblocks for their users, even on the Google Nexus line of phones. I think its partly due to their partnership with AT&T and a few other companies in creating their own NFC payment solution they decided to block the already working Google Wallet to slow down their competition.

=============================================================== From: Stephen Haywood ------------------------------------------------------ Google wallet recently had some negative exposure. It seems the PIN was accessible on rooted devices. Don't know all the details but you can get more info here: http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/02/08/google.working.quickly.to.fix.bug/ -- Stephen Haywood Information Security Consultant CISSP, GPEN, OSCP T: @averagesecguy W: averagesecurityguy.info

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ Yeah, I believe Google has patched that exploit. Wallet was unavailable for a few weeks while they found a solution On Mar 19, 2012 11:27 AM, "Stephen Haywood" wrote:

=============================================================== From: "kitepilot@kitepilot.com" ------------------------------------------------------ MAN!!! Next to Chillhowee, do you fly gliders!? :) ET Lynn Dixon writes:

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ I live literally about 1 mile from the Chilhowee Gliderport, right on Highway 411. Oddly enough, I have never flown in a glider before, but I have watched them my whole life (growing up in the same area). I can remember that old Cessna AgWagon pulling gliders up from when I was a kid! But, I am scheduled to take an intro flight for my Private Pilot certificate this Thursday at Dalton Municipal airport. I have also been wanting to learn how to hang glide for a few months after watching a bunch of videos from Lookout Mountain Flight park. I have even driven up to the ramp on the mountain to see what it looks like. Once I get down to an good weight (pushing about 240 right now :( ), I plan on learning to hang glide as well.