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The week’s tech column:

Here are a few things, technologically speaking, sure to arouse interest, awe, suspicion or ridicule in 2013:

Near field communication: NFC is making smartphones even smarter, allowing devices to exchange information without a wireless network. It’s not just for smart TVs or music systems either. LG’s new lineup of refrigerators, ovens, washing machines and even a vacuum cleaner include NFC technology.

Tap a physical touch point on the appliance with an NFC-enabled smartphone, and they’re paired; you can now control the appliance with your smartphone. (Once paired, it will also work over a wireless network.) Next time your wash is done, your smartphone will know first.
It’s an imperfect technology, however. LG’s freshness tracker monitors expiration dates of the NFC-equipped refrigerator’s contents, but the user must first enter the dates manually — but it’s getting closer to consumer relevance.

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