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The NFL is Tracking Every Player With RFID This Season

The NFL is Tracking Every Player With RFID This Season

The National Football League (NFL) announced in-game player tracking technology today for 17 stadiums for the 2014 season. And, while limited to a little more than half the buildings in the league, the NFL is doing things differently than other leagues. RFID tracking chips will be placed on every player at some point this ...

Sony’s ‘PlayStation Now’ Enters Beta, Pricing Still Bonkers

Sony’s ‘PlayStation Now’ Enters Beta, Pricing Still Bonkers

When pricing information for the closed beta of Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service leaked last month, many PS4 owners were up in arms over prices of up to $30 for 90-day rentals of games like Final Fantasy XIII-2, which sell new on disc for roughly half that price. While Sony hasn't significantly altered that ...

The Security of USB Sticks is ‘Fundamentally Broken’

The Security of USB Sticks is ‘Fundamentally Broken’

Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on antivirus scans and the occasional reformatting to keep our thumbdrives from becoming the carrier for the next digital epidemic. But the security problems with USB devices run deeper than you ...

Boost Your Subscription Business With Social Media Savvy

Boost Your Subscription Business With Social Media Savvy

By the year 2015, more than 40 percent of media companies will employ subscription services to sustain their businesses, according to independent research group Gartner. This emerging business model of recurring revenue (also known as subscription billing) has yielded impressive results, particularly in the software as a ...

ShotSpotter Uses the Internet of Things to Alert Police to Gunfire

ShotSpotter Uses the Internet of Things to Alert Police to Gunfire

There are amusing ideas for the Internet of Things -- Net-connected houseplants, for example. But lest you think hooking just about everything up to the Internet is silly or sci-fi, consider this more serious example: telling police exactly where in a city somebody has just started shooting. A company called SST has been ...

Snapchat is in Funding Talks With a Valuation Around $10 Billion

Snapchat is in Funding Talks With a Valuation Around $10 Billion

Snapchat is reportedly in talks with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba for a financing round that would value the company at a whopping $10 billion, according to a Bloomberg report citing anonymous sources. At this point, nothing should shock the public about messaging APP valuations. With WhatsApp going to Facebook for ...

The U.S. Army is Looking Into the Possibilities of 3D Printing

The U.S. Army is Looking Into the Possibilities of 3D Printing

As the number of materials 3D printers are compatible with grows, so do the applications. And the U.S. Army knows that: It is considering using the emerging technology for applications as diverse as feeding soldiers and building weapons. The most recent issue of the Army Technology magazine says the military branch is ...

Twitter Acquires Madbits to Boost Deep Image Learning

Twitter Acquires Madbits to Boost Deep Image Learning

Twitter has acquired a stealthy computer vision startup called Madbits, which was founded by former New York University researchers. Clément Farabet and Louis-Alexandre Etezad-Heydari. Farabet is a protégé of Facebook AI Lab director and New York University professor Yann LeCun, while Etezad-Heydari was advised by Larry ...

Stanford’s Med Students Are Using Google Glass to Learn Surgery

Stanford’s Med Students Are Using Google Glass to Learn Surgery

Like their fellow future doctors down the road in Irvine, medical students at Stanford University will learn surgical methods with a hand from Google Glass. Those studying cardiothoracic techniques are set use Mountain View's high-tech spectacles to stream their views in real-time to instructors with the help of CrowdOptic ...

Square’s New Card Reader Supports EMV Credit Cards

Square’s New Card Reader Supports EMV Credit Cards

Traditional swipe-and-sign credit cards are slowly being phased out, and Square is adapting to the times with new support for EMV credit cards. Commonly known as chip-and-PIN cards in the UK and Ireland, these are compliant with the EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) global standard and are reputedly harder to hack or ...