Transform Your iPhone into the Swipe It Credit Card Reader

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Swipe It Reader

It lacks the subtlety of the Square payment system’s iPhone/iPod Touch credit card reader, but there’s just something about Macally’s new Swipe It Reader that makes it look so much more reliable and trustworthy. Maybe it’s because of the Swipe It Reader’s slightly bulky design that looks like the credit card readers we’ve been using at stores all these years? I’m not sure. But part of that bulk comes from the device’s spring-loaded arm which cleverly allows it to hold iPhones and iPod Touches wrapped in cases, or whatever future designs Mr. Ives comes up with.

 

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1 in 5 Teens Suffers From Hearing Loss Thanks to iPods and MP3 Players

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Hearing loss in teens has risen 30% in 20 years.

Listening to personal music players such as iPods has contributed to hearing loss among teenagers rising by nearly a third in 20 years, a study shows.  Between 2005 and 2006, one in five adolescents suffered some form of hearing problem.

 

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12 Year Old Girl Thwarts Rapist Using iPod and Facebook

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Technology Triumphs

A 12-year-old girl in South St. Paul, Minnesota used a WiFi-enabled iPod to thwart multiple attempts by Raymond Cesmat, her mother’s ex-boyfriend, to rape her.

According to TwinCities.com, the pre-teen was home alone with Cesmat, 42, who took her cell phone from her, allegedly to keep her from “texting all night.” Cesmat left her bedroom after a first attempt at sexual assault, then returned…

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ACTA Leaks — Again

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Controversial Secrets Unveiled From The ACTA

With the latest round of secret negotiations over ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, concluded last week in Switzerland, it was only a matter of time until the full text of the treaty’s current draft leaked into the public domain, which it has duly done.

ACTA is an extreme copyright treaty that threatens to establish a world of border iPod and laptop searches for infringing music and movies; jail sentences for downloading; universal network surveillance; and whole-house Internet disconnection orders served on ISPs against customers who are accused (without proof) of violating copyright law…

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I-dosing: Teens Getting High on Digital Drugs

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I-dosing – an alarming new trend among teens.

Kids around the country are getting high on the internet, thanks to MP3s that induce a state of ecstasy. And it could be a gateway drug leading teens to real-world narcotics.  At least, that’s what Kansas News 9 is reporting about a phenomenon called “i-dosing,” which involves finding an online dealer who can hook you up with “digital drugs” that get you high through your headphones.

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In the App World, Smartphones Are Taking Over Computers

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It’s an app world

Meet Barbara Place. She’s an app-aholic. One look at her smartphone explains her condition.She has an app to wake her, a few to provide the day’s news, one to check her bank account, another to make a grocery list, two to track her diet and one to get the weather. She has an app for baseball scores and an app for movie data. One app lets her program her DVR from afar. Another helps her unwind with quizzes about famous artworks. And that’s just a portion of her daily intake.

 

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Electrolux Silence Amplified iPod Vacuum

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 Electrolux Silence Amplified iPod Vacuum

Just when you think that the industry has done with vacuum cleaners everything it could, Electrolux shocks you again, launching vacuum cleaner + iPod device. The cleaner, based on UltraSilencer which is the most silent vacuum cleaner ever made, will, according to laboratory tests, improve the cleaning performance, reduce the stress levels and give a general feeling of well-being while vacuuming.

 

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World’s First Direct Bone Conduction Hearing Aid is iPod, Bluetooth Ready

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Baha hearing aid

Hearing aids have come a long way since the ear trumpet; from the traditional aid that simply amplified sound and delivered it to the ear via an earpiece (air conduction), to the so-called “bionic ear” that works by directly stimulating auditory nerves inside the cochlea with an electric field. But the journey continues, with newer technologies which use the bones of the skull to conduct sound.

 

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Solar Tree: Personal Solar-Powered Pole

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I have a confession; I’m a total lost cause when it comes to recharging my phone, iPod and camera. Three gadgets I can’t leave my home without and somehow, I always leave it till the last moment for recharging! Needless to say, I manage just some amount of power on them and carry their wires with me, and plug them in the next available socket. Dandy, but what do I and others like me do, when we hit the beaches? Carry the Solar Tree of course! (Pics)

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