How to turn your phone into a biometric scanning machine

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Discussion:  A California tech company has designed an app for the iPhone 4 and 4S that can read a person’s biometric information.  By adding the app, the AOptix Stratus, and a wrap-around device to an iPhone, the smartphone turns into a portable identification device.  This technology could come in particularly handy for police, border agents, and airport… Read more »

Radically rethinking the bus system

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Discussion:  Phillips, the giant electronics company, is designing a new bus system that will revolutionize public transportation.  Commuting by bus hasn’t changed for decades, and Phillips believes the industry is ready for some drastic changes.  One of the biggest changes will be an app that should reduce the occurrence of empty busses driving predetermined routes.  Using the app, passengers will be able to… Read more »

The scattered, futuristic world of home automation

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Discussion:  As our lives become more and more animated with all of our devices soon be connected online, the aspirational dream of an automated home is becoming a reality with major vendors peddling real, usable products, almost all controllable from a smartphone.  Objects such as cat feeders, blinds, door locks and sensors on your grandma’s tea pot that alert you when… Read more »

SoftBank buying 70% stake in Sprint

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Discussion:  Sprint Nextel has agreed to sell a majority of the company to Japenese tech giant, SoftBank.  The deal may allow Sprint to compete more successfully with competitors like AT&T and Verizon, and avoid bankruptcy.  Sprint is undergoing an expensive, and late, transition to 4G-LTE, and has been losing contracted customers since it announced that… Read more »

We never talk any more: The problem with text messaging

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Discussion:  With the increasing popularity of text messaing, our young adults may be missing out on certain aspects of their social lives.  Psychologists are worried that America’s youth aren’t developing their social skills the way that they should, and that they may be harming or missing out on certain relationships.  By controlling exactly what we… Read more »

How cell phone companies prepare for hurricanes

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Discussion:  As tropical storm Isaac heads toward Florida, wireless network providers are working hard to shore up their systems to ensure that there is no disruption in service.  Severe winds and blackouts can knock out cell towers, which disrupt communications for citizens as well as emergency crews and rescue workers.  As the storm approaches, carriers… Read more »

Report: More than half of seniors now use the Web

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Discussion:  Research shows that more than half of all senior citizens use the internet, but that 2/3 still either don’t use the Web every day, or not at all.  This digital divide is a big issue for senior citizens as more and more services go digital.  The internet has become an important tool for receiving… Read more »

E3: Xbox SmartGlass will link Microsoft’s console to tablets

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Discussion:  Microsoft’s Xbox consoles can now communicate with users’ smartphones and tablets.  Xbox’s new SmartGlass app, unveiled Monday at the E3 conference, allows users to control games with their touchscreen tablets, and also allows handhelds to act as controllers for the firm’s Internet Explorer web browser on users’ television screens.  Microsoft is allowing users to… Read more »

Intel wants to plug a smartphone into your brain

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Discussion:  Intel recently released a paper on mobile computing that stated that connected devices, such as smartphones, will inevitably begin to interface with the human brain.  Before this can happen, there are a few technological advancements that need to be made.  The first is a lag-free operating system that anyone can use intuitively to preform any computing task…. Read more »