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To: Savant who wrote (548)7/14/2011 10:48:13 PM
From: Urlman
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thanks just added it to my bookmarks at

here are others (amazing)

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To: Urlman who wrote (549)7/15/2011 12:07:16 AM
From: Savant
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MIT has one, also

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To: Urlman who wrote (549)9/2/2011 2:09:59 AM
From: Savant
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The First Brain Computer Interface Smart TV -- IFA Conference in Berlin, Germany

Haier Group to Release the World's First Cloud Smart TV Powered by NeuroSky will
be available for demonstration at the IFA Messe Berlin Conference

SAN JOSE, Calif. & BERLIN, Sep 02, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The world's first
Brain-Computer Interface Technology (BCI) Smart TV will debut at the IFA Messe
Berlin Conference. Manufactured by Haier, leading China consumer technology
company, and Powered by NeuroSky ThinkGear technology, the Haier Cloud Smart TV
offers the ability for users to interact with their Smart TV using their brains.

Demonstrations will be available at the IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited
Conference, Haier booth: Hall 3.2/stand 134. The TV is scheduled to be released
in October of this year in China at a price yet to be determined.

Unlike a traditional TV, Haier's Smart TV can interact with viewers via
NeuroSky's MindReader headset. NeuroSky's brainwave technology can detect human
brainwave patterns revealing a person's mental state. The NeuroSky MindReader
then translates the monitored brainwaves into digital signals that the television
can recognize. The brain-controlled TV applications allow users to develop
control over their concentration and relaxation abilities through entertainment
applications. Haier's Home Cloud Solution provides an exciting "Cloud Family"
experience to consumers, a step into cloud service and a milestone in lifestyle

About NeuroSky

NeuroSky, Inc. is a bio sensor company and leader in Brain-Computer Interface
technologies for consumer product application. Founded in 2004, NeuroSky's
headquarters is in the Silicon Valley, with international offices worldwide.
NeuroSky works with industry partners (from startups to Fortune 500 companies)
and with academic and research institutions. NeuroSky provides a platform
solution by building wearable, embedded system level sensors that interpret
brainwaves and other bio-signals for Human-to-Machine Interface (HMI) technology.

About Haier

The Haier Group is the world's No. 1 Major Appliances brand with 6.1% retail
volume share in 2010 (source:Euromonitor International Limited)(source:retail
volume sales in units based on 2010 data). With its commitment to quality and
innovation, Haier brings the inspired living experience to consumers in over 160
countries worldwide. With group global headquarters based in the Chinese city of
Qingdao, Haier has regional headquarters in both Paris and New York, serving its
clients in Europe and America. Haier has 61 trading companies, 29 manufacturing
plants, 8 design centers and 16 industrial parks with more than 60,000 employees
worldwide. Haier specializes in technology-led research, manufacturing and
trading a large range of durable products - within Europe these include:
televisions, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, consumer electronics
and energy saving home solutions. Haier's global revenue in 2010 was 20.7 billion
USD. Haier Electronics Group Co., Ltd. (hkg:1169), a subsidiary of the Haier
Group, is listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Qingdao
Haier Co. (sha:600690), also a Haier subsidiary, is listed on the Shanghai Stock
Exchange. For more information:

SOURCE: NeuroSky, Inc.

Tansy Brook, + 001 415-215-6519 - English
Head of Communications
NeuroSky Germany
Hans-Georg Bieschke, +49 (0) 6403 60993 20 - German
NeuroSky China
Rachel Wang - Mandarin Chinese
Fangfeng, TV Advertising & Promotion - Overseas Market Department DPG, + 86 139 6398 6681

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To: Urlman who wrote (549)9/21/2011 3:02:54 AM
From: Savant
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BEWARE the ELECTRONIC SPARK....>>Bitcoin to Burn a Hole in Your Pocket
Aug. 26, 2011
Internet-based currency appears to be in a bubble, spiking from a few cents per unit to $30 and now back down to $10, according to columnist Chuck Jaffe, who says publicity and interest are overshadowing huge risks. Jonathan Burton reports.

paper fiat currency, backed by nothing but 'faith' in the issuer is bad enuf...but 'internet money'....arrrgh.

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From: Savant9/29/2011 10:12:26 PM
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BEWARE the ELECTRONIC SPARK...I told U..First the BAIT.."Free" debit cards...NOW you'll feel the HOOK & PAY for the BANKS' GREED>>>NEW YORK (AP) -- Bank of America will start charging debit-card users $5 a month to pay for purchases. The move comes as the cards increasingly replace cash and as banks look for ways to offset the loss of revenue from a new rule that will limit how much they can collect from merchants.

Paying to use a debit card was unheard of before this year and is still a novel concept for many consumers. But several banks have recently introduced or started testing debit card fees. That's in addition to the spate of other unwelcome changes checking account customers have seen in the past year. Bank of America will begin charging the fee early next year.

Bank of America's announcement carries added weight because it is the largest U.S. bank by deposits.

The fee will apply to basic accounts, which are marketed toward those with modest balances, and will be in addition to any existing monthly service fees. For example, one such account charges a $12 monthly fee unless customers meet certain conditions, such as maintaining a minimum average balance of $1,500.

Customers will only be charged the fee if they use their debit cards for purchases in any given month, said Anne Pace, a Bank of America spokeswoman. Those who only use their cards at ATMs won't have to pay.

The debit card fee is just the latest twist in the rapidly evolving market for checking accounts.

A study by this week found that just 45 percent of checking accounts are now free with no strings attached, down from 65 percent last year and 76 percent in 2009. Customers can still get free checking in most cases, but only if they meet certain conditions, such as setting up direct deposit.

The study also found that the total average cost for using an ATM rose to $3.81, from $3.74, the year before. The average overdraft fee inched up to $30.83, from $30.47

The changes come ahead of a regulation that goes into effect next month.

Starting Oct. 1, the regulation will cap the fees that banks can collect from merchants whenever customers swipe their debit cards. Those fees generated $19 billion in revenue for banks in 2009, according to the Nilson Report, which tracks the payments industry.

There is no similar cap on the merchant fees that banks can collect when customers use their credit cards, however. That means many banks are increasingly encouraging customers to reach for their credit cards, in hopes of reversing a trend toward debit card usage in the past several years.

An increasing reliance on credit ca

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To: Urlman who wrote (549)10/17/2011 2:53:09 PM
From: Savant
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In the yewar 10K..your car will command you...It'll tell you WHEN you're going and to WHERE!

Ford to Demonstrate Smart Electrification Technology That Can Adapt with Green
Cities Trend

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Ford researchers will
demonstrate smart electrification technology that uses cloud-based computing and
data to optimize a plug-in hybrid's powertrain efficiency at the 18th World
Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford will be a keynote speaker and talk about his
vision for the future of transportation

Ford researchers first gave a glimpse into how cloud-based technology could be
used to improve powertrain operation at the Google I/O Developers Conference and
since have highlighted it as part of Ford's technology future in the Evos Concept

Ford Motor Company (F) continues its research into how cloud-based technology can
make vehicles smarter and - for the first time ever - will publicly demonstrate
the innovation during the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems
next week.

Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford will be a featured conference
speaker and talk about the future of transportation. He will emphasize how
intelligent vehicles and innovations such as smart electrification can help solve
emerging transportation issues on roads around the world.

Meanwhile, Ford researchers and engineers will showcase technology designed to
personalize the driving experience that is centered on three areas of cloud-based
innovation: intelligent routing, intelligent driving and intelligent operation.

"With this technology we are talking about pure customer benefit - creating the
right individualized and optimized experience for each person, vehicle and
situation," said Paul Mascarenas, Chief Technical Officer and vice president,
Ford Research and Innovation. "As our transportation system evolves - say, with
lower emissions zones - the research we are doing now will help us meet the
future needs of our customers. For example, cars could one day adapt their
powertrain performance to these types of varying driving conditions."

At the Google I/O conference in May, Ford introduced its research and innovation
into using the cloud to predict driver behavior in order to optimize vehicle
control systems and improve vehicle performance attributes such as fuel or
hybrid-electric efficiency.

Ford's commitment to the technology was further showcased when the Ford Evos
Concept was introduced at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The Evos
Concept explores the potential for connecting a vehicle to the cloud in order to
tailor the driving experience based on variables such as personal tastes and
moods of the driver.

"Ford already offers cloud-based services through Ford SYNC?, but those services
thus far have been used for infotainment, navigation and real-time traffic
purposes to empower the driver," said Ryan McGee, technical expert, Vehicle
Controls Architecture and Algorithm Design, Ford Research and Innovation, who
will be presenting during the conference. "This technology has the potential to
empower our vehicles to anticipate a driver's needs for various reasons, such as
optimizing a vehicle's powertrain efficiency."

In the example that will be featured at the World Congress on Intelligent
Transport Systems, researchers will show how a prototype Escape Plug-In Hybrid
(PHEV) could use a combination of cloud-based and proprietary technology to learn
when to switch from being gasoline-powered to all-electric upon entering a lower
emissions zone. Cities such as London, Berlin and Stockholm already have such

McGee said if a vehicle was able to predict exactly when it might be entering
such a zone, it could optimize itself to comply with regulations and at the same
time optimize energy usage over the total distance of the route by switching the
engine to all-electric mode at specific times.

What's next?

Work is now under way to study the feasibility of incorporating variables such as
driver style and habits into the optimization process, so Ford can further
enhance vehicle control systems and allow car and driver to work together to
maximize energy efficiency.

Integral to this next-step work is personal information security, an issue that
is of the utmost importance to Ford. "We realize the nature of this research
includes the use of personal data and location awareness, something we are
committed to protecting for our customers in everything we do. Features like this
would be offered on an 'opt-in' basis leaving the decision to participate up to
our customers," said Johannes Kristinsson, system architect, Vehicle Controls
Architecture and Algorithm Design, Ford Research and Innovation.

The press release detailing Ford's potential use of the Google Prediction API
tool in smart electrification can be found at

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To: Urlman who wrote (549)10/25/2011 12:51:51 AM
From: Savant
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10,461,621 Online Identity Records Were Lost in September 2011, According to the
IdentityHawk Identity Breach Report

IdentityHawk's September 2011 report accounted for 54 publicly-known breaches.
IdentityHawk members, armed with information, could take action to help "stop
fraud before it starts."

NORWALK, Conn., Oct 24, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- IdentityHawk(R) reported 54
publicly-known breaches in September compromising 10,461,621 online records. The
results are part of the "breached institutions" listing from the IdentityHawk
September 2011 Identity Breach Report.

The 10 million-plus online records compromised are a huge jump from the August
report that had 678,614 compromised online records as found in the IdentityHawk
August 2011 Identity Breach Report. August accounted for 44 publicly known
breaches, versus 54 in September.

According to Jeff Paradise, executive director of IdentityHawk, "The huge spike
in records exposed in September was due to three large breaches reported during
the month, each with more than a million records. However, in tracking this for
the past few years, we have found it is normal for the number of total records to
be sporadic from month-to-month. But, consumers must remember it only takes one
breach to compromise their identity."

IdentityHawk is a leading identity protection service that aggressively zeroes-in
on potential threats to help consumers safeguard their identity.

A data breach, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), is "an
event in which an individual's name plus Social Security Number (SSN), driver's
license number, medical record, or a financial record/credit/debit card is
potentially put at risk -- either in electronic or paper format."

Cyber-attacks are a leading factor in the number of reported data breaches during
2011, with cyber criminals becoming more organized and forming cyber-gangs to
create more targeted cyber-attacks.

"So far in 2011, 26.5% of the breaches identified in the ITRC Breach Report have
been a result of hacking," said Karen Barney, program director at the ITRC. It
should be noted that the ITRC Breach Report identifies only U.S. breaches and not
breaches originating outside of the U.S.

IdentityHawk's constant data breach alert service is part of IdentityHawk's
comprehensive "Fraud Screening." It assures that IdentityHawk members can take
swift action to protect their personal identity, upholding the IdentityHawk
promise to help "stop fraud before it starts."

IdentityHawk members receive alerts of key consumer data breaches. Members can
then do the following:

1. Immediately see the details of the breach.

2. Determine if they are affiliated with the fraud event.

3. If affiliated with the breach, IdentityHawk guides members through the steps
they need to take protective measures.

Added Paradise, "While cyber crime is becoming more sophisticated, consumers can
be more sophisticated as well. Watch for changes in credit scores, credit cards
and more. If you see changes, take aggressive action. Stopping identity theft in
its tracks can take minutes, restoring an identity can take years," he said.

About IdentityHawk

IdentityHawk is a leading identity protection service that aggressively zeroes-in
on potential threats to help consumers safeguard their identity. Members are
warned of potential identity risks so they can take better control to stop fraud
before it starts. IdentityHawk is a product of FYI Direct, Inc., a leader in
direct-to-consumer credit and identity protection services. For more information,
go to

SOURCE: IdentityHawk

FYI Direct, Inc.
Rob Wyse, 212-920-1470

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To: Savant who wrote (552)11/2/2011 10:51:33 PM
From: Urlman
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I follow this guy SilverFuturist on Youtube ...

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To: Urlman who wrote (556)11/5/2011 12:51:59 PM
From: Savant
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Health monitor wristband..bluetooth..could use to monitor elderly & other health issues
24 hour sharing of personal info via phone. (BOLD BELOW) Jawbone’s Wristband Health Monitor The mobile headset maker’s new device is a wristband that connects wirelessly to a phone and tracks the wearer’s health By Brad Stone

Hosain Rahman met Steve Jobs in 2004; it did not go well. Rahman’s five-year-old startup, Aliph, was about to begin selling headsets for mobile phones, and one of his investors had arranged for him to show Jobs his first creation, a stylish earpiece connected to a phone with a thick cord. Jobs hated it. In an hour-long session in Apple’s ( AAPL) offices, Jobs intuitively exposed every shortcut the company had taken. “It was a shellacking,” Rahman says. “It was one of the most painful and formative experiences of my life.”

Rahman believes that conversation was a turning point for the company now known as Jawbone. After that meeting, the San Francisco-based company began work on an updated device and has now sold 10 million Bluetooth earpieces, making it one of the largest makers of peripheral headsets in the world. Jawbone also has begun positioning itself in a very Apple-like way, as a maker of consumer products that combine intricately designed hardware and easy-to-use software. Last year, Jawbone introduced a well-regarded wireless speaker, called the Jambox. And on Nov. 6 it will begin selling UP, a sensor-laden wristband that connects wirelessly to a mobile phone and tracks elements of the wearer’s health, such as sleep patterns and physical activity. “We think we can create an incredibly valuable series of wearable computers and specialized devices,” says Ben Horowitz, a Jawbone board member and partner at Andreessen Horowitz, one of the venture capital firms that plugged $120 million into the company in 2010.

The history of Jawbone stretches back more than a decade. Rahman and co-founder Alexander Asseily were friends at Stanford University and incorporated the company in 1998. They focused at first on developing technology to cut out background noise on phone calls, which they thought could ultimately make speech recognition more accurate. In the early years, when technology funding was sparse, they kept the company running by customizing their noise-suppression technologies for Darpa, the Defense Dept.’s research and development arm, before ultimately deciding to enter the market with the wired headset Jobs hated in late 2004.

The headset won a variety of design awards but didn’t sell well. Jawbone then recruited famed industrial designer Yves Béhar, known for his work with clients such as Herman Miller ( MLHR), One Laptop per Child, and Prada to serve in-house as chief creative officer. (He now spends about half his time designing hardware for the company.) The company started selling its flagship product—a slick, metallic-looking, and eminently losable Bluetooth earpiece—in 2007. Jawbone earpieces alert users to upcoming calendar appointments and can trigger a phone to dial numbers associated with those events. Jawbone also struck a partnership with Apple. Its products are sold in Apple’s stores, and its headsets were the first to integrate with the iPhone’s iOS operating system; the screen of an iPhone connected to a Jawbone headset, for example, has a second battery indicator showing how much juice is left in the headset.

The Jambox, which went on sale last fall for $200, is now the top-selling digital speaker in the country, according to the company. It’s light and rectangular, connects to any mobile phone or PC, and produces crisp sound, considering its size. Horowitz says Jawbone is working on a new speaker, Big Jambox, which the company declines to discuss.

And now there’s UP. “The big idea here is to help make people consumers of their own health,” Rahman says. “We probably know less about our bodies than we do about our phones.” UP is supposed to change that. The pliable rubber-coated wristband is meant to be worn nonstop for 10 days at a time, even in bed and in the shower. An accelerometer inside tracks data like the number of steps a person takes in a day and the number of calories he or she has burned. The device also monitors sleep patterns and can be programmed as an alarm that wakes the wearer, within a preset time range, at the ideal moment in their sleep cycle. The accompanying iPhone application lets users share their UP data with friends, create personal challenges, and record and track each meal they eat.

Rahman envisions insurers, schools, and companies buying them to help keep clients, students, and employees healthy. Consumers will get a chance to try it out this month when UP goes on sale for $100 in Best Buy ( BBY), Target ( TGT), and Apple stores. “We are not science experts or experts in your health,” Rahman says. “We are just doing what Silicon Valley does best, which is giving people the tools to experience things in new ways.”

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To: Urlman who wrote (556)11/30/2011 11:42:04 AM
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