Link to Hyundai wants your NFC-enabled smartphone to be your car keys

Hyundai wants your NFC-enabled smartphone to be your car keys

As we’ve pointed out, NFC isn’t just about payments and Hyundai is showing how it might be used to replace your next set of car keys. The auto maker is testing a new prototype of its Connectivity Concept, which allows users to access their car and...

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So much for a BlackBerry cloud: RIM sells NewBay to Synchronoss

Perhaps Research in Motion isn’t interested in challenging Apple, Amazon and Google in the mobile cloud services space after all. One year after buying Ireland-based synchronization and cloud storage company NewBay for a reported $100 million, RIM is selling the unit off to Synchronoss Technologies...

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Google+ Pages gain interaction with those beyond their circles, will get analytics soon

Many running Google+ Pages for their companies have likely been frustrated by the lack of interaction with some of their fans — if visitors haven’t already put the brand in a circle, they’ve been off-limits regardless of their interest. A quiet change may have just...

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NYC mayor blames iOS gadget thefts for city’s rise in crime

New York City’s crime rate ticked up a bit in 2012, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he knows what’s to blame: iPhones, iPads and the people who steal them. The city counted 108,432 “major crimes” during 2012, which is 3,484, or 3.3 percent more than...

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Making “temporary” content online harder than it looks for Snapchat, Facebook

Buzzfeed posted an excellent story Thursday night debunking yet again the popularly-held assumption that content sent on Snapchat, and to a lesser degree, Facebook’s Poke, always disappears once it’s sent from user to user. The news might come as no surprise to more tech-savvy people, but for the many...

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Adafruit's Circuit Playground show to teach kids about electronics with cute components

Adafruit already welcomes newcomers to do-it-yourself device culture, but it still assumes a certain amount of comfort with coding and soldering. The shop now wants to accommodate the most basic of beginners by starting a children’s web series that teaches electronics. Circuit Playground will provide...

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Samsung Galaxy Note II reportedly coming in black, triggers monolithic memories

Samsung gave Galaxy S III buyers a small rainbow of color choices in the summer, and there’s signs that the Galaxy Note II might receive a similarly resplendent treatment. A supposed press image obtained by AndroidSlash shows the giant smartphone draped in a previously unavailable...

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China requires real names for internet and phone sign-ups, handovers for illegal posts

It’s no secret that China keeps a tight lid on internet freedoms, and it’s not about to lighten up today. The government has passed regulations requiring that locals use their real names whenever they sign up for internet- and phone-based services; while those were already...

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Kickstarter phenom Ouya starts shipping game consoles for devs

Despite concerns that Kickstarter wonder Ouya, an Android-based TV gaming console, might not deliver, the project is hitting its deadlines with the release on Friday of 1,200 developer consoles. Ouya announced that the development kits were being shipped to developers, who can also access the Ouya...

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Who should I follow on Twitter? Android edition

Welcome to another edition of WSIFOT and this time we’re broaching Android — and some related Google services. After the break, we’ve collected some official Twitter channels, alongside writers, personalities, thinkers and tinkerers who follow Google’s tablet and smartphone OS pretty closely. Our list is...