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IBM dual factor NFC-based authentication system unveiled

IBM dual factor NFC-based authentication system unveiled

Dual form factor authentication has been used for a long time to add an additional layer of security both online and in the real world. Dual factor authentication requires a user to offer some sort of physical token along with something they know such as a password to access systems secured using the technique. Technology giant IBM has announced a new dual factor authentication system that is NFC-based and intended to help users keep online accounts and services secure.

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TYLT Energi+ Backpack Review

TYLT Energi+ Backpack Review

Over the past several weeks we've had the opportunity to take a look at the TYLT Energi+ Backpack, one of a burgeoning series of accessories from the manufacturers that really making a place for themselves in this industry back at CES 2013. What we've seen with this backpack is a superior build, more room for devices than we know what to do with, and - perhaps most importantly - a comfortable bag to wear on a regular basis. Here we've got a multi-use backpack aimed at the owner of multiple devices - that's us!

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Sony Lens-Style Cameras official: pair with any iOS or Android smartphone

Sony Lens-Style Cameras official: pair with any iOS or Android smartphone

In an effort to create a bridge between standard smartphones and high-powered cameras, Sony has this week unveiled their Lens-Style Camera series with the Sony QX100 and QX10. These devices are also known as the Sony Cyber-shot QX100 and Sony Cyber-shot QX10, but you'll likely see them referred to by their shortened names out in the wild more often than not. These devices were made by Sony for hobby photographers who wish to photograph or take video of everyday events, sharing them immediately thereafter. Attaching a Lens-Style Camera to your smartphone is as easy as a tap (with NFC) and a hook-up physically with an extendable magnetic attachment piece.

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Moto X Skip dongle hands-on with Moto Maker custom phone

Moto X Skip dongle hands-on with Moto Maker custom phone

The Moto X is only showing up in AT&T stores today, but since we got our order in early through our Moto Maker walkthrough last week, we've had an early opportunity to try out the new Skip security dongle system. Effectively a wearable NFC tag, the Skip clips to your jacket, jeans, or purse, and - when tapped against the Moto X - bypasses its PIN code lock so that users can access the "touchless control" Google Now functionality straight away. There are a few other little surprises in the box, though, too, so read on for more.

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Motorola Skip: It’s no digital tattoo, but it should solve Moto X PIN-pain

Motorola Skip: It’s no digital tattoo, but it should solve Moto X PIN-pain

Motorola's Skip accessory for the Moto X is the first in the company's steps to "superpower-like" authentication options, a clip-on NFC dongle intended to preserve both security and simplicity from the context-aware smartphone. Skip - which will initially be bundled with all Moto X orders placed through the Moto Maker site - clings to a coat, jeans pocket, or bag, and instantly unlocks the Moto X whenever they're tapped together, streamlining the "Touchless Control" system where Google Now is always listening. It's the first sign of what Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects Group chief Regina Dugan promised was in development back in May.

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