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RIP Credit Cards: Google Wallet To Change Mobile Payments

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Google Wallet is a free mobile app that stores virtual versions of your credit cards, debit cards and coupons, eliminating the need for plastic and replacing your wallet with your phone. It will be compatible with none other than the Nexus S 4G, on Sprint. The app will launch “soon" but we've learned a great deal about it in the meantime.

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Omnidrectional rover robot uses screws to move

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Rovers are key to exploring planets that are too far and expensive for manned missions, but they have their limitations. NASA rover “Spirit” scaled a mountain the height of the Statute of Liberty, but couldn’t maneuver its way out of a sand bog. In 2009 Spirit became stuck and in NASA controllers’ attempts to free the rover, the wheels only sank deeper. Lack of sun in the rover’s current location meant Spirit went into low-power hibernation mode, and on May 25 2011 NASA made their last communication with Spirit.

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Molten Salt Could Provide Steady Solar Power Even at Night

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While solar panels can use stored energy from the day to provide power at night, and solar power is absorbed by higher-end solar panels even when it is cloudy, the panels still work best when the sun is shining its brightest. The solution to a steady supply of solar power even on cloudy days and at nighttime might come in the form of molten salt, which is an excellent conductor of heat.

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Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone Mango to be Released This Fall

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Today, Microsoft has given a preview of its latest Windows Phone OS update, known as Mango. According to Microsoft, Mango will deliver more than 500 new features to ensure a seamless integration of communications, apps and internet searching. Microsoft focused on developing three main things in Mango, which include a web experience that goes beyond the browser, a smarter approach to apps, and improved communication features that make it easier to connect and share with others.

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Paralyzed Man Stands and Takes Steps After Spinal Implant

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Rob Summers, 25, was paralyzed below the chest in a hit-and-run accident in 2006. Summers, a baseball player at the time, was told he may never walk again. But now, after receiving a spinal implant that stimulates neurons using electrodes, Summers can stand up while using bars for support and bear his own weight for up to four minutes.

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Friday Android App Knows What You Did Last Night

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Friday is an Android app that functions as a search engine for your life. The app allows you to find out where you were, what calls you made, what emails you sent and what song you were listening to on any given day. The app gives you analytics of your entire phone usage. Such an app would have come useful to the guys in The Hangover when trying to locate their lost buddy, since the app tracks GPS location too.

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Video Conferencing ATMs to Outsource Banking Industry

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For old-fashioned people stuck in the past who complain about not being able to talk to a real person at the ATM, now they will be able to. Virtually. The world's biggest ATM provider is giving a throwback to the days when taking out cash from the bank required talking to a human. NCR is unveiling an ATM with integrated two-way video conferencing that lets users talk live with a remote teller.

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