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New kiosk for motorists

State officials unveiled a new self-service kiosk that allows motorists to test vehicle emissions Friday in Glen Burnie.

The kiosk was opened to the public Friday morning at 721 E. Ordnance Road. Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles, Deputy Transportation Secretary James F. Ports Jr., and Motor Vehicle Administration Administrator Milton Chaffee attended the event.

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More information: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ph-ac-cn-veip-kiosk-0822-20150821-story.html

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Tech Puts a Spin on Tennis

Advances in sports technology and analytics are fueling the rise of tennis’s new star: The fan. This year’s US Open, which begins Aug. 31 in Flushing, NY, marks an influx of tech that enables spectators to experience the speed and power of world-class tennis like never before, and to improve their game with the same tools as the pros.

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More information: http://recode.net/2015/08/27/tech-puts-a-spin-on-tennis-at-the-us-open/

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Sports league keeping an eye on Periscope, Meerkat

As Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao met in a Las Vegas ring in May, another fight was being contested around the world.

Instead of paying Showtime and HBO $89.95 to $99.95 to watch Mayweather beat Pacquiao or hundreds or thousands of dollars to get a ticket to the fight, viewers found a cheaper way to watch the historic bout. As in free.

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More information: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2015/08/24/periscope-meerkat-live-streaming-floyd-mayweather-manny-pacquiao/32295201/

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Dystopian iBeacon intrusion is a wake-up call

From the early days of cinema, to the family watching the TV, to desktops, laptops, smartphones and now wearables, we’ve got ever closer to ever-smaller screens, which we look at for less time and in more personal environments. What does this mean for advertising?

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More information: http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2015/aug/17/apple-watch-ibeacon-advertising-thinking

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Drones prohibited over private property in California

Lawmakers in the state Assembly approved a measure Monday that would restrict the use of drones over private property without the owner’s permission.

But a bill that would require local law enforcement agencies to set up policies governing their use of body cameras fell flat after facing criticism from some Democrats that it did not go far enough.

The drone bill, by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), would make flying a drone less-than 350 feet above private property without consent a trespass violation.

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More information: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-assembly-drones-body-cameras-20150824-story.html

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GeForce-powered Augmented Reality sandbox

Have you ever wanted to sculpt mountains, canyons and rivers with your hands, then fill them with water or even create erupting volcanoes? Thanks to a research team at UCLA it is now possible to do these ‘godly’ activities in an ‘Augmented Reality Sandbox’. You won’t need particularly heavenly hardware budget for your terraforming hand waving; the key components used in the video demo you see below are an Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card, an Xbox Kinect sensor and a projector.

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More information: http://hexus.net/tech/news/graphics/85388-ucla-demos-geforce-powered-augmented-reality-sandbox/

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Jon Hamm Might Star in the Sci-Fi Dramedy Marjorie Prime

After spending several years in the 1960s playing Don Draper (and not taking home any hardware yet), Jon Hamm is kind of like,Well, I guess I could maybe play a hologram? Sure, why not? Deadline reportsthat the actor is in talks to costar in an adaptation of the sci-fi dramedy Marjorie Prime, the story of an ailing violinist enduring the rest of her existence in an assisted-living facility with a therapeutic, holographic companion.1

More information: http://www.vulture.com/2015/08/jon-hamm-marjorie-prime.html

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Which beacon shines brighter

It always made sense that Google would eventually enter the beacon space. In many ways, it’s surprising that Google didn’t get there first. After all, the technology is essentially putting cookies into physical spaces and bringing many of the same technology we use on the web to the physical world. The tracking, advertising, contextual aware potential of the technology made it a Google no-brainer.

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More information: http://www.developer-tech.com/news/2015/jul/21/which-beacon-shines-brighter-eddystone-or-ibeacon/

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Elite Sports California Selects Events.com’s Event Management Software

Events.com, an event management platform that facilitates and enhances the experience of hosting and attending events, announced today that Elite Sports California LLC, a multi-sport event management company that creates and produces marathons, half marathons, duathlons, triathlons, and 5K to 10K races has selected Events.com to provide online event registration along with operational and social media expertise.

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More information: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/08/prweb12885501.htm

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What’s crazier?

In what seems like the blink of an eye, drones went from something only gadget enthusiasts obsessed over to mainstream machines you can now pick up from places like Toys”R”Us for just $25. In turn, the number videos on YouTube featuring drone footage has skyrocketed in just the last few months alone. In the process, we’ve also seen an increase in drone related mishaps.

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More information: http://bgr.com/2015/08/14/drone-camera-attack-eagle-fisherman/

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Niantic Labs Drifts Away

With the new Alphabet coming into play, major changes are going to happen and it seems they have already started. Niantic Labs, the Google owned startup, which has developed Ingress, is drifting away from its parent company. The announcement was made on its Google+ page where it stated that it plans to grow on the success of Ingress. The company said that the augmented reality game has been downloaded over 12 million times and more than 25,000 people have attended its live events across the globe. Niantic Labs will now function as an independent company.

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More information: http://www.augmentedrealitytrends.com/augmented-reality/niantic-labs.html

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Future of virtual reality

With the Oculus Rift headset due to launch early in 2016 after what feels like an eternity of build up, consumer level virtual reality is about to transition into an actual reality. It’s potentially a turning point for the games industry, and has huge implications for fields as disparate as engineering, medicine, and communications. But there are challenges too — the technology could prove alienating to all but hardcore enthusiasts, and there’s still little in the way of confirmed software.

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More information: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-08/15/oculus-ceo-brendan-iribe-interview

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Turn your smartphone into a hologram projector

No longer do you need ridiculously expensive equipment to make a hologram projector.

Someone’s worked out how to create them with just your iPhone, items you’ll probably find lying around your house, and a bit of Blue Peter-style arts and craft skill.

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More information: http://metro.co.uk/2015/08/02/how-to-turn-your-smartphone-into-a-hologram-projector-5323206/

 

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Ticketbud Unveils Innovative New Event Organization Management

AUSTIN, Texas, June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Ticketbud today announced that it has made updates on its platform to allow organizers to create events and sell tickets online using their mobile devices. The event ticketing platform has also introduced new changes that allow event committees to collaborate on the same event with its organizational features.10

More information: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ticketbud-unveils-innovative-new-event-organization-management-features-and-mobile-optimization-300104230.html

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MEXICO CITY’S PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES

Showcasing a new kind of fine art when its façade served as the backdrop for Fragments, a seven-minute 3D production for FILUX 2015, the Festival Internacional de las Luces.

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More information: http://www.avinteractive.com/news/projection/projection-mapping-mexico-citys-palacio-de-bellas-artes-09-07-2015/

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$75K Reward for Names of Camera Drone Users

Camera drones piloted by unidentified individuals have been interfering with multiple firefighting operations led by firefighters in Southern California over the last couple of months. Now, San Bernardino County supervisors are seeking to identify the pilots and are offering up to $75,000 in rewards to anyone able to assist them in their search.

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More information: http://petapixel.com/2015/07/30/75k-reward-for-names-of-camera-drone-users-who-interfered-at-wildfires/

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Meet Google’s “Eddystone”

Move over iBeacon—today Google is launching “Eddystone,” an open source, cross-platform Bluetooth LE beacon format. Bluetooth beacons are part of the Internet of Things (IoT) trend. They’re little transmitters (usually battery powered) that send out information about a specific point of interest, and that info is then passively picked up by a smartphone or tablet in range of the transmitter. A beacon-equipped bus stop could send out transit times, stores could send promotions to the customers currently in the store, or a museum could send people information about the exhibit they’re standing in front of.6

 

More information: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/07/meet-googles-eddystone-a-flexible-open-source-ibeacon-fighter/

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McDonald’s Self-Service Kiosks

Fast food chains are exploring new ways for customers to order their meals without having to interact with a cashier. Labor costs are rising and consumers are demanding ever faster, more convenient service. At McDonald’s, self-service kiosks are popping up in restaurants in the U.S. after the burger chain saw some success with the machines overseas.5

More information: http://www.buzzfeed.com/venessawong/heres-how-mcdonalds-kiosk-works#.wlJbgrxk6

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13 tips for making responsive web design

Responsive Web Design (RWD) builds on the primary design principle underlying the web’s core usefulness and growth: universality. A content out approach that is device agnostic makes your responsive website future friendly as it will in theory work on any device. The web wins the more viewable your website is. By adapting our responsive websites to work with multiple languages we can further increase the number of users who are able to use our content.

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More information: http://responsivenews.co.uk/post/123104512468/13-tips-for-making-responsive-web-design

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Why RFID Access Control is More Important

A construction jobsite is a perfect example of where RFID technology is used in countless applications. Jobsites are able to use a variety of RFID frequencies in applications to ensure security and to automate previously manual processes.

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More information: http://blog.atlasrfidstore.com/why-rfid-access-control-on-a-jobsite-is-more-important-than-you-think