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Nikki Heeren

I'm a Kindle-carrying nerd with a love of technology, mobile, gadgets, automobiles and green tech! I have a master's degree in education and have experience teaching about one of nature's greatest technology- worm composting. I love all animals, not just worms, and believe their energy effects us all in ways we cannot comprehend.

Emergency workers to get push-to-talk over 4G VoIP

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BeOn combines push-to-talk phones and police two-way radios for instant global communication. The push-to-talk features are similar to Nextel’s Direct Connection, but uses VoIP technology instead. The VoIP connection utilizes 3G and 4G networks to deliver information using its VIDA IP platform, currently deployed by public safety users.

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Transactions 2.0: Using a mobile phone to pay your restaurant bill

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Leaders from varios mobile payment companies met in a panel discussion at the 8th AlwaysOn & STVP Summit at Stanford to discuss the newest wave of payment since the credit card. The discussion, titled Transactions 2.0, was hosted by Randy V. Sabbet J.D., CISSP, Partner, Internet & Data Protection, Sonnenschein. The group covered topics regarding the safety and use of electronic signatures, using a cell phone to pay bills, online payments made by entering a cell phone number instead of a credit card, and a single-click check out process for credit cards using our mobile phones.

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Is that a giant iPod or a Blink EV gas pump?

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Frog Design and ECOtality reveal the Blink, an electric vehicle charger for residential and commercial use set to change the way we fuel automobiles of the future. With its sleek aesthetic and user friendly touch screen, it looks more like a giant iPod than a car charger. This touch screen however is more than just a pretty face; it communicates via smart phone and the Web about information regarding energy consumption and most inexpensive times to charge your EV.

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