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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