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WhatsApp Is Working On Video Calls, NFC Tags And Group Invites, Voicemail, And Zip File Sharing

WhatsApp has been steadily adding more and more features over the past year and that is not slowing down. In the last few months, we've run across dozens of tips of upcoming WhatsApp options, some that are already live, others that are starting to materialize, and several that are still tagged with a big question mark. We're compiling here a few of the latter and most interesting rumors and tips, but do take them with a grain of salt. Some of them might really happen, others could be scrapped off.

Video calling

Rumors of WhatsApp adding video call support go as far back as last December, but the news has been intensifying over the past few days with screenshots of the feature surfacing for beta iOS users.

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NFC Task Launcher Is Now Trigger: Update Adds New UI And Multiple Triggers Per Task

If you suddenly saw a new app pop up on your phone this weekend marked "Trigger," don't be alarmed - the much-loved NFC Task Launcher has just been rebranded. The rechristened app has been given a new look and a small functional update, but it retains all of the NFC goodness that's earned it a 4.5 star rating in the Play Store.

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Trigger has been given a slight visual update, which makes it a little more effective when used on tablets. There's also a bit more yellow trim around the place to spruce up the Spartan interface a bit. More importantly, you can now bind multiple triggers to the same task, expanding the already impressive capability of Trigger even further.

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NFC Task Launcher Update Version 7.0.1 Introduces New Drawer Layout, Enhanced Google+ Integration, And More

Some of you probably don't think of many things when you hear the acronym "NFC". Those letters might conjure up thoughts of making mobile payments, and there's that cool ring that can unlock your smartphone, but there's not much else going on, right? Wrong. With an app like NFC Task Launcher, you can program your phone to do whatever you wish once it's near a NFC tag (which you place wherever you want them - car, nightstand, living room sofa, what have you). It's like Tasker, but centered around the use of these tags. Today the app has received a major update that fixes a slew of issues and introduces a few new features.

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Meet The Motorola Skip: An NFC Clip That Unlocks Your Moto X And Has No Business Costing $20

Update: Motorola posted more concrete details on the Skip in an official blog post. It's made out of fabric, not metal, which implies that the clasp uses a couple of magnets. On the plus side, the Skip includes three "dots" - NFC stickers that can be paired in the same manner and bypass a lock screen or PIN. The Skip will be included free with Moto Maker purchases.

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Near-field communication has some pretty cool applications. With a little work you can set it up to automatically unlock your phone, say, when you put it in a dock. Motorola thinks that's a pretty neat idea, and also that you need something similar for your pants.

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[Update: Winners!] Giveaway: Tons Of NFC Tags From AndyTags And Android Police

It's no secret that we're big fans of automation – and thus, NFC tags – around these parts. Tapping your device on a small tag to automatically adjust settings to accommodate any given situation is not only convenient, but honestly, it's downright awesome.

We've shared this love by giving away some tags in the past, and now we've teamed up with a [somewhat] newcomer to the scene to do it again: AndyTags.

Don't let the fact that AndyTags hasn't been around all that long fool you, though – it's offering up some nice-looking, customized tags in both MiFare and NTAG203 variants, along with keychains and unique Anti-Metal tags that have a special backing, allowing them to work on metal surfaces.

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[Update: Winners] International Giveaway: Win One Of Ten Sets Of NFC Goodies From Tags For Droid And Android Police

At this point, most of you are likely familiar with NFC, what it does, and all the neat things you can do with it. And when you start writing your own commands to NFC tags, the possibilities are nearly endless. You could, for example, have a tag that silences your phone, disables GPS, and sets the screen brightness to 'auto' at night. Or have one for the car that enables Bluetooth and GPS, disables Wi-Fi, and then launches your favorite media player or navigation. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below.

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[Update: Here Are The Winners!] Giveaway: Win One Of Ten Sets Of NFC Tags From TagsForDroid And Android Police

Last month, I took a look at just a few basic things you can do with NFC tags and a capable phone. The possibilities of things that you can do with NFC are only limited to your own ingenuity,  and we've teamed up with TagsForDroid to help you get started playing with this amazing and fun technology.

Before we get into the giveaway, though, here's another look at our demo from last month:

Like I said, those are just some of the more basic things that you can do with NFC. When combined with the power of Tasker, it really opens a whole new world of automation.

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Fun With NFC: Automating Simple Tasks With NFC Tags And An NFC Capable Phone

More and more devices are becoming available with NFC - but what does that actually mean? First and foremost, NFC stands for near field communication. Basically, when you get your device close enough to something equipped with NFC - like a tag or a mobile payment center - it invokes an action on your device. Google Wallet is a perfect example of NFC in mainstream use; simply touch your phone to the payment terminal and the rest is done for you.

There are more practical applications to using NFC than just Wallet, though. Another good example of this is a feature in Android 4.0 called Android Beam.

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