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Step-by-step guide to creating DIY vintage metal rim tags

Step-by-step guide to creating DIY vintage metal rim tags

| October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

  If you’re in love with all things vintage, here is something that will appease your visual senses. Create easy and inexpensive vintage metal tags using the power of tea leaves—all in the comfort of your home. These metal tags have a multitude of uses—gift packing, product packaging and shipping, marking, decoration, scrapbooking, creating DIY […]

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The inexorable rise of mobile commerce

The inexorable rise of mobile commerce

| May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The problem with comparing studies from different sources is that you can end up comparing the proverbial apples and oranges. But there’s one subject these days for which the apples and oranges seem to fall in line: the rise of mobile commerce. Several studies released this spring point to this ongoing trend. And although they […]

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High-tech bar codes thwart counterfeiters

High-tech bar codes thwart counterfeiters

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

In fiction, counterfeiters are discovered when the detective cleverly spots a fatal flaw in the picture on a fiver or a tenspot. In real life, it’s not that easy to tell. Recently, a team of Pacific Rim researchers reported on their work on a new bar code format that they hope will make counterfeiting a […]

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On Britain’s largest warship, QR codes map the way

On Britain’s largest warship, QR codes map the way

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Finding your way around a shopping mall or football stadium can be hard enough – imagine having to navigate the windowless labyrinth of the two mammoth warships that will soon be part of Britain’s Royal Navy. Lucky for the crews working on those ships, there’s now a QR code-powered navigation system to guide them. The […]

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Libraries opting for RFID over barcode tags

Libraries opting for RFID over barcode tags

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Library patrons in Wallingford, Connecticut, now have the same checkout options that they do in the supermarket— person-to-person or automated self-checkout. Since the system’s inauguration at the beginning of the year, quite a few patrons are choosing  RFID-powered self-checkout. In that respect, they are like library patrons across the country. RFID — Radio-Frequency Identification — […]

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#Instagood: Use Instagram to clear abandoned bikes from NYC streets

#Instagood: Use Instagram to clear abandoned bikes from NYC streets

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

In recent years, thousands of people have taken to biking, which has resulted in the demand for good bike parking spots outstripping supply. Locking your bike to a tree can bring a penalty of $1000. Property owners don’t welcome bikes locked to their fences and railings either, and attaching them to scaffolding can result in […]

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RFID-enabled handguns on the horizon

RFID-enabled handguns on the horizon

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

What’s the point of an RFID-enabled handgun? That’s what some people are asking about a new generation of personalized firearm. It’s yet another example of how RFID is moving beyond the realm of inventory and material handling.   Actually, it might be more accurate to call these so-called “smart” guns new-ish. They’ve been around for […]

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Disney World’s RFID wristbands prompt privacy concerns

Disney World’s RFID wristbands prompt privacy concerns

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s been a little over a year since the Walt Disney Company announced that it would introduce  RFID-powered wristbands to streamline the comings and goings of guests at its Walt Disney World Resort. Since then, reactions have ranged from rhapsodic (from those for whom Disney is a synonym for vacation) to skeptical (from those for […]

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Asset tags: the librarian’s best friend

Asset tags: the librarian’s best friend

| February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Waiting in line to check out a book at my local library, I looked idly at the volume in my hands and discovered that it carried no less than five asset tags. A sticky label on the spine bore the book’s call number, so that it could be placed in and retrieved from the stacks. […]

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QR codes: big in China

QR codes: big in China

| January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

While some in the West tend to write QR codes off, in China, the technology is doing well. Consumers scan 9 million QR codes per month in China, compared to 2 million a month just a year ago, according to a local study. Cultural differences may be a factor in the same technology getting such different responses […]

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