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Apple, Apple, Apple
Two new iPhones, one 4.7 inch and the other, the 'Plus', is 5.5 inches. Includes NFC for the first time. NFC, or near field communications, is another wireless mode of exchanging data, like bluetooth, but you have to be fairly close. The NFC is there to support Apple's new payment method, a digital wallet, so to speak. They have lined up a lot of banks and retailers and, the best part, is that ANY retailer currently support NFC payments will work with this. The Apple Watch, also announced today, will support the payment scheme as well. I think this, above and beyond the watch and phones, is the most important thing they announced today.

The Watch.

The Apple Watch will arrive in early 2015 and will REQUIRE an iPhone. The watch, which is somewhat stylish, features four sensors on the bottom and runs apps. I am a bit puzzled, though, as to why Apple is bringing it out at all. With watch use on the decline, and so many competing devices that are MUCH cheaper than the $349 price this thing carries, I think they will have find it a bit of a tough sell.

Watch the blog page in the next few days and I'll have more.

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Apple's iCloud data breach? Not what you think.

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Like Arduino? Like Robots? Why not partake in the Great Half-Byte Blog Robot Challenge? Hit up the link to read about it and have some fun!

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If I were CNN, MTV or MSNBC, I'd be worried. And, who said people don't like watching other people play video games?

Microsoft is developing a database back end that is remarkably similar to Lotus Notes. Not only is NoSQL an object store, very much like Notes' db engine, they are also developing full text search abilities for the platform.  They never cease to amaze me. Here is a company that spent years convincing other corporations that Notes was old and yesterday's technology. Now, they have something very much like what they killed.  Very clever, Microsoft.

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Using the Half-Byte Console as a thermometer. A simple DHT11 sensor connected to D5 and a couple of functions in HalfByte Tiny Basic do the trick

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In the morning! Here's a story that is sure to illicit a 'PUTIN!' from you...seems that not only are there Astronauts and Cosmonauts on the space station, but also plankton (and, no, not the one trying to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula). Hit up the link below to read about it.

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Moore's Law-evolved
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