SOLVED: What is the N Icon block at the Top of My Samsung Android Phone

If you have an ‘N’ block at the top of your Samsung Android cell phone, then you have NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION (alternately known as NFC) turned on. NFC does exactly what it says; it communicates to other devices nearby.  Specifically, NFC is most commonly associated with ‘Tap’ payment systems.  For instance, the much over-hyped Apple Pay uses NFC.   If you have an Android device, like my S6 shown to the right you can use Google Wallet…

SOLVED: What is the N (with waves) at the Top of My Samsung Galaxy S3

I have been looking at this “N” (see right) for weeks and have not figured out what it is doing.  I have turned off WiFi so it should not find an 802.11 N networks.  This was making me nuts. It turns out that “N” relates to NEAR FEILD COMMUNICATION.  If you don’t know what that is, you will soon.  NFC allows your hand held device (typically a cell phone) to transfer data (like credit card…

SOLVED: What is Near Field Communication (NFC)?

Near Field Communication, or NFC as it is now commonly referred to, is very much like a two way Radio Frequency Identifier (RFID) that is built into newer smart cell phones, such as the Blackberry Bold 9790 and Google Nexus S (but not any of the Apple iphones… yet).  If you have a credit or debit card that you can “tap” instead of swipe, you have an RFID and you can likely already guess the near…