SMARTER SMARTPHONES: Devices to be released this month by Samsung and Sony will have the ability to learn things when you touch them to pre-programmed "tags."
SOME EXAMPLES: You can program a tag with your phone number, and stick it on your business card. When someone taps the phone to the card, the phone would call you. Or you can put a tag on your night stand. Place the phone there, and it goes into "alarm clock" mode, holding your calls until the morning.
THE TECNOLOGY: A new type of communications hardware in phones, known as Near-Field Communications.