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In China, app enables discounted mobile payments at vending machines

In China, app enables discounted mobile payments at vending machines
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Nokia Creates Foursquare-Enabled Vending Machine Location-based technology and vending machines seem like a natural match, but Nokia is among the first, perhaps the first, to make the connection. To celebrate Social Media Week, the mobile brand released the video above detailing how such a machine works: All you have to do is check in to the machine on Foursquare using the #NokiaConnects hashtag, share it to Twitter and then collect your prize. In essence, Nokia is giving you a treat for doing some of its social media marketing. Fittingly enough, the idea seems to have evolved from a Foursquare-enabled billboard — which ran in Germany earlier this year — that dispensed dog food.

First "scan to print" 3D printing shop in France Jan.16, 2013 After the first 3D printing shop announced its opening in Paris, last week another 3D printing shop is opened in France near Toulouse. Digiteyezer teamed up with Nailloux Fashion Village and Open Studio and presented an amazing attraction during the Sales week from Jan 9th to Jan 12th in Nailloux. Digiteyezer installed its EASYtwin 3D photo-kiosk in the Open Studio store and this "scan-to-print" solution, named Alterego, had been used for scanning and printing 3D figurines of consumers in a winter sport suit. EASYtwin is the first fully automatic 3D kiosk providing a "scan to print" solution to the consumer market. It is a standalone 3D kiosk that can be installed in any public area or boutique by just plugging an AC/DC socket.

Universities with the Best Free Online Courses Free online courses are offered by real schools. Learn which courses are available, what topics they cover and which ones lead to real college credit. Online Courses for Credit Meagan Johnson and Larry Johnson: The Rise of the Gen Y 'Sharing Economy' I was an only child and loved it. There was a brief time when, at age 5, I told my parents I wanted a little sister. When my mom informed me that if I had a sibling, I would have to share all my toys, even my favorite ones, that was the last of my wanting a baby sister. Call me selfish, but in my defense, I'm a Gen Xer (born between 1965 and 1981). Most of us were raised as latchkey kids with both parents working.

It's a myth that wind turbines don't reduce carbon emissions | Chris Goodall and Mark Lynas | Environment The assertion that wind turbines don't reduce carbon emissions is a myth, according to conclusive statistical data obtained from National Grid and analysed here in the Guardian for the first time. With a new wind generation record of 4,131 megawatts set on 14 September, the question of how far the UK's wind generation fleet can help in meeting our climate targets is increasingly controversial. Now it can be shown that the sceptics who lobby against wind simply have their facts wrong. On 14 September, wind turbines connected to the National Grid produced over 80 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity, just over 10% of total UK generation.

PayPass Encryption technology and MasterCard Zero Liability† protection on your contactless-enabled Credit, Debit or Prepaid MasterCard card make using contactless at checkout as safe as swiping. And contactless has built-in safeguards to help prevent unwanted purchases: It never leaves your hands at checkout It must be extremely close to the reader to work It only bills you once – even if you tap twice by mistake

From idea to a company: Prototyping and manufacturing on a Makerbot 3D printer Jan.21, 2013 Square, owned by Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey, is a handful mobile wallet app that offers sales data to small businesses. Square is famous for its white plastic card reader, a device that lets small businesses use phones and tablets to accept credit cards. Chris Milnes found Square card reader is extremely useful for his business, but he noticed this small card reader tends to spin and twist while swiping credit cards.

Ivy League colleges offer free online courses, Berkeley, Stanford, M By Kim Clark, USNWR reprinted courtesy U.S. News & World Report 12/31/07 You can finally get that MIT, Yale, or University of Tokyo education you've always wanted without spending a cent. Gen Y becomes Gen G – the gourmet generation When not studying anthropology in the library stacks, college student Erica Fedderly can usually be found in one other room – her kitchen. She might be putting a pinch of turmeric on a tilapia filet. Or creating something with ingredients from her personal herb garden. Or testing an obscure recipe she found on the Internet. Skip to next paragraph Subscribe Today to the Monitor

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