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iPhone 6’s NFC will only be usable for Apple Pay—at least for now
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Megan Geuss Apple is planning on using its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to dominate mobile payments in North America—something that no company has really managed yet despite the popularity of phone-based payments in other markets. This is being made possible by the inclusion of NFC chips in the upcoming iPhone models, which gives […]

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Feds Wielded Baseball Bat to Win Yahoo's NSA Cooperation
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The Obama administration threatened Yahoo with fines of $250,000 daily if it wouldn’t comply with demands to hand over user information to the United States National Security Agency, Yahoo has disclosed. Yahoo had filed suit against the demands in 2007, citing the Fourth Amendment. “They basically said you must do this thing that you don’t […]

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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery
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mdsolar writes with this story of a company that uses solar energy to recover crude oil. Royal Dutch Shell has teamed with a sovereign investment fund from Oman to invest $53 million in a company that manufactures solar power equipment designed for increasing oil production. Glasspoint Solar Inc. installs aluminum mirrors near oil fields that […]

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This Internet of Things radio is the size of an ant
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Engineers from Stanford and Berkeley Universities have figured out how to make radios the size of an ant, which have been created specifically to serve as controllers and sensors in the Internet of Things. The radios are fitted onto tiny silicon chips, and cost only pennies to make thanks to their diminutive size. They are […]

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Technologists’ Duty Can Go Beyond For-Profit Industries
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 Early last year, I wrote an article explaining how our team views the concept of duty for leaders in the technology ecosystem. We believe that this duty involves looking beyond conventional startups to study complex industries and using technology to tackle the biggest problems we can find. Read More

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Justice Sotomayor says technology could lead to “Orwellian world”
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor visits Rosa Parks Elementary School in Berkeley, Calif. in 2011. Berkeley Unified School District Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says that without proper privacy safeguards, the advancement of technology could lead to a world like the one portrayed in “1984” by George Orwell. Speaking to Oklahoma City University faculty and students, the […]

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Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water
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New submitter gaelfx writes: Researchers at Glasglow University have an interesting method for separating the hydrogen out of water: Liquid Sponges. Most methods of extracting the hydrogen involve some form electrolysis, but these generally require some pretty expensive materials. The researchers claim that they can accomplish this using less electricity, cheaper materials and 30 times […]

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Former Red Hat CTO drops into cloudy veep spot at Google
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12 years and all I got was this lousy 25-word ‘goodbye’? Red Hat’s technology chief has floated over to Google following his abrupt and uncelebrated exit.…

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Gallery: Behind the scenes at Motorola’s Chicago design laboratory
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CN.dart.call(“xrailTop”, {sz:”300×250″, kws:[“top”], collapse: true}); Last week was a full one for Motorola. The company invited a group of technology journalists to its newly opened offices in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart for a first look at its new Moto 360 smartwatch, as well as its updated Moto X and Moto G smartphones. Much like our […]

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