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posted in July 2012

Long Island Railroad Rolls Out NFC Pilot Project

7/30/2012
Soon, commuters on the Long Island Rail Road might be able to use their smart phones to pay for passes. Test stations have been rolled out in the first step of an ambitious plan to use near field communications (NFC) for payments and information.

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NFC Phone Hacking and Other Mobile Attacks

7/25/2012
Just by getting a few centimeters from a phone running NFC (Near Field Communications) with a malicious NFC tag you can take control of that phone. Charlie Miller demonstrated the attack at Black Hat using an Android phone and some test devices he created.

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Shared Data Plans Complicate BYOD

7/20/2012
The end of per-device billing by AT&T, Verizon, and soon others means that accounting for BYOD in a company will become trickier. The answer probably is to change the nature of employee reimbursement.

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Barack Obama Takes on Cybersecurity

7/20/2012
After years of courageously studying the matter, Congress has come up with a cybersecurity bill that's inoffensive enough that it may pass. If it does, don't expect it to make much of a difference. It's not like Washington really cares.

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AT&T To Offer Shared Mobile Data Plan

7/18/2012
Like Verizon Wireless' Share Everything plan, AT&T's Mobile Share data plan will let multiple mobile devices belonging to one customer pull from the same data pool. All devices will have unlimited talk and messaging and mobile hotspot service.

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Apple Relents, Rejoins EPEAT

7/13/2012
In an open letter, an Apple executive admits their mistake and re-pledges the company's commitment to environmental responsibility. The letter does not address changes Apple is making to products, like the new MacBook Pro, that impede repairability and recyclability.

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Pay Phones In NYC Provide Wi-Fi

7/12/2012
Pilot program provides free Wi-Fi at public payphones in New York. So far only 10 are up, scattered across Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, but more will come online soon.

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Apple Dares Green Advocates To Go Elsewhere

7/9/2012
Apple's abandonment of EPEAT green product certification proves what was obvious in any case: that design is paramount to Apple and all else in conflict with it loses. This includes recyclability and repairability of products. The question is will the environmentally-conscious among us take our business elsewhere?

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Complete Google Nexus 7 Teardown

7/6/2012
The chipheads at UBM Techinsights have disassembled the new Google Nexus 7 and provided 27 photos of the new tablet being disassembled. See the details: a 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, not to mention all the shielding and component brand names. Is it a Kindle Fire killer? Can it stand up to the mini iPad?

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Report: Apple Mini-iPad Going Into Production

7/4/2012
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple's suppliers are gearing up, at Apple's instructions, for mass-production of a tablet smaller than the iPad. The screen is reported to be less than 8 inches. Whether Apple will attempt to compete on price with the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 is another matter.

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Google Nexus 7 Teardown

7/3/2012
The folks at iFixit have torn a new Google Nexus 7 tablet apart with an eye towards repairability. It's way easier to repair than an iPad 3, but it still has some tough points. See the soul of the new machine.

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