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World’s First Automatic Toothbrush Takes Brushing Out of the Equation

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Date: July 10th, 2017

brushTechnology is changing every aspect of our lives and apparently tooth brushing is no exception.

Amabrush, the world’s first automatic toothbrush promises to clean your pearly whites in just 10 seconds, with no effort required on your part.

You may never have thought about it before, but you lose tens of hours a year just brushing your teeth.

A team of biotech engineers and dental care visionaries want to change that with the help of technology.  More

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Is Snapchat Tracking Your Child’s Location?

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Date: June 26th, 2017

snapThere are new safety concerns surrounding the popular mobile app Snapchat’s new map feature that shows the exact location of its users.

Unless the location feature is disabled, Snapchat “friends” can have access to your child’s location.

“Somebody’s watching you all the time and it’s a little scary,” said Valencia resident Michelle Bernstorff.

And even scarier? Private information about your kids made public.  More

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Man thanks iPhone’s Siri for saving his life

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Date: May 15th, 2017

siriWILMOT, New Hampshire – A New Hampshire man who was injured in a house explosion is thanking Siri for saving his life.

Christopher Beaucher says he was checking on his mother’s vacant cottage in Wilmot on May 1 when he saw something suspicious and went inside.

He tells WMUR-TV when he switched on a light, the house exploded.

“The whole place caught fire,” Beaucher said.  More

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100-year-old lightbulb – still glowing.

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Date: April 12th, 2017

bulbA bulb that may have been burning since the early 1900s has been discovered glowing dimly in the basement of the Fire Museum of York County, Pennsylvania.

Dennis Kunkle, director of facilities for the York County History Center, sent pictures and a description of the old bulb to an antique radio forum, which told him about the origin of the dual filament bulb.

The Phelps HYLO, “HIGH-LOW” bulb, patented in 1904, was designed to save electricity.  More

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Kids Can’t Read Clocks, Smartphones to Blame

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Date: March 15th, 2017

clocksEighty percent of elementary school children in Oklahoma City are unable to read the time from a clock because they are so used to getting it digitally from smartphones and iPads, a jaw-dropping study has found.

And only 1-in-10 youngsters even own a watch.  More

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Woman burned after headphones explode on flight to Australia

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Date: March 15th, 2017

burnSYDNEY - An Australian woman suffered burns to her face after her battery-operated headphones exploded during a flight from Beijing to Melbourne, Australian air safety investigators said Wednesday.

The woman, whose name was not released, fell asleep on the plane while wearing the headphones and awoke to a loud explosion about two hours into the flight, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a statement.

The woman said she then felt a burning sensation on her face.  More

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Tiny Alarm Helps Students Feel Safe On Campus

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Date: March 9th, 2017

alarmDENVER – It’s a new safety device, designed to protect University of Denver students on campus.

“I would love something like that,” student Morgan Zueger told CBS4’s Tom Mustin.

The “Robocopp” is billed as a “sound grenade.”

It’s a tiny device, the size of a key fob that can fit on your key chain or backpack.  More

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Pocket-Sized Device Connects to Your Phone to Let You Know When You Stink

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Date: February 17th, 2017

stinkThe KunKun, Japanese for “sniff sniff”, is a bizarre device developed by Japanese corporation Konika Minolta that detects bodily odors like smelly feet or underarm sweat and notifies the user about them via a smartphone app.

So, yeah, the days of smelling your own armpits when nobody’s watching to see if they stink are over, thanks to modern technology.

Now you can just wear the KunKun everywhere you go and find out when you’re starting to stink just by checking your phone.  More

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ID Fraud Up Since Security Chips Put Into Play

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Date: February 6th, 2017

chipsDALLAS – It’s a tiny chip that elicits big opinions.

Meant to protect customers from credit card fraud, most cards now have security chips, and many businesses bought the chip readers to go with it.

But more than a year after they became common place, research shows that identity theft is actually up.

Consumers and businesses switched to the chip-based cards and readers 16 months ago to deter theft.  More

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The Smartphone Accessory That Lets You Kiss over Long Distances

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Date: December 28th, 2016

kissLong distance relationships are always tough, and the lack of physical interaction is one of the main reasons for that.

There’s no substituting human touch, yet, but rapidly-advancing technology already provides some intriguing alternatives.

One such example is the Kissenger, a smartphone peripheral that allows users to kiss over long distances.

The concept of long-distance kissing has been an intriguing research concept for over half a decade now.  More

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Inventor’s bike lock designed to make would-be thieves vomit

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Date: October 21st, 2016

lockSAN FRANCISCO – A San Francisco inventor is taking aim at bike theft with the SkunkLock, a lock designed to “fight back” by emitting a vomit-inducing odor.

Daniel Idzkowski is seeking funding on IndieGoGo for the SkunkLock, which he said was inspired by the recent theft of his friend’s bike from outside a Whole Foods, despite being secured by two separate locks.

Idzkowski said the hardened medium-carbon steel U-Lock, which he calls “the only lock that fights back,” is designed to only emit its noxious odor when someone tries to cut through it with a saw, angle grinder or other tool.  More

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Robocalls Driving You Nuts? Here’s How To Hang Up On Them

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Date: October 21st, 2016

roboPHILADELPHIA – Robocallers and telemarketers combine to claim a dubious honor: the top complaint made by Americans to the Federal Communications Commission.

Tech and telecom companies are meeting with government officials next week about the problem, which has skyrocketed over the last year.

But there are steps you can take right now to fight back.

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Laptop used to reprogram, steal more than 100 cars in Houston

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Date: August 6th, 2016

autoHOUSTON – Two men jailed in Houston and accused of using pirated computer software to steal more than 100 vehicles may have exploited an electronic vulnerability to advance auto theft into high-tech crime.

Michael Arce, 24, and Jesse Zelaya, 22, focused on new Jeep and Dodge vehicles, which attract big money on the black market in Mexico, authorities said.

The men allegedly used a laptop computer to reprogram the targeted vehicles’ electronic security so their own key worked.

The stolen vehicles had a common software that’s used by auto technicians and dealers, Houston police officer Jim Woods said.  More

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Intelligent robot that ‘remembers and learns’ could be scrapped after escaping a lab for a second time

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Date: June 22nd, 2016

robotA robot capable of thinking for itself is set to be scrapped after it escaped from a high-tech lab for a second time.

The Promobot IR77 has been fitted with artificial intelligence meaning that it learns from its experiences and its surroundings, although the programmers had not expected it to yearn for freedom.

They say that despite reprogramming it twice, the robot continues to attempt to escape and they are now considering scrapping it.

The other robots which have been created from the same series are well-behaved, and have not been escaping, say the team.  More

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Pentagon honors teen hacker for exposing department’s online flaws

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Date: June 19th, 2016

hackedWASHINGTON DC – An 18-year-old recent high school graduate was one of two people singled out by the Pentagon for hacking into its website and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he was thankful — to the hackers.

Carter met with the teen, David Dworken, and another hacker, Craig Arendt, the two who identified the highest number of potential vulnerabilities in several Defense Department websites, including its main one, www.defense.gov.

The hackers were participating in the Pentagon’s first “bug bounty,” where it asked those with computer hacking capabilities to investigate five public websites and identify potential lapses in security where a nefarious hacker could do damage.

If those participating identify a legitimate security breach, they earn a bounty.  Source

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