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Thought: EEG Headset Utilizes Dry Wireless Technology for Gaming and Neuromarketing

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Neuromarketing is using brain imaging or other brain activity measurement technology to measure subconscious responses to products, advertising and other marketing. Critics have called neuromarketing “junk science” that uses suspect research methods, but it’s gaining increasing interest.

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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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Metamaterials Could Improve Wireless Charging

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Theoretically, the metamaterial would make it seem as if there was no space between the transmitter and the recipient, resulting in a minimal loss of power.

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Leyden Energy Launches Three-year Lithium Ion Batteries

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How many of you have run into the overheating, premature death of a laptop battery? I know we have. Then you may like the news of a three year battery - guaranteed. Last week Leyden Energy launched its next-generation replacement lithium-ion batteries for laptops.

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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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First Android Clamshell To Be Released in Japan

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Clamshell phones were once considered to be the hip and happening design for cellphones, but the trend didn’t carry over to smartphones. Most love the sleek, thin bodies of smartphones, but there is a soul or two who might yearn for the satisfying flip open

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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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ZeroTouch’s Touchless Sensing Could Improve Smartphone Interaction

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While touch-sensitive frames have been around for years, their size and responsiveness has been limited. A new prototype called ZeroTouch has been developed at Texas A&M University's Interface Ecology Lab, and creates more possibilities for interaction beyond typical interfaces like glass touch-screens on smartphones and laptops.

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Smartphone Sales up 85% year-over-year with Android in the Lead

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Gartner predicted that worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units in 2011, with Android taking 38.5 per cent of the smartphone market. Gartner’s prediction sounds about right and might even be too low of an estimate when it comes to both smartphones and Android’s growth.

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New 100W-equivalent LED Bulb Only Uses 16W of Power

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Unlike traditional incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs give improved energy efficiency, brilliant light and can last for years. California-based Switch Lighting announced its 100 watt-equivalent LED bulb at the 2011 LIGHTFAIR International Trade Show in Philadelphia this week.

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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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Making Hydrogen Without Emissions and Highly Dangerous Temperatures

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With the recent news of Toyota opening a hydrogen fuel gas pipeline-fed fueling station for recharging fuel cell hybrid vehicles by 2015, it appears that hydrogen fuel may soon be a viable alternative. However, the technology to produce it must overcome a few barriers first.

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