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Nestle's Terrifying Golden Ticket

September 20, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

Nestle's "We Will Find You" promotion in the UK involves hiding GPS chips in chocolate wrappers so that the company can track the winners down. "We will look for you, we will find you and we will give you a cheque for £10,000." That's not the official motto of Nestlé's latest prize campaign in the UK, but it reminds us of nothing so much as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Taken .

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HP Unveils First NFC-enabled Mouse, Various Other PC Accessories

September 20, 2012 6:18 am | Comments

In addition to unveiling all those laptops , HP just announced a boatload of peripherals. Of the bunch, the most compelling might be the NFC-enabled Touch to Pair Mouse, which, as the name suggests, can be paired with another device simply through tapping. (Good thing lots of computers currently have NFC, right?) If, by chance, you don't have NFC on your laptop -- and you probably don't -- the mouse will function just fine as a regular old Bluetooth device.

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Venmo Founder: You Won’t Be Swiping Credit Cards in 2017

September 20, 2012 6:04 am | Comments

Forget your wallet at home? That’s no longer an earth-shattering problem — you can pay via Google Wallet , LevelUp or PayPal , or you can have a friend spot you and transfer them money through Venmo. The free, friend-to-friend mobile payment platform launched in 2009, and is now available on iPhone , Android , BlackBerry and web , with integration via Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.

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New Scale Awarded US Patent for Reduced-Voltage Linear Motor System

September 19, 2012 9:36 am | Comments

Piezoelectric micro motor and miniaturized drive circuit enable tiny motion systems that operate directly from 3V battery power New Scale Technologies has received a U.S. patent for its reduced-voltage miniature piezoelectric motor and drive system, capable of operating directly from battery voltage as low as 2.

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JetBlue Wants to Keep You Connected, Upgrades In-Flight Wi-Fi

September 19, 2012 6:46 am | by What’s worse than being 30,000 feet in the air stuck between a crying baby and a lousy meal? Being 30,000 feet in the air stuck between a crying baby, a lousy meal and shoddy Wi-Fi access. | Comments

That’s about to change. JetBlue is expected to announce a new high speed, in-flight Wi-Fi option later this week at the World Low Cost Airline Conference, according to a company email obtained by The Verge . The best part? It will be free of charge. (Free for the meantime, while they activate the service on 30 planes.

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iPhone App Could Replace Expensive Lung Monitoring Equipment

September 19, 2012 6:43 am | Comments

Is there anything a smartphone app can’t do? Researchers at the University of Washington, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s hospital have figured out how to let people measure their own lung health by breathing in the direction of the standard microphone on a smartphone, without any specialized attachments.

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Take Gorgeous Underwater Photos With This iPad Case

September 19, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

The LifeProof nüüd for iPad is made for being in the pool, fresh water and ocean, so it doesn’t matter what kind of water sports you’re into. The new waterproof case from LifeProof makes your iPad virtually invincible and aptly prepared for submersion in 6.6 feet of water. The buff case provides protection for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad from water, shock, dust, grime and snow.

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Eventbrite Will Support Apple’s Passbook for All Event Tickets

September 19, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

Apple’s iOS 6 is right around the corner, which means we’ll soon get to take the new Passbook service for a spin. Partners for the new application have been signing up steadily, and ticketing startup Eventbrite is the latest to jump on board. Eventbrite, which earlier this year hit $1 billion in ticket sales , announced on Tuesday that it is planning support for all event tickets for iOS 6.

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Rakuten to Launch Data-only LTE Mobile Service in Japan

September 19, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

Rakuten is following in the footsteps of Amazon, chief-rival to its Kobo e-reader, after it partnered with Internet provider eAccess to introduce a data-only LTE mobile service that will go live in Japan from October 1. Amazon leapt into the space in May when it unveiled  plans for data-only SIM cards in partnership with local MVNO Japan Communications.

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Wi-Fi Alliance Announces First Miracast-certified Devices, Full Compatibility with Intel WiDi

September 19, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

Take note, because there's a new standard in realm of wireless video streaming and it's known as Miracast. Since the initial announcement , some very respectable manufacturers have chosen to support the specification , which includes Broadcom, NVIDIA and Texas Instruments. Now the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the first round of products to be certified for Miracast, and as an extremely welcome bit of news, all Intel WiDi devices are supported by the latest standard.

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Foxconn Set to Spend $500m on New Industrial Park in Brazil

September 19, 2012 5:06 am | Comments

Foxconn is famed for producing high-tech goods, including the Apple iPhone and iPad, from its factories in China but the Taiwanese company is poised to expand in Brazil, where it is ready to close a $500 million deal to grow its manufacturing capabilities. Parent company Hon Hai told Brazil-based news agency Estadao [ translation ] that an agreement to open a new industrial park will be announced tomorrow.

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Mobile Phones and Wireless Networks: No Evidence of Health Risk Found

September 18, 2012 6:50 am | Comments

There is no scientific evidence that low-level electromagnetic field exposure from mobile phones and other transmitting devices causes adverse health effects, according to a report presented by a Norwegian Expert Committee. In addition, the Committee provides advice to authorities about risk management and regulatory practice.

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Eww! Nearly Half of Business Travelers Would Skip Brushing Teeth Before Giving Up iPad

September 18, 2012 6:43 am | Comments

To sum up a new survey, many iPad owners would sooner let go of logic or hygiene than give up their their tablet. Roughly a quarter of those queried said it would be easier to shut off their water for a day than to shut off their iPad. Nearly as many — 22 percent –s aid they would go without electricity for a day.

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Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset with Enhanced Voice Recognition, Improved Battery Life

September 18, 2012 6:40 am | Comments

For the most part, the headsets we've seen from Plantronics this year have been aimed at gamers, but make no mistake, the outfit is still churning out Bluetooth earpieces for road warriors: the company just announced its fifth-generation Voyager headset, the Voyager Legend . In many ways, it's an iterative product, with longer battery life (seven hours, up from six), and more mics (three instead of two).

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Smartphone-Controlled Light Bulb Raises $260,000 on Kickstarter

September 17, 2012 5:43 am | Comments

A Kickstarter project to create a smartphone-controlled, Wi-Fi connected light bulb has smashed through its $100,000 goal, raising $260,000 with 58 days to go. The LIFX , as this light bulb is called, is a LED bulb that saves energy and lasts up to 25 years. It’s easy to install — you merely need to replace your current bulbs with LIFX bulb, and download an iOS or Android app, which you can use to control the lighting in your house.

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