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MasterCard and Samsung extend partnership in Europe for Samsung Pay

MasterCard and Samsung extend partnership in Europe for Samsung Pay

Samsung and MasterCard have been working together on Samsung Pay for about a year now. Last year MasterCard announced that it would provide tokenization services for Samsung Pay. These tokenization services allow for secure transactions and a fast connection to banks in the US. Samsung and MasterCard have now announced that they have extended their partnership in Europe.

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ASU researchers show off first white laser

ASU researchers show off first white laser

Lasers have been around since the 60s and are used in many different applications today. Lasers come in several colors including red and green among others, but one color has eluded scientists until now. A group of researchers at Arizona State University have created the world's first white laser. The team has shown that semiconductor lasers are capable of emitting the full visible color spectrum required to produce a white light laser.

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Japanese researchers fire 2 petawatt laser called LFEX

Japanese researchers fire 2 petawatt laser called LFEX

Researchers in Japan recently fired the most powerful laser in the world called the LFEX or Laser for fast Ignition Experiments. The laser packs 2 petawatts of power into its fast pulse spanning one trillionth of a second. The laser is massive at more than 300 feet in length. The incredibly short laser pulse means that the laser doesn't consume as much power to operate as you might imagine.

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Cat S40 rugged smartphone aims directly at outdoor workers

Cat S40 rugged smartphone aims directly at outdoor workers

Cat is a brand that started out making massive earth moving equipment that you would see building highways around the country. The brand eventually spilled out into other products such as clothing and smartphones. It may seem weird to have the Cat name on a smartphone, but considering the devices are always aimed at workers who work outside the smartphone makes sense. Cat's latest smartphone is the S40.

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Livescribe Echo smartpen 8GB Pro Edition stores up to 800 hours

Livescribe Echo smartpen 8GB Pro Edition stores up to 800 hours

Livescribe smartpens have been around for a long time now and they all do the same thing, record your notes digitally and record audio synced with your notes. Livescribe pens are used widely by students and business pros who need to take lots of notes at meetings or seminars. Livescribe has unveiled its Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition that is on sale now for $199.99.

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Amazon outlines nationwide drone exclusive airspace aspirations

Amazon outlines nationwide drone exclusive airspace aspirations

Many of us thought Amazon had gone crazy when it started to talk up its plans to deliver packages to Amazon Prime users via drones. Not too long after the first announcement of its drone aspirations, Amazon actually began preparing for drone deliveries. It eventually ran into problems with FAA regulations that put a damper on plans. However, in March of this year the FAA approved drone testing for Amazon clearing the way for more work.

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Kumho Maxplo morphing tire changes shape with driving conditions

Kumho Maxplo morphing tire changes shape with driving conditions

Tires are a very important part of any vehicle because they are the sole contact between the car and the road. Different tires are needed in different conditions, this is why drivers in many cold weather states have to swap to special winter tires during snowy months. Kumho has a new concept tire called the Maxplo that is designed to change its shape depending on driving conditions.

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Facebook testing out profile tags feature

Facebook testing out profile tags feature

Facebook is in the process of testing out a new feature on some user accounts that allows you to tag your profile with things you are into. Facebook says that Profile Tags are creative tools that allow the owner of the profile and friends to tag things that describe the person who owns the account. The profile owner must approve any tags that friends add before they are shown to others.

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Gnarbox edits and shares HD video sans laptop

Gnarbox edits and shares HD video sans laptop

There are a bunch of reasons why people like to record HD video and then need the ability to edit that video without a notebook. It's easy to record HD video wherever you are and whatever you are doing today thanks to cameras like the GoPro that are small and portable. It’s not so easy to edit that video without having a notebook with you at all times. The Gnarbox is designed specifically to allow you to edit your video and share it on the go without needing a notebook.

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