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Target Launches In A Snap, an Image Recognition Shopping App

Target launched a new app called In a Snap that enables customers to shop for Target items from the pages of magazines and printed ads, without having to scan barcodes, look up links, or search store shelves for the product. Just scan select ads, choose your favorite items, and make quick purchases without ever entering the store. Users can also save products to consider buying at a later date. According... 

Stubhub Hacked: Cyber Thieves Compromised Over 1000 Customer Accounts

Stubhub is the latest retailer to be targeted for a cyber breach by hackers. Cyber thieves got into more than 1,600 StubHub customers’ accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events, a law enforcement official and the company said Tuesday. StubHub, which is based in San Francisco, said that the thieves didn’t break through its security — rather, they got account-holders’ login... 

Google Develops Smart Contact Lens to Help Manage Diabetes

Google is partnering with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to develop a smart contact lens to help manage diabetes. In a deal announced Tuesday, the Alcon eye care unit of Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis will license the smart lens technology from the Google[x] research division. Under the agreement, Novartis and Google will team up to develop an actual smart lens to address certain medical problems. “We... 

Skin Rash May be From Your iPad or Other Electronic Device with Nickel

If you’ve been plagued with a skin rash that won’t go away, it might be from your iPad or another electronic device. An 11-year-old boy in San Diego developed a nasty skin allergy and doctors traced it to the nickel in his family’s iPad. They quickly found a solution after trying many allergy creams; they covered the iPad’s metal surfaces with a form-fitting case. A report... 

Sand Based Lithium Ion Batteries, Cheap and Outperform Standard Batteries by 3x

Researchers have created a lithium ion battery that can outperform the current industry standard by three times by using sand. The idea came six months ago as Zachary Favors was relaxing on the beach after surfing in San Clemente, California when he picked up some sand, took a close look at it and saw it was made up primarily of quartz, or silicon dioxide. He researched different areas around the... 

US Homes Ditch Landlines for Cell Phones

The number of U.S. homes with a landline is decreasing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. The percentage of U.S. homes without landline phones in the second half of last year was up 2.8 percentage points from the second half of 2012. This marks a slowdown in the annual increases from the second half of 2010 to the second half of 2012, which were just over 4 percentage... 

Tinder Adds Photo-Sharing Feature Called Moments

Tinder, the new dating app is adding a SnapChat like feature called Moments. Moments is a feature that lets users share annotated pictures with their matches, who can respond via chat, just like photos sent through Snapchat. “Pictures will disappear within 24 hours,” co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Sean Rad said in an interview at the company’s office. With the new tool, Tinder wants... 

FAA to Consider Letting Hollywood use Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that it would consider a request by several companies to use drones for filming movies and TV shows. The FAA plans to propose a formal rule for commercial drones by the end of the year, but regulations aren’t expected to be finalized until 2015. Currently, the FAA is reviewing a request from seven aerial and photo and video production companies... 

Kids React to Old Computers: Fine Bros YouTube Video Proves How Far Computers Have Come

The Fine Brothers, who have the popular series “Kids React to …” on YouTube, recently asked kids ages 6-13 to react to the Apple II. The kids first were shocked about the size of the Apple II computer. Then they struggled to turn it on, tapping on the monitor and waiting for it to do something, until the moderator informed them that the power button was on the back. They then learned... 

You Can Now Text 911 in Emergencies

Sometimes calling 911 is not an option; example, having a burglar in your house. That is about to change. You can now text 911 in select areas. All four major U.S. carriers, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, have begun to offer text-to-911. A fact sheet provided by the Federal Communications Commission offers a detailed breakdown where the service is available, as well as what platform is used... 
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